Monday, 6 November 2017

Johor Bahru: Fanpekka in Aeon Tebrau City

I have been wanting to blog about our experience at Fanpekka in Aeon Tebrau City, Johor Bahru but was side-tracked with planning for our big trip to London-Scotland-Paris. It's a really fun indoor playground and definitely deserves some attention on this blog! *laughs*

Fanpekka Indoor Playground
Don't forget to bring your socks!

We bought the 5 Entries Passport Coupon for RM220 because we knew the kids would want to come back so it was more value for money that way.

One chop per entry, regardless of child

Each child will get a passport, which will be stamped at entry.

Fanpekka passport
Getting their passports stamped
Accumulate chops to get a free gift!

The playground was quite big, with various different areas for the kids to play in. Of course, the biggest attraction was the huge ship playground surrounded by thousands of balls!

Fanpekka ship
Having lots of fun climbing and not having to worry that you will fall
So many fun things to do and explore
On the ship itself
Pulling the seat of the mini flying fox and riding it! 
Super huge slide!
Ample space for parents to chill while watching your kids

Right next to the ship is a castle, which is linked to the ship via another slide.

Yet another slide and a mini rock climbing wall
There are other entrances to the castle besides the rock wall which not many kids seem to fancy 
Entrance to the castle
Climbing up the steps to the top where there are various activities for kids
Sliding down the slides!
The one on the right projects interactive images! 

There was also a marketplace area to encourage role play!

The vegetable stall and flower shop
Watering the flowers and packing the vegetables
Manning the ice-cream stall
They even have really cute outfits for the kids to wear if they like it
Burger shop and pizzeria
Firefighters are always needed in a mini city in case a fire breaks out in the kitchens!

The kids loved role-playing, though it's of course not the same as Kidzania.

Finally, there's an assembly area where kids can build and decorate their own house from scratch and be an interior designer!

Assemble and build a house!
Many little houses already built
My girl loves playing house with her brother!

The playground allows multiple re-entries within the day so you can leave, grab a bite and come back again later to continue the fun. Very value for money I feel. The kids can spend about 6-7 hours here!

We've already been back again since these photos were taken and will likely go back again =D


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Monday, 23 October 2017

Registering Thumbprints for Your Child's Passport

If you're a Singaporean or Singapore PR, you would have used the Enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (e-IACS) at the various checkpoints when travelling in and out of Singapore. It's basically the self-clearance gates that allow you to scan your passport and thumb print yourself without having to queue at the immigration officer counters.

This convenience is not available for parents with young kids like us because the automatic gates do not recognise the child's fingerprints. Hence, we have to queue with everyone else, which has increased our queuing time by more than double.

However, the good news is, kids can register their fingerprints at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) once they turn 7 years old. After your child has registered their fingerprints, they will be able to use the e-IACS as well.

The girl is very excited that she is finally eligible to go through the automated gates! =)

Here's sharing some tips on how to do this based on my personal experience:

1) Wait for your child to turn 7 SIX years old
Your child must reach his/her 76th birthday before you are able to register his/her fingerprints.

Update: I recently found out that the minimum age is 6 years old even though I was told by an ICA officer that it was 7 years old in the past. Perhaps they have changed their policy over time and I wasn't informed. 

2) Book an appointment online
I tried to Google to find out how to do it but I couldn't find much information on the ICA website as the FAQs mainly focused on passport creation and collection. I made a trip down to ICA to try my luck and learned that they only accepted appointments made online.

The officer showed me how to do it and I'm sharing the steps here in case any of you need help like I did, so as to save you a wasted trip down =)

Step 1: Go to the ICA website here

Step 2: Click on the sidebar and click on "Check Status/Make Appointment" >> "Make an appointment" >> "Book/cancel/change appointment". You will be directed to the e-appointment website.

Step 3: Click on "Visitor" >> "Application for e-IACS"

Step 4: Choose your type of identification and input your identification number. Click submit when you are done.

Step 5: Click your preferred date on the calendar and you're done!

3) Bring your child down to ICA, Level 4
Arrive at ICA about 15 minutes before your appointment time. Don't be late otherwise your waiting time might be increased.

When you're there, head to the Foreign Visitors Service Counter and show them your appointment and your child's passport. They will proceed to give you a queue number and the counter where you will be served.

Although it says Foreign Visitors Service Counter, this is where we need to queue as well because they've only got one customer service counter

The queue can be quite long so do factor this into your planning.

4) Register your child's thumb print
Our queue number was called almost immediately. The officer handled everything necessary for registering my girl's thumb prints and we were done 10 minutes later.

I really love and appreciate how fast and efficient ICA is!

So there you have it! Hope that this would be helpful for those of you who are thinking of doing the same for your child =)

Monday, 4 September 2017

KL-JB Day 3-4: Hello Kitty Room & Thomas Town

We drove from Kuala Lumpur back to Johor Bahru and made a stop at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour. We chose to stay one night there as they had Hello Kitty themed rooms!

