A drop in the Blue Ocean

Pangzi heard about the SingapoRediscovers initiative and begged me to take him to Marina Square when school was out. “What’s SingapoRediscovers?” I nonchalantly said. “Freebies handed out by the government for us to rediscover Singapore! You know, SingapoRediscovers to rediscover Singapore, you know?” he said, exasperated. “Never heard of it,” I shrugged, pretending. “What’s so …

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Abuse case at Opera Gallery

“Daddy, when can we go singing again? This partial lockdown is taking way too long,” Pangzi said. That’s my cue to visit Opera Gallery. “We can’t go karaoke, but I can take you to the opera,” I lied. “You mean we can fly to Sydney now?” Pangzi asked expectantly. “Not that far. We go Ion.” …

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Far East Plaza turns arty

When the travel bug hit, I wanted to take Pangzi to the unlikeliest of places to cure his wanderlust: Far East Plaza. “Why Far East Plaza? I don’t want to go shopping!” he protested. “So you haven’t heard. Far East Plaza is soon to be a shopping mall no more,” I said. Kind of sad. I grew …

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Gallery 1819 straight from the factory

With museums yet to fully open after the coronavirus lockdown, Pangzi was surprised to learn that I was taking him to Gallery 1819 in the Tan Boon Liat Building. “How to practise social distancing in an enclosed gallery full of people?” he asked. “Don’t worry, nobody knows Tan Boon Liat. We’ll have the place all …

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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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Our own summit at The Art Space

“Daddy, can I go Orchard Road?” Pangzi suddenly asked. “No, we just went shopping,” I said. “Then can I go Sentosa?” he asked again. Something was not right. “Thought I said no more theme parks for you. Now what’s going on?” I snapped. “Daddy, I just want to see my hero the North Korea leader.” …

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No bats but sharks at Parkview Museum

“Wanna go Batman building?” I tempted Pangzi. That’s the street name for Parkview Square in Bugis, which housed the new Parkview Museum, my true destination. “See Batman? I want, I want!” He fell straight for it. Parkview Museum is located at the third floor of the majestic Parkview Square, which some say is the best …

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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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Hear no evil at SOTA Art Gallery

Raining, go where? SOTA Art Gallery popped up just as we were trying to find a place to hide in. “Let’s go in,” I told Pangzi. SOTA Art Gallery looked brand new, and I was elated about my accidental find. “But Daddy, it’s raining,” he protested. Precisely! It turned out SOTA Art Gallery was more …

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Conquering Heyri Art Valley on buggy

If you could go back in time to relive just one day in your life, which day would it be? For me, that’d be the time when Pangzi and I cruised through Heyri Art Valley on a rented buggy. That was about the only day he had behaved himself. As the chilly autumn wind blew …

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