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a Mother in Search of the Unbearable Lightness of Being


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Future World: Where Art Meets Science

We finally got round to visiting Future World, a new permanent exhibit at Artscience Museum Marina Bay Sands, after seeing so many photos of it from fellow mamas on our instagram feed.

Opened on 12 March 2016, this indoor digital playground features 15 enthralling digital art installations by a team of digital creatives and professionals from teamLab, a Tokyo-based organisation. The interactive displays are categorized into four main themes – Nature, Town, Park, and Space.

Nature
Look who’s afraid of the dark, even with all the luminous flowers and butterflies glowing so brightly in that space.
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We hurried past the 100 Years Sea Animation Diorama to avoid a potential meltdown, went up a flight of steps and slid right down to Town.

Town
Sketch town, the place that scans your personalized 2-D pictures and transforms them to 3-D animated objects on screen. 2-D pictures drawn can also be printed out as 3-D paper crafts to be assembled into one-of-a-kind 3-D models. We didn’t have a chance to create a take-home souvenir as Olive was too fascinated by another installation.
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There she was, at the Media Block Chair installation, moving blocks and hiding behind them. When you connect one cube to another, the colour changes just as it should when 2 colours are mixed. Put red and yellow together, and tadaaa! You get orange. IMG_4340

Park
We spent most of our time in the Park section. Throwing the light balls around to alter their colours and create sounds.
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Attempting the hopscotch where we ran or walked but never hopped.IMG_4397

Personalizing our own sea creatures to be scanned and sent to the digital Aquarium. Oska and I were having a showdown to see who was more creative, while Olive was drawing and messing with the crayons mostly.

Spot Olive’s swordfish with her real name on it!IMG_4442

Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere was one of my favorite installations where a touch of a hieroglyphic symbol would make it evolve into an image the symbol represents. This installation reminded me of Disney’s “Brother Bear” where the characters each received an animal totem that symbolizes a trait they had to find in themselves e.g. wolf of wisdom, bear of love, before they could proclaim themselves as real men. Olive was so fascinated by how the images transformed and grew by the touch of her hands. So was I! Couldn’t count the number of times I went “Ooooooh an elephant! Ahhhhhhh the wolf! Wowwww, look the eagle is flying! Look, look, look, the tree is growing!”IMG_4415

Space
A walk through the stunning Crystal Universe before we left the place. Interstellar much? Except I would very much prefer to be trapped in this tesseract than the one in the movie.
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Future World at Artscience Museum is definitely a place we will visit again! Great space for both kids and adults alike. I can’t even decide who enjoyed the experience more. Olive or me? Quite possibly me.

Check out the Future World website for more information on opening hours and ticketing prices.

Also, just how convenient was it that The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is right next to the Artscience Museum? Bank-breaking-ly pocket-emptying-ly convenient. Shopaholics and doting parents beware!


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No Palate for Colours

By 17 months, Olive was able to recite her numbers from 1 to 10 and a little more, in 3 different languages, and also a third of the alphabets but colours aren’t quite her thing yet. When asked the colour of an object, Olive’s favourite answer is blue, sometimes purple.

So I tried a little colour-sorting activity with her. Drew some boxes and labelled each box a different colour so that we could place objects we find in the house in their corresponding colours.

Looks like fun?

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Nope, not at all for her. She got bored real quick and made her point by introducing other play activities for us instead, all the time pretending that this DIY activity sheet was covered by an invisibility cloak.

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Olive 1 : Mama 0

Looks like mama has to come up with better ideas.


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Baking 101

Truth is, I’m not the domesticated wife/mama who can whip up fancy dishes or bake up a storm and God knows, so He surrounded me with people who excel in either one or both.

To give you some perspective of how “well” I cook, here’s possibly my best dish so far, prepared together with Oska. Behold the stir fried beef noodles:

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Over stirred broken noodles. In my defence, it tasted quite yummy. Uglily yummy.

There was also the ‘Crab in the bag’ dish which I really should not claim much credit for. My brother, the aspiring chef, did most of the work and I just replicated the second batch. Heck it! I need to claim a tad bit of credit or at least an A for effort, right?

 

So if I can’t cook or bake for nuts but want to impart some important life skills to Olive, what do I do? I outsource, of course!

My sister, who bakes like an artist, did a baking 101 session for Olive and I, and I am documenting it below for future reference.

Baking for Dummies: Sugar Cookies

Recipe:
3.5 cups of plain flour (450g)
1 cup sugar (200g)
1 egg
2 sticks of butter (or 1 block of butter; 227g)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
*optional

Step 1: Give your teacher the cheekiest face so she will be lenient on you. Also, get mama to preheat the oven at 170°C.IMG_0340Step 2: Beat butter and sugar together, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract until just combined. Add egg and mix until well combined.

Step 3: Mix in flour and knead the dough. Ask for help if you refuse to get your hands dirty, but get your hands dirty anyway.IMG_0351Step 4: Roll the dough as evenly as you can. If this 17 months toddler can do it better than her mama, so can you!

Step 5: Use your cookie cutters to cut out shapes in the most dramatic way, just to show how good you are at cutting out shapes.

Step 6: Bake your cookies at 170°C. Leave out to cool for a bit. Coat them with icing and decorate them with your assortment of sprinkles and TA-DA!

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Can you spot Olive’s naked bear? Hurray to Olive’s first bake and first cookie at 17 months small!


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The things to fear in life

Repost on my wordpress what I had posted on Facebook back in 21 December 2014, when I woke up in the middle of the night to breastfeed Olive:

Because Olive needs a Mr. Kobayashi in her life, and some haiku.

So here it is, my very first haiku dedicated to my daughter:

Whimpers in the dark
Under the orange moonlight
Beckons her closer

Also, mama wants you to know that…

“Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; having ears, but not hearing music; having minds, but not perceiving truth; having hearts that are never moved and therefore never set on fire. These are the things to fear.”

totochan