The Arts Science Museum


One thing about Singapore is that you have many many many malls… and fewer opportunities to access world-renowned art exhibitions. I’m not saying that there are no art exhibitions, just that when something worthwhile is out, it’s good to go have a look!

This week-end we decided to go see the expo “The Art of the Brick” at the Arts Science Museum.

The Art of The Brick

It was my first time inside the Arts Science Museum – you know, the flower-shaped building right next to Marina Bay Sands hotel. My first thought was that it’s a bit strange to have to walk through MBS to access the museum (either this or you have to swim across the river!), but maybe that’s just me being an non-Singaporean again 🙂 given that back where I used to live, museums are very rarely associated to hotels or shopping malls…

The Singapore Artscience Museum

I had heard of the “lego expo” through some friends who recommended it, so I thought I’d give it a try. I must admit I was a little put off by the price (15S$), but then again maybe I’m a little spoilt, since I’m used to free entrance to museums back in France…

But once I was inside, it was really quite interesting!! It’s amazing to see how much work the artist, Nathan Sawaya, has put into these pieces… Each art piece is at least a few thousands pieces of lego bricks and a few months of work! And the result is breathtaking!

The thinker - lego version

A blue man lost in his thoughts…

Breaking free

Breaking free… love this piece!!

There were also places in the exhibitions where you could try to build your own lego art masterpiece, which was fun! And it definitely encourages creativity and makes you realize what the artist is doing really takes some sense of perspective and a whole lot of patience… Not to mention knowledge of the human anatomy and body proportions, which it seems Nathan masters perfectly!

What I really liked is that the artist explored a variety of themes, and was really poetic about the way he presented it. I’m not a good art critic but I spent a great afternoon 🙂 Thank you Nathan!

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This visit also got me thinking… Why is it that in Singapore visitors like to leave with a picture of themselves? When we entered the expo we were asked to pose in front of a giant blank page holding a giant pencil, so that they could take a picture of us, and sell it to us of course.

I would think these are takeaways aimed at tourists, but it’s actually meant for locals! In the same way, there was an empty seat next to the blue-thinker-man, so that you can take a picture next to him…

Surprising – to me – but also quite fun if you get into the game!! … I guess maybe it’s a cultural thing 🙂 And I must admit sometimes I like to be part of this photo-photo game myself !!

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Universities in Singapore


Singapore is the ideal city if you wish to study abroad and experience living in Asia!

Its strong economy and links with neighbouring countries creates many opportunities for young people to study or start working there. Its universities are well-known abroad and benefit from a great location for students to travel around and discover Southeast Asia.

Singapore’s best universities include :
NUS : National University of Singapore. With over 36,000 students, it is Singapore’s largest and most renowned university. It offers no less than 16 different faculties and schools covering different topics from Business to Arts, including Music, Dentistry, Engineering or Science…
NTU : Nanyang Technological University. This university is usually very well ranked in worldwide rankings. At NTU you can study Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities… and benefit from many exchange programs and double-degrees with foreign universities.
– SMU : Singapore Management University, one of the best universities in Singapore to study Business and Management. They have more than 7,000 students each year and offer undergraduate and graduate programs in subjects like Accountancy, Management, Law, Social Sciences etc.
– and many others like Singapore Institute of Management, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Lasalle College of the Arts … !!

More importantly, Singapore now attracts schools and universities from around the world (like INSEAD or ESSEC for instance) and is becoming a preferred destination for foreign students as well as a strong hub in terms of universities.

Should you consider studying in Singapore for a while, do not forget to contact MOE (Minister Of Education) and take care of your student pass formalities, it is absolutely mandatory! For more information on universities in Singapore, click here.