Sunday, May 05, 2013

Hip hip hooray, it’s Star Wars Day!

Hip hip hooray, it’s Star Wars Day!

My boys and I (minus little giant #2) headed to the Philatelic Museum which celebrated May 4th with special activities. My inner geek jumped for joy to see the wall of 800+ action figures,

 a diorama of the Emperor’s arrival scene made of lego

 and scale models of ships and vehicles from my favorite Star Wars movies.  There was even a lifesize model of the Royal Guard and R2D2

What made this day particularly special was the Pose and Post Photobooth.

With a donation of S$10, we were able to choose our props (I was Princess Leia of course) [note to self – great DIY Leia costume], smile and pose, and voila – a postcard ready to be sent. We were able to get a Special Event Date Stamp just for today. How cool is that!

Light vs Dark Exhibition: Stamps and Collectibles
Date: 1 March -30 June 2013
Philatelic Museum
3-B Coleman Street Singapore 179807 
Tel: +65 6337 3888
Opening hours: Monday (1.00pm - 7.00pm); Tuesday - Sunday (9.30am - 7.00pm)

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You

Whenever the little giant asks "Mommy, what your favorite movie?", only one comes to my mind - The Empire Strikes Back.   The Star Wars film series has become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, depicting the classic of the light vs dark.  May 4th has been designated as a day of celebration by fans around the world where they can proclaim their love for all things Star Wars.

Here in Singapore, May 4 is the day to bring out your inner geek, gather your padawans and head out to:

(1)  The Singapore Philatelic Museum.
On display is an impressive display of "Star Wars" movie memorabilia and collectibles of action figures 3¾inch and 12inch , model ships and vehicles featured in the movies, and a diorama of the 'Emperor's Arrival Scene'.   You will enjoy FREE ADMISSION when you dress up as characters from the trilogies!

Schedule of Activities:
“How Strong Is The Force?” Quiz 9.30am - 5.00pm
Pose and Post Photobooth  11.00am - 5.00pm [Don on costumes to transform yourselves into Star Wars characters and strike a pose. The photograph will be printed on a postcard which can be sent with the special May 4th event date stamp. Charge: $10 for two postcards.]
Meet The Troopers 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Special Event Date Stamp only on 4th May 2013
Sale Of Limited Edition Merchandise such as the Star Wars MyStamp book, R2-D2 miniature posting box, Star Wars key chains, and Star Wars collectible toy sets.
*Proceeds of the various activities will fund the operations of the Singapore Philatelic Museum.


2.  After the Philatelic Museum, head down to Orchard.  Hasbro has organized the special appearance of some of the most beloved STAR WARS characters along Orchard Road from 2-6pm. Fans have a chance to walk away with a special Star Wars Kenner Vintage Series Boba Fett (RRP $19.90) to be given out on that day.

What are you waiting for?  Mark the 4th of May on your calendars!

May the force be with you. Always.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Unwrap the Secrets of the Mummy at the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands

The mummies (6 in all) have arrived in Singapore!   

We have visited practically all of the special exhibits mounted at the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands.    They have been very well curated and arranged to cater to all age groups.  With that in mind,  we were particularly excited to see what the collaboration with the British Museum would generate. 

When we learned that British Museum curator Dr. John Taylor would be there during the opening weekend of the exhibit, we made sure that we were at the museum as soon as it opened.   That was a good decision as we were privileged to attend one of his highly popular guided tours.

Tip:  When going to the museum, it is best to go on a guided tour as this will bring out the highlights of the exhibit and reveal little facts not written down in the display notes.

The one hour flew by as Dr. Taylor revealed fascinating facts about the lives and belief of ancient Egyptians, explaining the religious beliefs that underpinned ancient Egyptian funerary practices. 

The exhibit may be relatively small in size compared to that located in the British Museum but it was very well curated.  According to The ArtScience Museum's executive director Nick Dixon,  the exhibition "reflects the intersection between art and science". The show pairs "some of the most stunning pieces" of ancient Egyptian artefacts with "the latest in modern technology and medical science" to shed light on the rituals and processes of mummification.  

Before exploring the exhibit,  be sure to watch the 30-minute 3D film about which tells the story of Egyptian temple priest Nesperennub, including the “virtual unwrapping” of his 3,000-year old mummy.  Do note that it may be too scary for children below the age of 6.


Get ready to enter a world of the Egyptian gods and the humans who worshipped them.  

What I really appreciate about the ArtScience Museum is that they try to cater to all age groups. Parents and guardians of young children will appreciate the Activity Quests which have been specially-designed through age-appropriate Quest Bags (grouped from ages 3-16) which contain enjoyable hands-on activities. Directly related to the artefacts on display, these include jig-saws and games, including magnifying glasses for the intrepid young Egyptologists to help them solve the various challenges.

Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands 
When: From Saturday, 10am to 10pm daily
Admission: $9 to $15 (concessions available)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Feb 23-24 2013: Philippines Property Show in Singapore

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The Philippines Property Show is an inaugural event showcasing premium developments across the archipelago of treasures, The Philippines. Organised by The PropertyGuru Group, this event offers investors a plethora of excellent opportunities, with high investment returns and strong rental yields. Not to be missed, there are sharing sessions by honorary speakers and industry experts with insights on investments in the Philippines.

Why Visit The Show? 
 - Wide Variety of top residential and resort projects
 - Meet top Philippines’ developers face-to-face
 - Gain expert insights
 - Free seminars from industry experts

Why Philippines’ Property?
 - Philippines’ properties unaffected by the Singapore cooling measures
 - Super affordable with prices starting from S$100k
 - High return on investments
 - Low barrier to entries
 - Projected rental yields of up to 10% and more
 - Fantastic capital growth prospects

 23 February - 24 February 2013
 11:00 - 19:00
 MBS Convention Center Level 3, Begonia
 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956

Go to and register now.    You could win an ipad Mini!