Sep 20, 2018

It's a Kid-themed Staycation at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay + GIVEAWAY!

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One thing that I adore about staycations is it allows the family to enjoy a relaxing break from the usual routine without hitting the road, or skies. No need for passports, no jams and definitely no excessive packing!

Especially if it involves a hotel that designed with kids in mind.


Say hello to the 'Roarin' Kids Kingdom' family suite at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, a hotel located smack in the middle of the city. Yes, relaxation has never been so accessible.


But first, can I just mention that this hotel was where the wifey and I got married 15 years ago??? Back then, it was known as Hotel New Otani so just for remembrance sake, we visited the ballroom and asked Ayd to snap a photo of us at the place we we waited to march in. Oh, the nostalgia!


Everything looked almost similar but in a much newer and elegant condition of course, given that Novotel had done a great job in refurnishing the place after it took over.


Check-in was a breeze and we soon found ourselves in our family suite. And from the moment I opened the door, it was not difficult to predict the monkies' response.


How cute are these cartoon animal wall murals that adorn the suite corridor leading to the rooms?

By contrast, the main bedroom of 1 king-sized bed looked pretty normal.


At least the bathroom was HUGE.


And it came with a jacuzzi too!


But jacuzzi or not, the monkies' first instinct was to gravitate towards the other half of the family suite.


How not to when the kids' portion of the suite is so colourfully decorated!


From the cheery bedlinen (it's Tsum Tsum Frozen-themed so major brownie points scored in Ale's books already 🤣), kid-sized furniture, to even their own DVD player and cartoon DVDs , it was hard for the monkies not to fall in love with their very own cozy space.


See the bookshelves? The room also came stocked with story books for kids!


ALL hotel rooms should be dressed up like this for kids. Period.

Personally, I was definitely pleased to see that the room was super spacious and that its design was actually simple but contemporary. Everything looked new, and not dated.

There is also a swimming pool for hotel guests on Level 6 and although it's nothing to shout about, it is good for a few laps.


At the hotel lobby, there is a mini corner for kids too with an XBOX Kinect console and interactive touchscreen table to keep them busy.


Besides the  'Roarin' Kids Kingdom' family suite, Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay is currently offering a Hotel Transylvania-themed room for families too!


To mark the release in Singapore of Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation animated movie, the hotel has dressed up some of its rooms with Hotel Transylvania fittings.


For starters, kids will be presented with Hotel Transylvania 3 welcome gifts on arrival. On entering the room, they will discover a space entirely designed based on the movie: door hangers, eye masks, bed linen, cushions, mugs, foil cups and children’s bath robes to offer a truly unique experience of the animated movie’s world!



But that's not all - during your stay (and depending on the weekend of stay), the children will be entertained by the different Hotel Transylvania 3 activities like movie screenings, mask parties, storytelling sessions, canvas painting and pizza making.


The great thing is the activities are open to ALL guests, not only for those staying in the Hotel Transylvania 3-themed rooms. During our stay, the activity for that weekend was pizza making and there was absolutely no way the monkie would miss that!




The Hotel Transylvania 3-themed rooms will only be available until 31 October 2018 and should you be staying during this period, here are the activities that the kids can look forward to.


I think I can safely say the highlight of our staycation was the family suite. In fact, I think we spent more time chilling in our room than venturing outside! But that is exactly how a staycation should be - relaxing, unhurried, and kid-friendly.

That last bit is precisely what Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay's “Family&Novotel” package entails:

- Family room designed for two adults and two children: a study area for drawing, TV channels and cartoon DVDs for children
- Accommodation and breakfast are free for two children under the age of 16 sharing a room with their parents or grandparents
- 50% reduction on the cost of a second room for children aged 8 to 16
- Baby equipment available free of charge on request (cot, highchair, bottle sterilizer, etc.)
- Welcome gifts for children
- Children’s menu


Now that is what I call a staycation.


GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, I have ONE F&B voucher for a family for 42 adults and 2 children (under 12 years) to give away!

- Valid at The Square Restaurant only
- Valid for until 21 December 2018 (Not valid on eve of & PH and special occasions).
- Valid for both lunch and dinner buffets. (My advice: go for the dinner buffet since it is more expensive 😂)
- Reservation has to be made in advance

To participate, all you have to do is the following:

1. LIKE Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay's Facebook page HERE.
2. Leave your comment either in the corresponding Facebook post HERE or in this blog post after you have done so.


WANT TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING?
SHARE this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook for a BONUS chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that I can see the shared post.

Giveaway ends on 30 Sep 2018, 2359 hours.

GOOD LUCK! :)




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Address: 177A River Valley Rd, Singapore 179031
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Sep 17, 2018

6 Places in Singapore to bring Kids to Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 this Weekend

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This year's Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) falls on 24 September 2018, which is a Monday. This means that the bulk of the Mid-Autumn activities will be taking place this 22 & 23 September weekend.

And since the Mid-Autumn Festival is all about spending time with the family, parading lanterns and of course, gorging on mooncakes, what better way to spend this weekend than take your pick from the list of activities below and bring the kiddos out to soak in the festivities!


Depending on your preference, there are SIX to choose from:


#1 If you wish to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with humongous colourful lantern displays, including a spectacular light and sound show:

Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay
Now until 24 Sep 2018
Mon - Thur: 6pm - 10pm | Fri - Sun: 6pm - 11pm
Various locations, Gardens by the Bay
FREE


Lantern sets depicting the fantastical will adorn Gardens by the Bay this Mid-Autumn Festival. Based on the theme “Autumn of Fantasies” (奇幻之秋), these marvellous lantern sets depict a diversity of worlds unfettered by reality, from mythical creatures to larger-than-life flora and fauna. Adding to the atmosphere is a bustling marketplace at the Supertree Grove, where visitors can enjoy cultural performances, a food street, and a showcase of traditional Chinese crafts.

LANTERN DISPLAYS
Time: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Various locations


Celebrate an Autumn of Fantasies with dazzling lantern sets that bring together imaginary worlds and natural wonders. In “Leaping over the Dragon’s Gate”, our widest lantern set to date spanning 70m across water, carps brave the strong currents as they swim upstream towards the Dragon’s Gate in the hope of turning into a dragon. Another highlight is “The Phoenix and the Peony”, which symbolises nobility, harmony and affluence.

GARDEN RHAPSODY: TALES OF THE MOON
Date: Now until Sun, 30 Sep 2018
Time: 7.45pm & 8.45pm (Daily)
Venue: Supertree Grove


Adding to the Mid-Autumn festivities is a special edition of the Garden Rhapsody! Immerse yourself in a breathtaking choreography of lights and music inspired by legends and songs of the moon.

CULTURAL PERFORMANCES
Time: 8.00pm – 8.45pm (Mon – Thu) | 7.00pm – 7.45pm & 8.00pm – 8.45pm (6 Sep & Fri – Sun)
Venue: Supertree Grove
Curated by co-organiser, the National Arts Council, the free nightly cultural programme will present opportunities for visitors to enjoy and be inspired by Singapore’s rich heritage. Appreciate vibrant and diverse traditional arts performances by home-grown arts groups of different genres, cultures and ages, and bond over the creative interpretations of the theme Fantastic Traditions.

COLONNADE OF LIGHTS
Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Colonnade (Supertree Grove)


The Colonnade transforms into a resplendent gallery of lanterns, each hand-painted with love by the community.

FUN ZONE
Time: 6.00pm - 10.00pm (Mon – Thu) | 6.00pm - 11.00pm (Fri – Sun)
Venue: Supertree Grove | *Charges apply to selected games
Try your hand at traditional local games like Kuti Kuti and Goli, as well as other exciting games!

