It has been raining a lot in Singapore and I can’t help but be reminded of the wet weather experience we had at Ocean Park during our Hong Kong trip in November. We spent almost a week in Hong Kong and the weather was perfect, except that it rained the entire day in Ocean Park, right from the minute we set foot on the theme park! *Grumbles* Hahaha. It was too late to make any changes to our plans so we decided to just embrace the cool weather and have fun!
While researching for our trip, I found out that the MTR South Island Line opened in December 2016 and there is direct access to the park entrance if you alight at Ocean Park Station. Super convenient and it’s only 3 stops away from our hotel!
Besides the convenience in travelling, we also got our admission tickets and fast passes via Changi Recommends! Basically, you can get everything covered just by visiting the website! Changi Recommends offer good deals on connectivity (WiFi and SIM), transport, and activities, etc! Getting our Ocean Park tickets before our trip is definitely a good decision as there are huge money savings and most importantly, we saved time without having to queue for our tickets at the park.
Entering the park with our e-Tickets was a total breeze too, as we simply had to flash our phone to get the QR codes scanned. Alternatively, you may also print the tickets on A4-sized paper 🙂
Although Ocean Park offers complimentary WiFi, we found that it was a little unstable (not sure if the rainy weather played a part? haha) and we got disconnected at times, much to our frustration. Good thing we had our WiFi router which we had loaned from Changi Recommends! In fact, staying connected throughout our holiday was vital as we often had to seek information online as well as update my social media pages with photos of our trip! Hehe.
Ocean Park is really huge and it’s basically divided into The Summit (highland) and The Waterfront (lowland). I also highly recommend going for the Ocean FasTrack as it gives you priority accesses for designated rides and attractions. It’s kind of like a fast pass and we managed to beat the queue for the Ocean Express!
The Summit features all the crazy exciting rides that you can think of and they are definitely not for the faint-hearted! Needless to say, we did not go for any of these rides because we weren’t up for it, plus it was raining! Also, Little misschewy did not meet the minimum height requirement for all the rides there. LOL.
The restaurants were all packed because it was lunch time and everyone was seeking shelter, so we decided to stop by a food kiosk for a quick bite instead. The giant turkey leg was so juicy and delicious!
Since we are already at The Summit, we checked out the Ocean Theatre where there was an animal fun talk on seals.
Took the Ocean Express back to The Waterfront and both girls fell asleep because it was their nap time.
Again, we managed to skip the queue at The Grand Aquarium, thanks to our FasTrack band which was worn around our wrists!
Time for a snack!
This is one of the mascots at Ocean Park but I can’t remember his name. Haha.
Each time we passed by the mascot meet and greet booth, we would take a photo with the various mascots on duty. Lol! Super cute can!
Don’t have to worry about getting hungry as there are plenty of food kiosks and restaurants scattered all over Ocean Park.
Whiskers Harbour has up to 11 attraction rides that are more suitable for young children of Little misschewy’s age.
Hahaha just to make sure that Little misschewy is eligible for the Frog Hopper ride.
Totally clueless before the ride lol.
The hubs and I were really evil because we kept laughing when Little misschewy got frightened and buried her face in her hands.
On the Balloons Up-Up-And-Away ride! It’s actually a mini ferris wheel that moves really really slowly. Haha.
Make sure you stop by Whiskers Theatre to catch the Ocean Heroes!
It is very meaningful as you will get to learn about ocean conservation through the songs and dances. Although the songs were in Cantonese, we could get the message through their wonderful performance.
There are a number of baby care rooms in Ocean Park so it shouldn’t be an issue if you want to feed your little ones or have his/her diapers changed.
Finally it was time for our cable car ride! It is another must-do at Ocean Park! The kids loved it so much!
This place is like a mini Chinatown. Very good for photo ops!
There are a few game stalls so if you are feeling lucky, do give it a shot and win some prizes!
We actually stayed till closing time! Can’t wait to revisit Ocean Park when the kids are slightly older and of course, thank you Changi Recommends for the awesome experience!
Oops! Things got quiet around here once again! Hahaha guess I got carried away with catching up on my Kdrama 😛 So yes, I’m back to blog about the one and only dim sum meal that we had during our Hong Kong trip!
We only had 5 days in HK, of which 3 were spent in Disneyland and Ocean Park. Too much food that we wanted to eat but due to limited time and also limited stomach space, we had to get our priorities right. Haha! I’m a sucker for all things cute so it was a no-brainer that we must visit Dim Sum Icon thanks to their cartoon themed dim sum!
Prior our trip, I was really excited because it was Miffy before that (which I wasn’t too keen on) and we were just in time for the launch of Spongebob dim sum!
Thankfully, Dim Sum Icon accepts reservations via private messaging on their Facebook page and replies were really quick.
There are two Dim Sum Icon branches and we went to the one at Tsim Sha Tsui at The ONE. Yes la the one at The ONE. LOL. GEDDIT? Reservation was for 5pm and there were quite a number of occupied tables already! Dim sum all day err day! They open from 11am to 11pm btw.
We also took this opportunity to catch up with Jen, founder and CEO of WanderSnap, together with her partner, over a meal. You can read about our WanderSnap photoshoot experience in Hong Kong here and in Bali here.
While I was flipping through the menu, I wanted to order almost everything! Some because too cute la!
The two men went for a non Spongebob drink, the frozen Sakura beer served in a Unicorn drink float. We even got to keep the float after that!
Not sure what was so special about the Pineapple Special Drink (HK$49) because it tasted like pure pineapple juice to me lol.
Steamed Egg Yolk Buns with Taro (HK$49) were quite fluffy and delish.
Nothing to shout about for the Egg Tarts (HK$49).
I wonder why not real chicken meat for the Glutinous Rice with Vegetarian Chicken and Fried Eggs (HK$49) but surprisingly, this was really yummy.
I really liked the Steamed Truffle and Mushroom Buns (HK$49)! Anything truffle is always a good idea lol.
My favorite of the lot deserves another shot.
Honey French Toast with Egg Yolk Filling (HK$59) is also worthy of mention. A well balanced mix of sweet and savoury.
Layered Cantonese Sponge Cake (HK$39) was soft, chewy and not overly sweet.
Patrick Steamed Taro Pudding with Lollipop in Coconut Shell (HK$49) was served warm and I highly recommend this as dessert to end your dim sum meal.
On the overall, misterchewy and I were impressed that the food at Dim Sum Icon was actually quite delicious! I feel that the savoury items were the best! If you only have time for ONE dim sum place, Dim Sum Icon would be your best bet.
While planning for our Hong Kong trip, I made sure to search for kid-friendly cafes and was happy to have stumbled upon OMQ Dining Room in the course of my research. OMQ stands for Old Master Q, 老夫子 in Chinese.
I don’t know about you, but I sort of grew up reading 老夫子 comics when I was a kid. Instead of magazines, I would pore over 老夫子 comics at the hairdresser’s because I appreciated the light-hearted humour.
We took the MTR to Prince Edward and via Exit E, managed to easily locate OMQ Dining Room along Nathan Road. Had to climb a flight of stairs to the restaurant on the second floor.
As you can see, there is plenty of opportunities for photos even before you enter the restaurant.
This is actually a dining area! Yup complete with table and seater for four to six people. When we reached, it was already occupied by another family.
The hubs ordered a set meal and chose this fancy looking drink! Can’t remember what is it called but we were surprised when it was served. Wasn’t expecting the cotton candy!
Minestrone soup was tangy and appetite-whetting.
Very tender and juicy pork chop!
I think it was our first time trying fried pigeon and we loved it! There wasn’t much meat to begin with but its taste was quite rich and on the overall it was kinda fatty. Definitely must try!
Ardent fans of Old Master Q comics will be pleased to know that OMQ merchandise can be bought at the cafe!
OMQ Dining Room
1/F, Amber House,
777-781 Nathan Road,
Tel: 3702 1678
Hurray! It’s December! Are you ready for the festive season? I particularly enjoy visiting shopping malls this time of the year because the Christmas carols, dazzling decorations and year-end sales never fail to put me in a jolly mood! Over the weekend, we visited Velocity@Novena Square and were enthralled by the transformation of its main atrium into The Magical Realm! It comprises of three interactive zones, so expect many photo opportunities and exciting activities for the entire family! Get access to The Magical Realm with a minimum spending of $25.
1. The Enchanted Forest
Be greeted by a Life Size Snow Globe upon entering The Enchanted Forest! Holy smoke, it’s two storeys high! There are Christmas trees, fluffy reindeers and the entire ground is covered in “snow”.
I have a thing for snow globes because I love watching the “snow” fall when the globe is being shaken. When you are inside the gigantic snow globe, you will get to experience “snowfall” too!
Remember to bring along your camera!
2. The Quaint Old English Town
Join in the story-telling session with Santa over the weekends!
The kids were excited about the horse carriage and a photo with it is a must!
3. The Mesmerizing Carnival
I’m pretty sure that The Mesmerizing Carnival zone was Little misschewy’s favourite. She wanted to go on the carousel but there is something bigger and better!
Look at this pretty Fibreglass horse! So Instagram-worthy!
During the weekends in Dec ’17 (till 24 Dec) between 12noon to 6pm, there will be the following fringe activities happening in the interactive zones: Balloon Sculpting, Popcorn & Candy Floss, and Storytelling with Santa.
After exploring the interactive zones, don’t forget to check out the Christmas Market featuring indie designers and charity organizations located from L1 to L3 of the mall, available till 24 Dec 10am to 9pm daily.
Shop and be rewarded at Velocity!
– With spending of $50, shoppers will be entitled to the Festive Celebration Draw.
– With spending of $160, shoppers may redeem either one set of exclusively designed Bamboo fibre Kitchen Wares, which include: i) 4-pc plate set (from 10 Nov) ii) 4-pc bowl set (from 26 Nov) iii) A 2-pc air-tight canisters (from 11 Dec).
The Magical Realm is available till 31 December 2017 from 11am to 8pm, last entry at 730pm. When you post your photo taken within Velocity’s Magical Realm on Instagram, don’t forget to hashtag #XmasAtVelocity and receive a free instant photo!
WanderSnap affordably connects families and businesses with local photographers to create beautiful work and life images. What I like about WanderSnap is the flexibility it gives. You won’t find yourself groaning about fixed photography packages that are way out of your budget. Instead, there is a huge pool of snappers for you to choose from based on how much their works resonate with you, as well as the snappers’ hourly rates. Of course, that keeps everyone happy!
Why hire a snapper from WanderSnap when you can simply take selfies? Honestly, I’m so done with selfies. As we are a growing family (from two to four lol), it gets incredibly challenging having to make sure everyone is in the frame, and smiling at the count of three. On good days, we get a good shot out of 20 tries. On bad days, let’s not talk about it. LOL.
We visited Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea last March and one of my biggest regrets is not taking enough photos while we were there, having the time of our lives. For our Hong Kong trip, I made up my mind that selfies are not going to cut it. Naturally, the first thing that came to my mind was WanderSnap! We had such a great experience in Bali, so why not do it again? You can search for a local snapper based on destination and there is a large pool of Hong Kong snappers for you to choose from! Also, there are really good Singapore snappers if you are planning a casual shoot of some sort 🙂
Creating beautiful memories in Disneyland is a dream come true for me. Scott Abraham was our snapper and you can view his WanderSnap profile here. He is from Scotland and is currently living in Hong Kong while furthering his studies. Even though Scott is only 21, he has many years of photography experience and his works speak for themselves. Scott’s travel and landscape photography is just so amazing and impressive! Also, I found it hard to believe that he is only charging US$50 per hour. We engaged Scott for 1.5 hours and purchased his admission ticket to Disneyland. Best decision ever!
We communicated via whatsapp the day before the shoot and agreed to meet at 10.45am outside Market House Bakery along Main Street, U.S.A. Scott arrived early and was already waiting for us to commence the shoot.
Thankful for great weather on the day of our photoshoot, albeit a little too bright and sunny! Haha. Mini misschewy was having her morning nap but not to worry, you will get to see her very shortly 😛
Having a snapper with you means you get tons of pretty photos! Prior the shoot, I told Scott that my wish was to cover at least Main Street, Fantasyland, and Toy Story Land. It always helps to do some homework beforehand!
Cracks me up to see Little misschewy acting all dainty.
Look who’s awake! 😀
I love Fantasyland because it’s very fairytalish (duh lol).
It was Little misschewy’s second time on Dumbo the flying elephant! First time was at Tokyo Disneyland!
It wasn’t part of the plan but stepping into the Fairy Tale Forest (presented by Pandora) gave us plenty of photo opportunities!
Scenes from princess fairy tales come to life in a magical garden setting beautifully crafted in miniature scale.
We paid Tinker Bell a visit! She’s really cute and funny!
This is one of my favorite candid shots.
Loving the oh so colorful Toy Story Land!
Hello Sheriff Woody!
The cast member working in Andy’s Toy Box created these bubbles for us! Major love!
The Chewys are reporting for duty and looking out for Little misschewy! Haha.
This photo gets me all teary-eyed. Some day my prince will come..
Time for some ice cream to reward the girls for being quite cooperative during the shoot! Hehehe.
I don’t think I will ever get tired looking at these photos! If you are planning to engage a snapper for your next holiday, get $50 credit when you create an account with WanderSnap via this link https://wandersnap.co/friend/travelwithcharlene during signup! Thanks WanderSnap and Scott for these priceless photos of our family! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about WanderSnap. Also, stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy 🙂
Hola chewy friends! This is gonna be a photo heavy post on our two days (8th & 9th November 2017) in Hong Kong Disneyland! I had previously reviewed the newest hotel in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Disney Explorers Lodge, and you can read about it here.
Many of our friends thought that we were crazy beyond words to book a 7.30am flight to HK, especially since we were taking Little misschewy and Mini misschewy with us. It was actually my idea and when I sounded misterchewy out prior to purchasing our air tickets, he was totally up for the challenge. LOL. Yup, we left our house at 4.30am to head to the airport. I wanted Disneyland to be the first stop of our HK trip and planned to reach there as early as possible so that we could make the most out of our admission tickets!
We spent a considerable amount of time in our hotel room when we checked in at Disney Explorers Lodge but luckily, I still remembered to perform my timekeeping duties. Hehe. When we reached the park, it was around 2pm which wasn’t too bad considering we reached HK airport at 11.30am!
Plenty of “distractions” once you enter the park. Gotta focus! Haha.
We first passed by Mickey and Minnie at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A and was appalled to see the long, snaking queue of fans, which actually shouldn’t really come as a surprise since they are Disney’s most popular couple! Just a few metres away, we spotted Donald and Daisy! There was a queue too but it looked manageable so we joined in without hesitation.
It’s really sweet that the mascots interact with the fans. Little misschewy was shy but after we had our photographs taken, she kept saying “Daisy Duck hugged me!”
We were really lucky because the queue for Duffy and Stella Lou was quite short too!
It is easy to miss Market House Bakery, so be sure to keep a look out because there are plenty of goodies to fill your hungry tummies!
Just look at those Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh donuts! Cuteness overload! We bought one and I wanted to take a nice photo under natural light but Little misschewy just wouldn’t allow me. LOL.
It was time for the Flights of Fantasy parade but we gave it a miss because our plan was to watch it the next day. Since most people were watching the parade along Main Street, U.S.A., it was a splendid time for us to go for as many popular attraction rides as possible!
Our first ride was Orbitron at Tomorrowland. We queued for about 5 minutes only!
Have you seen anyone eating while on a flying saucer ride?
Try your hand at one of the game stalls if you visit HK Disneyland!
I have always enjoyed It’s a Small World since my first ride at Tokyo Disneyland many years ago!
Sing along to the classic anthem of world peace during a musical boat tour hosted by the children of the world. Climb aboard a cozy boat and set sail along the Seven Seaways canal for an approximate 9-minute journey.
It was hard to take photos because of the dim lighting and there was plenty of movement from the singing and dancing dolls, and also the boat ride. Taking videos would be a better idea!
Due to routine maintenance and inspection, It’s a Small World will be temporarily suspended from January 3 to 16, 2018.
When we were in Fantasyland, we grabbed FastPass tickets for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!
Another highly recommended ride for young children! The four of us shared a Hunny Pot and were taken through a colorful, song-filled storybook wonderland!
As it was quite some distance to walk to the Baby Care Centre at Main Street, Mini misschewy and I managed to find an empty bench near Mad Hatter Tea Cups which was temporarily suspended during the time of our visit. A baby’s gotta drink when a baby’s gotta drink!
In the meantime, misterchewy and Little misschewy went for the Cinderella Carousel which looks even more stunning at night.
Boy, were we famished after a long day! Early dinner beckoned at the Royal Banquet Hall.
This medieval dining hall serves American, Japanese and Chinese specialties. Be spoiled for choice as you choose from four food stations — Grill, Japan, Guang Dong and International.
I had the Japanese Curry Pork Chop Bento (HK$139). The portion was quite huge! Food tasted mediocre but still acceptable.
The hubs chose the Baked Pork Chop with Rice Combo (HK$129) so that Little misschewy could share some of his food which was non-spicy.
We bought the 3-in-1 meal coupon which includes an ice cream or popcorn.
Just look at these! How cute!
Decided it was a good time to squeeze in a bit of shopping before the night time parade! So in love with the new Disney character, Stella Lou!
Continued shopping before fireworks began!
Called it a day after watching “Disney In The Stars” Fireworks!
We were ready to conquer Disneyland again on our second day! Dedicated about 1.5 hours in the morning for a photoshoot which I will blog about in a separate post!
Time to reward ourselves with some food and it was lunch time anyway! Love the Explorer’s Club Restaurant at Mystic Point!
Both kids were asleep so we queued for Mickey and Minnie!
Grabbed a good spot for the Flights of Fantasy parade!
Sofia the First!
Little misschewy was so excited to meet Snow White in person!
Isn’t this such a sweet photo?
We skipped the night time parade and fireworks on the second day since we had already experienced both the day before. Did some last minute shopping along Main Street!
Do you know that there are two Disney stores at Hong Kong Airport? If you regret not getting something you like at Disneyland, you can always try your luck at the airport!
If not, there is always Airfrov that you can count on! Get travellers to shop for you! New users can get $10 credit just by signing up on Airfrov’s website or app! Go to the Credits page and redeem “CHEWY” code BEFORE you post a request. The credits can be used for $5 off $35 spend, or $10 off $70 spend (before service & delivery fee). Some of the items you see in this photo aren’t mine! 😉
Hope you enjoyed reading about our two-day trip to Hong Kong Disneyland! Stay tuned to our next post!
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Hello everyone! I will be starting a series of blog posts on our recent family trip to Hong Kong (8th to 13th November 2017) and this first installment is a review of Disney Explorers Lodge, the newest hotel in Hong Kong Disneyland which opened on 30 April this year.
In the past, staying at a hotel in Disneyland had never once crossed our minds. Since we were travelling with Little misschewy and Mini misschewy this time, we decided that staying in Disneyland would be a nice experience for all of us! Plus it would be well worth the money since there are four of us! LOL.
Spending a night in a hotel in Disneyland isn’t cheap but there are special hotel offers listed on the Hong Kong Disneyland website where you can save up to 40% off when you book 21 days in advance. One day in HK Disneyland is definitely not enough especially when you have young kids in tow, so we selected the Room and 2-Day Ticket Package which starts at around HK$3624 (S$626). The standard rate (room only) for a one-night stay in Disney Explorers Lodge averages about HK$2600 (S$449) to HK$3350 (S$578), depending on season, so the package is really enticing and value for money!
DISNEY PRO TIP: This is not mentioned anywhere in the HK Disneyland website if you search under Travel Information but there IS an airport shuttle service which you can request, by emailing Disney Resort Centre at email@example.com
This is only for hotel guests. Per trip, it costs HK$40 per adult and HK$20 per child (3 to 11 years old). We took the Combo (1 Adult & 1 Child) at HK$50 + 1 Adult at HK$40, which is HK$90 (S$15.50) in total. Do take note that the operating hours of this airport shuttle service is only from 10am to 8pm.
Upon confirmation, we received this Airport Shuttle Counter Map which was really useful in helping us locate the counter service staff upon our arrival at the airport and we were led the way to the shuttle bus at the carpark. This airport shuttle service is very convenient and highly recommended if you are planning to head straight to Disneyland from the airport. The journey from the airport took about 15 minutes.
We chose to stay at Disney Explorers Lodge because it is the newest hotel of the three and also because I was attracted to its exploration theme. I absolutely love the lodge motto “ad explorare et somniare” (“to explore and dream”). Interestingly, the rooms are facing and furnished according to the four unique tropical climates of Asia, Oceania, South America and Africa.
Since we arrived on a Wednesday, there wasn’t any queue for check-in, much to our relief. However, the check-in process took a little longer than expected and Little misschewy started to grow impatient, so we went exploring the huge lobby together!
There is also a hotel map framed on the wall at the lobby.
Yay finally! The hubs received a smaller version of the hotel map (as compared to the one on the wall), park admission tickets, attraction priority pass, field guide, guide map, times guide and a handful of stickers!
Time to freshen up in our hotel room before visiting the park!
Even the hotel lift is so cool! Wish I had taken photos of the lift buttons and all!
How cute is this room key card!
All of us were so excited upon entering our room and boy, was it huge! Little misschewy was the most exhilarated of all and couldn’t stop gushing over all the little Disney-related details she discovered while prancing around in our room.
I had earlier requested in my email to be provided with a baby cot but a bed guard was attached to one of the beds instead.
We stayed in the Oceania wing, overlooking the beautiful Rain Drop pool.
Breathtaking, isn’t it? I wanna wake up to this everyday!
Gotta love the bathroom amenities! We brought home the tin box as a souvenir.
There are toothbrushes for kids too!
Plastic cup for children to prevent breakages!
I was quite amused to find hotel room slippers in different sizes!
Ready to conquer HK Disneyland with our guide map and times guide!
There are resort shuttle buses to ferry hotel guests to and from the park. You may also choose to walk, although I would advise against it since the shuttle bus comes very frequently.
I have confirmed with Disney cast members that this is a loop service, starting from and ending at the Disneyland Resort Public Transportation Interchange.
Will be blogging separately about our two days in HK Disneyland!
Apart from in-room dining, there are other dining options available in Disney Explorers Lodge, namely Dragon Wind, World of Colour Restaurant and Chart Room Cafe. In the interest of time, we only had breakfast at Chart Room Cafe.
Really adorable Mickey pancakes but mediocre in taste. If you have the time and budget, you might wanna go for the character dining buffet experience at Dragon Wind, where the Disney characters mingle with guests and go to every table for photo taking! We skipped that because we are not a fan of buffets.
Disney merchandise collectors will be happy to know that there is a shop at Disney Explorers Lodge, called The Trading Post. You can find some items that are exclusively sold at this shop.
DISNEY PRO TIP: What do you get when you place two of your room card keys side by side? Hehe. You need not return these cards upon checking out! They are meant as souvenirs for Disney Explorers Lodge guests 🙂
When we returned to Singapore, I received an email to participate in a survey for being a hotel guest of Disney Explorers Lodge. The reward is a couple of wallpapers which you can use for your PC and mobile phones.
Hope this review on Disney Explorers Lodge is useful to you! Feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. You may also drop me a text at my Instagram @missuschewy 🙂