Monday, April 13, 2015

An Afternoon of Magic with Joe Labero

We were invited to Joe Labero A Night Of Magic At Raffles last Sunday. My girl was super excited when I told her that we were going to see a magic show. It was a first time for her.

Excited to watch her first magic show at the theatres

Held at the Jubilee Hall theatre at Raffles Hotel, the show promises to thrill audiences with fire-eating, trap-escaping and a whole lot of illusions. Due to the use of dark lighting and spooky music, it's definitely not for kids under 5 years old.

Jubilee Hall theatre, Level 3
The stage is set for a whole lot of spooky
With the sister and my girl in the hall
(Girl looking a bit apprehensive)

When the show began, my girl was all quiet and mesmerised. "How did the magician do that mummy?" she asked on numerous occasions.

"I'm not sure, I think it must be magic!" I replied.

Unfortunately for me, I do know how some of the illusions were executed, no thanks to the numerous episodes of "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secret Finally Revealed" that the hubby made me watch with him. Totally spoiled the first half of the show for me! I was like "aiyah, that's how he got out lah!" the whole time!

It also didn't help that the guy in front of me was a head taller than the rest and loved moving his head left and right for no good reason (I had to move my head constantly in the opposite direction)! At one time I was so pissed that I nearly hit his head with my phone ("STOP MOVING!!!" I screamed in my head.) *ggrrr*

The show got more interesting towards the second half of the show. He performed a few acts that were new to us and made us sit up just a bit more. The girl was so excited that she kept raising her hand for Joe Labero to call on her to help him. She was actually angry that he called her daddy "Mr Lee" to help instead. The look on her face was priceless :D

All in all, it's a great show if you have not watched shows where they revealed magic's secrets (if you have then unfortunately that has killed all the magic in everything *bummer*). Definitely good for kids!

With the fire-eating sidekicks =)


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Disclosure: Complimentary tickets were received from Joe Labero and Krall Entertainment for the purposes of this review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Free Play at Cool De Sac

Not many people know this but Cool de Sac is actually owned by my church. To bless the children attending Children's Church every weekend, free entry tickets to Cool de Sac are given out when we register our kids at the counter (subject to availability). I managed to get my hands on the last pair one lucky weekend and decided to finally bring my kids there to check it out.

Clockwise from top left: Cool de Sac;
Diaper changing room (no nursing room);
Shoe racks, lockers and stroller parking area.

Both kids were excited to explore the place! Now that Baby Boy is older, he slowly realising the awesomeness that are indoor playgrounds.

Across the bridge and down the stairs
Walking about at the Lego corner
My girl playing happily with the Lego
Tall slides that were big enough for adults
(This I know from personal experience *laughs*)
Looking apprehensive because it is really high up
With much pursuasion, she finally gave it a try, and refused to stop after that!

There's also a toddler area for the for the younger ones.

Enjoyed himself tremendously playing with the blocks and balls!
Laughed like crazy going down this slide
(One thing that my kids inherited from me is my love of laughing. Really loudly and hilariously *laughs*)
Both playing with Lego side by side

A staff was doing body painting for kids so girl got in line. And guess what all the girls asked for?

Body painting in process
Patiently waiting for the painting to be completed

Ah huh, Elsa.

With Elsa on her arm
(Poor staff got so bored of painting the same thing)

There's a big space for parties too and I know it's big because Pigeon invited us to their event that was held here last year and I loved the party space.

I'm definitely going to try to ask for more tickets the next time we are at Children's Church! Thanks very much for taking such good care of our kids =)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Family Day at Sentosa (II): Images of Singapore LIVE & Madame Tussauds

We proceeded to Imbiah Lookout after our swim at Rasa Sentosa to visit the newly re-imagined Images of Singapore LIVE.

My mum and sister met up with us there to visit the attraction with my girl and I. The hubby was happy to sit out of this one with Baby Boy (it was time for his nap) as he is not a big fan of attractions in general (unlike me), unless it involves seafood of some kind (preferably live).

This is not the first time that I am visiting the Images of Singapore. My secondary school friends and I used to love visiting the attractions in Sentosa whenever we hung out here during the school holidays and Images of Singapore was one of them. It used to be really boring, with tons of statues and a lot of words that is typical of most museums.

