European Heritage Gallery gets a B

“Daddy, why are my classmates so different from me?” Pangzi said, almost philosophically. “How different? You mean they are all smart unlike you?” I said, almost encouragingly. “You know, they look different. Many of them have parents who are not of the same race.” “Oh, we have a word for this kind of kids. It …

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Emsphere and monkhood

It’s getting harder to trick Pangzi to go shopping, so I must find a way for him to go Emsphere with me willingly when we visit Bangkok. “Daddy, what shall we do today?” he asked excitedly as we arrived. “Oh, we’re going to a temple. They say the best way to fix a naughty boy …

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Planet Earth, recycled

When Pangzi wanted to try for his school’s green council, I thought that’s my cue to take him to Planet Earth. “Planet what?” he asked. “You heard me right the first time,” I explained. “Planet Earth is a special art gallery showcasing metal sculptures.” “What has that to do with my green council?” “Aren’t you …

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Sea monsters at Singapore Navy Museum

“Daddy, must I serve the army when I grow up?” Pangzi asked inevitably. “Not necessarily, if you can help it,” I said. “You mean I can skip national service?” he said. “I didn’t say that. There’s the air force. There’s the navy. Not just the army,” I explained. That’s my cue to take him to …

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Kaifeng Museum in augmented reality

Kaifeng Museum came up as a rare place of interest that’s free to visit in the historic city full of tourist traps. “Daddy, why are we going to Kaifeng Museum instead of Millennium City?” Pangzi asked. Apparently he had done some research. “Because Kaifeng Museum is modern and barely a few years old. Millennium City …

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Dancing waitresses at The National Art Centre Tokyo

Heard The National Art Centre Tokyo in Roppongi is a fine piece of art itself. So I’m not gonna miss it while in Japan. “You’re making me go to an art museum again?” Pangzi protested. “But I wanna visit a maid cafe!” “Who told you about maid cafes?” I demanded. “They are a work of …

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Fresh air at Hindhede Quarry

“Shall we go Hindhede Quarry to get some fresh air? I said to Pangzi one hot weekend. It was more of a tell than an ask. “But it’s hazy everywhere. How to get fresh air?” Pangzi protested. “Hindhede Quarry is different. It’s at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. All natural and fresh. Won’t be hazy, …

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Tower Records, while it lasts

“Daddy, what were you doing before the Internet?” Pangzi asked curiously. That’s my cue to take him to Tower Records. “Heard of CD?” I started. “Think I spent my entire childhood listening to those.” “I only know Christian Dior.” “CD stands for compact disc,” I continued. “You put it into a player, out comes music.” …

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Who hides teamLab in the forest?

“Daddy, when are you taking me to see a teamLab exhibition?” Pangzi asked. “If you want, we can go again anytime,” I said. “What do you mean again?” Pangzi said, confused. “Have I been to one?” “Of course, when you were a baby.” “We went Tokyo when I was younger?” “No, we saw teamLab at …

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Not amused at New World’s End

“Put on your sneakers,” I announced to Pangzi one evening. “We’re going to the very first amusement park in town.” “Oh great, I like amusement parks. You mean like arcade games?” he asked expectantly. “Okay, not quite like that. It’s an immersive experience called New World’s End, centred around the story of New World,” I explained. …

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