May 3, 2016

Best 10 Water Parks in Singapore for Kids

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Singapore experiences 2 seasons all year round - hot and HOTTER! Which probably explains why there is something about playing with water that get all kids (and parents) excited. Whether it is staying cool in the pool, sliding down a water slide or drifting lazily along a lazy river, we all love a good splash every now and then.

So grab those little speedos and head down to these 10 best water parks that are not only fantastic fun for kids but also for parents too!

Oh and in case you are wondering, a day out at the water parks need not be an expensive affair.

As the first 5 places in the list below shows, we have some of the best, value-for-money and often underrated swimming facilities here in Singapore. Entry to these public swimming complexes only cost an affordable $1.50 per adult and $0.80 per child/senior on weekdays, and $2 per adult and $1 per child/senior on weekends and public holidays - which means it only costs a total of $6 for a family of 4 on a weekend! And mind you, these public swimming complexes come with water playgrounds, tall wavy slides, lazy rivers and even jacuzzis, just like what one will find at a water theme park!

1. Jurong West Aquatic Centre

Unless you are staying in the West, this swimming complex is not exactly in the most accessible location. But rest assured that your journey to the West will be well worth the effort, for there is a huge Savanna-themed Water Play area which comes complete with two slides, water fountains amid lots of jet water streams.

For older children, there is the three-storey tube slide (Min. height of 1.2m) where one gets to slide through the snaking blue tube over the kiddy Water Play area and landing with a giant splash at the end of it all.

Oh, and did I mention there is a Lazy River too? For some reason, lazy rivers are always a hit with the monkies!

Address: 20 Jurong West St 93, Singapore 648965
Opening Hours: 8am - 9.30pm (Wednesday to Monday & Public Holidays) | Closed every Tuesday
Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident: Weekdays - Adults $1.50 Children $0.80 | Weekends - Adults $2, children $1
Standard Rate: Weekdays - $2 | Weekends - $2.60

2. Jurong East Swimming Complex

Jurong residents are extremely lucky when it comes to water parks because they have got two water theme parks to choose from! Jurong East Swimming Complex comes complete with a giant wave pool, lazy river, Jacuzzi with bubble jets, and a children’s water play area.

But nothing can be compared to the three towering water slides that almost intertwine with one another. A bonus is the presence of KFC for those feeling famished after a day of fun.

Address: 21 Jurong East Street 31, Singapore 609517
Opening Hours: 8am - 9.30pm (Tues, Thur & Fri) | 6.30am – 9.30pm (Wed & Sat) | 2.30pm – 9.30pm (Sun)
Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident: Weekdays - Adults $1.50 Children $0.80 | Weekends - Adults $2, children $1
Standard Rate: Weekdays - $2 | Weekends - $2.60

3. Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex

Choa Chu Kang’s Wave Pool ranks as one of the best that we have experienced. The waves were strong enough but yet still suitable for children to have fun all by themselves. For younger kids, there is an adjoining pool beside the Wave Pool with a small inlet for the waves to enter. As a result, the waves are gentler and more suited for younger kids who do not want to miss out on all the fun too!

 There is also a partially sheltered water playground, winding lazy river, Jacuzzi pools and the mandatory three-storey twirling closed tube slide (Min Height 1.2m) tucked away at the far end of the swimming complex.

Feeling peckish? Fuel up at the cafe located within the swimming complex.

Address: 1 Choa Chu Kang St 53 Singapore 689236
Opening Hours: 8.00am - 9.30pm (Tuesday to Sunday & Public Holidays) | Closed on Mon
Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident: Weekdays - Adults $1.50 Children $0.80 | Weekends - Adults $2, children $1
Standard Rate: Weekdays - $2 | Weekends - $2.60
*NOTE: The complex is closed for renovation from 10 Feb 2016 until 14 June 2016.

4. Sengkang Swimming Complex

At Sengkang Swimming Complex, they take things to the extreme. How else will you explain the – are you ready for this – EIGHT colourful slides for everyone? These include rollercoaster slides, a pair of winding tubes and gentler slides for children who do not meet the 1.2-metre height minimum for the big slides.

