Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
– Romeo & Juliet

I was exposed to William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet when I was but a teen, studying in CHIJ Katong Secondary School. At the time, reading Romeo & Juliet was a chore! The text was in Early Modern English. Not as bad as if it were written in Old English or Middle English, but still, it was not easy to understand for a girl of just twelve or thirteen.

BGR – Boy, Girl, Relationships, was something of a new thing for me then coming from an all-girl’s school in Primary and Seconardy school. So Romeo & Juliet was strangely apt. Now this was just a year or two before Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. So the only Romeo & Juliet film we could watch was in black and white. Not really my cup of tea.

But, after spending a year studying the text of Romeo & Juliet, I had become enamored with the tale and fair Verona where the story is said to take place. So when my mum and I decided to go to Italy together, I was really looking forward to making  a trip to Verona. Unfortunately, I was really too busy to plan the trip so we took the easy way out and booked ourselves on a Chan Brothers’ Italy tour. Verona, however, was not on the itinerary. So how then did I get photos of Verona?

Thankfully, the tour guide added Verona to the travel plans at the last minute provided everyone in the tour group was agreeable to the addition and was willing to pay for the extra costs it would incur. Most everyone agreed and off we went. We went to see Verona and Sienna. And I was so thrilled that I was going to get the chance to see Juliet’s balcony! I had watched Letters to Juliet the year before and was excited about seeing the actual site for myself!

So here’s a comparison between the film and the actual location of Juliet’s balcony.

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The house in Verona known as Juliet’s house was owned by the family dell Capello, not Capulet. And was not the house or balcony Shakespeare based his story upon. Was I disappointed? Not really. Thank goodness for the internet.

I’m not sure if you can actually stand out in the balcony when you’re there. But my mum and I didn’t pay any money to go inside the building so we didn’t find out if you could. Anyway, in reality, this isn’t really Juliet’s balcony. Depsite the fact that the house dates back to the 13th century, the balcony was actually added in the 20th century. So in truth, it was just a window there until not so long ago. And well, it’s still a pretty famous window or balcony but why go into the specifics.

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The window with the balcony of Juliet overlooks a tiny courtyard with a statue of Juliet near a arch gate. As you can see from the film’s screen grab, the gate is totally lock-less. Either the film crew cleared all the locks on the gate for the film, or they built a set to look exactly like the courtyard in Verona. I’d say it was likely a set. But I’d have to watch the special features of the film to find out. I don’t have a photo of the statue neither did I go touch her breasts. But I have heard that it’s something a lot of tourists do. Some of the people on my tour group did that as well. It’s been said to give you good luck if you rub her right breasts. Why specifically the right side I don’t know. Did she press the knife into her right bosom? I can’t remember if she did in the text.

Also, sadly I don’t remember if there were a lot of letters and notes stuck to the wall. I only remember being slightly underwhelmed. I knew not to expect what I saw in the film, but still, I was unimpressed.

In the film, the lead characters Amanda Seyfried and Christopher Egan toured a bit of Siena. I too visited Siena on the way to Verona so I managed to get a few photos of the city.

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There is a sweeping shot of Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico and Piazza del Campo. I too visited the same spot and while it was gloomy on the day I was there, when re-watching the film for this entry, I was brought back to the city and I remember how much I enjoyed getting lost in the streets of Siena with my mum. The steep pathway where Amanda Seyfried and Christopher Egan were in the film is not the exact same one in the photo I took. But I do remember the high arched walkways and the steep climb of the roads there.

Notice the flags at the side of the wall. Our guide in Siena told us about the horse races in Palio di Siena, where the 17 contrade of Siena will compete twice a year. Each contrade (district) is named after an animal or symbol and each with its own long history and set of heraldic and semi-mythological associations. And according to our guide, each contrade is quite passionate about the races and the winner gets to flaunt their win by placing their flags around the city for the whole year. No wonder the districts take the Palio di Siena so seriously.

Our guide explaining the Contrade of Siena to us.

While Verona was not as exciting as I thought it would be, Siena more than compensate for this little detour to Siena & Verona. And I love that I got to “see” these two cities again through the film Letters To Juliet. Maybe one day I’ll go back to Siena and Verona. If I do, I’ll be sure to stay longer, be more observant and take more photos of the city.

What do you think?
Have you been to Verona or Siena? What is your take on the fact that this attraction that tourists flock to is actually just a window with a balcony constructed around it and deemed Juliet’s balcony? Would you want to visit Juliet’s balcony when you visit Verona? Have you attended the Palio di Siena? Is it an event you would recommend people travel to Siena to attend?

