Missing Our Stay with Jen

We just got home and already missing Jen, she has been the most wonderful host so far since our little family started checking out different options in Singapore to get away for a couple of days. Jen is sexy, chic and oh-so-comfy, and she’s got some awesome X-factors too! Jen is also giving special treat to her guests who check-in with her from now till end July for her special Jen’s City Adventure (booking to be done by 30 June 2015).

The survival kit and river cruise tickets for those who stays with Jen's City Adventure
The survival kit and river cruise tickets for those who stays with Jen’s City Adventure, package also comes with breakfast for 2 and late check-out at 4.00pm.

Hotel Jen OrchardGateway was home to our family for two days and in Ayra’s words “I want to stay at this new house!” And she kept asking to be showered, either that or she would ask to go swim in the pool at Level 19. I must say, both Ayra and Zara had the most fun during our family staycation at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway.

Thanks to the nice folks at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway, we were hosted in Jen’s most awesome Panorama Club Room on the 15th floor. We were all in awed the moment we stepped into the room, a corner unit with full-length L-shaped windows overlooking Orchard Road. The girls kept jumping around and going “Wow! Wow! Wow!“. I could only smile in glee, seeing both of them so happy made my day.

Room 15-10, the Panorama Club Room with extra bed at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway
Room 15-10, the Panorama Club Room with extra bed

And have I told you about their bathroom?? How huge a bathroom does one need in the hotel? The Panorama Club Room gives you a whooping three meter long mirror and there’s even a IPTV embedded in the centre of the mirror! The girls spent the most time in the toilet, soaking themselves in the bathtub until all their feet and fingers turned prune-liked.

Spacious and welcoming bath room at the Panorama Club Room of Hotel Jen OrchardGateway
Spacious and welcoming bath room at the Panorama Club Room
View of the bathroom from the bathtub
View of the bathroom from the bathtub
Watch movie or listen to some music while soaking in the bathtub with IPTV inbuilt in the bathroom.
Watch movie or listen to some music while soaking in the bathtub with IPTV inbuilt in the bathroom.

This was the other reason why the girls could stay in the tub for so long, they were watching Winnie The Pooh on Disney Channel while splashing in the bath. While mummy sits at a corner to watch over them.

The Hotel Jen OrchardGateway Club Lounge Experience

Reception at the Club Lounge on Level 19
Reception at the Club Lounge on Level 19

Our hotel experience started from Level 19 at the Club Lounge where Jen’s team assisted with our check-in while we enjoy a glass of juice by the window overlooking the street of Orchard.

Very spacious Club Lounge with awesome view and facilities at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway
Very spacious Club Lounge with awesome view and facilities. One of the best we’ve experienced so far.
Mac station with printing facility at the Club Lounge
Mac station with printing facility at the Club Lounge
We spent some good time lounging and enjoying cocktail at the other side of the Club Lounge during our stay.
The girls enjoyed lounging at the Club Lounge too, with all the apples and bananas they want.
Some of the selection available for our evening cocktail at the Club Lounge
Some of the selection available for our evening cocktail at the Club Lounge

Besides savoury finger food, there were cheese platter, sashimi, salad, fruits, cookies, cakes and free flow drinks and alcohol.

Desserts at the Club Lounge
Desserts at the Club Lounge

If we do return to visit Jen again, I must remember to bring along my iPad so I can indulge in the huge collection of magazines available for download on Press Reader with compliments from Jen. A great way to just chill and read while lounging at Level 19. Complimentary Wifi is available throughout the hotel and as long as you are connected to their Wifi, you can download and read any available papers and magazines on Press Reader app. This is one of the many Jen’s sexy X-factor. Oh and if you need to charge your mobile or tablet, there are charging boxes placed around the hotel for guests to use so you get to always stay connected without worrying you’ll run out of power juice.

Charging boxes like this can be found around the hotel. Very thoughtful Jen!
Charging boxes like this can be found around the hotel. Very thoughtful Jen!

Have a Dip at BayWatch @Jen

On the same level of the Club Lounge, Jen has got her very own BayWatch with pool, kids pool and jacuzzi pool purposely decked out with view overlooking Somerset and the bay area. You can view the Marina Bay Sands from here and catch the nightly laser show too.

