FMOB – Supreme Court Open House

This writing is taken from my old blog. I put it up here because it has some educational value. This writing is dated 15 March 2009.

I decided to put up this blog post as the Queensland Law Society will organise an open house of the Brisbane Supreme Court at George St this Saturday. Let’s see how similar the Australian and Singapore judicial systems are – certainly no ‘Murri Courts’ in Singapore since there’s no such thing called ‘native title’ over there. And instead of Humpty Dumpty, QLS will have a mock trial of Hansel & Gretel, believed to be involved in a murder.

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The Supreme Court, photo was taken two months ago

The publics were enthusiastic in the event

Yesterday, as part of my weekend short-getaway, I visited to the Singapore’s Supreme Court, in Indonesian known as “Mahkamah Agung”, Open House that lasts till today. I don’t know what time the event started nor the closing time. But one good thing about this is they really educate the public on laws and the appropriate behaviour in a court trial.


The first floor, taken from an escalator

Going to the “attic”

They will conduct a safety check on every visitors using both X-ray scanners and metal detectors, I don’t know why but I thought I did put my wallet, coin purse and bag on the X-ray scanner. The security guards are hired from Certis Cisco. I realised that I forgot to take out a scissors in my pencil case inside my bag. They confoscated it and I claimed back later. At first, you will be welcomed by volunteers (or may be it’s the law society, I don’t know) wearing orange t-shirt. Then, they will give out brochure on the event, summary of the Supreme Court as well as quiz that need to be solved by discovering through designated places in the building. Each question earns you one stamp and if you’ve collected all the stamps, you can redeem a prize at the first floor.

Parliament in the middleground and financial district in the background


A not-so-good-shot of me on Asian Civilisations Museum
Parliament again with restaurants along the Singapore River’s bank

There were 12 questions in the handout. There was also a parody trial of the case “Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty”. I didn’t attend the mock trial as the queue then was very long. And if you noticed the architecture of the building, it has some kind of UFO-like attic (or should I say roof?). There you could snapshot the Clarke Quay area (CMIIW) from 100 metre above the ground. A rare experience for peasants like me. You could also take some pictures of the financial district on the opposite side of the bank.

Going down from the “attic” or should I call it a pod?
Last shot before heading back, not to forget claiming back my scissors

There was an article on The Sunday Times today (15/03) regarding the open house that was held yesterday. They said that more than 10,000 people attended and it was the first open house since the judiciary body moved to the new premise in 2005.

Saybons’ crepe
I opted for ham & cheese crepe
The shoebag on the left and the mineral water on the right

All in all, I could say that the event was succesful and I also managed to finish the quiz. The worst of it, the prizes that they gave was quite lame. It was a shoe bag with nothing inside (at least a goodie bag or something like that), a D’elifrance voucher that entitled you a slash in price of their bottled water (50 cents from S$1.00) or isotonic drink, which I believe is Coke (60 cents from S$1.20) and a Saybons voucher that entitles you to a discount of 10% on crepes and soup. The vouchers also could only be used on the F&B booth outside the building and valid till today. Better than waste all my efforts, I decided to use it after all.

FMOB – Earth Hour in Singapore

This writing is taken from my old blog. I put it here because it has some educational value inside. It was posted on 29 March 2009.

I repost it here again because tomorrow the Earth Hour returns. Sadly, I’m no longer in Singapore but I will report about the Earth Hour event in Brisbane.
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An Earth Hour advertisement in Serangoon Garden area

Yesterday evening, I made a last-minute decision to cancel my tuition and take a short break (really, really short one that it lasts only for two hours). I decided to join the other 2,000 gatherers in Esplanade Park by the Singapore River to join Earth Hour’s first event in Singapore. Last year, Singapore was not officially participated.

Among the sponsors for the concert (yes, they held a concert) were Starbucks (they said that they were giving away free Starbuck’s drinks but I didn’t see any, guess because I was a latecomer), Polar, Old Chang Kee (for Jakartans, they’ve opened a shop in Plaza Indonesia near FX area), Nokia, Philips, NParks (for allowing the concert) and SingTel. The concert invited a singer who sang together with Brian McKnight during Mosaic Music Festival (sadly I didn’t attend any concerts during that 9 days event), Michela (correct if I’m wrong); DJs from was it Mediacorp Radio’s Class 95 or Gold 90.5, a Caucasian guy (a DJ) and his buddy (I forget whom); and other local artists which I forget whom also. The artists also sang without any payment or salary; they voluntarily sang to promote awareness among us about environment well-being.

