This art/science residency is winding down, and my penchant for sentimentality is going up. At the risk of sounding like a Buzzfeed listicle, here are some of the smaller, yet unforgettable moments. Most of these images were taken using a crappy smartphone, but hey, I’ll take it. I’d like to remember Singapore, the fifth country I’ve lived in, with this hodgepodge of memories:
1. The constant mixture of cultures as well as the combination of the traditional and modern.
This guy in Balinese dress was on his smartphone during an intermission. This was a student performance at NUS.
This cosplayer on a photo shoot and the class happening a few feet away. (I’m unsure what the latter is, and I didn’t want to interrupt them. If you think you know what this is, let me know in the comments. I’d like to be enlightened.) This was at Singapore’s Japanese Garden.
One of my favorite works in the Asian Civilisations Museum: “Mustafa” is written in sini script using a Chinese brush, by a Muslim Chinese calligrapher.
2. Random people working out.
This guy doing a handstand near the Singapore Art Museum.
3. Seeing Venus.
Ok, I’ve definitely seen this before. Let me clarify: seeing Venus and knowing it’s Venus. Thanks to the Meetup group that organized this at the Singapore Science Centre.
This seedling peeked out of my kitchen sink.
A second mushroom sprouted in my shower.
5. Professor Greg Clancey’s cat, Misty, who lives next door to me at Tembusu College.
She went from being scared of me to not caring when I walked past.
6. Being at my desk at the Future Cities Lab and seeing the people walking up and down the stairs.
The lab occupies the sixth and seventh floors. I think that how they use the stairs reflects their personalities.
(On that note, seeing this guy repeatedly use the hand rail as a ballet bar is the reason why I stopped touching it.)
7. Attending lectures for the sheer enjoyment of them.
Such as this one by Pico Iyer sponsored by Yale-NUS at UTown.
Or this one by Jonathan Ledgard at the Future Cities Laboratory, whose book, Giraffe, I read and loved last year.
8. Working with scientists.
I loved seeing their less academic side. Like so:
9. Getting into emoji chats with my taekwondo master in Korea (since we still can’t understand each other).
I love my current project the most, but I definitely adjusted faster in Seoul.
Hurray for Kakao Story! Thanks to interaction design, communication between two people who do not speak the other’s language is completely possible. Guess who did pass her second degree black belt test after all. Now to figure out how to ship it to me. Hmm.
10. Holding Apocalypse Workshops and getting into uncontrollable fits of laughter.
This gig went by too fast, too soon. I’m in the goodbye-presents-and-thank-you-notes stage. Wasn’t I just doing this a few months ago? Vagabond problems, oh dear.