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Finland Gigantic Indoor Playground SuperPark Opens in Suntec City!

The mega indoor theme park franchise from Finland SuperPark has finally landed in Suntec City, occupying a huge 40,000 sqft. What we remember about Finland was that it’s the homeland of Santa Claus when we visited.

Yup, never did we imagine that it produce such awesome all-in-one indoor activity park for the little ones!

AN INDOOR PARK FOR EVERYONE

Go ahead and call it a “bad idea” for SuperPark to open here. Every family with kiddos passing by would pause and before curiosity kicks in, you bet their little ones would be pulling the parents to the registration counter. Click here for more ticket prices.

Image Credit: SuperPark Singapore (Regular Ticket – Monday to Friday Only. Exclude weekends & Public Holidays)

FREE LOCKERS

The newly opened SuperPark is clean, neat and fun. Paid visitors are entitled to free usage of the lockers.

As digitalisation transformed the way we work and live, it’s a nice touch to see opening of the lockers by scanning of QR code.

OVER 20 EXCITING ACTIVITES!

Your kids will be forgiven not to sit still and causing a rampage here. The double-storey 40,000 square foot play space features over 20 exciting adrenaline pumping games including tube slide, indoor flying fox, and a trampoline zone.

Resting area for parents and tired kids.

The pedal car racing track in Adventure Area.

For the baseball fans. Step into the batting cage to practice your swing!

Superhoop, Street Basketball, Superbowling or Superball you name it. You can play them again and again.

Be the next Messi or Ronaldo in the making and try your best to beat the Robokeeper.

Frisbee.

They called this as the Augmented Climbing Wall. Not your average indoor rock-climbing wall. This wall has integrated digital aspects with different kinds of games to increase the challenge.

Flying Fox – hold on tight and slide from one end of the wire track to the other.

The Trampoline Platform is an all-time favourite. How high can you bounce?

Tube Slide – fun to play but what is not fun is having to pull the tube up the hill by yourself.

For the adventurous and energetic, venture into the explorer area and relive your childhood!

ADDRESS

3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Tower 1, #02-477 (North Wing)
Singapore 038989

 

OPENING HOURS

Monday – Friday, 10am – 9pm
Sat, Sun, Public and School Holidays, 9am – 9pm

 

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Ways To Truly Relax On Your Next Family Holiday

A family vacation is a perfect opportunity for busy parents to get away from the stresses of everyday life and truly relax for the first time in what may seem like forever. Unfortunately, these trips can also be incredibly tiring, especially if your kids are feeling homesick and cranky or your days are jam-packed full of things to do for them. These vacations can leave you even more exhausted than you were when you set off, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. It is possible to have a relaxing family holiday, and, hopefully, with the useful tips below, you can too.

Choose The Right Trip

Being a parent shouldn’t stop you from doing anything that you want to do, but there’s no escaping the fact that some trips simply aren’t made for young children. Almost anyone can go on a cruise or head to the beach for a couple of weeks, but, if you wanted to visit fancy restaurants and art galleries, then it’s probably best that you leave these experiences until your children can appreciate them fully. If you don’t, you might all end up having a disappointing time.  

Get The Kids Excited

Surprising your kids with a holiday might seem like a fun idea, but it can actually cause them a lot of stress, which will naturally make the entire trip less enjoyable for everyone. With that in mind, it’s often a much better idea to let your children in on your plans early and spend this extra time getting them excited. You can let them help plan the itinerary, create a countdown calendar, teach them about the destination, and much more. This will help to prevent homesickness later.

Don’t Pack Last Minute

Traveling with children means a lot more packing, so it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time to do all of this properly. If you leave this task until the night or morning before your trip, you’ll leave the house incredibly stressed, and may even forget something vital, which will only make matters worse. Aim to start packing two or three days before you head off to ensure that you’re organized and have enough time to pick up any last minute essentials you may need.

Find The Best Accommodation

Staying together in a single hotel room might be cheap, but it’s far from ideal, often resulting in loss of sleep, lack of privacy, and stress. To prevent this, you should spring for a suite or even rent out a holiday home or apartment. If you’re heading somewhere you visit often, you could even buy a property there, whether it be on Old Klang Road, Malaysia or Clerkenwell Road, London. This gives you all a little extra breathing space, so you’re not under each other’s toes.

Bring Some Help Along

When you’re constantly taking care of your children, it’s going to be difficult to find time to unwind and really enjoy your break. This is why it’s such a good idea to bring someone along with you, like your own parents, a sibling, or even a friend. With this help at hand, you’ll be able to have some time to yourself, knowing that your kids are well looked after in your absence. If this isn’t an option, you could look into childcare at your accommodation or choose one that has a kids club.

