TODAY, Lynnie and I were happened to watch a movie at 9pm at Cathay. Two clueless souls were wondering around the district, taking pictures at the Nanyang Arts School and visited an art's gallery and we 'flew' into the newly revamped National Museum of Singapore. The joy of the evening is: IT'S FREE!! (only on the evening.. )
It was a rather educational trip...
See ... As I told you two clueless souls slowly 'float' towards the Singapore National Museum...
Let Lynnie welcome you to this 121-years old building - the National Museum of Singapore. Its was built on Stamford Road at the Museum Planning Area in 1887. This museum underwent a three-and-a-half year restoration and reopened on Decemember 2, 2006.
At the museum lobby, by the stairs leading to the 2nd level of the musuem, you will see this graphic as shown in the picture. Some might ask if the man in the picture would open his eyes, the answer is yes! but it would be very very slowly. I feel that the reason why the musuem is putting up this, is because, the lifestyle of the city outside the museum is already quick-paced, they want everything to slow down once visitors stepped into this building.
He seems to be telling you ... "young man, hasten your footsteps, you shall not, for you will not be able to abtain peace and tranquility"
ME: Harlow bruther... Come try my satay leh...Alamak... My satay is the most bagus in Singapore and some says in JB and Batam ah ... Smell good sia ...
Satay is local malay delights. The sticks with chicken or mutton taste best when barbequed with charcoal.
Lynnie: Hey .. boss... You wanna sunny side up for your Nasi Lemak or not? Delicious one wor .. better than the pungol one leh ..
Long before punggol and changi nasi lemak made its mark in Singapore, people in the past sells nasi lemak that is packed in banana leaves. It is impossible that one would not be able to find any hot dogs or fish fillet or chicken wings at that time
Some of the boys who is about my age should be able to recognise this : HE-MAN, Masters of the Universe... This happens to be some ti-gam (lucky draw) tickets sold in the Kopi Tiam last time.
Wah phiangz .. Come help me to push this Kok Kok Mee's stall up the slope...
Long before machines were run by electricity, this hand-powered machine is used to make Ice-Kachang.Grind grind grind ...
We entered this room which showcased the cultures of Singaporean in the past. We learnt that Singapore is a big melting pot where people from different races came together and hence formed a unique culture of our own. We respect each others culture, religion and lifestyle.
Lynnie and I particularly love this picture - the lightings and the posture make a perfect picture to take part in next year International Photographic Competition. No lah .. just kidding .. The dark sky marks the start of the rainy evening. Lynnie's photographic skillful right?
This ancient-looking spiral stairs has been there long before the renovation of the museum. I read it somewhere that it came from a private residence and was transported to here when its owner decided to demolish the house. Scary stories has it that this stairs is haunted: some reported seeing a robed figure roaming at the musuem at night near this area. I supposed is the air con too powerful le, the security bo bian have to walk around covering himself with the blanket bah ..
During our Army Days in Singapore, for people who are doing superficial stuffs to show its superior, we called them 'Wayang', which means for show or act act... Well.. in the past, Chinese Wayang is probably the only source of entertainment in Singapore. The elaborated costumes show how grand were these performance in the past. They were probably put into extinction by the invention of television. Beside seeing it in Army Camps, they will be performed around Singapore during the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Hmmm .... long before we have muppets roaming around in Sesame Streets.. we already have our Wayang puppets in the Singapore Streets entertaining the kids, as well as adults...
Malay Film Industry used to flourish here in Singapore. There used to be a Malay Production Studios. My mum used to tell me that my grandpa used to work in the coffee shop near the studios.
Let Lynnie introduce her favourite Malay Movie of all time.. Sumpah Wanita... hehe ... no lah .. just kidding, we anyhow post by the poster.
Finally, we were came down from the round of tour of the musuem. This Christmas tree and the rainy weather make us realised that Christmas is here! Yippee!!
Stuck in this building. Oh man, our movie is about to start at the Cathay Cinema which is just opposite.. No choice, Lynnie says we got to wait ... But it is a rather enjoyable rain. It makes everything in the night extremely pretty..
The National Museum of Singapore is worth a trip for all Singaporeans. Rather a nice place to hang out. Remember! The Singapore Living Galleries is FREE ADMISSION from 6pm to 8pm daily. Hmmm .. Maybe, we will pay for the admission to Singapore History Gallery next time ... :)
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