BMW Experience Shanghai, a mere distraction

A trip to the acclaimed China Art Palace would have been perfect. If only it wasn’t right beside BMW Experience Shanghai. “Daddy, look… car museum!” Pangzi said. I took a double take and sure enough BMW Experience Shanghai appeared before my eyes. It wasn’t there before, at least not during my last visit. “Oh, BMW Experience Shanghai is …

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West Bund Museum with French secrets

“Daddy, why is french fries French?” Pangzi asked one day. “Let me tell you a secret only a few know,” I whispered, “but you must first follow me to Centre Pompidou.” “Where’s this… Pom Pi Pi?” “Down by the Huangpu River. It’s a newly opened French contemporary art gallery in Shanghai. They’ve given Centre Pompidou a …

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Taikoo Hui, transformed

Shanghai is fast becoming a mall-a-second city, so when I wanted to visit the new Taikoo Hui in Nanjing West Road, Pangzi went: “Not another one again?” “This is different,” I reassured him. “A lot of money is pumped into Taikoo Hui to make it stand out from the rest.” Indeed, the first impression we received …

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Need for speed at EF Park

“Daddy, is it true electric cars are slow that’s why you don’t see many on the road?” Pangzi observed one day. Well, he hasn’t seen an electric go-kart! “We’re going to EF Park where you’ll get to see me speeding down the race track,” I announced. “Then you tell me whether an electric car is …

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Follow Alice Underground

After the mind-boggling Sleep No More, the next interactive theatre to hit Shanghai was one based on the kid-friendlier story of Alice in Wonderland. “What’s interactive theatre?” Pangzi asked, unhappy that I was taking him along. “It’s a new form of immersive theatre that disrupts traditional play. You don’t sit back and watch, but follow the …

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Encore Melaka, what a jam

When Pangzi learnt that I was going to brave the traffic to cross the second link over the long weekend, he was ecstatic. “Daddy, are you taking me to Legoland?” “No, we’re going to Encore Melaka,” I happily announced. It’s been on my mind for a while. “What’s Encore Melaka? I haven’t heard of it,” …

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Deja vu at World Expo Museum

When Pangzi knew I was taking him to the World Expo Museum in Shanghai, he asked, “Did China ever hold a World Expo?” “Yes, back in 2010 right here,” I said. “Oh, that would have been impressive… wish I was there,” he sighed. “But you were there!” “No way!” Pangzi protested. “Why can’t I remember …

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Pink secrets at Hutt Lagoon

The idea of visiting Hutt Lagoon came about when Pangzi refused to wear his new pink polo tee. “Pink anything is for girls!” he began. “Who told you so?” I reasoned. “It’s such a beautiful colour.” “But daddy, in school only the girls wear pink panties!” “How do you know? And if the boys also …

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Bending the truth at Asiatique

No trip to Bangkok is complete without watching a gender bender show, so I thought a visit to Asiatique The Riverfront has to be arranged. “Daddy, what’s gender bender?” Pangzi asked. “Tell me quickly – don’t be a suspender!” “Since when have you become a poet, pretender?” I said. “Anyway, a gender bender show is something like …

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Dinosaurs are a real business at Henan Geological Museum

Pangzi had a hard time understanding intellectual property creation and globalisation of production, so I thought a trip to the Henan Geological Museum was inevitable. “Daddy, if dinosaurs walked all parts of the Earth,” Pangzi wondered aloud, “why do we only see them in the West?” “You mean why they only appear in Hollywood movies?” …

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