Main characters in this blog will be Jaclyn and Justin. Their parents love to travel and are constantly looking for new places to visit especially when there is promotion on air ticket and/or hotels!
Travelling with kids definitely requires a little bit more planning and packing. Hope to share these tips and our travel itinerary with all parents out there looking to explore the world with your kids!
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LEGO ---- Level Up
LEGO is one of the kids favourite pastimes (besides iPad of course, which I wouldn't let them play for too long). However, with LEGO the rule doesn't apply. As long as they finish their homework and don't fight while playing, they can play as long as they want and I do enjoy watching them play. They spend a good hour building and they start to bring in their little character (some lego ones and some from their favourite cartoon show). Then the play pretend began and that can last for hours while mummy work on her own things , win win!
We only started the kids on LEGO around 4/5 years old so we kinda skip the DUPLO stage and go straight to the classic LEGO box. Our first purchase is the lego box that is suitable for 4-99 years old so that we can play for 95 years (give or take 😜)
The kids still love their classic LEGO and we have bought a couple more after that so that they can add on to their collection. I believe it can still keep them occupied for at least couple more years but coding is increasingly popular now and over the summer holidays, we attended a couple of free coding session at Apple Store so I guess it is time to upgrade or I should say add on (since we went be discarding the old one which still are lots of fun).
And therefore presenting our LEGO Boost where we can build, code and play. It is a 5 in 1 model where we can build 5 things to play with -- we have the classic Vernie The Robot, Guitar, MTR, Auto Builder and the Cat.
The kids are excited with their new toy! Our first project is Vernice The Robot and as we speak, it is in progress. It does takes time to build and we did it in phase. The cool part is we get to code and play with different function as we build so we can start playing even when the robot is not completed and were introduced to different things the robot could do, for example we can programme certain movement (going forward, turning, going backwards) that is activated by a handshake!
Excited with their new toy!
So, the coding is done using a tablet where an application is downloaded to link the tablet to the robot . This is fun but for beginner, will need some help and guidance from the adults, otherwise kids will be a bit lost.
Definitely one of our recent good buys and hopefully we can have many fun-filled afternoon!
We recently brought the kids to Kizoona at Jusco Bukit Indah. I find it very worth it in terms of the price and the facilities are also pretty good.
The place is not big but there is enough things for the kids to spend a few hours there...
Includes bouncing castle, some individual shops (flower shop, cafe, supermarket for kids to play around), a big pool of ball, some cars, and a huge rolling ball-like thing where kids can go in and rotate.
Fully air conditioned and there is only one entrance to go in and out. Parents can stay inside to accompany your kids at no additional charge.
Just remember to bring your own socks otherwise have to purchase before going in.
Toilet is not in the playground so there only cons is have to bring the kids out to toilet. Tickets are for a whole day so unlimited entry throughout the day.
Kids can play, go our for lunch and then come back and play again.
If there is two of you looking after the kids , can take turn to go shopping at Jusco and the other…
This year for the year end school holiday, after much consideration and pretty last minute, we decided to go for a rest and relax trip at Desaru.
We got some credits in our Agoda account so after using up the credits, we pay about RM 100 per night for Desaru Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort (as the Lotus Desaru and Pulai Desire are both fully booked) http://www.desarutunamayaresort.com
Packing is only done the night before the trip after we finalise and booked.
The essentials for beach holiday ---
* Toys for playing sand
* Casual T-shirt and Shorts
We also brought along the kids scooter which they had fun playing :)
After lunch at Mount Austin, we drove to Desaru and reach about 2pm.
We have reached and greeted warmly by the staff. Check in was smooth and there is much less crowd here compared to Lotus Desaru.
We requested for high floor and got a room on the second floor (they only have maximum 3 floors and third floor are for premium room). We che…
We stayed in Westgate Hotel during our trip to Taipei in September 2015. Hotel is generally clean and comfortable. We opted for executive room but our only complain is there is only a really small window with no view at all. Hubby blamed the "lack of sunlight from window" causes us to wake up late everyday but I think we are just generally pretty good in sleeping. Room
Room is a good size for Ximending standard. There is a queen size bed, shower, toilet, TV, and a separate living area on a platform. In room safe is provided for safekeeping of expensive items.
Shower head has good water pressure but the space is quite small. I can't hang my clothes in the shower room as the water will splashes on my clothes. This is how small the shower room is...
Amenities included bathrobe, toiletries, hair dryer..
Baby cot and baby bath tub is available on request.
As for facilities, there is a laundry room (which is one of the reason we opted for the hotel), gym and…
My first travel post will be sharing our family winter trip in Perth.
HOW LONG TO GO:
Our trip is 2 weeks long as part of it is hubby's business trip, a trip of 5-7 days will be sufficient.
