Experience · singapore · Travel

Doraemon Exhibition @ National Museum of Singapore

Two weeks ago, I passed by the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) on a bus on my way to Somerset area and I saw the installation of Doraemon on their front yard! They were still preparing but I could see a lot of Doraemon statue in many poses. I’m not a hardcore fan of Doraemon but still it made me excited somehow. Maybe because I grew up watching him on television every Sunday morning. Two weeks later, which is today, I decided to visit the museum by myself. It was an impromptu decision because I was not in a good mood and needed refreshment.

It turned out to be a good decision! When I reached the NMS, I saw a lot of people at front yard. At first, it kind of turned me off to see so many people there on Thursday afternoon, but I continued walking into the main building. Since I’m not Singaporean nor PR, I have to buy the ticket to enter the other exhibitions. The Doraemon photobooth and ourdoor area are free admission though, also the exhibition on basement. So, I didn’t buy a ticket. I just need to see the Doraemon (and take photos, of course). Besides, I don’t think I have enough time if I went around the whole building and exhibition. It was already late afternoon and they are closing at 7pm.

Anywhere door at the entrance

The guy at reception was very nice. He let me know where to go (and make sure I don’t go to the paid exhibition lol) to the photo booth. I went straight behind the staircase and saw the Time Machine exhibition! There was a queue to enter the restricted area. I wasn’t sure if I wanna queue, since I already took some photos from outside and I didn’t have anyone to help taking my photo.. but I saw the queue was not bad, so I went ahead and stand there. It took me maybe about 10 minutes and it was my turn already. They called up about 8 people each time, to enter the area.

There are only 2 exhibits there. The time machine with Doraemon on it, with background effect that made it look like moving forward. The other one is Dorami, his sister. I took some photos of them and didn’t plan to get my photo taken, until someone asked me to take their photos. Chance!! I asked them for help in return 😀 And voila! I got photos with both of Doraemon and Dorami. Happy me~

Doraemon Exhibition Time Machine
Time Machine
Doraemon Exhibition Dorami Invention
Dorami

There’s nothing more to see there so I went outside of NMS to the front yard. Did the safe entry on the entrance to exhibition area, then started taking photos of the cute Doraemon. Sometime I got lucky to find someone to take my photo too! There was a closed area where we couldn’t go in because they were doing maintenance (or maybe still installing more Doraemon).

Safety Protocol
Doraemon Exhibition National Museum Singapore
Doraemon Exhibition National Museum Singapore
Doraemon Exhibition National Museum Singapore Leaf

Lastly, before I left, I queued to take photo with the famous door of Doraemon, Anywhere Door (or Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). It’s also my favorite Doraemon’s invention! I could go every where with that door, especially during this covid situation.. Okay, back to happy thoughts.. happy thoughts.. I asked someone to help me take the photo. It was hard to take photo without someone on the background but I think this is good enough.

Doraemon Exhibition National Museum Singapore

Overall it was a great exhibition. There were not many things to see for the free admission though. I’m not sure whether they still have another exhibition for Doraemon inside (need to pay the General Admission Ticket for non-Singaporean and non-PR). From the website looks like there is something else.

Tip before you go there :

  1. Wear a cute clothes, and mask (because mask is needed at all time)
  2. Bring someone else to help taking photo of you (and of course, you help them too). If you go there alone (like me), you can ask for help from the stranger next in line, but make sure to clean up your phone and hands afterward.
  3. I think it’s better to come early in the morning, or even late in the evening, to take photo with Anywhere Door. Less people around is better. For other part of exhibition, coming as soon as the museum open is maybe a good idea too.

Most likely I’ll visit it again next time with a friend (and this time I will go to the paid exhibition area), but before that I need to think of another pose for the Anywhere Door! Any idea? 😀

Experience · singapore · Travel

Forest Adventure – Grand Course Experience

This is it! My first time doing outdoor adventure. I’ve been wanting to try it out since I was in Indonesia but didn’t have the courage (and chance). So, when Pris asked me to do Forest Adventure, I was very interested (and scared on the other hand). I don’t like high places so I thought this would be challenging, but I REALLY wanna try it.

The place is in Bedok Reservoir Park. We made an appointment for 10am session on Friday and we had to be there 20 minutes before. I took MRT to Bedok Reservoir MRT Station, met Pris there then took exit B together. From there, we walked toward the park, did the safe entry and tried to get to Car Park A. It’s easy when you found the car park. Just follow the sign.

Forest Adventure Bedok

After done with the safe entry for the place (the previous one was for the park), we went to the counter and bought the ticket. 2 Grand Course tickets. Each S$50. I was hesitating for a bit before I paid for the ticket.. A lot of ‘what if’ were happening in my head. Then I thought ‘What is the worse thing can happen up there? I won’t fall cos the rope should be very strong. This is Singapore, where the safety is upheld. Maybe I could get injured. Or.. maybe I could faint.. (and embarrassing myself). Okay, I can do this!’ And with that I paid for the ticket. Kachink! Then the cashier gave me a paper armband with initials.

Armband with initials

We both brought a backpack and it’s better to leave it down, but we didn’t want to just leave it out there on the bench. There is a locker right at the entrance that we can use. It can be used by inserting a new S$1 coin. We didn’t have the coin so we tried exchange it on the cashier. To use the locker, insert the coin in the coin slot, put all the stuff inside the locker, close the door then lock it. There’s a rubber band on the key so you can bring it on your arm. We only took the water bottle out and put it on the empty table. All set, and we were ready to go.

After waiting for a while (not long though, just until the other group finished with the briefing), a lady asked us to come to her and put the rope on us. Wearing a comfortable shoes and clothes is a must. I wore a easy-to-dry t-shirt and a yoga pants so it would easy to move around. She, then, explained the do’s and dont’s stuff when we’re on the track. There was no other people who needs a briefing other than us, so it felt like a private tour 😀 She was kind and thorough in explaining everything. I asked her ‘what if I can’t finish the course?’. She smiled and said ‘don’t worry, you’ll be fine’. I wasn’t sure actually.. really lol. I couldn’t sleep well the night before, also a bit hoping that it’s gonna rain so it’s cancelled.. Yes, I was THAT scared. After she finished the safety briefing, we had a chance to try putting the pulley on the track and using it also how to use the carabiner on the Amazon bridge (crossing platform using only a piece of rope to stand and another one to hold onto) and mini zip line (which I turned around and landed on my bump).

Grand Course – Forest Adventure

The armband was marked on ‘I’, for completing the Introduction, and the next one was ‘G’. It stands for Green, which is the easy track. For this course, we have to follow the track all the way to the end. There’s no ‘easy’ way. On the next level, there’re some obstacles that has an easy alternative, so you can choose which way you wanna go. But not this one, since this is the easy course. Pris put her pulley on the track, followed by me. She has done something like this before so it’s good to see her go first and watch how she does the obstacles.

The obstacles that are steady, like stepping between blocks, are easier. The real challenge was everything hanging on a rope, because they were all very shaky. I had a hard time starting the obstacle with nets, where I had to move between nets that are hanging separately. It was scary because.. first, there is no surface to step on, only knots and rope. Second, whenever I tried to step on it, felt like…sinking! It took me a while until I finally manage to land on the first net. But after I got used to it, it was actually the same as the other hanging obstacles, just more shaky. One thing I realized was I needed to use a lot of core muscle to move around between obstacles, to keep the balance. Some of the obstacles also need upper body strength. Not too much though, as I don’t have much strength either. So if I managed to do it, I’m sure you can do it too.

It took us about 1 hour to finish the easy course. The last obstacle was ziplining through water to the end. I need to learn how to keep facing front when ziplining! It always made me turn around and landed on my bump. Although… I think it’s safer than landing on my legs..? (Based on the speed of my landing on the sand).

Grand Course – Forest Adventure

There is no time limit to finish all courses. I watched on Youtube, on average people finished them in 2.5 hours, but you definitely have all the time to do it. They didn’t rush you at all. You can take a break between each course, then continue taking the next level course. We sat down after finishing the easy course, drank our water and just resting. The next level is red line, medium level. I didn’t have any energy nor courage left lol. It was unexpected (by me) that I could clear it. And that already an achievement for me 😀 I decided to drop out, didn’t continue to the next level, especially after I heard about the jumping obstacle on red line. It’s on the start of red course, where you have to jump off the platform, swing to the big net across, grab the net on first try (if possible), then climb up to the next platform. But actually, you can opt for the ‘easier’ route which doesn’t include jumping. Still didn’t do it. I was already tired. Should exercise more to strengthened my upper body and core muscle!

