Finland Travelogue – (Part 6): Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi Lapland

Widely regarded as one of the most exotic hotels in the world, it would be a shame not to experience staying at The Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos when visitors are in Finland. Talk about sleeping in Glass Igloos under the shining stars and possibility of seeing the Northern Lights. After a day of snow activities, we finally reached the Arctic SnowHotel in the evening.

The hotel’s reception and restaurant are located under the same roof.

Gifts and souvenirs.

What is Arctic SnowHotel About?

 The Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos are located in Rovaniemi, Finland which is just a short 26 km away from the town centre of Rovaniemi. The hotel lies right on the shore of the scenic Lehtojavi Lake.

The glass igloo is well heat insulated to ensure visitors are not affected by the cold during the coldest of times at night. The roof of the igloo is made from electrically heated glass, which means the glass will not cool the space; rather it maintains evenly distributed warmth while melting all the snow and ice off the roof.

The beds in the igloo are motorised, which makes it possible for visitors to adjust the optimal position or sleeping or viewing the skies.

The hotel’s special Aurora Borealis alarm service guarantees that guests won’t miss an appearance of the Northern Lights. Sadly, we did not catch any Aurora Borealis during the trip. We guess staying at the glass igloo was an unforgettable experience. A night’s stay would set you back by about EUR 799 for a family of 4. So we chose to stay just for a night and a huge disappointment at not being able to catch the aurora.

The glass igloo contained basic facilities like a bathroom (warm water only last for 25 mins before it turns cold), a mini-fridge and water flask. Hey, to our dismay there was no TV available. On top of that, the hotel’s Wi-Fi was down the entire day. Imagine the inconvenience of not being able to connect into internet and no entertainment in the glass igloo 😦

We had our dinner on the bed!

Rise and shine. We woke up early the next morning for breakfast.

The selections were few and not that impressive.

We spent the whole morning playing in the snow – making snowman, skating, exploring the frozen lake and many more before making our way back to Helsinki.

They had so much fun playing in the frozen lake.

The snow was pure and tasty!

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Florist Singapore – Online Florist Delivery Singapore {Littleflowerhut.com.sg}

Celebrate any occasions with Little Flower Hut fresh flowers. Humbly started at 2010, Little Flower Hut has since grown to be the preferred Singapore Florist to many companies and individuals.

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Many Products and Services

As you can see, Little Flower Hut specializes in more than just flowers. Their florists also offers flower workshops/classes at customers’ request.

With their florists’ professional eye for floral design, sophistication, and beauty, you will definitely learn the design and techniques on flower arrangement.

During the workshop, customers will not only get to see a full demonstration by the instructor on flower arrangement, they will also be tasked to reproduce flower arrangement within a given time frame. One of the key takeaways for the customers is learning how to manage their time management skills effectively whilst producing presentable flower arrangement. Little Flower Hut’s aim is to build leadership qualities and teamwork of the participant and promote communication, coordination and negotiation skills.

Hey, there are many themes to choose in the workshops ranging from flowers for home, hand bouquet, wedding flowers & seasonal flowers such as centrepiece for Christmas,  gift ideas and many more.

Little Flower Hut’s florists also provide floral services appropriate for corporate gifts, occasion baskets, new born gift baskets, and so much more!

You can find the finest range of Flower ArrangementHand BouquetBaby Hamper, Gifts and many more offerings. The website is an ideal spot to browse for Birthday, Anniversary, Baby ShowerGet Well Soon and any occasion.

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It’s contemporary and innovative style seasonal Flower Workshops/Classes in floral design make an ideal choice for planning team building and bonding sessions.

Flower Delivery Singapore

Floral Delivery to You

There is nothing more important than understanding customers’ needs. With its Same Day Flower Delivery, they be just in time to get the flowers and gifts to your recipient’s hand. Their island wide Singapore Flower Delivery is always quick, easy and most importantly convenient. Ready to serve you 24/7.  No matter what your reason, you can put your trust on us for all your gifting needs and as always, beautiful and freshest blooms. Little Flower Hut also provides dedicated flower delivery services right to your doorstep. All you need to do is to provide your quotation and preferred floral design.

