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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Cars and clothes at the Toyota museum

Toyota has been such a successful and dominant automobile manufacturer that not many outside Japan realise that it started out supplying textile machinery. “Daddy, what do you mean Toyota makes clothes?” Pangzi asked in disbelief. That’s when a visit to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya would help clarify a few things. …

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Stay out of the Fire Zone

After indulging Pangzi in excessive adult entertainment in New York, I decided to take him to the famed St Patrick’s Cathedral to repent. “Daddy, why am I doing the confession when you are the one having so much fun here?” he challenged. “Because if not for you, I’ll be having more fun!” I countered. Following …

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Before email there’s Postal Museum

“Daddy, when are you getting me a phone?” Pangzi asked expectantly, after turning 10. “Ermmm, never?” I answered carefully. Expectations could be a dangerous thing. “But all my classmates have one,” he protested. “They’re emailing one another!” That’s my cue. “We’re visiting the Postal Museum then. I’ll show you the proper way of writing and sending …

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Is there a China Legoland?

The days of living in Shanghai seem an eternity ago but I make it a point to return every now and then. The problem is finding an excuse for Pangzi to follow me there. Today’s excuse is the China Legoland. “Daddy, is there really a China Legoland?” Pangzi asked suspiciously. “Why yes, that’s why you …

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Hundreds of dinosaurs at Rice National Park

My eyebrows raised a little when I read about the RMB2.3 billion invested in the new Rice National Park in China. “Daddy, how much is RMB2.3 billion?” Pangzi asked. I thought of the only way I could possibly explain this obscene amount to him. “You’re coming with me to visit the Rice National Park. Then …

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Everything for sale at Gosford Museum

On our way to the Gosford Classic Car Museum in New South Wales, I asked Pangzi the all-important question again. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” True enough, this time he gave another answer. “When I grow up, I want to be rich,” Pangzi confidently announced. Progress. That’s much more practical …

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Feeling blue at MAPS Perak

I grew up watching Smurfs so when I heard about the new Movie Animation Park Studios in Malaysia, or MAPS Perak in short, I knew I had to go. “Daddy, is MAPS Perak a theme park?” Pangzi asked as we were taking the 30min ride there from Ipoh city. “Yes, it’s built around cartoon characters …

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