Adventures in Singapore – January 2016

Hey y’all!  I can’t believe January is already over!  After a fast and furious December, a low key January was just what the Doctor ordered.  We really didn’t do a whole lot this month, but were able to sneak in a few fun adventures.  January 15th was David’s birthday, so Dylan and I tried our best to spoil him.  Dylan bought some fun Star Wars Lego sets to build with his dad, and I, of course, slaved over a hot stove (quite literally) to make his favorite dessert – applesauce spice cake.  YUM!!!  We were FINALLY able to get reservations on Saturday afternoon to an extremely popular Greek restaurant named Blu Kouzina.  Let me just say…TOTALLY worth the wait.  So good and so authentic!  They even exclusively use extra virgin olive oil that is harvested on their own family farm (the Tsakiris Estate) in Greece.  The gyros and the fava with pita were AMAZING and the baklava was, by far, the BEST we’ve ever had.  We will definitely be back!

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Soooooo yummy!!!

Soooooo yummy!!!

Dylan and I finally made it to The River Safari – which was the last park of Wildlife Reserves Singapore that we needed to visit.  It sits on the northern part of the island, right by the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari.  It’s a park that’s inspired by the world’s most iconic rivers (Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Mekong, Yangtze and Amazon) and the wildlife found there.  The park has over 6,000 animals (including 40 threatened species) and also has the world’s largest freshwater aquarium (the Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit) which houses HUGE fresh water manatees.  Our favorite part of the day – the Giant Panda Exhibit. Like the zoo, the natural enclosures make you feel like you’re “up close and personal” with the animals.  I could have watched the amazing pandas all day long.  So adorable!  Dylan also really enjoyed the Amazon Quest ride/exhibit.  A couple of months ago, he did a research paper on “Creatures of the Amazon,” so it was really cool for him to see a lot of the animals he reported on – the spider monkey, jaguars, anacondas, and his personal favorite, the capybara (the world’s largest rodent).  All in all, it was a really fun day!

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The HUGE freshwater tank

The HUGE freshwater tank

GIANT fresh water manatee

GIANT fresh water manatee

Lots of HUGE river fish

Lots of HUGE river fish

Never smile at a crocodile...

Never smile at a crocodile…

Kai Kai is so adorable!

Kai Kai is so adorable!

We could've watched her all day!

We could’ve watched her all day!

Red panda - look at that face!

Red panda – look at that face!

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He looks thrilled

He looks thrilled

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Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

Pretty kitty

Pretty kitty

What you lookin' at?

What you lookin’ at?

Oh how I love a South American iguana!

Oh how I love a South American iguana!

Amazon flamingos

Amazon flamingos

Capybara - like a giant guinea pig

Capybara – like a giant guinea pig

Green anaconda

Green anaconda

Monkeys, monkeys everywhere!

Monkeys, monkeys everywhere!

These little guys were super friendly

These little guys were super friendly

The River Safari sits on the Upper Seletar Reservoir

The River Safari sits on the Upper Seletar Reservoir

Beautiful jungle scenery surrounds the whole park

Beautiful jungle scenery surrounds the whole park

Lots of cool birds

Lots of cool birds

At the end of January, our church had their annual beach party on Sentosa Island.  Dylan had a blast swimming, building sand castles, and playing with friends.  He even got to throw a football around 🙂 We missed it last year, so he was super excited to be able to go this time.  Super fun day…even with a torrential downpour at one point 😉

Pretty day on Sentosa Island

Pretty day on Sentosa Island

So that about sums up our “calm” January.  I’m excited about the February blog – Chinese New Year is just about here and it’s the biggest holiday celebration in Singapore!  There will be a lot to report on next month.  Until then, I hope this post finds everyone healthy, happy and smiling!

 

 

 

 

 

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