Monday, August 31, 2015

Staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore..

I love staycations, don't you?

Maybe it is a Singapore culture because there was a time that I explained to one my ex Chinese colleague and she just brushed me off by saying, "who would wanna stay at a hotel when I can stay at home and sleep?"

Boy, I looked at her at amazement and said,"so you NEVER done a staycation before?" Period.

Anyway we managed to get a good price to book this staycation for my parents and my family for a night on the eve of National Day. So eventually we got two  of the Deluxe rooms. 

Love it when the booking do come with complimentary breakfast for two for per room booking but I feel maybe they can work on the charges for children. I mean, how much can a 8 year old eat right? Anyway.

Check in time was 3pm and we being kiasu, reached before 3pm so we loitered a little in the hotel lobby.

Love the comfy arm chairs that they provided for us to lounge around.

Guest reception area.
I was quite surprised by the long queue despite being there an hour earlier.
So here is where they handle your hotel booking, we eventually had to head to the second floor to collect our room keys.
I was just taken aback for a moment. We had to head to another place to collect keys? Mayb I am suaku as I dont usually encounter this in local hotels.
Didnt quite expect this going up with our not-so-little luggages. 

The hotel staff did offer to take our things but I just prefer to carry them ourselves.
All for just one night.
3 kids in toil, you can expect this right.

At the waiting area on the second floor.
On a nice note, the hotel actually provides chairs for guests' families to sit and wait or loiter around (again) while one representative (in our case Ray papa) settles the registration and collects the key.

Most of the guests seems frustrated and seems to want to get hold to their keys quick as the queue here was moving really slowly.
But the staff were handling us like a pro. They made sure that food was replenish as quickly as possible and they even apologise humbly for making us wait. I know it is not easy being service staff but just my opinion: maybe they can consider a bigger holding area as many people were cramped in the small room. Or provide a small TV area for children to watch cartoons or something else. 

And about waiting for about 30minutes or so, we finally gotten our keys!
Well, the bed is big thus making lil I seemed so minute!

a view of the toilet. 
small and cosy.

the focus was the shower heads actually.
love it that they had 3 different shower heads to choose from!
I am very particular with shower heads whenever I bring children for staycations.
Adjustable shower heads like the one that you can see in here is very important to me as it makes showering my toddler so much easier.
Cannot remember which hotel was it but they only had a fixated shower head and our solution to showering children was to put Dora in the basin to shower. Anyway.

Quite an space saver this boiler.
But I feel it was quite hazardous though.

Love the cot that they provided. Though the condition of it was quite old, they made sure that the cot was clean. ya ya, I am that anal as I brushed my fingers across at random bars of the cot.

See how happy my littlest is. And he really slept well in the cot.

view of the hotel from the swimming pool level.

The most favourite part of every staycation.

I always love artisty shots.
I may not be a pro photographer but I have a eye for special moments like what Ray papa always say.

We had to end the staycation with our typical family shots.
Anyway everything also SG50 right so we just had to join in the fun.

#disclaimer: this is not sponsored post but rather a genuine sharing of our stay. All photos and opinons are mine.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Off peak hour to the SEA aquarium..

August had been a fulfiling month. Everyone must have enjoyed tremendously over the Jubilee weekend as we also had our fair share too.

So here is more about the complimentary entry to the SEA aquarium during the off peak hour. Our ticket only allow us to enter from 4pm so we did not set off that early. Though they are closed at 7pm, I would think our walk around for about 2 hours was more than sufficient to cover the entire place.

We eventually parked at the RWS carpark with a heavy damage but the complimentary entry makes it just worthwhile as it provides us so much convenience as we left at 10pm.

The menacing ticketing area.

Oh, am I the only person who did not know that SEA aquarium and the Maritime Museum is actually the same place?
Ok, now you know.

Little girl with her hero.

Interactive area with Xbox games and etc.

And here we are, at the tunnel.

The long spined sea urchin were making my kids go goo goo gaa gaa..
So I took the opportunity to teach them what is symbiosis.
And very quickly Isa could rem the episode of Octonauts about the crab and the sea urchin.

How to resist a picture at such a nicely lit area.

And the sea anemones with the clown fish.
aiyo this preschool educator cannot stop teaching.
and so I also told the children on why only clown fish can go near the sea anemones. 

love this amazing face of mini me. 
she is just so engrossed at the large observation area.

whereas Isa was jus so keen on taking a picture with this aloof guy behind the glass.

my love with taking shots of sea jellies.

my favourite shot of the day.
all taken with iphone 6 with no filter.

can you spot Ray papa, Isa and Dora? hehe..

Isa is in love with reading right.
So he went on and on and on reading this large and smaller panels of information.
me, on the other hand, was information overloaded.

in the large circular tank.
very very pretty sight.

us at the touch pool.
and what a huge milestone for Dora as she did not even dare touch anything at our previous visit at the Underwater World!

at the gift shop. told u she was a poser.

living fossils exhibition area.

time check: 730pm.
oops. we really had to go.

the kids just had to had a go at the mini water display.

Dinner time.
How can Ray papa resist such a cute little girl right?
She really has her way with papa.

And we had to end our day at the Candylicious store.
And am proud to say, we went home empty handed.

What fun it was at the SEA aquarium, I would definitely visit again when the kids are older.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Night session at Universal Studios Singapore..

Because of a special Jubilee weekend we had, my mom bought us tickets to Universal Studios Singapore (USS). Though it was bought at a discounted price from her GRC, it was worth every cent paid! It even include transport, a bento meal and tickets to the SEA aquarium (in which I will write about it in another post).

So here was how we kicked start our Jubilee weekend.

Our venue for dinner was actually at a ballroom in Hard Rock Hotel.
I was not very keen on taking pictures of the crowd cos apparently the emcee explained that there was about 4000 people who had bought the special priced tickets to USS for that night.
Really a overwhelming number.

And my mom with the kids. She is never tired of selfie or wefie.

My little girl with me.

My son with my hero.

Of course lil I is at home with my helper right.
IKR and dont judge me.

And of course, my parents.
It is how strange that my dad did not really spend time with me and sis at such amusement theme parks when we were young but he is rather different when it come to his grandchildren. 
Their relationship is just beyond description.

Dora the Madagascar carousel.
This is actually her 2nd time on this ride. 
Check out the link of our older post at the end.

Isa.. who was so excited about the whole outing.

Us.. the nay side of coming for a night session is that photos taken are definitely of a different expectation.

the kids with Pinocchio.

Papa, kids and Vin Diesel.
Love their poses.

Dora is a poser queen. She just goes into (almost) every gift shop and would request me to take picture of her. And if you dont take, she will say"mama, I havent take picture with this this or that that.."
Life of a blogger's daughter huh.

Us at the Sesame Street Space ride.
We missed this the last round as it went under sudden maintenance.

My minions.

And how can we miss this shot.
Know what I mean by a different expectation of night shot.

A very tired ah lao indeed.
Mr Lepak.

And of course, not forgetting, here is more about our first visit to USS.
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