Monday, November 23, 2015

Tricking the Eyes

To contrast the previous post, we went to the TrickEye museum.
This required more skill than expected. Barry, who is operating the tap?
Above, not quite the right ballet pose, but below, much better!
It was also confusing. Why does the dinosaur have a frame of my head and legs? Is this from a movie I missed?
Why would I be hanging from the rafters if there was a giant snake breaking through the walls. I know better and would succumb to armageddon.
 This one is confusing because this is what Barry's legs actually look like.
 Barry was better at this Trickeye stuff than me.
Here is how Barry feels when cycling, but with more spandex and happy chanting in real life.
Eventually, I got better at Trickeying. You can hardly tell I'm not a panda.
And I'm a natural shark surfer (why, Trick Eye, why?).
Barry is careful around lava flows.
 Randomly, there was an ice museum.
Here I am as the ice queen, which is much easier than being a Trickeye.
In the end, Barry didn't want to leave!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Northern Edge of the South

Here I am with a fake South Korean guard and a real waiver for the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea.
Here is Barry with a real guard. They stand perfectly still in a tae kwon do pose, which makes them look a lot more intimidating than, say, Barry.
Here I am, standing in North Korea and working on an appropriately respectful DMZ face. Don't worry, they said they locked the door behind us.
In a rarely used feature, the Polycom demarcates the border above. Below, the concrete bump serves this purpose. You can see the North Korean guard in the background.
This man is the first North Korean I have likely seen in my life!
Speaking of North, here is their town of Kijong-dong, also known as propaganda village. The flagpole, the fourth largest in the world, flies (only in tame weather) over shells of windowless buildings.
This is the aptly named Bridge of No Return, where prisoners of the Korean war were freed and got to make their most important life decision: North or South.
As part of the tour, you get to visit the ultra-modern non-functional train station.
They call it the Peace train, but it's more like a Train of Broken Dreams, really.
Final stop: North Korean dug tunnel. Barry tried to convince me that we didn't need to go because he thought I would be scared. I think he was projecting.
What useful souvenirs do you buy after this? We chose not to get the doll guards to face off against each other on our shelf.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Good Egg and More Else

Happy Deepagiving, which was officially celebrated in Singapore last weekend. Our friends eat nearly 1 lb of turkey each, and their children prefer mashed potatoes.
In Changi airport these days, there are sculptures compelling you take foolish-looking pictures. It's very hard to resist. Barry can achieve foolish looks with regular durian eating, however.
We entered the modern ice age at the 3D theatre. I was not warm enough in my hoodie and scarf, so I had to steal Barry's down jacket as well. I think you can see the icicles in my nose.
Since 1978 the good eggs have been going into Minglun pancakes, although I'm a bit of a bad egg for stealing this picture from my blog stalkers.
Sometimes you see an invention and wonder if it could have saved you tens of hours of waiting after missed flights, and a couple of foot injuries.
Wedding idea: stuffed bride and groom toys. Because who doesn't consider their groom to be a bit like Stitch: part Disney character, part alien experiment, and part Japanese video game!
The best way to get to the North South School of Technology is by bike.
When you visit Hussain and family, you get childcare, food and more else!
And finally, if you were being lazy this weekend, maybe it's time to think about grammar and/or how it relates to petty crime.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Deep Dark Creepies

We went to "The Deep" exhibition, where we learned that the bottom of the ocean is a terrible place.
It's cold, dark, and if you go there, your head implodes. No wonder a lot of the deep sea creatures are angry. This guy is so grumpy that he had to grow holes in his brain to fit his teeth.
This guy has a huge threatening prey-slapper, which he has to use extensively because of his embarrassingly small teeth.
The advantage of the darkness, however, is that it  makes your wrinkles less noticeable, as I demonstrate with this guy.
But the Spookfish, below, sees everything underwater, and knows your inner-most thoughts!
Kroyer's Anglerfish not only lures prey with a glowy dingle dangler, but also considers her mates to be parasites. The tiny males can only survive by attaching themselves to the females, and becoming a reproductive pimple.
In the deep darkness, a lot of creatures of blinky glowy features.
And, maybe they're not all scary. Ya this one is still scary.
The deep see hairy crab looks delicious.
 And the deep sea Lippy Fishy wants to eat you up!
The depths are filled with octopi, this one strawberry flavoured.
The Dumbo octopus is not only adorable, but can turn itself inside-out for protection!