Travel Diaries: Sands Skypark

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?”  ― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook

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Travel Diaries: National Museum of Singapore

Hello, people! As promised, I am gonna share my museum adventures in Singapore. I feel a little guilty because I have never been to National Museum of Philippines (I know, I suck), but I’m planning to, soon!!

In my entire lifetime, this is just my 3rd visit to a museum. My first was Museong Pambata. It was an elementary field trip and I can still remember how fun it was!! The second museum was Mint Museum of Toys. It is a private collection of vintage toys from different countries. My brothers and godmother visited there 4-5 years ago, I think? And on my third time, I learned to appreciate and love museums even more. Here goes my third Museum adventure:

1. I got lost for about 20 minutes, but Google Maps is the new best friend. When I saw the building, it was a relief because I thought that I will never get there na! I bought tickets upon entering the museum. It is free for SG citizens and permanent citizens, costs 5 SGD for student tourists and 10 SGD for adult tourists. Trust me, super worth it!

2. First off was Balik Palau: Stories From Singapore’s Islands. I did not expect Singapore to be so full of history and stuff. This part of the museum is full of artefacts, historic boats, marine specimens and video interviews. What  made this part remarkable was a white wall with a question, “Singapore Islands: What are your stories? What are your hopes?” And people were free to write their thoughts in post-its. 

3.  Next stop was Genesis! It is an exhibition showcasing 245 black and white photographs around the world of Sebastião Salgado. I posted my favorite photograph from the collection on my Instagram. Those women are called, ‘Mursi’. They are the last women in the world who wear lip and ear plates. The thought is just creepy and cool at the same time.

4. When I got out from the second gallery, I went straight to We: Defining Stories. It is a series of photojournalistic images of the iconic moments in Singapore since the post-war years. Also had a talk from one of the museum’s staff about Manila and Singapore. 

5. Next one will be my favorite because it’s the largest and coolest! Before entering, a staff from the museum gave me a tablet. Every artefact, statues, photograph of the Singapore History Gallery has a number on it, the number will be entered on the tab, and viola the information will be given on the spot through the tablet! I stayed there for an hour, trying to read through everything and take pictures of the cool stuff. 

6. After that, I roamed around the Food, Fashion, Photography and Film Gallery. I never really had the chance to read through everything because I was so tired and my feet were starting to kill me.

All in all, it was better than I expected it to be! I learned so many things from this adventure, plus got so many photos taken! Too bad, I was not able to roam around the whole place because I got there during mid-afternoon, so here is another tip: Do not underestimate museums. You need a lot of time roaming around and taking pictures. Half a day is not enough. Have a happy weekend, guys! 

(New) bucket list: Before I die, I have to visit 50+ museums. Yay! 

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LIFE LATELY
Pretty Little Liars is getting really interesting! I did not expect that I will be hooked to the show so much. The drama, thrill and secrets are getting into me!! So PLL is mostly what I am up to when I have nothing to do, plus the torrents finish fast. A movie can just take up for 10 minutes or so. Horray to a fast internet connection!!
I am (pretty much) back on track. I ran 4 kilo meters yesterday, it is actually my farthest! 
Bought a box of macarons from TWG… awesomesauce! 
Addicted to Garrett Popcorn, ahhhh!! I went to Somerset the other day because I was planning to shop at H&M and F21; however, I just ended up eating Garrett the whole afternoon and buying my brother clothes. So yup, I did not get anything for myself (hehe, i am improving).
Learning to live the ~independent~ life. I spend my weekdays mostly at home, so I do everything on my own while my father is at work. I wash my clothes, clean the dishes, cook my lunch, etc. This is somehow a preparation for the dorm life, but I know that I will never be ready until I get there.
I have not read a single book for ages. I feel so bad.
Finally watched The Fault In Our Stars and Blended. I did not expect The Fault In Our Stars to be that heavy. I mean, I read the book, but I did not know that it will turn out dramatic even more as it is in the book. Blended is pretty good too, such a feel good movie!
Dinner out with my father is da bomb. 
Missing the stress from school work. I am seriously envious to my batch mates who are starting their college life already. I was back-reading some messages with my classmates last night, and it was all about our Math seat works, quizzes and performance tasks. i miss hannimals and everything in between.
Well, I have been posting a lot of travel stuff, but I have not really shared to you guys what I have been doing for my normal days in Singapore. So yup, this is what I am up to during the weekdays. I can’t wait for the weekend… beach, finally!

