Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hong Kong with Children - 6D5N Itinerary (December 2016)

When our children visited Hong Kong for the first time in June 2015, we invited their grandparents along. With the elderly and children, our itinerary was quite relax (read our 5D4N Itinerary in June 2015). Then we visited Hong Kong again in December 2016, we visited some places that we didn't go during our previous visit.

Day 1
Check in Inn Hotel --> lunch at Tsui Wah --> Sham Shui Po --> Dinner at Jordon

The first two things that we did upon arriving Hong Kong International Airport were to collect pre-paid SIM card that I booked from Klook, and to purchase Octopus card from MTR customer service counter. 

We booked our accommodation at Inn Hotel located at Yau Ma Tei (read our review of Inn Hotel here), it was easily accessible by bus A21 from the airport. 

We did exactly the same things on the first day in Hong Kong for our two trips! Yes, buy cheap toys at Sham Shui Po! During our previous visit, we didn't manage to sit down in 公和荳品廠 to eat, but we did it this time!

Day 2
Hong Kong Disneyland 

It was a more pleasant visit as compared to our previous visit in June 2015. We enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere and the cool weather.

Day 3
Dim sum brunch at 稻香 --> Hong Kong Science Museum --> Ichiran ramen --> Dinner at Cafe de Coral near Inn Hotel

Guess what, we actually went back to hotel to take a nap before we ventured out again for dinner. No, not the children, DaDi and I were the ones who needed the afternoon nap!

Day 4
Hong Kong Park --> The Peak --> Wan Chai --> Dinner at 村爺爺龍蝦湯-泡飯-燉湯專家

Hong Kong Park is a nice place to get some fresh air inside the city! And the main attraction? The slide with transparent segments!

It was an impromptu visit to The Peak. We were thankful that the peak tram was not too crowded on a weekday morning.

We then went to Tai Yuen Street at Wan Chai (also known as Toy Street), and we concluded that Fuk Wing Street at Sham Shui Po should be named Toy Street instead!

Day 5
Go Green Organic Farm --> Sham Shui Po --> Dinner at Cafe de Coral near Inn Hotel

A short getaway from the concrete jungle, we were refreshed by breathing in some fresh air! As the children didn't buy any toy from Tai Yuen Street in the previous day, we decided to go to Sham Shui Po again! They bought some toys and we had tea break at 公和荳品廠 again!

Day 6
Home sweet home

Our Post Trip Reflection

I mentioned the reasons for choosing Hong Kong as our children's first overseas trip via plane in this post on 5 Tips for Hong Kong Travel with Children. To be honest, when we first visited Hong Kong, the presence of their grandparents really helped us a lot. With the ratio of 2 adults to 1 child, my alert level was raised to only 200%. But during the second visit when DaDi and I brought the children there ourselves, somehow, my alert level had to raise to 1000%! It is simply too crowded at some places, and some people are very impatient and rude! Well, we were thankful that we still encountered kindness, for example, a kind lady actually gave up her seat on MTR for me (yes, not for the children) when we were on our way back to the hotel from Hong Kong Disneyland, because she said that I looked very tired (I was unwell that day)!

Hong Kong offers some places that are really interesting to visit with children. But I would suggest not to bring your children along for shopping in shopping areas.

Our Hong Kong Travelogue

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Animal Resort (Seletar West Farmway)

My colleagues and I were talking about where to go with our children during weekends or holidays. It seemed that I was the last person in the group who had not brought my children to The Animal Resort

Located at Seletar West Farmway 5, The Animal Resort is a hidden gem that our urban children can experience the rural side of Singapore. And guess what, the admission is FREE!

The wooden house with rabbits and guinea pigs caught the children's attention when we entered The Animal Resort. They ran towards the little house and were very excited to see their favourite animals!

"May we feed them?" The children remembered the great experience they had in Taiwan Flying Cow Ranch and Hong Kong Go Green Organic Farm, they were eager to feed the animals again.

No worries about getting the animals' feed, there is a stall selling the feed at S$1 per pack or S$2 for every 3 packs (except horse feed)! The stall sells mosquito repellent and patches too. 

We bought 3 types of feed, one for fish, one for 2-legged animals, and one for rabbits + guinea pigs. And then, the children spent 1 hour feeding the animals.

As the children were busy feeding the animals, I rested on the swing under a big tree... and received some golden blessings from the birds.

Finally, the children finished feeding the animals, we continued to explore other part of The Animal Resort, and the children were thrilled to see a playground!

I was really thankful that there were shades everywhere.

Suddenly, a crowd gathered in front of the cage of peacocks and peahens. Wow! We were lucky to see the peacock showing off its beautiful tail! 

It turned its back towards the crowd, trying to show off but not too show off. 

We visited the horse and parrots too.

Other than the opportunity to feed the animals, another thing I like about The Animal Resort is the presence of informative signs which educate us more about the animals.

Don't forget to wash your hands after feeding the animals! It is so thoughtful to them to have a sink for children!

Our children enjoyed this place very much! As we were leaving the place, they asked, "Can we come back again after lunch?"

Information about The Animal Resort
Address:81 Seletar West Farmway 5 Singapore 798061
Website: http://theanimalresort.com
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily (except Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year)
How to get there:
Driving - enter Seletar West Farmway 5 from Sengkang West Road, free parking available
Public transport - take bus 50, 86, 103, alight at Sengkang West Road, and walk 1+ km (Taking a taxi would be easier for families with young children)

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

3M™ Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface Review

[Sponsored Review]

Within a few minutes, our children's study table was transformed into a whiteboard using 3M™ Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface!

Other than table, you can stick 3M™ Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface on to painted drywall, steel surfaces, glass, finished wood, and existing whiteboards or chalkboards. The size is 60.9 cm x 91.4 cm, and you can customise it by cutting it into any size and shape that you need.

The installation process is easy peasy, just unroll, peel and stick!

When my children encounter difficulty when they are doing their homework, we can write on 3M™ Post-it® Dry Erase Surface to make their thinking visible!

The children can also unleash their creativity by drawing freely on the surface.

Recently, our children wanted to make their toys using recycled materials. 3M™ Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface serves as a collaborative space for them to discuss and brainstorm ideas!

Not to be worried about cleaning. The cleaning cloth provided makes the cleaning very easy, and it is washable.

The retail price of 3M™ Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface  is S$55.95. Good news! You can get it at 15% off at Popular Bookstore and selected Self-fix outlets for the month of April!

Disclaimer: We received 3M™ Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated. 

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