Sometime in May this year I saw this product for sale at our local Evington Road Co-Op, Leicester. More than the product itself, it was the advertisement that caught my attention.
Watching elephants batheing? breakfast with orang utans? fraternising with deers and lions and tigers??
Is this jungle deep in the Amazon forest, the jungles of Borneo or the Congo Equatorial Forest?
No, it's in a country that's just 682 sq. km in area but which has 3,000 km of roads. It's the largest exporter of ornamental fish ( 25% of the world's market). The highest man-made waterfall is located here and at 30 metres high it's about one-sixth of the country's highest natural point. It boasts of having the largest fountain in the world. All these in the second most densely populated country in the world (after Monaco) and where 90% of the population live in high rise flats.
It once described itself simply as an island, but now that teeny-weeny pockets of land and sand and reefs can be 'stitched' up to the mother island (like the Southern Islands in the south-west) to create an extension - the existence of 63 other tiny islands have been included in the CV.
Well. this is the location of the Grand Prize.
NB : Bukit Timah at 164 metres is the highest point, the waterfall is at Jurong Bird Park, the fountain is at Suntec City, SE Asia's largest gambling joint and the Night Safari is the pride of the Zoo, the first night zoo in the whole world!
The people who made all these wonders possible live here.
|Thank you Lely for this photograph|