Meet Spongebob, Patrick Star, Squidward and Plakton at City Square Mall Before They Get Washed Away

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob SquarePants of course! He and his friends are here in Singapore and you must go catch them live on stage before the pack up and return under the sea.

From now till 20 December 2015, catch SpongeBob SquarePants Krabby Patty Celebration ‘Live’ On Stage at City Square Mall Level 1 Atrium. Show time at 2pm and 7pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 1pm, 4pm and 7pm for Saturday and Sunday. No shows on Monday ok!

The 15 to 20 minutes performance tells the story of a special day for SpongeBob and friends as they celebrate the best sandwich in Bikini Bottom – the Krabby Patty! The adventure sets sail as SpongeBob prepared to celebrate the Krabby Patty and everyone is invited to the party. Expect loads of sea-antics and even learn to do the Krabby Patty Dance moves from SpongeBob himself! For super fans of SpongeBob and friends, you can get a Meet & Greet pass to go on stage after the show to take photos with the characters with minimum of $50 spent. Remember to exchange your pass one hour prior to each show. Limited to just 50 passes per show.

After the grooving with SpongeBob and friends, head outdoor to SpongeBob Playland at Level 1 City Green Park. We missed checking out the playland when we were there as it was raining! We will be back soon to snap lots of photos and partake in the activities at SpongeBob Playland. You can exchange for an activity pass at the Level 2 Customer Service Counter with minimum spend of $30. Activities are suitable for children age 3 and above, though I’m sure Zara would still be thrilled to play the mini-games, jump in the SpongeBob’s Super Bouncer and snap lots of funny photos in the Pineapple House. Check out these cool giant structure over at Alvinology feature of the SpongeBob Playland.

Here are some shots taken during the stage show with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends.

Pre-show interaction with audience.
Ayra was delighted to see SpongeBob come on stage. The girls were introduced to these underwater creators by their Ayah who’s a big fan of the silly Patrick Star.
The funny trio dancing and spinning around the stage.
SpongeBob doing his thing irritating Squidward as usual.
Spot Plankton as he pops in and out of the stage doing his evil things throughout the performance.
And there’s the captain who tells the story. I feel he should speak up a little more, I could hardly make out what he was saying in his soft pirate voice.

“Don’t miss the show ok! Must catch them at least once while you still can!”

Imagine Zara saying that in her pose.

#26hourswithJen – An Extended Weekend Staycation in Heart of Orchard Road

Forget about fixed check-in and check-out time, we all know we hated this when we book our hotels room in Singapore for staycation. Why confine to only checking-in after 2pm and checking-out before 11am? We don’t even get to enjoy a full 24-hour stay in the hotel we are paying for. When Jen shares about their latest stay package at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, I was delighted! You can do so much more with 26-hours extended staycation with Jen. Read about our experience and review of their Panorama Club Room here.

Here’s a recap of how we spent our #26hourswithJen

Sat, 5.00pm

We checked-in to Hotel Jen OrchardGateway at 5.oopm on Level 19, at their Club Lounge. This time it was a chance to get some couple time over our dating anniversary weekend. So we took our time to relax and enjoy our quiet time together. While waiting for our room keys to be ready, we chilled at the Club Lounge and helped ourselves to some snacks and refreshing drinks.

Sat, 5.50pm

We laze around in the room, channel surfing and just hanging by our window to watch the cars drive by while enjoying the sweet treats prepared by Jen.

Club Room at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway

Sat, 6.30pm

We had a dinner reservation at Makan@Jen that evening and was welcomed by this yummicilious sight at the entrance! It was a get-drunk-with-seafood-kinda-night. At the end of dinner, I was super high from the dozens of crawls swimming in my tummy.

Bottomless Oysters! Yumz!

Sat, 8.30pm

What better way to digest away the sumptuous dinner than a walk down Orchard Road on a Saturday night? Boy we were both shocked to see the crowd hanging around even late into the night. It has been so so long since we were in the heart of Orchard at this hour. We did some shopping of course and bought some new outfits for ourselves and the girls.

Sat, 11.00pm

The night was spent snuggling in the comfortably bed and watching late night movies just because we can! When at home, we don’t get to watch any movies, in fact we don’t get to watch anything much at all, because time is spent accompanying our girls every night after work. And by time they fall asleep, we’ll be too tired to walk back out to the living room for any form of entertainment.

Sun, 8.00am

We got up bright and early to continue feeding ourselves again with breakfast at Makan@Jen. Being able to slowly enjoy a undisturbed breakfast at a slow and relax pace is so precious. We took our time to enjoy we-time together.

Sun, 11.00am

Back chilling in our room while we waited for the girls and our family to join us for lunch.