FOOD STREET
Time: 6.00pm - 10.00pm (Mon – Thu) | 6.00pm - 11.00pm (Fri – Sun)
Venue: Supertree Grove | *Charges apply
Indulge in a spread of local and Asian delights at the Supertree Grove!

#2 If you wish to soak in the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere:

Mid-Autumn @ Chinatown
Now until 8 Oct 2018
FREE


Street Light-Up
Date: Now until 8 October 2018
Time: 7pm – 12mn (Sunday – Thursday) | 7pm – 2am (Friday & Saturday)
Venue: Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road


Soak in the festivities and celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown, where traditional Chinese culture comes alive. This year street light-up will depict the stories of Chinatown where our forefathers came to Singapore in search for better life and opportunities. In addition, be enchanted by the decorations of Chinatown as New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and the inner streets of Chinatown are adorned with colourful traditional lanterns.

Festive Trade Fair and Festive Bazaar
Date for Carnival: Now until  30 September 2018
Time: 11:00am – 10:30pm
Venue: open space in front of People’s Park Complex

Date for Street Stall: Now until 24 September 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street and Smith Street

During the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival, visitors can bask in the festivities, walk along the bustling festive street stalls and shop for festive goodies. Be spoilt for choice as over 300 festival stalls will offer a dazzling variety of festive treats like moon cake, pomelos, lanterns, handicrafts, tea and more.


Nightly Stage Shows
Date: Now until 24 September 2018
Time: 8pm – 10:30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square
Gather around for the nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. Even today, the Square remains a popular gathering point for local Chinese communities. Catch and be entertained by the animated and dynamic Chinese cultural acts, folk songs, and music and dance numbers by local entertainers and overseas performing troupes.

Mass Lantern Walk
Date: 23 September 2018
Time: 7pm – 10 pm
Venue: Starting point – Kreta Ayer Square| Ending point – Along New Bridge Road (Main Stage in front of Lucky Chinatown)
Enjoy a fun night out with your family and friends with your creative lanterns as you join in the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 Mass Lantern Walk that is open to the general public. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you soak in the leisurely-paced lantern parade procession under the full moon and the dazzling displays around Chinatown. Don’t forget the impressive acts of the dragon dance troupes, energetic cheerleaders and the percussion band along the way! The lantern walk will conclude with stage performances, pyrotechnics and fireworks display in the heart of Chinatown.

#3 If you wish to celebrate Mid-Autumn in the cutest and most instagrammable way possible:

Disney Tsum Tsum Mid-Autumn Celebration of Love
Now until 30 Sep 2018
VivoCity, Sky Park (Level 3)


This Mid-Autumn, join Disney Tsum Tsum and VivoCity as they celebrate love between family and friends. Witness more that 2,000 Disney Tsum Tsum lanterns light up the night sky at VivoCity’s Sky Park in a spectacular Mid-Autumn Celebration of Love!


Release a Wish of Love
30 Aug – 30 Sep 2018
Celebrate Mid-Autumn and release a wish in ther Disney’s Frozen-themed wonderland. Purchase a wishing card at $2 from TANGS Customer Service Counter at Level 1. 100% gross proceeds will be donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation.


#4 If you wish to expose the little ones to Chinese traditional art forms:

Moonfest 2018
21 - 23 Sep 2018; Various Timings
Esplanade
FREE and Ticketed events


Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration is an annual Chinese traditional arts festival held in celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival. Now in its 14th edition, Moonfest showcases the intrinsic beauty of traditional arts so that all may cherish our shared heritage in this increasingly tech-savvy world. The festival is also a great opportunity for parents and their children to get in touch with our roots and keep traditions alive. FREE activities include:

Origins of Drum
21 Sep 2018 | 7pm, 8.30pm & 10pm | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre


Witness the highly coordinated and intense exchanges between drummers of Drum Feng as they bring you a mix of traditional and contemporary percussion music including Ox Vs Tiger, The Bathing Mynahs as well as the group’s signature act Electrifying Drums. These performances will enthrall you with its sudden twists and turns, high-octane beats and choreography.

