Today I travelled from Singapore to Malacca using a coach service. One of the first recommendations from my host in the guesthouse where I'm staying was to visit the Jonker walk night market. She told me they close the motor traffic on the Jonker street so it becomes an open market with buzzing crowds and a variety stalls offering antiques, crafts, clothing and food of all kinds.
In the afternoon I passed by the street but I didn't recognize it because its current name is different (Jalan Hang Jebat) and it was relatively quiet at that time. When I crossed the street again during the evening I couldn't miss it:
There was some tasty food as you can see from the gallery below, but I want to highlight is the "The coconut master": I observed at the main entrance there were many people around a stall selling coconuts and there was even some clapping once in a while, so that caught my attention. When I came closer I found out that they were staring at a skillful vendor who was hacking and peeling a coconut in such a way so he could get the whole coconut in one piece! I have never seen something like that. I couldn't resist to record a video and show the guy in action:
And afterwards I bought one of those coconuts. Here is the yummy result of his work that I enjoyed very much:
That was an amazing desert!.
The last time I passed through Singapore with my girlfriend, we didn't have enough time to visit the Singapore Zoo, because it was bit outside of the city center. Nevertheless based on the word of mouth recommendations and what I have read in a couple of travel guides, this was definitively one of the plans I wanted to to this time around. I started looking for alternatives to get there and even if the most convenient way is to grab a cab from the city center, I had an EZ-Link card with credit and I was not in a hurry so I made the journey using public transport. It's straightforward (Even if it takes longer):
- Catch the MRT red line (North South line) in the direction of Jurong East.
- Get out in the An Mo Kio station. Here there is a transport hub with many buses.
- Take the bus 138 to the Singapore Zoo.
Overall I'm really satisfied with visit. A former colleague of mine told me that one of very nice things about this Zoo is that the enclosures are relatively open so the animals have plenty of space and they don't feel necessarily trapped. I agree with him. You have to be patient to see the animals and some them are hard to see, but at least they are not in horrible cages.
Here are some pictures of the animals I saw yesterday (besides of the funny Penguin you see above):
3. Komodo Dragon
5. Pygmy hippopotamus
In conclusion, it is very nice animal park and I highly recommend it. I left the country this morning and I just arrived to Malacca, Malaysia. Stay tuned!
It is quite rainy today in Singapore so I'm having a coffee, waiting for the rain to be over. I will use the time to update this blog. In the picture above you can find a statue of "Merlion", a Merlion, a mythical creature that gives the name of Singapore. Just behind my table I have the following historic snippet:
The merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village and the lion head represents Singapore's original name - Singapura - meaning "Lion city" or "Kota singa".
I don't remember if I learned about this fact the last time I came here, but regardless I find it interesting.
I uploaded a couple of pictures to my breaksian Google+ page that I took yesterday and this morning. I'm sharing them below using a plugin. Enjoy!. In the meantime I will continue walking the city trying to beat the jetlag sleepiness.