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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West Bund Museum with French secrets

“Daddy, why is french fries French?” Pangzi asked one day. “Let me tell you a secret only a few know,” I whispered, “but you must first follow me to Centre Pompidou.” “Where’s this… Pom Pi Pi?” “Down by the Huangpu River. It’s a newly opened French contemporary art gallery in Shanghai. They’ve given Centre Pompidou a …

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Taikoo Hui, transformed

Shanghai is fast becoming a mall-a-second city, so when I wanted to visit the new Taikoo Hui in Nanjing West Road, Pangzi went: “Not another one again?” “This is different,” I reassured him. “A lot of money is pumped into Taikoo Hui to make it stand out from the rest.” Indeed, the first impression we received …

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Need for speed at EF Park

“Daddy, is it true electric cars are slow that’s why you don’t see many on the road?” Pangzi observed one day. Well, he hasn’t seen an electric go-kart! “We’re going to EF Park where you’ll get to see me speeding down the race track,” I announced. “Then you tell me whether an electric car is …

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Follow Alice Underground

After the mind-boggling Sleep No More, the next interactive theatre to hit Shanghai was one based on the kid-friendlier story of Alice in Wonderland. “What’s interactive theatre?” Pangzi asked, unhappy that I was taking him along. “It’s a new form of immersive theatre that disrupts traditional play. You don’t sit back and watch, but follow the …

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Encore Melaka, what a jam

When Pangzi learnt that I was going to brave the traffic to cross the second link over the long weekend, he was ecstatic. “Daddy, are you taking me to Legoland?” “No, we’re going to Encore Melaka,” I happily announced. It’s been on my mind for a while. “What’s Encore Melaka? I haven’t heard of it,” …

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Anyone’s wonder at Children’s Biennale

My real destination is the newly open Funan Mall, so I wonder how I end up visiting the Children’s Biennale at the National Gallery Singapore. Maybe it’s bad route planning. I wonder. “Daddy, look! It’s the Children’s Biennale again!” said an excited Pangzi as we were walking past the gallery on the way to Funan near …

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Deja vu at World Expo Museum

When Pangzi knew I was taking him to the World Expo Museum in Shanghai, he asked, “Did China ever hold a World Expo?” “Yes, back in 2010 right here,” I said. “Oh, that would have been impressive… wish I was there,” he sighed. “But you were there!” “No way!” Pangzi protested. “Why can’t I remember …

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Bicentennial Experience gone wow

“Daddy, what’s a Bicentennial Experience?” Pangzi asked. “Oh, it’s an event that’s held once every 200 years in the wilderness of Fork Cunning,” I answered confidently. “I know the meaning of bicentennial, but what’s an experience?” he persisted. Between the two words, who would’ve thought! “Now that’s a tough one,” I said, “but why don’t you …

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