Tokyo Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth

Tokyo Disneyland

OHAIYOU! It has been two weeks since we got back from our Japan trip and we are still suffering the post-holiday blues! Before we share more about our Japan itinerary as highly requested already by a number of readers, we will first be doing a series of short posts on certain places of interests. Of course, we will kick things off by sharing our trip to Tokyo Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth! This was my third visit, misterchewy’s second and Little misschewy’s first!

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Little misschewy’s birthday was on a Friday but after much deliberation, we decided to go to Disneyland a day earlier to avoid the weekend crowd. A few weeks before, we bought our tickets via Tokyo Disneyland’s website, which in our opinion, is a highly recommended move if you want to get into the theme park as swiftly as possible! WHEEE! WE ARE READY! 😀

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We went straight for the Castle Carrousel ride at Fantasyland!

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Spinning teacups and saucers at Alice’s Tea Party!

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Fly on a pirate ship to Never Land at Peter Pan’s Flight!

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This is nice but be prepared to queue at least an hour!

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant!

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Somehow, I was quite amused by the sight of all these parked strollers. Haha.

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Little misshewy actually ran towards the Castle Carrousel and gave us a cheeky smile, indicating that she wanted to go on the ride again.

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We managed to catch the colorful Daytime Parade, “Happiness is Here”!

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This colorful parade filled with fun will make your heart thrill with happiness. Goofy leads the parade followed by a float designed with a huge Mickey Mouse toy. And there’s a float that expresses the vibrant, lovely world of the Disney princesses and fairies, and lots more. The parade presents all kinds of happiness for you to experience.

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After all the excitement, we took a short break by stopping at one of the restaurants at Disneyland for lunch. As expected, the food was overpriced and tasted mediocre. But we really needed to rest our legs plus the little one was sleeping in the Tula.

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Pooh’s Hunny Hunt at Toon Town!

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HAHAHA Little misschewy was frightened by the weird lightings and loud noises from the honey shooting game.

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I think Little misschewy adores Donald Duck as much as I do! She was shouting “Nonald Nuck! Nonald Nuck!” but it was a pity they stopped allowing people to queue for photos with Donald :(

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We saw many kids and teenage schoolgirls with popcorn buckets slung around their necks and couldn’t resist getting one for Little misschewy as well. Actually, there are plenty of other designs but we were too lazy to scout for them. This is one of the popular designs featuring characters from Frozen.

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We got the normal Caramel flavoured popcorn but if you are popcorn connoisseur like one of our neighbours, you can also try the other flavours such as Salt, Curry, Chocolate, Honey, Strawberry and Soy Sauce & Butter! You can’t get all flavours at one location, so check the map!

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This girl really very happy leh!

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We managed to get one miserable Fast Pass at Tomorrowland and we used it for Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!

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It was quite a run ride and our first time on it!

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After Little misschewy’s diaper change and milk feed at the Baby Center, we headed to one of the shops and these caught my attention!

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If you refer to the photo of our lunch earlier, you will notice that this is a mini replica of our pork katsu bun!

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I bought the miniature Donald Duck popcorn bucket but now I kinda regret not getting the pork katsu bun and Mickey pancake!

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I think it was about 7pm when we sat and joined the crowd for the Nighttime Parade, “Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights”.

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The Disney stars are literally sparkling in this nighttime parade of lights and music. With Mickey and his pals, including characters from Aladdin, Toy Story and other Disney films, appearing on colorful floats, nighttime in the Park is even more fantasy-filled.

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After the intriguing Electrical Parade, we rushed off to It’s A Small World at Fantasyland. As children of the world sing, enjoy the “happiest cruise that ever sailed”. This is one of my favourite rides in Tokyo Disneyland and I love to experience this all over again each time I visit the park.

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Fireworks were cancelled so we decided to leave as it had been a long and fruitful day for us!

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Last minute souvenir shopping!

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Here’s a brief outline of our itinerary which we promise to share in greater detail!