However, the recently re-imagined Images of Singapore LIVE is far from being boring. With actors playing the roles of the people who had lived in Singapore in the old days, super cool technology and an abundance of special effects (such as sound and smoke), the attraction promises to engage all of your senses.

Left: Feels like we are walking in historical Singapore!
Right: Girl and I on a trishaw.
Old-school bicycle (they used to make them super hardy as it was the people's main mode of transport)

We were greeted by an actor at the entrance, who began with Singapore as a very successful port.

Left: One of the actors;
Right: The office recreated to look like that of the past (very vintage!)

We were not allowed to take pictures after that even though, believe me, I tried but the lighting was terrible. To give you an idea of it without releasing any spoilers, here's a summary:

  • A young maiden introduced us to Singapore as a prosperous port, with a short show afterwards introducing the beginnings of Singapore
  • We were then introduced to Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles and Sir William Farquhar by a Malay villager
  • After that we learned about the life of the early settlers from none other than one of the early settlers (who better to do that?)
  • Next, we watched as the Japanese bombed Singapore during the Japanese Occupation
  • We also watched as Mr Lee Kuan Yew announced Singapore's separation from Malaya and we became an independent state (this was particularly emotional for us as Mr Lee was still lying in the hospital critically ill. We didn't know it then but it was going to be the last day that Mr Lee was alive =( )
  • Finally we moved on to modern day Singapore with tons of high tech and really cool light displays. You really gotta see it to appreciate it! =)

Our journey ended with a Spirit of Singapore boat ride, which was still in the process of completion when we first visited Madame Tussauds Singapore when it first opened last year. I'm glad that this time it is finally fixed and ready to go! =)

Girl enjoying the boat ride
One of the sights that we saw along the way

The Spirit of Singapore is a display of everything that we love in Singapore; things that make us who we are, things that we are proud of.

Clockwise from left: Selfie with the girl on the boat;
Traditional Teochew Opera;
Beautiful lion dancing

We got off the boat ride and proceeded easily to Madame Tussauds Singapore, which was located next door. Entry to Madame Tussauds Singapore can be bought together with Images of Singapore LIVE as a package.

Our first stop was of course the beloved Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew! Their wax figures were not completed yet when I visited last year.

With the late Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew, heroes of Singapore

Compared to our experience with Madame Tussauds Sydney, it was obvious that my mum greatly preferred the Singapore version as it contained wax figures of people that my mum actually recognised. She took almost no photos at Madame Tussauds Sydney but was so much more enthusiastic than usual about taking pictures at Madame Tussauds Singapore (definitely a great attraction to bring your older folks).

LeftMum with USA President Barack Obama;
Right: Mum with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Sister with ESM Goh Chok Tong
With the famous TV character Phua Chu Kang
(you can see mum's enthusiasm here. She knows this guy!)
LeftMum with actress Zoe Tay;
RightMum with super successful director/actor Jack Neo
LeftSister and girl with the bootylicious Beyonce;
RightSister with one of her favourite singers of all time, Katy Perry (she was ecstatic!).
Girl pretending to play on the piano
Left: Sister and my girl with the famous couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (they appear in ALL the Madame Tussauds that I have visited; possibly one of the most famous couples in the world);
Right: Mum asked to take this photo with Andy Lau (wow, never thought I'd see that haha)

We took almost two hours for both attractions. Hubby was rather impatient as he couldn't wait for us to move on to our next destination: seafood feast (he was excited because it was my treat!).

Although it was a super long day for my girl and I, we had a lot of fun! The only side effect from squeezing so many activities in one day is that the next day, I almost couldn't drag my body out of my bed for work. I was simply too tired! =(

Oh well, it was worth it seeing as we really enjoyed ourselves. Pop by and visit Sentosa too if you can! It is still, hands down, one of my favourite places in Singapore =)

Back to << Family Day at Sentosa (I): Brunch at Rasa Sentosa

Disclosure: Complimentary entrance tickets to the Images of Singapore LIVE and Madame Tussauds Singapore was received from Images of Singapore for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Family Day at Sentosa (I): Brunch at Rasa Sentosa

Sentosa has always been one of those places that will have a special place in my heart. The hubby and I loved to hang out at Sentosa during our courting days and we always had a lot of fun together. We even celebrated one of our anniversaries at Resorts World Sentosa.