Make Yourself At Home

It can be tempting to jump straight into the fun when you arrive at your destination, but you should hold off for just a little while and take the time to unpack first. This way, you’ll know where everything is when you need it and won’t have to dig through several suitcases before you can go out. Unpacking also helps everyone to feel more at home and fully settling into the accommodation, reducing stress and making a case of homesickness a lot less likely.

Stick To Normal Schedules

Most people see a holiday as a chance to break away from the routines that rule everyday life. While this can be freeing for some people, more often than not, changing up your day completely will only ever cause stress, particularly to young children. This is especially true when these changes affect sleep and meal times. With that in mind, you should make sure that you choose travel times that don’t affect your kids’ sleep and that your daily plans consider their schedule.

Share The Work Out

Nobody should have to work when they’re on vacation, but there are a few chores you often can’t escape, especially when staying in accommodation other than a hotel. These tasks typically include shopping, cooking, washing, taking out the trash, and more. Instead of taking all of these jobs on yourself, you should divide them up with your partner and children. This teamwork means that the chores will get done a whole lot quicker and everyone will be happier overall.

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Cut Down Your Itinerary

We all want to make the most out of our time away as we possibly can. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be on the go the entire vacation. In fact, trying to do this will only ever lead to exhaustion and stress, both for you and your kids, negatively impacting the break for everyone. Instead of planning every waking moment of your holiday, you should leave large gaps in your plans. This way, you have to option to unwind or do something fun depending on how you feel.

Add An Extra Day

Instead of arriving home the night before you all need to return to work and school, you should plan to come home a day earlier, giving everyone an extra day to unwind before getting back to normality. The softens the transition between your vacation and everyday life, making the return a much less stressful one. It also gives you the opportunity to handle any chores that you might need to deal with when you get home.

Family holidays are supposed to be relaxing for everyone, so make sure that yours is too by following the advice above.

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Habitat by Honestbee: Uniquely Shopping and Dining Experience for Family

Just by word of mouth is enough to draw us to explore Habitat at Honestbee. The newly-opened supermart prides itself as a multi-sensory, tech-meets-food grocery and dining experience like no other. See, smell, hear, touch and taste fresh flavours and food items from across the globe – all in one habitat by honestbee.

When we arrived, many curious and eager shoppers were crowding at the entrance, opening or setting up their “Bee Pass” to enter/exit habitat. Yes, first of its kind experience. You do not need to bring any physical wallets and there are no ATMs to be seen as well. Just your “Bee Pass” will do.

Potted plants for sale after entering Habitat.

We read that Habitat occupies the space of slightly larger than a football field. Upon stepping into the compound, we were greeted with so many shoppers (probably their first time).

A long queue was forming at the coconut stall. Amazing, each fresh trimmed coconut was selling for only $0.95! No wonder they are the best sellers. We thought it’s a worthy buy, at least not spending more than $4 on bubble tea.

Big & Small M made a beeline to take a mandatory photo with the friendly bee when it came by.

Exploring the section near the entrance before our hunger pang strikes. According to Honestbee, the produce were sourced directly from farmers and established producers from across the globe.

Cute cup noodles from Korea and Japan.

If you are observant enough, you get to see peoples’ orders are packed quickly and transported by these conveyor belts.

 Dining here is akin to having design thinking, digital marketing and digital awareness coming alive right in front of you.

And so, we had our lunch here. To order our food, we can’t order direct from the stalls. The only way to order is through your Honestbee app under “Habitat”. E-receipt is emailed to you and via the app, you can track your order and receive notification that your food is ready to collect.

Honestly, Habitat wasn’t as big as we thought it was. Probably much of the space was taken up for storage or collection/packing. It would be good if Honestbee can introduce stationery or some electronic items in the future to make the shopping experience more fulfilling.

Finally managed to find seats after waiting for quite a while. This is Little Neck Clams and Bacon.

Milk Made: Frozen shakes & bakes.

Tiger Beer battered fish & chips.

Crumble Vairhona Chocolate.

Poofy Pancakes served with vanilla chantilly cream, maple syrup and fresh berries.

Australia Grass-fed Flank Steak. Served with roasted chat potatoes, roasted plum tomatoes, herb salad.

Cute and shiny utensils. They are actually made of plastic 🙂

We have a soft spot for fresh bakes.

Free tasting at the Lazy Loaf counter.

Exploring the remaining sections. Fresh seafood are a hit with shoppers. The best part was that you can pick your seafood and the masterchef will cook it for you.

While almost everything is automated, we still need human assistance to help us figure out how to complete our purchase.

Scan our order and the trolley will check out and be automatically rolled into the packing area.

In case you are wondering whether you need to “rush” to the collection point after checking out your trolley, there is no need to. You can still dine or shop additional items and when ready, just proceed to the collection point to collect your honest purchase.

At the collection point, served by robot courier!

Shuttle bus is also available between Harbourfront to Habitat at Honestbee.