BayWatch @ Jen
BayWatch @ Jen

I personally love the comfy beanbags and lounge bed along the pool. We managed to park ourselves at one of the lounge bed after dinner and caught the laser show while enjoying the cool breeze that evening. The hub approves and mentioned booking another stay with Jen for just the two of us. •Coughs•My birthday in July•Coughs•

Lounge at the pool at BayWatch @ Jen
Lounge at the pool at BayWatch @ Jen

The adult pool was quite packed when we were there but we had the kids pool all to ourselves! There was a corner table and two chairs right next to the pool, so this corner was where we spent our late afternoon on our first day. Zara was keeping herself occupied climbing up and down the steps while Ayra was having her own pretend play with floats and her imagination. >.<

Pool + Cookies + Floats = Plenty of Fun for the kids
Pool + Cookies + Floats = Plenty of Fun for the kids
Night view of BayWatch @ Jen
Night view of BayWatch @ Jen
Laser show from Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Laser show from Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Breakfast Time at Makan@Jen

You know how kids just know what to do at the right time? On usual school days, the would hate to get themselves out of bed, but when its time to wake up for fun time (and awesome breakfast), they got up super early on their own! Why can’t they do the same every single day so Mummy me can send them both to school in time for lesson?

Makan@Jen at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway
Makan@Jen at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway

Breakfast at Makan@Jen was delightful, with a good spread of food. There were indian selection, chinese, western, noodles, dim sum, huge selection of cereals, yogurt, pastries, salad, cheese, cold cuts and ice cream! Yes! Who say ice cream is not for breakfast?

And they've got some yummy condiments for your ice cream too!
And Jen has got some yummy condiments for your ice cream too!
“Oops! I’m Busy! Enjoying my breakfast at Makan@Jen.” – Ayra
And this girl picks up all the funny antics from her sister!
Hearty breakfast for the husband (this was his nth round that morning)
Hearty breakfast for the husband (this was his final round that morning)

Other Jen’s X-Factors Worth a Mention

For those who missed breakfast time at Makan@Jen, guests can get their breakfast fix from On The Go, opposite the main reception at Level 10. Each guest can get pastries, fruit cup and drink. There’s self-help water too for those who need a quick sip before heading out.

For the adventurous, guests can borrow these bamboo bicycles to explore the city. Not sure if Jen charges a fee for this service, please do enquire at the front desk at the main lobby at level 1 for more details.

For all guests, there are two Mac available at level 10, each with their own quiet work space. Printing is available too at a nominal fee, collectible from the reception.

For those with too many luggage for check-in/ check-out, there are trolleys around the hotel lift lobby available for guests to wheel around. I love how these look with bright colours and huge wheels. Almost like a stroller but without the seats.

Instead of filling up your in-room mini bar with drinks, Jen has got vending machines from Level 14 to 18 of the hotel. These vending machines are pretty well stocked with variety of products. You’ll find not just food and drinks, but Panadol, condoms and cutleries too.

So what’s inside the in-room mini bar? There’s the complimentary bottled water and a cup of cut fruits, which all of us gobbled it up soon after we entered our room.

And finally, with the central location of Hotel Jen OrchardGateway, there are so many shopping, dining and entertainment right at the doorstep of the hotel. A great hotel not just for tourists and business travellers, but also for locals who want to indulge in some relaxing time with the love one or for those who wants to get tons of shopping done in town and club till the wee hours and chill after with friends at the hotel.

Even little Zara was busy checking out what’s in store at OrchardGateway!

Thank you Jen for this amazing getaway for our family and we look forward to more Jen’s adventure with you soon.

Still unable to decide if Jen is the one for your next staycation? Hop over to The Shutter Whale’s experience to read more.

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Disclaimer: The hotel stay and experience was provided by Hotel Jen OrchardGateway for the purpose of this review and post. All opinions and photos are our own.

Family Staycation at Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour Johor, Malaysia

When you have little ones waking up happy, you know your staycation was truly enjoyed and loved by them. That’s what we did at Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour at Johor Malaysia. It was our first family trip with Zara and they girls enjoyed their hotel stay with Ayra calling it our home.

Premium room with connecting Harbour view deluxe room


The premium room with King sized bed and huge bathroom


The living area in the premium room

With four adults and two toddlers, we opted to go with a connecting room so we can all be together during our 2D1N stay at the hotel. Having the two girls going around the rooms excitedly checking out every corners of the rooms was enough for us to say it was money well spent.


The harbour view deluxe room

Both the rooms come with spacious bathroom with bath tub. The fittings and features of the two bathrooms were slightly different with more premium features like the TOTO washlet which I super love. The last time I used something similar was in Tokyo many many years back. Both the little ones loved the bathtub most as they spent a long time playing in there together on both days. Ayra didn’t want to get out! I think she had more fun in the bathtub as compared to our trip to Legoland.

The pool and jacuzzi just above our rooms was super nice. Sadly we didn’t have time to get in for a dip during our stay. At least the girls got to chill a little on the deck chairs.

The hotel is highly recommended by a few of our friends who had been to Johor and I must say Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour did not disappoint. The room, the facilities and the sumptuous breakfast buffet spread were awesome. Ayra was quite sad when we had to check-out of the hotel. She said “Goodbye home.” before we closed the room door; too funny this girl. We hope to return one day for another family staycation.

Find out more about Traders Hotel Johor Bahru on their website.

Babymoon Staycation at Changi Village Hotel Singapore

After the first, there’ll always be a second and a third… and… more staycations! One new item added to my bucket list is to stay in as many hotels in Singapore as I can and share my staycation experience! Wahahahaha! continue to dream

To get away from stress from work, we took a short break at the eastern part of Singapore at Changi Village Hotel.

Entering the hotel – The Lobby

Feels good to be away from the buzz and crowd in town. And with the hotel near the beach, it gives us a resort style feel to it, with sighting of planes landing towards Changi Airport, from the pool deck.

The rooftop, level 8

Chill out and relax by the pool watching planes landing is quite a nice way to waste time and rest.

Deck chairs by the pool

Take a dip in the pool at the rooftop or relax tiring muscles in the jacuzzi.

Pool on the rooftop, Changi Village Hotel

We stayed on the Executive Club floor as the other rooms were fully booked. (Lesson learnt, don’t do last minute booking!) Good thing about paying premium for a room on the Executive Club floor is the unlimited access to the Club Lounge where you get free flow drinks, juices, coffee and tea; with place to chill beside the room.

The Room at 661, Executive Club Floor

Spacious room with King bed…

Room 661 at Changi Village Hotel Singapore

LCD TV in room

Well maintained toilet with rain shower which we love!

Well maintained toilet with rain shower which we love!

The rather sad looking mini fridge which is complimentary in Executive Club rooms.

In-room Mini Bar

In-room coffee and tea choices

The Executive Club Lounge

Executive Club Lounge at Changi Village Hotel Singapore

Executive Club Lounge at Changi Village Hotel Singapore

iMac stations for guests at the Executive Club Lounge

iMac stations for guests at the Executive Club Lounge

Outdoor (Smoking) area at the Executive Club Lounge

Outdoor (Smoking) area at the Executive Club Lounge

Wide variety of coffee and tea

Drink all you want at the Executive Club Lounge or bring it back to your room to enjoy.

Drink all you want at the Executive Club Lounge

Complimentary Cocktail Daily from 6pm to 8pm for Executive Club Guests

And this comes with free-flow alcohol – beer, liquor, wine, mixer and other drinks. There are finger food, desserts and cheese station too. Sadly we didn’t touch any of the alcohol. I think my dad and bro will enjoy this.

Desserts and finger food available for guests

Cheese, salad, ham and more

Buffet Breakfast at Saltwater Cafe

That day, we were the second couple to arrive at the cafe, food were all fresh out from the kitchen and everything look so appetizing! From 4.45am to 5.20am, we had the most fulfilling breakfast ever. Love the variety and quality of food.

It was the month of Ramadan and the hotel serves breakfast from 4.30am onwards. Plus point for Changi Village Hotel! So we requested to have our breakfast at the cafe instead of the club lounge which only starts serving from 6am.
Buffet Breakfast Spread at Saltwater Cafe is great!

