Adlan, Hakim & Adlina by the river
The residents of Danau Kaseh spent Sunday in Singapore & we had so much fun & adventure!
We took the MRT to Raffles & walked over to the riverside. I've never been to this part of Singapore & it is so pretty & wonderful. Walking along the promenade by the river was a perfect way to wind down after a hectic week.
We spent some time at the Asian Civilization Museum, which is just by the river, & the kids had a good laugh trying out costumes while learning about the history of the many cultures in Asia.
A Chinese Princess flanked by 2 fierce Guards!
The museum is set in an old mansion called the Emperor's Palace & the wooden interior is beautifully preserved. The whole ambience in the museum is stunning. There is a temporary exhibit on display called "Neither East Nor West" which is a collection of old black & white photographs taken in the 18th century & early 19th century of people in Malaya. The photographs are truly amazing. It captured the spirit and nostalgia of the era where wealthy Asians were so westernized in their outlook and the way they dressed. I was so taken by the photo of the Sultanah of Johore who was the 4th wife of Sultan Abu Bakar. The picture was taken before World War I. The Sultanah was wearing a full gown, very similar to the ones worn by Queen Victoria of England, except that the material used was songket. These are rare pictures indeed. If you are in Singapore for a few days, do make a trip to this special place. I really recommend it.
Outside the museum
Walking out of the museum, we met an ice-cream vendor on a motorbike (exactly like those in kampung-kampung) selling Roti Aiskrim (a slice of Magnolia ice-cream sandwiched in light pink & green bread). The last time I saw this type of bread was more than 25 years ago, seriously. It was just as delicious as I remembered & a perfect snack for a hot day!
Roti Aiskrim - Yummy!
One of the many bronze sculptures by the river
Walking back, we discovered quite a few bronze sculptures along the river, some abstract ones made by famous artists, & others depicting scenes of bygone years. They all add to the character of the promenade. I just wish that we had more of these in Malaysia..
When I asked Anas what was the best part of the day, he told me that it was riding on the MRT!! Haha :-)
What a great way to spend a family Sunday!