* Please note that the stills from the film are screen grabs, I don’t own the rights to them.

Comparing the real Verona & Siena with scenes from the film Letters to Juliet Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Adventure. Defined on the free online dictionary as…

1. a risky undertaking of unknown outcome
2. an exciting or unexpected event or course of events
3. a hazardous financial operation; commercial speculation
a. danger or misadventure
b. chance
5. to take a risk or put at risk
6. (foll by: into, on, upon) to dare to go or enter (into a place, dangerous activity, etc)
7. to dare to say (something)

When challenged with the word ‘adventure‘, the first thing that came to mind as my greatest adventure was my solo trip to USA. Especially since I got lost in Downtown LA! But in researching the meaning of the word ‘adventure’ I realised that there’s something more adventurous in my life than my only solo trip.

Looking at the meaning of ‘adventure’ as one taking a risk or a risky undertaking of unknown outcome, the biggest adventure that took lots of guts and much consideration is still happening to me right now. (No. I’m not pregnant or encountering motherhood.)

The ‘adventure’ I am referring to is quitting my job as a Research Writer at MediaCorp and embarking on a slightly different career path.

I began writing a blog (Entitled To Opinion) way back in November of 2010. I did so because I wanted to hone my skills as a writer. But not just any writer. I wanted to write for television. In fact, if you look at my bucket list, right at the top it says that I want to win an Oscar or Emmy for my work. I’ve had that dream for the longest time. And in order to stay in the industry, I’ve stuck it out with MediaCorp for 3 years and 7 months.

But in July this year, I quit my job.

The thought of quitting has long been on my mind. The long hours, the lack of a work life balance, and the little money I earned took a toll on me. But mid this year, 1 particular event made me finally do the deed. I had always thought about quitting. But my awesome relationship with my co-workers who have become my closest and dearest friends helped me keep it together and stick through it all. And there was the bigger issue of what do I want to do if not write for television.

Its been my biggest and loftiest dream. To leave MediaCorp made me feel like a quitter. And it made me feel like I’m abandoning my dream. Many people told me to just find another job that still allows me to write for television. But MediaCorp is the only broadcasting station in Singapore. If one wanted to work in television, there really was just one place to go. So I felt stuck and frustrated. Why? Because I didn’t know what else I wanted to do if I left MediaCorp.

Since I graduated from Polytechnic, MediaCorp has been the one and only company I’ve worked for. I knew the people. I knew the working style. I knew what I was in for when I signed the contract with them after coming back the second time (well, some say four but who’s counting). The thought of leaving MediaCorp scared me to death. So I shook off thoughts about leaving the industry and tried to just suck it up and stick it out.

I should have asked the fundamental question: What do I want to do after I left MediaCorp? But I didn’t.

By the time I made my decision to quit in July, I had figured out what I wanted to do after MediaCorp. I wanted to write for magazines (traditional or online). I wanted to work on developing my travel and review blog and maybe one day be self sufficient on it.

When I was offered the job with Travelzoo. Everything fell into place. I figured out what should I do next. I was still terrified. What if I hate my new job? What if I got bored after a short period of time away from the only thing I’ve ever know – writing for television? What if I don’t get along with my new colleagues? What if leaving MediaCorp turns out to be the worse decision of my life? To me, it was “a risky undertaking of unknown outcome” as well as “an exciting (and) unexpected event”. But as you now know, I took a risk and began on my new adventure with Travelzoo on July 21.

It’s still an adventure to me. I still wonder and fear that it was a mistake to leave MediaCorp. I’m still learning new things at Travelzoo. I’m still getting used to going from someone who worked behind the scenes, to being just a spectator at home like everyone else. I’m really relieved that I have very friendly and helpful colleagues who make me feel welcomed. And as for the rest, I’ll figure it out along the way.

Dear friends,

Thank you for the fun, love, and friendship over the years. I will always miss you and love you all. And I will always be your ‘Gor’.

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What do you think?

What is your take on the word ‘adventure’? Do you think my ‘adventure’ fits the bill?

