Another week of sight seeing

10 08 2009

After the first week getting used to the singaporean food , it was time to explore singapore when there was time. There was a long schedule ahead. Starting from attending college stuff like registration and form submission etc to chking our local sight seeing places. After the college procedures were completed came the college orientation , the usual lecture stuff and also gave a news that there were no rewriting of exams once failed . if failed then its bye bye to MS.

This was a bad news to our plan of sight seeing during semester. So decided to do it even before the classes start. First in the list was two choices , Jurong bird park and the Singapore Zoo.  Place was to be finalized based on when we get ready the next day. As usual got up late lead to reaching the busstop very late, so it was bird park which was luck to get out donation . Surprisingly there’s a separate bus form boonlay just to this bird park alone, no other stop in between. Singapore is serious about growing its tourism.

So off we went to the bird park expecting to see empty trees with just boards hanging with the name and a photo of the bird supposed to there. After donating an entry fee of 25$ we were let in with a map and some complementary coupons.  First stop was the panorail, In and off we went. Got a good view of the various birds that were housed and the route to be taken to watch the birds. 2 things in the park impressed me. One was the fact park has taken many steps to recreate the birds natural home as much as possible rather than put it in cage for display, yea they were in a cage still they had plenty of room to move about. Second is the the interaction that was possible with the birds. Its not like birds are inside the cage and u watch if from outside. Visitors are allowed to go inside the cages and watch the birds . Even feeding stations were there for visitors could enjoy feeding the birds. The penguins were housed in super chilled and iced room to suit them. Even the owls were kepts in darkroom with just enought lighting to find them in the trees.

This was next followed by the bird show. Lots of well trained birds starting from cranes to parrots all made their appearance and showcased their talents. Hats off to the trainer who had the patience to work this out with birds. One good method to keep the visitors coming and also add to the fund of park .

As they day passed as a second we came to realise it was the closing time . Missed lots of shows that day balme it on our sleep. So the day came to the end with a faces of birds happily living in closed quaters.

In a couple of days the Singapore National day arrived. As usual we woke up sooo late tat decided to stay back and waste time on the computer as usual. At the last moment came to know Singapore national day parade happens in the evening and not in the morning as in India .The Parade happened at Marina bay. So Off we started. None of us had a ticket to watch the parade . Plan was to watch the airshow and also the fireworks and return back home. As we reached there i saw was i have only read in novels as “Ocean of people”  its heads everywhere i can see, waiting to take a glimpse of the action. With no idea as to where the parade is to happen with moved along with the crowd to a river half hidden by a bridge. Sadly it was on the opposite side the action was happening and we had no access to the other side. So we have made the maximum of what we could see out of any available space. The action started with a chase of partol boats on jetski followed by a chinook helocipter dropping a navy attack team with boat in the river . Next all we could hear were series of booms. with no smoke or fireworks. Then came the chopper carrying the national flag escorted by 3 attack choppers, reminded me of the indian day parade i used to watch on TV, only this was much closer . Last was a display of 3 fighter jets with sound booming to the hearts. The military display concluded with that and the dances and musik began. It was in some stadium nearby . We settled for the live telecast on the big screen nearby. As time went by the parade started marching from the stadium to the parliment . With army , Navy , Airforce and another team which by the uniform i could only guess as the fireresponse. First thing that i noticed was that most of them were kids. Singapore seem to start the army training from a very small age.

And so ends the second week in singapore and the real reason i came to Singapore for starts . Classes starts tomorrow and i am still searching for the lecture hall. Time to become book worm.. 😀

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