Spot the Mascots and Chinese Legendary Figures!
21 Sep 2018, Fri: 7.45pm: Starting from Outdoor Theatre | 9.15pm: Starting from Outdoor Theatre
22 Sep 2018, Sat: 4.30pm: Starting from Concourse | 5.30pm: Starting from Concourse | 6.30pm: Starting from Toastbox, Mall Level 1 | 7.25pm: Starting from Forecourt Garden | 8.45pm: Starting from Concourse
23 Sep 2018, Sun: 4.30pm: Starting from Concourse | 5.30pm: Starting from Concourse | 6.30pm: Starting from Old School Delights, Mall Level 2 | 7.45pm: Starting from Outdoor Theatre
PIP’s Special Appearance: 22 & 23 Sep 2018, Sat & Sun - 4.30pm & 5.30pm: Concourse


Chang’e, Sun Wu Kong, Mr Mooncake, Han Xiang Zi and a mysterious ancient scholar are here at Esplanade to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with everybody! Our ever-lovable PIP will also make a special appearance on 22 & 23 September too. Come spot them!

Crosstalk Fun at Mid-Autumn
22 Sep 2018 | 3pm, 4pm & 5pm | Esplanade Concourse


Enjoy witty and lyrical crosstalk performances by young performers from EduPlanet, trained by renowned crosstalk actor, Soo Wee Seng. The line-up features dual dialogues, traditional clapper rhythms, as well as a fast-paced recitation of legendary figures.

Spin It!
22 Sep 2018 | 5.30pm & 6.30pm | Forecourt Garden


Pick up the basics of plate-spinning and diabolo-tossing in this hands-on workshop. No prior experience needed.

Lantern Walkabout
22 Sep 2018 | 7.30pm | Esplanade Waterfront
Take a stroll along the Esplanade Waterfront while carrying your favourite lantern with your loved ones under the moonlit night. This lantern walkabout will also feature a spectacular dragon dance by Hong Jie Association! Gather at Esplanade Forecourt Garden by 7.15pm.

Storytelling: Heroines!
22 & 23 Sep 2018 | 12.45pm, 3.15pm & 4.45pm | PIP's PLAYbox
Houyi, Guanyu, Yuefei... we hear a lot about male warriors of the past. But what about the women who made a difference? This Moonfest, join Tan Weiying as she regales you with tales of heroines from ancient China!

Craft Activity: DIY Shrink Art
22 & 23 Sep 2018 | 3.30pm | Esplanade Festival Corner
Make your own shrink art trinket and, at the same time, find out more about legendary figures from Chinese stories.

We Love Storytelling!
23 Sep 2018 | 3pm, 4pm & 5pm | Esplanade Concourse
Chinese folk stories have been around for a long time. These colourful, entertaining and richly illustrated tales contain meaningful moral lessons that are passed down from one generation to the next. Don’t miss this storytelling session by Lin Fu Lai happening as part of Moonfest 2018!

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#5 If you wish for the kids to learn more about the history and cultural significance of Mid-Autumn Festival all under one roof:

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2018
22 & 23 Sep 2018; 10am - 9.30pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
FREE


This year’s festival presents an exciting weekend of offerings suitable for the young and the young at heart, including heritage trails, mooncake tasting, lantern-making workshops, storytelling of Mid-Autumn tales, performances ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, and more. Join in the fun at Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival on 22 and 23 September 2018 to learn more about the history and cultural significance of this widely celebrated festival!


The Memorial Hall’s thematic lantern installation also promises to make for great photo-moments under the stars. Featuring lanterns from across Southeast Asia, the festive installation celebrates Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year. The lantern installation will be on display from 1 September to 8 October 2018.

