iiiiitttttssss ccchhrrriiisssttmmaass! Very strange to be away from home at this time of year but Singapore was definitely a great choice. A clean and friendly city with a great atmosphere and streets dazzling with Christmas lights and decorations. Christmas Day was spent in the famous Long Bar at Raffles hotel sipping on Singapore slings and cracking monkey nuts.
SAM- The Singapore Arts Museum was very good, 4 exhibitions spread over 3 floors including a visual piece by Australian artist Tracy Moffatt taken from her ‘montage films’ she uses clips from different films and edits them together to create meaning and provoke reactions around the connotations within the media including women, race and sexuality.
Marina Bay was my highlight of Singapore, the architecture surrounding the water is a visual sensation for your eyes. A panoramic view of the bay shows one impressive structure to the next. The Art and Science museum, in the shape of a lotus flower (not an obvious design until you are made aware of it) has interesting exhibitions that questions the link and locker heads of art and science. For December the exhibitions included Outside in a showcase from Magnum Photos featuring images from Stuart Franklin, on the impacts and environmental changes on the landscape, Mark Power with a foreigner’s account of Poland and Jacob Aue Sobol with photos portraying the loneliness he felt whilst in Tokyo. Also being featured was The art of the brick, structures by Nathan Sawaya who uses Lego bricks as his art medium, to build life size human figures and replica’s of famous buildings.
The shopping mall opposite the museum has really tasty and surprisingly cheap dishes in its food court. I really enjoyed my time spent in Singapore and 5 days were easily filled! I would love to go back and explore more of this amazing city/country.