Wednesday Write-Up: Singapore-Part Two

 I try to write about how we are doing on my Wednesday Write-Up’s, not what we have been doing, but I just have so much to write about Singapore that I have to keep writing about it. I am hoping that you will not be completely fried on Singapore by the time I am done, but want to visit it and check it out for yourself! (And for those of you who write blogs about Singapore yourselves, thanks for reading even though I am sure you have done these things yourself more than once.) 

Singapore Part Two

On our second day in Singapore, Z woke the whole house us up bright and early to enjoy it. We planned to spend the day at the Singapore Zoo. Almost everyone we talked to when we were planning visit to Singapore told us that we HAD to check it out. I have always loved zoo’s and we have been to a couple of them along our travels so far (You can read about our time at the Taipei Zoo here and the Budapest Zoo here).

We took the SMRT from our house a couple of stops to the Ang Mo Kio stop on the Red (North South) Line. We stopped at the AMK Hub for a quick coffee and chai tea latte (Hooray, my favorite!!) before grabbing the 139 bus that heads directly to the zoo.

We didn’t know how far out the zoo is, but it is pretty far out from the center of town. The bus ride took about 40 minutes, but it did stop often so I am sure the times will vary. It was an easy and cheap way to get there though, as our SMRT tourist cards worked for busses as well.

When we arrived at the zoo, there were signs everywhere saying you could save 5% off admission if you bought the tickets online with your smart phone. It was a little bit of a pain as the website had a couple of issues, but Chad patiently kept trying and finally we had our tickets. We decided to also buy tickets for the Night Safari, another zoo adjacent to the main one that opens after dark.  All together we paid around $120 Singaporean dollars.

Don't feel like waiting in line here...
Don’t feel like waiting in line here…
You can use these directions to buy your tickets online using your smart phone and save 5% in the process!
You can use these directions to buy your tickets online using your smart phone to bypass the lines and save 5% in the process!

We had gotten a late start to the day, despite our early wake up toddler call and didn’t arrive at the zoo until around 1:00 p.m.. We started by walking around while looking at the map and getting utterly confused as to where to go first. We decided to look around a bit and then eat lunch quickly before heading to a the Rainforest Show. We started with the white tiger, then the baboons, jackals, chimps, and so on. Most of the animals were pretty out in the open, the cages or barriers well hidden, and the orangutans were actually “free-range” meaning that they could be in the trees above you anywhere in their area.  It made me feel as though we were in their habitat instead of them being in ours. I loved it and the animals seemed very happy and healthy. Chad and I realized that this was the first zoo we had been to where the animals were so active (including the pygmy hippos mating… while people were casually taking their kids pictures in front of them… awkward to say the least).

The white tiger... this is the first time I had seen a tiger swimming in real life.
The white tiger… this was the first time I had seen a tiger swimming in real life.
The Baboons
The Baboons
The pygmy hippos AFTER they were done with their private business.
The pygmy hippos AFTER they were done with their private business.
There is an orangutan above me!
There is an orangutan above me!

We got a bit lost on our way out to the eating area but finally made it to the entrance/exit. There was a KFC, a sandwich place, and a place serving Singaporean food. We chose the Singaporean place and had Nasi Lemak, a rice and chicken plate with sauces,  and Laksa, a coconut based soup with shrimp. Zoë doesn’t handle the spicy food so well, so she had cheese pizza from the deli. All of the food was fairly inexpensive and delicious. Later in our travels we found the food court that is actually inside the zoo, and it looked great as well, but be aware it closes at 6 p.m..

We spent the rest of the daylight walking around the zoo, seeing all of the shows (each lasting between 15-30 minutes), The Rainforest Fights Back Show, The Splash Safari Show, and The Animal Friends Show. We all enjoyed all the shows although the splash safari show was a little long and we ended up leaving a bit before it ended, Z just wasn’t that interested in the sea-lion.

