A snap with pandas, and a copy of My Paper
GIANT pandas at Raffles Place Park in the Central Business District?
That was exactly what many rush-hour office workers saw when they picked up their copy of My Paper outside Raffles Place MRT station yesterday morning.
As part of a collaboration between Wildlife Reserves Singapore and My Paper, two mascots representing the River Safari's giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, gave out the day's newspaper and posed for photographs from 7.45am.
Next month, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, who are on a 10-year loan from China, will celebrate the first anniversary of their arrival here.
Both pandas will also celebrate their birthdays next month, with Kai Kai, the male bear, turning six, and Jia Jia, the female, turning five.
For this year's celebrations, Wildlife Reserves Singapore is searching for 10 individuals to be Panda Party Planners and experience life as a panda keeper.
Five of these lucky participants will be chosen by My Paper in an exclusive contest.
Bank executive Cindy Hong, 39, who snapped a photo with the mascots, said her two young kids are enamoured with the bears.
"My son's name is Kaiden, so he identifies especially with Kai Kai," Ms Hong quipped.
Bank intern Grace Leong, 20, who was surprised to receive her newspaper from a panda mascot, described the bears as "cute" and said it was a rare opportunity that Singapore had these animals.
For details on how to take part in the My Paper contest to be a Panda Party Planner, visit www.mypaper.sg