Challenge Accepted [A Photo A Week Challenge: Adventure] Adventure. Defined on the free online dictionary as… 1. a risky undertaking of unknown outcome 2. an exciting or unexpected event or course of events…

I’m a huge Cirque du Soleil fan. What has this got to do with Cavalia? Well, Cavalia was conceived by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil. So when I found out they were coming to Singapore I was impatient to see it. If you’re still undecided whether to go or not, here’s a taste of what the show has to offer:

Fascinating! Well to me at least. Horse lovers, Cirque du Soleil lovers will definitely put Cavalia on their watch list. It’s been awhile since Singapore brought in a circus that featured animals. This is because since 2002, travelling circuses are not allowed to bring wild animals such as tigers, lions, and elephants into Singapore as part of their show. The ban was issued in 2000, but took effect in 2002.

Singapore is not the only country that has banned the use of wild animals in circus acts. Denmark, Finland, Sweden, India, Israel, and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia also have this ban in place. The reasons are for the safety of the audience, and because there have been regular reports of the ill treatment of animals by circuses. So how is it Cavalia can bring their show into Singapore? Because the ban does not apply to domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, horses, sheep, goat, pigs and birds because they aren’t as dangerous to the public and do not need to be confined the way wild animals are, they are also treated well by their owners and handlers.

So what’s this fascination with a circus involving horses? Sure, people go and enjoy the theatrics of the show. Some people might think “what’s so fascinating about horses racing around an arena?” I might not understand it as well if not for National Science Challenge 2013.

Last year, for the finale we brought the students from Raffles Institution to the National Equestrian Centre for their profile shoot. Before they could even get on the horses, they needed to do an ice breaker and get to know more about how to deal with horses. The group of 6 were tasked to get a horse to jump over a bar in an enclosed area without talking at all. Watching from the sidelines, I realised how difficult it was to get a horse to make the jump over a bar. It was this experience that made me understand how extraordinary those seemingly simple tasks like jumping over a bar or racing around the arena actually are.

There’s a long history when looking at the relationship between horse and man. And it’s amazing how these horses trust and respond to their human counterpart.

I love behind the scenes tidbits. They give me an opportunity to understand how things are done and helps me appreciate the show even more. Here are few videos that will give you a peek into the secrets of Cavalia.

I really enjoyed the show. I especially liked it when one of the horses refused to do as he’s supposed to and got nudged by the leading horse to behave and fall in line. It made the show seem even more endearing because anything can happen. It’s a live show, the horses each have a personality of their own, and every day they do a show, something might be different. The acrobats were also really awesome! Especially the artists

Okay so you’ve decided to go. Which seat should I choose? Well, I was on a budget so I got the cheapest ticket. So I was right at the top at Row U up stairs 10! That’s at the side but I still managed to get a good view of the performance area. In fact, it allowed me to see the appreciate the aerial performances better methinks. Or maybe I’m just consoling myself.

But truth be told if I had the money to go see it again, I’d go the seats further front.  You see I’m not a fan of heights. And the stairs are scary! I was too anxious to get off those stairs to take photos but I begged a friend who too was not a fan of heights to take them for me. And she sat in the same area and row as me too. Thanks Cheryl!

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Okay. I was not thrilled to be climbing up and down steps like these. It gives me the chills. So if you too aren’t a fan of heights, pay more get the front seats and avoid the height. You also get a closer view of the stage and get to actually experience the falling “snow”.

I wouldn’t mind going back again because quite a number of inconsiderate people were taking photos DURING THE SHOW! So their cameras were bright, right in our face, and blocking our view! One lady further in at our row even used flash! And when the usher told her not to take photos and that the flash scare the horses, the lady went “Yeah, yeah” but her hands were still high up holding the camera to take photos. We were seated at the aisle of the row where the usher stood to tell her to put away the camera so it was really annoying and disruptive. Because the usher kept telling people seated in our area that photography was not allowed, I felt so hassled even though I wasn’t the one taking the photos. Don’t get me wrong, I totally do not blame the usher, she was just doing her job. So if you are going to watch Cavalia soon, please be considerate.

If I had an unlimited spending budget, I’d get the RENDEZ-VOUS VIP Experience and see the horses. There is also a Horse Lover Package where you’d get front row seats and get to go to the stables too. I really want to get my hands on the soundtrack for Cavalia! I was anxious to get away from the crowds and didn’t stay to look at the merchandise. I’d so buy the soundtrack. Anyone heading to Cavalia soon?

Cavalia is expected to run until 28 September, there’s still time so do get your tickets.

