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 πŸ˜€ 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? πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

Experience · singapore · Travel

Alice in Wonderland Exhibition at ArtScience Museum Singapore

I saw a post on facebook by a friend where she posed as Alice in Wonderland a couple of months ago. She told me about the Wonderland Exhibition at ArtScience Museum and I’ve been so excited to see it since then. However, I need to go there with someone so we can help taking photo of one another so I’ve been postponing it. The exhibition will last until 22 September 2019 so I thought I still have time to go.

Yesterday was the time! I went there with a friend. The queue for buying ticket from counter was so long! Luckily, they also provide machines to buy a ticket from there so we did that. Since we have a pass in Singapore, we get the price of Local Adult (S$3 discount! yay). But when I was checking the price online, I found out their price is cheaper by S$1 if you buy online.

Ticket price online fro Wonderland
Ticket price online for Wonderland

After buying the ticket, we proceed to the Entrance for Wonderland which located at the same floor as ticketing counter. The lady gave a map for everyone and told us that the waiting time will 10 minutes. Not bad. I got the map with Rabbit picture, while my friend got the Queen of Heart one. I knew from a friend that they supposed to have 4 maps, each of them represents different character and have different “mission” in every room. But when I was there, they only have 2 types of map 😦

When we entered the exhibition, they gathered us first and explain how important is the map to experience the magical and interactive Wonderland. The map for different characters are different shape but actually we are going at the same direction. The only difference will be the mission or riddle on each room.

Interactive map wonderland artscience museum
Put the map at designated slot and it will show you something!

There are 2 type of doors to enter from our gathering point. A normal door and a small door, both go to the same room. I took the small door for the experience ! Which door would you choose if you were there?

Entering wonderland through small door
Entering wonderland through a small door

Once we entered the room, we saw 3 doors. Which one to choose?! I decided to go through middle door and entered a mansion-like room. There are another doors again! But these doors are leading to a closed room so any door you take doesn’t matter. Then we went out from the first door (out of 3).

Last door (the most further from entrance) is to go to next attraction. Just follow the direction and see on your map of what should you do or find in that room. Enjoy the magical world of Alice!

There is one room where you can decorate your card (on your map) then scan it together with the photo of you taken in a box, and the result will show on the big screen. Queen’s soldier with your face and the body of card that you decorated! So cute and funny. I love this kind of activity and technology.

The Queen of Hearts soldiers in the making
Your face and the scanned map will appear on the screen and moving around

Next exhibition is the tea party with Mad Hatter. We need to queue to get in the room. Everything on the table can’t be touched, including the table itself. So watch out for your children (or your inner children spirit!). The items displayed are fragile. Once we entered the room, we can choose any seat we want and it’s limited to certain numbers only. The staff explained that we’re gonna experience a magical event of tea party in the forest as seen on the movie. Exciting~!

Overall, I love the exhibition (as a fan of Mad Hatter and Cheshire cat). It’s a good exhibition for every age! Hurry up if you’d like to visit them as they will be around until 22nd September only. Hope you enjoy the experience too!

Ciao!

A Drawing of Cheshire Cat
A Drawing of Cheshire Cat

Experience · Hobby · Travel

World of Ghibli Jakarta

Japan Studio Ghibli was having an exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia until 17th September 2017. My trip to Indonesia was before it ended so I had a chance to visit it if I got the ticket. I haven’t checked on how to buy the ticket, maybe online or through tokopedia or gojek. One day before my departure to Indonesia, I saw my cousin selling her ticket on facebook. I quickly grabbed the chance and bought her ticket. She couldn’t watch it because of her working schedule and it would be a waste. So it was a win-win solution for us.

I went there on weekday. It was Thursday afternoon. I had to exchange the ticket with an exhibition wristband. There were people who bought the ticket on the spot as well. Same price with online ticket, which was IDR300.000. My friend was there as well at that time so he decided to join me to the exhibition. Yay have someone to take my photos lol. Β After we got our wristband, we walked to entrance and a security guy helped us putting on the paper wristband. I felt silly because we should have been able to do it ourself without his help. But hey.. he was very kind to assist us πŸ™‚

A guy took a note manually on his book after reading the code on our wristband. Then a girl approached us and telling us that in the next area until movie area we were not allowed to take photo of the exhibition. Only the 3D area is available for photos. The girl had to explain to every guest ! Wonder if they can arrange it better next time. Poor girl..

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When I first came in to 2D area, I was thinking “Oh okay, no photo. I don’t think there is anything worth to take photo, so let’s just read the info and enjoy”. But as I proceed to next room, I was sooo tempted to take the photo of the wall! There were a lot of illustrations and stories. They were beautiful! Each wall has its own story and images. It was helpful for someone who hasn’t watched the movie. There were some which are famous as well such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. But it still nice to read about it again. From that exhibition I found out that they are still producing movie in 2014 (titled : When Marnie was there)! Didn’t know that before..

Next after the 2D area is the theater. A big room with no seating. Everyone sits on the floor (or standing at back area). I watched the film a bit. It was The Tale of Princess Kaguya. I like the drawing style in this movie, also the concept of no talking (at least on the first 10 minutes when I watched). And yet this movie is adorable and cute in its way. I like how the grandparents “struggle” in taking care of Kaguya and how little Kaguya is so lively and spontaneous. Too bad I couldn’t watch it until end because I preferred to finish the sightseeing first and planning to go back in later.

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In 3D area, we were allowed to take photos, so this is the chance! There were not many people at that time (it was during working hour! lol), but there was 1 exhibition that has a queue. It was the bakery shop on one of the movie (Kiki’s delivery Service). Every guest who came in has 2 minutes to take photos inside the shop with all the props. I was too lazy to queue.. Queued on totoro instead πŸ˜€

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There was a small area that imitates a dark forest. A glowing deer from the movie “Princess Mononoke” was there with all the small creatures here and there.

We took some photos until our friend called us to meet him. We went out of the exhibition hall and the security guy told us to get a stamp if we plan to go back in. On the way out, I saw the souvenir shop! Many totoros.. and other things but we had no time to look around. We got our stamp on our hand, then we left the Ritz Carlton ballroom to see our friend.

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After our meet up, I met another friends then another one! In the end I couldn’t go back in there and missed the chance to see the shop! Maybe the universe telling me not to buy any stuff lol. Overall it was a great exhibition. They made the figure / sculpture in fine details. It was sad to hear that they had to destroy everything (except Totoro and cat bus) because it was hard to ship them to Japan 😦 Anyway, Good Job Studio Ghibli!

Ciao.