Smaller kids can splash silly at the water playground while adults can laze away at the huge Jacuzzi area.

Address: 57 Anchorvale Road Singapore 544964
Opening Hours: 8.00am - 9.30pm daily | Closed on Mon
Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident: Weekdays - Adults $1.50 Children $0.80 | Weekends - Adults $2, children $1
Standard Rate: Weekdays - $2 | Weekends - $2.60

5. Pasir Ris Swimming Complex

One of the newest public swimming complexes to open in Singapore, Pasir Ris Swimming Complex boasts two super water slides, fun water playground and wading pools for kids.

The kiddy pool features mini slides and sprinklers, which makes it great for toddlers. Parents can chill at the Jacuzzi while their kids wreck havoc at the water playground!

Address: 120 Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 519640
Opening Hours: 8.00am - 9.30pm daily | Closed on Wed except on PH
Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident: Weekdays - Adults $1.50 Children $0.80 | Weekends - Adults $2, children $1
Standard Rate: Weekdays - $2 | Weekends - $2.60

If you are looking for water fun for the kiddos on a LARGER scale, there are the water theme parks to guarantee an entire day's worth of fun!

6. Adventure Cove Waterpark

This Waterpark certainly needs no introduction. Feel the adrenaline rush as you zoom down thrilling waterslides such as Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster, or just chill out at the Bluwater Bay wave pool. 

Grab a tube and journey down Adventure River, passing through 14 themed zones including a tropical jungle garden and a grotto inhabited by whimsical sea creatures or better yet, snorkel over a colourful coral reef with 20,000 friendly fishes! 

Promising endless splashes of fun, Adventure Cove Waterpark is an aquatic adventure park with something for everyone.

Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm daily
Price: Adult $36 | Child (4-12 yrs) $26 | Senior (60yrs & above) $26

7. Port of Lost Wonder

Perfect for kids aged 9 and below, Port of Lost Wonder is Singapore's first kids' club by the Beach. Housing a signature water play area in the shape of a huge Pirate Ship, expect lots of water pistols, slides, and water jets at little ones’ fingertips. There is also a wading pool that surrounds the entire ship! 

With a myriad of specially-designed activities such as Pots & Planks, seasonal workshops and even a Foam Party, no wonder the monkies have been clamouring go back time and time again.

Address: Palawan Beach (near Beach Car Park), Sentosa
Opening Hours: 10 am - 6.30pm daily
Price: $10 (Weekdays) | $15 (School Holidays, Weekends & Public Holidays) | Free Admission for Adults

8. Wild Wild Wet

A pioneer among all Waterparks in Singapore, Wild Wild Wet at Downtown East is home to Southeast Asia’s first raft slide, the Ular-Lah and Waterworks, super flume tube slides that come in covered and open-top versions. 

Parents take note – Wild Wild Wet is one child-friendly attraction with plenty of water rides catering to the little ones, such as the shallow splashing pool Yippee! and Professor’s Playground, which is filled with water cannons, fountains and cascading water from a giant bucket. The uber-friendly nature of the waterpark allows parents of infants to rent baby water carriers so that infants will not be left out!

Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Downtown East, Singapore 519599
Opening Hours: 1pm – 7pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 7pm (Sat, Sun, School & Public Holidays)
Off-peak (Mon-Fri): Adult $20 | Child (3-11 years old) & Senior Citizen (55 & above) $14 | Family Package (2 adults & 2 children) $62
Peak (Sat, Sun, PH & Sch Hols): Adult $24 | Child (3-11 years old) & Senior Citizen (55 & above) $17 | Family Package (2 adults & 2 children) $74

9. Rainforest Kidzworld at Singapore Zoo & Birdz of Play at Jurong Bird Park

As if spending a day at the Singapore Zoo was not already enough fun, the watery playground at Rainforest Kidzworld promises to up the ante. Great for kids of all ages, the water wonderland is peppered with water sprayers, rain arches, water-flushed slides, climbers and a jumbo water bucket. There is plenty of water wading space for the aspiring little swimmers too.

