59 | Monotone Romance

Because the girlfriend finished her exams, she called me out to go on a relaxation trip: and the River Safari was the first thing to come to mind!

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Headed to the Zoo on a drizzly morning and bought tickets to the River Safari. They currently retail for SGD 25, by the way!

The River Safari has an interesting concept comprising of a few themed exhibits named after famous rivers such as the Nile, Ganges, Yangtze, etc. They also have little enclosures like the Squirrel Monkey, Giant Panda and Flooded Amazon which I absolutely love! The boat rides were not ready yet so that was kind of a downer but we started with the river exhibits first!

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First sight: three fat ducks perched rather unhappily in the drizzle.

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A praying turtle?

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Sturgeonshuge-ass fish that’ve stuck around since prehistoric times.

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Really photogenic Indian Gharial that stuck around for photos.

But of course, we sped through this because we were excited about spending time with the pandas!

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Sleepy red panda.

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Kai Kai which means, according to the zoo video, victorious.

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Pandas have such benevolent eyes, don’t you think?

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And Jia Jia means beautiful – since the Jia is the same as the one in my name does that apply to me too? 🙂

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Jia Jia concussed after lunch – apparently we were quite fortunate to catch her crunching bamboo!

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Piranhas: the stuff of your nightmares.

Most people would walk into River Safari expecting to spend most time with the pandas (as we did) but no, I actually spent more time with the manatees. I could not get over how clumsy yet graceful and majestic this mammoth creature is!

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You can almost hear my squeals when the manatee pressed up against the glass, can’t you?

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Three manatees frolicking about gaily!

I’m guessing the River Safari will operate in this body of water – it rounds a bend that I can’t photograph around so I’m excited to try the real boat trip! By the way, the panorama function on my iPhone is amazing.

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Saving the best pictures for the last: this manatee really had me at hello. What a quirky creature!

IMG_1349Go and try the River Safari if you haven’t – you’ll love it, I promise!

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