Sunday, 9 September 2012

Panda-mania, Panda-monium & Panda-ssador

Happy birthday, Kai Kai!



Giant panda Kai Kai turned five on Friday. And unlike his arrival in Singapore a week ago, his birthday celebrations were a quiet affair treating him with a birthday cake of ice, carrots and panda biscuits.

The five-year-old is in quarantine, just like his female counterpart, Jia Jia.

And both have started munching on locally grown bamboo. 

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Giant panda Kai Kai celebrates 5th birthday with "cake"

 

Giant panda Kai Kai celebrated its fifth birthday in Singapore today, with a delicious "cake" made of ice, carrots, and high fibre biscuits, according to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore (WRS).

Kai Kai's special treat had to be frozen overnight and weighed approximately 5 kg.

Together with his female partner Jia Jia, the two pandas are here on a 10-year loan from China 

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Kai Kai celebrates 5th birthday with ice 'cake'

Giant panda Kai Kai celebrates 5th birthday


My name is Kai Kai and it's my birthday

Jia Jia documents her journey from China to Singapore 

The new arrival of our Panda-talents



Giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia arrive in Singapore

Channel NewsAsia, 6 Sep 2012


Singapore welcomed two new residents, giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia from Chengdu, China on Thursday morning.

The pandas are in Singapore on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government to mark two decades of strong ties between China and Singapore.

Kai Kai and Jia Jia boarded a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 cargo freighter at 3.45am on Thursday morning. 

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Pampering The New Arrivals

Not exactly your average retirement home for senior citizens
The Singapore Action Group of Elders (SAGE) organisation that pioneered the concepts of active aging, which was founded by former parliamentary secretary for social affars Chan Chee Seng, closed its gates permanently two months ago. It's activities, like matching services for the elderly, free health screenings, educational talks on road safety and first aid, took a fatal toll on its finances. A spokesman for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) said the Institutions of a Public Character (IPC) status for SAGE was withdrawn because it faced "recurrent deficits".

The same question was not asked when $8.6 million was spent to create a fancy climate controlled home for two pandas from China. Kai Kai , 5, and Jia Jia, 4, not exactly elderly citizens, are flying in from the Ya'an panda base in a specially fitted Singapore Airlines 747. The giant 1,500 square metres complex at River Safari, Mandai, will be scrupulously maintained at 18 to 22 degrees Celsius around the clock. To simulate their original natural habitat, lush live plants, boulders and water features, waterfalls with shallow pools, climbing structures and enrichment features are constructed so the pandas can rest, explore, climb and swim. The foreigners will also create new jobs, but their special keepers will be sourced from China.

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan, who flew to China for the grand send off party, assured everybody the panda newcomers will be well looked after in Singapore, there will be no deficit of funds when it comes to pampering the new residents. There's even a special conservation programme to "adopt" the pandas for an annual contribution. Needless to say, the senior citizens at SAGE were never subjects of such adoption initiatives.

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Multi-million dollar home for pandas


Giant pandas Jia Jia and Kai Kai are arriving in Singapore on September 6.

And their S$8.6 million home is almost complete at Singapore's latest tourist destination - the River Safari.

Their enclosure is a 1,500-square-metre lush and green oasis designed to replicate the pandas' home in Sichuan province which also bears some 50 species of bamboo and other sub-tropical plants.

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OPINION: Going overboard with Kai Kai and Jia Jia? - mrbrown


mrbrown.com, 7 Sep 2012

It's pandamonium in Singapore as Kai Kai and Jia Jia, the celebrity pandas arrive this morning from Chengdu, China.
They really sent the welcome wagon, complete with these dancing mascots. I wonder how the real pandas feel about humans dressed as them, welcoming them in dance. [Photo: Vimita Mohandas]

Maybe in Panda Land, when humans arrive at their zoo, pandas dress in human costumes and dance to welcome us too

I think we may gone a little overboard with the welcome. I mean, really? All these VIPs? Link



Minister Teo Ser Luck and former President Nathan at Airport to welcome Pandas



Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Teo Ser Luck and ex-President Nathan who is the Chairman of CapitaLand Hope Foundation were at Changi Airport this morning (6 Sep) to welcome the 2 giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, from China.

60 other guests and officials accompanied Mr Teo and Mr Nathan to welcome them.

The pair of giant pandas are on loan from China for 10 years to mark two decades of diplomatic relations.

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Panda Trinkets Unleashed in Singapore





The arrival in Singapore Thursday of two Chinese VIPs—Very Important Pandas named Kai Kai (male) and Jia Jia (female)—has given rise to a new sought-after commodity in the city-state: panda swag.

Singapore is welcoming the furry beasts in a manner befitting Southeast Asia’s financial capital, with the Monetary Authority of Singapore issuing a silver-proof commemorative coin.

