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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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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