Similar to the Zoo’s set-up but on a smaller scale, the bird-themed Birdz of Play water park at Jurong Bird Park offers separate water play areas for younger and older children. Toddlers can wade into the shallow pool for hours of fun with the water sprays and slides while older kids aged 5 and above can expect a much wilder time as they try to outdo each other in a squirt ‘fight’ or wait under the giant tipping bucket for the ultimate soak experience.

Compared to its counterpart at the Zoo, the water park at Jurong Bird Park is seemingly less crowded and quieter - which translates to more opportunities for the kids to go on the water slides!

Rainforest Kidzworld at Singapore Zoo
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore Zoo, Singapore 729826
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm daily
Price: Zoo Admission Charges apply – Adult $33 | Child (3-12) $22 | Senior Citizen $15

Birdz of Play at Jurong Bird Park
Address: 2 Jurong Hill, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore 628925
Opening Hours: 88.330am – 6pm daily
Price: Bird Park Admission Charges apply – Adult $29 | Child (3-12) $19 | Senior Citizen $13

10. Splash @ Kidz Amaze

If you are already familiar with the Kidz Amaze Indoor Playgrounds at SAFRA Jurong and SAFRA Toa Payoh, then the newly-opened Splash @ Kidz Amaze will bring a new level of excitement for the kids - a splashing good time, that's what!

The newest water park to open in Singapore, the 5-storey SAFRA clubhouse in Punggol is home to a first of its kind indoor water playground in Singapore! With an ‘Enchanted Deep Sea’ theme, the mega three-storey facility is equipped with fun and interactive water play elements, including eight different play decks, five slides and a themed splash pad.

While the main water play structure is recommended for kids aged 6 years old and above, an entirely shaded area, with a much shallower water level, is specially reserved for younger kids including toddlers aged between 18 and 36 months.

Address: 9 Sentul Cres, Singapore 828654
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 8pm | Fri - Sun, Gazetted Public & School Holidays: 10am - 9pm
Kids (18 months to 13 years old)
OFF-PEAK (Mon - Thurs): Kidz Amaze Member $8 | SAFRA Member $12 | Public $16
PEAK (Fri - Sun, PH & Sch Hols): Kidz Amaze Member $10 | SAFRA Member $15 | Public $20
SAFRA Member $2 | Public $5
OFF-PEAK (Mon - Thurs): Kidz Amaze Member $16 | SAFRA Member $25 | Public $35
PEAK (Fri - Sun, PH & Sch Hols): Kidz Amaze Member $20 | SAFRA Member $28 | Public $40

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Apr 28, 2016

15 Activities for Kids this Labour Day Long Weekend 2016

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Figuring out where to go and what to do together with the family on Labour Day should not be hard work... especially since it's a long weekend! For parents with primary and secondary school going kids, this long weekend is probably reserved for some serious studying.

But hey, everyone needs a break, no?

So if you are planning to relax just a teeny bit this long weekend, I have made it easy with this list of recommendations!

Singapore HeritageFest 2016
Now until 15 May 2016
Various timings and locations

Into its 13th year, the National Heritage Board’s signature Singapore HeritageFest promises yet another edition of heritage fun! Spanning three weekends from 29 April to 15 May, Singapore HeritageFest 2016 will present the hidden and lesser-known stories about our shared spaces and ways of life. Through immersive programmes such as trails, open houses and performances, the festival will enable Singapore’s diverse communities to share their stories with the public and bring these valuable memories to life in celebration of our vibrant cultural heritage.

For a full listing of all events and activities, visit Selected activities that will be held over the Labour Day long weekend include the following:

Journey to the West: Web of Deceit by Paper Monkey Theatre
29 & 30 Apr 2016 | 6.20pm & 7.25pm | National Museum of Singapore | FREE
Master Tang San Zang and Sun Wu Kong the Monkey King are brought to life using Asian metal rod puppetry, in this exhilarating adventure from the classic Journey to the West. Presented in Mandarin.

A Taste of Heritage
29 & 30 Apr 2016 | 6pm - 10pm | National Museum of Singapore, Front Lawn | FREE (Food prices apply)
Relive the 1960s street food culture at the museum over the festival opening weekend! Indulge in popular local dishes such as Indian rojak, wanton noodles and satay as you enjoy live performances on the museum’s front lawn. You can even learn about the family stories behind the various stalls and how their traditional recipes have been passed down through the generations.

Radio Night at the Museum
30 Apr | 6pm - 12 midnight | National Museum of Singapore | FREE & Ticketed

Spend a night at the museum with radio DJs as they share thrilling ghost stories and play old-school games with you. Plus, get up close and personal with the DJs in a CD exchange session and listen to some of their favourite songs.

Urban Ventures @ Keong Saik Road
30 Apr 2016 | 4pm onwards | Keong Saik Road | FREE
Urban Ventures returns for a second arts carnival featuring interactive installations, art performances and creative workshops. Come evening, groove to music and dance performances over drinks.

Bukit Pasoh Outdoor Performance
30 Apr - 1 May 2016 | 6pm | Bukit Pasoh Street | FREE
Enjoy a series of evening outdoor performances along Bukit Pasoh Street that includes a wushu demonstration, lion dance, Nanyin music, Chinese dance and more. Be entertained by local bands and take a selfie with roving characters dressed in period costumes dating back to the early days of Singapore. For performance schedules, visit HERE.

Star Wars Day 2016
30 Apr & 1 May 2016; 11am - 80
OCBC Square (Outside Kallang Wave Mall)

In celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, the two-day celebration is taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub (OCBC Square) this weekend. The event showcases everything from the original Star Wars trilogy to The Force Awakens. Activities include Meet-and-greet with the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, Model kit painting workshop. The Force Awakens panel by Lucasfilm & Blast-A-Trooper for charity. Full schedule below:

ActiveSG Athletics Fiesta
30 Apr & 1 May 2016; 9am - 6pm
National Stadium

The National Stadium is throwing the gates open for everyone to enjoy a weekend of sporting activities! Activities include Athletics Challenges for Kids, Nila Dance Fitness Parade, 2KM Walk Test and Athletics Fun Tryouts. For a full schedule of the activities, visit HERE.

Make your own Mini Drive-in Cinema! (Family Workshop)
30 Apr 2016; 2pm & 3.30pm
National Museum of Singapore, Activity Space, Level 3
FREE (Registration required)

Make your own mini drive-in cinema featuring your family’s favourite movies and cartoons! Illustrate a scene together with your child and bring it to life on your movie screen. Take the opportunity to share memories of your favourite childhood or teenage hangouts and activities with your little ones too! The workshop is conducted by the Amazing Art Shuttle and is limited to the first 20 pairs of parent and child (aged 4 to 12). Registration required. Please register on-site in advance.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
1 May 2016; 9am - 6pm
Free Admission

Other than exploring the railway station, visitors can also look forward to an exhibition titled WOMEN: New Portraits by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. The photo portraits feature women of outstanding achievement including artists, musicians, CEOs, politicians, writers and philanthropists. The exhibition will be open to the public from 29 April to 22 May 2016 at the Main Hall, as part of a 10-city global tour.

The public can enter the railway station using the main entrance along Keppel Road or through the side entrance along Spottiswoode Park Road. Read about our previous experience here:

Istana Open House
1 May 2016; 8.30am - 6pm
Istana (Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road)
FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. 
Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers. Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected are donated to charity.

BBQ Under the Stars @ Port of Lost Wonder
1 May 2016; 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Port Of Lost Wonder, Sentosa
Adult $39 | Child $15

Experience the beauty of the Port at night, take a splash at the Pirate Ship, enjoy the cool sea breeze and the calming, rhythmic waves as you dine! Treat your taste buds to a delectable spread of starters, mouth-watering barbecued meats and sweet treats at our dessert bar. Cuddle as a family along our picnic grounds and catch a show (The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of the Water) under the stars too! Children below the age of 5 enjoy complimentary entry. For tickets, visit HERE.

