KidsSTOP, another cosplay playground

I read that the famous make-believe playground in Sentosa had permanently shut down, but didn’t count on the readymade substitute in KidsSTOP. “Daddy, when can I cosplay again?” Pangzi asked expectantly. “Never? The place that starts with K is no more, in case you don’t know,” I said. “No, KidsSTOP is very much alive!” “Kids what?” …

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Dover Street is not a street

Pangzi was so used to staying home that when I suggested visiting Dover Street after the lockdown was lifted, he fought against it. “Where do you want to make me go?” he asked suspiciously. “Dover,” I said, careful to give anything away. Shopping was top of my list, not his. “Dover where? Is there a …

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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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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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Christmas comes early to Public Art Space

When Pangzi asked to see the Christmas lighting in town, I sensed my chance to visit the Pan Pacific Singapore Public Art Space. “We’re going to see the Cityscapes, Ancient and Present exhibition at the Public Art Space. It’s ongoing till next Jan,” I declared. “Is it in Orchard?” Pangzi quizzed. “It’s at Marina Square, …

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Run like no tomorrow at the sports museum

It’s about time Pangzi picked up some important survival skills, so I decided to head for the Singapore Sports Museum. “Daddy, why are we going to the sports museum? I want to catch Pokémon,” he asked. “If you can’t run fast, how can you catch anything?” I answered wisely. “Daddy, why do I need to run?” …

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Language runs afoul at IExperience

It started with a casual remark on my part while browsing the papers online. “What rubbish are they reporting in the news today?” Pangzi, ever the prim and proper kid, intercepted me. “Orrrrrh, you said a dirty word!” “News is dirty?” I asked, feigning surprise. “No, the R-word!” “Ermmm, reporting?” “No!!!” At his age, he …

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VIP tour of LTA Gallery

When visiting the LTA Gallery one fine Saturday afternoon, we were not expecting it to be closed. The website said otherwise. “No worries, I can open the door for you,” said the officer on duty, who was visibly surprised to see visitors. It must have been quite some time since he last welcomed anyone to the …

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Unwelcome guests at Singapore Discovery Centre

Although the Zika scare has more or less subsided, going outdoors still presents a risk. Not so good news for restless kids. Suddenly the Singapore Discovery Centre becomes an appealing destination. “Why are we going to the Singapore Discovery Centre again?” Pangzi asked. “What do you mean again? We haven’t been there since last week!” …

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