LIFE LATELY

  • Pretty Little Liars is getting really interesting! I did not expect that I will be hooked to the show so much. The drama, thrill and secrets are getting into me!! So PLL is mostly what I am up to when I have nothing to do, plus the torrents finish fast. A movie can just take up for 10 minutes or so. Horray to a fast internet connection!!
  • I am (pretty much) back on track. I ran 4 kilo meters yesterday, it is actually my farthest! 
  • Bought a box of macarons from TWG… awesomesauce! 
  • Addicted to Garrett Popcorn, ahhhh!! I went to Somerset the other day because I was planning to shop at H&M and F21; however, I just ended up eating Garrett the whole afternoon and buying my brother clothes. So yup, I did not get anything for myself (hehe, i am improving).
  • Learning to live the ~independent~ life. I spend my weekdays mostly at home, so I do everything on my own while my father is at work. I wash my clothes, clean the dishes, cook my lunch, etc. This is somehow a preparation for the dorm life, but I know that I will never be ready until I get there.
  • I have not read a single book for ages. I feel so bad.
  • Finally watched The Fault In Our Stars and Blended. I did not expect The Fault In Our Stars to be that heavy. I mean, I read the book, but I did not know that it will turn out dramatic even more as it is in the book. Blended is pretty good too, such a feel good movie!
  • Dinner out with my father is da bomb. 
  • Missing the stress from school work. I am seriously envious to my batch mates who are starting their college life already. I was back-reading some messages with my classmates last night, and it was all about our Math seat works, quizzes and performance tasks. i miss hannimals and everything in between.

Well, I have been posting a lot of travel stuff, but I have not really shared to you guys what I have been doing for my normal days in Singapore. So yup, this is what I am up to during the weekdays. I can’t wait for the weekend… beach, finally!

44 Notes & Comments Posted: 1 month ago

Last weekend, my father and I used the City Tours passes given by his officemate. It’s an open top bus tour at the city! There are many bus routes to pick, yet we decided to take the Marina Bay Sands/China Town/Arab Street route because I have been wanting to see Chinatown and Little India ever since. I didn’t expect that I will be seeing much (as seen in the pictures, hehe) and thought that it will be a simple tour-guided bus ride. It was really fun!

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Chinatown. We’re lucky it wasn’t that crowded, and the traffic was light. 

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My father stayed inside the bus because of the slightly unbearable heat while I took endless pictures at the open top bus, yay!!

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Chinatown Temple.

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National Museum of Singapore. I went here last week! I am still drafting a blog and picking pictures to post because I took 100+ shots. The place is amazingly big and an afternoon was not enough to really take all the information. I learned a lot of things though! :)

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I love the city so much, but at the same time, vintage places in the country are also exceptional.

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There’s not much to tell since I did not hear many infos from the guide because I was busy taking pictures (oops), but as you can see the tour was pretty much more of the ‘old’ side of Singapore even if it’s known for technology and its amazing skyline. National Museum Of Singapore adventure is up next!!

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I cannot say that I was a good and efficient leader back then , but I always try my best to be excellent and step up as long as I can. It has been a year since I was chosen to lead my batch. I can also remember the day (Miting De Avance) when I stood up to almost one thousand students, and quoted John Maxwell: “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” Truly, these words came to life in my own experiences. I have learned so many things from four years of doing the thing I love the most, serving. 

Anyways, school campaigns are already happening in my alma mater. I will be very honest that I miss the stress, campaign blues, party list posters, endless meetings with the rector, classroom campaigns, more stress, etc. And because of this, I decided to make a list of the 6 things leadership taught me:

1. In leading, sacrifice is not a choice.

You always have to do it. Some people think that a leader is always being the hero of the story. We forgot the reality that most of the time, leaders are the ones who are hit the hardest. To aspiring leaders, once you have chosen to serve people, you have to start doing things for the greater good, not self-interest. It will be worth it, believe me.

2. The respect and authority cannot be earned by position.

Leaders cannot demand respect and authority any more than they can buy it. I think giving respect to others is the easiest way to get the same. We cannot gain anything that we are not willing to give. Authority goes hand and hand. It can be hard because you have to be firm with your beliefs and system. 

3. Always have an alternative.

I learned this one from Father Gabby. As leaders, we are always asked to have a plan, but what we mostly forget is making the Plan B to Z. We have a direction to go to except that sometimes, things go wrong and that’s when having an alternative is needed the most.

4. Leaders cannot do it all.

It was awful that I have to learn this the hard way, but I know that I was also at fault. Honestly, there were times when I like to do papers alone to finish it faster, but as any other person, I got burned out after some time and realized that I need help. We may be appointed to lead, yet as leaders, we are also taught to divide and assign the work to others. We cannot do it all, and that’s A-okay.

5. Passion can take you far.

When things go wrong and not the way I wanted it to be, passion keeps me going. It makes me believe that it can still be okay. 

6. Stressful but fruitful.

When work and plans got stressful, there were times when I really wanted to give up. Until now, I am just thankful that I did not because after all, the stress was actually worth it. The Seniors’ Org was assigned to make the yearbook and organise the Graduation Ball. We had so many plans for the our gradball, but it was never that easy. Issues, other did not want it and the survey results weren’t how it was expected, but we still decided to push through. The party was successful, and it was one of the happiest moments of my high school life, yay! 

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