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A Very Singaporean Week: Botanic Gardens and Asian Civilization Museum (part 3)

>> Saturday, November 05, 2011

On to the last part of my Singapore photos. But it's definitely not the last entry about it!

October 14

It was a whole day of workshop and training at the Canossa Convent Primary School. We observed another class, this time at the lower level. We saw how teachers use discussion and questioning to challenge the student's critical thinking skills. The rest of the day was spent challenging my brain in answering math problems using visualization through boxes -- the Singaporean way. Singapore Math isn't really invented by Singapore nor that it actually exists. The method has been around since the time of Euclid, but it was only the Singaporeans who incorporated the systematic way of teaching in their math curriculum.

We were given a booklet of word problems to solve. I knew how to solve it algebraically, but we had to solve it without using x or y. It killed my brain. haha

We finished 5pm and planned to go to the Asian Civilization Museum after an early dinner. However, on the way home to drop our things, the train from Aljunied to Kallang broke down and we were stuck in the middle of those two stations. The train stood still for around 15 minutes. I observed that Singaporeans were not used to delays because they kept on making impatient grunts. It was nothing to me, T. Beth and Adi, because we are already used to train delays in the Philippines. After waiting for so long, the train finally moved but in slow jerks, as if someone was pulling the train, one step at a time. We decided to get down at Kallang and take the bus home.

With the train delay, we had to kiss goodbye to the museum. But we didn't end the day disappointed because we had a yummy dinner. *sing song* Chicken riiiiiiice!

October 15

Ann advised us not to take a bath in the morning because she said we would sweat it out for the last trip for the day before heading home. We took the train for a morning walk at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It was the last stretch of our walking trip. We also had our breakfast there.

The Singapore Botanic Garden is the place for sporty people, music enthusiasts, and nature and animal lovers. My favorite part was the orchid garden where I took a lot of photos of pretty orchids.

I found my family! Haha Oh Taiji I miss you so much.


This is the first time that I'm seeing a Venus Fly Trap up close.

We saw this sign after feeding the swans and the turtles. Oops.

Since we still had time, we went to the place that we missed out the night before. It was a blessing that we weren't able to go to the Asian Civilization Museum because on that morning that we finally went, we found out that it was an Open House. We were able to get in for free! I love going to museum and this trip is special because I got to see the terra cotta soldiers from China. One epic piece of history right before my eyes.

Famous celebrities stay here when they visit Singapore

Even terra cotta soldiers listen to music

Or update their Twitter status. :))

Photo on right: Adi said it's the Taiji Terra Cotta. haha

Everything was done quickly after our visit to the museum: a quick lunch in an Indian restaurant (onion prata for the win), a quick shower, quick packing, quick shot with Ann before saying our goodbyes (tear). But it wasn't a quick trip to the airport. On the way there, we got stuck in traffic because of an accident on the highway. Uncle (the taxi man who drove us to the airport) was so worried that we would miss our flight. We hurriedly dragged our bags to the counter as soon as we got to the airport, only to find out that our flight was delayed for two hours. Tatatadah. We maximized our waiting time by eating dinner in the airport, as well as do last minute shopping. Hello two new books!

We arrived in Manila around 9:30 PM. As soon I got home, I was dead tired. I had only enough energy to change into my sleep clothes before going to dreamland.

- More photos in my Multiply.
- Entry on Sentosa.
- Entry on Chinatown and Marina Bay
- Moleskine entry: Doodling Singapore


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