KidsSTOP, another cosplay playground

I read that the famous make-believe playground in Sentosa had permanently shut down, but didn’t count on the readymade substitute in KidsSTOP. “Daddy, when can I cosplay again?” Pangzi asked expectantly. “Never? The place that starts with K is no more, in case you don’t know,” I said. “No, KidsSTOP is very much alive!” “Kids what?” …

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Gallery 1819 straight from the factory

With museums yet to fully open after the coronavirus lockdown, Pangzi was surprised to learn that I was taking him to Gallery 1819 in the Tan Boon Liat Building. “How to practise social distancing in an enclosed gallery full of people?” he asked. “Don’t worry, nobody knows Tan Boon Liat. We’ll have the place all …

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Dover Street is not a street

Pangzi was so used to staying home that when I suggested visiting Dover Street after the lockdown was lifted, he fought against it. “Where do you want to make me go?” he asked suspiciously. “Dover,” I said, careful to give anything away. Shopping was top of my list, not his. “Dover where? Is there a …

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Typing the holiday away

School holidays had started for Pangzi but I still had to work from home in this coronavirus lockdown. There had to be some way to keep him occupied. “Don’t worry about me, daddy. I can watch Youtube all day,” he said. How thoughtful. “But you’ll still be disturbing me, especially when the videos you like …

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Visit a virtual museum

“Daddy, this coronavirus is bad news for you. We’re all grounded, so you can’t make me go to museums with you anymore!” Pangzi said triumphantly. Poor thing, he hasn’t heard of Google Arts & Culture. “Do you know you can now visit almost every museum in the world that you like?” I countered. “Impossible. We …

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Big love at Da Ai Gallery

Frankly, I wouldn’t have the chance to visit the Tzu Chi Da Ai Gallery if Pangzi hadn’t asked me that question. “Daddy, how do you make someone love you?” “Why, is there a person you’re desperate to impress?” I said suspiciously. “Not me, but I think I have a classmate who… how should I put it… …

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ArtScience Museum in 2219

“Daddy, where will I be in 200 years time?” Pangzi asked poignantly one day. I thought a visit to the Futures Imagined exhibition at the ArtScience Museum was inevitable. “I don’t know where you’ll be, but by then I’ll be long gone,” I replied honestly for once. “Anyway, the ArtScience Museum has imagined it for …

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Jewel Canopy Park at its emptiest

Virus, go where? I thought this was the best time to stay home, but we ended up at the Jewel Canopy Park, thanks to Pangzi. “Daddy, you know they cancelled all our weekend activities in school, right?” “That’s very smart of them.” And perfect for me. Now I could catch up with my drama serials. “You know …

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Rats go Future Together

“Why is the rat the cleverest animal in the Chinese zodiac?” Pangzi wondered aloud. “I thought you’d never ask,” I said. “You can find the answer at Future Together.” “What’s Future Together?” “It’s an art exhibition at Gardens by the Bay, ongoing from now till mid March,” I explained. “But has Future Together anything to do with the …

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BMW Experience Shanghai, a mere distraction

A trip to the acclaimed China Art Palace would have been perfect. If only it wasn’t right beside BMW Experience Shanghai. “Daddy, look… car museum!” Pangzi said. I took a double take and sure enough BMW Experience Shanghai appeared before my eyes. It wasn’t there before, at least not during my last visit. “Oh, BMW Experience Shanghai is …

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