Day 1 and 2

Posted in Singapore by Sandra on April 16, 2009

THIS IS A VERY LONG POST WARNING.

Well, today is my second day (2.5th to be exact) in Singapore. My body has adjusted a little better to the weather, and by that I mean I don’t perspire at night any more. During the day, however, I still get roasted in my clothes.

Day 0.5: flight to SG
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(The two pictures above are flying over the a desert in the center of Australia… It isn’t soft sand we see here; it’s thick, sun-baked mud!)

Day 1
Tuesday was spent mostly with Libei. We went shopping for jeans, and came away from our 5 hour hunt at Bugis Street and Peninsula Plaza Far East Plaza with two jeans each. We got lost (looking for Bugis Street), we got tired (of walking), and we – okay, I – mixed up Far East Plaza with Peninsula Plaza for some reason. Our final stop was at a smallish shop called “Ever’ley” at Far East Plaza. The lady was very professional and even gave us tips on how to slim our thighs down (prop your legs up against a wall so your weight “shifts” up/down to your upper body instead of pooling in your legs…). When we were there, Sandy Pah was there. Libei had to alter both her jeans, one for length and the other for a smaller waist (lucky girl?), and it was $5 for each alteration… The alterations were practically invisible, and one wouldn’t have guessed it’s been altered! They were done within 30 minutes, too.

EVER’ LEY
14 Scotts Road #04-129
Far East Plaza
Singapore 229213
TEL: 6738 1855
Open Daily: 1pm – 9pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

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Dinner was at Marine Parade, tom yum steamboat at Mini Steamboat!
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I forgot to take pictures of food.. Ugh! It was good though, I had the beef set with golden mushrooms and fish paste. Yum yum yum!

Day 2
I was supposed to meet Peiya today for a spot of dinner this evening, but she cancelled on me because she decided to go off to Hong Kong only two days ago. Tsk, tsk! Instead, I went to Razan’s and spent 3 hours with her and even ended up cam-whoring with her… I showed her a video or two of The Murloc playing with Dion, and her painfully accurate conclusion was that our lovely Dion is a slow-response creature of great cuteness.

I would post the images of the camwhoring if she didn’t look like she just climbed out of bed. Oh wait, she did!

After that I went off and met Leo, for a bit of photography at Punggol End. It wasn’t quite the Punggol End I knew anymore…

The beach was “shortened”, so as to speak. I’m not sure if the developed land crept closer to the waters, or the water levels were raised. There was much undergrowth, huger flies, and no sand to walk on. I didn’t think it was safe/wise to rely on the rocks on the beach to get down onto the sand and back up (largely due to the heat I was melting from), and as a result I didn’t have as many pictures as I’d like to take.

I was, and still am, shocked by the drastic change in landscape of this area… It used to be so undeveloped apart from the private houses and Outward Bound school there. Leo also told me that there’s a restaurant here now, deep within the woods, where no doubt they’ve cleared out probably two-thirds of the trees just to build it.

Pictures will come in a separate entry, as I did take more than 5 pictures…

Dinner was at Bedok Blk 511 hawker centre, BBQ stingray and sa guo fan (how does one write that in Chinese…?), and now I seem to be developing a bit of a sore throat from accidentally breathing the chemical waters of the condo’s swimming pool. I’m exhausted! and so I shall roll off to bed.

I miss my boys and my murloc… /cry~

to the rest of you, good night!

Revisiting Singapore Arts Museum

Posted in Singapore by Sandra on July 18, 2008

It’s been a long time since chr and I visited the Museum, so after a week’s worth of procrastination, I finally dragged myself out into the bright hot sun!

Somehow we just recognized each other despite not having met up for years. (We actually only went out once… to another exhibition.) It’s either magical, or it might have something to do with the fact that he was calling me and I was about to put the phone to my ear when he spotted me. :)

I’m almost sorry I don’t have grand photographs of the museum’s facade, but I have good reasons for it! (A) There were a lot of non-local students who were cashing in on the free afternoon entry (like me!) and (B) I wasn’t alone, and it makes me a little self-conscious about getting into weird positions to take photographs “artistically”… (Oh, who am I kidding?)

Xu Beihong in Nanyang

The Lady's Tale

(This painting was reproduced by artificial means onto a pillar with corners, hence the discontinuity. No photographing allowed in the galleries…)

The current exhibition is titled “Xu Beihong in Nanyang”. While a quick google will no doubt find more information on him, I’ll just say that his art style is heavily influenced and tweaked by whatever countries he was in. But the models were almost painfully relevant to life – no idealized beauty here!

There was another artist whose works were being displayed in Halls 1.1 and 1.2, and then some. Images of the feminine form superimposed on landscape, objects, and the like. I wish I could be more impressed, considering that it wasn’t photoshopped and all, but it really did feel like it :(

Then we walked around some more, and coming to the end of the exhibits, found these little tiles affixed to the lower walls – apparently they’re some activities for young kids, because there were hints to get paper and pencil from the front desk for the kids to do some etching! Of course, we’re more digitally advanced than 10 year olds, so…

Spot The Tile - Rabbit

Spot The Tile - FrogSpot The Tile - Rat

There was also these murals depicting a fusion of modernity with traditionalism. I found them very interesting! LOVE the Macbook! :>

Modern Traditionalism - Ladies

The… “red stuff” is from a pattern of the “xi” word – “happiness”. Usually seen at Chinese weddings! (hints at Skyookums and Ianz)…

Now, a quick rundown of what else I was allowed to take pictures of…

Freedom Lamp

This was hung in the alcove (correct me about the term!), and the staircase curves around it. I love the sullen, sensual redness in contrast to the happy, almost-innocent glowyness of the artpiece…

Hanging Man

This guy surprised us when we rounded a corner, and at first it was shocking. Then while chr stood outside suffering with his green tea (the security guard pointed at him and thundered, “NO DRINKS INSIDE THE MUSEUM! FINISH IT!!”), I admired the … wire… sculpture. It’s quite relaxing actually. He seems quite at ease with his odd pose… He probably spent his life meditating, as if he were in a cocoon, safe from the big bad world!

The Yellow Corridor

A very yellow corridor.
Yes. I don’t know how else to describe it.
Coldplay? :>

Sky

Artwork Explanations

Indeed, what’s a home without associating things/stuff with it?…

Thanks chr, it was a great day out. With B&J ice cream, it just gets better! (-plots to make you late again-) :>

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