Sunday, December 13, 2009

U guessed it right! - Singapore Series


King of skies, a show not to be missed in bird's park
There is a general perception that Singapore tourism is over rated. What is in Singapore that’s unique? It’s probably smaller than the city you are living now or countries you have already visited. Many call it the microstate of Asia. It does not have cultural monuments like churches of Europe or temples of India, There are no spectacular natural sceneries like that of Holland or Amazon forests, there are no blue beaches and definitely not much history or artefacts to compete with others. But I bet you cannot show me a country with similar background, attracting millions of visitors each year.

A culture that’s melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Arabic communities. A central hub for travel & transportation, 4 national languages, several museums, a budget destination and a perfect example of the quote “It’s not what you got but what you give”.

Every brick of Singapore that shines today is result of constant planning, hard work and maintenance. The standards of cleanliness, countrywide landscapes and enduring hospitality coupled with manmade attractions are its strength. The chances of you getting robbed cheated or raped is similar to that of me writing a financial column in strait times.

World’s largest, in terms of its occupants and second largest in terms of the land area, Jurong Bird Park has every reason to be number 2 in the countdown. In the last forty years of its existence it has created not just happy customers but a home to more than 8000 birds from 600 different species including some of the most endangered one.

Birds n buddies show
They have many bird shows in different theatres in addition to cages and aviary enclosures. Be there first thing in the morning like a newspaper guy if you want to watch all the shows, feeding times as well as the park. Couple of not to be missed shows are “Birds n Buddies” and “Kings of the Skies”.

The world tallest manmade waterfall is situated in a aviary of the park. Water plunges from 100 feet at 140 liters per second making it perfect place for waterbirds, fishes and plants inside this enclosure. 
A historical event happened on this November 17th .I know what you are thinking, but hold your horses. 6 new chicks (not that kind though) in the park makes better history than me turning 30. The new hatchings include very exotic and endangered species such as greater flamingo and golden conure. I think that’s win-win situation between man and nature.

I am sure most of you would have guessed the 1st on the list by now. Yes it’s none other than Sentosa. There is so much to write about this attraction and I would save that for a different post. I am so sorry for not answering your comments or visiting your posts lately (I promise to do it after couple of days when I have all the time in the world).

It’s been very busy these last few days and my head is spinning over packing and finishing the formalities. The only reason I wrote this in such a hurry because one of my blogging friend is visiting Singapore just couple of days after my departure. Here is to life that’s full of arrivals and departures!
Srivats
ps: Thanks to Savi, AJCL and aarti for helping me with watermark :)

20 comments:

Aaarti said...

Beautiful post... ok, am gonna go book my tickets now!!! :)

Glad u fig it out!!:)
now go finish ur packing n shopping n wot nots..!!

gils said...

oh ithu inum baaki iruka!!! sgp avlo peria placeada?? :D

Savitha said...

The bird's park - have been quite a few times now, the birds and buddies and the Kings of the Skies are the two shows I still look forward to seeing :).

PS:Singapore Tourism department will be glad to read your series!!

Savitha said...

Pic no. 3--lovely!!

Ramesh said...

I had no idea that the crime rate in Singapore is so high. because you have likened it to the probability of your writing a column in the Straits Times, which is of course very high given how well you write .....

A journey called Life said...

i want to repeat what Ramesh says.. and I loved pic 3 too.. awesome-ly shot..
all the very best Sri, we will really really miss you during our meets..

jehan said...

as always Sri, you posts satisfy my SENSES... haha... oh, husband is practicing John Denver's Annie's Song and "senses" came to my mind first...

i actually regret not visiting my sister in singapore first before heading here in Korea...

yes indeed, this life is full of arrivals and departures... all for the best...

mybittersweetkoreanlife said...

I could only wish you luck and the best days ahead!

RamMmm said...

Have a safe trip back.

Hope the Customs folks do not charge you for the truckloads of memories that you'll bring. :-)

Swaram said...

I agree with Ramesh and Ajcl too Sri :)

And, Singapore tourism board shud thank u for this series ...they wud hv so many visitors after reading this.

N dng so much when u r hard-pressed for time .. ur friend is really really lucky to hv u as one :) God bless u :)

I think she will miss u so much when she will be there :( I wish u both get to meet each other soooon.

R-ambam said...

After reading your posts, i kinda started liking Singapore ! m definitely looking forward to explore singapore better the next time :)

Vidya said...

Very nice. I love those Flamingos! And here's to change!

Ruch said...

Beautiful Beautiful Photography .. u know singapore is a place ive wanted to visit for a very long time !

Ruch said...

I just read your post where you mention about coming back to India .. well welcome back! India might be a bit of a shock after such a long time in Singapore but I am sure you are going to love being back!! All the best!

Photo Cache said...

Your blog is fabulous, I simply enjoy it.

Sentosa is wonderful. Singapore is simply a gastronomic destination.

Kayni said...

that tallest man made waterfall intrigues me...wow.

vishal jindal said...

hi srivats
The chances of you getting robbed cheated or raped is similar to that of me writing a financial column in strait times. :)
n wats dere whos chances of occurrence are as bright as u taking an awsome photograph!!

Magia da Inês said...

Olá, amigo!
Passei para rever seu espaço...
Belas fotos!!!
Aguardo sua visitinha...
Um ótimo fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Itabira - Brasil

அன்புடன் அருணா said...

No wonder you'll be missing Singapore!

Smita said...

I hope I get to there one day!

Lovely pics!