The Animal Friends Show
The Animal Friends Show

Zoë’s favorite part of the zoo was Kidzworld. This area had a large water play area, pony rides, petting zoo, and other physical activities for kids. Chad was my hero and took her to run around in the water so I was able to sit and relax in the shade. What a guy, right!?

Kidzworld water park... Z's favorite part of the zoo.
Kidzworld water park… Z’s favorite part of the zoo.

We only made it through half of the animals before closing time at 6:30 p.m. I wish we would have had more time there. We did a quick run through of the souvenir shop, it had much to choose from and not all the items were that expensive.  We may have spoiled Z just a little more and gotten her an orangutan stuffed animal magnet to commemorate our visit.

After the main zoo closed we decided to head to the Night Safari area, which was about a two-minute walk from the main zoo entrance. We were told there were places to eat there so we went to go find our dinner. The Night Safari does not open until 7:30 p.m. so we leisurely looked around at the places to eat, finally deciding on the international food area and having some okay Indian food. The food is very expensive in this part of the zoo, so I would suggest that anyone not wanting to pay S$17-30 a person either eat outside the main zoo entrance or bring your own food.

There is much to do in the Night Safari, we decided to start with the tram that takes you on a ride through different world locations to see how the animals live at night. We really wanted to see the lion feeding and were able to get off the tram and head down to the lion cage just in time to see them throw meat at the lions from a safe position. It was rather anti-climatic in my opinion. Not only that, but we realized as Chad was holding Z on his shoulders to see the lion feeding, that Z had pooped her pants. Yes, I was that mother standing there smelling her child’s rear end and then running for the nearest bathroom with her.

Luckily there was a bathroom near by and luckily I had one more pair of clean underpants for her. What we did not have was another pair of shorts, so we tied Chad’s Harley Davidson bandana around her waist the best we could, making a very cool rocker skirt.  I was pretty glad it was dark and hot still. I don’t think anyone noticed at all.  Another lucky thing was that the poo did not go through to Chad’s shoulders. Oh the joys of being a parent.

We were able to hop on another tram within 5 minutes and continued our journey through the night wildlife. The coolest part was that the animals that were not harmful or aggressive were free roaming for the most part, so we were within arms length to Tapirs and different kind of deer (gazelles? not sure what type they were except they looked like deer to me) and water buffalo and such.

By the time we rounded the last bend on the tram ride, Z had fallen asleep in my lap and we decided to just head back to our place. We missed out on the walking trails that you can take through the park, and the show about night creatures, but we were all ready to go home and rest.

Our second day in Singapore was quite an eventful and fun day. Have you been to the Singapore Zoo? What did you enjoy about it?

Leave a comment and tell us about it! Thanks for reading, following, sharing, and commenting!

  20 comments for “Wednesday Write-Up: Singapore-Part Two

  1. The Vanilla Housewife
    February 26, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    If only it wasn’t so expensive to travel to Singapore, I’d be there tomorrow!
    Sorry to hear about the poop incident. Been there! LOL

    • andthreetogo
      February 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

      It was one of the most expensive Asian cities we have visited for sure. 🙂 Poop accidents are part of the job, lol.

  2. bakeritalia
    February 27, 2014 at 1:19 am

    The zoo sounds awesome, I must remember that when I go (?) I hear you re Z’s accident…I’m sure she will love to read about it when she is older. I was telling Max he pooped his pants when we were in Italy last time and he was horrified and laughing at the same time…I love it when you can freak them out!
    Your really selling Singapore to me 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      February 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

      I actually was on the fence about including the story, but this blog is about not only the triumphs of traveling with a toddler, but the trials as well. I am hoping she will laugh when she is older. 🙂 I kind of wish I had gotten a picture of her in the Harley Davidson bandana skirt.

      • bakeritalia
        February 27, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        I agree with you, if your going to write a blog about life events/travels then you have to include the…interesting bits too. I’m sure she will have a laugh and think you very clever to make a skirt from her dad’s bandanna!

  3. joylovestravel
    February 27, 2014 at 1:30 am

    We love zoo’s too – this one sounds really amazing though. Love the idea of the night safari and tram ride!

