Monday, September 03, 2007

The New Guy in My Neighbourhood

I've been seeing him around, this new guy in the neighbourhood, and he's kind of cute. Mostly, I've seen him hanging around downstairs from one apartment block or another, usually alone, and always seeming to be pretty curious about his environment. Just today, I saw him downstairs meddling with a motorcycle. Oddly, I don't think it was his. It doesn't seem he knows how to drive. Most monkeys, after all, don't.

He showed up in my neighbourhood a few months ago. Shortly after, I saw animal control out, and figured he'd end up either back in the jungle somewhere, or (more likely) in the zoo. But it seems not. It seems, instead, that he's managed to evade the long arm of the law. At any rate, he keeps turning up around here.

That's one of the things I love about life in Singapore. You often see things here that seem incongruous, yet somehow manage to live happily side by side. Whether it is the Chinese stall selling its pork rib soup sitting next to the stall selling Muslim fare, or the old traditional-style temples sitting at the base of an ultra-modern skyscraper, somehow Singapore seems to accommodate it all very nicely.

That's how this monkey makes me feel too. He probably wandered out of the jungle into the bustling neighbourhood where I live. The jungle, after all, lives on nicely just a few kilometers away in nearly every direction from my otherwise typical urban flat. It's nice to see how the two can continue along so harmoniously, resting in close proximity to one another.

I have been trying to catch the monkey with my camera, but seem to miss him every time. When he shows up again, I'll try one more time. When I do finally get him, I'll make sure to post his photo here. I think you'll agree that he's a rather nice looking fellow.



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6 comments:

silken said...

great post. I think we'd all love to see the new guy in your neighborhood!

hifidel said...

I really hope I can get pictures of him soon. When my nephews were here recently, the older one caught sight of him under a big truck that was stopped at the roadside one morning. Another time, he was just sitting under one of the apartment buildings (probably begging for food). Today, he was playing around with someone's motorcycle. It has been pretty amusing to see him show up here and there around the neighbourhood. I don't know if he can evade the law forever though...

spinayarn said...

Seems to me I have seen a few monkeys on motorcycles!

hifidel said...

spinayarn, now that you mention it, I've known a few too.

Sun Singer said...

We have enough trouble with raccoons getting into everything. Don't know if I could get used to random monkeys.

Malcolm

hifidel said...

Yes, I keep waiting to see some sort of odd mischief by the little guy, Malcolm, but he's pretty low-key so far. I hope that lasts!