Hong Kong Photoshoot with Shoot My Travel

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During our Hong Kong trip late last year, we dedicated some time to a casual family photoshoot in Central area. We wanted a little tour around the area as well, and what better way than to engage a freelance photographer via Shoot My Travel? It’s the perfect way to experience the city through the lens of a local photographer! Shoot My Travel photographers are available in over 250 destinations so you can always easily engage one wherever you go. Wylie was our photographer and we communicated via emails and subsequently whatsapp prior our trip.

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It is very important to discuss your preferences and expectations with your photographer so that you can have a smooth photoshoot on the day itself. Based on previous experiences, a shoot in the morning is better for us because the kids are chirpy and smiley, before their nap time that is. After deciding on the date and time of the shoot, we moved on to settle the location of the shoot. I told Wylie that I wanted to avoid modern architecture as I preferred Hong Kong’s colonial charm. She provided some really good suggestions and Central appealed the most to me.

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I totally forgot about planning our outfits for the shoot and was about to haphazardly throw in some clothes into our luggage when Wylie texted to ask if we will be in matching attires. It was difficult to pick out something coordinated which we have not worn before in previous shoots but I finally managed to go for a neutral-colored theme, with the girls watching matching dresses. I think we look pretty ok in the photos!

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Wylie went the extra mile and got her assistant to help us with our bags and stroller so it really lightened our load during the shoot. They arrived early and we got to commence the photoshoot right away. This is very crucial especially when you have young children! Every second counts! LOL.

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The shoot was a relaxing one and we got to explore the area which we couldn’t have done so without Wylie showing us around. It was a pity we could only one hour because the kids usually get restless very quickly! I would definitely recommend going for at least a two-hour shoot if you can afford the time. Shoot My Travel has various packages that can cater to your needs.

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Rates start from USD$234 and gift cards are also available to surprise your friends or loved ones! For more information or to book a photographer, visit https://www.shootmytravel.com/

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

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Heyyy chewy friends! How’s it going? Hahaha I’m back again to continue blogging about our Hong Kong trip which took place in November last year! OMG blog so long still haven blog finish! LOL. I know it’s funny that we have not been to Madame Tussauds in Singapore and yet, made it a must-visit in Hong Kong. Psst.. You will find out why really soon 😛

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Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is located at The Peak and there are a few ways to get there. We took the Peak Tram and the queue was excruciatingly long under the hot sun. While we were queuing, I almost wanted to give up and kept thinking if it was a bad idea to make this part of our itinerary. But once you get there, you will come to realise that it is all worth it. LOL. I’m not so much into Taiwanese or Hong Kong artistes actually. This is Ethan Ruan if you duno. Haha.

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Of course must take photo with Andy Lau. Do you know that you can feel his “heartbeat”?

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Wahahaha Albert Einstein. Sorry I barely made it for Physics.

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Donnie Yen is the man! I enjoyed all his Ip Man movies tremendously!

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Yup I’m training under him lol.

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AND OMG OMG OMG. THIS IS THE MOMENT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.

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SARANG HAEYO OPPA!

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Ok seriously I was very happy that the Korean section was relatively empty. I was expecting a long queue for Lee Jong Suk oppa. But none cuz it’s a weekday I suppose lol but very happy la! I HOGGED HIM OKAY.

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I really took many photos with him and these are some of my favorites.

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HAPPY UNTIL OMG CANNOT SLEEP. Now you know why I had to visit Madame Tussauds! 😛

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IDK wassup with Little misschewy’s constipated face. Haha!

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Park Hae Jin oppa also not bad la!

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The Korean section really my favorite!

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Jay Chou doesn’t look exactly like Jay Chou. I feel that his eyes are a lot smaller here 🙁

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The hubs and I really like G.E.M Tang’s songs! She’s such a pretty, young and talented artiste.

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Hahaha so difficult to get these two to pose properly.

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Upon exiting the museum, you will see a small shop selling all kinds of souvenir.

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Visiting Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong is definitely one of my best decisions ever! 😀

Madame Tussauds
Shop P101,
The Peak Tower,
128 Peak Road,
The Peak,
Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2849 6966

Opening Hours:
Daily
10am – 10pm

99 Percent Hair Studio at Bedok Point

Hello everyone! If you have been following me on IG or FB, you would know that I recently got a hair transformation at 99 Percent Hair Studio at Bedok Point! For the first time,, I received sooo many compliments about my hair, so I decided to share more about it on my blog today!

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My good friend Mag from Modgam swears by 99 Percent Hair Studio to give her the craziest and most creative hair colors to suit her artistic image and introduced me to this studio. Previously located at Katong, the team moved to Bedok Point not too long ago. Upon stepping in, I like the clean and cosy environment which gives a sense of warmth. Most importantly, there is FREE WiFi! Fret not if you are going to spend long hours in the salon because you can keep yourself entertained by watching dramas etc.

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One last look before I bid my old hair color goodbye! I didn’t know that the colors have faded so much until one of my colleagues told me that she had thought I was an angmoh when she was standing behind me. LOL!

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These are some of the products that were used on my hair. 99 Percent Hair Studio believes in providing the best for their customers and that includes selecting premium products that will protect one’s hair.

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Here’s my stylist, Kelly, helping to first touch up my hair colors, especially the roots.

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After a nice and relaxing hair wash, Kelly helped to trim my hair as there were dry and split ends. At the same time, I was pampered with a manicure!

