Thursday, 30 September 2010

Marina Bay Sands

After visiting the zoo and having the afternoon tea at the hotel, we made our way to Marina Bay via the MRT to check out Marina Bay Sands

Couldn't help but notice that there seems to be quite a few things still under construction here

We got a bit lost from the station to the bus stop for Marina Bay Sands as we saw heaps of shuttle buses drive past, but didn't know where to get on them so we waited (for ages!) and caught a public bus which takes about 2 minutes from the bus stop near Marina Bay station

There were so many people here as it is relatively new. 

Massive, it took a good while to walk from one end of the place to another




The exterior is far more impressive than what's inside though, the casino was pretty plain.  Singaporeans have to pay $100 to get in (ouch!) but for tourists, it's free.

A couple of the designer stores on offer at Marina Bay Sands

One of the many eats on offer

Tempting macarons


Looks very nice at night, though shame we didn't know where to go for a nice far away shot of the building!

Out in the promenade section of the building overlooking The Fullerton

See the ship looking thing on top? That's the Skypark, and we didn't go up because the line for it was insanely long and if you look closely at this picture, you can spot loads of little ant people on top! Crazy.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Singapore Zoo

Even though it rained in the morning, the zoo was still great.  We didn't get to catch all the shows as some of them were cancelled due to the rain, but it stopped half way through the morning and the sun came out which was good as it meant we were able to get off the zoo tram and walk around a bit.


These 2 Rhinos were ready to charge at each other until the baby Rhino purposely stood in the way, not sure what was going on! 

I really liked the 'natural' barriers that they had in place, which meant that you could barely see the wire fencing with some of the enclosures, great for photo taking 

Zebra - There's the age old question whether zebras are black with white stripes or white with black stripes. They look like they are white with black stripes in my opinion, but Google seems to come up with a plethora of answers

Most of the big cats were hiding under cover - I think because of the rain

The Lion Exhibit

With the sole male looking a little wet from the rain

Unfortunately his magnificent mane was looking a little flat...

Giraffes feasting on tree branches

Another one hiding from the rain

Such a beautiful coat, it looks fake!

Exploring

Showing off some razor sharp teeth

The elephants having some breakfast

They kept tossing the branches with their trunk and hitting it on the ground several times before eating, anyone know why they do this?

And into the monkeys section:

Most of the monkeys look hilariously like little old men with serious faces

Awesome long tail for swinging around



This is what I mean about the hilarious face that only a mother could love!

A large group - they have the most gorgeous colouring - with red legs, grey body and a long white tail

Check out the cute baby!


Mr White Tiger

Very busy pacing back and forth

Warthogs dozing

Baboons

The smallest little baby in the pack

Feasting


We did manage to catch one show...

Action shot of coconut being smashed open



Tuesday, 28 September 2010

US Online Shopping Wishlist

I'm so keen to do a massive US parcel forwarding order as the AUD/US rate is so good at the moment.

I've been eyeing the following items from Zappos. They don't ship internationally so the parcel forwarding service is the only option - I was thinking of combining it with a Sephora order.

Marc by Marc Jacobs flats - I really like the quirky prints that pretty much define the Marc Jacobs diffusion line

These are adorable too - with a grinning Miss Marc on the front and a similar print to the first pair

These Vivienne Westwood Anglomania/Melissa Ultragirl V flats are so pretty too!




One in each colour, please! If I had to pick though, I think the blue is really nice.

I'm also going to open a foreign currency account with HSBC and change over some HKD for next year.

Will you take advantage of the high exchange rate at the moment?

Monday, 27 September 2010

Breakfast with the Orangutans - Ah Meng Restaurant, Singapore Zoo

I was so excited to visit Singapore Zoo for the Jungle Breakfast at Singapore Zoo

I'd heard great things about the zoo and it's open concept - most of the animals can be viewed closely without anything getting in the way. Instead of wire fences blocking the views, natural barriers, such as water, are used instead.

It rained heavily during the morning though, which pretty much meant that a few things I wanted to do, didn't happen - such as feeding the animals, riding an elephant and seeing some of the shows

The breakfast is held at Ah Meng's restaurant, near the entrance of the zoo. We were pretty much the first ones there, and got an awesome seat right next to the Orangutans- It was the best table in the whole restaurant!

The open restaurant

The food was OK, I didn't eat that much as I wasn't really that hungry - basically you pay for the Orangutans, and breakfast is just the usual fare - sausages, egg, bread, hash browns, fruit, juice, cereals, asian selections etc, nothing that special!

My small selection - french toast, sausages, scrambled eggs, hash brown and fruit

They also had a cheese platter.. mmm cheese

Impatiently waiting for the Orangutans

With their keeper. See that basket? It had durian, rambutans and longans for the Orangutans, they went through heaps through the whole show and the whole floor was covered by the shells in the end.  The durian remained in the basket though (thank goodness!)

They were so cheeky! The keepers had to keep prodding them to keep in line as they were so naughty

The babies of the group were the most naughty, but it was entertaining to watch. They'd pull people's hair and hit them on the head whilst they were posing for photographs with them

One person even got a nasty surprised when the baby decided it would be a good time to pee... on them, hilarious to watch, but I'm glad it wasn't me!

Awesome kung fu move, not sure what this little guy was doing here. Hehe

One of the older Orangutans

My photo with them - unfortunately none of them were actually looking since I think their attention span was non-existent at this point

I really enjoyed the zoo (even with the rain) and the breakfast was well worth it. Be sure to book in advance though for the good seats!