My friend, Pris, did it. So I decided to take photos and videos of her doing the medium level. She finished it around 1 to 1.5 hours, I think. And we both were very hungry by that time, so she didn’t continue to the last level. Hmm at least she did 2 courses. Better than me..

After experienced it myself, I can share with you on what to wear or bring (also for my own note for my next trip). Here they are!

  1. Wear a comfortable clothes, pants and shoes. Next time should add half gloves and arm cover. We hold on the rope so much that it’s good to wear gloves, but half-gloves is good enough just to cover our palm. The arm cover is to protect our upper arm from rubbing the rope too much. There are some obstacles that can be easier if we hold ourselves on upper arm / armpit. And it can be hurtful after a while. Or.. you can also wear a long sleeve / half sleeve t-shirt instead.
  2. If you want to bring your phone up there, it’s better to use a small crossbody bag. A belt bag would be too bulky and make you harder to move on tight spaces.
  3. We can take off our mask when we are on the course, but need to put it on right away when we’re done. It’s good to have an extra mask on your bag that you put in the locker. Because the one that we wear before the course will be dirty and wet by the time we finished the course.
  4. It’s okay to wear watch if it’s securely locked and not easily detach (like mine..). My smartwatch was almost fell when the band suddenly detached while I was moving between ropes. That was scary! So maybe next time better don’t wear it.
  5. Wear contact lens, if you can. I usually lazy to change my glasses and wear contact lens, but for this activity I did it. Wearing glasses is okay actually, but when you’re sweating sometime the glasses also dropping on your nose, and it can be annoying when that happen.
  6. Mosquito repellent. Always a good idea to keep away from mosquitos so I might get it next time.
  7. Sunblock. It’s an outdoor activity, so better put some sunblock before, even when it’s not sunny.

That’s all! I had fun and will do it again next time. But first, I need to exercise my upper body and core muscle 😀

For more information, please check out their website.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Experience · singapore · Travel

Disney: Magic of Animation @ ArtScience Museum

After procrastinating since December 2019, we finally went to see the exhibition Disney: Magic of Animation at ArtScience Museum. The exhibition will last only until 29 March 2020 so if you haven’t visited it, you better do it soon. During this period, however, they will limit the time to 30 mins per visit to avoid too many people inside at the same time. When we were there it was empty so we could enjoy it with no rush. In the end, we spent around 1 hour inside the exhibition.

I hope you guys enjoyed the photos. Stay safe and stay home if you can. We need to stop the spread of the virus.

Thank for reading 🙂

Experience · Hobby · singapore

Terrarium Workshop at J2 Terrarium

I’ve been interested in terrarium since years ago actually but never really encouraged myself to learn about it. Taking care of succulent has been my interest recently. Although, I don’t know yet how to really take care of it.. (I’ve killed 3 succulents! 😦 ). Frustrated with succulent, I’m thinking of learning about terrarium instead. Not sure if it’s a good idea though haha.

I searched online about terrarium workshop and everything seems so expensive.. But then I tried to search on fave and found several terrarium workshop. I chose J2 Terrarium after googling about them and seems legit. So I bought the voucher on fave for S$22 for 1 person. On the app, it said I need to do the booking via message. Apparently, they are on whatsapp with the same number so that makes it easier to book an appointment.

J2 Terrarium is located in Yishun area inside the A’Posh Bizhub building (1 Yishun Industrial Street 1, #04-06, Singapore 768160). From the lift lobby, just look for number 06. It’s quite easy to find. When I arrived, there were some other people as well so I guess this workshop must be good then (or at least, considered cheap?!).

The voucher from fave is valid for the small jars. There are 2 options for it. And if you decided to choose another jar, you just need to top up the difference. At first I was lazy to top up and just used the small jar, but after looking at other people’s jar I decided to opt for the dome model.

The small jar for fave voucher

After I picked my jar, she showed me the place where I can sit. Most of the participants came with their partner or friends. On the table, there were tools, gravels, colorful sands, soil, sphagnum moss and stones. So excited to learn about this!

There are 2 types of terrarium, which is closed terrarium and open terrarium. Closed terrarium is suitable for plants that can live with moisture/need watering often, while open terrarium is suitable for cactus and succulents because they don’t need watering that often. Closed terrarium will act as a small ecosystem where it can hold the water inside and circulate it, that is why we sometime see condensation on closed terrarium.

