Explore Singapore: Alive Museum

Last month, two of South Korea’s popular optical illusion museums opened in Singapore — Alive Museum in Suntec and Trick Eye Museum in Sentosa. I have not been to the latter so l will share about our experience with Alive Museum first.

Both museums contain 2D paintings and wall arts that looked 3D in photos. The paintings allow the visitors to be part of the scene and that’s where Alive Museum comes to life!

Here are some photos we had on that day:

Alive Museum SingaporePetting the Giraffe (I was actually squatting, not sitting)
Alive Museum SingaporeOur love boat
Alive Museum SingaporeStole a shot of this cute twin before us. So adorable!
Alive Museum SingaporePlease let me go!
Alive Museum SingaporeBallerina
Alive Museum SingaporeSTOP!!!
Alive Museum SingaporeYay! Put me down!
Alive Museum SingaporeMermaid for a moment!
Alive Museum Singapore..and now I’m an angel!
Alive Museum SingaporeInside mommy’s tummy
Alive Museum SingaporeGreat heroes bow before me
Alive Museum SingaporeRetro Party (do not wear skirts ladies!)
Alive Museum SingaporeKayaking against the rapids / Lemme do a handstand
Alive Museum SingaporeSword Fight / Scared flying with Carl
Alive Museum SingaporeOn top of the city!

While the museum boasts more than 70 artworks, the place was not as huge as it looks. In a small room, you can find 3-4 different arts that overlap each other, meaning, you can’t take a full photo of one without crossing over the other. This is especially difficult when you’re also sharing the place with other visitors. It was almost impossible to take photos properly without people walking or getting in the way. We had to pass on some galleries to avoid inconvenience.

But overall, I enjoyed the whole experience. I have not gone to South Korea yet so this is the first time I have ever been to a trick art museum. We spent about 3 hours here and were exhausted after all the posing and body twisting. Haha! It was actually nice to do silly poses and make fun of yourself. :)

Alive Museum is located in:
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-372, Suntec City Mall (between Towers 3 & 4), Singapore 038983
Ticket price: Adults $25, Child (aged 3-12) $20
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily (last admission 9pm)

Can a Song Save your Life?

Have you seen Begin Again starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo? If you haven’t, please, please set a date to watch it!

Begin Again

In the midst of superheroes, robots and mythical Gods that are so mainstream in the movie scene nowadays, it’s a welcome surprise to see something that can actually make you feel better after. Filled with light, funny, realistic moments, Begin Again is a perfect cure for a weary day. It’s a universal story anyone can relate to and get inspiration from.

Here are a number of things I find beautiful about this movie –
(1) It wasn’t built on grand gestures of candlelit dinners or high end dating, rather, small, intimate moments between people. Fairy tales come true in movies, but for most of us, life and love are usually a series of challenges more than success. It was good that the story highlighted the journey, not the destination. That a simple act, like sitting in a corner while listening to music together also has impact to the soul.

Begin Again

(2) Greta was betrayed and broken-hearted. A typical romantic-comedy would send her to find a new man who will complete and treat her better. Thankfully, this movie did not go that path. Greta handled her broken self with maturity while she used music to heal herself and find direction.

(3) Greta and Dan’s partnership shows that sometimes, the best relationships we can form don’t have to be romantic. We don’t even know which characters are supposed to end up together. But it’s comforting to know that these two changed each other, and those around them, for the better.

Begin Again

(4) There’s a wonderful scene where Greta and Dan are wandering the city at night, sharing playlists on two sets of headphones on a splitter, joyfully dancing to a beat different from everyone else in the disco. And then in the process, healing happens for both.

(5) The film is sensitive to know that being in someone’s life doesn’t simply end in a break up. It’s a process that requires wisdom to decide if it’s time to move on or if the relationship deserves a second chance. I don’t believe that anyone is capable of loving a person for so long, and then suddenly realizes that it doesn’t feel the same the next day. It happens gradually, not in an instant so I like that Greta took her time to feel it all out rather than force herself to fall in love again.

Begin Again

(5) Lastly, the songs were beautiful and heartfelt! I was surprised to know that Keira can definitely carry a pretty decent tune. And of course, we all love Adam Levine! :)

Coffee Date + Highs and Lows

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It’s Saturday and it’s long weekend here in Singapore. Yes, I finally have an extra day to sit down and write as weekends seem to just fly away with household chores and wedding preparations.