For those planning for a trip this June School Holiday, Perth is actually quite a nice place to go. In contrary to normal believe that weather is bad in Australia in winter, we actually find it quite cooling and not too windy or rainy as long as you avoid Busselton and Margaret River area. Focus your trip to Perth up to Rockingham and anywhere to the north of Perth will have cooling and sunny weather most of the time.
Check out the Perth weather forecasthere.
It ranges between 8 to 18 degree Celsius throughout and it is quite cooling and nice!
For direct flight from Singapore, one can choose between Singapore Airline, Emirates, Qantas, Scoot and Jetstar.
We took Singapore Airline as it is hubby's business trip. For those who wants to travel in comfort, this is definitely one of the …
First travel blog post on our 2 weeks trip to Perth, Australia in June/July 2014.
This is our first solo family trip abroad (2 adults to 2 kids). Previously we had travel abroad with the kids but with additional help from our extended families members! So, along with the excitement, there are also some uncertainties as I will need to spend a few days with the two kids alone while hubby is working.
Before I share our travel journey, I have compile a few humble tips for those who wanted to travel to Perth in Winter. You can read about them here.
Our Perth Travel Journey... Day 1
Hubby and me has been contemplating if we wanted to go Perth for holiday during their winter. Initially was tempted to book the flight during a Scoot Father's Day promotion but hold off because we saw the weather forecast will be raining during the days that we wanted to come, plus weather is cold and we are worried that the kids will not be able to adapt....but at very last minute, we booked our air ticket to…
We spend a two days one night at Double Tree by Hilton Marjan Island over the kids half term break in October and I am very impressed with how family friendly the place is. We have been in the UAE for one and a half year now and we did staycation every now and then at different Emirates and this is by far my favourite.
The resort is huge and there is a long stretch of private beach dedicated for its guest. Although there are many people, I do not feel too overwhelmed. There is plenty of restaurants to choose from and most of them are on Entertainer which is a plus for us as we get buy one free one on its main course.
We arrived at 12pm and since the room is not ready, we went for lunch first. The food at Vespa is nice. We even double back and had dinner there as well.
After lunch, the rooms are ready and we are also ready for the water slides and beach. Did I mention waterslide?? Yes, there is water slides at the resort!!!!
Kids had lots of fun while the parents sip on some cocktai…
I had an impromptu birthday treat at Hilton Endless Saturday Afternoon High Tea Buffet on my 34th birthday. Hubby kinda forgot my birthday and to be honest, as one gets older, birthday is not as excited as when we are a kid.
Anyway, hubby woke up with a shock that today is THE DAY! He felt bad but I was pretty casual about it, I don't mind if we just spend some time with the kids like any other day.
Anyway, he wanted to go to Orchard to get me my birthday present and cake, at the same time had something to eat. Initially wanted to get some steak but I found out about the D9 Endless Afternoon Tea at Hilton. Prices are reasonable at $41 ++ for adult and $21++ for kids between 5 to 12 years old. Kids below 5 years old are complimentary.
There are 2 seatings and only available on Saturday.
First seating: 12pm-2.30pm
Second seating: 3pm-5pm
We kinda woke up at 12pm and by the time we got out of the house and make the booking, it is already 1.30pm. Hence, we book the 3-5pm seating.
We were supposed to be re-painting our house this weekend but didn't manage to do it ... so ended up at Jacob Ballas Children's Garden for a fun half day out!
Located at a separate entrance just next to one of the Botanic Garden entrance, Jacob Ballas is a huge playground with lots of fun activities for kids. This garden is designed specifically for children and although it is free to enter, one could only enter when accompanied by kids (which is entirely the opposite for most attractions whereby kids can only enter when accompanied by adults)
How to go: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/jacob-ballas-childrens-garden
We were lucky and found parking at the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden car park. Alternatively, one could park at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus car park.
At the entrance, we could still spot the Christmas decorations, which haven't been removed....
There is also a Kidz Cafe at the entrance should anyone wants to hav…
So, today we are driving back to Perth to spend the last 3 nights of our trip... And we decide to visit a few places on our way back....
First stop: Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre. We checked online and found that this is their opening hours... The Centre is open daily (except 25th December) as follows:October to May: 8.00am – 4.00pmJune to September: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Feeling hopeful (cause we haven't manage to go on a few other attractions due to the bad weather), we drove to Bunbury which is an hour drive away. When we reached it is almost noon time and we were disappointed that no dolphin tour today due to the bad weather...We can still visit the discovery centre if we wanted to... there are some fishes in the tank and some video on the dolphin but we weren't really interested so decided to give it a miss. To avoid disappointment do give the centre a call before going down...Some additional information on the address, admission fees etc can be found here. So we ended up…