The first thing to put on the jar is gravels. I put the colorful gravel on the bottom and covered all of it. The gravel is used to contain excess water if any, so the soil won’t stay wet for too long because that can cause the root to rot.

Next is sphagnum moss, I put it on the gravel and pressed it especially around the glass because on top it we will put soil and we don’t want the soil to fall to bottom part. That’s why they used sphagnum moss to separate the gravel and soil. This is the important part.

On top of it, we put soil. No need to pressed it just pour it loosely until about 1 cm. We can put colorful sands as decoration (optional). If we want to use colorful sands, then it doesn’t need to pour on the whole surface with it, just put them on the edge where we can see it behind the glass while the middle part we can put soil instead. Noone will see what’s inside it anyway 😀

Next, we put soil. Lots of soil but not too much. We need to give space for the plants as well. For the dome jar like mine, I need to stop pouring soil about 1 cm from the jar edge because on top of soil we will put small gravels as decoration and we don’t want it to reach the edge.

After we’re done with soil, then it’s time to pick the plants! For closed terrarium, we will use fittonia and holland moss. And for open terrarium, they will use succulents and preserved moss (not live moss and comes in different colors). Jason then explained to us on how to take the plants from their pot and place it in terrarium soil. Since I was making closed terrarium, I picked my fittonias! It can fit 3 plants in my jar so I chose 3 different colors of fittonia 😆

Fittonia for terrarium
Fittonia

We are allowed to pick 1 figurine for free to put inside the terarium. I picked totoro figurine (was torn between totoro or dog figurine but totoro won). Back to my table, I arrange the plants, holland moss and figurine. Then I covered the soil with pebbles as finishing touch. Before I put the cover of my jar, Joy told me to spray the plants and moss about 3 – 4 sprays.

And tadaaa!! I present to you my terrarium creation 😁

totoro closed terrarium

Overall it was a very nice experience and surprisingly relaxing. I love making terrarium! The problem is if I have to do it myself at home I need to have the tools and stock up on the equipments. J2 Terrarium also selling a DIY terrarium kit for S$18 at their website though so maybe if one day I want to make another terrarium again, I just buy the DIY kit so I won’t have too many extra. They gave us a paperbag to bring home our terrarium, and that paperbag worth S$2 if we bring it back to purchase something from them.

If you’re looking for thing to do on the weekend in Singapore, you can try this terrarium workshop at J2 Terrarium. For first time customer, you can buy voucher from fave! I think it’s worth the price!

Experience · singapore · Travel

Mid-Autumn Wonderland at VivoCity

It’s end of August! Which means the time for mid-autumn festival. I’ve been looking for information about the event this year (only yesterday actually 😅) but couldn’t find anything.

Today, I went to Vivocity to collect my ezcharm from Golden Village (GV) cinema. I’m not familiar with the mall layout and ended up at 3rd floor where I saw a sign about VivoCity’s Curious Adventures and it is about Alice in Wonderland lanterns!! I walked excitedly to the SkyPark and there it is! The lanterns 😍

curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival
curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival 2019

I was there from 5.20pm to 5.30pm. Didn’t take too many photos because I thought it would be better if they are on. I left the park and continued with my original plan. Go to GV cinema. Once I’m done, I had dinner in one of the resto there. The whole time I was eating, I was contemplating between going home and waiting for the evening sky. After further consideration (and some suggestions from my friends), I decided to wait until it’s dark (or at least until the lantern is on. I went up to the SkyPark again around 6.30pm and sat near the pool.

At 7.00pm, they turned on the lantern!! Soooo pretty ❤ I only have my Samsung phone with me and the first few shots were not that good because all I can see is the lights inside the lantern individually, not as one whole object. Hence, I switched the mode to Pro mode. There I could set the ISO to 100, and set the apperture so I could balance the lights. And voila, here they are :

curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival 2019
curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival 2019

Since I was there already, I decided to wait for a little while until the sky darker and took another round of photos. Still using pro mode on Samsung phone.

curious adventures vivocity mid-autumn lantern festival 2019

This mid-autumn lantern will last until 22 September 2019 at VivoCity Mall. If you want to visit, come at or after 7.00pm when they have turned on the lanterns. There is another event as well related to this Wonderland, you can read more here.

Where to go for my next mid-autumn lantern obsession? Maybe Gardens By The Bay!

Thank you for reading. Happy shooting the pretty lanterns 😉