Unveiling Singapore’s Largest Mooncake
Date: 22 Sep 2018
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Admission: No registration required. Available on a first come, first served basis.
Be a part of history in the making, as the Memorial Hall attempts to set a new record for the Largest Mooncake in Singapore! Join our partners and visitors in commemorating this historical moment as the Memorial Hall unveils Singapore’s first giant mooncake measuring a whopping 1.8 metres in diameter. Be sure to snap a photo with the record-breaking mooncake, and savour a piece of it!
The giant mooncake is Halal-certified.

Snowskin Mooncake Workshop
Date: 22 & 23 Sep 2018
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm 
Admission: $10.00/pair. Register at peatix.com/user/1035460
Mid-Autumn Festival won’t be complete without mooncakes, which are Chinese pastries traditionally filled with a sweet lotus paste. Learn how to make this delicious festive delicacy and bring home some tasty treats for your family.

Jade Rabbit Lantern Workshop
Date: 22 Sep 2018
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Admission: $10.00/pair. Register at peatix.com/user/1035460
Complete your Mid-Autumn experience and have fun creating your very own Jade Rabbit Lantern! Express your creativity in this traditional craft session and bring your lantern to life.

Moon-gazing Binoculars Workshop
Date: 23 Sep 2018
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Admission: $10.00/pair. Register at peatix.com/user/1035460
Get crafty and try your hand at making a pair of unique moon-gazing binoculars to admire the beauty of the full moon this Mid-Autumn Festival. If you look hard enough, you might see the moon goddess Chang’E and her loyal companion, the Jade Rabbit!

Fun with Lantern Riddles
Date: 22 & 23 Sep 2018
Time: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Admission: No registration required
Have fun guessing the riddles in this traditional game. Collect your activity passport at our Reception Desk and get a stamp when you get five answers correct, and stand a chance to win a mystery prize!

Mooncake & Tea Tasting
Date: 22 & 23 Sep 2018
Time: 11.00am – 8.00pm
Admission: No registration required. Available on a first come, first served basis.
Savour a taste of tradition and sample our range of yummy mooncakes and aromatic Nanyang tea. Enjoy these festive delicacies as you learn more about Mid-Autumn Festival!

Miniature Lantern-making
Date: 22 & 23 Sep 2018
Time: 11.00am – 8.00pm
Admission: No registration required
Try your hand at this simple paper lantern craft activity, and bring home a Mid-Autumn souvenir. Collect your activity passport at our Reception Desk and get a stamp when you visit our booth, and stand a chance to win a free mystery prize!

Bookmark Calligraphy
Date: 22 & 23 Sep 2018
Time: 11.00am – 8.00pm
Admission: No registration required
Fancy a personalised bookmark with Mid-Autumn themed sayings, or even your name on it? Collect your activity passport at our Reception Desk and get a stamp when you visit our booth, and stand a chance to win a mystery prize!

Make Your Own Shrink Art
Date: 22 Sep 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Admission: No registration required
Have some fun at our drop-in sand shrink art workshop, and create colourful masterpieces using our adorable templates! Collect your activity passport at our Reception Desk and get a stamp when you visit our booth, and stand a chance to win a mystery prize!

Make Your Own Sun-catcher
Date: 23 Sep 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm 
Admission: No registration required
Design your very own sun-catcher, adorned with stencils of mooncakes, lanterns, and the Jade Rabbit. Hold your final masterpiece up against the sun, and be amazed by the kaleidoscope of colours that shine through! Collect your activity passport at our Reception Desk and get a stamp when you visit our booth, and stand a chance to win a mystery prize!

Face Painting
Date: 22 & 23 Sep 2018
Time: 11.00am – 8.00pm
Admission: No registration required
Transform yourself into a delicate flower, fearsome tiger, or adorable bunny at the stroke of a brush. Collect your activity passport at our Reception Desk and get a stamp when you visit our booth, and stand a chance to win a mystery prize!