Hence, we were very excited to accept the invitation to attend the Sunday Garden Party brunch buffet at the beautiful Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa located at Siloso Beach, Sentosa.

The beautiful Rasa Sentosa looks very similar to Golden Sands Resort in Penang because they were designed by the same architect
Lovely Sunday to be having lunch by the sea

We were greeted by a whole variety of almost everything you can find on land, sky and sea! Yum!

Full range of appetisers

Hubby, the resident seafood fanatic, was excited when he saw the "mountain" of seafood at the seafood section!

Includes everything from crab to prawns to clams
Clockwise from left: Tower of fresh prawns, crab and clams;
Fresh oysters imported from France;
Tasty cold Boston lobster.

The grill section is located outdoors so be careful of wandering amphibians; case in point, we actually had to avoid a roaming monitor lizard who was probably looking for scrapes of meat that had dropped onto the ground. Scared the hell out of me! =S

Grilled potatoes and vegetables
Grilled chicken (left) and grilled lamb (right)

The lamb here is done really well and does not have the typical "lamb taste". The hubby is a beef lover and he said he liked it more than beef! Imagine that!

Grilled prawn on a stick
Grilled lobsters (very tasty!)

There was also a section just for little humans!

Table was low enough for little ones to help themselves
Clockwise from left: Fresh watermelon juice and other food that I pick for my girl;
Eating the hotdog bun until there's tomato sauce all over her face!;
Waffles and hotdog buns kept warm on the burner.

But no matter how good any buffet is, it's never complete in my opinion unless it has a kickass dessert table! That's always my favourite part of any meal! =)

Lovely spread of cakes, mousse and eclair
Loved the delicious macarons!
Delicious spread of tasty Nonya desserts! My favourite! =)

This, however, was my girl's favourite part of the buffet:

Ice-cream!! Yum!! =)

She was super full from eating so much! It's a good thing that one child eats free with every paying adult =)

It was time for the magic show to start, which entertained my girl after her meal while we continued our feast.

Magic show with a balloon sculpture for each child
Looking nervous because she was really shy to be among so many kids that she doesn't know
The magician had a real bird in his hat!

Baby Boy couldn't understand what the fuss is about but he did enjoy walking around on the boardwalk and donning his balloon hat sculpted specially for him =)

Baby Boy in an extremely good mood, joining in the fun

Complimentary use of the resort's pool facilities comes with purchase of the buffet (a tag will be given to you to tie around your wrist) so we headed straight to the pool.

Lovely swimming pool of the resort
(awesome weather for a swim)
So nice to be able to cool down in this heat!
Kids having a great time hanging out with daddy

Like Golden Sands Resort in Penang, there were also slides at Rasa Sentosa. However, unlike the former, the latter also had a water playground for little ones to run about. They also had a lot more slides!

Water playground for little ones
(I noticed that the older kids were far more interested in the slides)
There were three, yes three, slides!
Left: Despite what the sign says, there were a few pool attendants on duty to keep the order and adults were allowed on the slide if we were carrying a young child (the hubby and I went down the slide a few times. Super fun!);
Girl was initially apprehensive of the slides but soon enjoyed them so much she didn't want to leave (as usual)!
Clockwise from left: Scared that she will slide too fast so she put her hands on the slide to slow it down;
The smallest slide which most kids did not want to slide down including my girl (she said it was boring -_-);
Going down faster and faster!

As usual, she had so much fun on the slides that she went again and again. Soon she was so confident that she could do it even if we were in the other swimming pool with the baby (don't worry, there were attendants on duty and we always kept a watchful eye nearby). The baby on the other hand, was kinda terrified of the slides even though he endured it (with a frown no less) when we slid down with him. Me? I was glad to have an excuse to slide down the slides. I love water slides! *laughs*

When it was time to go, we literally had to drag my girl away from the pool! She was soooo reluctant to go. Well, perhaps we'll be back one day for a staycation so that we can enjoy the lovely pool a little longer. In the meantime, there's a show to catch =)

Continue to >> Family Day at Sentosa (II): Images of Singapore LIVE & Madame Tussauds

Disclosure: An invitation to the Sunday Garden Party brunch buffet was received from Rasa Sentosa Resort for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.
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