I am linking up with Jenna of Dearest Love to share some highs and lows of my week.

Highs
* Last Sunday, together with our life group family, we had a lunch surprise for my husband’s advance birthday celebration. It was short and simple but filled with prayers and well-wishes for both of us.
* Monday was Ge’s actual birthday. I gave him his birthday present and yes, he loved it! :) He collects watches so it is an addition to that plus I got one for myself too, as it’s a couple watch!
* I managed to squeeze in two workouts this week. It wasn’t grand, but it’s a good take away on days when you’re feeling stuck… or jaded.
* We watched ‘Begin Again’ starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s been a while since I last saw a movie that really made me feel good. It was funny, engaging and realistic. The show will definitely bring a smile to your face. I love the soundtrack too!
* After movie, we had a short chit-chat over coffee, watched people pass by and teens dancing to upbeat songs playing from another street. I remember I used to enjoy parties and loud music. Now, I find more comfort on small talks and quiet spaces. Aah, I know I’m getting older!! :))

Lows
+ Morning of the day of my husband’s birthday surprise, I woke up with an intense discomfort in my stomach. I usually have high tolerance for pain. I can find scrapes and bruises on myself and not even know where they came from or when I got them. But this time was different – I gagged three times and my body is twisting in ache. I was rushed to the clinic and the doctor told me that I may have appendicitis. Aagh, it was something to worry about but I feel that it was just an acid or air in my belly, not appendix. I’ve had gastro-intestinal disease before so it could be like that. I was referred to Accident and Emergency in the nearby hospital but I did not come (I don’t want to spoil the surprise!). I’ve been observing myself after the check-up and the pain has completely gone away. Thankfully, I’m now better.

On the other days, things happen as usual. But I don’t mean it’s ordinary. I believe that routine and work are things that humble and remind us to slow down and find grace in God.

Happy weekend everyone!

Save The Date

Hooray! Our Save the Date is finally out and counting the days, it’s already a little more than 5 months to go. Wuhooo! Exciting times ahead!

Save the Dates are not really necessary, but since we’re living abroad and some of our family members and friends are also living and working outside the Philippines, we want to make sure that everyone we’re inviting has enough time to make travel plans and celebrate with us.

We also took this chance to do something we’re not doing every day, and that’s to be a celebrity for a day! Hahaha! Kidding aside, when we’re both old and grey, this is one of those things that will make us remember how silly we are on our younger years.

Thanks to our STD and prenup video supplier, Aisle 1401. I’m very impressed because they were able to build the video exactly the way we wanted it, playful and candid, even if Ge and I were really shy. Plus everything was planned in a short notice, our schedules kept changing and there were lots of ideas to consider. Thanks Anna for putting up with my requests. ^_^

It’s nice to know a bunch of hardworking guys and a gal who are determined in fulfilling their passion. It felt like we were part of their ‘tropa’. We’re blessed to have them as part of our “Dream Team”. And I can’t wait to see our main prenup video soon! :)

Enjoy the show!

One Hundred and Eighty Five Days

The Mango FarmHere’s a setup of another wedding in our venue, The Mango Farm, taken by For You Are Mine


Marry your best friend. I do not say that lightly. Really, truly find the strongest, happiest friendship in the person you fall in love with. Someone who speaks highly of you. Someone you can laugh with. The kind of laughs that make your belly ache, and your nose snort. The embarrassing, earnest, healing kind of laughs. Wit is important. Life is too short not to love someone who lets you be a fool with them. Make sure they are somebody who lets you cry, too. Despair will come. Find someone that you want to be there with you through those times.
Most importantly, marry the one that makes passion, love, and madness combine and course through you. A love that will never dilute – even when the waters get deep, and dark.” – N-tima Preusser


My love, Gerald, I can’t wait to marry you… again.
To promise to love and to cherish each other for the rest of our lives, while standing in front of our loved ones and our beloved Heavenly Father.

We’re celebrating three years of togetherness today.
James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” You are truly God’s gift to me. I love you, so very much.

Hugs and kisses,
Melai