Malacca Jonker Walk Night Market

Malacca Jonker Walk Night Market

The Jonker Walk Night Market is one of the top attractions to visit in Malacca. Every Friday and Saturday evenings, Jonker Street comes alive with a flurry of street stalls showcasing local food, clothing and a variety of souvenirs.  My family and I visited the night market and found it to be rather interesting.   Located in Malacca’s Chinatown,  the start of Jonker Walk is  near this big Chinese junk boat.  You can’t miss it when standing in front of  Malacca’s  Hard Rock Cafe.   There were so many quirky knick-knacks on sale throughout the...
Melaka River Cruise

Melaka River Cruise

The Melaka River Cruise is a great way to spend an evening in Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca).  The 45-minute long cruise is available from 9am to 11:30pm and departs roughly every 30 minutes.  While the sights are easier to see during the day, the nice part about cruising in the evening is that you get to see colourful illumination of the buildings, bridges and other attractions along the river.  The evening breeze is nicer too.   The Melaka River played a big role in Melaka’s history, but in the past, the waterway was not clean and the buildings along it was never...
Wings of Time Show at Sentosa

Wings of Time Show at Sentosa

The Wings of Time show at Sentosa is the latest night show that is available daily at 7.40pm and 8.40pm. The show, which cost $10m to produce, is set outdoors at Siloso Beach against the backdrop of the open sea. The 25-minute show tells a tale about two friends, a mysterious pre-historic bird and their  journey across several landscapes and time to find the bird’s home.   Although a display of light and water is not new and has been seen before in the predecessor show called Songs of the Sea, the choreography and artistry of the Wings of Time show is...
Gardens by the Bay – Orchid Extravaganza

Gardens by the Bay – Orchid Extrav...

Gardens by the Bay is having an Orchid Extravaganza from 16 August to 21 September 2014.   Gardens by the Bay – Flower Dome There were two areas in the Flower Dome with the orchid display.  The first was near the entrance where three tepees were adorned with colourful orchids.   The second area was the flower field at the centre of the cooled conservatory.  Even though it didn’t cover a large area, there were over 18,000 orchid plants on display.   As we stepped into the flower field, the scent of flowers filled the air.  I didn’t know...
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 Butterfly Farm

Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm

The Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm is located near Kea Farm and has a large enclosure with hundreds of butterflies fluttering freely. There is a variety of butterflies each with stunning-looking wings.  Here are eight of my favourites.   My daughter was happily touching all the butterflies within her reach.   Check out this amazing picture of a spider eating a butterfly.  How is the spider going to swallow the butterfly?   Butterflies were not the only thing at the Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm.  There were also other animals outside the enclosure like...
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

Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore is a three-time TTG award winner for Best Integrated Resort which includes Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove, TrickEye Museum and more. We did a staycation (a vacation in your hometown) at the Festive Hotel, enjoyed the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel, watched the Crane Dance and Lake of Dreams show.   Festive Hotel The Festive Hotel is one of the few hotels in the Resorts World Sentosa that has a a family room with a king-sized bed, a sofa bed and a loft bed.             Check out the...
River Safari Singapore

River Safari Singapore

River Safari Singapore is the newest addition to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore and has one of the largest collection of freshwater fauna.  The River Safari has three main areas, namely the Rivers exhibit with the largest freshwater aquarium, the Giant Panda Forest, and lastly the Wild Amazonia, which had the Amazon River Quest.   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 exhibit.  Each had aquariums in an outdoor sheltered setting.  I...
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 Malaysia in Johor Bahru. Not surprisingly, many visitors to Singapore stay overnight in Johor as it is much cheaper. Its Cinta Ayu Suites have...