Sentosa Ukulele Festival 2016
1 May 2016; 4.30pm - 10pm
Palawan Green, Sentosa

Swing by the ukulele music concert, and enjoy an Ukulele concert set against the backdrop of a golden sunset! Expect amazing performances by international and local artistes like Daniel Ho (USA), Sungha Jung (Korea), Jukuleles (Singapore) and more. Bring your ukulele and join the fun by jamming along too!

Tulipmania 2016
Now until 22 May 2016; 9am - 9pm daily
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission Fees apply

Tulipmania returns in full bloom at the Gardens! Witness a stunning spectacle of tulips set amidst an elegant Persian-style backdrop, and learn about how the flower originated in the ancient Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) and its significance on Turkish arts and culture. Our review HERE.

*Local Senior Citizens enjoy 50% off admission tickets to the Flower Dome! Offer valid till Sunday, 22 May 2016.

With Love from Snoopy, Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang Exhibition
Now until 30 April 2016; 10am - 7pm daily
Singapore Philatelic Museum
FREE Admission for Singapore Citizens & PRs | Others: Adult $6 & Child: $4

Join Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends from the Peanuts Comic Strip in sending your love through letters, postcards and greeting cards. Letter writing and postal themes are commonly featured in the comic strips. They are also popular themes on postage stamps. View rare stamp artworks, stamps and first day covers issued by Portugal, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, USA, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong. Learn about the creator Charles Schulz and his creation of these famous characters – Charlie Brown and his sister Sally Brown, Snoopy his famous beagle, and his friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Woodstock, Pigpen, Franklin, Peppermint Patty and Marcie.

Hanuman - The Superhero Monkey
Now until 30 Apr 2016
Tue - Fri: 10am | Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm
KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT
Weekdays - $28 | $25 | Family Package of 4: $95 for Cat 1 tickets
Weekends - $48 | $38 | $35 | Family Package of 4: Cat 1 (with photo taking) $163 & Cat 2 (no photo taking) $129

Meet Hanuman - the superhero monkey, who destroys monsters, defeats evil kings and restores order to the world. Follow his journey, part cartoon, part film, part musical and part physical theatre, into a land of myth, mystery and many adventures. SRT's The Little Company presents this original multimedia and highly visual theatre, created in collaboration with the UK's Imitating the Dog, who bring their unique theatre style to this epic tale adapted from the Ramayana.

Watch worlds and landscapes change in the blink of an eye and witness the extraordinary feats of Hanuman and his cheeky band of monkey friends as they battle to create a better world. Suitable for children and adults, this multi-sensory theatre experience is a superhero journey unlike anything seen before in Singapore. For tickets, visit HERE.

The Rainbow Fish
Now until 15 May 2016
Mon - Fri: 10am | Sat & Sun: 10.30am & 2.30pm
Drama Centre Theatre

Based on Marcus Pfister's award winning storybook, I Theatre is again proud to present this marvellous hit musical for the whole family in Singapore! Rainbow Fish learns some very valuable lessons about her attitude to others, some hard lessons about pride and selfishness, and some valuable truths about the power of generosity and humility. Meanwhille, her friends discover how teamwork helps everyone; and how gossip and rumour can cause damage to friendships! For tickets, visit HERE.

LEGO Star Wars Day 2016
30 Apr - 31 May 2016
Admission Fess apply

Throughout the whole month of May, the park will host LEGO Star Wars Days activities transporting families into hyperspace and to a galaxy far far away.... LEGO Star Wars Days activities during the month of May include:

Building activity: The Largest LEGO Millennium Falcon in the world
30 April – 2 May 2016
Join the the world’s only father-son LEGO Master Builder team – Daniel Steininger and Christopher Steininger to build the iconic spaceship using more than 200,000 bricks to put together.

Building activity: Giant LEGO TIE Fighters  
7 - 8 May 2016
Participate along our Model Builders in building TWO giant TIE Fighters. .

Build and Take home a Mini Millennium Falcon
Every weekend in May 2016
Bring home a piece of the action by building your own mini limited edition LEGO Millennium Falcon as a take-home reminder of the day's amazing LEGO Star Wars memories!

