Planet Earth, recycled

When Pangzi wanted to try for his school’s green council, I thought that’s my cue to take him to Planet Earth. “Planet what?” he asked. “You heard me right the first time,” I explained. “Planet Earth is a special art gallery showcasing metal sculptures.” “What has that to do with my green council?” “Aren’t you …

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Sea monsters at Singapore Navy Museum

“Daddy, must I serve the army when I grow up?” Pangzi asked inevitably. “Not necessarily, if you can help it,” I said. “You mean I can skip national service?” he said. “I didn’t say that. There’s the air force. There’s the navy. Not just the army,” I explained. That’s my cue to take him to …

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Not amused at New World’s End

“Put on your sneakers,” I announced to Pangzi one evening. “We’re going to the very first amusement park in town.” “Oh great, I like amusement parks. You mean like arcade games?” he asked expectantly. “Okay, not quite like that. It’s an immersive experience called New World’s End, centred around the story of New World,” I explained. …

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Funan underpass a link to digital art

Pangzi didn’t understand why I was taking him to the Funan underpass and not the shopping mall itself. “You’ll soon find out,” I teased. “The Funan underpass is almost a mistake.” “You mean it’s not meant to be built?” Pangzi said. “But it’s bringing so much convenience to pedestrians!” Indeed the Funan underpass links up quite …

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Same same but different at NAFA

My eyes lit up when Pangzi asked for inspiration to start on his school project. “You gotta follow me to NAFA then,” I said helpfully. “They have this exhibition going on showcasing their students’ graduation projects.” “The NAFA in Bugis?” Pangzi asked. “I thought that’s an arts school. My project is not…” “It’s okay,” I …

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XM Studios the superhero museum

“So many Marvel movies out recently, daddy,” Pangzi openly pled. “When we watching any?” Indeed the timing was right, but I thought it was even more opportune to visit XM Studios, home to an impressive collection of superhero action figures. “Listen, before we step into the cinema,” I announced, “I think it’s important we visit …

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i12 Katong ticking all the right boxes

“Daddy, what’s sustainability? We’re asked to write a long essay about it,” Pangzi said. “That’s easy. You just need to break it up into two words: sustain and ability,” I offered helpfully. ”Oh, ability I know. But what’s sustain?” ”That’s easy too. Break it up further: suck and stain.” By now Pangzi was all confused. …

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Finding love at Singapore Art Museum

“Daddy, how do I get myself a date on Valentine’s Day?” Pangzi asked, a few years too early. “Why do you want a date?” I said, non committal. “I dunno, but it seems cool to have one,” he said. “Everyone else in school does.” “You sure? Anyway if you’re hard up for one, I know …

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Free bag at Former Ford Factory

“Daddy, why are we here?” Pangzi asked as he found himself at the Former Ford Factory in Bukit Timah for seemingly no reason. “There are not even cars on display.” “This place used to assemble cars before it was converted to producing war planes,” I explained. “And you’re here to learn about war history.” Of course, …

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Get hangry at Art Commune Gallery

“Daddy, why am I always hungry?” Pangzi asked straight after lunch. “Obviously you’re still a growing baby,” I said triumphantly, because he had just given me an excuse to visit the Art Commune Gallery. Before he could react, he found himself on the way to Carlton Hotel where the gallery was located. “Are we here …

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