Local Heart, Global Soul

November 22, 2012

More Monkey Business On Our Last Day in Singapore…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Rasa Sentosa,Rasa Sentosa Food,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s our last morning in Singapore, we wake up early and head off to breakfast, the sun is just up and there’s a hazy tropical mist enveloping the harbour.

I can just make out the forms of ships, but as the sun rises the haze begins to evaporate so after sorting out most of the bags in the room we leave the room to bright sunlight: Himself and the kids heading  for the the pool and me for a little walk around as per my physiotherapists instructions, camera in tow of course.

All of a sudden I become aware of movement on the balconies to my right… monkeys! … and lots of them too, and they appear to be making their way to one specific area.

Someone has put food out on their hotel balcony table and word has apparently travelled fast in the local primate community that breakfast is to be had on the fifth floor.

I watch in amazement as the monkeys appear to defy gravity as they move with ease from one floor to another, even a very young monkey, considerably smaller than the rest makes a leap upwards from the floor below covering a space more than double it’s body length and with nothing apparent to grab on to.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It disappears from view for a split second into the small space between the balconies and emerges by the railings of the balcony one floor higher before scaling the wall to include himself in the breakfast party going on on the balcony next door.

The rest of the day is quiet, the kids opt to spend as much time in the pool as possible. Our flight goes almost at midnight so we’ve arranged for a later checkout than normal and will even have time for an early dinner here at the hotel.

We’ve learned from past experience that the kids will be tired when we leave for the airport and that eating at the airport when it’s their usual bedtime will not be a success (Little Mr. having fallen asleep by the time his order arrived).

Both will be fast asleep on the plane before the first meal arrives so a relaxed early meal at the hotel will make a smooth start to the long journey ahead. Both kids opt for the  pizza Kiwi Daughter had here before, Himself and I go after our favourite dishes.

All too soon our bags are being loaded into a minibus and we are getting inside to go to the airport…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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  1. What gannets they are!

    Comment by Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife — November 22, 2012 @ 7:29 am | Reply

    • Tilly,
      I’m confused… I looked up “gannets” and they are birds not monkeys…

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 22, 2012 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

      • Sorry! It’s a northern idiom – it means greedyguts.

        Comment by Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife — November 22, 2012 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

        • LOL, Thanks for the explanation!
          I think the monkeys have worked out that tourists like taking photos of monkeys so tourists feed monkeys to attract them and monkeys thinks in a very opportunist way “Free meal? Why not! “…
          Before I point any fingers about not feeding the wildlife I have to remember that I put out old bread for the birds (it seems a waste to put it into the rubbish bin when a little beak would surely appreciate it) and ended up with peacock visitors (as well as the little dudes with the bright yellow beaks and matching knee-socks).

          Comment by kiwidutch — November 22, 2012 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

  2. Definitely thats a lot of monkeys!

    Comment by rsmacaalay — November 25, 2012 @ 7:54 am | Reply

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