LEGO Star Wars Parade: Imperial March by the 501st and Rebel Legion 
7 - 8 May 2016
Witness a real-life Imperial March led by an army of Stormtroopers and LEGO Darth Vader alongside a variety of characters from the franchise, with more than 90 Star Wars costumers from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Australia & Hong Kong.

Kids enter LEGOLAND Malaysia FREE for the whole month of May 2016 when they go dressed in full Star Wars costumes!

Hideaways - Creating with Nature
Now until 30 Oct 2016
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Playeum (Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
$20 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

Hideways - Creating With Nature is all about immersive experiences - experiences that will invite kids to explore, observe, construct, reflect, innovate and engage with nature and natural materials through hands-on exhibits and interactive artists’ installations. Specifically designed for kids aged 1 to 12, the exhibition helps them explore these questions through various installations - providing an interdisciplinary and engaging experience serving as an important reminder of the world’s ecosystem. Read more in my review HERE.

Butterflies Up-Close
30 Apr 2016 onwards
Hall D, Science Centre
$10 (excluding Science Centre admission)

Butterflies Up-Close invites you to experience the fascinating transformation of a butterfly from an egg to a beautiful winged adult. With only around 1 in 20 eggs making it to adulthood, the butterfly is met with numerous dangers and threats during each stage of its life cycle. You will get to gain a deeper insight on how the butterfly behaves, interacts with the surroundings, and survives each stage of its life cycle to reach adulthood. With more than 500 butterflies from around the region including Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia, the 600 square metres enclosure is aimed at providing an immersive experience for both children and adults, in order to bring them closer to nature.

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Apr 26, 2016

12 Reasons Why The Fullerton Hotel Makes For a Great Staycation + GIVEAWAY!

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I have passed through its regal-looking lobby once and the one thing The Fullerton Hotel struck me was how different its interior was compared to the usual hotel chains. Clearly being conferred the title of a national monument is already testament to its splendid architecture and imposing presence but how does the building rate in terms of a staycation?

But given that the 5-star hotel is housed in a Singapore icon, I guess it should come as no surprise that a staycation at The Fullerton Hotel ranked as one of our best staycations yet. And with Mother's Day coming up, here are the reasons - all 12 of them - why the hotel makes for a great staycation choice with the family.

1. Rich Heritage

If you wish to stay in a five-star hotel in Singapore that boasts rich history, look no further than The Fullerton Hotel. This grand Neoclassical building situated at the mouth of the Singapore River was once Singapore’s General Post Office, and housed several government departments, where some of Singapore’s pioneer leaders began their careers. It has also been witness to several historic events during the Japanese Occupation and the post-war period.

On 7 December 2015, the National Heritage Board (NHB) gazetted the Building as Singapore’s 71st National Monument, concluding a series of gazettes in celebration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.

Stepping into the atrium of The Fullerton Hotel is an experience in itself. The high ceilings, gigantic pillars and beams all contribute to the majestic aura that the building exudes.

For a building that has been featured so significantly in the history of Singapore, I would say that the Fullerton Building – with its beautiful Palladian facade – is a landmark that even locals have to step inside at least once in their lifetime.

2. Lavish & Comfortable Rooms

Of course, the acid test when it comes to any staycation involving the monkies will be the hotel's guest rooms. So I guess the sight of them zooming right onto the comfy bed (and refusing to get up) upon entering spoke volumes then.

We stayed in the Palladian Suite, a one-bedroom suite with an adjoining spacious living area.

From the soft vanilla coloured walls to freshly-pressed sheets, everything was undeniably plush.

All rooms come with a fully stocked mini-bar, coffee and tea making facilities, fresh fruits, complimentary WiFi, and a bathroom with separate bathtub and shower room. Oh and speaking of the bathroom, it too boasts a stair stepper machine... because the buffets at the hotel are too good to resist, I presume.

And yes, even luxurious Bottega Veneta bath amenities!

But the clincher for me had got to be the magnificent view that our suite was blessed with.

