WHAT? People actually pay money to stand in front of painted walls - or even lie down on the floor - just to take pictures of themselves???
Erm, yes. And they love it. Or at least the monkies in my family do, especially after their experience in the Made In Penang Interactive Museum during the June School Holidays.
So when Trick Eye Museum at Resorts World Sentosa came calling, it was an invitation that the monkies could not say no to.
In case you are wondering, Trick Eye is short for ‘Trick of the eye’, which refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the clever use of optical illusions. there is nothing to to bring along into the museum, except your camera and a huge dose of imagination.
And for Ayd, it seemed that he could not wait to get started even while waiting to enter.
I am pretty sure that you would have read or seen most of Trick Eye Museum's illusions floating around on social media so while I will not give a detailed review on the museum, I will provide five tips on making the most of your trick art experience in Trick Eye Museum.
1. Take your time
There are six family-based zones: World of Masterpieces, Safari Kingdom, Star of Circus, Dreams of Fairy Tale, Love in Winter and Adventure Discovery. We were somewhat overwhelmed by the numerous illusions that seemed to be bombarding our senses every time we stepped in a new zone.
As a result, we took most photos rather hastily without giving much thought. By the time we came to the last zone, I was not too satisfied with the photos so we re-traced our steps and made our way through the zones again. This time, the monkies gave more thought to the poses they wanted to portray and the results were much much better.
2. Touch everything
Trick Eye Museum is not your typical museum, where 'Do Not Touch' or 'No Flash Photography' signs are littered in every corner. Everyone is free to touch everything and most importantly, interact with the exhibits so that the become part of the illusions!
3. Dress for it
Some of poses required us to lay down on the floor, while others had us needing to stand on the display.
So a pair of pants, coupled with a pair of slip-on shoes, are definitely most welcomed. Cute socks or underwear optional.
Weekdays are fine, but if you are there during the weekends, expect a million people running around to snap the best photos and sometimes that means waiting in lines. Because some of the illusions are placed opposite each other, there are times when other people unknowingly wander into our photo and that took up some time too.
So we found it useful to skip the ones we did not like so as not to waste our time. We picked and chose the best scenes that the monkies loved and walked back to the ones that we had missed previously.
5. Have the right attitude
A little imagination while posing with the illusions goes a long way in ensuring that the photos taken stand out and rank higher in the fun factor.
Yes, even at the expense of making myself look silly and drawing curious stares.
But that is all part of the fun, isn't it? Any activity that is mildly out of our comfort zone and one that makes us look silly will require us to have the correct attitude and embrace the novelty.
Even if it means grabbing some beer beforehand. *hic*
By the end of our session though, it was evident that the monkies were getting rather good at this 'trick art' posing business too.
Trick Eye Museum
Resorts World Sentosa
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10am - 9pm Daily
Adult $25 | Kids (age 4-12) & Senior Citizen (age 60 & above) $20
For more information, visit www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/TrickeyeMuseum