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!
How often does one step foot in Changi Airport and not catching a flight or picking someone up? For those who are staying in the east of Singapore, some might just go to the airport and enjoy their facilities, had some food, play at the playground or even do some groceries shopping. I think I am a little outdated as I did not even know that Changi Airport has NTUC as well (and their prices are not more expensive that the rest of NTUC). However, for someone like me who stay in the West, I hardly step foot at Changi Airport unless I am flying off someone or picking up someone. For me to take a MRT or drive to Changi Airport is a big commitment as it is not exactly near and there are so many nearby playground and shopping mall that I can enjoy within minutes from my house. I hardly walk around the airport properly as I am usually rushing to catch a flight. It usually starts with a check in, then grab something to eat or drink while waiting for the plane. At most kids get to
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 shop
This is our second year residing in Dubai and Chinese New Year is not a public holiday in the UAE. This year we decided to stay in Dubai as there is no school holiday that coincides with the Chinese New Year period. There is a few celebrations going on as there is quite a number of Chinese in UAE. There is lion dance competition at Dubai Park and Resort, lion/dragon dance parade at City Walk and some celebrations at Jumeirah Lake Towers. Many Chinese restaurants offer reunion dinner package (at a premium price of course) and some renowned hotels offer buffets with Chinese new year theme. One week before the celebration, I started making some Chinese new year cookies/snacks to get into the mood. My favourite is the pineapple tarts to symbolise wealth. I even attempted to make the fillings from scratch but I have to admit it is a lot of work for 36 tarts that I make. I also make a couple of others easier snacks such as seaweed crisp, cornflakes cookies and pe
It was a Saturday and hubby just got a last minute idea on a trip to Pulau Ubin. It is my first time visiting the island despite staying in Singapore for many years now. We parked our car at the car park near the ferry terminal and bought the ferry ticket, and off we go! Car Park Ferry Terminal Operating hours for the terminal. They also serve ferry to other destination besides Ubin Island Timing depends on the passenger. Once they have twelve passengers, the boat will depart. Prices is very reasonable at $2.50 per person The ferry ride is only about 5-10 minutes and you will reach an island which has an entirely new feeling. You will definitely not felt that you are in Singapore at all. Lush greeneries, old shophouses, very laid back and clean air. There is no skyscrapers and no hectic lifestyle. We rented bicycles and went cycling around the island... Bicycle for hire.. Definitely a good exercise for us ... cycling and chaffering the kids
Today we will be on our way to Cameron Highland for a 4 days 3 nights stay.... After a good night sleep, we woke up at 9am and had breakfast in room. Kids ate bread while hubby and me had some instant noodles. We then showered and checked out at 11am. Meanwhile, my parents and sister's family woke up earlier and started their journey around 7am from Johor. Toy from a stop at highway, very happy I also bought some toy from Mr DIY yesterday night for the kids to colour during the trip. We drive up to Ipoh for dim sum as our lunch. Restaurant Foh San is very well known and been around for many years. They have renovated since the last time I visited. Dim sum is not bad another are some special items like mushroom bun which is pretty looking. Restaurant Foh San, Ipoh http://www.fohsan.com.my Deep fried yam with fillings Cute looking mushroom bun Peace! Yummy lunch.. Photo with grandpa Meanwhile, my other sister and her family wen
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. View from our room 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. Excited and well prepared for staycation The girls team 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. Love the food at Vespa After lunch, the rooms are ready and we are also ready for the water slides and beach.
Day 3 After spending 2 days in Fremantle, we checked out of the hotel and drove into the Perth CBD area... It is about half an hour drive and our first stop is to fill our stomach at Hog's Breath, highly recommended by my ex-colleague who used to study in Perth. Rustic interior look More seatings Bar area Hog's Breath specialise in Prime Rib Steak which they slow cook for 18 hours. Hubby and me both ordered their Prime Rib Steak (mine is original version and hubby's one is top with egg and bacon). They have 3 types of cut to suit different stomach: 1) Traditional cut-about 300g steak 2) Lite cut-about 200g steak 3) Mega cut-about 400g steak While waiting, the kids got their colour pack... so they are enjoying themselves. Cheerful girl... always ready for the camera Our steak has arrived and they look wonderful! My medium well Natural Prime Rib (Traditional Cut), with mushroom sauce Hubby's Medium well Aussie P
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 --- * Swimsuits * Sunblock * Slippers * 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. Lunch at Japanese Ramen Restaurant! We have reached and greeted warmly by the staff. Check in was smooth and there is much less crowd here compared to Lotus Desaru. Lobby area Indoor play area just beside the lobby
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 forecast here. It ranges between 8 to 18 degree Celsius throughout and it is quite cooling and nice! FLIGHTS 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, thi
We had zero experience in camping and despite attempting to camp since couple of months ago, we have not succeeded. Either the campsite was too windy and deserted, or it rains on the day we wanted to camp. The closest thing we did was to camp in our backyard in December when the weather is really cooling. It is summer now and summer in Dubai is not mild so to speak. Daytime temperature can go up to 48 degree celcius and the sun is scorching hot! I was not expecting to camp in summer but we chanced upon a few blogs sharing their experiences camping on Jebel Sham and we checked the weather. It's 18-24 degree celcius up there and sounds like a good option to escape the heat in Dubai. The drive from Dubai to Jebel Sham takes about 4.5 hours via Mezyad Border Crossing near Al Ain. We made a mistake driving via Hatta Border and it took us 7.5 hours to reach Jebel Sham, do not make the same mistake as us if you are driving from Dubai. Another thing to note is that th