Happiness is encapsulated in the pill of anticipation. I call it my “happy pill”! The state of looking forward to something – being present in an event, meeting a friend, starting a new vocation, welcoming a newborn, etc., essentially brings happiness into your life well before the circumstance actually takes place. Anticipation is the key. In fact, sometimes the happiness in anticipation is greater than the happiness actually experienced in the moment. Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin calls it “rosy prospection.”
Baby E and I have been eagerly looking forward to having good company joining us in our visits to Art galleries dotted throughout the small Red Dot. Today is the gorgeous day – We met up with VA and my brother right at the National Museum of Singapore this morning. The sky was clothed in its splendour of cerulean blue embellished with elegant laces of wispy white fluffs of cirrus clouds. My mind was screaming, “Excited!!” What a terrific day to start with!
We viewed 2 brilliant photography exhibitions today, one of which evokes feelings of nostalgia, the other of awe…
- We: Defining Stories
This photo-journalistic exhibition presents a series of documentative images of the iconic moments in Singapore’s post-war years from the 1950s till 2013. Walking through the gallery that is divided into 6 sections – “Merdeka”, “Home”, “Challenges”, “Heroes”, “So Singaporean”, and “Our Stories”, memories of significant events in our nation’s history were revisited and reflected upon as we recalled our own experiences borne out of these momentous times in our lives.
Everyone has different versions of a remembered past. Each one of us experiences and remembers Singapore differently. Yet key historical reference points circulate, endure and blend into a shared consciousness, defining stories that in some way make us who we are: we, who are of Singapore.
- GENESIS by Sebastião Salgado
The world’s splendour is spread out in all its black-and white glory, as more than 200 photographs of captivating landscapes and seascapes, wildlife and people from the Amazon jungle to Africa, Antarctica to the Arctic Circle – and seemingly everything else in between – are on display at this exhibition. The grand collection of images showed us nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in such shocking and intense beauty it takes our breath away.
In GENESIS, through Salgado’s lens, we travelled over icebergs in the Antarctic, the volcanoes of Central Africa, the ravines of the Grand Canyon, and the glaciers of Alaska – beholding animal species and volcanoes of the Galápagos; the penguins, sea lions, and whales of the South Atlantic; Brazilian alligators, and African elephants. We also had the privilege to a virtual encounter of the Stone Age Korowai people of West Papua, nomadic Dinka cattle farmers in Sudan, Nenets and their reindeer herds in the Arctic Circle, as well as the Mentawai jungle communities on islands west of Sumatra.
Divided into 5 geographic sections – the “South of the Planet”, “Natural Sanctuaries”, “Africa”, the “North of the Planet”, and “Amazonia and the Pantanal” in Brazil’s Mato Grosso, visitors will journey to far corners of the world untouched by the imprint of modern society – the land and life of a still pristine planet in all its unspoiled grandeur.
Post-Exhibition – Mentally Filled, Physically Drained
Ironically, we felt famished after taking in those images and digesting them with mere afterthoughts. Our bodies were physically drained despite our minds being saturated with the awe-inspiring images that our eyes have just beheld. It was noon when we joyfully walked through the greens in Fort Canning Park and towards Liang Court to grab a lunch-bite. We settled upon Marutama Ramen. It was our first time dining there, and all three of us (plus Baby E) gave it a thumbs-up!
We continued our walk in and through Clarke Quay towards Central Mall to have an after-meal snack at Ya Kun. There, we had a great time chatting, snacking and reminiscing the good times we had – as a family!
It was a day filled with amusing fun and pleasure to the max! In retrospect, there was not a single dull moment throughout the entire jaunt. With VA here with us for another 5 weeks, we certainly will be wearing substantial rosy prospection as like a cherished jewel in our hearts.