You know how much I love themed rooms right? We've stayed at Legoland Hotel and the Beauty & The Beast room at Tokyo Disneyland! And much as I hate to admit it, everyone around me has observed that I'm really a closet Hello Kitty fan (*laughs*). Gotta admit that she's really cute!

Left: Riding their kick scooters to the room;
Right: The very cute room key card! Wish they allowed us to keep it like they do at Disneyland... 

There are 3 designs of Sailor Hello Kitty rooms, 3 Hello Kitty in Oz rooms and 4 Hello Kitty Pink Series rooms. Being the pink lover that I am, of course I wanted the pink rooms! Unfortunately, we could only state our preferences but were not guaranteed the design of room that we'll get as it's based on availability.

The symbol on your room door number will give you a hint of the design of room that you got. Can you guess ours?

Phototaking at the corridors of the Hello Kitty themed rooms

Yup we got the Hello Kitty in Oz room! The hubby was super happy that he did not have to stare at pink all day 🤣

Hello Kitty in Oz themed room! 

We booked the Deluxe Theme Double Bed for 3 Adults (with breakfast) and added a baby cot. It was a tight squeeze but we managed to fit all 5 of us comfortably. The room cost us SGD 347.49, which wasn't cheap but considering that we got breakfast for 5 and 2 Two-Park Admission tickets to Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town (worth MYR 125/ SGD 41 each), it wasn't so bad.

Love the cushions and decorations on the wall! So pretty!
The sofa that was converted into a bed

The TV console was also decorated in Hello Kitty in Oz
Decent size bathroom
Cute Hello Kitty decorations on the wall, counter top and the towels!
Each room is also given a really cute goodies bag filled with awesome Hello Kitty stuff! Super duper cute!

We checked out the pool located in the same building. I liked that the jacuzzi pool was so warm and nice.

The rooftop pool
Me and my two beloved babies

The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. The spread was pretty decent and the food was not too bad.

Breakfast buffet

After breakfast, we crossed over to Little Big Club to visit Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town.

This way to Thomas Town & Hello Kitty Town

We've been to Hello Kitty Town previously but have never been to Thomas Town so we were really excited. It's more worth it to get the Two Park Pass at MR 125 than single park admission ticket at MYR 85.

The kids were so excited to visit both Hello Kitty Town & Thomas Town! 

As usual, we started with Sanrio Hello Kitty Town located at the 2nd level.

Love this mural on the wall! 
On the Hello Kitty teacup

Since we had done all the activities at the Wishful Studios the last time, we decided that we would only do our favourite ones this time (please see my last post for a list of all the activities that you can do!). Now that my boy is almost 4 years old, he can truly appreciate the activities and remember the experience!

Decorating Hello Kitty cookies
Decorating paper bags
Designing our own pins
Our different pin designs! 

There are plenty of photo opportunities here and there's good lighting so take as many photos as you want! 😊

A family photo at Hello Kitty's House
Hello Kitty in Oz
My favourite photo of the trip!
We FINALLY got to take pictures with Dear Daniel &
Hello Kitty! 😄
With the kids at the My Melody Hello Kitty photo standee outside Hello Kitty Town
There's the Bad Badtz-Maru photo standee for those of you who are not so crazy about pink

We proceeded up to the 4th level to visit Thomas Town next.

With Thomas himself!
Checking out the Map of Thomas Town as it was our first time there

We were really hungry so we had lunch at the Mc Bunn Cafe.

This set comes with a Thomas toy!! My boy loves it!

After lunch, the kids and I ran excitedly to ride the rides! Unlike Hello Kitty Town, there were a lot more rides at Thomas Town! 😁

Thomas Town
The kids love riding Bertie The Bus so much that they went again and again!
Harold's Helitours Ride
Windmill Ride
It was cheap thrill riding this but the kids loved it and went on it at least 4 times

We also had fun at the bumper cars although I don't have any photos!

A visit to Thomas Town is not complete without a ride on Thomas the Train himself!

Knapford Station Thomas Train Ride
The kids managed to get into Thomas' "head"! =)
Excitedly peeking out
The train circles the Sodor Playground
Sodor Playground

It's not easy to navigate this playground as an adult. I think if you are slightly rounder, you'll probably get stuck halfway! But I managed to squeeze through and found myself in the heart of the playground with three trains staring at us!

It is a nice back drop for a photo but younger kids will probably be freaked out!

The Thomas Town ticket also includes entry to the 3rd level where Barney, Bob the Builder and Pingu are.

Barney playground for younger kids
Pingu themed arcade
Riding the sled outside
Bob the Builder playground
The kids really enjoyed this playground especially the enormous ball pit

There's a lot more activities to do at Thomas Town so I do suggest that you get the 2 Park Pass and spend the whole day at both parks. The kids will have a blast!

We ended the day with a Thomas and friends live performance at the stage.

Thomas and friends live performance

With that, we ended our short weekend getaway to Malaysia. This is not our first and definitely won't be our last! We'll be back!

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