Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Beforehand, I had the pleasure of getting together with my former student for a lunch of laksa (a sweet curry noodle soup, one of the national dishes) and a discussion of the Brexit (as he's British -- and still holding out a little hope that the EU exit won't end up actually happening).
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I went there thinking that it wouldn't be a good place for the kids (there's a section called the 10 Gates of Hell which is definitely not for kids, what with the graphic illustrations of various punishments), but given that it's filled with tigers and some dragons, I think we'll have to bring the boys. :)
Even beyond the Courts of Hell exhibit, the "virtues and vices" section does not pull any punches -- those who aren't virtuous often meet bad ends (for example, the boy who abandoned his friend when they encounter a bear in the woods ends up getting eaten himself -- and the sculptures show his getting his leg chewed off!) One of the reviews said something about it giving generations of Singaporean children nightmares after they went there on school trips, and it's possible they weren't joking. :) If we do make it back, we might not spend much time in that section.
Note on the signs that they take cheating on examinations pretty seriously in the Chinese version of Hell!
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
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