Art Appreciation: BenCab Museum

[This is actually a long overdue art appreciation post. The photos used in this article were taken more than a year ago.]

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BenCab Museum is one of the well-known museums in the Philippines today. This four-level building houses National Artist Ben Cabrera’s art collection. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm with an entrance fee of ₱120 for general admission, ₱100 for students with valid identification card, ₱80 for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) with valid ID. The museum is accessible by cars and through public transport (Jeep to Asin Rd; terminal near Baguio City Market. Aside from the museum and galleries, BenCab Museum also houses a farm and garden, a pond, a cafe and a shop.

6892_965806203472772_1827759401579593293_nThe museum shop sells souvenir shirts and caps, art books, postcards, wood carvings and the like. Cafe Sabel is known for its fresh from the farm foods. Vegetables are harvested everyday from BenCab’s organic farm – also can be found at the museum compound. Its signature coffee blend is BenCab’s Brew. The pond is a home to some fish and ducks.

The museum houses several galleries.

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This is Kara, my all-around support and buddy. See her at iridescentdiscovery.wordpress.com

These include BenCab Gallery, Erotica, Cordillera Gallery, Patio Salvador, Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery 1, Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery 2, Print Gallery, Gallery Indigo, Bulol Installation and few other galleries.

Following are some of my snaps from one gallery to another. Forgive me for not taking notes while on tour. I can no longer remember which gallery these artworks belong.

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Travel: Singapore 2017

I won’t make any excuse to justify why I have not written for months despite my travels here and abroad. I’m lazy, or at least not motivated to write at all – you know, I’m really having a hard time sharing, actually expressing myself, since I got sick. But anyway, here’s a brief write up for my 15-hour stay in Singapore.

Yes, you read it right, I only spent 15 hours in Singapore – most of it, at Singapore Changi International Airport. I can say that of all the airports I’ve been, Changi Airport is the best, from its service to facilities, all I can say is just “Wow.”

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Point of view from one of the boarding gates.

But anyway, my Singapore trip was just a quick trip because that 15-hour stay is just my transit hours. I was actually on my way to Indonesia then. My itinerary was Manila to Singapore-15 hour-transit-Singapore to Indonesia. I left the Philippines at 10:40am and arrived in Singapore at 2:20pm of March 12, 2017.

So what did I do in Singapore for more than half a day?

Well, I spent most of my time in Singapore exploring – and by exploring, I mean walking and walking and walking and more walking. Before going to Singapore, I made a list of places I wanted go to and see. That list includes Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park and Universal Studios Singapore. But due to time constraint and given the fact that I am alone and a first timer, Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay were the only places I was able to visit.

How did I get there?

Courageous enough, I took the MRT at Changi Airport (CG2) bound to Tanah Merah (EW4). I transferred from train to train. From Tanah Merah (EW4) I took another train to Bugis (EW12). There will be seven (7) train stations before you reach Bugis from Tanah Merah. When you arrive at Bugis (EW12) you will have to transfer again to Bugis (DT14) where you will ride another train to Bayfront (DT16). When you arrive at Bayfront (DT16) you will have to transfer again to Bayfront (CE1) where you will ride the train bound for Marina Bay (CE2). It’s quite confusing but it was really fun exploring the city alone.

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Scanned copy of my Singapore’s (MRT) map. Haha #tourist #exploreSG

Fortunately, I’m a good map-reader. I didn’t get lost. (Only on my way back to the airport where I slept for the night waiting for my flight to Indonesia.)

I tried observing while on my way to Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. I noticed that Singaporeans really value personal space.  Given that, they respect each other’s personal space. This is through following the total capacity of seats in the MRT, unlike in the Philippines, hay.

Anyway, here are some photos from my Marina Bay Sands & Gardens by the Bay visit:

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Super Trees!

I’ll surely be back for more of Singapore.