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We decided on purple with some pink highlights so here we go! Wheeeee!

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Was asked to choose a nail color but there were so many colors to choose from! I finally settled for something simple!

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I think it is a great idea to have your nails manicured at the same time as it is definitely killing two birds with one stone! Saves so much time!

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Alternatively, there is a dedicated area just for manicure and pedicure.

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YES! Chinese New Year is coming! If your nails are still looking bare, you know where to go to for the cutest CNY themed nail art!

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Yay to freshly manicured nails! It’s been so long since I last did my nails cuz no time. But now, no more excuse! Can do hair and nails at the same time!

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See what I mean? My hair colors are all up!

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Look at that generous amount of hair mask!

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Applying of hair masks helps to lock in the colors, deep conditions hair, keeps hair smooth and reduces frizz.

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TADAH!! The final result! SO SO SO HAPPY WITH MY NEW HAIR!!

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Here’s the good news! There is NO CNY surcharge! If you don’t have plans yet, wait no more! Also, spend just $19 for one year’s membership and you will be entitled to:

– 15% off any full hair chemical services (Mon to Thu, 11am to 4pm)
– Hair product rebates (15% of total bill in a single receipt from Fri to Sun, all day)
– 10% off nail art
– 1 for 1 nail fungus tablet

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Spend $99 or more on nails before CNY and get discounts on nail services (for use after CNY) and with $199 or more spent on hair or nail services, you can get a limited edition Wella hair brush and 99 Percent Hair Studio angbaos, while stocks last! CNY promotions will last till 14 February 2018.

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Call 66702 7062 to make your appointment today! Quote my name or simply flash my post to anyone at 99 Percent Hair Studio at Bedok Point if you want beautiful hair colors like mine! 😀

99 Percent Hair Studio
799 New Upper Changi Road,
#03-23 Bedok Point,Singapore 467351
Tel: +65 6702 7062

Opening Hours:
Daily
11am – 9pm

Changi Recommends X Ocean Park

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Since we are already at The Summit, we checked out the Ocean Theatre where there was an animal fun talk on seals.

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Took the Ocean Express back to The Waterfront and both girls fell asleep because it was their nap time.

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Again, we managed to skip the queue at The Grand Aquarium, thanks to our FasTrack band which was worn around our wrists!

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Time for a snack!

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This is one of the mascots at Ocean Park but I can’t remember his name. Haha.

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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!

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Don’t have to worry about getting hungry as there are plenty of food kiosks and restaurants scattered all over Ocean Park.

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Whiskers Harbour has up to 11 attraction rides that are more suitable for young children of Little misschewy’s age.

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Hahaha just to make sure that Little misschewy is eligible for the Frog Hopper ride.

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Totally clueless before the ride lol.

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The hubs and I were really evil because we kept laughing when Little misschewy got frightened and buried her face in her hands.

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On the Balloons Up-Up-And-Away ride! It’s actually a mini ferris wheel that moves really really slowly. Haha.

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Make sure you stop by Whiskers Theatre to catch the Ocean Heroes!

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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.

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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.

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Finally it was time for our cable car ride! It is another must-do at Ocean Park! The kids loved it so much!

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This place is like a mini Chinatown. Very good for photo ops!

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There are a few game stalls so if you are feeling lucky, do give it a shot and win some prizes!

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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!

Dim Sum Icon Hong Kong X Spongebob Squarepants

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Thankfully, Dim Sum Icon accepts reservations via private messaging on their Facebook page and replies were really quick.

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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.

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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.

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While I was flipping through the menu, I wanted to order almost everything! Some because too cute la!

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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!

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Not sure what was so special about the Pineapple Special Drink (HK$49) because it tasted like pure pineapple juice to me lol.

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Steamed Egg Yolk Buns with Taro (HK$49) were quite fluffy and delish.

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Nothing to shout about for the Egg Tarts (HK$49).

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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.

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I really liked the Steamed Truffle and Mushroom Buns (HK$49)! Anything truffle is always a good idea lol.

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My favorite of the lot deserves another shot.

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Honey French Toast with Egg Yolk Filling (HK$59) is also worthy of mention. A well balanced mix of sweet and savoury.

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Layered Cantonese Sponge Cake (HK$39) was soft, chewy and not overly sweet.

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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.

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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.

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Dim Sum Icon TSTL
308, 3/F,
The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit B1 or B2)

Dim Sum Icon Central
B/F Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2807 1682

Opening Hours:
Daily
11am – 11pm

OMQ Dining Room Hong Kong 老夫子餐馆

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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.

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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.

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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.

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As you can see, there is plenty of opportunities for photos even before you enter the restaurant.

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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.

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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!

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Minestrone soup was tangy and appetite-whetting.

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Very tender and juicy pork chop!

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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!

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Ardent fans of Old Master Q comics will be pleased to know that OMQ merchandise can be bought at the cafe!

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OMQ Dining Room
1/F, Amber House,
777-781 Nathan Road,
Prince Edward
Tel: 3702 1678

Opening Hours
Daily
11am – 11pm

The Magical Realm at Velocity@Novena Square

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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.

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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”.

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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!

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Remember to bring along your camera!

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2. The Quaint Old English Town

Join in the story-telling session with Santa over the weekends!

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The kids were excited about the horse carriage and a photo with it is a must!

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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!

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Look at this pretty Fibreglass horse! So Instagram-worthy!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

For more information on The Magical Realm, visit www.velocitynovena.com/whatson