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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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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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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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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Far East Plaza turns arty

When the travel bug hit, I wanted to take Pangzi to the unlikeliest of places to cure his wanderlust: Far East Plaza. “Why Far East Plaza? I don’t want to go shopping!” he protested. “So you haven’t heard. Far East Plaza is soon to be a shopping mall no more,” I said. Kind of sad. I grew …

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Gallery 1819 straight from the factory

With museums yet to fully open after the coronavirus lockdown, Pangzi was surprised to learn that I was taking him to Gallery 1819 in the Tan Boon Liat Building. “How to practise social distancing in an enclosed gallery full of people?” he asked. “Don’t worry, nobody knows Tan Boon Liat. We’ll have the place all …

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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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