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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Spelling woes at The LLiBrary

If Pangzi’s spelling ability is already a doubt, a visit to The LLiBrary has made it worse. “Daddy, I have something important to tell you,” he said ominously, back from school one day. “Made your classmate pregnant?” I gasped. “What is pregnant?” he asked. “When you know how to spell the word, I’ll tell you.” …

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GE Special: A sanctuary in Bishan Junction 8

“Daddy, what is general erections?” Pangzi asked, staring at my pants. “You’re watching too much TV,” I said, self-consciously. “Come, let me take you somewhere to get away from everything.” With polling day round the corner, it’s hard not to notice all the election chatter around. There’s nothing else in the media and no other …

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A leader is born at IKEA Tampines Smaland

At what age does a child display true leadership qualities? I found out when I took Pangzi to IKEA Tampines Smaland. “What should you do if someone hits you?” I asked him in all seriousness. This was necessary as he’d be on his own once inside IKEA Tampines Smaland. “I… walk away?” Pangzi ventured. Wrong. …

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Goat Year Special: How to buy CNY goodies without paying

As the Year of the Goat approaches, CNY goodies seem to get pricier, taking advantage of Singaporeans’ penchant for last-minute purchases. Yet, I’ve come up with a brilliant way of getting my CNY goodies for free, by making use of Pangzi. “Here’s the plan,” I told him in rehearsal. “When you see me asking for …

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Giant Cardboard Blokies lets you play karung guni for a day

When I was a kid, my mum taught me the most useful lessons. “Study hard, or else you’ll end up collecting cardboards for a living!” she warned. Considering how some young people behave today, I’d better impart the same values to Pangzi while I can. So we went Suntec City, where there was an indoor playground at Tower …

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When fever is Ion Sky high

It went up to 39.8 degree Celsius at one point. Nothing I did managed to bring the fever down. Pangzi had already drunk a whole bottle of expired paracetamol, and a trip in the middle of the night to KK didn’t help as well. As a last resort, I decided to bring him to the …

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