Over the staycation weekend we visited The Art of the Brick exhibition at Art Science Museum. It was our first visit to the museum and personally I was very excited about it. We took a stroll to the museum after we checked out of the hotel (to save on parking since its complimentary from the hotel). The weather wasn’t hot nor windy, but by the time we reached the museum, we were all drenched in sweat. The air condition at the museum was super welcoming.
Ayra chose to walk across the Helix Bridge on her own, and she sure know how to take her time. She swung from side to side and did her dance moves (no there wasn’t any music) while enjoying her walk. She would stop for a minute on every lighting spot she passed just to rest her feet on them. With her comical walk and loud giggles, she attracted much attention from the others. In return, she will wave and say hi at them. Super friendly girl!
I bought a swim wear for Ayra from Mothercare sometime back but never got chance to bring her for a swim. I personally don’t really like to go to the public pool cause showering after the swim is chilling and not convenient especially with a toddler and my bulging tummy. Over the Good Friday weekend, we checked ourselves in to our favorite mineral pool at Marina Mandarin. There are only two pools in Singapore which we found that are mineral pool, one at Pan Pacific Orchard and the other at Marina Mandarin. We prefer mineral pool as it doesn’t leave the chlorine smell after despite showering with soap.
Ayra loves her cute swim wear and obviously didn’t know what it was and presumed its just another pretty dress mummy bought her. We changed her in the hotel room and she wore it happily till she reached the pool. She got comfortable on the pool chair and refused to get off it.
Over the Good Friday weekend, the family went for a short getaway in Singapore. We love staycations in Singapore! No jet-lag, no need to change currency and get totally recharged and as much enjoyment. Loving the mineral pool at the hotel, we went back to Marina Mandarin hotel. And this time, we got upgraded to their Meritus Club room! Much more amenities and better view as compared from our last stay.
The Meritus Club Rooms are situated on the two topmost levels of the hotel. From our room on the 21st floor, we could oversee the view from the highway to Marina Bay Sands. (Reminder to self: need a wider lens camera :P)
Decked with dark wood decorative panelling that brings out a touch of Oriental, each Club Room is equipped with a personal Nespresso coffee maker and a plush Simmons 13-inch pillow top mattress which we felt was a bit too hard for comfort. We missed our King mattress at home that night.
Ayra was excited to see her 1-night only room and went round exploring every inch and corner of it! She found few favorite spots, namely the phone “booth” corner, the toilet light switches, the huge mirror and the drawers filled with “toys”.
The Club Room is equipped with a personal Nespresso coffee maker which Abang loves and drank 2 cups a day. Think I know what I can get him for Christmas! 😛
The toilet is spacious and comes a bath tub which Ayra and I love soaking ourselves in and there is also a standing shower space that comes with with six-jet power shower!
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel and will surely be back again in future. Thank you Marina Mandarin for the free upgrade for our reservation and we look forward to our next staycation with you.
Next up, I’ll share Ayra’s first dip into the pool at the hotel’s mineral pool and also one more on our visit to Bricks World exhibition at the Art Science Museum.
Vansh is one of our favorite, once-a-bluemoon-visit kind of restaurant during our dating years. We been there at least 4 times before we got married and we revisited it again for our 2nd ROM anniversary on 19 March 2013.
That night was also the one-night-only concert by Journey and the dining places at Kallang Stadium Waterfront were packed till late 7pm. Silly us should have made a reservation before that, instead we waited (with very hungry tummy) for an hour to get ourselves seated inside Vansh.
It’s our 3rd weekend out since I started working, and we were at Marina Barrage on Saturday evening. The plan was to buy some food and a kite before we head to the Barrage. Sadly, we only managed to gather food to fill our tummies and no kite was in sight at the shopping mall. Nevertheless, it was a relaxing and nice evening spent with my family.
Ayra slept through the car ride and even when we took turn to go get stuff from the shopping mall. That was great cause she was fresh and all powered up when we reached the destination. When she saw the many colorful kites in the sky, she couldn’t stop tilting her head up to see them.
Last weekend, we brought Ayra to Changi for dinner and a short walk along Changi Beach after. The weather was great with welcoming wind. It was the first visit for Ayra and she seemed to enjoy the breeze very much.
Changi Beach is a great place to catch planes taking off or landing. Ayra points to the plane whenever one passed her.
We visited Punggol Jetty for the first time together and Ayra was pumped when she saw the playground. When we put her down near the playground, she paused her steps just before the unfamiliar ground, sand. She hesitated and simply stood there and waited for us to carry her into the playground.
After much persuasion, Ayra still refused to step onto the sandy ground on her own. We decided to give her a little hand. We held her hands and lifted her off the ground and landed her feet into it. She took a few tiny steps and her immediate reaction was to lift up one of her leg crying for help. Sand got into her sandals and she cried for us to help clean her feet.