Singapore: My Trip to the Zoo with My Parents

 

Along Night Safari’s Leopard Trail, peer into the often hidden world of our Sri Lankan leopards in their forested habitat.

Just before my nephew was born in December 2000, my parents came to visit me at work. I was living on a “Renaissance Cruises” ship amidst a fifty-day sailing from Athens, Greece to Bangkok, Thailand. Being the senior assistant cruise director, passengers had seen me on television, on stage, in the halls and in port various times. My parents’ arrival as new cruisers was akin to a royal sighting. Everyone wanted to meet them and inform them my antics.

There were many highlights and a few dreary moments during the fifty-day sailing packed with different ports; we were in Oman during Ramadan, had troubles with the local seaman in Qatar, and some evening performers showed up hours late or not at all on several occasions.

I was thrilled to have my parents visit me and could not wait to share amazing sites with them on their first visit to Asia. Singapore was one of my favorite places on the sailing. I loved when my mom and dad took me to the Singapore Zoo. We participated in the Jungle Breakfast program with the orang utans and enjoyed each other’s company.  

The quirky yet enchanting Malayan tapirs will captivate you during your Night Safari tram ride.

Because of responsibilities onboard, I regretfully missed the Night Safari  that my parents later raved about. During my seven years at sea and two sabbatical years in Asia, I have had very few regrets except missing out on viewing the animals at the nocturnal zoo. George and I will take advantage of discounted accommodation to see the sights and enjoy the shopping in Little India and Arab Street. Don’t miss out! travelmob Facebook Fans only:   

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All photos courtesy of Wildlife Reserves SingaporeBelow: The magnificent bull elephant, Chawang, salutes visitors as they enjoy a tram ride in Singapore’s Night Safari. 

Chawang, the park’s largest resident, is one of five Asian elephants that calls this attraction home.

 

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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