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Tons to do and see in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Sanya, India, Japan -- just where should we go for our summer holiday? Until the last minute, everyone in my family had a different choice. My elder sister was visiting Singapore with her friends and we finally decided to join her there for a week. Our travel agent found us reservations, although flights and hotels were quite full.

After the planning was over, we were excited but didn't start preparing till the day before we were leaving; we were busy helping my cousins and their family move out of Shanghai. However, we did reach the airport in time with our bags packed.

In Singapore, there was so much to see and do. The weather was warm and humid, but usually there was a pleasant sea breeze. The city is so green. We visited Jurong Bird Park, the Singapore Zoo and the famous Night Safari. I expected to find just normal cages as in most zoos. However, the parks were laid out to look like the natural habitats of the different birds and animals.

Some birds stood so still, they could have been statues. We even saw a real ostrich egg. Among the many different parrots, I found the green-winged macaw beautiful. In the zoo, as we went deeper, we found monkeys not in their cages but able to jump out. The shows everywhere were interesting, especially the one in which baby and adult flamingoes came marching out. I was amazed by how all birds and animals are looked after and have enough food and water to survive.

We also made a trip to Universal Studios. From the taxi, when we saw a pink castle, we knew we had arrived. The gigantic globe at the entrance was beautiful. We took the interesting Madagascar boat ride. The 4D Shrek show was fun, except that - bam, boom, splat - we got really wet.

Meeting friends from India and even my teacher from Belgium made me really happy. I felt like I was back in time. At a café, we ordered pastries, chocolate mousse, blueberry cheesecake and hazel nut. I could not eat a bite as I was unwell.

After a tiring and hot day, we visited the Merlion, the symbol of Singapore, by the waterfront. My younger sister and I were soaked as the Merlion spouted water, and the wind blew its cool spray onto us. There was so much more to do and see in the city but it was time to return to Shanghai. Maybe another day.

(Nirali Jain is a Year 4 student from Dulwich College Shanghai)


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