The 5 Singapore dollar coin sports a color likeness of the ursine visitors next to a stand of bamboo and comes “in a unique oval shape, the first of its kind in Singapore,” according to the MAS.
Jia Jia, a 4-year-old female panda, looked out from her cage upon arrival at Changi Airport in Singapore.
There is no word yet on whether the central bank plans a senior debt issue in honor of the panda pair. But Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which will house the pandas at a new “River Safari” attraction, has remembered the city-state’s legions of bankers and entrepreneurs. Besides the traditional array of T-shirts and plush toys that say “Kiss me” when squeezed, zoo gift shops will offer a business-card carrying case bearing the pandas’ likenesses. 

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Singapore Panda 


The 2 cute Pandas from China arrived yesterday at Singapore Changi Airport with much fanfare from Mr Teo Ser Luck, Ex President SR Nathan, hundred of school kids plus staffs from the Wildlife Reserve Singapore (WFS) aka the Zoo. The pair of cute Pandas will be housed at the Zoo, the River Safari, at the Yang Tze area.

Apparently, the Pandas are on 10 years loan and any offsprings are the property of the Government of PRC. According to Teo Ser Luck, their job or KPI as 10 years PR in Singapore is to have baby Pandas. Cost of building the Panda enclosure is around S$8mil while maintaining the Pandas is around a few million S$. So the Singapore Zoo have to work very hard to attract visitors to cover the cost.

I am just concerned how much public fund are given to setup this Panda diplomacy, hosting and maintaining them in Singapore. After all it is a loan from 10 years and I do not know the cost to pay the PRC government for the "loan" too.

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Jia Jia & Kai Kai also have KPI


Jia Jia and Kai Kai like all pandas have baby names. Now that they are in Singapore, they also have KPIs - to make babies.

This came from Teo Ser Luck and I am sure it was spoken tongue in cheek. Nevertheless it was a tad insensitive wasn't it? KPIs are supposed to be servants but they had been elevated to lords and we resent it.

Babies don't make babies. These two pandas are going to be treated like babies beginning with their names.

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We need 'Kretek Diplomacy'



Singapore receives and welcomes two pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai. I am not excited at all about these animals being here. I just hope they find the weather and climate here just fine for them and won't die of stress of being worked out. I do have to admit that Jia Jia and Kai Kai looks very cute.

I think this is what you call 'soft diplomacy' or 'cultural diplomacy'. I am not profound about history of China or have I read much about it's history. Pandas have been tools for diplomacy for the China since the Tang Dynasty.

I have not heard of cases where pandas have attacked humans. They seem very docile. Not that I don't trust these pandas, but I don't trust the owners of the pandas, the People's Republic of China. Their owners don't seem docile at all. I suspect they might have collaborated with the PAP governement in flooding the island republic with PRC citizens and using it as a base to impose it's influence in South East Asia

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Giant Pandas in Singapore for a decade



From ‘Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia arrive in Singapore’, 6 Sept 2012, Today online
Singapore welcomed two new residents, giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia from Chengdu, China this morning. The pandas are in Singapore on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government to mark two decades of strong ties between China and Singapore.
Kai Kai and Jia Jia boarded a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 cargo freighter at 3.45am this morning, arriving at Singapore Changi Airport about four and a half hours later along with a team of five keepers and vets from both China and Singapore who were also on board to ensure the pandas’ well-being.
This is only the third time in history that Singaporeans have seen pandas in the flesh. Cute and cuddly national treasures aside, KKJJ are beasts turned political gifts as part of China’s bid for world domination. In 1988, JIAO JIAO arrived here as part of a Circus troupe, performing tricks like riding a horse and eating with fork and spoon at the Kallang Theatre.

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Giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia arrive in Singapore


Singapore welcomed two new residents, giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia from Chengdu, China on Thursday morning.

The pandas are in Singapore on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government to mark two decades of strong ties between China and Singapore.

Kai Kai and Jia Jia boarded a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 cargo freighter at 3.45am on Thursday morning.

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Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia settling in well



Resident pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia are reportedly adjusting well in their new homes.

Keepers from the Wildlife Reserve Singapore (WRS) conducted a check on them on Friday morning and found the pair, who slept well the night before, chomping on bamboo.

Easy-going Kai Kai apparently did not take long to settle in to his 15 sq m air-conditioned den, while Jia Jia took about five hours to get used to the new environment. 

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Jia Jia documents her journey from China to Singapore



(L) Kai Kai the male panda and (R) Jia Jia the female panda (Photo / Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

Ni hao. People tell me I look like I haven't slept for 10 years.

That is about the period of time I will be spending in Singapore with my mate, Kai Kai.

Trust me, we sleep, and will be sleeping, quite a bit. So I have no idea what people are talking about when they say that. Especially those cosmetic companies who use the line to sell their products, saying things like, “Get rid of panda eyes.” 

