I was walking Mac this afternoon on the pavement outside our apartment blocks, and at the bus stop I saw a poster for the Jurong Bird Park with a verse from Isaiah – “They will soar on wings like eagles”, and I thought it slightly disturbing that in a secular and multi-racial city state, there’d be a public establishment that would use a biblical verse, as opposed to any other of religious significance, to promote an event.
If there’s nothing wrong with that, why not a Hari Raya Ramadan Bird Park campaign with “Koran 24:1 : …Whom does glorify all those who are in the heavens and the earth and the birds with wings outspread”?
I got home and online and found that the verse was used for the Bird Park’s Birds of Christmas events. But instead of a turkey, there was an eagle on the poster. There was however, a holiday to Turkey the country to be won if one participated in some lucky draw.
The only other turkey to be found at the Bird Park comes in the form of “Bongo’s Christmas Turkey Drumstick Meal” served with butter rice or fries for only $14.90. I dunno, but that sounds a bit like eating bacon in front of a pig.
For your post meal entertainment at 1pm at the Amphitheatre, there’s “Santa’s Pirates”, presumably because his elves are on annual leave.
On top of the Park’s website, there’s a flashing notice that reads “Singapore is bird flu free, so are we”. I think they have Mad Cow instead.