Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Educational Tour - ArtScience Museum

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern WorldEver wonder how goods are transported before the start of air travel? Have you heard of the Belitung Shipwreck? Do you know who that Genghis Khan and his sons rule the largest land based empire for a time? If you are interested in the answer, it is time to visit ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

There are a total of 23 galleries in the Artscience Museum. The top floor is for the permanent exhibits which showcase several important scientific discoveries over the centuries. It seeks to showcase how both art and science are ideas that are born out of expression of human curiosity and inspiration.

The basement currently held the Silk road and shipwreck exhibits. Loitering in the exhibits bring me back hundred of years into the past where traders, soldiers and missionaries traverse ten of thousand kilometers of land in search of their dream. Along the route we can see how different markets cities have different type of markets that showcase their own brand of civilisation.

The Belitung shipwreck, continuing from the Silk Road showcases the large variety of goods that already exist in the past. Strangely I feel a certain sadness that the owner of the ship has already completed the tougher part of the voyage and was on the way back, however, a stroke of bad luck to him had make his misfortune a great gift to our generation.

The last exhibits - Genghis Khan showcase the life story of this legendary conqueror, the country he lives in and his style of management and battle tactics. Walking through the exhibits make me feel that right or wrong changes in time. Is it right or wrong to slay hundred of thousands to ensure peace for millions? Answer that yourself while you are there.

Well a picture speaks a thousand words. Enjoy the photos below.

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Main lobby of ArtScience Museum

Entrance to the Silk Road Gallery

The route travellers took in the days of Silk Road

Camels are the main mode of transport in tohse days

Silk Making loops

A busy market place

Unanswered questions about the Belitung shipwrecks

Gold bowl

Monday, February 14, 2011

Garden Tour - Jacob Ballas Children's Garden

Just before the Chinese New Year shopping rush, I was introduce to the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden by a afterschool care center.

This Garden is tout to be Asia first children's garden. As quoted from them, it is designed around the theme "all life on Earth Depend on plants".

To enter the Garden, you must be 12 or below and accompanied by a adult. Inside there is mini wooden bridge, tunnel slide, pond with 2 black swans (by the way there is a book entitled Black Swan which is a good read),a large ground for families to hold picnic and a sensory garden similar to the sensory park at Toa Payoh.

I felt that it is a great place to spend the morning with your wards and for family to relax and have fun with their kids in a safe environment.

Parents and teachers, do your own homework on the place and you could just manage to impact a life time of interest in life science to your kids through the many interesting flora, fauna and artificial construct there!

This location will be classified under garden tour.

If you need transportation services to visit this place, please refer to our product listing page.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Update on Sengkang Rivertop walk - Sengkang Floating Wetland

I will need to visit more garden to walk off my excess fats courtesy of my heavy Chinese New Year indulgence, hence more garden tour.

This is more of an update to my past post. The actual river top walk that make it the river top walk garden has finally opened two months ago!

Walk on top of mashes and see the beautiful flora and fauna that are thriving at Sengkang Floating wetlland.  Admire the beautiful colour and sound of nature – From the beautiful flowers to the strikingly coloured birds!

Another nice innovation is that the walk is actually floating and not fixed to the river bed! This allows fishes to swim unhindered and allow a closer encounters with the wildlife as the bridge can be built low, otherwise it must be high enough to take into account the changing tides to prevent flooding!

This tour will be classified as part of garden tour .

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Entrance to the river top walk

One of the numerous board along the way

The anchor that prevent the walk from floating away

Floating boxes that the walk is built on

Close up view of swamps flora

view of river top walk

Cat Tail Plant

Artificial islands

View of the wet land

Some place to sit???