El and I went to the zoo on a field trip recently with his class. I went with him and on the way day, he was very excited by the posters of Jia Jia and Kai Kai hanging on the lamp posts, and it tickled his bone that when the posters switched to the right of the road and the order of the pandas was changed. It was the first time in a long time since I had gone out with him by myself. I enjoyed the little date we had.
His classmate, E, was there waiting, and El was happy. Then he spotted another classmate, D, who towered over him. I bought him pizza, and he ate some. After the longest time, one of the parents realised that the teachers and the other students had arrived and they were at the other side.They had their snack time, and two ‘giraffes’ came out to play with them. The children were running all over the place and one wanted to hit the giraffe. Oh well. Then one boy ran to sit on an alligator statue, and El followed suit. He had lots of fun. I think we spent far too much time outside.
We finally went into the zoo, and my friend who was there earlier with her daughter and husband with the morning class finally left the zoo.
Our first stop was the cotton top tamarinds, which were at the entrance. They were on a low tree, and were pretty friendly. One parent went to pull the monkey’s tail. What kind of values was he imparting to his children? How awful! I was so angry, and immediately told El not to do that. I should have told him off, but I did not.
Then, we went to check out other animals. Some of the animals that caught my attention were the pygmy hippos, and the proboscis monkeys. The pygmy hippo could not swim, but they love to be in the water. Hence, they tip toe and push themselves forward! How interesting. The proboscis monkeys had big noses, and big bellies. They ate a lot of leaves.
It was pretty tiring. El’s teacher held his hand for a while and he talked to her in his tiny voice. I let him wander a little on his own, especially at the white tiger enclosure, and he had a lot of fun. His classmates were roaring at the tigers, one of them Omar, but the tigers simply ignored them as they lay there.
After the programme, we took a break by the proboscis monkey enclosure. He asked me a lot of questions, but most regarding the zoo map, which had two proboscis monkey enclosures, and he asked me to bring him to the other. I kept telling him that I was tired and they were the same.
I had run out of water and went to KFC to buy a drink. Ridiculous price. Then El wanted some fries, so I bought him that. Then he wanted water, but it was too cold, and then I went to get some hot water, which he promptly dip his fingers in and recoil in pain. While I was paying at the counter earlier, I had left him on his own and he dropped his water bottle and complained. Anyway, it turned out ok eventually, and we finally left the place. Within minutes, he fell asleep in the car.