Mid-Autumn Tales
Date: 22 Sep 2018
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (Chi); 5.00pm – 6.00pm (Eng) 

Date: 23 Sep 2018
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (Eng); 5.00pm – 6.00pm (Chi) 
Admission: No registration required

Do you know why we eat mooncakes during Mid-Autumn Festival, or how the legend of Chang’E came to be? Explore the origins of Mid-Autumn Festival at this special interactive storytelling session and learn more about the connection between the Moon Goddess, Jade Rabbit, and our much-loved mooncakes! Each session will feature a different story and craft activity.

Evening Concert
Date: 22 & 23 Sep 2018
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Admission: No registration required
Experience wonder and delight in this dynamic showcase of cultural and contemporary arts! Grab a hammock or picnic mat, and enjoy a range of performances under the stars. Performances include dragon dance, kungfu tea, traditional lantern dance, quick-change, live music, drama production on the legend of Chang’E, and more!

#6  If you wish to just chill under the evening sky, enjoy a picnic & spend some family time together:


Garden Sounds
22 Sep 2018; 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE

Head down to the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage for an evening of music! Pack your picnic mat and basket and enjoy the tunes from Mayday, Adele, Spice Girls and more!

Da Capo XIII- The Magic of Music
23 Sep 2018; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE

Join the NUS Wind Symphony on a wondrous evening as they enchant you with fond melodies from movies such as The Incredibles, Kung Fu Panda and Harry Potter, at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Conducted by Francis Tan, this is an evening specially dedicated to the NUS Centre For The Arts supporters and friends who have journeyed with them through the years. Relax and enjoy the evening as the 25th Anniversary celebrations continue.



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Sep 12, 2018

8 Fun Things to Do in Macau with Kids

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When I mentioned that I was going to visit Macao (or Macau) with the kids over the National Day long weekend, most people remarked that there isn't anything fun to do with the kids there.. or whether the wifey is going to look after the kids while I scoot off to one the many casinos there. For the record, I don't gamble.

But I do understand the sentiments because let's face it, one doesn't usually lump the words “family-friendly” and “Macao” together in the same sentence. But over the years, Macao has evolved into a vibrant city with kid-friendly attractions and of course, a foodie paradise. Oh yes, that last bit there is enough to make me salivate - think Portuguese egg tarts, pork chop buns, egg rolls, peanut candies, roasted meat and many other local specialities!


I will cover the gorging part in another post because let's just zoom straight into the family-friendly activties in Macao for now, shall we?

What makes Macao so awesome to visit is its history as a Portuguese colony from the mid-16th century to 1999. You see the Portuguese influence at every corner that you turn, from its colonial architecture to even its cuisine. And it is precisely the former that will easily take up 1 or 2 days of your stay should you wish to bring the kids on a heritage trail. (Psst, and it's free too!)

1. Senado Square


Having been Macao’s urban centre for centuries since the port of Macao was opened for trade, a the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Senado Square is still the most popular venue for public events and celebrations today. The Square is paved with Portuguese beautiful cobblestones and surrounded by pastel coloured neo-classical buildings - reminiscent of a picturesque European city.


Do head there on an empty stomach because there are numerous cafes and food kiosks that line the street of Senado Square!


Theese are but two of the food stops we made along the way. LOL.


2. Ruins of St. Paul’s 

As you walk towards the end of the Square, a famous landmark will come into full view.


In the Historic Center, one will find one of the most photographed spots on the island: the ruins of the Church of St. Paul.

The Ruins of St. Paul's refer to the facade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640, destroyed by fire in 1835, and the ruins of St. Paul's College, which stood adjacent to the Church. Nowadays, the facade of the Ruins of St. Paul's functions symbolically as an altar to the city. The site is unlike no other, and you can also visit the St Paul’s Museum on the site to see the original city walls.

Although I have to add, it looks much more beautiful at night.


