KidsSTOP Singapore Science Centre

KidsSTOP Singapore Science Centre

KidsSTOP Singapore is the latest attraction specially for children between the ages of 2 to 8 years old.  Located at the Singapore Science Centre in Jurong,  KidsSTOP is about inspiring children to imagine, experience, discover and dream.   Imagine @ KidsSTOP The girls’ first stop is the Built zone where kids get to experience working in a building and construction site. Donning hard hats and safety vests, kids get to play with a workbench, excavators, and push a wheelbarrow loaded with bags of cement.   Kids can also learn how to arrange a system of gears...
New York City – 10 things to do with kids in 48 hrs

New York City – 10 things to do wi...

New York City is a city that needs no introduction.  It is famous for so many things like Broadway, Wall Street, Statue of Liberty, and the Empire States Building.  I planned the trip to include places that my kids would be familiar with like the Central Park Zoo from the movie Madagascar and the American Museum of Natural History from the movie Night at the Museum. You might think that we were crazy to spend only 48 hours in New York City after travelling 18 hours halfway around the world, but the trip to the Big Apple was part of our New York and Orlando vacation.   Not...
Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood Studios is a theme park in Orlando, Florida that is well worth a visit.  With the Backlot tour,  Extreme stunt show, and the delightful Fantasmic show, my family thoroughly enjoyed ourselves despite the hot weather.  We were lucky to see a Star Wars Parade when we were there.   Star Wars at Disney Hollywood Studios Star Wars’ Darth Vader, R2D2, Chewbacca, the storm troopers and many others made a special appearance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios when we were there.       Of course, since it was a Disney park, Mickey and gang also got...
Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands in Pahang is the biggest and arguably the best highland resort in Malaysia.  Popular amongst both locals and tourists, it provides a cool respite from the sweltering heat of the lowlands.    The sprawling lush valleys about the size Singapore has much to offer nature lovers.  My family stayed 2 nights in Cameron Highlands and did a full day local tour of the beautiful countryside.  We visited tea plantations, strawberry farms, Rose Valley, Lavender Garden, Bee and Butterfly farms, the Brinchang night market and more.  Here are 10 places to visit or...
Cameron Highlands Bee and Butterfly Farms

Cameron Highlands Bee and Butterfly Farm...

Bee Farm If someone were to ask you whether you want to go to a Bee Farm in Cameron Highlands, would you go?  How about if I tell you that the bees were flying freely, without any enclosure whatsoever and without a bee keeper?   How about if I tell you the Bee Farm had the soldier bees? Luckily my kiddos and I gave the Bee Farm a miss.  Hubby went and it flew straight to his eye!  Fortunately, he was wearing glasses and was unharmed.   Butterfly Farm The Butterfly Farm near Kea Farm was a more pleasant place to visit.  It had a large enclosure with hundreds of...
2 Degree Ice Art @ Marina Bay

2 Degree Ice Art @ Marina Bay

There’s a place in Singapore with a temperature below freezing point and that is at the 2 Degree Ice Art exhibition.  Located at the Marina Bay area, the 2 Degree Ice Art is the largest ice sculpture exhibition in Singapore. The 2 Degree Ice Art  features ice sculptures from award-winning ice carving masters. There were ice sculptures of world-famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. There were also local landmarks like the Merlion and Sir Stamford Raffles.     The orange-coloured wall below is actually an ice carving, believe it...
Cameron Highlands Strawberries

Cameron Highlands Strawberries

Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, is famous for two things – tea and strawberries.  It’s hard to walk around Cameron Highlands without seeing strawberries. From strawberry milk shakes, strawberry ice cream, strawberry cakes, strawberry cushions, strawberry keychains, strawberry bags, strawberry t-shirts – you name it, Cameron Highlands got it.   After all, strawberries can only grow in cooler climates and being near the equator, the hot weather is not conducive for strawberries to grow unless it is high up the mountains like Cameron Highlands. Even before...
Camping on East Coast Beach

Camping on East Coast Beach

Have you ever tried camping by the beach?  My family and I decided to go camping at East Coast Beach during the Chinese New Year holiday when prices of flights and hotels go sky high.    We got to stay overnight with a full view of the sea, and we don’t have to pay a cent!   Not bad eh? Well, when you have a great deal like that, it doesn’t come as a surprise that like-minded families did the same.  Even when we arrived early in the morning, the beach was already packed with tents.  Even those who were supposed to celebrate Chinese New Year were there at the...

Batam Holiday Inn Resort Getaway

Batam is the nearest Indonesian island to Singapore that is accessible by a 30-minute ferry ride from Singapore.  My family stayed at the Batam Holiday Inn Resort for a quick getaway to recharge and unwind.   We got there from a ferry at Harbourfront Singapore to the Waterfront Ferry Terminal in Batam and walked about 5-10 minutes to the hotel.  Another way is to take the ferry to Batam city centre and take a 15-20 minute cab ride to the hotel.   Batam Holiday Inn We got a 2-bedroom suite online for a price that was many times cheaper than the resorts at nearby...
Sunrise on Gunung Brinchang at Cameron Highlands

Sunrise on Gunung Brinchang at Cameron H...

Gunung Brinchang (Mount Brinchang) is the highest peak in Cameron Highlands in Malaysia that can be accessed by car and at 2032 m above sea-level, it provides a stunning view of the sunrise.   Up a watch tower we stood, with fresh cool wind blowing against our faces, we witnessed the sun sneaking a peek through the clouds and casting its light directly on the mountains to mark the start of a new day.   As the sun rose higher, its light passed through a small opening and shone on the clouds below. Despite the cloudy sky, we still got the chance to see an amazing...
Lost World of Tambun

Lost World of Tambun

The Sunway Lost World of Tambun is an all-in-one adventure park in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia which has a Water Park, an Amusement Park, a Tin Valley, a Swan Lake, a Tiger Valley, a Petting Zoo and my favourite – Hot Springs and Spa.   Lost World Water Park The first thing we headed for was the big wave pool. Next, was the Explora Bay for kids with many slides and a pirate ship. The Lost World Water Park also has 2 water slides (cliff racer and tube raiders) but the queue was too long that we decided to skip it.   We also tried the Adventure River. Although the...
Resorts World Sentosa Staycation

Resorts World Sentosa Staycation

When I found out that Resorts World Sentosa was having a 50% off promotion for their rooms during the December school holidays, I jumped on the opportunity to stay at this three-time TTG award winner for Best Integrated Resort.  We stayed at the Festive Hotel, enjoyed the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel, watched the Crane Dance and Lake of Dreams show.   Festive Hotel Although staying at Hard Rock Hotel would have been fun, we were happy with our stay at the Festive Hotel in a family room with a king-sized bed, a sofa bed and a loft bed. Hard Rock Hotel didn’t have...
River Safari Singapore

River Safari Singapore

River Safari Singapore is the newest addition to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore and with the new Amazon River Quest boat ride, the whole park is now opened to public.  My family and I visited the park recently just before the boat ride became operational.  We walked around to see the freshwater fauna at the Rivers exhibit, followed by the Giant Panda Forest, and lastly the Wild Amazonia.   The Rivers Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze – what do they have in common?   Well, they were all names of rivers found at the Rivers...
The Colourful Merlion at Sentosa

The Colourful Merlion at Sentosa

The Merlion at Sentosa Singapore just got a makeover! My family was having dinner at KFC when the Merlion started transforming into a canvas of colourful display with music in the air. Let’s look at the Merlion’s “Before” photo.   Here are some of the Merlion‘s transformations, achieved through 3D video projection mapping. This is my favourite one.   Which is your favourite?   This was part of our Resorts World Sentosa Staycation.   Showtimes Sentosa Merlion Plaza, Singapore 23 Nov 2013 to 1 Jan 2014 7.30pm, 8.30pm &...

10 tips when travelling with a baby

Travelling with a baby can be quite a daunting task especially for new mommies and daddies.  It took me nearly two years before I was brave enough to bring my first born on his maiden flight. Even then, it was just a short 2-hour flight.  I learned a couple of things on that trip and every trip after that, and after a couple of long-haul flights with a baby, I am still not an expert, but I am happy to share with you things that I learnt along the way that makes travelling with a baby much easier.     Packing for your baby 1.    Packing the milk powder When...
Pulai Springs Resort Malaysia

Pulai Springs Resort Malaysia

There are some holidays where you want to open a map, put on a good pair of walking shoes and explore the best of what the city/country has to offer.  There are some where you want to get away, do nothing and just relax and spend some quality time with the family, even if it is just for a day. One such place that my family went that is less than an hours’ drive from Singapore’s checkpoint is Pulai Springs Resort in Johor Bahru. Not surprisingly, many visitors to Singapore stay overnight in Johor as it is much cheaper. Its Cinta Ayu Suites have two-bedroom...
Legoland Water Park Malaysia

Legoland Water Park Malaysia

The world’s largest Legoland Water Park just opened in Malaysia,  and my family had a day of fun there recently.   The “Big” Slides Without wasting any time, we headed straight to the big slides and took the raft down the Red Rush water slide. The raft, which was big enough to fit all five of us, was mild enough even for my 5-year-old. This was the only slide that ended in a pool.  The rest of the big slides that we tried ended in very shallow water, like the the photo on the right. I find that all of the “big” water slides were mild...
Bali with kids

Bali with kids

  Itinerary My family had a wonderful vacation in Bali.  I travelled when my kids were 12, 8 and 4, and we spent 7 days there. Here is our itinerary. DAY 1:  VILLA AND SEMINYAK Check-in at Komea Villa and enjoy its private pool.  In the evening, have a sunset dinner on Seminyak Beach at Breezes.   DAY 2: UBUD AND KINTAMANI A full-day tour starting with a Barong and Kris Dance, followed by Ubud‘s batik, wood carving and silver factory.   Head to Kintamani to see Mount Batur volcano and a coffee plantation with a chance to try Kopi Luwak. Stop by the famous...
Kintamani and Ubud

Kintamani and Ubud

  On our first full-day trip around Bali, we had a jam-packed itinerary from morning to night.  We started the morning with a Barong and Kris Dance near Ubud, followed by Ubud’s batik painting, wood carving, and silver making. After which, we headed to Kintamani to see a volcano and a coffee plantation.  On our way back to Ubud, we stopped by the Rice Terraces at Tegalalang. In Ubud, we watched a Balinese dance performance under the moonlight at the Ubud Water Palace.   Barong and Kris Dance The Barong and Kris Dance is a dance narrating the fight between...
The Little Big Club Indoor Theme Park

The Little Big Club Indoor Theme Park

Where can you watch a live Barney show, dance with Angelina Ballerina, ride on Thomas the Train and visit Pingu‘s igloo, all under one roof?  The answer is the Little Big Club Indoor Theme Park. The Little Big Club is located on the second and third floors of Puteri Harbour Indoor Theme Park in Johor Bahru Malaysia. While the third floor is dedicated to Thomas the Train, the second floor is where you can find Barney, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu and Bob the Builder.  The first floor is for Hello Kitty, which requires a separate ticket, or a combo ticket.  ...
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