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SIA rolls out panda collectibles to raise funds for special-needs children



Singapore, it seems, has been hit by a wave of panda craze since Kai Kai and Jia Jia arrived from China on Thursday.

Collectible panda plush toys, which resemble the two pandas, created a snaking queue at Plaza Singapura. The shopping mall was one of six locations island-wide where the toys were being sold.

Singapore Airlines is raising funds for children with special needs through the sale of the toys. Each panda plush toy costs S$20

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Giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia arrive in Singapore

"Singapore Airlines is pleased to have transported Kai Kai and Jia Jia to Singapore," said the CEO of Singapore Airlines, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

"We warmly welcome them to their new home at the River Safari and are privileged to be playing our part in this significant conservation initiative."

It was the pandas’ first time away from home, and extra care was taken to minimise stress for the animals.

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Giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia receive rousing welcome at Singapore Zoo

The pandas are in Singapore on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government. PHOTO BY NICHOLAS YEO

Singaporeans of all ages gathered at the Singapore Zoo to give a rousing welcome to the giant panda couple, Jia Jia and Kai Kai, this morning.

Armed with paper cut-outs in the shape of panda paws, about 500 students from pre- and primary schools waited eagerly for their arrival from the airport.

At around 10.30am, the giant pandas made their grand entrance to roaring cheers.

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Warm welcome for Jia Jia and Kai Kai

The pandas are in Singapore on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government. Photo by NICHOLAS YEO

Panda fever gripped the Republic yesterday as Singaporeans of all ages gathered at the Singapore Zoo to welcome the giant panda pair, Jia Jia and Kai Kai.

Armed with paper cut-outs in the shape of panda paws, about 500 students from pre- and primary schools - and some parents - waited eagerly for their arrival from the airport.

The pandas are in Singapore on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government to mark two decades of strong ties between China and Singapore.

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Giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia arrive in Singapore

The pandas are in Singapore on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government. Photo by Nicholas Yeo

Singapore welcomed two new residents, giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia from Chengdu, China this morning.

The pandas are in Singapore on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government to mark two decades of strong ties between China and Singapore.

Kai Kai and Jia Jia boarded a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 cargo freighter at 3.45am this morning, arriving at Singapore Changi Airport about four and a half hours later along with a team of five keepers and vets from both China and Singapore who were also on board to ensure the pandas' well-being.

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WELCOME KAI KAI, JIA JIA

Waiting for the VIP:Children and parents wait for the arrival of the giant pandas from China.Photo: AFP

Singapore on Thursday gave a VIP welcome to a pair of giant pandas loaned by China for 10 years to mark two decades of close diplomatic relations.

The bears — five-year-old male Kai Kai (‘victorious’) and four-year-old Jia Jia (‘beauty’) — will be the stars in a new section of the Singapore Zoo and will make their public debut in December after a quarantine period.

Singapore hopes they will have babies during their stay and has devoted millions of dollars to a climate-controlled enclosure designed to promote breeding in the island's humid tropical climate.

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Conservation campaign offers panda lovers chance to be "pambassadors"


Conservation campaign "Chengdu Pambassador 2012" is offering panda lovers a chance to go on a global tour as an ambassador for panda conservation with the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu Panda Base).

The campaign, which will be launched on September 10, seeks partners, or "pambassadors", to help raise awareness and support for the endangered giant pandas.

Campaign activities will include a "Panda Quest" Facebook competition and global community events.

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China pandas enroute to Singapore


CHENGDU, China: Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia are enroute to Singapore from China.

The pair are on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government, marking more than two decades of strong ties between the two countries.

The plane carrying the two pandas took off for Singapore at 4am. It is expected to land at approximately 8.20am.

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Giant pandas get rousing welcome at Singapore Zoo



Singaporeans of all ages gathered at the Singapore Zoo to give a rousing welcome to the giant panda couple, Jia Jia and Kai Kai on Thursday morning.

Armed with paper cut-outs in the shape of panda paws, about 500 students from pre- and primary schools waited eagerly for their arrival from the airport.

At around 10.30am, the giant pandas made their grand entrance to roaring cheers.

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Pandas making babies - that's the 'KPI'



The upcoming River Safari attraction yesterday welcomed two "beary" special additions, with the arrival of giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia from Chengdu, China.

Kai Kai is male and turns five next Friday, while Jia Jia is a four-year-old female.

The pair - on a 10-year loan from the Chinese government to mark 20 years of close ties between Singapore and China - were on board a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 cargo freighter that touched down at 8.20am at Changi Airport's JetQuay CIP (Commercially Important Persons) terminal. 

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Watch: Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia arrive in Singapore




Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia arrive at Singapore's Changi Airport this morning after a 2,000-mile flight from Chengdu. They are on loan from China for a 10-year period and will be on display at an air-conditioned enclosure at the River Safari which will be open later this year. 

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Last but not least, NEVER SAY "NO" TO PANDA