In collaboration with the British Museum and ArtScience Museum Singapore, you can now experience the journey to the Egyptian afterlife and unwrap the 3,000 year-old mystery of a Priest mummy called Nesperennub. This is the first time the exhibition titled Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is held in Singapore and Southeast Asia that will reveal the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process. I have seen similar exhibition, Quest for immortality – The world of Ancient Egypt back in 2010 but I find this exhibition presented in a different way.
With cutting edge CT scanning technology and computer visualisation techniques, experts are able to see inside the mummy, without disturbing the exquisite cartonnage or delicate material surrounding the mummy. Therefore, visitors can enjoy the findings through extraordinary virtual reality experience in 3D. Each of us will receive a pair of 3D glasses prior watching the film and to be kept as souvenir. Having said that, the state-of-the art technology able to reconstruct how Nesperennub may have looked too. The duration of the film takes about 13 mins before proceed to the exhibition artifacts.
If you’re a fan of marine mammals, you wouldn’t want to miss this. This is not any ordinary typical aquarium but the recently opened S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa is the official record holder of the two Guinness World Records – for the world’s largest aquarium and for the world’s largest acrylic panel in its Ocean Gallery. The aquarium enclosure is located within The Maritime Experiential Museum. Visitors will enter through the museum’s ancient Maritime Silk Route to the aquarium main entrance at the basement. Do expect a huge turn out and long queues during the weekends.
Tulips are among the most beloved spring flowers. You don’t have to travel all the way to Netherlands to enjoy the flower fields of tulips. From now till 20th May, experience the glory of a Dutch spring with Tulipmania at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay. Sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, you can now experience 20,000 tulips in a vibrant range of colours, the largest tulip-themed display ever to be held in Singapore. Netherlands produce more than 3 billion tulips a year, making them the world’s main producer of tulips in the world.
The roof shades has been activated due to the excessive sunlight. The Flower Dome has the ability to control the climate and humidity levels which allows to double the lifespan of the tulips to about 10 to 12 days for the duration of Tulipmania.
What makes Paris distinctive are the wide range of splendors and architecture marvels that the city preserves. Every turn offers different history and simply picturesque. You will never fail to notice the prominent landmark, the Arc de Triomphe that sits in the middle of the intersection Place Charles de Gaulle. This is a significant place in Paris history; evoking both joyful and dark historical memories.
I have seen the magnificent Basilica of Sacre Coeur, one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. I am in search of where Muslims in Paris seek solace and tranquillity. Tucked among the buildings, located in the Fifth Arrondissement, right in the heart of Paris is a beautiful 20th-century Grand Mosque (Grande Mosquée de Paris). The third largest Mosque in Europe was built in 1922 to honour the North African countries that aided France during World War I. With its pure white marble walls and the green-blue roofs and tiles on portions of the minaret, the Mosque is a lovely sight to behold.
Besides a place of worship, Institut Musulman is a place of study and an influential voice in the French society. Non-Muslim visitors are most welcome to tour the Mosque for a small fee every day excluding Friday. Please be modestly dressed before you enter the Mosque.
Most of us are aware of the Giant Pandas enclosure at Singapore River Safari. After much anticipation, the park finally opens its door in a soft opening on 3 April 2013. Asia’s first river-themed wildlife park is situated right between the iconic Singapore Zoo and the award-winning Night Safari. River Safari (RS) is not only home to the adorable pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia but first of its kind in Asia that features freshwater attraction combined with river boat rides which will be operate at a later date. I was at RS for a preview walkabout and even though the park is only 12 hectares, smallest among the two, RS deliver exceptional experience to discover exotic wildlife inspired by world’s 8 iconic river habitats. Subsequently, the $160-million latest attraction complements the offerings of the Singapore Zoo through its impressive collection of freshwater fishes. Here’s a sneak peek on what you can expect at RS.
Similar to the ArtScience Museum, the architecture of the entrance plaza allows the ingress of natural light into the interior spaces. The park has 2 zones; Rivers of the World and Wild Amazonia.
Montmartre is one of the most recognisable distict in Paris that has long been known as the premier artist’s enclave in the city. The word Montmartre or “Mountain of the Martyr” was derived from the martyrdom of Saint Denis; the bishop of Paris who was decapitated atop the hill in 250 AD. Montmartre today still retained its village-like charm.
I took a Metro to Anvers station, step out into the heart of Monmartre and welcomed by the white beds of cotton nestles atop the blue sky. As I walked uphill on the cobblestone streets, it brought me to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) that sits on the crest of the hill. I got to agree it is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. From a distance, the stark white domes are powerful and imposing. Alternatively, if you want to avoid the steep climb and the crowd, take the automatic funicular instead which takes about a minute or two to the top of the hill. Subsequently, it is recommended to climb up the stairs to enjoy the grandeur entrance.
It might sound cliché but most people associate Paris as la ville d’amour. All of that is pretty much true if you were physically there. Everything about Paris is just picturesque. I have 3 words to describe Paris; lively, enchanting and historical. The capital of French, the eight most expensive cities in the world according to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has a subtle beauty that takes a lifetime to capture. Pareee in the winter becomes a city of soft colors and simple comforts. I took the red-eye flight and arrived in the wee hours of morning when Paris skies are still pitch black. Check-in the apartment, small elevator crammed with luggage, the desire to take a long nap to recover the loss of sleep to put on hold when you see a blinding sun peeking out behind the Tour Eiffel.
Paris is best explored at a leisurely pace and it is easy to get around anywhere. The rail network is brilliant. I spend most of the time traveling with Metro and RER which are pretty much efficient and reliable. If you travel frequently in Zone 1, do purchase a “Carnet” (pronounced as carney) of 10 tickets which is cheaper than paying single journey ticket. Don’t worry of getting lost in the central area because all you need is to stroll around and you’ll come across nearby station. Do not be alarmed if you see bunch of people jumping the turnstile for a free ride. The nearest metro station to the Eiffel Tower is Bir Hakiem.
Marc Quinn’s large-scale infant sculpture titled “Planet” is the latest permanent installation in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. From afar, your eyes will play tricks on you creating an illusion of weightlessness. This sculpture is beautifully balanced on a languid arm of a sleeping infant.
Created in 2008, the immense artwork installation is a seven month old sleeping infant fabricated from painted bronze and steel, which is designed to give the impression of being weightless and suspended in mid-air despite the fact it weighs 7 tons and 10m in length.
According to the internationally acclaimed British artist, his interpretation towards Planet is a paradox which looks huge and heavy. However, the bronze appears weightless but overwhelmingly big, yet depict an image of vulnerability.
Planet is located at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore