Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington : One of our best hotel stays EVER!

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Eureka Inn California USA : An Oregon Scenic Drive Stopover

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Hilton Vancouver Washington : Classy Stay & Room with a View!

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AMOY Hotel Singapore : Why you should stay here during your next visit

AMOY Hotel Singapore is a newly refurbished boutique hotel launched by Far East Hospitality, right in the heart of the CBD area. We were invited by AMOY Hotel for a stay and this post will tell you why you should stay here during your next visit to Singapore!


Checking In at AMOY Hotel Singapore

Checking in was a breeze and we were warmly welcomed by the friendly staff of AMOY Hotel. While I was checking in, Kate took some shots of the lobby of AMOY hotel…

 Lobby of AMOY Hotel with breakfast area at the rear end
Lobby of AMOY Hotel with breakfast area at the rear end

 20 common Chinese surnames at the reception area of AMOY Hotel
20 common Chinese surnames at the reception area of AMOY Hotel

As we were checking in, we also received our welcome drinks which eased us into the vacation mood. But there was one other thing we noticed while we were checking in…

 Chinese paintings done manually in the hotel's lobby!
Chinese paintings done manually in the hotel’s lobby!

We saw someone actually painting the artwork on the furnishings of the hotel lobby! To add to the “wow factor”, we were told that this person, painting the artwork, is actually from the housekeeping department! We were told that the hotel has ideas that stems from artistic creativity, but seems like the idea has also permeated to staff of the hotel as well. Kudos to the management for allowing its staff to engage in these small improvements of the hotel!

 Welcome drinks and the staff of AMOY Hotel - Apple and Lina
Welcome drinks and the staff of AMOY Hotel – Apple and Lina

Special mention must be made of Lina. Throughout our stay, she offered impeccable and personalised service that made our staycation that much more special. After our check-in, she showed us all the way to our Deluxe Double Room. Talk about personalised service! Along the way, we were also told that the 20 most common surname are sprinkled across the hallways of the hotel.

20 most common Chinese surname sprinkled across the hallways of AMOY Hotel
20 most common Chinese surname sprinkled across the hallways of AMOY Hotel

After showing us to our room, Lina also walked through some of the features of the room, which we will show you in the next section. Thanks Lina!


AMOY Hotel Singapore Deluxe Double Room

Our first impression of the room is its modern design which still intertwines with Chinese artistic flavours. The view of the open concept wardrobe shows what we mean…

Open concept wardrobe of AMOY Hotel
Open concept wardrobe of AMOY Hotel

There are a few things that we loved about the room. Firstly, the tea and coffee selection which offers yummy flavours like Oolong caramel tea and Kimono tea. Secondly, though the room is small (20 sqm), it has a rain shower facility!
Lastly, the modern yet warm design makes one feels welcome for a stay :)

 Selection of coffee and tea at AMOY Hotel Singapore
Selection of coffee and tea at AMOY Hotel Singapore

 Bathroom with rain-shower facility above
Bathroom with rain-shower facility above (not shown)

 Modern yet artistic appliances in the room
Modern yet artistic appliances in the room

The bed - notice the chinese art-inspired stool used as a bedside table
The bed – notice the chinese art-inspired stool used as a bedside table

 Cable TV - where we caught up on
Cable TV – where we caught up on “How I Met Your Mother”

 Windows overlooking Ju Chun Yuan Chinese Restaurant
Windows overlooking Ju Chun Yuan Chinese Restaurant

 Overview of the Deluxe room in AMOY Hotel Singapore
Overview of the Deluxe room in AMOY Hotel Singapore


Breakfast at AMOY Hotel Singapore

Although many have said that the breakfast at AMOY Hotel is not that fantastic, we actually think that it was adequate. The spread though small, meets the requirements of a continental breakfast of cereals, bread, cheese/ham and coffee!

 Simple but thorough spread of breakfast at AMOY Hotel
Simple but thorough spread of breakfast at AMOY Hotel

 Cereals anyone?
Cereals anyone?

 Fruits and retro plates
Fruits and retro plates

 Pastries and gourmet coffee - there's a coffee machine that makes cappuccino!
Pastries and gourmet coffee – there’s a coffee machine that makes cappuccino!

 Cool serviette dispensers
Cool serviette dispensers

We recommend that you go for 2 different toasts at breakfast (play with the cool toaster!). One with cheese and ham and the other with kaya and butter. Washed down with a cup of gourmet cappuccino! You can wrap up the meal with some fruits or yoghurt for a healthy touch ;)


Why you should stay at AMOY Hotel Singapore

Frankly speaking, the room is not the main draw of AMOY Hotel. “Then what is?” you may ask. It’s all about location, location, location! AMOY Hotel is so superbly located that you can walk by foot to the CBD area, Singapore River, Chinatown, Club Street and many famous hawker centres to try out local flavours! But before we go there, let’s talk about the heritage of the Far East Square area

1. Heritage. You’ll soon notice that in and around the hotel, there are many monuments, displays and signs that shows the historical heritage of Singapore. This is because Telok Ayer ran parallel to the original shoreline (hard to imagine right? so much land reclamation has been done!) and many immigrants used to land around this area. They set up living quarters and also temples and mosques to give thanks to their gods for the safe passage to Singapore.

 The history around AMOY Street
The history around AMOY Street

 Signs pointing to the temples and mosques in the Telok Ayer area
Signs pointing to the temples and mosques in the Telok Ayer area

 Chinese Immigrants to Singapore - notice the long pigtails belonging to the era of the Qing Dynasty
Chinese Immigrants to Singapore – notice the long pigtails belonging to the era of the Qing Dynasty
(and no, the guy in the middle is not supposed to be wearing a shawl)

 Kids enjoying a game of capteh
Kids enjoying a game of capteh – simple games of the past when there was no PSP, XBOX or IPhones

 About Chia Ann Siang one of the early immigrants to Singapore
About Chia Ann Siang one of the early immigrants to Singapore

 Ann Siang Hill Park named after him
Ann Siang Hill Park named after him

2. Excellent Location! From our hotel, we could walk to Chinatown, Singapore River, Club Street and more!

 Chinatown with Chinese New Year decorations
Chinatown with Chinese New Year decorations

 Temple Street cordoned off only during the Chinese New Year period
Temple Street cordoned off only during the Chinese New Year period

 The Singapore River
The Singapore River

 Chillax at Red Dot by the Singapore River
Chillax at Red Dot by the Singapore River

 Club Street (cordoned off for al fresco dining at night)
Club Street (cordoned off for al fresco dining at night)

 More dining establishments at Club Street
More dining establishments at Club Street

3. Food Food Food. If you’re a foodie like us, you will certainly enjoy your stay at AMOY Hotel. This is because, if you’d like to try some local food, AMOY Street Food Centre and Maxwell Food Center (famous for Wanton Mee and Hainanese Chicken Rice) are within walking distance. In and around Far East Square, you’ll find food establishments at Pekin and Nankin Street. For dim sum buffet, Ju Chun Yuan just downstairs offers a good selection at an affordable price. Of course, for more classy joints, Club Street & Boat Quay is just a stone’s throw away!

 Amoy Street Food Centre
Amoy Street Food Centre

 Wanton Mee Stall - also offers great chicken curry mee
Wanton Mee Stall – also offers great chicken curry mee

 Wanton Mee at $3 - Generous on the ingredients (5 dumplings in total), char siew was slightly tough this time
Wanton Mee at $3 – Generous on the ingredients (5 dumplings in total), char siew was slightly tough this time – had traditional flavours though (aka 古早味)

 Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre - Look at the Queue!
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre – Look at the Queue!

 Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice $3.50 - Delicious, tender,flavourful chicken with an excellent texture to taste
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice $3.50 – Delicious, tender,flavourful chicken with an excellent texture to taste

 Dining options in and around Far East Square
Dining options in and around Far East Square

 Food joints at Pekin Street
Food joints at Pekin Street

More food joints at Nankin Street
More food joints at Nankin Street

Pub crawlers enjoying a shot at Nankin Street
Pub crawlers enjoying a shot at Nankin Street

 Ju Chun Yuan - Famous for Buddha Jumps Over The Wall
Ju Chun Yuan – Famous for Buddha Jumps Over The Wall

 Good selection of dim sum buffet at affordable price
Good selection of dim sum buffet at affordable price at Ju Chun Yuan

 Deli Food at South Bridge Road - Good selection of food ranging from Chinese to Indian Muslim to Western
Deli Food at South Bridge Road – Good selection of food ranging from Chinese to Indian Muslim to Western

Nice traditional deco
Nice traditional deco

 DO NOT ORDER the salted egg sotong else you'll end up with this...
DO NOT ORDER the salted egg sotong else you’ll end up with this…

 Remnants of the dish - tze char from this stall was not that good but cant beat it if you want variety, it has EVERYTHING
Remnants of the dish – tze char from this stall was not that good but cant beat it if you want variety, it has EVERYTHING


How to get to AMOY Hotel Singapore

Like many visitors before us, you’ll probably find it a little challenging to find the entrance to the hotel. So to make the process that much easier, here are 2 ways to locate AMOY Hotel at Far East Square.

 Fuk Tak Chi Museum
Fuk Tak Chi Museum

 AMOY Hotel is located opposite Telok Ayer MRT Station
AMOY Hotel is located opposite Telok Ayer MRT Station

Fuk Tak Chi Museum actually fronts the entrance of the hotel. If you’re walking along Telok Ayer Street (opposite downtown line’s Telok Ayer MRT Station), look out for the the facade of the Fuk Tak Chi Museum and bravely walk into it. You’ll notice a glass side door, enter it and you’ll arrive at the lobby of AMOY Hotel.

Alternatively,

 Entrance to AMOY Hotel from Far East Square
Entrance to AMOY Hotel from Far East Square

If you are already in Far East Square, look for the above entrance opposite Mr Teh Tarik. This entrance is close to Ju Chun Yuan restaurant and next to Tung Lok Teahouse.

In Conclusion

The excellent service and great location is a huge draw to stay at the AMOY Hotel. At night, we were also given a good night note from the staff of AMOY Hotel…

Personalised good night note from team of Amoy Hotel!
Personalised good night note from team of Amoy Hotel!

Amoy Hotel Singapore Staycation

Amoy Hotel Singapore Staycation

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**Special thanks to Mike and Far East Hospitality for making our stay at Amoy Hotel possible!

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Save Our Children Campaign : An awareness about child labourers in the world

Today, I had an interesting email conversation with Joanna who is currently pursuing her diploma at Republic Polytechnic.

She told me that through her observations, she realised that many around her enjoy the comforts of living in Singapore, being able to listen to music or watch youtube on the go. Not many realise how blessed they are to be in Singapore…

Together with her friends, she has started an awareness campaign called Save Our Children

Types of Child Labour in the World Today
Types of Child Labourers in the World Today

Through our travels around the world, we have seen homeless people in the streets of Seattle, slums in Manila and young children plying their trades in Vietnam. Coupled with many other factors such as security of living in Singapore, acceptable cost of living and of course high emphasis on education, it has made us see how fortunate we are to be living in Singapore.

Support Joanna and their friends in their crusade for child labour by clicking on the image above.

Do you see how blessed we really are?

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4 Top Attractions and Things to do in Bohol Philippines!

When we think of Bohol, we think “ah…” and its simply because of the things to do and attractions in Bohol Philippines! In this post, we’ll tell you the “ah…” things to do in Bohol!

Things to do in Bohol



1. Bohol Countryside Tour

You may think that Bohol is only about beaches and clear waters? A Bohol countryside tour will change all of that perception and you’ll be thrilled to see some of the interesting things on this tour…

 Lush green fields of Bohol
Lush green fields of Bohol

 The famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol!
The famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol!

 Cute nocturnal tarsiers
Cute nocturnal tarsiers

 Loboc River Cruise
Loboc River Cruise

 Baclayon Church - Can you spot a face on the walls due to weathering?
Baclayon Church – Can you spot a face on the walls due to weathering?

2. Bohol Dolphin and Island Hopping Tour

Dolphin watching and Island Hopping is most probably the single most MUST DO thing when you’re in Bohol. On this trip, you’ll be able to chase after the dolphins (have them dance right before you), snorkel with the turtles, laze on the sandbar and just enjoy the deep blue waters of Bohol!

 Chasing schools of dolphins in Bohol!
Chasing schools of dolphins in Bohol!

 Snorkeling with corals and turtles
Snorkeling with corals and turtles

 Temporary stalls at the sand bar of Virgin Island
Temporary stalls at the sand bar of Virgin Island

 Our guide at Balicasag with deep blue waters and clear blue skies
Our guide at Balicasag with deep blue waters and clear blue skies


MUST STAY hotels in Bohol?



3. Peacock Garden Bohol

Peacock Garden in Bohol easily ranks among our top 5 hotels we’ve ever stayed in and here’s why (we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves)

 Celebrating our anniversary at Peacock Garden Bohol
Celebrating our anniversary at Peacock Garden Bohol

 Awesome view of the ocean and infinity pool
Awesome view of the ocean and infinity pool

With jacuzzi hot tub
With jacuzzi hot tub

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An iconic shot of where the infinity pool meets the ocean and the sky – a sea of blue “ah…”

 Mojito and Apple Pie at Heidelberg Restaurant of Peacock Garden Bohol
Mojito and Apple Pie at Heidelberg Restaurant of Peacock Garden Bohol

 Massage table of Aurelia Spa Peacock Garden Bohol
Massage table of Aurelia Spa Peacock Garden Bohol

4. Amorita Resort Bohol

What we love about Amorita Resort Bohol is its close proximity to the Alona Beach. From there, we were also able to book our private day trip for dolphin watching and island hopping. The hotel had a summer vacation resort cum Hawaiian feel to it. Simply relaxing…

 Anniversary celebration at Amorita Resort
Anniversary celebration at Amorita Resort

 Pool of Amorita Resort Bohol with day beds
Pool of Amorita Resort Bohol with day beds

 Alona Beach next to Amorita Resort
Alona Beach next to Amorita Resort

 Marvellous view at sunset with sumptuous seafood BBQ buffet
Marvellous view at sunset with sumptuous seafood BBQ buffet

Things to do and attractions in Bohol

Things to do and attractions in Bohol

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8 Things to do and Attractions in Cebu Philippines!

You may think that Cebu is only a base for side trips in the Philippines but there are actually many things to do in Cebu! In this post, we’ll show you the top 6 things to do and attractions in Cebu Philippines!

What to do in Cebu?



1. Cebu City Tour

We hired a local driver by the name of Long (yes that’s his name!) who took us on a private Cebu City Tour!

 Cebu Monument
Cebu Monument

 Magellan's Cross
Magellan’s Cross

 Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro

 View over Cebu City from Tops Observation Deck
View over Cebu City from Tops Observation Deck

2. Shopping at Ayala Mall

Ayala Mall is one of the main shopping malls in Cebu City and we got to shop, watch movies and play some arcade. Things that the locals do in Cebu! :)

Movie and snacks at Ayala Mall
Movie and snacks at Ayala Mall

What to eat in Cebu?



3. Golden Cowrie Restaurant

For authentic Philippines food, look no further than the Golden Cowrie Restaurant. The setting and ambience is warm and welcoming. The waitress who attended to us was also very patient, introducing us to the delicacies and translating the various dishes to us. Price was reasonable and the taste was great. Definitely a must-go-to place for great local tastes…

 Crispy pata - roasted crispy pork
Crispy pata – roasted crispy pork!

 Squid in coco sauce Golden Cowrie Restaurant
Squid in coco sauce Golden Cowrie Restaurant

4. Ipar’s Authentic Spanish Restaurant

Across the street from our hotel was a banner that read “Authentic Spanish Restaurant”. We decided to head over to Ipar’s Spanish Restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed the authentic Spanish flavours!

 Big carafe of Sangria
Big carafe of Sangria

 Churizo and garlic bread - spanish style
Churizo and garlic bread – spanish style

5. CnT Lechon – The Best Lechon in Cebu

If you’re in Cebu, you must try the lechon (roasted pork) there. If you ask the locals, more often than not, they’ll point you to CnT lechon – possibly the best lechon in Cebu. The truth is, the meat was normal but the star of the show? The skin! Crispy, full flavoured and of course sinfully fatty! Which is why it went really well with rice. You can actually have mouthfuls of rice with 1 sice of skin!

 Half kg of delectable crispy skin and juicy meat at CnT Lechon!
Half kg of delectable crispy skin and juicy meat at CnT Lechon!

6. Breakfast at Bo’s Coffee

Enough of Starbucks, try out the breakfast at Bo’s Coffee and you’ll soon realise that this local coffee joint can also give its US competitor a run for its money! Good coffee and food at a reasonable price. Ambience to match at that!

 Inside Bo's Coffee Cebu
Inside Bo’s Coffee Cebu

 Drip Bo's Coffee
Drip Bo’s Coffee

Corn Beef with scrambled eggs and pancakes
Corn Beef with scrambled eggs and pancakes

Where to stay in Cebu?



7. Castle Peak Hotel Cebu

Castle Peak Hotel in Cebu was the first hotel we stayed at in Cebu and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay because of its spa!!! Made us go like little chicks…”cheap cheap”, “cheap cheap”…

 Deluxe Room Castle Peak Hotel Cebu
Deluxe Room Castle Peak Hotel Cebu

 Dipping pool at Castle Peak Hotel
Dipping pool at Castle Peak Hotel

 Gym outside spa at Castle Peak Hotel
Gym outside spa at Castle Peak Hotel

8. City Suites Ramos Tower

There are several reasons why we enjoyed staying at City Suites Ramos Tower. Firstly, the room was more like a 1-bedroom condominium. It has a small living space, kitchen and even a balcony overlooking Cebu City. We could also see Tops from our room!

 2 super singles at City Suites Ramos Tower Cebu
2 super singles at City Suites Ramos Tower Cebu

Great view from room at City Suites Ramos Tower Cebu
Great view from room at City Suites Ramos Tower Cebu

Things to do and attractions in Cebu Philippines

Things to do and attractions in Cebu Philippines

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SATS Premier Lounge : Free Entry with your ANZ Travel Card!

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Valentine’s Day Staycation Ideas for 2014! It’s still NOT TOO LATE!

Still contemplating about what you will be doing on Valentine’s Day this year? After all the feasting after CNY, it’s now time to think about what you’ll be doing for Valentine’s Day on 14th February 2014! Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, we’re recommending a few staycation options that you can enjoy with that special someone this year!

Valentine’s Day Staycation at Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel is offering several Valentine’s Day dinner promotions at Gordon Grill, L’Espresso and the Coffee Lounge. Here’s the information for its Weekend Package.

Room Rate: S$288++ per night in a Deluxe Room

Package Perks:
- Buffet breakfast for 2 persons
- 20% off a la carte spa treatments at Spa Rael
- 10% off a la carte hair services and treatments (excluding Brazilian treatments) at Georgina’s salon

Valentine’s Day Staycation at The Quincy Hotel

 Quincy Hotel's Studio Room
Quincy Hotel’s Studio Room

Quincy is also planning to announce its Valentine’s Day package next week for couples to enjoy the following additional benefits (on top of the existing All Club benefits package),

- One bottle of Bottega’s Il vino della Amore sparkling moscato
- One Molton Brown Traveller Gift Set
- Dinner for 2

The package is priced at S$368++ with an early bird offer at S$338++. Here are the latest details of the package,

- Booking period: 20 January – 17 February 2014
- Stay period: 13 February – 17 February 2014.
- Top up S$30++ for room upgrade to Studio Deluxe Room
- Book before 07 February 2014 at S$338++
- Promotion includes one bottle of Bottega’s Il vino della Amore (The Wine of Love) Sparkling Moscato
- Excludes one-way airport transfer

Valentine’s Day Staycation at Swissotel Merchant Court

 Premier Room Swissotel Merchant Court
Premier Room Swissotel Merchant Court

Priced at $488++ per night, luxuriate in the comfort of the Premier Room of Swissotel Merchant Court with a private balcony overseeing Clarke Quay for a sweet escapade with your special one this Valentine’s Day. Plunge into the sea of romance with a four-course set dinner at the alfresco poolside restaurant Blue Potato, inclusive of two glasses of champagne for a toast to the season of love.

Chill out at the Swiss Executive Club lounge which serves complimentary evening drinks and finger food during Happy Hour, and watch the glistening city skyline illuminate the night. Wake up to a romantic in-room champagne breakfast to complete the whimsical rendezvous.

Valentine’s Day Staycation at Grand Park City Hall

 Spa Park Asia Jacuzzi Grand Park City Hall
Spa Park Asia Jacuzzi Grand Park City Hall

Grand Park City hotel will be hosting ONLY 20 COUPLES with rooms and dining package at its premise this Valentine’s Day. At $388++ per couple, this includes a One-night stay on 14 February, an intimate 3-course in-room dining dinner with a bottle of Prosecco, welcome drinks at The Bar on Coleman, wifi and breakfast for two at Indulge at Park. Couples also have an option to purchase a couple’s spa massage at Spa Park Asia at only $128+.

Valentine’s Day Staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore

 Skyline Suite at Pan Pacific Singapore
Skyline Suite at Pan Pacific Singapore

Pan Pacific Singapore is offering its Sweet Escape Staycation from 14 to 16 February 2014 (just for Vday!). Starting from $408, the package includes

- A bottle of champagne and gourmet chocolates
- $40 in-room dining credit
- Buffet breakfast for two at Edge
- Late check-out at 2:00pm
- Internet access
- Two complimentary parking coupons


Valentine’s Day Singapore Staycations for below $300

For great deals from Agoda, in time for the Valentine’s Day Staycation, check out these deals which we have sourced, 5 stars staycation for less than $300! :)

Sheraton Towers Singapore Valentine’s Day Staycation

 Sheraton Towers Singapore
Sheraton Towers Singapore

Sheraton Towers Singapore’s Executive Business Deluxe (with internet!) goes for only $270 (limited rooms!)

Carlton Hotel Singapore Valentine’s Day Staycation

For only $180, you’ll enjoy a stay at the superior room of the Carlton Hotel – Breakfast included!

Grand Park Orchard Singapore Valentine’s Day Staycation

The Deluxe Room with complimentary internet goes for $240 at the Grand Park Orchard. Great location for some shopping as well!

Swissotel the Stamford Singapore Valentine’s Day Staycation

The Classic Room at the most iconic (and tallest) hotel in Singapore, Swissotel the Stamford, starts from only $252!

Marina Mandarin Singapore Valentine’s Day Staycation

Book now and you’ll enjoy the early booking saver rate at Marina Mandarin in the Deluxe room for only $234!

Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa Valentine’s Day Staycation

How about an atas 5 star hotel such as the Moevenpick Heritage Hotel in Sentosa? Rooms start at only $255!

Pan Pacific Singapore Valentine’s Day Staycation

The iconic bubble lifts await at the Pan Pacific Singapore. With 20% off promotional rates, Deluxe rooms start at $240!

Whatever your choice, we wish you a lovely, wonderful and romantic Valentine’s Staycation 2014!

P.S. You may also wish to check out the top 10 Singapore Staycation Ideas here!

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Chinese New Year Celebration and Festivities at Chinatown Singapore!

Every year during the lunar new year period, Singapore’s Chinatown ‘springs’ into live! (If you do not already know, the lunar new year is actually a celebration of the arrival of spring that is why the lunar new year is also known as the spring festival). This year, during our staycation at Amoy Hotel, we visited Chinatown and enjoyed some of the atmosphere of Chinese New Year in Singapore!

As the coming year is the year of the horse in the chinese zodiac calendar therefore, the decorations in Chinatown is made up of many running horses also known as 万马沸腾 in Mandarin…

 Decorations with horses for Chinese New Year at Chinatown Singapore
Decorations with horses for Chinese New Year at Chinatown Singapore

 Chinese New Year Decorations in Chinatown
Chinese New Year Decorations in Chinatown

Singapore’s Chinatown unlike other chinatowns in all other parts of the world, is not known as 唐人街 (Chinese Street) in Mandarin but 牛车水 (literal translation : Bull Cart Water). The reason is because in the early days, before the establishment of a water distribution network, the bull-cart (really driven by bulls!) was used to distribute water to the households in Chinatown.

During the Chinese New Year period, in addition to the usual row of shopping streets, additional shops are set up at Temple Street (the street is cordoned off) for sale of chinese new year goodies. And the streets? CROWDED!!

 Usual row of shopping at Chinatown - Just outside Chinatown MRT station
Usual row of shopping at Chinatown – Just outside Chinatown MRT station

 Crowded Temple Street during Chinese New Year in Singapore
Crowded Temple Street during Chinese New Year in Singapore

 Another view of Temple Street
Another view of Temple Street

Opposite view with People's Park Complex (珍珠坊) in the background
Opposite view with People’s Park Complex (珍珠坊) in the background

 View of Temple Street in the night
View of Temple Street in the night

 Chinese New Year Decorations in the night
Chinese New Year Decorations in the night

Besides the decorations and experiencing the CNY mood, many also flock to Chinatown during the Chinese New Year period to do some shopping!

 Chinese New Year Goodies!
Chinese New Year Goodies!

 Decorative plants sold during Chinese New Year
Decorative plants sold during Chinese New Year

 Taiwanese fruit jellies?
Taiwanese fruit jellies?

I think we have not visited Chinatown during Chinese New Year for a really long time! There were 2 HUGE stalls selling Taiwanese fruit jellies and they were giving out free samples with slogans such as “来来来,走过别错过” (translated as “Come! Don’t let this (opportunity) pass by!”) and “All can try, 有买没买 nevermind!” (translated as “Sample all the freebies! We don’t really care if you buy or not because we are already making tonnes of money by selling just one box! Hahaha!” (in the style of semi-sinister laughter))

There is however one stall that many would spend endless hours queuing for during the festive season. And that is Lim Chee Guan’s Bak Kwa (local barbecued pork). We did not take any photos as there were simply too many people in a cramped area. The queue can easily reach about 100 (as far as we could see – could be more!)

Chinese New Year at Chinatown

Chinese New Year at Chinatown

To sum it up, whether you’re a local or just visiting Singapore during the Chinese New Year period, remember to visit Chinatown to soak in the atmosphere, take some beautiful photos and sample some Chinese New Year goodies!

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Cebu/Bohol Trip: Day 8

This is our last day in Cebu and we were determined to make the most out of the last 5 hours here! We went to Bo’s Coffee for breakfast and time passed surprisingly slowly as we had time to people-watch and use the free wifi to keep in touch with family back home.

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Drip Coffee (10 pesos with any order of mains), Mushroom and Cheese Omelette with Toast (150 pesos) & Corned beef with scrambled eggs and pancake (175 pesos)

We then head back to the hair salon of the first floor of the Ramos Tower to get our hair done! I had a haircut and wash for only 100 peso, and Kate had a “hair spa” for 250 peso. We will really miss the massages, facial and hair treatments in Cebu when we are back in Singapore.

Though we were not hungry yet, we NEEDED to try the spanish food at Ipar’s Authentic Spanish Restaurant! Or rather, Tom needed. Haha. We had a satisfying lunch at Ipar’s and we had to drag ourselves back across the road to get our luggage and check out.

 Starters of Churizo, Garlic Bread and a Big Carafe of Sangria<br />
Starters of Churizo, Garlic Bread and a Big Carafe of Sangria

We arrived slightly early for our flight and the flight was delayed! :( An advice for our readers: You do not need to arrive at the airport 2 hours early like how you would normally do for international flights because the airport in Cebu is really really small. And once you go into the waiting area, you have to sit on the cold metal seats to wait for your flight. But of course having said that, please do not be late either!! Please be considerate to your fellow passengers and not be the one who delays the flight :)

We hope you have enjoyed reading our posts as much as we have enjoyed our time in Cebu/Bohol and blogging about the trip!

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Cebu/Bohol Trip: Day 7

Today we are leaving Bohol!!! Boohoo :( But before we left, we enjoyed our breakfast in Saffron (we did not get to eat in Saffron the day before because of the dolphin and island hopping tour). The spread was decent but we still prefer the breakfast in Peacock Garden :) But we need to comment on the added special touch at Amorita Resort – the waitress will put a fresh frangipani flower by the ear of female guests during breakfast and this makes the ladies feel pretty and extra special :)

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Omelette Station and Buffet spread at Amorita Resort

Our checkout was again fast and smooth. There was no hiccups with the bill and there was even a small box of cookies as a parting gift! I love the confectionery at Amorita resort! Keep it up! :)

Soon we were on the ferry heading back to Cebu. Boohoo again. After we alighted, we queued for close to 30 minutes before we managed to get a taxi to City Suites Ramos Tower. The fare was only 90 peso. We quickly checked in, left our luggage in our room, and walked out to the city. We shopped and ate around the Fuente Osmena Circle for a couple of hours before we filled our spare travel bag with local goodies and souvenirs for friends and family back home.


Shopping at Fuente Osmena Circle Cebu

To end the day, we indulged in a “All Meat Pizza” and San Miguel beer while watching the sunset from the balcony of our 20th floor unit.

 All meat pizza and Turrones de Cebu for dinner while enjoying the sunset view at the balcony
All meat pizza and Turrones de Cebu for dinner while enjoying the sunset view at the balcony

Kate dozed off while I watch the Matrix Trilogy!

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Day 7 just whizzed past like that and soon we were at our last day of our Cebu/Bohol trip. Boohoo…

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Cebu/Bohol Trip: Day 6

It was an early start but we were not at all tired as we were looking forward to this trip to the islands and to spot dolphins! :) Below are the highlights from the Dolphin and island Hopping Tour in Bohol

 Tom snorkeling with corals and fishes!
Tom snorkeling with corals and fish

 Virgin Island Sandbar with locals selling coconuts and sea urchins
Virgin Island Sandbar with locals selling coconuts and sea urchins

We were back in Amorita Resort at around 2pm and we can’t wait to laze in the pool and sip our drinks! Wait a minute! Isn’t this what we already did yesterday???!!! :) This time round we had Mojitos but the bartender took really long to make the drinks and they were greenish in colour. Hmmm…not the usual Mojitos we normally drank. Perhaps most people here go for the beer and the cocktails are not ordered that often. We also felt peckish and ordered a few dishes, but one at a time so that we can enjoy the food while it is still warm. Sorry, no photos of the food because we’ve kept the camera back in the room :P We highly recommend the pizza – the thickness of the crust was just right! :)

When we went back to the room, we were pleasantly surprised by the pastries in the room for the turndown service. We decided to order a cup of cappuccino (smiley face!) to go with the pastries, as well as the Turon de Bohol which turned out to be the nicest dessert we have eaten. Check out the photo!

 Turon de bohol - Banana Jackfruit Springrool with caramel sauce and ice cream (210 pesos)
Turon de bohol – Banana Jackfruit Springroll with caramel sauce and ice cream (210 pesos)

We did remember to brush our teeth after the sweet treats. Heh. Good night world!

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Too soon, it was time to return to Cebu. We spent a couple of days in Cebu to round our trip before returning home to Singapore. Stay tuned for day 7 of our Cebu/Bohol trip tomorrow!

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Cebu/Bohol Trip: Day 5

Day 5 is a lazy day for us. We woke up late and enjoyed the wonderful breakfast at Peacock Garden Bohol.

We had some time to stroll around the compounds of Peacock Garden again before we packed our bags. We really cant bear to leave this place :( Soon, we were at the reception checking out and paying the bills. It was a fast and smooth process. As the reservation included 2 way transportation, the car was ready to bring us to our next destination, Amorita Resort.

 Lobby and surroundings of Amorita Resort
Lobby and surroundings of Amorita Resort

The weather for the day was a cloudy 25deg Celsius and it was a nice walk along the beach. There were many local and foreign tourists enjoying the warm waters and very very soft sand. Many people were doing “mud bath” in the shallow waters, and some experienced locals were looking for sea urchins. I was offered to taste one…fresh from the sea! A new experience! However, my tummy wasn’t feeling too good that night though. Kate enjoyed an one-hour foot massage for 300 peso. It was soooooooo relaxing to lie on the beach, feeling the sea breeze, and getting the soles of your feet rubbed. After that, we went along the beach to share the joy with the kids by giving out our helium balloons. Many kids were thrilled by the balloons :)

 Swimming pool and view of Alona Beach from Amorita Resort Bohol
Swimming pool and view of Alona Beach from Amorita Resort Bohol

After washing the sand away, we dipped in the pool and enjoyed happy-hour priced San Miguel Light while watching the sun set before our eyes. We felt thankful for what we have been blessed with, and can’t wait to spend the brand new day ahead together.

To end of the day, we had a hearty meal at Saffron.

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Grill Buffet Dinner at Amorita Resort

 Romantic Dinner for 2 at the Deck overlooking Alona Beach
Romantic Dinner for 2 at the Deck overlooking Alona Beach

We slept early that night as we have to be at the beach gate at 5.30am the next day for our Dolphin and Island Hopping Tour! :)

What a lazy day indeed! Stay tuned for day 6 of our Cebu/Bohol trip! More beach activities and clear blue waters ahead!

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Cebu/Bohol Trip: Day 4

After a good night’s rest in the premier infinity and seaview room at Peacock Garden, we were curious what was going to be offered for breakfast by the hotel. We were pleasantly surprised by the choice of food especially the sides to go with the main course. We had sufficient time for a slow breakfast, enjoying the native sweets with our hot coffee, as our Bohol Countryside Tour started at 10am.

 Healthy and yummy breakfast at Peacock Garden Bohol
Healthy and yummy breakfast at Peacock Garden Bohol

Here are the highlights from the Bohol Countryside Tour:

 Chocolate Hills of Bohol
Chocolate Hills of Bohol

 Cute Tarsiers in Bohol soundly asleep
Cute Tarsiers in Bohol soundly asleep

Besides the main attractions of Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers of Bohol, we also visited the Baclayon Church, Blood Compact Memorial, Manmade Mahogany and the Loboc River Cruise!

 Performance by the Natives and Beautiful scenery enroute the Loboc River Cruise
Performance by the Natives and Beautiful scenery enroute the Loboc River Cruise

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You must be wondering why we have not featured the beaches and clear waters of Cebu and Bohol. Well, we will show them in our upcoming posts tomorrow!

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Cebu/Bohol Trip: Day 3

There are several nice beaches in Cebu but most of them require at least a 4 hour car or bus ride to get to the north of Cebu. We reckon that Bohol is a decent distance away and it has a good mix of countryside and beach activities so we booked our Oceanjet ferry from Cebu to Bohol on the 3rd day of our trip.

 Oceanjet Ferry from Cebu to Bohol
Oceanjet Ferry from Cebu to Bohol

Our driver from Peacock Garden greeted us at the arrival gate of Taglibaran City seaport with a nice wooden signage with our names on it. It really stood out as the other hotels used paper or whiteboard (starting to raise our expectation of this luxury hotel). The journey to Peacock Garden was about 20mins and we really liked the peaceful surroundings of the hotel. We spent the first hour walking around the compound and taking photos of the facade, fountains, garden and of course the view at the swimming pool.

 Magnificent view over the infinity pool and ocean!
Magnificent view over the infinity pool and ocean!

Kate then decided to splurge at Fontana Aurelia Spa and chose the Signature Indulgence: Gift of Gaea (3950 peso) because it has 2 of her favourite food: coffee and chocolate! While she was being pampered for 3 hours, I stayed in the infinity pool and was mesmerised by the different shades of blue: the sky, the sea, the pool (which inspired our “Guess and Win – Paradise” contest).

 Fontana Aurelia Spa at Peacock Garden Bohol
Fontana Aurelia Spa at Peacock Garden Bohol

Dinner at the Old Heidelberg was exquisite. Classy and tasty (usually you get either or but at Old Heidelberg, you get both!) The hotel staff also prepared for us a heart-shaped chocolate cake for our wedding anniversary when we were done with our main course.

 Complimentary heart-shaped anniversary cake courtesy of Peacock Garden Hotel
Complimentary heart-shaped anniversary cake courtesy of Peacock Garden Hotel

After dinner, we strolled past the swimming pool and took a couple of night shots. Back in the room, we were pleasantly surprised by the turndown service and we love Peanut Kisses!!! Yummy!

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What a relaxing time on the 3rd day of our Cebu/Bohol trip! We’re almost at the halfway mark of our Cebu/Bohol trip. But more awaits on day 4 of our trip! Stay tuned tomorrow to find out more!

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Cebu/Bohol Trip: Day 2

There was so much planned for the second day of our trip! We had arranged to meet Long at the hotel’s lobby at 10.30am for our Cebu City private day tour but we wanted to explore the neighbourhood too so we woke up early and went for a stroll, looking for breakfast. We eventually settle for Alberto’s Pizza (nope, we did not have pizza, check out what we had by clicking on the link). We headed back in time to the hotel to meet Long, and our first stop was CnT Lechon! Haha…more food! Ahhh…i miss the crispy skin and tender meat *dreamy look*

 Half kg of delectable crispy skin and juicy meat at CnT Lechon!
Half kg of delectable crispy skin and juicy meat at CnT Lechon! – You may be visiting 2fatbears.com in the near future if we keep up our eating antics! :p

Soon we began our trip proper and learned about Cebu’s history at our first stop: Cebu Monument. As we could not stop along Colon street, we took a couple of photos and videos of the old street. The City Hall, Magellan Cross and Basilica del Santo Nino were around the same area so we covered these fairly quickly. It also started to drizzle very lightly but when we reached Fort San Pedro, the rain had stopped. We tried to remember the dates in Cebu’s history when we were walking around the Independence Plaza but found it really hard :( We then spent about an hour and a half at Cebu Museum as there were 6 different galleries that showcased the different periods of Cebu’s history. We were not very keen to visit the Taoist temple but we were curious about the “Berverly Hills of Cebu” and wanted to check out the huge and expensive bungalows. The view from the temple was nice but it was nothing compared to the view from Tops. We wanted to stay till it was dark for a night shot but it was getting chilly and we did not pack a light jacket in our bag. But we still enjoyed ourselves, watching the skies changed colours as the sun set, enjoying our chilled San Miguel Lemon flavoured beer and SML.

View of Cebu City from Tops in the Day and after Sunset
View of Cebu City from Tops in the Day and after Sunset

 Tops Observation Deck San Miguel and our driver Long
Tops Observation Deck, San Miguel and our driver Long

Long drove us back to our hotel by 8.30pm. We wanted to pamper ourselves so we went up to the Twin Peaks Spa for facial at only 400 peso each. Kate had the extra indulgence of pedicure at 100 peso and had her nails painted bright fushcia pink :)

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People usually think that Cebu is all about beaches and clear waters. But in fact, there are also other interesting attractions, history and food to indulge in. Stay tuned for the 3rd day of our Cebu/Bohol trip tomorrow!

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Cebu/Bohol Trip: Day 1

It’s more fun in the Philippines!! The tarsier’s eyes do freak me out when I see the advert on the tourism board webpage. But since we have never been there before, SGD is strong, the people speak english; and we want to go somewhere that is not crowded, nice scenery, laze on a beach, we decided to visit Cebu/Bohol. Many people ask why are we not going to Boracay instead…well, it’s more convenient to do Cebu/Bohol and everyone else has probably already visited Boracay. Cebu/Bohol has a good mix of everything – history, countryside, beach; and we definitely enjoyed every moment of our 8 days there!

We took Silkair ($774 including travel insurance) because of the flight timings.
It was easy to get around with the abundant metered white taxis (How to get from Cebu to Singapore). Our driver Long (yes, that’s his name!) was friendly and seemed honest. He asked us if we want to book his taxi for a day tour; we negotiated the itinerary and price and arranged to meet at 10.30am the next day at the Castle Peak Hotel lobby.

 Where to get
Where to get “white taxis” at Cebu Airport

The room in Castle Peak Hotel was not ready yet when we arrived at 1.30pm but we were pleasantly surprised by the newly renovated Twin Peak Spa. Kate went for a one-hour massage while waiting for the room to be ready. After the massage, we were ready to check out what Cebu had to offer!

 Huge bed in Deluxe room of Castle Peak Hotel
Huge bed in Deluxe room of Castle Peak Hotel

We chose to walk to Ayala Mall (even though our taxi driver mentioned that it may not be that safe) because it was still bright daylight and the mall could be seen from our hotel room so we reckon it is not that far. The walk took us 15 mins and there were proper traffic lights to allow us to cross the roads safely. The only gripe we had was that the pavements were narrow and uneven; and at times we had to walk on the road.

As it was a weekday afternoon, Ayala Mall was fairly quiet. We window-shopped and decided to catch a movie! While waiting for the show, we challenged each other at shooting hoops in the arcade. And of course I thrashed Kate …I am the best! *evil laugh*

Movie and snacks at Ayala Mall
Movie and snacks at Ayala Mall

Even though we were kinda full from the hotdog and popcorn, we can’t wait to try the local dishes! We quickly flag down a taxi and soon we arrived at Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant. The food was delicious and the price was reasonable. Washing the food down with cold San Miguel beer made it even better! With our tummy filled, we took a cab back to Castle Peak Hotel and rest for the night; in preparation for the city day tour the next day.

 Crispy pata and Squid in coco sauce - Must try from Golden Cowrie Restaurant!
Crispy pata and Squid in coco sauce – Must try from Golden Cowrie Restaurant!

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Times fly when you’re having fun and this quickly rounded up our first day in the Philippines. Stay tuned tomorrow for the 2nd day of our Cebu/Bohol Trip!

Happy travels and a blessed 2014 ahead everyone!

Tom & Kate,
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10 Singapore Staycation Ideas for 2014!

As we start a brand new year in 2014, what better way to kick off the new year than to find out some of the interesting Singapore Staycation ideas our local hotels have to offer? This post about Singapore Staycations is done after linking up with all our hotel partners and checking out what are some of the latest offerings that they have. We have scoured through them and have identified the10 Singapore Staycation Ideas (this also means not all who have replied back to us will be featured) and here they are!

Luxurious Singapore Staycation Ideas for 2014!

1. Raffles Hotel Singapore – Classy Staycation

 Colonial styled decoration at Raffles Hotel Singapore Staycation
Colonial styled decoration at Raffles Hotel Singapore Staycation

Raffles Hotel is an integral part of the Singapore history. When you stay here, you’ll not only enjoy the class and elegance that the hotel exuberates but also the rich heritage and history that it possesses. To learn more about the hotel, we have specially written a post about the 10 interesting facts you never knew about Raffles Hotel.

With that kind of pedigree, its hardly surprising that Raffles Hotel is indeed in class of its own in the luxury sector.

Read more about our Raffles Hotel Singapore Staycation here.

2. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa – Spa Staycation

 Chi The Spa - Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore Staycation
Chi The Spa – Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore Staycation

We did at staycation at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa earlier this year and we saw our staycation then as a family oriented one with many facilities that catered to the kids. But with the launch of the Singapore Massage, Chi The Spa at Rasa Sentosa also opened another facet of the hotel, catering to couples who seek a luxurious retreat.

The Singapore Massage is the first of its kind in Singapore which features different massage techniques from the Chinese (use of bamboo sticks to drain away muscle tensions), Malay (progressive massage of the abdomen that promotes lymph drainage – good for circulation and the digestive system) and Indian (elimination of body heat by stimulating foot reflex zones with Indian Kansu bowl) culture.

Read more about our Rasa Sentosa Singapore Staycation here.

3. Hotel Re! @ Pearl’s Hill – Retro Staycation

 James Bond Gold-Theme Suite at Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill Singapore Staycation
James Bond Gold-Themed Suite at Hotel Re! @ Pearl’s Hill Singapore Staycation

The themed suites of Hotel Re! @ Pearl’s Hill have been awarded the “Luxury Suite Hotel” at the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards. There are Gold, Silver and Bronze themed suites and each suite has its own retro character adorned on the walls such as the James Bond silhouette in the Gold-themed suite. The 35 sqm suites also feature waterbeds and open concept bathrooms for that added class of luxury.


Unique Singapore Staycation Ideas for 2014!

4. Resorts World Sentosa Ocean Suites – Underwater Staycation

 Unique Singapore Staycation at RWS Ocean Suites
Unique Singapore Staycation at RWS Ocean Suites

What about a private view of 50,000 marine life right in the comfort of your own room? This is exactly the unique Singapore Staycation that Resorts World Sentosa’s Ocean Suite has to offer. As a two storey townhouse, it offers guests an open patio area with Jacuzzi as well as a lower level underwater view. You can even have the option of lazing in the bathtub while enjoying the movie “Water World”!

5. Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa – Fitness Staycation

 Fitness Staycation at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa Singapore
Fitness Staycation at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa Singapore

Besides offering private plunge pools at its 2 bedroom villas, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is the first in Singapore to offer a fitness staycation – a health and wellness retreat. During your stay, you’ll not only be offered personal training to tone up those muscles but also specially prepared 3-course healthy cuisine to detoxify your entire system. Certainly an unique way to enjoy a staycation and at the same time, taking good care of your body.

Read more about our Amara Sanctuary Resort Singapore Staycation here.


Singapore Staycation With A View!

6. Ritz Carlton Millenia – “High” Class Staycation

 Enjoy splendid views at the Club Lounge with a Staycation at Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore
Enjoy splendid views at the Club Lounge with a Staycation at Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore

It is a well known fact that Ritz Carlton Millenia offers splendid views of the Marina Bay area. However, the new Club Lounge not only offers spectacular views of Marina Bay, it also offers five culinary presentations a day from Champagne breakfast to evening cordials and desserts and unique daily experiential events including wine tastings with a sommelier, bespoke cocktail mixing and a la minute Singapore cuisine presentations

Club Lounge with a view at Ritz Carlton Millenia
Club Lounge with a view at Ritz Carlton Millenia

Read more about our Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore Staycation here.


Singapore Staycations that Rediscover Local Gems

7. Village Hotel Changi – Changi/Ubin Staycation

 Pulau Ubin Day Trip from Village Hotel Changi Staycation
Pulau Ubin Day Trip from Village Hotel Changi Staycation

A staycation at Village Hotel Changi provides an excellent base to rediscover the gems of Changi. Changi Village and the Changi Village Food Centre are just a stone’s throw away. For a day trip, you can also hop on a ferry (literally 3 minutes away) and visit Pulau Ubin and be transported back in time or enjoy the nature that Chek Jawa has to offer.

Read more about our Village Hotel Changi Singapore Staycation here.

8. Village Hotel Katong – Katong/Joo Chiat Staycation

 Elegant blue bed of Club Room Village Hotel Katong Singapore Staycation
Elegant blue bed of Club Room Village Hotel Katong Singapore Staycation

The VH brand has gotten the formula right for staycations in Singapore. With yet another 4 star hotel (Village Hotel Katong) located in the idyllic enclave of Katong, it offers staycationers (is that a new word that we’ve created?!) close proximity to famous food joints in Katong (think 328 Katong Laksa, Ampang Niang Tou Fu, Yong’s Teochew Kueh and Marine Parade Food Centre) as well as the rich heritage and culture (both colonial and peranakan) that the area is famous for.

Stretch of Peranakan-styled houses at Koon Seng road seen during our Katong Staycation
Stretch of Peranakan-styled houses at Koon Seng road seen during our Katong Staycation

Read more about our Village Hotel Katong Singapore Staycation here.


Foodies Singapore Staycation Ideas for 2014!

9. Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore – Food Staycation

 Grilled Rib Eye, Pan-seared Salmon and dessert
Grilled Rib Eye, Pan-seared Salmon and dessert

It addition to its locale in the Katong area, GMR Singapore Staycation also offers excellent makan options at its Breez Bistro.Bar. So not only can you enjoy a swim by the pool, a complimentary city tour, the Katong precinct and also great makan from the resident restaurant.

Read more about our Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore Staycation here.

10. Regent Hotel Singapore – Hors d’oeuvres Staycation

 Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres at the Regent Club
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at the Regent Club

Hors d’oeuvres are finger foods offered in lounges of hotels. For a staycation to be all that more memorable, remember to go for the lounges that offer evening cocktails which includes free flow of drinks! At Regent Hotel, we enjoyed a classy evening cocktail and also watched the National Parade in the lounge. Definitely one of our more memorable Singapore Staycations – celebrating our Nation’s Birthday!

Read more about our Regent Singapore Staycation here.

What do you think of this list of the 10 Singapore Staycation Ideas of 2014? Tell us more in the comments section below!

Happy Travels and a Blessed New Year Everyone!

Tom & Kate
Founders and Travel Bloggers of Singapore Travel Blog – 2bearbear.com

P.S. You may also wish to check out some Valentine’s Day Staycation Ideas here!

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Ipar’s: Authentic Spanish Restaurant

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From the road junction of our hotel, we can see a low building with a banner that says it is an authentic spanish restaurant. We were glad to find out that it opens at 10am as that would mean we … Continue reading

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