Seriously, I can just laze in bed and soak in the view ALL DAY. 

Not that the monkies will let me though.

3. Free 'handy' Smartphone Usage

Each room also comes equipped with a smartphone which is free to use for guests during the duration of their stay.

No games in this smartphone nicknamed 'handy' though. Rather, the phone comes pre-loaded with chock-ful of helpful articles on food, shopping, and attractions in Singapore. And the best part is guests are able to take it out of the hotel as well as it comes with unlimited mobile internet, unlimited local and overseas (selected destinations) calls - all FREE! Nice.

4. Wonder Full Light Show

Yet another reason to stay in a room at Fullerton Hotel with a view facing Marina Bay - be rewarded with this spectacular sight come nightfall.

Billed as Southeast Asia’s largest light and water show, Wonder Full at Marina Bay Sands is a stunning showpiece of visual effects crafted with interweaving lasers, searchlights, LEDs, video projectors and giant streaming water screens.

Perfomances are scheduled nightly at the following times: Sunday to Thursday at 8pm and 9:30pm; 
Friday & Saturday at 8pm, 9:30pm and 11pm.

5. Kids Are Well Taken Care Of

At Fullerton Hotel, kids are made to feel like kings and queens, thanks to the personal attention and gifts lavished upon them during the stay.

'Our Fullerton Adventure' colouring books are provided to all little guests but these are not just ordinary colouring books - kids will be able to learn more about Fullerton Hotel and its surroundings through solving puzzles and colouring.

But the icing on the cake for the monkies has got to be these passes.

Yes, ice cream passes. And ONLY kids are eligible for these passes, as the wifey and I sadly found out. The passes allowed them to redeem a scoop of ice cream daily at Town Restaurant. Well technically it is only one scoop per day but the staff are more than happy to oblige any kids who fancy more than one scoop. How's that for sweet service!

6. Fullerton Spa Experience

Now who doesn't love a spa experience - especially when it allows parents to relax and spend a little time away from the kids?

And the treatments at The Fullerton Spa definitely will not disappoint. Score plenty of brownie points with the missus when you pack her off to the Spa for its signature 60-minute Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience, which is included in the Mother’s Day Stay, Spa and Dine promotion package by the way. More details of the package at the end of the post but let's just say the massage experience will have the wifey skipping happily back to the room.

7. Club Lounge Access

If you need another reason to book the Mother’s Day Stay, Spa and Dine package at The Fullerton Hotel, how about this?

Privileged access to the hotel’s executive lounge, The Straits Club!

Privileges of The Straits Club include round-the-clock personalised service, in-room registration, a complimentary daily Champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canap├ęs and cocktails in a dedicated lounge with a vintage Peranakan decor featuring Straits Chinese artefacts.

Little wonder the monkies were always glancing at their watches to keep track of the next chomping session at The Straits Club!

8. Visit The Fullerton Heritage Gallery

The Fullerton Heritage Gallery showcases the rich heritage and history of the precinct.

The 800-square foot gallery features displays that include photographs, maps, stamps and philatelic materials that date back to 1932. Some of the highlights include two red pillar post boxes, which found its way to the streets of Singapore in 1873 during the British Colonial rule, and the return of the Foundation Stone laid by the first President of Singapore, Mr Yusof bin Ishak.

The gallery’s opening hours are from 9am to 10pm daily, and admission is FREE.

9. Go on a FREE Fullerton Heritage Tour

If you wish to find out more about the rich history of The Fullerton Building and its surrounding areas, I highly recommend signing up for one of the two Fullerton Heritage Tours that the hotel conducts - both of which are FREE.

For those wanting to know more the building's past, go for THE FULLERTON MONUMENT TOUR where a guide took us back in time to 1928 when the story of the Fullerton Building first began. As “Mile Zero”, from which all of Singapore was measured, the historical building had famously hosted the General Post Office – known then as the “Most Important Post Office in the East.”

Not only did the monkies learnt more about the history and architecture of the building, the tour also gave us exclusive access to preserved areas within the hotel... with our final stop being the roof of the building, where a lighthouse used to stand.