Tuesday to Friday the show starts at 7.30pm
Saturday there are two shows. One at 2pm & the last show at 7.30pm
Sunday there are also two shows. At 12pm & 5.30pm
Mondays are their rest days and there are no performance on 19, and 23 Sept 2014
The show runs for 2hrs and 30 minutes with a 20 minute interval.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of circus acts like Cavalia and Cirque du Soleil? If you’ve already seen Cavalia, share your thoughts with us about the show. Did you sit in the front row? What was the experience like? Is the VIP Experience worth the price? Did you encounter inconsiderate individuals who also took photographs during the show? 

Cavalia Singapore I’m a huge Cirque du Soleil fan. What has this got to do with Cavalia? Well, Cavalia was conceived by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil.

The SIA Brat – In New York City, United States of America

[Riding On Bikes In Central Park]

New York Pass; to buy or not to buy? Good question. The trick is to weigh the pros and cons. First, go to their website and find out which attractions do you have access to free of charge after purchasing the Pass. Second, you determine the cost of those attractions and add them all up. Third, compare and decide. Simple. Well, when you have 3 people making a decision on the matter and the lack of time to do the necessary research, then it’s not quite that simple. Eventually, we did get the New York Pass and I totally did not regret the decision. I don’t quite know the exact savings we had by purchasing the Pass, but we did and we also had a very useful guidebook that helped us plan our days.

Now Central Park was on all four of our to do lists even before we stepped foot on American soil. So when we finally had the time to explore New York City, Central Park was one of our first stops.

Central Park is a public park so why would this have anything to do with the New York Pass right? Bike Tours. Something that we could do for free because of the New York Pass. Because we purchased the Pass, we could enjoy a free bike tour of Central Park at 9am or a 3hr bike rental. As we weren’t familiar with Central Park at all, we decided a guided bike tour would allow us to really see the park without the hassle of worrying if we’d get lost in this massive nature wonderland. After all, at 843 acres, 2.5 miles long and 0.5 miles wide, Central Park is needless to say, MASSIVE! You could live in New York City for months and not experience all that Central Park has to offer. And my friends and I only had a week.

So off we went, riding on bikes in Central Park. It was so fun! While I didn’t get a chance to truly relax and enjoy the park, I was able to see most of what Central Park had to offer to New Yorkers. And Central Park made me fall in love with New York City even more. Maybe these photographs can help you fall in love with Central Park too.

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Exploring Central Park on a bicycle makes for a very good workout session and it also allows you to see more of the park in a shorter time span. After experiencing how huge the park really is, movies really don’t do Central Park justice, I realised how glad I was that we travelled around Central Park on our bikes, and for free too!

While biking around Central Park isn’t the only means of transport around the park, it was the first one I tried. I know that you can tour Central Park on a horse-drawn carriage, but I found out that you can also go on a private Vespa Tour or if you can’t ride a bike and want to cover more ground, perhaps you’d like to try a Pedicab Tour? On my next visit to Central Park, I’d take a day or two to walk around Central Park to see it more closely. Perhaps I’ll go on one of the many walking tours they have in Central Park as well.

For now I’ll just go through my old NYC photos and dream about my next trip there. But more about my week in New York City will be coming up in the My Week In New York City – April 2012 series so do look out for it.

What do you think?

What is the best way to explore Central Park? Which part of the park is your favourite? Are you a fan of bike tours? I’ve already done a bike tour in Paris and New York City, which other country or city should I explore on a bike? 

My Week In New York – April 2012 The SIA Brat - In New York City, United States of America New York Pass; to buy or not to buy?

Harry Potter’s got a theme park and now that Hunger Game is wrapping up the film franchise next year, there have been talks about the possibility of a theme park for that series as well. Although a Hunger Games theme park isn’t a sure thing yet, there will most definitely be a touring exhibit. But what is so fascinating about having a theme park attraction? I believe it’s the allure of finally being a part of the world instead of just looking in from outside that world.

Film goers and book readers around the world have been immersed in the world of Harry Potter since the first film was released in 2001. There are fans who want to board the Hogwarts Express, zip through Gringotts, drink butter beer at the Three Broomsticks, or walk down Diagon Alley. And with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Orlando, they can do that! They watched and loved the films, now with the theme park, they can actually be a part of that world! (cue the song from The Little Mermaid – Part Of Your World)

A world that once was fictional is now real. Well, as “real” as can be. That’s what attracts people to theme parks. Theme parks allow visitors to escape reality and be a part of the fantasy world they know and love. It’s all not really real, you argue. True. But people would still pay good money to go to these theme parks. If they weren’t, Disney would not have been able to open and maintain 6 Disneyland theme parks till today!

