Surviving Singapore with Php 5,000 Pocket Money: National Museum of Singapore

Sunday after the Laneway Music Festival, Peach and I were still hungover with Haim and Chvrches.  So, we listened to their music as we were packing our stuff and cleaning Jeremy’s flat up.  Peach was going to bring me to experience Singapore capsule hotel.  So excited!

So, after lunch time, we headed to Woke Home Capsule Hostel, the capsule hotel we had chosen to stay at.  It’s quite affordable or Php 1,000.00, considering that it’s Singapore.  And, the amenities were something I could work with (they had clean toilets and bath and they had bidet, woohoo!).  The bed I had was comfy, too!  So, it was a good deal for me.

Woke Hostel

Woke Hostel

The only downside was that Peach and I were both given the top bunk. So, the forgetful me had to go down and up several times before I finally got to settle in.  Haha!  But, it’s cool.  I got to use those sleeping arm muscles. :)

Woke Hostel

They also had an interesting dining area, with notes on the wall. I loved eating there! And, in the same space was where you can find the computers that guests are free to use. Oh, they also had free wifi so connecting with people in the Philippines was quite easy, except for those times when the connection was spotty, which I experienced after midnight.

Woke Hostel

After settling in, Peach and I made our way to that beautiful building that we got attracted to the night before. We walked along Orchard Road and passed by YMCA.

Orchard Road

YMCA

And, the building I was talking about? It’s the National Museum of Singapore. A couple of geeks we are! Haha!

National Museum of Singapore

I’m a fan of museums. And, while nothing beats immersing in the culture, I find museums as a way of knowing what the country or city I’m visiting is about. And, the National Museum of Singapore did not disappoint.

The British influence was apparent in the architecture.

Singapore National Museum

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

The way they portrayed their story was also something different from the museums I’ve visited in the past. But, this is the first first-world country I’ve ever been to so I’m not sure if that made the difference. I’ll let you know the next time I visit another one. ;)

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

My favorite part of the museum, though, are the two galleries where they feature art. :)

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

Ooooh! And, I found it interesting, too, that I saw this as one of their featured works.

National Museum of Singapore

Truth be told, I got tired exploring the National Museum of Singapore. With all those walking! Haha! But, it was worth the 10 SGD I paid for it.  The learnings I got and having had the opportunity to view those artworks, it was a visual feast for me.

Then, we were ready to eat. We met with a relative from the Philippines who is now based in Singapore, Ate Menchie. She treated us to buffet dinner, sweet! And, while we were enjoying the blessing of free food, Ate Menchie and I updated each other about our lives. She looks like she’s enjoying what she has right now. I’m truly happy for her. :)

After dinner, we went to Marina Bay Sands to watch the lights show. She was weirded out that we haven’t viewed it yet considering that Peach and I were in the area the night before for the Laneway Music Festival. Haha! To be honest, though, it wasn’t that spectacular for me. Although I find it that the technology used was something impressionable, the way the story was told didn’t appeal to me. But, it was fine. I’m still happy to see those lights and for the opportunity to watch the show with these two. :)

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Peach and I said good-bye to Ate Menchie and then headed to Chijmes, which used to be a Catholic church and is now converted into an events place.

Chijmes

Chijmes

No band was playing so we thought it wouldn’t be worth paying for a beer. Good thing there was this place where we just had our usual conversation about life. :)

Chijmes

Because of the full day that we’ve already had, Peach and I decided to hail a cab and go back to Woke Home Capsule Hotel. Tomorrow’s another big day. Shopping, baby! :)

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I visited Singapore with my friend, Peach, from January 31 to February 4, 2014.  And, most of the entries in this series were written while I was there.



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