Needless to say, the view from the top was definitely the highlight of the 1-hour guided tour.

Unfortunately, we did not had time to join the other tour, A MARITIME JOURNEY TOUR. This tour brings visitors around the hotel's premises, where they will be told stories of how the forefathers of Singapore first stepped ashore on Singapore's soil via Clifford Pier.

More details and timings of the tours can be found HERE.

10. Sumptuous Buffet Breakfast at Town Restaurant

Other than comfy rooms ranking number one, buffet breakfasts at hotels probably come up next on the monkies' 'Things an Awesome Hotel should have' list. And in the words of the monkies, the buffet breakfast at The Fullerton Hotel's Town Restaurant is "AWESOME".

I guess it has to due to the large variety of food... and the presence of Japanese Cold Noodles and sushi for the boys.

For Ale though, it was for an entirely different reason. 


All-you-can-drink Yakult. Yes, she's easily contented.

As for me, I am also easily contented when there's comfort food in the form of kaya toasts and kopitiam-style coffee!

11. Have a Splash at the Infinity Pool

Obviously, no staycation is complete without some splashing at the hotel's pool.

On its own, the 25-metre is nothing to shout about. But coupled with overlooking the charming Singapore River set against a backdrop of majestic Doric columns, I have to say this infinity pool clearly makes for a fantastic instagrammable spot.

There isn't any children's pool though, although there is an elevated area right next to the edge of the pool where the jacuzzi jet streams are.

But children's pool or no children's pool, the monkies still managed to clock in more than an hour's worth of play time in the pool!

12. Attractions Galore Around the Hotel

I did not realise it before but it struck me (while I was chillaxing in the pool) that The Fullerton Hotel is located right smack in the middle of numerous family-friendly attractions!

Of course there are the obvious ones - the Merlion just across the road at One Fullerton, Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, and Boat Quay. But the hotel is also just a 5-minute walk away from Asian Civilisations Museum and a 15-minute walk to National Gallery of Singapore - both of which offer FREE entry to Singaporeans and PRs!

Come night time, the hotel's surrounds also make for a great stroll after dinner... as the monkies will attest to.

Want another reason to stay at The Fullerton Hotel? 

How about A FEW MORE???

Just in time for Mother's Day on 8 May 2016, the Mother’s Day Stay, Spa and Dine package at The Fullerton Hotel includes the following perks from S$538++ per night for a Straits Club Courtyard Room:

- Privileged access to the hotel’s executive lounge, The Straits Club for two persons
- The Fullerton Spa’s signature 60-minute Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience for one person
- S$90 nett Dining Credit to spend at The Fullerton Hotel and The Fullerton Bay Hotel
- Complimentary late check-out at 2pm
- Complimentary Internet connectivity

Mothers will also receive a bouquet of flowers to commemorate the occasion!

This package is available on April 29 and 30, and May 1, 6 to 8 and 13 to 15 2016. For reservations, call 6533 8388 or email

For more details, visit


Congratulations to GERALDINE LOW! You have won a Mother's Day Staycation at The Fullerton Hotel! You may select the stay on dates between 6 to 8 and 13 to 15 May 2016, subject to availability.

Please email me at for your prize redemption details by 3 May 2016. Thanks!

Also, a huge thanks to everyone who have participated. More awesome giveaways are coming up in the month of May so stay tuned! :)

WIN a Mother’s Day Staycation at The Fullerton Hotel!

Looking to pamper the most important woman in your life, or in need of some pampering of your own? I have ONE fantastic Mother’s Day Stay, Spa and Dine package* at The Fullerton Hotel with a one-night stay for two in a Straits Club Courtyard Room to give away!

*The winner may select the stay on 6 to 8 and 13 to 15 May 2016, subject to availability.

For a chance to win, all you have to do is do the following:

1. LIKE The Fullerton Hotel's Facebook page HERE.

2. Tell us why you wish to win the staycation package for your wife, mum or yourself!

Leave your comment either in the comment section of this blog post OR on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE.

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 April 2016, 2359 hours.

Good Luck! :)

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