there are times when i just want to take a break and treat my senses to some art. you know, walk around the museum, look at paintings. i don't really do deep thinking and try to understand what a painting is all about, or try to determine if it's abstract, modern or whatever category it falls under (because i wouldn't really know). i just like looking at pretty pictures and stare at them for a while.
in singapore, the focus is mostly on works by asian artists. no picassos or van gogh's here. when museums mount exhibits of pieces they borrow from the louvre, greece or egypt, you usually have to pay for entry. that's why one of the events i look forward to is the night festival. once a year, all museums in singapore (yes, even the philatelic museum - that's a museum for postage stamps) are open until two am, and people can go in and look at various exhibits for free. there are lots of activities, so it's more interactive.