Monkeying around Indian Heritage Centre

Pangzi has a new obsession going into the Year of the Fire Monkey. “Daddy, where does Monkey God come from?” he asked. I thought it’s about the right time to take him to the Indian Heritage Centre. It’s Singapore’s latest multi-million dollar museum, not surprisingly located in Little India. If you haven’t heard of it, …

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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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SG50 Special: Why Singapore is a Little Red Dot

The perfect excuse to visit the Red Dot Design Museum came about when Pangzi asked: “Daddy, why is Singapore called a Little Red Dot?” I think at his age, he is ready to handle the truth now. “To answer that question, you need to know something about the Singapore flag,” I started. “But the flag is a square, …

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Preview of Sculpture Carnival: Once Upon A Time

I find the theme to the upcoming Sculpture Carnival very useful when being asked questions that I can’t answer easily. “Daddy, why are we here at Fork Canning?” Pangzi asked. “Oh, because this is where a special Sculpture Carnival is going to take place. Guess what, we’ve been invited. And please, it’s not Fork Canning. …

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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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Witness to scandal at Air Force Museum

“Daddy, when are we going overseas again?” asked Pangzi one hot day. “When you make enough money, we’ll tour the world, okay?” I said, really looking forward to that day. “I want to fly now!” Sigh. There was only one place to take him without leaving Singapore: the obscure Air Force Museum. The Republic of …

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Nowhere to Escape in Penang

The short trip to Malaysia was never meant for Pangzi. After a few days of eating, shopping, sightseeing and chilling by the beach – exactly what a Penang tour should be and nothing else – he became extremely restless. “Daddy, why are we in Penang?” Pangzi asked in the cab on the way back to the hotel. …

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Turning play into cosplay

If you think cosplay is only for young misled adults, you haven’t been to Royce Kids Gym at Liang Court. There you can find cosplay costumes for all of your fantasies… okay, maybe just the fantasies of children. Don’t know about you, but I have a thing for uniforms. I got excited when Pangzi decided …

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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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