Address: 34 Boon Leat Terrace S(119866)

Bus: 10, 30, 30E, 51, 143, 175, 176, 188, 188E

MRT: Labrador Park, Pasir Panjang

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Family Friendly Restaurant: Thai-licious Boat Noodles @ Liang Seah Street, Simply Delicious!

Thai cuisines are undeniably one of the best cuisines in the world. Very often, we would think that tasting such heavenly dishes would require us to be whisked off to the Land of Smiles to experience it. Not really.

In fact, it didn’t take too long by word of mouth for us to try out the mouth-watering array of dishes brimming with the exicting flavours of Thailand at Thai-licious Boat Noodles, newly-opened and conveniently located at #01-01, 8 Liang Seah Street.

The ethos at Thai-licious Boat Noodles is all about woking up the best and authentic Thai food in Singapore at reasonable prices to boot.

Free Wi-Fi is a bonus to the ever data-hungry geeks for them to share Instagram worthy pictures of Thai-licious’ dishes to whet your appetite.

Good Old Thai Food

It’s time for our taste buds to fall in love with Thai food. Thai Boat Noodles are notably the restaurant’s core cuisine. We were at a lost on what to order simply because there are too many incredibly good cuisines to choose from! But still, we manage to savour some of their best dishes and just one trip here might not do justice to the allure of this restaurant.

These are our humble orders..

Strong flavoured Thai Boat Noodles (pork/beef) are notably the restaurant’s core cuisine. Served in either small ($1.90) or large bowls ($7.50) and packed with such awesomeness, it would be hard to resist and give it a miss.

Seafood Tom Yum Soup ($12), hot and sour soup base that is aromatic. It comes with fresh mussels, crunchy tiger prawns, thick cuts of fish and squid. We tasted and it was really spicy!

The Braised Pork ($15) brings out the flavour of tender cuts and it is served with blanched bean sprouts and crispy garlic sprinkles. A big favourite by Big & Small M 🙂

The Thai Papaya Salad ($10) comes with a generous portion of shredded ingredients consisting of thick, crunchy unripen papaya shreds, long beans and cherry tomatoes flavoured with the right amount of sweetness and tang.

Phad Thai Wrapped in Omelette ($10.50). Widely recognised as one of the best Thai street food, our insatiable craving for Phad Thai has become the must-try food in the bucket list during our visit to this restaurant. The picture says it all – you will only understand why after tasting a mouthful of Phad Thai, with the sauce flavour, bean sprouts, crunchy prawns and ingredients blending together in such harmony.

Braised Beef Tendon Rice ($8.90), with tender pieces of beef slow-cooked in a flavorful sauce of soy sauce.

Spicing up our evening with galore of these Thai food!

We ordered these desserts which tasted super chewy but not sticky to the teeth. The Thai Mochi ($7) which comes in 3 flavours such as Mango, Thai Milk Tea and Taro, is a treat for the sweet toothed. Expect delightful ice-cream fillings enveloped in a smooth skin of glutinous rice-flour.

Topping up with the ever popular Mango Sticky Rice ($10).

Thai-licious has a rather extensive menu with over 50 items for a small sized eatery, hence customers can return to savour dishes they have yet to try whenever the Thai hankerings kick in. Did we mention that Thai-licious has no 7% GST charge and their dishes are specially prepared by chefs from Thailand? 🙂 

Thai-licious Address & Opening Hours
8 Liang Seah Street, #01-01, Singapore 189029
Mon –Thur: 1100 to 2200
Fri – Sun: 1100 to 2400

Social Media
Facebook: fb.me/thailiciousboatnoodles
Instagram: Thai-licious Boat Noodles

Restaurant & General Inquiries
Email: contactus@thailicious.com.sg
Tel: 69179857

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Taiwan Special Hotels – Bubble WOW Bali and Sato Castle @ Taipei

Travelling to Taipei can’t get any more exciting during the holidays. With unlimited choices of accommodations to choose from, staying at these fascintating places may just be hard to strike off from your checklist.

Sato Castle Motel Taipei

Sato Castle hotel is centrally located in the Zhongshan district, a mere 5 minute walk from Jiannan Road MRT Station. It is also a short drive or train ride from Taipei’s largest night market, Shilin Night Market.

511 大力水手(Popeye)

212 蜘蛛人(Spiderman)

507 超人再起(The Superman is rising again)

Sato Castle Hotel offers accommodation in 51 guestrooms complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, climate control, a laptop safe, TV and a seating area. In-room self-catering facilities include an electric kettle and a fridge.

305 性感女神(Sexy Goddess)

620 杜蘭朵公主(Princess Turandot)

620 杜蘭朵公主(Princess Turandot)

301 雷米金盃(Jules Rimet Cup)

Dazhi train station is 5 minutes’ walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is around 5 km from Sung Shan airport.

