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If you look at Singapore on the map, you’ll actually find that Singapore lies along the +7 Time zone yet Singaporeans always use +8 GMT instead. There’s actually a very interesting historical and geographical reason to this: Read this article for more details!

For this post, I’ve actually had inspiration from yesterday.sg which contains lovely posts on Singapore’s Heritage, Museums and other stuff. =)

p.s. For our non-singaporean friends, ‘salah’ is malay for ‘wrong’. In Singapore, Singaporeans often use a mixture of malay, english, chinese, hokkien and other dialects in our everyday conversation. We lovingly call this mumble-jumble of languages, Singlish.

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I just came back from an enriching tour at the National Museum of Singapore‘s new special exhibit featuring Greek masterpieces (statues, relics, pots etc) loaned from the louvre – probably the closest I’ll get to see things from the louvre for now.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable in about Greek history and presented a wonderful tour with stories about the greek gods, ‘gossips’ and history too. I do think the exhibit is worth visiting and if you can make it for their tour, even better.

The exhibition is on till 16 March 2008 and cost $8 for adults and $4 for students and NSmen.

A little trivia for us all:

During the 1940s Cardinal Pedro Segura y Saenz (1898-1957) commissioned to remove the ‘private parts’ of the roman statues of gods and emperors in the collection of the Archaeological Museum at Sevilla (Spain). The cut off parts are still preserved in a cardboard box, carefully labelled (Bosschart 1984).

for those who are curious, the ‘private parts’ of the greek statues featured are still pretty well maintained =p haha.

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A recent trip to Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore for the Nalanda exhibition gave me new insights about Buddhism – a religion that is commonly practiced here in Singapore.

There’s many temples in Singapore that cater to Buddhist worshippers and it’s easy to distinguish these temples as they would have a statue (if not several) of buddha himself. But did you know that when Buddha first passed away, he had specifically requested not to have any imagery of himself made. Because of this, old buddhist relics used to depict Buddha with either footprints or an empty naga (snake) throne (u are suppose to imagine Buddha is on the throne). Only later on did people start making statues of Buddha. And even then, the styles change from place to place – like in Persia, the statues used to look like they had a lot of greek influence.

I would post some photos up except that I wasn’t allowed to bring any camera in the museum. However, here’s a post with photos and more details about the exhibit and the religion Buddhism: click here.

What’s interesting was that despite Buddha not wanting his image to be worshiped, people still made and worship statues of him anyway. I wonder what he would think about the prolificity of his statues in temples all around Singapore now… (note: it’s just a question. i mean no harm in asking)
Anyway, Nalanda Trail is a really good exhibit so do go and see it if you can. It’s S$10 for adults, S$5 for students in ACM.

p.s. go during the guided tour for better insight to the exhibits themselves