Having been in Singapore for almost four weeks now, I am slowly adjusting to my new surroundings: the people, the (work) mentality, the customs…. and the animals.
In the last couple of weeks I have had some sporadic encounters with the most charming of wildlife, many small geckos, caterpillars and (sometimes huge) cockroaches. All three can be found around my flat every day. While I actually find the geckos and caterpillars somewhat interesting, the cockroaches just not so much.
It is the latter that I unfortunately sometimes run into walking to the MRT station in the morning and home at night. While peacefully walking outside, I would suddenly see a cockroach, often the size of my index finger, crossing my path. This would then cause me to quickly jump into the air and to the side, accompanied with some wild arm and leg movements and a weird cry of horror, after which I would quickly compose myself and walk on like nothing happened. Of course most of the time one or two people would be around to witness this event with either confusion or delight.
Thus, so far for my experiences of Singapore wildlife up until a few days ago. On Tuesday I finally went to a nearby nature reserve, Bukit Timah, with the hope of seeing some really exciting animals. As I had heard that they have loads of monkeys there, I was mainly lookng forward to seeing them.
As it turned out, however, (go figure) I ended up not seeing any monkeys. Fortunately I did see some other animals, like different kinds of lizards, turtles and loads of beautiful butterflies. Also since Bukit Timah is a hill I had a good work out as well. I guess those monkeys will just have to wait a bit for now. In a few weeks time I will visit another nature reserve, trying my luck there.
TBC – #wherearemymonkeys