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MyTaiwanTour: Taipei Culinary Experience

Bitten by the travel bug and can’t wait to explore Taiwan? Every visitor personal interests may differ but when planning your itinerary, MyTaiwanTour offers custom curated journey that is bound to make your trip even more enjoyable.

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Determined to bring to the best of 台湾小吃 from the ever popular Taiwanese night markets, Taiwan Culinary Experience tour aims to bring you the full sights, sounds, fragrances and flavors of Taiwanese cuisine.

Image may contain: textYou will get to start at a historical market where to sample various traditional Chinese delicacies before heading over to Taipei’s undisputed gourmet ghetto, Yongkang street and the surrounding alleys. With an experience guide providing valuable tasty tips around the neighbourhoods, visitors get to sample several dishes in some famous restaurants.

They will be sure and save enough room for the movable feast’s ultimate destination, a guided tour of the world famous Ningxia night market, where you will sample a variety of dishes prepared by some of the city’s top street chefs.

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The Taipei Culinary Experience is fairly omnivorous, but with advanced notice we can customize the tour to accommodate specific dietary needs. To learn about more MyTaiwanTour’s Taipei Culinary Experience, click here.

ITINERARY

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    16:30 Meet your guide at MRT CKS Memorial Hall Station Exit. 2

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    16:40 Taiwanese traditional market

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    17:20 Explore Yongkang Street

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    19:00 Night Market Experience

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    20:00 Drop off at MRT Shuanglian or Zhongshan Station

    Inclusions

    • A professional English speaking tour guide
    • Food and beverages
    • Goody bag with a bottle of water and surprise gifts

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POSB Smart Buddy – FREE Watch with E-Payment for Schools and Selected Merchants

The POSB Smart Buddy programme / 储蓄银行智能伙伴计划 was launched in in 19 primary schools in August. This ground-breaking programme uses wearable tech (a free watch) to teach students how to save and spend wisely by helping them track their savings and spending habits digitally.

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What makes POSB Smart Buddy watch stands out is the function of e-payment. The watch helps children take an early step towards digital payments and also monitors their activity levels. Parents can in turn remotely pre-set their child’s daily allowance, send them emergency money, and monitor their kids’ spending, savings, eating habits and activity levels – all with an accompanying app.

The programme further creates a digital payments ecosystem within the school where the school’s canteens and bookstores are set up with digital payment terminals. Students can simply tap and pay with their free POSB Smart Buddy watches.

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During the demo session, we were given a first-hand experience to set up the Smart Buddy watch and made purchase on the spot.

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The steps to purchase were straightforward – basically, you would just select your orders and click “Pay Now” at the terminal.

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Tap your Smart Buddy watch over the Nets machine and balance will be deducted.

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Parents can monitor their kids’ expenditure from the app, anytime and anywhere!

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You can also use your Smart Buddy watch at any of these merchants.

Look out for the NETS contactless symbol when you pay.

Paired with a mobile app, you can instantly allocate allowances, check on savings or spending, and be informed of your child’s whereabouts with the bus tracker and in-school locator feature. Most of all, you get to do them all while on the go.

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{Giveaway!} Travel to 九份 Jiufen @ Taiwan with Round Taiwan Round Custom Shared Tour

Sometimes when it sounds too good to be true, it is probably true. Round Taiwan Round, the number one online travel planning and tour site in Taiwan, is proud to be the only online travel planner that has the know-how to travel Taiwan from the heart, with their smart programming team to help visitors provide the most efficient way to travel.

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The interesting part of Jiufen custom shared tour is that it only cost USD30 per person (without English-speaking driver). This is an example of the standard package tour costing USD30 to book which brings you to 5 attractions. Transport is included back and forth from your Taipei hotel!