Buffet Breakfast Spread at Saltwater Cafe is great!

Porridge station is my favorite

Bread station

Fruits, juices, cereals and yogurt

The stay at Changi Village Hotel was recharging and we love it. The only not good was the soft pillows provided. Hope they’ll provide other choices of pillows for their guests in the future.

Wish for more staycations! Perhaps once at Capella Sentosa. wish harder

[box type=”1″]This post first published on The Claudia Post in August 2011. Stay was paid for from our own pocket.[/box]

Baby Zara’s first staycation at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore

To celebrate the Husband’s birthday, I booked a staycation for us and since Zara has never tried swimming yet, I thought this would be a good chance to let her try floating and kicking inside a bathtub. This was a super last minute decision and I only started searching for an ideal hotel 2 nights before the planned check-in. After a night of surfing through Agoda, and some quick messages via selected hotels’ page on Facebook, I proceeded to book a Club room at the newly renovated Rendezvous Hotel Singapore.

The hotel lobby looks very nice and welcoming. And I was looking forward to a modern and chic room, like those from our staycation at The Quincy.

Center piece at their newly refreshed lobby

Nice lounging area at the hotel lobby

The well equipped gym

The Pool

This the closest Zara gets to a pool so far

The room we were given was on the 10th floor and we had to walk all the way back into the corner of the hotel from the lift lobby. And when we reached the room, it wasn’t as how I had imagined. The Club Room, which we booked through Agoda, was a little small and it didn’t come with a bathtub!

Club Room at Level 10

Entrance at Club Room

Club Room toilet (no bathtub)

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Located on the top three floors of the hotel, the Club Rooms provide a variety of Club Rendezvous benefits, such as personalised check-in at the Club Rendezvous (which we didn’t receive), a welcome fruit basket (didn’t get this too) and upgraded bathroom amenities. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the Club Rendezvous (Breakfast at Straits Cafe has more varieties) to start the day, and unwind in the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (we missed this as we had another dinner reservation made) amid panoramic city views. Also receive a 20% discount on laundry/dry-cleaning services and broadband and wireless internet access (this was useful) throughout the hotel.[/box]

Since the main reason for this staycation was for Zara to have a dip in the bathtub, I immediately called the reception to check if we can be moved to a room with one. I was told the only rooms were the Junior Suite. Lucky us, we got an upgrade at no extra charge since we were only staying for one night. The suite was on the 4th floor.

The spacious living space for relaxing

The King size bed that wasn’t very comfortable (a little too hard for us)

Bath amenities in the washroom

Bathtub and shower room

From the website, looks like their recent renovation focused on the club experience, so we took a trip to the Club Level on 11th to check it out.

Cosy Club Lounge on Level 11

The food corner where breakfast and evening cocktail is served

Nice bench sofa seats

Club Lounge is baby friendly, according to the Hotel Manager

Throughout the stay, the most relaxed person must be Zara. Instead of the baby cot which we requested, she got to sleep on the bed with us as the cot provided was a little dirty and too low for us to put her down while she’s asleep.

Zara enjoyed the spacious bed

Zara enjoyed her time in the bathtub filled with warm water

Woke up afresh from a good night sleep (leaving just a little space for Mummy)

Chillaxing on the sofa while we packed up for check-out

Overall the staycation we had at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore was a decent one. Nothing much to wow about except the close proximity to town for those who wants to shop and party. Oh! And if you’re staying in their Club Rooms, you get either guaranteed early check-in or late check-out.

If you’re wondering, this stay was paid for from my own pocket.

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Aside: While staying there, I saw another couple going around taking photos of the hotel and after some searching (and matching with the couple I caught in one of the photos), I confirmed that its blogger mama-to-be Miss Chewy. Her husband got many nice photos of the hotel, go over and check it out.[/box]

Ayra’s first dip into a swimming pool

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.

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

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.

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Family Staycation at Marina Mandarin Hotel Singapore

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.

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

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)

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

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.

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

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”.

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

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! 😛

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

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!

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

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.

Staycation at Marina Mandarin Singapore

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.

Photos taken with Canon S95