Latest CNNGo.com "Say What? with mrbrown" column: mrbrown and family have an art attack weekend
Over the weekend, the wife said to me, "I entered Joy for a Spot Art Competition and you're coming with me."
For a moment, I was wondering what kind of art competition based itself on drawing spots. Then I realized it was an on-the-spot art competition, held within walking distance of our home.
I figured it was a good way to get the kids out of the house on a Saturday afternoon, so we grabbed Joy's art bag, my six-year-old Isaac, and Singapore's Next Top Artist, Joy, and walked over to the apartment block down the road.
It turned out to be much bigger than we expected. The art thing was merely one part of a larger affair. It was called the rather long name of "Paya Lebar Emergency Preparedness Day Cum Emergency Evacuation Exercise."
I felt a little cheated, to be honest. What I thought was a little art competition for kids turned out to be this big quasi-political public education event. But since we were here, we decided to make the best of it. So into the circus my family walked. (cont'd)