Monday, 28 December 2020

My Boy's Birthday Staycation at Sofitel Singapore City Centre

Our last staycation of 2020 was at Sofitel Singapore City Centre. The hubby had booked the Family Staycation package via Klook to celebrate the boy's birthday.

On arrival at the hotel, we noticed that there were big bears everywhere, placed in strategic locations to remind you to keep a safe distance! 😂

We arrived at around 2pm and expected a queue but there wasn't any queue at all. We headed directly to the counters to check in. After getting our room key cards, we headed to check out our rooms.

Our club rooms were on the 19th floor, which offered nice views of the surrounding area. Our rooms were also very spacious and could easily fit a cot for the littlest.

There was a bathtub in the bathroom, which is now a must for every staycation that we book! 😁

Although we had unblocked views from our room, they were mainly of the high-rise buildings beside the hotel. However, if you stand in a certain part of the room and squint, you may just see a glimpse of the sea 🤣

Our rooms had all the typical amenities, especially a Nespresso machine, which was much appreciated by the coffee-loving hubby.

The hotel also prepared a bag of masks, hand sanitiser and wet wipes for each room. The toiletries in the bathroom was also Lanvin (branded eh)! 😂 

Our Family Staycation package also comes with up to 2 kids tents per room. However, if you requested for a cot, they will not be able to accommodate the tents in the same room. 

We informed the hotel that we were celebrating the boy's birthday and although they said they couldn't do any decorations, they did attempt to put a birthday sign on one of the tents. They also gave us a tart, which the eldest girl quite enjoyed since the birthday boy only eats chocolate for anything 😜

We brought our own decorations to spice up the tents! The boy is recently into Minecraft, so here's his Minecraft-themed birthday! 😁

As we could register another adult and child for the 2nd room, the bro-in-law brought Cousin E to join the celebrations!

The kids really loved the tent! They enjoyed crawling in it and playing with the balloons that came with the Minecraft decor package. 

When it came time for Afternoon Tea, which was included in our package, we headed down to the restaurant. We sat at separate tables due to social distancing requirements. 

The Afternoon tea goodies came in a 2-tiered box. The first layer were the sweets while the second layer were the savouries. The hubby loves savoury food while I love sweet food so this was perfect for both of us! 

The boy only likes chocolate flavour anything, like I mentioned, hence he could only eat the chocolate cake and hot chocolate. 

I quite enjoyed both the sweet and savoury bites, though I preferred the sweet as you would imagine. I also enjoyed my pot of TWG tea, which went really well with the food. However, it was quite a lot of food, we had to take away half of it to the room to eat later. 

After tea, the cousins spent time playing together in separate rooms. 

They had so much fun! I was happy for any chance that they get to bond with each other because being close to your cousins is a real gift, as I myself can personally attest to! 

Since the boy loves chocolate, the hubby and I bought a slice of chocolate cake from the Starbucks at Level 1 of the hotel. I surrounded the chocolate cake with some of the Afternoon Tea bites that we brought back from the restaurant and decorated everything with Minecraft decor! The boy was so happy! 

Cousin E didn't stay for the night as she needed her mummy's milk so it was just the two eldest in the tents at night. 

I actually thought the 'princessy' eldest girl would give up sleeping in her tent in the middle of the night and join her grandma on the king bed but she didn't! She said the tent was so comfortable that she enjoyed sleeping in it! 

Mum-in-law also reported that both of them whispered secrets and giggled for about an hour before falling asleep in their tents. It was the first time that the Mum-in-law could enjoy a good night's sleep on the king bed by herself! 

The next morning we got up early to have our breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. 

Coincidentally, it was also the start of Phase 3 where people can finally dine in groups of 8 instead of 5. This was significant for us as it meant that our family could finally dine together! No more split tables! 

We got a huge table in the part of the restaurant that offered us nice views of the neighbourhood. We ordered our breakfast by scanning a QR code.  

Breakfast was OK, nothing to really shout about except for their TWG tea. 

We wanted to go swimming after breakfast but we didn't manage to book a slot. However, the hotel suggested that we try our luck at the swimming pool itself, in case any guest did not turn up or did not utilise the full 1.5 hours per session. 

Since our package came with late check-out at 4pm, we decided to try our luck for the session with the most likelihood of available slots (due to the typical 12pm check-out time): 11am-12.30pm. We headed to the pool at 11.30am, crossing our fingers that there will be available slots. The staff informed us that there were 3 slots available, but there were 5 of us. However, after waiting for just 5 minutes, a couple left the pool and there were enough slots for all of us! 🙌🏻

The pool wasn't very big but there was a wadding area that's good for the little ones who may be scared of jumping straight into the deep end. 

The water was cold but the kids jumped in readily since they were all wearing their insulated swim suits. 

You can see my littlest girl swimming independently in the water with nothing but arm floats 😊

My girls are natural born swimmers just like their mummy *beams* 🤩

There was also a warmer jaccuzi that we also enjoyed as a family. 

