Getting there was an easy trip along the PIE (the Pan Island Expressway). Finding somewhere to park was another matter as the signage got you off the main road but missed the last vital step of an immediate left turn; we found ourselves heading up the hill above the park. Nice views of the Jurong shipyards from below the satellite station! Eventually we realised what looked like a lorry park exit was also the carpark entrance!
The park itself nestles on the hillside wth lots of ponds, enclosures and a huge walk-in aviary complete with 100 foot waterfall. Apart from the penguins who were a sorry looking bunch mostly interested in their compatriots staring at them from the mirrored wall, most of the birds were from Asia and therefore exotic - Jurong's claim that it is "where colour lives" is indeed true. NB: Do penguins do anything other than stand around in large huddles anyway?
|Looks like a Dodo...|
|The local wildlife has made itself at home!|
|Shaggy pelicans... look more like cuddly toys!|
However when it came to feeding ourselves we discovered that the food on offer was, like many an attraction the world over, mediocore at best. The big bowls of luke warm laksa, Singapore's national dish were a travesty, one prawn, tastless noodles and little of the coconutty spicyness that makes this a favourite comfort food everywhere on the island. As we ate we realised many of our fellow diners were leaving their food almost untouched. Next time we'll come earlier or later to catch the morning or afternoon shows and plan to eat elsewhere.
|Even starlings and pigeons manage to look exotic|
|My favourite - the punk pigeon!|