Dan and Lu's Travels
Got a taxi to Singapore Zoo and spent 3 hours wandering around. I'd never been to a zoo before and wasn't sure whether I'd like it bu I was fascinated. There was a giraffe called Lucy, which I liked, but the most fascinating creature was the chimpanzee. Having never seen one in real life, I was transfixed by how human they are (I know, I do know about evolution but until you see it in front of you, you don't fully understand). I then fed the baboons, and we saw lions, orangutans, pumas, polar bears, kangaroos and tigers (among others). A very cheeky monkey displayed why they haven't yet evolved further by battling with a peice of orange he was trying to eat, banging his head on it then chucking it away in disgust; no stamina! We got a bus and train back to the centre then did what every good tourist to Singapore is supposed to - go to Raffles. Raffles Bar and Billiard Room is where in the 1920s, a chinese bartender invented the famous Singapore Sling cocktail (it is also where someone reportedly shot a tiger under the billiard table). So we paid about 15 quid for two Slings, while the waitress giggled at our obvious choice. They were delicious but we couldn't afford any more! We walked down to the river and went to a bar where we met who would be our friends for the evening. Eric and Robert and their lovely Thai girlfriends. Eric was Welsh and used to be a marine and Robert was a Vietnam vet. Very funny and strange evening ensued which involved picking up an American couple who had just moved to Singapore, Art and Michelle and geting very drunk. Eric took us to a bar made entirely of ice inside another bar - he lives in Singa - which was cool ('scuse the pun). We got back to the hostel extremely late......