    • andthreetogo
      February 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

      I think if I were to do again, I would do the zoo one day and the night safari another. That way Z might have more energy and we could see more in the night safari.

  4. sueslaght
    February 27, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Here’s a random question…did you happen to see any totem poles at the Singapore zoo? From my latest post on totem poles we are tracking down where they can be found in the world. One of my followers thought he remembered seeing some miniature ones at the Singapore zoo. Ring any bells?

    • andthreetogo
      February 27, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Hmmm… I don’t think I saw any, but we only made it through half of it. I am sure we missed a ton of cool things. If only it was a little less expensive, I could have spent a few days there, I’m sure.

      • sueslaght
        February 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        No worries. Just thought it would have been a great coincidence if you had seen them.

  5. Christy @
    February 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Welcome to Singapore! You visited the awesome zoo and world’s only night zoo too! I love night safari and admire how they landscape the place and add on natural lightings such that you’ll definitely see the animals in the dark! Did you go to the river safari? I haven’t though but it’s hosting 2 pandas from China and Amazon river life. Very interesting too 🙂 Glad you enjoyed with your family here!

    • andthreetogo
      February 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

      We really wanted to do the river part, but since Z was too small to ride the boat part, we decided to skip it. That will definitely be a thing to do the next time we visit.

  6. Expat Dad SG
    February 27, 2014 at 10:40 am

    The zoo is great, shame you couldn’t do the walking trails in the night safari as there is a cage you can walk into that has the fruit bats flying around inside that’s very cool.

    • andthreetogo
      February 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

      I know! We will have to go Back again next time we are in Singapore. The bat cage sounds cool and a little creepy. I would probably be inwardly freaking out a little that they would fly into my hair haha.

  7. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    February 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    It sounds like a fun day! How nice of Chad to take Zoe in the splash fun pool! Yes, what a guy! The zoo sounds neat, with it’s open air feel! Thanks for sharing!

    • andthreetogo
      February 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      It was really fun! Thanks for reading!

  8. theblackberryboys
    March 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Wow sounds like a great zoo 🙂 Swimming tigers are great 🙂 I agree mating animals at the zoo can be a bit akward 🙂 We saw mating lions once.We told the kids they were wrestling 🙂 I think you handled the poop incident very creatively, she must have looked cute. The night zoo sounds interesting, never been to one of those, just to a regular zoo after it became dark outside, and it was rather scary (San Diego zoo). xoxo Fanni

    • andthreetogo
      March 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      I love the wrestling explaination! I think it’s the only night zoo in the world (or their advertising really got me).
      I haven’t been to the san Diego zoo since I was 13 but I remember it being pretty awesome.
      Yeah, I am officially a fashionista with the children’s handkerchief skirts now. Haha

  9. thebritishberliner
    March 4, 2014 at 12:17 am

    What a nice post. You must have had a lot of fun with “Z”.
    I have been to the Singapore Zoo and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much and I really liked the Night Safari too. It was so novel and a slighty bit scary! You know, their zoo is more like what a zoo should be, open to the people but with the welfare and care of the animals being at the utmost importance.

    Oh yeah, the poo situation. ‘Been there. Done that. Seriously though, I love being a parent and all these situations make the stories memorable. When my son was about two, we went for a walk not far from our home and I noticed that he seemed to be walking in a strange way but with this huge smile on his face. He was wearing a jumpsuit and he had pooped. A lot. His pampers were so full that it was beginning to slide down his leg and I had a hard time trying to get it off him without “the effects” spilling all over the place. I managed it but because we had only gone “for a walk”, I didn’t have another one. So I scooped him up in one hand, the soiled pamper in another and ran to the nearest shop before we had another “situation!”

    • andthreetogo
      March 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Oh my goodness, that sounds hilarious now, I’m sure at the time it was quite nerve-wracking!
      I agree with you about the zoo. I feel like it’s the first zoo I have seen where the animals were completely happy to be there.

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