Mint Museum of Toys

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Are you missing the feeling of nostalgia? If you are, I know just the way to ignite it in you! A visit to the MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys is all you have to do to relieve some of your most cherished childhood memories!

A delight to many adults and children, this private museum boasts more than 50,000 pieces of vintage toys, some of them over 100 years old, and childhood memorabilia from more than 40 countries, some as far away as Bulgaria.

Believed to be the largest collection of its kind in Southeast Asia, the large variety of collectibles—ranging from Batman and Astro Boy to vintage comics and adorable teddy bears—will delight people from all walks of life. This impressive collection belongs solely to Singaporean Chang Yang Fa.

Not only are these vintage toys on display just nostalgic playthings, but they also tell the story of the era in which they were created.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go relive your childhood with nostalgia-inducing exhibits at the MINT Museum of Toys now !

Jenevieve Tan

3 Truth

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http://emint.com/about-us/

http://www.visitsingapore.com/see-do-singapore/history/history-museums/mint-musuem-of-toys/

 

 

 

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Opinions on the Winter Olympics

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If you have been keeping up with the recent Pyeongchang Olympics, you might have seen a headline or two saying “The Unified Hockey Team Is A Starting Place” or “Will joint ice hockey team warm up frosty Korea relations?”. So what’ the big deal? Why is the media so focused on the topic of North and South Korea having a unified ice hockey team?

Well, unless you have been living under a rock for the past few centuries you would have heard of South Korea’s rocky relationship with the North, or the North with the rest of the world, excluding China and Russia. Tensions between the North and the South have escalated in recent months as Donald Trump, president of the United States, a long-time ally of the South, continues to provoke North Korea in his  twitter posts and speeches.

However, the two nations shocked the world when it was announced that the North and South would come together to form Korea’s unified women’s Olympic hockey team. This unified women’s ice hockey team will compete as ‘Korea’, represented by the Korean unification flag with the anthem being the song ‘Arirang’.

For decades, the Olympics have avoided politics, wanting to keep the games focused on the sport rather than current affairs. But this year’s women’s ice hockey team from Korea, assembled with the hope of promoting peace among neighbours technically still at war is definitely screaming “politics”. Some South Koreans believe that having a united team in such a significant international sports event might help to heal the relationship between the North and the South but many are sceptical that a single sport will do much or leave a lasting impact on the relationship between the two countries.

Personally I, too, have doubts that this temporary team would do much to aid the divide between the two nations as the tensions between the two countries date way back and is heavily influenced by the politics of their allies, most prominently China and the United States. Unity is not something that can be produced simply by representing the same flag, wearing the same uniform, singing the anthem, but even so it is an undeniable fact that I, and probably the rest of the world, will be keeping an eye on the unified team each time they enter the rink, bearing the weight of the heaviest symbol of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Ang Yen Chi

3 Unity

https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018/results/en/ice-hockey/athlete-profile-nihowteam6-cor01-korea.htm

https://deadspin.com/for-those-who-want-one-korea-the-unified-hockey-team-1795236932

https://theconversation.com/koreas-first-unified-olympic-team-is-an-uneasy-truce-of-diplomacy-and-sexism-91126