Underappreciated Viva Vivaldi

After so much has been invested in his classical musical education, Pangzi still thinks Strauss is the jeans producer. So while in Venice, I dragged him to Viva Vivaldi where it all started for one of the greatest composers in history. “Daddy, what’s Viva Vivaldi? And why are we visiting him instead of playing with …

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Exams over – head down to Admiralty Park!

I was bored one hot weekend when I read about Admiralty Park and decided to check out its 26 new slides. “But daddy, my exams are not over!” Pangzi protested. I wasn’t too keen on taking him along at first, but couldn’t leave him alone. “Isn’t that better still?” I reasoned. “All the other kids …

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What a wreck at Hanoi Army Museum

The best museums in the world show you the best of everything. The newest. The sleekest. Apparently the Army Museum in Hanoi didn’t get the memo. “Daddy, why are we here to see this… pile of metal?” Pangzi asked when we stepped into the Vietnam Military History Museum, locally known as the Army Museum. “Because you changed …

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Language runs afoul at IExperience

It started with a casual remark on my part while browsing the papers online. “What rubbish are they reporting in the news today?” Pangzi, ever the prim and proper kid, intercepted me. “Orrrrrh, you said a dirty word!” “News is dirty?” I asked, feigning surprise. “No, the R-word!” “Ermmm, reporting?” “No!!!” At his age, he …

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Beware robots taking over your job

The development of artificial intelligence has gathered pace so much so that the street talk is about when you will surrender your job to robots. As a concerned parent, I decided to take Pangzi to the Saluzi Robot Experience Centre in Xi’an, China, to expose him to the new world of robotics. And more importantly …

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Fantasy ends at Jeju car museum

I’d do anything for my K-pop idol, so the trip to the Jeju car museum was some collateral damage I didn’t mind. “I’ll take you to the World Automobile Jeju Museum on one condition,” I told Pangzi. “You’ll follow me quietly on my idol trail the rest of the stay, understand?” “Daddy, what’s an idol trail?” …

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No bats but sharks at Parkview Museum

“Wanna go Batman building?” I tempted Pangzi. That’s the street name for Parkview Square in Bugis, which housed the new Parkview Museum, my true destination. “See Batman? I want, I want!” He fell straight for it. Parkview Museum is located at the third floor of the majestic Parkview Square, which some say is the best …

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Toyama museum not for wimps

One day, Pangzi came home complaining of bruises after sports. During my time, we picked ourselves up and fought on even on one good limb. Are children made of glass nowadays? In order to show Pangzi real glass, I took him to a Toyama museum, where glass art was the centrepiece. The Toyama Glass Art Museum is …

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Death of print at Malay Heritage Centre

I can never understand why school bags have to be so heavy these days. “Because all my books are in the bag!” offered Pangzi. “Text books, work books, jotter books, colouring books…” Print is so yesterday. To prove my point, I decided to take Pangzi to the Mereka Utusan exhibition at the Malay Heritage Centre …

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VIP tour of LTA Gallery

When visiting the LTA Gallery one fine Saturday afternoon, we were not expecting it to be closed. The website said otherwise. “No worries, I can open the door for you,” said the officer on duty, who was visibly surprised to see visitors. It must have been quite some time since he last welcomed anyone to the …

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