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. Unfortunately, I’ve not yet had the chance to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. But it’s definitely on my travel bucket list!

Although I’ve not visited the Harry Potter theme park, I grabbed the chance to go visit The Making Of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour when I was in London earlier this year. It’s no theme park, but for a film and television buff like myself, it was akin to Charlie Bucket seeing the inside of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It was so fun! The tour was supposed to last 3 hours, but my friends (who didn’t have a choice but to be sit around and drink “butter beer” while waiting for me) and I spent at least 5 hours there. Here are just some of the photos I took there…

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Coming back to the subject of a Hunger Games theme park, I’m really not sure how they are going to create a theme park out of the series. After all, The Hunger Games aren’t really ideal since it’s a dystopian world where kids kill other kids for the amusement of others. Not exactly fun family orientated amusement park material. Not unless you want to pay to get knocked off your feet, injured, or worse, killed. But, I’m sure they’ll be able to come up with something. The lure of money is too great for them to not try developing a family friendly theme park for The Hunger Games.

The other upcoming Young Adult film franchise is the Divergent series. Wonder if they’ll make a theme park for that as well. As it is I read that a theme park attraction for Alien and Life of Pi is also set to open in Malaysia in 2016!

Of course theme parks and touring exhibits aren’t the only ways one can enter the world of film. Visiting the actual location where the film or TV series is filmed also draws a lot of tourists and fans alike. In fact, I’m planning a trip to New Zealand this December and I’m definitely visiting the Shire in Matamata. Woo hoo!

What do you think?
Have you been to Hobbiton before? Any tips? Do let me know as I am still in the planning stages of my trip. Do you think it’s a good idea for The Hunger Games series to have a theme park? What kind of rides and attractions do you want to see at a Hunger Games theme park? What other film series should have their own amusement park?

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In 2007, I went on a school trip that gave me the chance to tour Japan for almost a whole month. We stayed at hostels, small traditional inns and even got the chance to experience 3 home stays with locals who volunteered to take us in and show us around their town. That was an eye opener for me. I had never stayed in a stranger’s home before. Yes, my parents did have friends overseas who would…

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Let there be light! Starring out of The Pantheon's oculus.
Let there be light! Starring out of The Pantheon's oculus.

Let there be light! Starring out of The Pantheon’s oculus.

The SIA Brat – In Rome

Looking up is something I love to do. And of all the trips I’ve taken in my life, this is one of my favourite views. Why? Because of the magnificent design of The Pantheon’s dome!

I mean look at that! Don’t you think the coffering on the concrete dome of The Pantheon is gorgeous! And amazingly, it was completed and…

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Personally, I prefer to go to museums on a weekday. On weekends there are usually too many people and I will feel rushed. On a weekday, you get peace and quiet, and all the time in the world to enjoy the photographs on display. So take a day off and go to the ArtScience Museum to see Annie Leibovitz’s A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 Exhibition before it finishes in October. But if you want to go for the guided tour, then you’ll have to go for the exhibition on Sunday at 11.30am. Either way, if you’re into photography or celebrities, you should drop by Annie Leibovitz’s exhibition.

Though they weren’t displayed at the exhibition, these are some of her works that made me sit up and notice Annie Leibovitz’s work. (Source: annieleibovitz.tumblr.com)

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Who is Annie Leibovitz? She is an American portrait photographer who has photographed celebrities and well known personalities such as Demi Moore, Leonardo Di Caprio, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Nicole Kidman, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt and President Bill Clinton. You’ll get to see some of those portraits at the exhibition. But besides those, you also get a glimpse of her life through personal photographs of her family, her close friends, and her children.

My personal favourites beside her portraits are the landscapes she took of Monument Valley in the American West and of Wadi Rum in the Jordanian desert. I wish I could show them to you however, photography is not allowed in the exhibition.

When I first realised that we weren’t allowed to take any photographs in the exhibition, I was a little bummed. Then Clarabelle, a friend and a artist (click on her name to check out her portfolio), took out a small sketchbook and offered it to me. “Wanna play” she asked. I looked at her confused. I guess I should have understood there and then but I didn’t. She explained that she would look at the image before her and try to capture the essence of the photograph. Then she would play and have fun in her sketchbook. Basically, it’s one artist’s interpretation (Annie Leibovitz) reflected in another artist’s work (Clarabelle Chong). It doesn’t have to be an exact drawing of the image, just your interpretation of the image. Cool right? Well I thought so. Her sketchbook is her playground and her camera. I was hopeless at drawing so I just watched her draw and enjoyed the wonderful photographs at the exhibit.

