Darian is 5 – Part 1

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The night before Darian’s birthday, his favourite yiyi and John appeared at our door to surprise him with a birthday cake. Darian was really elated to see them! 🙂 Before that, he had mommy’s homecooked birthday meesua for dinner. This silly boy was so happy to see two eggs in his bowl. 🙂

Day 1

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The next day, we set off to Sentosa where we would be spending our next two nights there. Needless to say, double Ds were extremely thrilled about the staycation. On the way, we picked up the grandparents who would be joining us for Darian’s birthday lunch at Earle Swenson’s, Vivo City, followed by a visit to Madame Tussauds Sentosa. Since we were all wearing blues except for my father in law. I bought him a blue shirt upon reaching Vivo City. So it’s Team Blue day out! 🙂

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After a hearty lunch, we took the Sentosa Express over to Madame Tussuads Singapore. This is our second visit to a Madame Tussuads museum. The first one was in Washington D.C. I suppose our kiddos have no issues about visiting a wax figures museum because both of them are least camera shy and in fact quite a poser. Haha 🙂  MTS housed over 60 wax figures of both local and international leaders and stars. This is the time when one could have no reservations taking selfies and pictures with all those famous people. Some stations even have props for creative and fun shots. We all had fun posing around and taking pictures with the figures. For us, taking a picture with ‘Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew’ is definitely a must at MTS. The trip wouldn’t be complete without a picture with them. Last but not least, the unique feature here got to be the boat ride that takes visitors on a journey through the iconic sights in Singapore. Despite a quick ride, I thought it did bring out the essences of Singapore. 🙂

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After sending the grandparents back, we checked into the Festive hotel where we would be staying for three days and two nights. This was our second staycation here in RWS. Although there was a bunk bed and sofa bed available in the room, we still preferred to snuggle each other to sleep on the king size bed. Well at least I didn’t wake up to backaches. 🙂

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We ended Day 1 with dinner at Din Tai Feng, RWS, followed by a quick shopping at Vivo city. It was a good thing that Vivo City was accessible by the Sentosa Express. This made traveling in and out of Sentosa much easier.

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Day 1 was fun but Day 2 was even better! 🙂

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Staycation at Marina Bay Sands 2

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We woke up to a hazy Singapore with the PSI at unhealthy range. It was certainly not a good thing as our plan for the day was to bring the kids to the duck tours followed by a walk to the Esplanade and the Merlion park. Since the haze was rather bad and that Papa Yap had some important work email to settle, the kids and I lazed our morning away in the room. Fortunately the haze condition did improve at 11ish and we were out of the hotel then! 🙂

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We took double Ds for a train ride to Marina Square. Papa Yap and I were amazed by all the new MRT lines- circle line, downtown line. Totally overwhelmed reading the map. Seriously when was the last time we board a train to the city and town area? As usual the kiddos were happy for the train ride even it was only one station away. Haha kids! 🙂

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After a heavy lunch at Putien, we walked over to Suntec City for the duck tours. Darian was thrilled! As expected we were the only Singaporean family aboard. During the introduction of the tour, the guide jokingly mentioned that it must be that we have nothing better to do. Hmm, there’s really nothing wrong bringing kids on such educational tour where they gain knowledge on their homeland. Learning is all about exposure and experience. Come on! We can’t be only learning and seeing the Merlion statue on the textbook right? Anyways we were not offended by his comment, for all that we know Darian was fascinated by how the car transformed into a boat and float on the sea. It was like an adventure for him you know. As for Dyann, she was actually napping before we hit the sea. She did appear a little puzzled when she woke up though. 🙂

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We made our way to the Esplanade and Merlion Park thereafter. It was like being tourists in our own country. Haha! Still we enjoyed doing it as a family and I called these priceless moments. We love family time like this. 🙂

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Dinner was takeaway. We bought sushi, char kway teow, BBQ chicken wings, carrots cake and drinks back to hotel. Simply sinful yet yummy!  After our fulfilling dinner, we went up to the observatory deck and ended Day 2 with a beautiful night skyline view around MBS. Oh and I was actually thinking of extending another night. haha 🙂

Day 3

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How could a staycation at MBS considered complete without visiting the infinity pool right? Needless to say, we brought double Ds up for a swim. I was actually surprised to see the crowd on a Tuesday. Well then again, given that MBS was famous for its infinity pool, it should be this busy everyday and probably busier during the peak season. Without any doubt, Double Ds had a splashing fun time in the pool with Papa Yap. It’s definitely great to be in a pool with such spectacular view. No wonder most of the time people were taking selfies rather than swimming! Haha! 🙂

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We then check out at 1pm and headed to Kallang Airport food market for more local delights! Such a great way to end our staycation! Seriously we had such marvelous family time at MBS and all that I can say is that this staycation ROCKS! We love it! 🙂