Sun, 1.00pm

And AGAIN we are back at Makan@Jen, this time with everyone in our family for their Weekend Brunch Buffet. We paid $360 nett for the buffet voucher booklet which comes with 10 vouchers for weekend brunch buffet till 13 December. With 6 used, we’ll be back again real soon to finish the remaining 4. Anyone wants to join us? 🙂

Sun, 3.30pm

It was time for some pool time fun after lunch. So we chilled by the pool and had a dip in the water.

Sun, 4.30pm

Back into the room, but now with a crowd of 6 adults and 3 kids! The room was just nice to fit us all quite comfortably with some chilling by the window seats, kids snoozing in bed and some of us resting by the bed side too.

Sun, 6.00pm

Still an hour before we are due to check-out, so we headed up to the Club Room to have a quick drink and snack, while the rest continue snoozing with the kids in the bedroom.

Sun, 7.00pm

And this marked the end of our 26-hour with Jen experience. It was definitely an extended weekend well spent with my love ones.

Thank you Jen once again for such a great experience! Read about our experience and review of their Panorama Club Room here.

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Latest Promotions and Deals at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway

From now till December 31, 2015 (date inclusive), guests may indulge in a totally value-added worthwhile staycation at Hotel Jen every Saturday and Sunday. Gone are the rules of checking in at 2 pm and checking out at 12 pm. These Weekends with 26 Hours A Day room package, guests can check out 26 hours after whatever time they check in.

From $200* per room, per night, guests may stay in one of the 499 well-appointed rooms featuring an abundance of sunlight and which are well decorated in soft earth-tone colours. All guests who love this idea are welcome to stay at the hotel and post a picture of their stay that is relevant to the property onto their Facebook wall and tagging @Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore with the hashtag #26hourswithJen during their stay.
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Hotel Jen OrchardGateway
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Disclaimer: The hotel stay and dinner experience was provided by Hotel Jen OrchardGateway for the purpose of this review and post. We paid for the Weekend Brunch Buffet vouchers on our own. All opinions and photos are our own.

Tenants Worth Waiting for at Punggol Waterway Point

If you’ve been passing by Waterway Point, next to Punggol MRT station, every day, you should be super excited to see that the place seems to be ready for opening anytime soon! If you still do not know what to expect inside the mall, here are our pick of 10 tenants worth waiting for at Waterway Point for all residents of Punggol and Sengkang.

Shaw Theatres – Finally A Cinema!

And I heard they will be operating 24-hours together with NTUC Fairprice Finest at the basement. Can anyone verify this?

The theatres are not open 24 hours, but there are movies from 10am-ish till late nights on some days. Please check movie schedule on their website for details.

Kiddy Palace

Since Compasspoint closed for renovation, I’ve stopped getting things from Kiddy Palace, but when Waterway Point opens, shopping resumes too! You know… toys… toys… and oh wait… toys!

Encik Tan

The Halal Noodle Stall from Kallang Wave is one place where we usually makan because halal and has got some decent fishball and wanton noodles. Their fried carrot cake is not bad too.

Papparich

Yummy but expensive, still happy its coming to Punggol!

DAISO!!!!

Not sure if this will mean Daiso at Rivervale Mall will close soon. But whichever mall has got Daiso is an awesome mall!

H&M and Uniqlo!

Ok, Uniqlo is not that exciting cos we have that at Seletar Mall. But H&M! OMG! You know how crazy I had become with H&M clothes since after my #TLMgetfit days. 80% of my new wardrobe is from H&M.

The Largest Times Bookshop

After I visited the revamped Times at Marina Square, and was told that the one at Waterway Point is going to be way bigger, I just couldn’t wait for it to open. This is probably going to be my favourite hang out.

Challenger

Because I always need to get that extra SD card lah, external hard disk lah, more printer inks lah… I’m just geeky like that.

And last but not least… BLACK BALL!

No longer need to wait till I travel to Plaza Singapura or Harbourfront to get my Black Ball craving fixed. It’ll soon be just a 10 minutes ride from home! YES!

See the full list of tenants at Waterway Point here.

Shutter Happy at Singapore Heritage Tour with Canon

It was an afternoon of fun where I got to spend some quality me-time doing one of my all-time favorite thing – Photography. After my previous photography escapade with Canon Imaging Academy I have been itching to do more photo walks. This time around, Canon together with National Heritage Board, they brought us on a Heritage Tour to three of the Singapore National Monuments.

Sharing some of the photos I took from that day with the latest Canon cameras, the Canon PowerShot G3 X and the Canon EOS M3. After the half a day shoot out, I was left lusting over these two cameras because they each have got their own awesome features which I love. Hope to get more quality time with these cameras soon so that I can share about them with you here.

Now let’s see the photos from that day. Nice or not?