Ale was particularly looking forward to seeing it for herself after hearing her school Form Teacher talk about it in class. Tip is to go early (or at night) if you don't want the crowds to spoil your photos!

3. Old Taipa Village

Journey to one of the only traditional villages remaining in Macao. It’s quieter over here, with pedestrian-only alleys and small shops and restaurants.


Here, you can visit the Taipa Houses Museum - Admission is FREE! - which comprises of five distinctive green houses with the style of Portuguese architecture. Considered as one of the cultural relics and heritages of the Island, it was built in 1921, which had been the residences for high superior civil servants and Macanese families.  In late 90's, the government decided to fully remodel them, recognizing its important architectural value, transforming them into museums.

If history isn't exactly your thing, fret not as there is still loads of food to explore here!


Head to Rua do Cunha, a narrow pedestrian street in Taipa is filled with shops, stalls, and vendors offering a range of delicious snacks, most freshly made on premises.


Expect to find the usual Macao staples of Pork Chop bun, curry fishballs, mochi, and traditional pastries.


And if you are looking for the renowned Lord Stow’s Bakery, which is considered the king of Macao egg tarts, it has a branch in Rua do Cunha too. I bought a pack of 6 egg tarts and they were finsihed before I knew it. THEY WERE SO GOOD... and ADDICTIVE!!!


The weather can be pretty unpredictable in Macao as we found out - it rained for 3 days out of the 4 days we were there. Luckily, Macao is also home to numerous indoor activities well suited for kids and as it turned out, the monkies were kept extremely well entertained!

4. Warner Bros. Fun Zone


The Warner Bros. Fun Zone at Studio City is a 4,000 sq metre indoor play area featureing tons of exciting activities themed around favourite characters from DC Comics and Looney Tunes. Think jumping, climbing, sliding and car racing as well as interactive games!



Younger kids will have a ball of of time in the huge play structure as well as racing against each other in the oh-so-cute superhero cars.


For those looking for a little thrill, there is the Bounce-O-Matic ride which promises to elicit yelps of joy from the little ones thanks to those short drops. Heh.



For my older monkies though, their fave areas included the climbing walls where they got a really good workout.



They also enjoyed the Hypercade where they got to go on a laser shooting quest!


I lost to the boys. Dang it.


For toddlers, there is separate playground area with smaller play structures.


Oh, and you may bump into certain mascots while you are there too!



Great place to visit with kids - even Ash and Ayd enjoyed it - though I figure you probably need no more than 3 hours there.


Oh, and we didn't had to waste time queuing because we got out tickets through Klook. The e-vouchers were stored in my phone and all I had to do was show them at the entrance. More details are at the end of the post.

5. Batman Dark Flight


When at Warner Bros. Fun Zone, don't miss the Batman Dark Flight too (it is just a floor down).

It's an immersive, 4D motion ride where we got to 'fly' over Gotham City and be part of an action-packed Batman story.


Again we got our tickets through Klook, and it was really hassle-free. We could just skip the ticket queue and head straight to the entrance for the staff to scan out tickets. And the price is CHEAPER too!


So what was the ride like? Think of it like the Transformers ride at USS but way cooler - the seats we were in completely took us by surprise when we were hoisted into the air with our legs dangling. Thrilling stuff yes, but not that scary because even Ale enjoyed it!


6. Macao Science Center


We made an impromptu visit to Macao Science Center because it was raining. Frankly, I was not expecting much but we ended spending close to 3.5 hours there because it has a whopping 14 galleries and more than 450 interactive exhibits ranging from astronomy, materials, DNA to sound and movement.



The ‘Fun Science Gallery’ is a basic introduction to Science for kids, while the ‘Children’s Science Gallery’ allows younger children to learn by completing hands-on tasks, including a special construction-themed gallery and big water play area for kids.



And it's good for older kids and adults too! I learnt stuff that I didn't knew before.

