( 4.7 ) ( 11
Feb 20, 2003 05:55
Pros : clean, beautiful
and interesting place
Cons : none
18th Feb - Visited the symbol of Singapore - the Merlion. Basically
a big fountain of a fish with a lion's head but it was nice to see
the river again from a different perspective. Then we headed to
Fort Canning Park again to visit the Battle box which is the bunker
where the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japs was made.
We were given a guided tour with little earphones and looked through
radio mikes to see the old looking film footage superimposed on
the rooms. This was really spooky as you could see the furniture
for real and then people moving around on the film. In other rooms
they also had moving waxworks of Mr Percival (the guy who made the
decision) and all his crew and this was also really weird as they
were so life like. We watched them move the pieces around on the
maps with big sticks and then watched the meeting where the fateful
decision was made. Singapore had little water, fuel or ammo but
what they didn't know was that the Japanese had even less. However,
Percy stuck by his decision in order to save the civilians even
though they probably got a worse deal after the surrender anyway.
The box was sealed after the war and only opened in 1988 and it
is still being restored in places and it was chilling to see graffiti
left by both sides at those important times in history.
Next we headed into town to try and get some antibionics over the
counter but with no luck, as yes, you guessed it, yet another abcess!!!
This one about half an inch from the first one but we are getting
quite used to them now.
Our last activity for Singapore was the infamous Night Safari. It
was expensive at $20 each and it was raining on and off but it was
worth it. We took a tram ride, then did a walk, then re-joied the
tram and then did another 2 walks so we covered the whole area.
The animals get really close to the trams and sometimes scare you
when they suddenly move from the shadows inches from your face!
We saw bearded pigs, mousedeer, fishing cats, hyenas, large bats
and all sorts of other weird and wonderful creatures. We also saw
a lovely family of elephants too. Best of all for us were the big
cats that you can view on the walks behind glass screens. They can't
see you but the tigers stood in a line facing us about 5 feet away
which was really thrilling. We also saw some leopards resting against
the glass and got a real close up of their beautiful eyes and huge
paws. There was a big pride of lions too with a huge male watching
over the proceedings as his cubs playd and tumbled around. You can't
see any bars or cages which is really great as they use natural
barriers and you really feel that you are in their territory as
you stroll around the paths through the trees in the pitch darkness.
Luckily we just made the last train back to Geylang.
A brilliant way to end our Singapore journey!!