Last Saturday, we dressed Faith and Isaac in their overalls because we got tickets (thanks to SDC) to watch Bob the Builder at the Singapore Expo. Isaac is a big Bob fan, and can name all the characters and sing the songs.
When we reached Singapore Expo, the place was unusually packed, with cops directing traffic. Must be the combination of the Bob show, a Buddha relic display, the Asia-Pacific Food Fair and the Penguin Book Fair that night.
I dropped the gang off then went to park the car. The wife told me on the way to Hall 1, Isaac struck up a "conversation" with Gurmit Singh's wife and toddler son. That boy of mine is such a chatterbox.
The show was ok, though a little short. It lasted less than an hour, but I guess it was long enough for the kids. They seemed to enjoy it, though I was a little disappointed that they only had a rather stiff Dizzy the Concrete Mixer (only his eyes moved) on stage, and none of the other well-loved vehicles like Roley, Scoop, Travis and Muck. The anthropomorphised work-vehicles only showed up as video images and not as live-action characters, which I thought was a little lame. Using video screens is a bit the "pian gina" (bluff children) leh. Unlike the Sesame Street one we watched last time, where they had many of the main characters on stage.
At one point, you could even see a triangle Play icon on the top left hand corner of the giant screens when a new video sequence containing the vehicles were cued to play. Eh, liddat how to suspension of disbelief?
Only Bob, Wendy (with Pilchard) and Spud the Scarecrow were on stage with two human characters in overalls I have never seen on the TV show. One was a girl called Prissy and the guy was called Harry the Handyman.
Ya, I can almost hear you asking that important question: "Who the heck is Harry the Handyman?"
Beats me, but I guess it was easier to have him around than building a live Roley or Muck.
But the kids didn't seem to mind. Faith bobbed to the tunes. The kids around me, my Isaac included, danced and sang along to the songs, right to the the finale, which was the Bob the Builder theme song. Even I sang that one. Who can resist shouting "Can we fix it?" and "Yes we can!"
We had plenty of time after the show (less than an hour, remember?) so we dropped by the merchandise store and I picked out a Roley diecast piece for Isaac and a VCD. Then we strolled over to the Asia-Pacific Food Fair and picked up some drinks and snacks. The hall was like a giant food court with all kinds of cooked and uncooked food for sale. We gave up waiting for the few miserable tables they set up inside, and ate standing up. By the time we left for home, we all smelled like a coffee shop, the Expo Hall's smells clinging to our clothes.
Maybe I should start teaching the boy a new song, "Can we share it?"
"Yes, we can!"