Museums, University & Shopping
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I decided to devote a day to 'indoor' activities, like museums. First stop: Book Cafe for breakfast. There I was able to select a couple of museums I wanted to visit. Two which are close together are the Singapore Art Musem and the National Musem of Singapore [Let me check the name on this one]. They're almost across the street from one another. Off I went, towards Orchard Road, then right towards the museums. First stop: SAM. I wasn't impressed. First, only about 1/2 of the galleries were open; I was expecting more. Second, almost the entire museum was displaying Philippino art. I guess I just couldn't get past the idea of travelling so far to see something from my point of origin.
Next up: The National Museum of Singapore. First, I had to cross the Singapore Management University campus. It is small but, like most everything else, modern. I did find a small 'snack bar'/sandwich counter and ordered some random items of food. Actually, I asked the woman working behind the counter to choose something for me, hoping to get a different culinary experience. It worked. It was also a good idea. I never would have known about or experienced what I had that day. Honestly, I still don't know what it was, except for the deep-fried-tofu-on-a-stick. The closest I can come to describing the rest of my snack would be 'sushi-tempura'; deep-fried fish, wrapped in seaweed.
On to the museum. This is what I was hoping for, a more in-depth survey of Singaporean history. Modern Singapore is covered extensively. It was very informative. If you have time, I recommend it.
After the museums, since my time in Singapore was running low, I decided to devote some time to gift shopping and a good meal before I had to start packing.