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Old 06-05-2017, 09:43 PM   #31
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Day 17 -- Universal Singapore sounds like quite a bit of fun. Newton Hawker Food Market sounded lovely. The locals usually know the best places to eat and those are usually more affordable, too.
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Day 17 -- Universal Singapore sounds like quite a bit of fun. Newton Hawker Food Market sounded lovely. The locals usually know the best places to eat and those are usually more affordable, too.
We really enjoyed Universal, more so than we expected to. I think because it was the only theme park on the horizon by that point, we knew there wouldn't be any more Disney, so we just threw ourselves into it. Plus it was rather quiet crowd-wise, making it easier to explore, and there were new rides and shows that we hadn't seen before too. It was a brilliant day, although you know yourself how exhausting the intense heat can be - I think we would have stayed longer in the park had we not been in such heat and humidity all day. The trouble is that Singapore is quite close to the equator and is therefore very humid!

We LOVE Newton food market - the buzz and vibe there are fabulous, and the food is so cheap, yet is really fresh and good quality. When it was at its peak a few years ago, it was huge, with loads of stalls, and big tanks of fresh crab and lobster everywhere - you just pointed at the one you wanted, and they fished it out and cooked it for you there and then. We never actually did that as it made us a bit squeamish, but it just shows how fresh everything was.
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The zoos both sounded incredible. What a neat idea for a zoo in the Night Zoo, getting to see nocturnal animals. We got to see giant pandas at the National Zoo in Washington, D. C. this past November. I was instantly in love with these creatures. One of them was asleep in a tree and the other was munching on bamboo, just like the ones you saw. I got some great pictures of both of them. Now one of these pandas has been returned to China, so we just made it before he was gone. Your dinner with friends also sounded lovely.
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The zoos both sounded incredible. What a neat idea for a zoo in the Night Zoo, getting to see nocturnal animals. We got to see giant pandas at the National Zoo in Washington, D. C. this past November. I was instantly in love with these creatures. One of them was asleep in a tree and the other was munching on bamboo, just like the ones you saw. I got some great pictures of both of them. Now one of these pandas has been returned to China, so we just made it before he was gone. Your dinner with friends also sounded lovely.
The Night Safari really is a lovely zoo, the nocturnal animals are fed during the night too, which makes them come out and explore their enclosures in the hunt for food - this makes for much better viewing for the public, obviously.

Pandas are just adorable, I could have watched them all day! You are right, they all still belong to China and are only ever on loan to each country for 10 years at a time, so it is always best to go and see them sooner rather than later. There are another pair in Edinburgh zoo which we have been saying for the last few years that we need to go and visit, but if we aren't careful they will go home before we get up there!
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Your time in Singapore sounded wonderful and it was obvious that you all were more familiar with this area and truly loved the place. The gardens must have been beautiful. Glad you all made it safely home in spite of the delays with your flights. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome vacation with us.
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Thank you for taking the time to read it! We really did have an amazing time, but the weird thing now is that we are so busy planning for our next adventure that last year's seems like such a long time ago!
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