As I’ve stated above, I did come late, and when I came, it was just a few minutes from counting down to switch off the lights in the Singapore’s financial heartbeat’s skyscrapers. Among those who switched off were Fullerton Hotel, Maybank Tower and the buildings behind them. CapitaLand did not though.

Also coming on the show, WWF Singapore chairman, Ms Amy Ho; environment ambassador, Ms Nadya Hutagalung as well as Miss Earth Singapore whom I do not know the name.

And here are some snapshots that I took before the concert officially began:
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On the way to Esplanade Park, notice the light is still on

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Spot the difference between the photo above and the one below

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A blur image on people lighting up their candles after the lights being switched off

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It’s over

However, I do not fully agree with what most people did last night, using candles. Candles are made from kerosene (correct if I’m wrong) and lighting it up means releasing off carbon to the ozone layer. It is still no difference than not switching off at all. What they should do instead is using a solar-powered lamp that should absorb sunlight in the afternoon and used in the darkness.

I also did notice some bikes with Earth Hour and Vote Earth attributes at the rear part. And I would like to close my report here.

Asian Civilisations Museum – Part 2

Let’s proceed with the report…

Inside the temporary exhibition gallery (current theme is “The Land of the Morning, Philippines and Its People”), phototaking and filming are not allowed. So the only memory about this temporary exhibition that I can present to you is this.

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You can play the game provided on the two screens. I guess it is targetting young visitors.

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Some collections of ACM Library, unfortunately it is not open to public.

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This staircase (the central staircase) brought me to third floor where there are more exhibitions of West Asia/Islamic and Southeast Asian cultures. Unfortunately, I didn’t go to the Southeast Asian gallery as I was too scared (remember I am a Southeast Asian boy and somehow still believe in superstitions).

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A photo of the past ACM building at the staircase, I heard it used to be immigration office.

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Sit back and relax on the third floor of West Asian/Islamic gallery. I didn’t sit though, there was azan prayer being played at the gallery there.

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Just for kids visiting the third-storey gallery

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Another photo of past ACM building at the staircase, this time I was going to first floor.

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Miniature of ACM building

I didn’t take any photo also at South Asia gallery. After the South Asia gallery, it’s the Museum Shop. They sell typical Singapore souvenir shops with the exception of more variety from various Asian countries (remember what museum is that).

If you’re quite superstitious and yet interested to visit this museum, I suggest you to bring friend(s) who is/are not superstitious. Overall, it’s a good experience to learn about Asian cultures.

As for admission, I didn’t need to pay a single cent as my school is listed in their ‘exemption list’. I was also free to enter National Museum of Singapore (NMS) today. I’ll post the story next time together with my visit to Singapore Phillatelic Museum (SPM) and Singapore Art Museum (SAM) during Singapore National Day.

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
Monday 1pm-7pm
Tuesday-Sunday 9am-7pm

Admission Charges
Individual
Adult $5.00
Concession $2.50

Group
Adult $4.00
Concession $2.00

Joint Ticket with Peranakan Museum
Adult $10.00
Concession $5.00

Free admission to visitors aged 6 years and below and senior citizens (local and permanent resident only) aged 60 years and above every day

More information you can find at the gate of ACM building

Garuda Indonesia GA840 Denpasar-Singapore

Destination: Singapore Changi Airport WSSS
ETD: around 1530
ETA: around 1800
Flight: Garuda Indonesia GA840
Date of Journey: 28th June 2009
Seat: 6F

This is my second last trip on this sector as I am going to move back to Bali after this (anyway, that’s where I belong) for my own good. Tears aside as my farewell to Singapore will be presented on different post later this week.

I don’t want much bullshit so let’s go direct to this trip. Sorry, if you’re interested to losten about what happened in the fiscal and taxation department of Ngurah Rai international terminal, contact me and I’ll tell you the story.

