But going on a Public Holiday was a REALLY bad idea..... And this ONE trip had so much crazy shit going on that I came home with the resolve that i MUST make up a list of dos and don'ts and keep this in mind if I'm ever going back to the zoo again... No, actually, I want to.
So anyway, the entire list is made based on my own subjection and cheapo tendencies and should only be taken as a reference and not a solid guide (jk, i just wanted to include this sentence to make it sound srsbuzinezz)
Note to the Future Me:
1. NEVER EVER GO ON A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.
2. Buy Your Tickets Online.
Get it online instead: http://www.zoo.com.sg/visitor-info/park-hopper-specials.html
Park Hopper Specials
Besides, you can keep the tickets for 30 days and visit one park one trip anyway. You don't have to use the tickets on the same day.
3. Planning Your Routes Ahead
Check out the shows that is going on and plan your route according to that, the shows are pretty good and really fun so i think it's definitely worth it to include them in your itinerary! There's also specific feeding time for each exhibit and some even allow you to feed them too (with a price) and those can be considered too.
4. Bring Your Own Food and Drinks
I think it'd be good if you would pack your own sandwiches and at least a bottle of drink with you when you visit the park. Not only will you assure that you won't go hungry, you save quite a bit on overpriced food and beverages.
Of course, they do sell umbrella at the souvenir shops but..... I think bringing your own sounds
6. COMFORT AS PRIORITY.
Important: Wear COMFY shoes. Since the park would require you to walk a lot, it is reallyyyyyy important that you're in something comfortable that would last you for the whole day of walking and won't break your legs. Imagine if you go to the zoo in platforms or heels.... If you don't die at the end of the day then good for you.
7. Bring Your Camera, Phone is NEVER enough.
But you should really bring a camera. There's so much to see, so much to take and everything is so cute you just wanna scream "CUTE!!!!!!" and then take a photo so you can show it to someone else later. If you don't bring a camera, I guess you might regret it (or at least i'll definitely regret it, thank god i brought mine today).
8. Book A Cab Home. (if you're cabbing)
Mandai IS really far from city and it's pretty far away if you don't drive. There's direct buses there and shuttle bus to Khatib MRT but I think cabbing probably sounds the most comfortable ^ ^
For someone who walked and stood 8 hours straight, cabbing home was the ONLY option we had (not really, but i'm serious). It was really tiring covering the full parks by foot and by the end of the whole adventure, we're almost dead, or at least our legs were.
The taxi queue is pretty crazy, and there's also bitches that would cut your queue - e.g. mums who carry their kid in one arm dashing towards a cab where someone just alighted and then never letting go of the door until the cab driver lets them on - dude, you're carrying a fREAKING child, please at least consider the safety of your child o m g.
Anyway, it's DEFINITELY WISE for you to make a call and book a cab. You can even call for one when you've decided that it's time to go home and then just make your way out of the parks, sounds like a pretty decent isn't it.
There's probably more I wanna add to this and modify, but I'm too tried to do anything right now omg. I hope the next time I visit the zoo, I better keep these in mind and don't end up dying again. Will blog with pictures and stuff about the zoo another day.
Also, I didn't get to see Jia Jia. Boo.