First and foremost, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all Muslims celebrating out there =)
Now to the main post, hee.
Out and early this morning, Sarah, Avarielle, Raven and the self headed to the Philatelic Museum – because admission for all National Heritage Board Museums is free for Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs until tomorrow (31st August).
The Museum had two levels and like most museums, there were the travelling exhibits (Sun Yat Sen, Message Me, Year of the Rabbit, Singapore Flight) and the permanent exhibits (Heritage Hall, Philatelic History in Singapore and around the world). With most of the travelling exhibits located on the second storey, we headed through the permanent exhibits first.
This gallery went back to Singapore’s colonial beginnings and the stamps that were popular then. Famous stamps like the Penny Black were featured in a digital panel where the Queen spoke to visitors. Apart from that, we also found wooden stamps and an exclusive Swarovski limited edition stamp together with some of Singapore’s stamp series.
Here’s a fun fact, the Flower Series stamps were actually deliberately scented to emphasise the scents of the flowers. And here we are, all thinking that it was actually nice smelling glue!
One really interesting factoid we found were the propoganda stamps that were being used during World War II. Stamps then had wordings printed/ stamped on them that indicated that the conquering Nation (Japan or Germany) is now overseeing the country.
The first level was pretty standard with Philatelic History. While it featured various stamp collections and special editions produced in Singapore and other selected areas, it also gave some insight on the printing of the stamps themselves – terms like Lithography and Intaglio Print came into play.
But us, being the camwhory Adventure Crew, had a good amount of fun with this:
This was taken in a gallery that showcased limited edition stamps that could not be photographed for Copyright reasons. However, this gallery also had a huge collection of Singaporean stamps over the years so I snapped a photo for my year: 1988 =)
We then went to the second level of the museum, expecting that the top will cater to the rest of the travelling exhibits. So it was quite surprising that the Philatelic Museum would have this little space tucked in the corner that talks about Singapore’s Heritage and some kind of a historical walkthrough of the Post industry in Singapore back in the day.
Looking through the artifacts from previous post offices and the old post boxes also made us feel like walking through a Time Capsule. Fullerton Hotel made a minor appearance here, since it was Singapore’s Post Office during its colonial days.
Sun Yat Sen Exhibition
Now, one of the main travelling exhibits here was on Sun Yat Sen, one of the revolutionaries in China back in the early 1900s. It not only showcased his history but also artifacts from his life – letters, stamps, photographs etc… as well.
There is a Sun Yat Sen Memorial Centre in Singapore, catering just to him, his life and the work that he had done for the Chinese community. However, Raven (who went there a number of years back) said that most of its information was presented in Chinese, rendering the place either difficult to understand or totally incomprehensible.
So this was quite a refreshing piece and quite coincidental as well, since it talked about political revolution and it was the day of our Presidential Election. HAHA.
Pardon my fangirl moment for this paragraph but throughout this exhibit I was thinking of “Bodyguards & Assassins”, a Chinese movie made a few years back about this group of revolutionaries defending Sun Wen (Sun Yat Sen fictionalised) during his visit to a certain city in China.
Putting aside the fact that Donnie Yen was in that movie, I really had it playing in my head as I looked through those pictures.
Message Me, Singapore in Flight, Rabbits!
This was one of the few other exhibits that we went to. Message Me spoke about the evolution of communication, featuring Hieroglyphics, Morse Code, the invention and development of the phone and all that jazz. Raven saw a typewriter and we got to work pretty quickly, coming up with this:
I always envied the Poetry Proletariat’s ability to use typewriters to rustle up interesting poems in a jiffy. This just reminded me on how I really want to use a typewriter for my writing. Hee.
Singapore in Flight was something about the evolution of flight Singapore’s flight history. Though I did feel that it had a lot of emphasis on fighter jets though. Nonetheless, some of us were there enjoying the game that was set up for visitors to play:
The Rabbit exhibition (I honestly forgot what it was really called) was actually around for a while since it opened to usher in the Year of the Rabbit for this year’s Chinese New Year. So apart from us going “squee” from the cuteness of the bunnies, we didn’t really do much here.
There was one thing that was very interesting though, especially if you’re in tune with the Singaporean lingo:
Hint: We told Jerrick (when he met us afterwards) and he went, “No! No! What the… WHY?!” So have fun.
So that’s it from the Philatelic Museum! We bought a few things from the gift shop, with Avarielle going to revive her stamp collection and Raven going to start after that, finishing about mid-afternoon. Who said we can’t spend half a day at the Philatelic Museum (it’s quite small, you’ll see when you really go)?
But before I leave you, I found a quote and something I really liked from the Museum. Nothing stamp related but it’s quite inspiring:
For more information on the Philatelic Museum, click here.