Art Singapore

Singapore 2012: One short day in the Emerald City

One fine January morning in the virtual land of Viber, my friend R asked me and P if we were watching Wicked the Musical (it’s now being staged in Manila). Because I had already seen the musical in Singapore in 2012—same Aussie company running the show, I think (don’t take my word for it)—I gave the same answer as when I was asked if I planned on watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers this February at the 7107 music festival. I said I couldn’t care less whether I got to see the show again or not.

And quite like my reaction to suddenly finding myself with a free pass to 7107 (I practically cartwheeled out of the press conference), I was oh-so-cool about it until R told us that she had a spare ticket to the musical’s dress rehearsal the afternoon before opening night. 

The catch was, she could only take one of us…and then it was basically every girl for herself.

Luckily, I had an ace up my sleeve. I pulled the birthday card, and the following day found myself reliving that awesome Singapore weekend when I finally got to watch Wicked for the first time :D

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I’ve wanted to see Wicked ever since I chanced upon Gregory Maguire’s book while on one of my aimless walks around San Francisco nine years ago (has it really been that long?!). So when it finally came to making my 30 Before 30 list, I knew I had to squeeze it in somewhere.

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It turned out lady luck was on my side because the Australian cast of Wicked suddenly announced a Singapore run back in 2012 (that’s Fiyero in the photo above!). I’d been dying to go to Singapore again to visit my friends C and I (and their significant others) so it was really hitting two birds with one stone. I didn’t even think twice about it. One way or another, I was hauling my ass to Singapore.

Watching the musical was even better than I expected. I’ve listened to the soundtrack for years (and God knows I’ve overplayed it one too many times) but finally hearing the dialogue that came with the music and seeing the characters come to life enhanced my appreciation of the musical even more (I am overplaying it again). While the Musical isn’t exactly faithful to the book, it’s great as it is. It’s actually much better because I prefer a happier ending for Fiyero and Elphaba.

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Visiting Singapore also couldn’t have come at a better time. While we were there, the National Museum (w/c was a five-minute walk away from our hotel) had the “Dreams & Reality” exhibit that featured masterpieces of painting, drawing and photography from the Musee D’Orsay in Paris.

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I’ve always favored the Impressionist art movement and imagine my delight when my favorite artists were among those whose works were on exhibit: Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Gaugin, Monet, and Van Gogh.

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The highlight was finally seeing one of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” paintings—not the more famous one that’s on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, but my favorite—”Starry Night Over The Rhone”. :)

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There was also a Titanic exhibit at the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands (the secret is out—I am a museum geek). It was eerily beautiful—they set it up in a way that made you feel like you were on board the actual ship. The exhibition took us through the ship’s conception, construction, sailing day, life on board, the famous iceberg, the Titanic’s sinking, the discovery of the wreck, while all throughout telling incredible stories of the passengers and crew. There were over 300 real artifacts, all recovered from more than 3,800m below the ocean surface at the Ship’s final resting place. There was also a wall that listed the names of the passengers who were lost and rescued. It sorta gave me the goosebumps. Majority of those rescued were from the first class passengers while a lot of those who perished were either crew members or third class passengers. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow us to take photos—and I lost the only one we took by the makeshift stern of the Titanic.

The rest of the trip was a blur of food coma sessions (never leave Singapore without trying the Sambal Stingray), retail therapy that crippled my bank account (never shop in Singapore unless it’s the Great Singapore Sale), and a day trip to Universal Studios Sentosa. Some snaps:

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2 comments

  1. I just love Wicked! That and Phantom of the Opera are my favorite shows of all time. I’m so envious that you’ve been to the Singapore Universal Studios, loved seeing all your pictures. I’ve been to the other 3 parks (Hollywood, Osaka, Orlando) so it’s definitely on my bucket list to get to the one in Singapore.

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    1. I love Phantom of the Opera too! That, Wicked, and Les Miz, are my favorite musicals of all time :D

      I’ve been to Universal Studios in Hollywood but I missed the one in Osaka as there wasn’t enough time and my friends weren’t into amusement parks. I was outvoted. The same thing happened when I asked if they wanted to go to Tokyo Disneyland. Haha

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