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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Hatch Art Project on wheels

I would prefer not to do anything and laze around on a weekend afternoon, but there’s a new gallery in town called Hatch Art Project that I just need to check out. So when Pangzi asked to go scooting, I couldn’t pass up the chance. ”Pack your stuff. We’re going to Asia Square,” I announced. …

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Pink secrets at Hutt Lagoon

The idea of visiting Hutt Lagoon came about when Pangzi refused to wear his new pink polo tee. “Pink anything is for girls!” he began. “Who told you so?” I reasoned. “It’s such a beautiful colour.” “But daddy, in school only the girls wear pink panties!” “How do you know? And if the boys also …

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Bending the truth at Asiatique

No trip to Bangkok is complete without watching a gender bender show, so I thought a visit to Asiatique The Riverfront has to be arranged. “Daddy, what’s gender bender?” Pangzi asked. “Tell me quickly – don’t be a suspender!” “Since when have you become a poet, pretender?” I said. “Anyway, a gender bender show is something like …

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Dinosaurs are a real business at Henan Geological Museum

Pangzi had a hard time understanding intellectual property creation and globalisation of production, so I thought a trip to the Henan Geological Museum was inevitable. “Daddy, if dinosaurs walked all parts of the Earth,” Pangzi wondered aloud, “why do we only see them in the West?” “You mean why they only appear in Hollywood movies?” …

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Cars and clothes at the Toyota museum

Toyota has been such a successful and dominant automobile manufacturer that not many outside Japan realise that it started out supplying textile machinery. “Daddy, what do you mean Toyota makes clothes?” Pangzi asked in disbelief. That’s when a visit to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya would help clarify a few things. …

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Stay out of the Fire Zone

After indulging Pangzi in excessive adult entertainment in New York, I decided to take him to the famed St Patrick’s Cathedral to repent. “Daddy, why am I doing the confession when you are the one having so much fun here?” he challenged. “Because if not for you, I’ll be having more fun!” I countered. Following …

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