We love PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination), because it means we will get extra holidays……………errr…..but I know I won’t be saying this when the boy is finally in Primary 6………..but for now, let’s just enjoy the holidays! So last week, the boy got 2 achool holidays because of PSLE and it was on Thursday and Friday, and we went to Alive Museum on Friday.
This is the background of the story: The boy had been asking me over and over again to taken him to Trick Eye Museum in Sentosa. I said I don’t really want to go on weekends as it can be very crowded and will not be very convenient for us to take pictures with so many eyes watching us. For those of you who do not know what is Trick Eye Museum…………well, here’s the definition:
Trick Eye is short for ‘Trick of the eye’, which refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions. With that, 2D paintings on the museum walls, floors and ceilings appear to pop out of the surface and come to life. Visitors are more than welcome to explore the various themed galleries with their eyes, hands and even cameras. Step inside the paintings to complete a visual narrative with your creative poses, and watch a “tricky” story unfold before your camera.
The definition is taken from Trick Eye Museum website……..simply because I’m too lazy to think and write my own words about this museum………….so when you’re in Trick Eye Museum, all you want to do is pose and taking pictures, pose and taking pictures, and repeat again until you reach the exit door.
Alive Museum is almost the same as that (I said almost because I’ve never been to Trick Eye Museum, so can not do the comparison correctly). Alive Museum describes itself as an Illusionary Entertainment Museum and it was originated from Korea (frankly speaking, I didn’t even know that there is such thing like Alive Museum in Korea).
Well, if you’re still confused (just like me at the first time), just look at the pictures below.
Basically, you just have to look at the photo samples, do as exactly in the pictures or create your own crazy poses, then make sure the one who is taking pictures is standing in the pink sign “photo point”, and voila…………..it will become like this:
Well, if you know how to pose and take pictures correctly, than you’ll get wonderful pictures and it will feel like you’re joining the pictures. It needs patience and sometimes you need to take pictures more than one time.
Luckily, when we went on Friday morning (the museum open from 10 am to 10 pm and we arrived few minutes after 10 am), there wasn’t many people inside (clap clap clap for myself for choosing the right time to visit this museum……). So we could explore and took photos as many times as we wanted and even came back to some spots when we found out that we didn’t satisfy enough with the end results.
So, when the boy kept saying that he wanted to go to Trick Eye Museum, I said that I didn’t want to drive all by myself (without daddy) to Sentosa. To make the story clearer, I’m not used to drive in long distance in Singapore without my husband sitting beside me. I’m not really familiar with the roads, the GPS, the tunnel, etc…….But it was holiday and my husband was on business trip and he left the car at home so I thought why not using the car to Suntec City (Alive Museum in located in Suntec City Mall Level 3 by the way) instead of taking the MRT.
Well, I actually drove the car with the boy only to Science Centre few days before (because it was holiday and daddy was also on business trip, and being at home on school holidays will make the two us us go crazy, so I challenged myself to drive to Science Center in Jurong East which is one hour drive from where we live (very far and tiring for me actually).
In the car, the boy cheered me up and said: “Kalau mama bisa ke Jurong East, PASTI bisa deh ke Suntec……………!” (Mama, if you can drive to Jurong East, then you CAN drive to Suntec…………..). Then again, Suntec is in the middle of the city and it’s definitely a different route and although nearer but more difficult for me. This time, I brought my dad who was visiting us to go to Alive Museum. Thank God we arrived safely and went home safely too.
Ticket price was $25 for adult and $20 for children, but you can get 20% discount if you book online via the website http://alivemuseum.sg/
There is no toilet inside the museum and there is no re-entry, so make sure you go to toilet before entering the museum.
Seriously, we were surprised to see that the museum wasn’t as big as we thought……………..so disappointed when we finally reached the exit door…………………and ehmmmmmmm…….we actually hoped for more things to see with the amount of money that we already paid……………….
But after all, it was a fun experience for us and we did enjoy the museum.
I have tons of failed pictures (mostly blur or the expressions or the poses weren’t just right when we saw the final outcome), but for this I can only blame the photographers (a.k.a the three of us) and the models. The little one was quite upset when we told him to pose like this or like that, so he said: “You said I can pose like whatever I want…………..”
I did say that, but sometimes the final results were…………..you know…………..but whatever………….I showed him some of the results and for some pictures, he agreed to pose again and retake the pictures.
For someone who doesn’t really like to pose in front of the camera, at least the boy’s cooperation amazed me……….well, we are in Alive Museum and if we didn’t take pictures, than what else could we do……..???
Inside the museum was also very comfortable because there was a tolerable distance between one exhibit to another for people to take pictures (except for few 2D pictures that were close to one another), but overall we got enough space to express ourselves without worry that we might bump to another visitors. Then again, it was not very crowded that day.
And now, since I don’t have anything else to say, let us just enjoy these pictures:
This one is really funny. People are asked to list down their wish before they die (just a funny game, don’t take it seriously), and the boy wrote that he wants:
Instead of just being a photographer, I finally decided that I wanted to pose too……….! So I asked the boy and my dad to take my pictures together (just in case one of the failed to take good pictures, I still have back ups, hahaha…….).
If you happen to be around the museum and you don’t want to enter, then you can just take pictures in front of the museum. There are also some interesting stuff there just like this:
Hungry after making so many crazy poses? Well, don’t worry…………there are many restaurants nearby. We ate in Kopitiam Foodcourt and the food was good and quite different from other Kopitiam. You should try eating here as it has different varieties and the taste was also yummy.
We will definitely go to Trick Eye Museum ( I don’t know when) and will absolutely give complete report and fair comparison after our visit. Stay tune…..!!!