But the best part is probably its entry fee because it is only about S$4.30 for adults and S$2.60 for kids! We could have scored even cheaper tickets had we gotten our tickets through Klook but because it was unplanned, we bought them over the counter.


Even better, top up S$1.70 for your kids and they get to go wild in an indoor playground... while you chill at the cafe beside it. Good idea, eh?


7. House of Dancing Water


Short summary of the show: If you're in Macau, you MUST MUST MUST watch House of Dancing Water - the world's largest and most spectacular water-based show!


The spectacular show is unique to Macau and offers audience 270-degree views so you can see all the action no matter which part of the theatre you are sitting at.

The story follows a fisherman who tells a story of legends guided by a magical force but in all honesty, the storyline is just secondary becaue this extremely family-friendly show is packed with adrenaline-filled performances featuring water diving stunts, motorbikes acrobatic stunts, and aerial acrobatics that wowed us to no end. I forgot how many times I had to pick my jaw off the floor.


Oh, and that amazing stage! It can hold 3.7 million gallons of water and can transform from a pool deep enough for high diving to a completely dry floor in a matter of seconds! How do they even do it???

I'm not kidding when I say this is the best show we had seen. Ever. All the other musicals, cirque du soleil shows, circus acts don't even come close. It is THAT good.


TIP: Be sure to book your tickets well in advance though because the show is extremely popular. The ticket counter was swarming with people when we arrived. Luckily we had already got our tickets through Klook so I just flashed my e-tickets on the phone and we were seated. Sweet!

8. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom


On one of the rare days that did not rain, we managed to squeeze a day trip to Zhuhai which is home to the massive Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park.


Think of it as a cross between our USS and S.E.A. Aquarium, with an ocean theme. So yes, there are lots of amusement rides, sea animals shows and marine creature exhibits.


One of its star attractions is the Whale Shark Aquarium, which is the world's largest and has garnered 5 Guinness World Records. With a total area of 22,000 ㎡ and a total water volume of 31,000 m³, it houses more than 20,000 rare marine animals, including manta rays, sharks and sea turtles.



If you are visiting in the summer (like we did), it can get hot outdoors so the aquarium was the perfect escape from the heat option for us. Likewise, for the animal shows too which were sheltered.





Of course, there was no escaping from the theme prark rides too.



But the most fun of the lot honour has to go to the Parrot Coaster which boasted the following accolades:

- The scariest roller-coaster in the park
- The world's third tallest roller-coaster in the world
- The world's longest AND fastest wing-coaster in the world


Naturally, both Ash and Ayd were only too eager to hop onto it. Arguably the most thrilling ride at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, it is 1.3km long and has a top speed of 108km/hr. And they went on it TWICE. Yup, I think they are certified roller-coaster junkies. I'm just glad I had the excuse of my slipped disc surgery to not go on it. 😂

Come nightfall, the fun continued with a dazzling night parade and a spectacular fireworks show.


Getting there from Macau is pretty straightforward - hop on a shuttle bus from either Hotel Beverly Plaza or Studio City in Macao (about S$5 per pax per way) and it brings you all the way to the park. Remember to bring along your passports because you have to clear immigration. All in all, we took slightly over an hour to reach, inclusive of the time spent clearing immigration. You can see HERE for the shuttle bus timings.

Definitely worth a visit if your kids are theme park junkies like mine.


And because it's China, you can be certain of long queues so it was a good thing we already had our e-tickets from Klook. Minimum fuss later and we were in the park!

So if you are planning a trip to Macao with the family, it definitely pays to purchase your tickets beforehand via Klook. Not only does it prevent unnecessasy queuing and time wastage, the tickets are usually cheaper than if you buy them over the counter!

Click on the links below to check the respective prices:



BONUS! Enjoy $5 off your first booking on Klook when you enter the promocode CHEEKIEMONKIES5! Code is valid till 31 Dec 2018.


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