Trip Start Dec 08, 2007
Trip End Dec 16, 2007

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Today we woke up really early to catch our 9:30am flight. We had gone to bed at about 11pm last night, and we got up at 4:30am to leave at around 5:30, so needless to say, we were really tired. It helped though, that The Hilton staff were very efficient, and the car that we had ordered was waiting for us outside. The pretty lights that covered the trees and light poles in the Hilton front yard waved us goodbye as we made our way to the airport.
We got to the airport with sufficient time to spare. We went through security and then we went to check in. We waited in line for ages until they told us that the system had shut down, and that they were going to have to check us in manually. This took forever, but they opened two more queues which just meant that all the people behind us now checked in before us. We finally checked in and found our gate. We boarded the flight and settled in. The flight only went for three hours, so we didn't really get to sleep, with lunch and everything.
We lost two and a half hours, making us land at about 4pm, Singapore time. It wasn't though, until about 5:30pm that we boarded the bus that would take us to our hotel, with going through immigration and customs taking longer than I thought.
Our hotel, the Rendezvous was a really nice place. We checked in and walked into our room, which was pretty tiny. We half unpacked and decided what we were going to do. We just had one night, and people advised both the Night Safari and the Night Market. We decided to do both, and so we ate early. We decided to go to the Night Safari first, so we boarded the special bus at around 7:30. We arrived at around 8.
The Night Safari was better than expected. We first boarded a tram without sides that would take us around 3.2kms of the park. The animals were literally close enough to touch, and for me, I was a little scary as I was right on the edge of the tram.
We saw rhinos, lions, giraffes, zebras, about 1800 different species of deer (ok, that was a little exaggeration), hyenas. My favourite was the largest rodent on earth, which looked and acted like giant, giant hamsters. They were like guinea pigs on steroids. The experience was amazing, being so close to the wild animals, who were all awake and eating.
We next queued up for the 9:30 show that was on. We had lined up for the 8:30 show, but they were got full just before us. This time, they closed the rope just in front of us, and we were so upset. Then, a lady came and let us in, which was soooo good. The show had already started, but they hadn't brought out any animals yet. The lady who was in charge of the show was very funny as well as knowledgeable. The animals came out at the start, with a wolf howling on a large rock, followed by a cheetah. Then, two drop bears climbed across a rope just above our heads. Once in the middle, they hung upside down and then dropped onto a keeper. Many animals were brought out including a huge anaconda. My favourite was these otters who, to reiterate the message of recycling, cleverly sorted through plastics, paper and tin and put them in the right bins.
After the show, we caught the bus back home. We got off the bus a few stops earlier, so we could walk down Orchard Road and see all the pretty lights.
Singapore was decorated so nicely in preparation for Christmas, including many nativity scenes and signs that said things like "Find the true meaning of Christmas" and "Jesus Christ came to earth to save sinners!" which was interesting coming from a country that is mainly religions other than Christianity.
It took us anhour to get back to Hotel Rendezvous, and when we did, we were so tired that we just fell asleep.
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