Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alive Museum in Singapore

Back in my old company in the Philippines, I was known as the "queen of concepts," or the girl who loved to pose for "concept pictures" that involved me acting for a photo. So when I saw this groupon for tickets to the Alive Museum plus a river cruise and a Popeye's voucher, I knew I wanted to go and asked my friends if they did so too. Luckily, they did.

Alive Museum is Korea's original and biggest chain of Illusionary Entertainment Museum which recently opened a branch in Suntec City Mall. It means that is a museum full of displays that allow you to take pictures and be a part of it.

Here are some of my favourites (warning - lots of photos to follow!):

I ought to audition for a horror film. What do you think?

It was really fun but the place was kinda crowded, probably because we went on a Saturday afternoon. Usually there would be 3 or 4 paintings in one small area and you'd all be jostling for space, and sometimes some inconsiderate people would be standing right in front of your camera and you have to say "EXCUSE ME!" really loudly four times before they realize that and get out of your way.

There were helpful visual guides showing you how to pose for each illusion. There were also markers on the ground that indicate where the camera man should stand in order to take the perfect picture. I would suggest foregoing skirts and dresses because some illusions require lying on the ground or a lot of mobility and you don't want to have an upskirt incident. 

We went through the entire museum, which had different rooms separated by doors, in less than two hours.

The groupon we bought cost S$30 for a S$57 value, but if you're just interested in the museum without any add-ons, the admission fee is S$25. Visit their website for more info.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Office Pranked

I was on leave last Friday, and when I came in to work this morning, this was what I saw on my desk:

"Why?" and "Where were you?" are inside jokes, as well as "Hoot" which can be explained in this post.

Other notable funny notes:

"Welcome to Siberia!" (It's freezing in our office lately.)
"This is why you don't go on leave."
"Why do you have teammates like this?"
"Why are we doing this?"
"You smell like Kpop."

When I read the last one, I asked out loud, "What does that even mean?!?"

Nobody knew.

This is what I got for sticking ONE post it with the word "WHY?" on two of my teammate's screens.

This is what I get for being in a team full of boys who are all at least 4 years younger than me. ;P

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Walking Tour of Downtown Singapore

My friends Arlyn and Armar (they're siblings, in case you're wondering what is up with their names) invited me to go Museum-hopping the other Sunday. I don't actually like museums all that much, to be honest, but since I had nothing else to do and I was, as someone said recently, "a blogger, so you're curious by nature," I went along. And you know what? We had fun.

There are actually A LOT of museums in Singapore, you can view the full list here.

They're not free for non-citizens or permanent residents, so we didn't go in, but just looked around at the parts that were free, and posed outside, obviously. We visited a couple of museums. First was the National Museum of Singapore, which has a very beautiful facade.

There are Singapore flags hanging on the walls because the Singapore National Day is coming up soon, on August 9. The inside is lovely too, as you can see below.

There a lot of displays inside which require an entrance fee. The guard said we could come on Friday night after 6pm for free entrance, but I'm not sure if he meant that just that Friday or every Friday of the year.

The other museum we went to is the Asian Civilisations Museum.

You could write down a wish on a piece of paper and hang it on the story tree. One of those pieces of paper you see is ours. I am not telling you what we wrote because it's a secret for now! ;)

We also went to the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall which had just been reopened after a four-year refurbishment.

 Here is some info on the brochure they were handing out:

 It was initially built in 1855! Wow! It looks so pretty, I must say. There were some free performances due to their opening, but they were all fully booked already, so we were not able to watch any, unfortunately.

In between museums, we had to walk a lot, and also saw these sights:

From left to right: Singapore Flyer, Art Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands, and the Merlion

The skies were so blue and perfect for picture-taking but it was also crazy-humid so we became so thirsty and ended up cafe-hopping as well, dropping by both Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Starbucks for ice blended drinks. In fairness, Starbucks' 100th store in Singapore, located in Fullerton, looks very cozy, with a lovely view overlooking Marina Bay.

We somehow ended up going to Esplanade mall as well, where this free concert was ongoing:

Then we got tired of walking and took a short bus trip to the newly reopened Lau Pa Sat, which is one of the oldest and most popular hawker food centres in Singapore which had been closed for renovations and only reopened last July 21.

We ordered Filipino food at the Mang Kiko's stall, and a pancake with chocolate and marshmallows from another stall. I was so full until the next day.

Though Singapore is a small country, there is quite a lot to see and do and eat here!

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