Tuesday, June 16, 2015

After Utopia and Imaginarium at SAM

We went to the Singapore Art Museum for the After Utopia and Imaginarium exhibitions!

There was a 28th SEA Games event in Singapore, so we passed by some displays of the event!

Spotted the Utama's Cat, aka the Lion, just outside the museum!! The moment I entered the museum, I was stunned to view so many amazing artworks from the After Utopia exhibition!

" In naming his fictional island 'Utopia', writer Thomas More conjoined the Greek words for 'good place' and 'no place' - a reminder that the idealised society he conjured was fundamentally phantasmal. And yet, the search and yearning for utopia is ceaseless humanist endeavour..."

Letters From The Forest (II) by Donna Ong exhibited a 19th century antique desk with accompanying chair, two LED dioramas from cut illustrations in wooden boxes, stuffed bird, antique letter cases with cut paper butterflies, antique frames with found photographs and old books, magnifying glass, compass and bottles.

Annexation by Jitish Kallat. "An imposing and somewhat menacing sculpture, Annexation's surface are festooned with motifs of flora and fauna...The shape of the sculpture references the humble kerosene stove, a source of energy and light for many residing in India's rural areas. Here, however, it is charred, its blackened form alluding to industrial waste and a spent resource, while its surface depict an allegory of a constant and daily struggle for existence, with birds and beasts from a prelapsarian Eden, annexed into a deadly coil of predator and prey."

Resting and hydrating ourselves before seeing more exhibits.

Cabinet by Gao Lei. "Gao Lei's Cabinet functions almost as a mini-city unto itself. Set into three chests of drawers are twenty-four peephole boxes, containing images based on two bodies of Gao's earlier work: Building No. 35, which is comprised of photographs of figures in a deserted building, and the Scene series, which features random characters inserted into various landscapes referencing the artist's native China..."

Sembawang Phoenix by Tang Da Wu.

 Where have we located our utopias? How have we tried to bring into being the utopias we have aspired to? How do these manifestations serve as mirrors to both our innermost yearnings as well as to our contemporary realities - that gnawing sense that this world is not enough?

Sitting (detail) by Kamin Lertchaiprasert. "Sitting comprises 366 carved figurines, each seated in a meditative posture...This meditative repetition encourages a certain stillness and looking within oneself..."

Once Upon This Island presents a series of contemporary works by Singapore artists exploring the stories and lives that surround us and abound on this island-nation..."

 At the Learning Gallery, made our own front door cards.

 Self Portrait (No More Tears Mr. Lee) by Jason Wee, made from plastic shampoo bottle caps.

To the Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas.

Let's Make! Studio by Izziyana Suhaimi.

 Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive by Vincent Twardzik Ching.

Don't forget to remember the forgotten.

Dream House by Lee Jeeyoung.

That's all of my SAM trip! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Singapore Zoo and River Safari 2015

We went to the Singapore Zoo on my birthday and I got free entry tickets for both the Zoo and the River Safari!!

I also got a badge to wear and got 10% off for purchasing food or souvenirs! Plus, I was greeted "Happy Birthday" by every friendly zoo keeper who saw me! It's pretty amazing!

Saw a fluffy White-Faced Saki monkey when walking on the bridge of Treetops Trail!! It's their feeding time!! Below the bridge is the crocodile's territory!!

Walked passed the Otter Cove!! Watching them lazing around, scrubbing their back!! Also visited Tapir, an interesting animal that look like a pig, an elephant and a panda!! I adore them!

Spotted a huge Cannonball tree!! The flowers are so pretty!!

Visited the White tiger!!

Visited the Pygmy Hippo and spotted a baby hippo next to her mama!! First time we've seen the red river hogs too!! Quite pretty, eh?

At the Australian Outback, watching kangaroos and koalas!

Watching the Splash Safari show!

Next was the Elephants at Work and Play show!

At the Primate Kingdom, each primate species has its own island, with a landscaping of trees that might as well be castles from where these tree-dwellers rule.

Got a free ice-cream treat because it's my birthday! I like berry-yoghurt!!

Went to feed the goats and see the ponies!

We walked through the Fragile Forest and spotted a group of lemurs cuddling together, super cute!

Walking along the Tropical Crops!!

At the Wild Africa area, spotted giraffes, rhinoceros, pumas and meerkats!

Also spotted cheetahs and zebras!!

Chilled out at the Frozen Tundra, watching Inuka, the polar bear! Also watching a wolverine sleeping!

Walking to the River Safari just next to the Zoo! Oh, guess how I learned to climb trees like Koalas?

Walked through the Exhibits at River Safari!

Hopped onto the River Cruise!

Visited the two adorable pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia!

Not forgetting to say "Hi" to the Red Panda too!

We were rushing for time, so we didn't have much photos of the River Safari! If you're interested to see more pictures of River Safari, please click Here and Here!
Those posts are my previous trips to the River Safari!! Enjoys!