Hong Kong 2015 : Disneyland

November 26, 2015 in Kids / Lifestyle / Travel

Over the last self-extended long weekend, we headed to Hong Kong with the kids in tow. Our highlight of the trip was to attend our girlfriend’s wedding in Hong Kong style while the highlight for the kids was Disneyland. We set aside about 5 days for this trip but had 4 days essentially since we only reached around 5ish in the evening on first day and had to leave by noon on the last day.

We took a 1pm flight which I thought was a comfortable timing and we could probably get some shopping done at the duty-free shops in the transit area if we check in two hours prior. Except I forgot that it’s not two that we shop for now but FOUR!

The cub scored a pair of Rayban shades cos he looked so cool in it.

By the time we were done with the purchase, it was the last call for our flight. -_-

The kids got settled in quickly, thankfully! They were glad to have their inflight entertainment system back again. (We took a budget airline for our last trip.)

Our ETA at Hong Kong was about 5pm on day 1, and my plan was to get to Disneyland as soon as possible so that we would not miss the parade and fireworks at Disneyland Park.

After checking into our room and offloading our luggage bags, we had to get the kids to contain their excitement over a Disneyland hotel room and move towards Disneyland Park pronto!

While waiting for the parade to start, we got the kids to load up on some bread we bought earlier at the airport as we will only be having dinner after we were done with the parade and fireworks show.

The ‘Disney Paint the Night’ Parade was spectacular! I LOVE IT! Mack from Cars looked exceptionally cool!

After the Parade, we went into the stores to shop around before returning to the Main Street about 15 minutes prior to wait for the ‘Disney in the Stars Fireworks’.

Loved the medley of songs from Disney movies and of course, the fireworks!

With the Christmas tree up, it does feel a whole lot like holiday season as we walked in the (fake) snow alongside Christmas-decorated houses in Disneyland Hong Kong. If only it was even cooler!

We returned to the hotel to have dinner. I understand Hong Kong is not known for its service. But for a hotel that’s associated with the “Happiest Place on Earth” and has no qualms charging their guests 5-star hotel rates, I would definitely expect 5-star hotel level of service standards. We had staff retorting, giving us the hand to signal for us to wait instead of saying politely “please give me a minute” when we asked for assistance. WT*?!

Thankgod their food was pretty good. We polished everything and returned to our room for the birthday cake!

It was the Husb’s birthday when we left for Hong Kong so we took our celebrations there. Here’s a tip to share –BYOCake! We learned our lesson from the lil’ dragonlady’s second birthday celebration at Disneyland last year and bought our own cake at a bakery in the airport before heading to Disneyland. It’s not wayyyy cheaper but at least we got to choose the flavor we wanted!

Day two – the day my lil’ dragonlady had been waiting for! She has been keeping her hair long ever since her Frozen-themed birthday parties earlier this year in anticipation of meeting Queen Elsa. She wanted to braid her hair like Elsa when she wears the costume again.

I would hate to disappoint her after all the months of waiting. Hence, the first thing I went to find out as soon as we got into the Park was the location and timing for the meet-and-greet session with Elsa.

Found the location and snapped a pic before it gets too crowded!

I think they are wise to not have the meet-and-greet location at a prominent spot or the queue would be crazy.

With a wee bit of time to spare before the meet-and-greet, we went to get ourselves Fast Passes for ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ which was just nearby.

There were already a few Elsa fans in the queue when we returned about 15 minutes before the session. Another tip to share : bring your own snacks because there are limited and overpriced choices at the theme park.

My lil’ ice queen kept her cool when Queen Elsa arrived

But couldn’t hide how pleased she really was to finally meet Elsa!

We brought our very own Sven along too.

I was relieved that we fulfilled our promise to let our lil’ dragonlady meet Elsa. The best finishing touch to her Frozen parties this year!

Because we do not have enough time to queue for meet-and-greet with all the characters and cover the rides that I think they would want to try, I asked the kids what they would prefer – rides or taking pictures of the Disney characters. Both wanted rides so we could skip all the long queues for picture-taking. Yay!