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Staycation at Marina Bay Sands 1

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We were totally looking forward to this 3 days 2 nights stay at MBS since August. First of all, I must thank my aunt who got us the room and also our buddy who arranged a great room for us. Much appreciated! We are truly blessed with all the love around us. heehee 😉

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We, especially double Ds, love the spacious room as well as the fantastic view. Double Ds were incredibly happy upon entering the room. It was really a good start for the staycation! 🙂

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After settling down, we strolled over to the Gardens by the bay while Darian happily glided on his Y glider. It was our first trip to Gardens by the bay and we really enjoyed walking around looking at all the pretty flowers in both the observatories- Flower dome and Cloud forest. The good thing was that the observatories were air conditioned which definitely made our visit a much pleasant one. The weather was really humid outside.

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At about 7pm, we began our mid-autumn festival lantern exhibit walkthrough which showcased the iconic landmarks of 7 global cities; thematic lantern set pieces such as Racial Harmony in Singapore; SEA Games 2015; 12 Chinese Zodiacs and Birds of Paradise; Chinese themes such as the Ancient Chinese Palace, the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea and the Treasure Voyages of Cheng Ho. The lantern pieces sets were all so colourful and spectacular. We took some beautiful pictures despite the number of crowd.

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We ended our Gardens by the bay visit at the Supertree, Garden Rhapsody show. Our plan of taking a walk along the OCBC skywalk didn’t happen in the end because we were rushing for the MBS water and light show at 9.30pm. After we got back to the hotel at 10ish, double Ds were surprised to see a chocolate treat specially prepared for them. Of course, they were delighted! 🙂

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RWS: Day 3

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Brekkie at the Fiesta before heading down to the pool. We sneaked into the pool at Hard Rock Hotel where there is an integrated sandy pool that resembled the beach. It was not an enjoyable swim after all as Darian totally disliked the sand. He did not like the feel of stepping on the sand and was constantly asking us to carry him. So he spent most of the time in a small pool with a slide. While Papa Yap played with Baby Dyann in shallow water. We went back to the hotel after 40 minute of water play. The kids had their last bubble bath before our check out. 🙂

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We went to the SEA aquarium after checking out of the Festive hotel. The aquarium is quite spectacular for a first timer like us. We spent an hour inside, walking around looking at the various fishes and corals. Darian had a feel of the starfish and some sea creatures at the Discovery Touch Pool. Darian was pretty amazed at the super big aquarium that holds several big ray, shark and grouper. He took my phone and captured many pictures of them. Haha… 🙂  Even Baby Dyann looked fascinated at the colourful fishes swimming in the tank. She had eyes on them and was pointing and hitting the tank. We went to the cafeteria outside the SEA Aquarium for our late lunch before going back home. I supposed Darian was really exhausted after so many days of fun, sleeping late yet waking up early that he actually fell asleep while eating his fried rice. Wahaha… 😉

Time passes fast and it’s our last day at RWS. If only we have the time, we would consider extending for another night stay. It was really a memorable and enjoyable staycation for us. Especially considering that I have not stayed out of Punggol after so so long. At last we are back home, back to reality and back to the endless chores. Piles of clothes to wash after the staycation. Boohoo… Papa Yap thought I was fast when he saw the clothes washed and hung. That’s me!  Heehee 🙂

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Our first family staycation

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We had a marvellous 3 days stay at Resort World Sentosa, Festive hotel. We loved the room and there was a balcony as well. It is a family oriented designed room where there is plenty of sleeping space. Just nice for a small family like us. Other than the king sized bed, there was a loft bed and sofa bed too. Darian was so attracted to the loft bed.

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He insisted to sleep on top on the first night but I was worried that he might fall off the bed in the middle of the night. So being a protective mommy, I decided to sleep with him on the loft bed. For the second night, I forced him to sleep on the bed with us as I felt it was rather warm on top.

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The kids love the bathtub and enjoyed playing the bubbles so much. Darian would always request for a bubble bath during bath time. He simply enjoyed it so much! 🙂

It was indeed a great family bonding getaway for all of us. We did enjoy the staycation but Papa Yap and I were really tired to the max. Seriously cannot imagine if we were to go for a week overseas holiday with the kids. The packing alone will be one big headache for sure. Haha… Everytime we reached back to our hotel room after a long day, we still had to settle the kiddos before we could really sit back and relax. In fact we did not even have time for ourselves.  After shower, I continued to wash the kids’ bottles and prepared for the next day. Before I could finish my chores, Papa Yap was already in his dreamland…  Nonetheless we did have a wonderful family time together and I thought Darian was the happiest! 🙂

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Happy us! 🙂

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