These pictures were taken from my window. The first shot was taken in the morning, before I went out..Edo in Hawaii was on msn telling me how beautiful the weather is over there. And I just had to show him how miserable the weather is over here. It has been really cold and gloomy the past two days. The second picture was taken when I came back. It was such an "AHHH finalllyy.. THEEE SUNNN" moment. At least for me.
I went to the museums today, with some of the archi people - Kun hua, from Taiwan, Wan Hua and Yang Yang from china. I didn't think that the museums were that impressive. In fact it was a little weird. They were having exhibits of artefacts from around the world.. We only went to the China exhibition. They had sculptures and porcelain from I don't know which dynasties, and then they showed the posters and uniform of Mao Ze Dong. The last part of the exhibit showcased some contemporary Chinese magazines. There was even a recent wedding photo album from shanghai. It was, well. weird. They ended it all with a sequence of gruesome 1989 Tian an men pictures. Well, at least I had a free Chinese history class given by the chinese girls.
While i was "oh-my-godding" at the gruesome pictures, dear Kun hua said: "你不需要太惊讶阿。在新加坡他们不是鞭打在街上吃口香糖的人吗“. And actually. After talking to a few other people, including this swedish girl (who stayed at a geylang hotel not knowing what geylang's infamous for) I realize that the impression they had of Singapore was truly a "fine" city. And i thought that whole "fine" city idea was like a back-in-the-nineties thing.
And why did I not take pictures? Because I forgot to bring my SD card. Last night I happily charged all the camera batteries. And because of all picture taking of the gloomy weather from my room's window, and the transferring... I forgot to put the SD card back into the camera. Really a pity because we walked around town for a while after that and the sun was bright and sunny.
I watched a film about the Bordeaux House by Rem Koolhaas. It was a documentary-art film kinda thing and directed in the perspective of the current house cleaner. It was kinda witty -architecture seen from a non-educated someone, who's in charge of the house's well being. I love the house and I still do. But the message was somewhere along the lines of how art, in all its novelty, sometimes can only give just that. Apparently, the house, now in its 10th year, has been requiring alot of maintenance. Water was leaking everywhere and there were problems with some of the automated systems. And the housekeeper was pretty funny when she said that if she had the money. She wouldn't want her house this way. it's "too grey". She was referring to the bare concrete used all over the house. And yea. Bare concrete is everywhere in architecture magazines nowadays. For the benefit of the larger majority of the people who hasn't succumbed to the frills of the WOW. artistic world... this is how the Bordeaux House looks like:
image courtesy of http://www.oma.eu
It was designed by the same architect as the CCTV-TVCC building in China that burned down.
Anyway, I had chicken rice by amy today. I must say it was a pretty good try. She forgot to cook the rice with the soup from the chicken, but it tasted fine with the chicken rice paste. We will attempt again without the paste. So I cooked egg soup from that leftover soup.
Tomorrow would be the beginning of another project. I hope school isn't as busy as it seems. The other exchange students are having a good time planning their vacations to oktoberfest, to Kiruna and all. I hope I get to to go Kiruna. To see the northern lights =)