Humanistic Youth Centre, a part of growing up

“Daddy, what word rhymes with herbal tea?” Pangzi asked. I knew it was coming. High time to visit the Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre. “When you’re no longer a baby, you reach puberty and become a youth,” I explained. “The Humanistic Youth Centre is where youths gather and learn new things. You may come more often …

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I am your father at ArtScience Museum

“Daddy, school’s out but we can’t go anywhere. How do we get through the whole month?” Pangzi sounded desperate. “Who says we can’t go out. I’m taking you to the Star Wars Identities exhibition at the ArtScience Museum,” I happily announced. “Why? There’s the coronavirus going on!” “Because I am your father. Enough said. Let’s …

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No ice cream at Design Orchard

I’m a sucker for anything design, so when Pangzi wanted to eat ice cream I knew it was my chance to visit the haven of local design known as Design Orchard. “Does the place sell desserts?” he asked innocently. “Design Orchard puts together more than 60 local brands under one roof, mainly for fashion and …

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Just a kid at Human x Nature exhibition

“Daddy, can I take up Python?” Pangzi surprised me with this question one day. “Why the sudden interest in nature?” I asked back. “No no no. Python as in coding, you know. The kind of stuff that makes you a lot of money,” he tried to explain. “The only python I know terrifies people and …

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No me-time at Singapore Sustainable Gallery

“Daddy, it’s Earth Hour. Why are you still leaving the lights on?” Pangzi asked accusingly. “What hour? I only know happy hour,” I countered. I seriously need some me-time. “Looks like I’ve got to take you to Singapore Sustainable Gallery and teach you a thing or two about living sustainably,” he offered. “So now you’re …

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Boo boo at Moo Moo Park

Pangzi got all excited when he learnt I was taking him to Moo Moo Park at the new Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. “Is that like a theme park? Or a nature park? Or a cow park?” he asked. “None of the above. Moo Moo Park is actually a carpark,” I explained. “What? Why are we …

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Red Sentiment: A suicidal novel

Victor Tai caught up with his fellow blogger Darren How who had just published Red Sentiment, a brand new book on the dark powers of artificial intelligence in solving modern crimes. Victor: So, you really wrote a book. Darren: Yes, just to prove you wrong. Since you think I’m only good at blogging. Victor: That’s not …

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Goofing around Jurassic Mile

“Daddy, when are you taking me to Jurassic Mile?” Pangzi asked. “What for? You’ve already been to the world’s best theme park with hundreds of life-size dinosaurs. This Jurassic Mile is a poor cousin,” I said. “But all my classmates have visited Jurassic Mile. I FOMO!” “It’s so hot!” “We go in the evening, okay?” …

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A drop in the Blue Ocean

Pangzi heard about the SingapoRediscovers initiative and begged me to take him to Marina Square when school was out. “What’s SingapoRediscovers?” I nonchalantly said. “Freebies handed out by the government for us to rediscover Singapore! You know, SingapoRediscovers to rediscover Singapore, you know?” he said, exasperated. “Never heard of it,” I shrugged, pretending. “What’s so …

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Abuse case at Opera Gallery

“Daddy, when can we go singing again? This partial lockdown is taking way too long,” Pangzi said. That’s my cue to visit Opera Gallery. “We can’t go karaoke, but I can take you to the opera,” I lied. “You mean we can fly to Sydney now?” Pangzi asked expectantly. “Not that far. We go Ion.” …

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