When the session came to an end at 12.30pm, we headed back to our room to wash up and have our lunch (which the hubby and I bought from the nearby Keisuke). 

When I talked to my boy later that day, he told me he had a great time and loved his birthday. After patiently waiting the whole year for his birthday to come, I hope it was worth the wait 😁



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This post is part of my Family Staycations collection in my Fun in Singapore Guide!


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Thursday, 17 December 2020

HomeTeamNS Clip 'N Climb & Adventure HQ

My ex-colleague turned BFF is a rock climbing enthusiast who is constantly asking me to join her. So when my eldest girl expressed interest to try rock climbing, there's no one else I would ask to be our guide and teacher 😁

[Clip 'N Climb @ Our Tampines Hub]

For a good and less intimidating experience for beginners like us, the Pro suggested that we try Clip 'N Climb at HomeTeamNS, Our Tampines Hub

As a Westie, this was first time I'm visiting Tampines Hub. It was so big! 

We were greeted by super colourful and fun rock walls on entering the Clip 'N Climb area. The staff taught us how to wear our harnesses and how to clip our harnesses to the auto belay before climbing. 

I thought the girl will have more issues with climbing than me but it turns out that she was a lot braver than I am! Although she was initially apprehensive of letting go of the wall to drop down, she was able to do it easily after her first drop. Of course, it helps that we have a pro to guide us as well 😁

To be honest, I was more afraid of heights than I thought I would be! I used to be way more adventurous than this! Maybe age has really caught up with me... I am older and less agile than before! *laughs* 

But well, I tried most of the walls and liked that it was easy enough for beginners like us but also had the element of difficulty for pros like the BFF.

Overall, we had a great time! The girl kept saying that she wanted to go rock climbing again. 

[Adventure HQ @ HomeTeamNS Khatib]

Since the girl wanted to go rock climbing again and Adventure HQ just opened in the spanking new HometeamNS Khatib. As it is new and has the biggest indoor multi-adventure course in Singapore, it is very popular. Hence, we didn't manage to book the preferred afternoon slot on a Thursday as it was the School Holiday. Instead, we decided to go with the evening slot at 6 - 9.30pm. 

When we arrived, we were awed by just how big the Adventure HQ was! It was like a huge playground for big kids! 
Everyone gathered in an air-conditioned room to have a briefing before we were tasked to do different activities so as to ensure that we didn't all crowd together. 
We were asked to start with the Sky Venture ropes course. Standing at 15m above ground, this 2-tiered ropes course is quite a challenge, especially for beginners like us. 
We were taught how to put on the full body harness before receiving a safety briefing from the staff. 
Since I brought my BFF, the girl got to bring her BFF as well 😊
We queued up and took turns to be hooked up to the ropes course.
The girls were really good and mostly unfazed by all the obstacles. The only obstacle that proved to be too challenging for my girl was the one with hanging tires as it required relatively long legs to maneuver across. She almost got stuck but managed to make it across with the help of the staff. 
Personally, I was proud to have tried half of the obstacles and managed to overcome my fear of falling. 
The girls declared this to be the best thing in Adventure HQ! 😊

Next we went down the Fireman Slide, the longest slide in Singapore at 4.5 storeys high! 
Of course, due to gravity, the heavier you are, the faster you go. This is probably the reason why I had the most fun on the slide! 😁

We proceeded on to the Adventure Trail, which is basically an upsized playground for big kids! 
If you are like me, who loves playgrounds no matter how old you are, then you will love this big playground just for big kids like us! 😁

Next, we proceeded to Fossil Labyrinth, the first indoor artificial caving in Singapore. The aim of this activity is to give you a glimpse of the caving experience without the risks. 
As the only one with actual caving experience among us, the BFF was quick to point out that an actual cave is a lot wetter and rockier than this artificial one. Nevertheless, it was still fun trying to find out way around in total darkness. If you're claustrophobic, I suggest that you skip this activity as it was really dark inside and there was very little space to move around. 

The girls wanted to try the Ninja Course next, so I decided to give myself a break and watch them try out the course. 
There were also Boulder and Rock Climbing walls but we were more interested in the fun Urban Climb walls mostly meant for the average climber. 
We put on our harness and learnt how to hook ourselves to the auto belay system. 
The auto belay system here was a lot easier to hook on and off as compared to Clip 'N Climb! It was a breeze to hook on and climb! 
My girl enjoyed climbing all the walls, even though she didn't always make it to the top of every wall. I think it's fine because the most important thing is to have tried your best! 

We were exhausted by 9pm and decided that we had had enough 😅

If you're planning to visit and bring your kids, do note that there is a minimum height of 1.25m required for Adventure HQ. If your child is too short, he/she will find it hard to navigate the ropes course, ninja course and some of the rock climbing walls. 


This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
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