Address: No. 75, Jingye 2nd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10466

 

Bubble WOW Bali

The New Taipei City Bali Cultural Park Camping Area is the first public camping area of the New Taipei City Government. There are currently 24 camps in the district, including 20 bubble tents, 4 grass camps, and complete hydro power and washing facilities.

Some say bubble hotels are the next big thing, with a growing popularity among travelers who love exploring quirky hotels. Unlike tents and cabins, these transparent bubbles offer unobstructed views of the night sky.

It’s easy to spend an entire evening gazing at the stars except there is no northern lights dancing across the night sky from the warmth and comfort of your own transparent room.

 Mini bar and outdoor dining area.

Shared bathroom area.

Address: No. 1, Waziwei St., Bali, 00249, Taipei City, Taiwan (Taipei City, 16.8 km to City centre)

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Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant

First time dining at Brotzeit and fell in love with the food.

CRISPY OVEN-ROASTED PORK KNUCKLE

PAN-SEARED BARRAMUNDI

Pan-seared sustainably farmed Barramundi fillet on a bed of fresh German egg noodles, with lemon herb cream sauce.

GRILLED PORK SAUSAGES

A firm German favourite, and one of Brotzeit’s signature dishes, the sausages are hearty and packed with flavour. Served with mashed potato and sauerkraut, and best enjoyed with a pint of our premium German draught beer.

BREADED CAMEMBERT

Three nuggets of oozy cheesy goodness, a decadent choice for cheese-lovers. Served with cranberry cream.

BREADED PRAWN

Enjoy the golden crunch – deep-fried breaded prawns with home-made tartar sauce.

MEDLEY OF SPREADS

Sliced premium multi-grain bread served with four traditional German spreads: Obatzda (German cheese spread), Griebenschmalz (bacon spread), Leberpastete (liver paté), and Kartofel Käse (potato cheese spread).

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Parental Control App – Protect and Save Your Child Vision with Plano!

Often appears in childhood, short-sightedness (as known myopia) is a common eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred. According to studies, 5 out of 10 children are affected by myopia during primary school years and by the time they are in secondary school, the affected ratio increases to 8.

To set the record straight, myopia is caused by a combination of both genetic and environmental factors such as spending too much time indoors and extended periods of time on near tasks like reading, writing or playing with smart devices.

In as much as we would want Big & Small M to have perfect eyesight, it seems a far reaching goal to reach when our ophthalmologist said they have myopia of varying levels and have to wear prescription glasses. In as much as we would like to limit our children usage of smart devices and screen exposure, it would be challenging to monitor them at all times.

What a blessing it is when we were introduced to a special friend in the form of an app – Plano – a Parenting Control App which is developed with the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC) to reduce risk factors associated with myopia, monitor device usage, filter unwanted content, and notify us when the kids step out of the designated safe zone.

The app brings along these benefits:

  • Using artificial intelligence to detect early signs of myopia, auto check-up reminders and parental reports
  • Live intervention to correct eye to screen distance and/or posture
  • Auto-timer when screen is on incentives to stop use when prompted
  • Schedule no-device timings
  • Plano empowers and rewards outdoor time and device-free activities

Our Experience

Indeed, knowing the benefits of Plano app is not enough and we just have to try it out. While we appreciate technological innovations, any app that is too complex or difficult to use (though may include many features) will deter us from using it. For a start, “simple and intuitive” are our first impressions after downloading.

We are delighted that facial recognition technology is embedded in Plano app to gauge Big & Small M’s eyes distance to the mobile phone. This is what happens when their eyes are too close to smart device. A notification will “pop up” to signal them.

Second, the app engages and interacts as well. Fun elements in the form of games are available to keep your child entertained. The more they play, the more points they earned.

With the points they earned, they will be rewarded as well. We are a tad surprised that Plano has collaborated with various merchants to provide fun activities for the kids. This feature motivates the kids to be disciplined when using the app of course, induces a fun and positive experience for them. Scroll through the plano shop you can select the activities you want to redeem with the points you earned. How good is it!

Oh, did we miss out that Plano app also provides a safety feature to notify parents when their little ones venture out of the designated safe zone? Ultimately, physical safety is of paramount importance to everyone and we are just glad that Plano app has brought all these to us. With just a few clicks, you can get a hold of this amazing app:

Enter the world of Plano in 4 east steps:

  1. Download
  1. Register
  • Click on ‘register’ and enter email address and password!
  1. Install Your Profile
  • iOS users will need to install Mobile Device Management profile as required by Apple to allow you to supervise your child’s device.
  1. Add Child
  • Click on ‘add child’ and enter name, DOB and eyesight details

Now with Plano app in place, we can remotely control or turn off the smart devices should the kids indulge in them for extended period or view shows that bring negative impact. What a friend we have in Plano!

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