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Here’s my plane, PK-GWZ

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Taken from my seat, the baggages being loaded to the plane

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Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 bound for Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi

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Both Batavia Air’s Boeing 737-400 and Thai’s A330-300 waiting for the landing of Garuda’s Boeing 747-400

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Facing the Kuta Beach

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Now facing Jimbaran Bay and Uluwatu

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Airborne

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Benoa Bay and Garuda’s engine (CFM56…)

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Mount Agung and its mystery remains unsolved

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Bon Appetite. Main course was pasta with chicken. Desserts were fruits (watermelon, pineapple and papaya) and Kit Kat. Drinks were mineral water and apple juice (Sunkist, previously Garuda used Buavita).

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The very friendly hostess asked me whether I wanted additional drink. I opted for Coke and she handed me a cup with Coke in no time. Very friendly service, thumbs up for Garuda! In this picture though, I had drunk half of the cup.

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Since Garuda had not yet introduced their brand new “Garuda Experience”, so the only entertainment available back then was this little screen featuring Just for Laughs and commercials.

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The sky with a few editing (thanks to Picasa), should be above Java Sea by then

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Approaching Singapore

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Sunset from the sky

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Changi Industrial Park

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Landing soon

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Landed and finding the parking station

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Cathay’s Airbus A330-300 and Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-200…

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Parked next to Japan Airline’s Boeing 777-200

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Japan Airlines’ JA732J in oneworld livery

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Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 interior

This trip report marks the end of an era of me living here in Singapore. But shed no tears as there is possibility that I may go to Middle East particularly Israel, Russia and Spain for WYD2011. I would like to thank Garuda for the pleasant experience (and the frequent flyer miles too!). I hope you’ll really be upgraded to 4-star airlines in the coming year.

And that’s my trip report for now. Look out for my next trip report on my journey home to Bali. Hopefully I can go to some exotic destinations across Indonesia as well such as Wamena, Larantuka, Maumere, Timika and many more. Also, look out for my hottest post that would change my life, my new school coming up in the next weeks on Apa Kabar Bram (sounded like Today Tonight or A Current Affair promotion).

I’ll see you then.

Asian Civilisations Museum – Part 1

Today, I’ll bring you to see one of the best and finest museums in Singapore, a must-visit destination for you.

You can take MRT (North-South and/or East-West lines) and alight at Raffles Place station. From there, cross the Singapore River by crossing the Cavenagh Bridge. There you’ll arrived at the museum.

Details of visitor information is at the end of this post.

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The journey begins at the second storey. Before you enter the main galleries, there are exhibitions about ancient medical appliances (for surgery purposes) on display as well as artefacts of Singapore history.

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During the early days of Singapore, Chinese coolies arrived in search for better future. This is how the situation would look like hundreds of years ago.

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The ships that brought them (the migrants) to Singapore, one medium-sized vessel and one boat. ‘Boat’ as in the Sri Lankan boat people trying to enter Australia as assylum seekers.

Then, I entered the main galleries. The road to the galleries consisted of videos of Asian civilisations (that’s how they got their name) projected to a large screen.

The first gallery is the Southeast Asian gallery. There are two galleries for Southeast Asia, one in the second floor and one in the third floor. Unfortunately, I didn’t go to the gallery at the third level as I was scared (well, as traditional Indonesians I still believe in superstitious things and the statues there scared me enough especially the statues at the China gallery).

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Artefacts of early Southeast Asian civilisations

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They briefly described the wet rice cultivation done in Southeast Asian countries (all except two very tiny nations in the region, you-know-who). There were two Buddhist statues as well at the left hand side of this picture.

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Indonesia has more than ‘Batik’ fabric. This is the proof. These fabrics originated from Minangkabau (now known as the province of West Sumatra) in Sumatra. Onde mande, how could it be in Singapore now? Fellow Indonesians, do you still remember the case of counterfeit artefacts at National Museum in Jakarta and temples (Hindu and Buddhist) in Central Java?

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Horas! This one from the land of the Batak people (now known as the province of North Sumatra).

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The roof of the Batak houses, somehow it seems difficult for me to differentiate between the Batak and Minahasa (Sulawesi) roofs apart.

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This one should be from Nias island, off North Sumatran west coast.

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I know this originated from the Sumatra area but I forgot whether it comes from the Batak or the Nias.