Theme parks are more enjoyable for the kids now that both of them can take most of the rides. The Husb would have to wait for a year or so when the lil’ dragonlady is tall enough to join him for the thrill rides.

Along the way, we would come across some other Disney characters we could take pictures with and didn’t require us to queue for long!

We did our pit stop at Plaza Inn. Food was hardly anything to shout about. The food at random 茶餐厅s are probably much better!

I had forgotten about the ‘Flight for Fantasy’ Parade but we were lucky enough to walk right into it. So proud of the cub who was not afraid to go join the parade when I gave him the nod to do so, and brought his lil’ sister along!

The Husb remembered that I wanted to take my favorite Disney ride – ‘it’s a small world’ and gave the kids a boost to their energy levels, so that they can take the last ride of the day with me!

It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small, small world

世界真細小 小 小
小得真奇妙 妙 妙

I had higher hopes that Disneyland this time would be a lot more fun now that they are a year older than the last time we were there and I wasn’t disappointed. The kids did really well walking as much as their little legs could carry them. It probably helped that the kids are pretty well-trained by now with all the solo-parenting outings they had been with me. They know they have to persevere and walk on their own as there is no stroller and mommy cannot carry them, but they are also aware that they can ask (and not whine, or we will go home!) to take a rest whenever they feel too tired to go on.

There were inevitably little fights every now and then, but together they went for rides, took photos with characters, trooped on even when they were tired,

and dozed off in the cab.

Really enjoying this stage they are at now!

Treasure Island

November 16, 2015 in Kids / Lifestyle / Media

Yo Ho Ho!

The kids and I went to catch Treasure Island over the weekend. I was a little worried that the kids can’t catch up with the story because we haven’t read the book but my worries turned out unfounded. The performers put up such a brilliant show the kids enjoyed every bit of it. After we left the theatre, the cub told me he wanted to watch Treasure Island again and especially loved the last song performed! Am so pleased he understood the message about friendship from the last song – All You Need is a Friend. :)

Image Credit: Singapore Repertory Theatre

I love that Jim Hawkins is a girl in this new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s popular novel of the same name, Treasure Island. The lion-hearted 13yo girl receives a treasure map and went on a search to find the hidden treasure. That turned out to be an adventure of a lifetime for her as she learned all about friendship and trust on this trip.

Don’t miss this hilarious and exhilarating musical production that’s suitable for the entire family!

Image Credit: Singapore Repertory Theatre

Do look out for the amazing performance from Kimberly Chan who plays THREE different characters and her seamless switching between the characters during the show! Treasure Island runs from 30 October to 13 December 2015 at the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Get your tickets here.

Note: we were invited to the Treasure Island performance for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

A Starlit Christmas with Disney Live! at Square 2

November 14, 2015 in Media

Tis the season to be jolly! And jolly are the kids who get to meet their favourite characters from Disney! Check out A Starlit Christmas at Square 2 and get to meet some of the Disney characters behind the Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival!

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival Meet & Greet

Don’t miss the LAST session tomorrow at 3pm!

Just have to spend $80 to redeem the pass (for 4 persons) for photo-taking with the characters. T&C applies. Find out more from the Information Counter at Level 1.

A Starlit Christmas at Square 2

There are plenty of other activities for everyone else while you are there this festive season – a Musical Medley featuring jazz, acappela carolling, tap dance, kids choir and ballerina performances, to some Dazzling Delights (special rewards from the mall with minimum spending) and Starry Deals (discounts and promotions from participating merchants)!


Broadway Jazz Trio : 3pm on 21 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec
Prelude Music Studio Christmas Performance: 2pm & 3.15pm on 28 Nov
Acappela Carolling by Kent Ridge A Cappella: 3pm on 13 Dec, 12.30pm on 17 Dec, 3pm on 19 Dec
Rhythmic Tap Dancing: 3pm on 6 Dec, 3pm on 18 Dec, 12.30pm on 23 Dec
Kids Choir: 3pm on 20 Dec, 12.30pm on 24 Dec
Dancing Ballerina: 12.30pm on 16 Dec, 3pm on 25 Dec

#Square2Christmas Instagram Contest

For the Instagrammers! Share your favourite Christmas moments at Square 2 with the hashtag #SQUARE2CHRISTMAS, and be one of the 3 lucky winners weekly to walk away with $50 Far East Organization Mall Voucher.