Yue Hai Ching Temple

Yue Hai Ching Temple is one of the oldest Taoist temples in Singapore. It was started in 1826 by the Teochew community.

The restoration of the Yueh Hai Ching Temple was completed in January last year, more than two years after works started. 45 craftsmen from Shantou, China were brought in to work on parts of it, final work is simply amazing. The colours and details in all the figurines, the wall and structure, you just have to see them in person!

Retaining the building’s original patina and historic ornamentation was a key reason it was awarded the UNESCO Heritage Award. Read more about this temple here.

Location: 30B Phillip St, Singapore 048696

This is me taking a arm-stretched selfie with the Canon PowerShot EOS M3. This camera not just looks great, the quality of shots and speed is in fact very powerful too. Many (including myself) mistook the EOS M3 as a micro four third aka mirrorless camera due to is compact size and ability to switch the lenses. But in fact, the Canon PowerShot EOS M3 is packed with the same CMOS sensor as all the EOS cameras (aka Canon DSLR cameras). No wonder I fell in love with it instantly that day.

Masjid Abdul Gafoor Mosque

The mosque was constructed in 1907, and major restoration of the building was completed in 2003. Standing on a total area of 2,449 sqm, the mosque’s unusual symmetry, layout and incorporation of Moorish details set it apart from other mosques. Architecturally, it is modelled after Saracenic and Roman designs. Apart from Islamic details, many Western classical motifs are also used in the architectural decoration of the mosque. Read more about this mosque here.

Location: 41 Dunlop St, Singapore 209369

I am amazed at the details I get in this shot with the Canon Powershot G3X. The 25x optical zoom was tested and this shot below shows the details you can get with this camera. This camera is a digital compact suitable for those who need an all round anytime anywhere and can shoot anything kind of camera.

Saint Joseph’s Church

Saint Joseph’s Church was gazetted a national monument on 14 January 2005. Saint Joseph’s Church has one of Singapore’s largest collections of religious stained-glass windows. These magnificent windows were produced by Jules Dobbelaere, a Belgian who was arguably the world’s most well-known stained-glass craftsman of his time.

Location: 143 Victoria Street, 188020

The above three places are part of Singapore’s National Monuments and you can read more about the other National Monuments here.

Getting Up Close with Sea Monsters at S.E.A. Aquarium

Ayra is now kinda crazy about Dinosaurs and creatures. Since we started switching our Starhub channel to Cbeebies in the evenings, one of her favorite is watching Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures. Funny how this princess lady is now more interested in shows on Cbeebies which I personally prefer too cos its more edutainment as compared to the other kids channels on Starhub.

When opportunity came to check out a new exhibition at S.E.A. Aquarium where there’ll be Sea Monsters, we all got quite excited about it. Though I believe the girls would have much more space to explore and roam around if we visited on a weekday. So that day, we had them belted in our double stroller throughout the visit so we don’t have to start a missing child hunt. We love attractions that are stroller friendly and S.E.A. Aquarium is one of them! (Unlike the other time where we had a very bad experience at another aquarium nearby. coughs)

So… back to Sea Monsters: Past and Present.

Organized into three zones, the exhibition unfolds to reveal sea monsters of the past and present. You get to discover breathtaking exhibits of extinct marine creatures and learn which of them are still among us today. I was too occupied with running around looking at the exhibits and watching the games play with DJ that day, I didn’t get much photos taken! Here are some which I thought are quite interesting from the Living Fossils exhibits.

Axolotls at Sea Monsters: Past and Present at S.E.A. Aquarium

The Axolotls, these never become adults and stay juveniles their whole lives and they can regenerate damaged body parts too. Amazing little creatures and super cute too don’t you think? I got stuck staring at these for the longest time that day.

Nautilus at Sea Monsters: Past and Present at S.E.A. Aquarium

Meet the Nautilus, the sole survivor of this once very diverse group of animals called Ammonites. These animals roamed the oceans for 250 million years before going extinct with the dinosaurs when a meteorite struck the Earth. These Nautilus are relatives of squids and octopuses! Can you see their resemblance?

After touring this special exhibit, we proceeded into the main aquarium for a walk. It was quite a quick visit with a short break at the Open Ocean exhibit where Ayra did some colouring activity on her own.

The Sea Monsters: Past and Present programme will run from now until 30 September 2015. Find out more over at their official website.

Kids & Family Zone at Waterway Point in Punggol

Soooo after my awesome discovery of what’s upcoming at SAFRA Punggol and the awesome Water Playground at Kids Amaze, this next one is probably going to be completed way before and becoming the next big thing in Punggol! Can you sense my excitement already? Can’t wait to check out the new Waterway Point just next to Punggol MRT station.

