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Dinner and the Night Safari

posted Jun 21, 2012, 6:54 PM by jj pionke
After working all day yesterday, some of the crew from the business library came by the office and picked me up.  We went to the Tea House in the Chinatown area.  One of the crew has worked there on and off for most of her life and she and I get along like a house on fire, mostly because we love tea and science fiction.  Anyway, dinner was Cantonese style Chinese and it was AMAZING.  We also had two different types of tea, a white before and an oolong towards the end.  So Good!  Here is some of the Chinese feast:

Start of the Feast

From closest to furthest, dumplings with meat and chives, chicken masquerading as pork, veggies in a clear wrapper, two different prawns, and more of the same dumplings.  This was just the starting course.  We then moved on to chicken wings which were excellent, a whole chicken that had been stuffed with tea leaves that was so succulent, tender, and moist that I want to know how to make it, pork in a BBQ sauce, chicken feet (I passed on those), steamed water cress leaves in some kind of sauce that was a perfect compliment to them, and a noodle thing with veggies, chicken, and prawns (I skipped the prawns but the chicken, veggies, and noodles were brilliant).  All of the food was excellent and so was the company.  We had a good time and laughed a lot.

They gave me a Chinese teapot!  I am so excited to try it when I get home.  After dinner, my tea friend and I dropped people at MRT stations and at home and then we went to the Night Safari.  You see animals at night in well done lighting so that no one goes blind (us or them) and the enclosures are largely free range depending on the animal.  So the deer types of animals can largely come and go across the road as they please and they will chill out usually within two feet of the tram.  We got extremely lucky because it finally rained here a bit so the temperature went down to something approaching manageable.  We rode the tram around the park and then took one of the trails to see the bat enclosure.  Fruit bats and there were a lot of them.  Many of the larger ones were hanging from the steel netting above us, but there were quite a few that were chilling out in the trees just a few feet from us.  Seriously, it was a lot of fun.  I am so glad that we went.  Here is a blurry, since there was no flash photography, flamboyance of flamingos:

Flamboyance of Flamingos