European Heritage Gallery gets a B

“Daddy, why are my classmates so different from me?” Pangzi said, almost philosophically. “How different? You mean they are all smart unlike you?” I said, almost encouragingly. “You know, they look different. Many of them have parents who are not of the same race.” “Oh, we have a word for this kind of kids. It …

Continue reading

Who hides teamLab in the forest?

“Daddy, when are you taking me to see a teamLab exhibition?” Pangzi asked. “If you want, we can go again anytime,” I said. “What do you mean again?” Pangzi said, confused. “Have I been to one?” “Of course, when you were a baby.” “We went Tokyo when I was younger?” “No, we saw teamLab at …

Continue reading

Playground bully at Great World City

“Daddy, why are we at Great World City?” Pangzi asked impatiently. “Exam’s over and we should be touring the greater world now.” “The greater world is still fighting the pandemic,” I replied confidently with my prepared answer against this FAQ. Great World City had smartly used the pandemic period to undergo massive renovations to woo …

Continue reading

NEWater Visitor Centre shows drinking urine is fine

“Daddy, can you remind me why we’re visiting the urine museum?” Pangzi asked on the way to NEWater Visitor Centre in Changi. He couldn’t put two and two together. “You asked for it, remember?” I said. “You needed an elegant way to verbally assault your misbehaving classmates.” “Why would I want to do that? They …

Continue reading

Spoil sport at Northshore Plaza

“What do you wanna be when you…” Before I could finish, Pangzi quickly interjected, “Thought we’ve gone through that already? An aviator!” Okay, I just want to confirm again that you don’t mean an AV actor. “Here’s another important question for you,” I said. “What sportsman do you wanna be when you go to your new …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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?” …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading