Late for Henan Science and Technology Museum

To trick Pangzi to go shopping with me, I knew I had to use the Henan Science and Technology Museum as a bait. “Where’s the Henan Science and Technology Museum?” he asked when I raised the subject. “Near Shanshan Outlets, east of Zhengzhou,” I answered honestly for once. That’s my true destination. “Okay, I’ll go …

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Emsphere and monkhood

It’s getting harder to trick Pangzi to go shopping, so I must find a way for him to go Emsphere with me willingly when we visit Bangkok. “Daddy, what shall we do today?” he asked excitedly as we arrived. “Oh, we’re going to a temple. They say the best way to fix a naughty boy …

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Kaifeng Museum in augmented reality

Kaifeng Museum came up as a rare place of interest that’s free to visit in the historic city full of tourist traps. “Daddy, why are we going to Kaifeng Museum instead of Millennium City?” Pangzi asked. Apparently he had done some research. “Because Kaifeng Museum is modern and barely a few years old. Millennium City …

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Dancing waitresses at The National Art Centre Tokyo

Heard The National Art Centre Tokyo in Roppongi is a fine piece of art itself. So I’m not gonna miss it while in Japan. “You’re making me go to an art museum again?” Pangzi protested. “But I wanna visit a maid cafe!” “Who told you about maid cafes?” I demanded. “They are a work of …

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Tower Records, while it lasts

“Daddy, what were you doing before the Internet?” Pangzi asked curiously. That’s my cue to take him to Tower Records. “Heard of CD?” I started. “Think I spent my entire childhood listening to those.” “I only know Christian Dior.” “CD stands for compact disc,” I continued. “You put it into a player, out comes music.” …

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It’s Hong Kong Geopark, dam it

Pangzi was growing up to be too polite so I told him we were going to Hong Kong Geopark. “There’s a geological place of interest in Hong Kong of all cities?” he asked in disbelief. “Thank you, daddy.” “Yes, but what are you grateful for?” “Green tourism is the in thing now. I thought it’s …

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Kapal Selam, says ChatGPT

One of the first names that appeared when I asked ChatGPT where to visit in Surabaya was Kapal Selam. “Kapal what?” Pangzi asked. “Monumen Kapal Selam,” I said, “or Submarine Monument as it is more commonly known as in English.” “And why are we going there again? Why not theme park?” “Because ChatGPT says so. …

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Crazy about M+

“Daddy, is crazy a bad word?” Pangzi hesitantly asked on the plane to Hong Kong.” “Funny that you asked,” I said, “because I’m taking you to a crazy woman’s exhibition at M+ the minute we land.” “What’s M+?” “That’s the latest contemporary art museum in Hong Kong at the West Kowloon waterfront promenade.” “Overlooking the …

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A host of reasons to go Red Tokyo Tower

It was not easy to convince Pangzi to visit Red Tokyo Tower at first. After all, my interest was not typical of the average tourist in Japan. “I’m going Red Tokyo Tower to see my idol,” I told him. “You can wait for me at the top. See some winter birds, watch the traffic below, …

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Wrong ATV at Desaru Fruit Farm

The description looked enticing enough: Join us at the Desaru Fruit Farm for some exhilarating ATV action. So Pangzi could look at boring fruit while I’d go for the finer things in life. “Daddy, what’s ATV?” Pangzi asked. “Adult… something something. You don’t have to know,” I said, “since it’s not for you.” “I also want!” …

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