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If you decide to customize your tour, the best part of this is you can get to choose up to 6 attractions within Jiufen to visit all within a day! But to be practical, it is strongly recommended to keep your itinerary to around 4 or 5 attractions so as to get the maximum mileage of your anticipated trip to Taiwan. Here’s the list of the attractions you can choose from 🙂

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Well, we have been there and with this great deal to choose from, there are even more reasons to pick beautiful Taiwan in your itinerary.

Here we are at Shifen Waterfall. Shifen Waterfall (十分瀑布) is the most renowned cascading waterfall in Taiwan. Although not nearly the tallest the island has to offer, it’s is certainly the widest at an impressive 40 meters. Because of its horseshoe shape and powerful flow, it is nicknamed the Little Niagara of Taiwan. Recessed within a beautiful forested mountainside setting, this waterfall often delights visitors with a bright rainbow on sunny days. Its colorful spectacle has also lent the waterfall its other nickname of “Rainbow Pond”.

Shifen Old Street is a bustling hub for those eager to get a glimpse of an old railroad town which still retains the charm of yesteryear. Originally built to transport coal, the Shifen Old Street stop has now become one of the most popular on the Pingxi rail-line. It is easy to see why so many are drawn here – local food, souvenir shops and puffing trains add to the charm of this little gem, as well as make it a fantastic place for photography. A must try to light the lantern and fly it up to the sky!

At 九份 Jiufen Old Street which we blogged here.

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Houtong (猴硐), located in Rueifang District, is a mountain village in eastern New Taipei City. It was originally called Hou Dong (猴洞) because of a cave in the area that was once inhabited by a group of wild monkeys. The whole Houtong area is surrounded by mountains and located by the upstream portion of the Keelung River. A visit here will reveal a perfect scene seemingly handcrafted for the enjoyment of both photographers and landscape artists.

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–> Link to Jiufen Tripool Tour: 

https://www.rtaiwanr.com/jiufen/jiufen-custom-shared-tour

—> Exclusive coupon code for our readers when they book on the site: KatongKids

GIVEAWAY!

Special thanks to Round Taiwan Round, they are giving FREE LOCAL TOUR GIVEAWAY to 3 winners.

<Congratulations to the 3 winners>

Goh Kai Sin

Shiling Choa

Oh Hui Peng

All you need to do is:

  1. Like our Facebook at Katong Kids Inc
  2. Share this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook to as many friends, remember to set it to public.

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2. Judges’ decision is final. Closing date: 20 Sep 2017.

 

 

Face to Face Noodle House (面对面) @ City Square Mall

Fans of Face to Face Noodle would not need to travel across the causeway to get a taste of the authentic Sarawak noodles. Riding on the success of its outlets in Malaysia, Face to Face Noodle has an outlet in City Square Mall.

Face to Face’s special noodle recipe traces its roots to Sarawak over 100 years ago. The story begins when the founder’s great-grandfather picked up the technique of making Jook Sing noodles, one of the rarest forms of noodle-making in existence. A decent stall selling fresh homemade noodles, it soon won the hearts and stomachs of many Sarawakians and the rest was history.

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It was one of the weekday nights that Big and Small M wanted to try something they like. Having an outlet here spared us the hassle of waiting for an opportune time to visit Malaysia to get a taste of it. The ambience here was very different to that of the Malaysia outlet we visited previously which you can find it here.

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Our orders included:

HOUSE SPECIALTY PAN MEE (DRY) – Homemade noodles in rich broth served with minced pork, crispy anchovies and onsen egg.

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Genki Herbal Chicken Pan Mee (Soup) – Homemade noodles in traditional herbal soup served with tender chicken, enoki mushrooms and various herbs.

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Creations Pork Pan Mee (Dry) – Homemade noodles served with minced pork, cooked in signature gravy, wantan crisps, braised egg and meat balls.

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Traditional Sarawak Kolo Mee (Dry) – Springy homemade noodles served with minced pork, char siew, and fried wantans.

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Overall, the broth was flavourful and the thick and flat noodles added extra texture which gave a good bite for a decent family meal. Click here to see their menu.

Address: Lot 02-23/24 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd 

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

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