Bring home your favourite moments when you have your photo printed at our photo booths at Level 1. Limited to 1 photo print-­out per Instagram account.


Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival
Date: Saturday 21 Nov – Sun 29 Nov 2015
Venue: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Get tickets here.

Pizza making at Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar

November 11, 2015 in Kids / Media

One of the highlights of the past weekend was learning how to prepare pizzas at Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar. The cub LOVES pizzas and had been looking forward to try his hands at it!

Thanks to the hospitable staff at Crust who provided the tools for the kids to personalise their chef’s hats and aprons for them, the kids got settled in quickly.

And if you are wondering, One Man Coffee shares the same space with Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar but with different operating hours. OMC opens from 9am – 5pm while Crust operates from 11am – 10pm.

It was easier to get them to pay attention after they warmed up to the staff. After the demonstration, the kids put on their gloves and started preparing their own pizzas!

Crust has perfected a pizza base which comes ready-made from their headquarters in Australia. The kids didn’t have to knead the dough and went straight to spreading the sauce. This helps to save lots of time in the production of their pizzas. But don’t worry, the quality is not at all compromised. I thought it tasted real good!

Both kids love Hawaiian pizza. (Which kid doesn’t?!) The cub prefers his without pineapples while the lil’ dragonlady loves her Hawaiian with mushrooms. What better way to let them enjoy their pizzas than to let them customize their own pizzas?

Enjoying the fruits of their labour

I must say, their pizzas turned out pretty awesome! Of course, the premium range of toppings helped a great deal.

Can’t believe we’ve missed out on Crust all this time when there are TWO branches not too far away from us. Not only do they provide delivery for the premium gourmet pizzas they make, the pizza base is able to withstand delivery and stays crisp and fresh when it reaches your door step!

Crust seeks to ensure there is something for everyone with their wide selection of pizzas. Not only do they have vegetarian pizzas, they also offer gluten free pizzas to those who may have allergen sensitivities!

To complete the meal, they also offer fresh salads and delicious chicken wings!

Good Things Must Share

From now till 31 March 2016, quote “CRUSTFAMILY” with every 13″ x 8″ pizza order and get a free kids 9″ pizza! Available for dine-in, takeaway and delivery. Check out the delectable selections in the menu here.

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar can be found at these locations.

Pororo Park Singapore

November 9, 2015 in Kids

Two days to the official opening of the first Pororo Park in Southeast Asia! The Pororo Park Singapore is themed around the animated series that follows the adventurous Pororo and friends, who often encounter challenges and learn practical and moral lessons through their exciting adventures in Porong Porong Forest.

Brought the kids for the media preview over the weekend and they were most excited to meet Pororo and Friends! Not to mention, having loads of fun checking out the various play areas:

Pororo House

Shark Ball Pool

Poby’s Jungle Gym

Tong Tong’s Little Theatre

There will be mini parades, character meet-and-greets, and sing-along shows featuring Pororo and friends at Tong Tong’s Little Theatre. Additional shows will be scheduled on weekends as well!

Pororo Express (for kids only!)

Petty’s Room

Educational classes such as Petty’s Art Class and Eddy’s Science Class will be held regularly to provide a fun and creative environment for the kids to do learning. Story telling classes conducted by instructors from MindChamps will also be held every Sunday from November 2015 to January 2016.

Refueling at Loopy’s Cafe

The café will also provide free Wi-Fi so that parents can stay connected while the kids enjoy themselves in the park.

Pororo Park Singapore also caters to character-themed birthday parties for children, if anyone’s looking to do a Pororo-and-friends theme party!

Rody’s Toy Store

Parents, beware! They have some really cute Pororo and Friends merchandise here.

Pororo Park Singapore
#02-29 Marina Square
Opening Hours:
Sundays – Thursdays: 10.30am to 8.00pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 10.30am to 9.00pm

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