What a wreck at Hanoi Army Museum

The best museums in the world show you the best of everything. The newest. The sleekest. Apparently the Army Museum in Hanoi didn’t get the memo. “Daddy, why are we here to see this… pile of metal?” Pangzi asked when we stepped into the Vietnam Military History Museum, locally known as the Army Museum. “Because you changed …

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Beware robots taking over your job

The development of artificial intelligence has gathered pace so much so that the street talk is about when you will surrender your job to robots. As a concerned parent, I decided to take Pangzi to the Saluzi Robot Experience Centre in Xi’an, China, to expose him to the new world of robotics. And more importantly …

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Fantasy ends at Jeju car museum

I’d do anything for my K-pop idol, so the trip to the Jeju car museum was some collateral damage I didn’t mind. “I’ll take you to the World Automobile Jeju Museum on one condition,” I told Pangzi. “You’ll follow me quietly on my idol trail the rest of the stay, understand?” “Daddy, what’s an idol trail?” …

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Toyama museum not for wimps

One day, Pangzi came home complaining of bruises after sports. During my time, we picked ourselves up and fought on even on one good limb. Are children made of glass nowadays? In order to show Pangzi real glass, I took him to a Toyama museum, where glass art was the centrepiece. The Toyama Glass Art Museum is …

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Pulling a fast one at the railway park

When Pangzi knew I was planning to take him to Japan, he asked, “Daddy, can we see make love?” I thought a visit to the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park in Nagoya was inevitable. “Okay, you win. On the first day we’ll go to a railway park,” I promised reluctantly. What he didn’t know was I didn’t …

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Aeroplane museum vs aeroplane museum

To see machines that fly, just go to an aeroplane museum. No? “Daddy, when are we going for the new Star Wars movie?” Pangzi begged. “Who says you’re watching it?” I said. “I’ve already taken you to so many aeroplane museums.” “But it’s not the same!” “Too bad. Star Wars movies are not for kids.” …

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Edaytown, where anyone can be a president

The whole point of a Kidzania-like experience is to inspire children to become a doctor, soldier, painter or… president. Pangzi made me take him to an interactive indoor theme park in Shanghai called Edaytown (星期8小镇), which was no different. Yet worlds apart. “Why come to Edaytown? You’ve already visited so many Kidzanias, including a similar …

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Who keeps the angpow money?

“Daddy, what are we going to do with my angpow money?” Pangzi asked after collecting all the red packets from relatives and friends during Chinese New Year. “First of all, it’s my angpow money, not yours,” I corrected him. “FYI, I’m going to spend it at Johor Premium Outlets, but that’s none of your business.” …

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