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Waterway Point especially caters to young children and families looking to spend time together at the Kids & Family Zone on Level 2, an entire floor dedicated to a 19,826 sq ft childcare facility, My First Skool, various learning and enrichment centres, as well as a large outdoor wet and dry playground. Other family-friendly establishments also include the 16,315 sq ft concept food court Cookhouse by Koufu, Swensen’s and the largest Times Bookstore in Singapore that promises an educational adventure.

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Highlights of the mall include round-the-clock entertainment and services on Basement 2 anchored by a 24-hr FairPrice Finest (29,853 sq ft) and 1,500-seat Shaw Theatres. Yet another attraction is the Waterfront Promenade on Basement 1 which will offer patrons the experience of tranquil alfresco dining overlooking the picturesque Punggol Waterway and a wide array of cuisines from well-loved restaurants such as Uncle Leong Seafood, Kuriya Dining, The Soup Spoon Union and Bali Thai to choose from. Basement 1 will also feature other retailers such as Best Denki.

waterwaypoint-outdoor

Waterway Point is a four storey retail and lifestyle hub located in the heart of the new Punggol Town, beside Punggol MRT station. It is the retail component of Watertown, Singapore’s first integrated waterfront residential and retail development. Developed by the consortium of Frasers Centrepoint Limited, Far East Organization and Sekisui House, Ltd, Watertown features a 992-residential unit development in addition to the retail and lifestyle hub. With a net lettable area of 370,824 sq ft, Waterway Point will offer a diverse range of retail, dining, entertainment and education offerings. When completed, Waterway Point will be the flagship waterfront leisure destination for Punggol’s residents and visitors across the island.

I cannot wait for 2016 to come already! Of course Waterway Point is going to be damn packed with human, crying babies and crazy lots of baby strollers, but nothing is going to stop us from checking this first mega mall in Punggol when it opens!

Information source from http://fraserscentrepointmalls.com

Fun for Kids at City Square Mall

Out of the many malls along the North East Line, City Square Mall is the one we frequent with our girls almost on a regular basis. We love shopping, running errands or just spend a fun day with our girls around the mall. We would have visited even more often if they had better elevator system in place. Moving up and down the mall in our City Select Double can be quite a tiresome affair, seeing the packed lifts almost 90% of the time. If anyone knows where their service/ delivery lifts are located, please let me know!

Our regular hang out with kids is at the The Petite Park, at Basement 2 of City Square Mall. I like that the place is petite and wherever the girls run to, they will always be in my sight. And because they are so used to the playground, I do not have to guide them around nor show them how to play. They just go in and start doing whatever they want to do.
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

The balloon pit next to the three slides is where we love to hang around while we are there. Because that part is the coolest, with fan blowing cold wind and the balloons are never tiresome of play. It’s also the best place around the park for some selfies or photos cos its brightest up there.
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

This is our third time at The Petite Park with both girls, and I noticed they each have their favorite toys around the park. Ayra will surely always play with this multi-storey carpark and Zara would pretend to be shop keeper mending the fruit stall. Then of cos there’s the play house where they like to play peek-a-boo through the windows.

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Then there is the super girlish pinkish ball pit which they blended in very well that day.

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Information and details of their play passes and admission charges can be found here.

Usually our day at City Square Mall will end with a meal at their food court on level 4. We love the chicken rice there! And when at level 4, there will always be time for play AGAIN at TimeZone. Yes, my girls age 3+ and 1+ loves playing games or watching me push candies down the machines at TimeZone. We hold their gold VIP card ok! Don’t play play! Yes, that also means we spent way too much there too. (>_<)

This painting game is one of the girls’ favorite; I’ve got too many of these painting printout around the house. At least this is the one other thing we get to bring home after our play at TimeZone.
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Every visit to TimeZone means we will end up with a huge bag of sweets and snacks. The girls get to eat a few sweets and the rest goes into a bigger bag at home waiting to be transported to Ayah’s school for sharing with his colleagues.
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Zara is just happy dancing away to music coming from the game machines at TimeZone. Sometimes she would attempt to throw a plastic ball into target, but had always failed miserably. She needs more practice; soon she’ll be pro like her elder sister who shoot mini basket balls like a pro!
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

A tip to pay less for more play at TimeZone, look out for their promotions on weekends or during holidays. Their best deal is the $50 + $50 promotion, where you top up $50 and get $100 in value inside your card. This is always my chance to top-up ensuring I have enough fund in there to last through a few visits of play time at TimeZone.

This post is made possible by City Square Mall, The Loving Mum and family were invited for a fun day to celebrate Mother’s Day at City Square Mall. We had an hour play time at The Petite Park and some TimeZone credits which were used up in less than 15 minutes, so we swiped away with our own card and as usual spent way too much on the games.