VIP tour of LTA Gallery

When visiting the LTA Gallery one fine Saturday afternoon, we were not expecting it to be closed. The website said otherwise. “No worries, I can open the door for you,” said the officer on duty, who was visibly surprised to see visitors. It must have been quite some time since he last welcomed anyone to the …

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Anatomy lessons at NUS Museum

“Daddy, why don’t I have boobs?” Pangzi asked me the inevitable question. I thought the time has come to show him the naked truth at the NUS Museum. “First of all,” I started carefully, on the way to Singapore’s oldest university. “Whose boobs have you seen?” “My classmate’s,” came his surprising answer. This is so …

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A ship museum of untold riches

The problem with Pangzi having rich classmates is the tendency to compare. “Daddy, when are you taking me to a cruise?” he asked post-school holidays. “Why the sudden interest?” I challenged, fearing the worst. “Because Ramen just went,” Pangzi replied. “What Ramen?” “That’s the boy sitting behind me in class. His dad drives a Jaguar,” …

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When fever is Ion Sky high

It went up to 39.8 degree Celsius at one point. Nothing I did managed to bring the fever down. Pangzi had already drunk a whole bottle of expired paracetamol, and a trip in the middle of the night to KK didn’t help as well. As a last resort, I decided to bring him to the …

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Dreaming of riches at Ion Art

An email message from the school warned that Pangzi had to contribute a piece of artwork for an exhibition to celebrate Children’s Day. “Parents are encouraged to produce the artwork together with their children to foster closer bonding,” the principal signed off cheerfully. The hell I will. My idea of real bonding involves ropes and cuffs. …

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All that jazz at Esplanade

The previous trick doesn’t work anymore. “Do you want to see a really big durian?” I asked Pangzi. “I dowanna go Esplanade, Daddy.” “Then, do you want to visit a musical library?” “I dowanna go Esplanade, Daddy.” “So, do you want to eat sweet corn by the river?” “I dowanna go Esplanade, Daddy.” Like it …

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Two hours of flirting at Westgate Kids Club

A great idea popped up when I heard Westgate in Singapore had newly opened its Kids Club on Level 5, above the outdoor playground. I’d take Pangzi there, trap him for two hours while I hit the mall, before returning in time to pick him up and put him straight to bed. It sounded perfect. Until they stopped …

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