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For sure this statue comes from Nias

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The Minangkabau’s traditional clothing

Moving on to the West Asian gallery,

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Some scripts from the holy book for the Muslims, al-Quran

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The China gallery

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The Emperor’s clothes?

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The ‘wayang’ from China

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Some statues of Buddha

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A dummy of restaurant in China, I guess during the early days of the Communist as the clothing of the people told me so.

Back to the Southeast Asian gallery, here is the Dayak tribes handicrafts.
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As usual, to be continued…

science.09 – “Take off and Landing” at “Seletar Airport”

As part of A* (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) and Singapore’s Science Centre to promote science, the two bodies organised the annual Science month. I’ve never heard of it in the past year. I only recently know about it after reading reports on The Straits Times and a event’s guide on my school library.

Since I am interested in aviation, I participated in aviation-related events. There are only two actually. One of the event is “Take off and Landing” at “Seletar Airport”, organised by Singapore Polytechnic.

The event started at 9 am till 11 am. There were about 14 participants took part, mostly a group of five Sec 3 students from Bedok North Secondary and three teachers (I don’t know from which school).

At first, the lecturers brought us around the laboratories. There were lots of plane diecasts as well, mostly military and SIA’s aircraft. They also have aircraft engines (mostly turbofans) and a real aircraft (I guess it’s Cessna but it has no flying licencse).

After much talking about the facilities, the group then was separated into two. One group consisted of seven person went to see the grounded A-4 Skyhawk jet while the other played Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. Now, if you’re interested in playing such games, you can visit Indoflyer’s Flight Simulator Section for more informations.

I went for flight simulation. We were supposed to fly Cessna 172 from Seletar Airport to Seletar Airport. But some people changed the aircraft. I was one of them. Instead I piloted Boeing 737-400 owned by one of America’s airlines.

My take off went smoothly despite “snow” in Singapore. The landing part was quite hard as my plane had a very steep landing in Johor. On my second attempt to land, however, thing was quite different. It was quite a smooth landing although I didn’t land in Senai Airport but on a clear field without crashing onto trees or house. The lecturer-in-charge then said “All passengers are safe.”

They taught some basic skills of handling an aircraft and physics such as force, pressure, yaw, roll etc. Also discussed was some requirements to be pilot (1.64 m, good eyesight etc).

Enough of Flight Simulator, then my group was brought to see A-4 Skyhawk.

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A radar is always put outside the aircraft. A stick pointing out of the tail is used to measure wind speed, pressure etc and it got more to do about computation.

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The cockpit is quite spacious with the brake still there. They say the aircraft is still useable.

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This is a photo of Dover MRT station.

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The nose of A-4

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I guess there is something missing here.

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A-4 Skyhawk is used by Singapore Air Force from the 1970s till 1990s. It is still useable but it was grounded to pave way for the arrival of F-16. Most air forces in the world but only the basic model of the aircraft. They then improved it by themselves. Why? To confuse enemy? Singapore is pouring hundred millions of dollars just for aircraft researches.

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Last shot of Uncle Skyhawk

All in all, it was a good experience. Perhaps I would enter the world of deskpilot (if I could). The other aviation related event is coming next week.

Singapore Army Open House 2009 – Part 2

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Is this a tractor? Or perhaps used to help in earthquake’s or landslide’s disaster zone?

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A robot used to prevent bomb detonation? This reminds me of Indonesia’s Kopassus (Komando Pasukan Khusus or Special Fores Command), one of the best military group in the world (in terms of using brain).

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And by the way, I was on the other venue showing the military equipments.

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A helicopter is a rotary-wing aircraft, where did I learn that?

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This artillery somehow reminds me of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Look at the humanity side of the picture

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Too bad that photo-taking is not allowed in the cockpit of this helicopter, must be security reasons.

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Is this the Hawk helicopter? Sorry, I don’t memorise types of military aircraft or helicopters. I only memorise types of commercial aircraft.

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This is such a huge vehicle.

That’s the end of my report on Singapore Army Open House. Since this is believed to be my last year here in Singapore, yu won’t see me reporting about this event in the future (hopefully I still could). Next year, I’ll be back to Indonesia. I will report of the annual Sanur Festival, Bali Arts Festival and more of Indonesian events. So long Singapore Army.