I’ve lived in Singapore for 11 years and am now a citizen of this island city state, but it’s still hard not to feel like a tourist here sometimes when new attractions pop up every year waiting to be checked out. The S.E.A. Aquarium opened late last year when I was preparing my move to Perth for a job assignment, so this visit, almost a year after, was sort of overdue, but I thought this would be the perfect time to go: they would’ve ironed out the kinks, the early enthusiastic crowd would’ve dissipated, and when else do we have a free weekday? We obviously underestimated the population of Singapore, because the place was packed and bustling, and they charged peak period fees.
S.E.A. Aquarium is advertised as the world’s biggest aquarium and the size of some of the exhibits was nothing like I’ve ever seen. Staring at an immense glass window separating you from a plethora of marine life does something to fill you with a sense of wonder and awe. If the place was emptier and quieter, the feeling would be close to magical. I know Arnold, like many others, preferred to dive and observe these underwater beauties up close in their natural habitat, but I was glad to stay dry in my comfortable clothing and be breathing without any man-made apparatus while a pair of dolphins swam playfully past us or a school of jellyfish danced mindlessly in front of our eyes.
Photos by Arnold Hozana