She drew quite a number of portraits and with her permission I snapped some photographs of her works after we left the exhibit.

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We didn’t manage our time properly and didn’t get the chance to finish the exhibit, but we hope to go back there again together and check out the Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction exhibit as well.

Even though the staff there said that we would be able to finish Annie Leibovitz’s exhibition in 45 minutes, we spent nearly 2 hours there and still didn’t manage to finish the exhibit. So take a day off, that way you can take your time and look at the detail in each photograph.

Here’s a tip:

Singapore residents get special rates so bring your NRIC or Driver’s License to enjoy a discount.

Also, if you have a full day at the museum, ask for the Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction + Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 combo deal. If you’re a resident, it’ll cost you $24. But if you purchase the exhibits individually, it’ll set you back $33. So effectively, you’ll save $9! Not a resident? It’s okay, you save $11 on the 2 exhibit combo!

According to the ArtScience Museum, you’ll save $2 for every ticket you book in advance online. However, bear in mind that when you book from Sistic, you have to pay booking fees of $3.

There are other discounts too so do check out the ArtScience Museum website for more details and promotions.

And if you’re not sure where to buy tickets on the day itself, here are the locations of Marina Bay Sands’ Box Offices:

ArtScience Museum Lobby
Concierge Desk, Hotel Lobby Tower 1
Retail Concierge, The Shoppes L1
SkyPark Ticketing Counter, Tower 3 B1
Theatre, The Shoppes B1

Oh and do note that Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction is here until 28 July 2014 and Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 is here until 19 October 2014. So go before 28 July to enjoy the combo packages.

The Brat Reviews Annie Leibovitz’s A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 Exhibition Personally, I prefer to go to museums on a weekday. On weekends there are usually too many people and I will feel rushed.

For someone with the memory of a goldfish, taking photographs to remember my holiday by is very important. That’s why I brought 2 8GB SD cards and even bought a new 32GB SD card just in case I run out of space. I had wanted to capture the beauty of Greece without having to worry about the lack of space you see.

I started using the 8GB card for my travels in Thessaloniki and Santorini first. And surprisingly it lasted me till our last day in Santorini. While at the top of Ancient Thera, I had to quickly change SD cards so I took out the spanking new 32GB card I bought and continued to snap away.

Now you must be wondering what does this have to do with some missing photographs. Well, it’s related because I lost the 32GB SD card with my photographs of Ancient Thera and Athens.

After I came home from Greece, I kept telling myself that I needed to transfer the photographs into my external hard drive. But I kept procrastinating and never got around to it. Now I’ll never have the chance to. You see, I have no clue as to where I last saw the SD card and can’t remember where I might have dropped it. I was devastated! Not just because it was a new SD card, but also because all the photographs I took in Athens are forever lost to me.

So how is it that I still have pictures of Athens? Well, luckily for me, I was hooked on Instagram at the time. With my DSLR, I don’t actually have to take any photographs with my iPhone. However, I found it easier to take a photograph for Instagram using my iPhone. So on top of snapping pictures with my DSLR I would take another one using my iPhone so I could share my travels with my friends instantly.

If not for Instagram, I would have nothing left of Athens to remember by. Whatever photos I do have of Athens were taken with my iPhone for my Instagram feed! Granted not everything was saved. Still, having something is better than nothing at all!

Here are my photographs I posted on Instagram while travelling in Athens…

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So the moral of the story is, if your friend takes a longer time snapping multiple shots of the same thing using a DSLR and a camera phone, don’t rush her. It could be all the photographic memories you are left with of that trip, especially if your friend is a scatterbrain like me.

Thanks Instagram!

Have you heard of Skimbaco Lifestyle’s Instagram Travel Thursday series? This post is a part of the Instagram Travel Thursday series hosted by SkimbacoLifestyle.com. And if you’re not sure what to write check out the posts by Not A Ballerina and House Of Anais. All photos in this post were published on my Instagram account. You can also participate on Instagram using #IGTravelThursday!

The Mystery of the Missing Photographs For someone with the memory of a goldfish, taking photographs to remember my holiday by is very important.

The Brat Reviews Maleficent (2014)


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Director: Robert Stromberg
Written by: Linda Woolverton
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Sharlto Copley
Duration: 98 minutes

A coin has two sides. Well, so does the story of Sleeping Beauty.

We all know what happens to Princess Aurora on her 16th birthday in the original 1959 Disney animation Sleeping…

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