THE CHEWYS’ MARCH 2016 JAPAN 10D9N ITINERARY
(Tokyo – Osaka – Kyoto – Kanazawa – Shirakawago)

Day 1: Singapore to Narita Airport > JR Narita Express to Tokyo > Check into Airbnb at Kita-Ikebukuro > Asakusa Temple & Shopping Street > Shopping and dinner at Sunshine City

Day 2: Tokyo Disneyland

Day 3: Tsukiji Fish Market > Ueno Park > Shopping at Ameya-Yokocho Market > Tea at Fujiya Peko-chan Milky Restaurant > Pokemon Centre at Sunshine City > Dinner at Ichiran

Day 4: Tokyo Disneysea

Day 5: Fujiko•F•Fujio Museum (Doraemon Museum) > Shopping and dinner at Harajuku

Day 6: Shinkasen from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka > Check into Airbnb at Shin-Osaka > Osaka Castle > Dinner at Dotonburi (Namba station, Midosuji line)

Day 7: Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Kyoto > Kiyomizu-dera Temple > Kimono rental and outdoor photoshoot > Dinner at Kichi-Kichi Omurice > Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka

Day 8: Thunderbird Limited Express from Shin-Osaka to Kanazawa > Check into Hotel Nikko Kanazawa > Kenroku-en Garden > Kanazawa Castle > Lunch at Sushi Zanmai > Omicho Market > Higashi Chaya District > Tonkatsu dinner at Tomikinton (富金豚)

Day 9: Nouhi bus from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-go > Sightseeing around Shirakawa-go > Nouhi bus from Shirakawa-go to Kanazawa > Thunderbird Limited Express from Kanazawa to Shin-Osaka > Dinner at Dotonburi (Namba station, Midosuji line)

Day 10: Kansai Airport Limited Express “Haruka” from Shin-Osaka to Kansai Airport > HOME SWEET HOME

We will be covering more on our Japan trip, so do stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy for more updates! :)

The Chewys’ Bintan Getaway Day Two

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TGIF everybardy! We are here to continue from where we left off for our previous blog post. This will sum up the rest of our Bintan getaway!

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On the second day, we woke up bright and early so that we could fill our stomachs before embarking on our activities for the day!

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The food was okay I guess. We tried a little bit of everything while making sure not to overeat. Haha.

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WHOOHOO! Time for a dip in the pool!

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The pool looked really inviting and you can even sit back and relax with some drinks.

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We didn’t exactly swim but just waded around and cooled off in the water.

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Walked over to the beach for our jet skiing session.

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The hubs and I went separately so that we could take photos for each other. LOL.

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30 minutes of jet skiing felt like eternity! I honestly don’t know which is scarier – ATV or jet ski. When I was jet skiing, I kept imagining that I would lose control and fall into the deep sea while doing sharp turns and end up getting eaten by sharks. Paranoid much. But on the overall, it was a very fun experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again and again!

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Showered and freshened up before going for dinner!

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Ok la since we were still very early (restaurant doesn’t open until 7.30pm), we went round taking photos. Hahaha.

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Go Bintan also must eat Japanese food! My favorite! Hehehe. We settled for Miyako Japanese Restaurant at Bintan Lagoon Resort.

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Say hello to small squinty eyes! >_< Haha I wonder when will our next couple getaway be! Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy :)

The Chewys’ Bintan Getaway Day One

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Before we head off for our long awaited trip next month, I thought I had better clear my outstanding posts on our short getaway last August! So here’s the first part of our Bintan trip! Prior to this, we took Little misschewy along to Phuket, Hong Kong and Bangkok. It is a whole different experience when you are travelling with a baby or toddler. We wanted some couple time to ourselves and my parents were more than willing to help babysit the little one over the weekend.

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Filled our tummies before boarding the ferry!

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As it was a Friday, the ferry was pretty empty and we chose to sit by the window.

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The journey took about 1.5 hours, which was a little longer than estimated. Checked ourselves into Bintan Lagoon Resort for two nights!

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We looked through the activities list and booked our slot for the All Terrain Vehicle.

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Passed by some shops while making our way to our room.

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Our Deluxe room was clean and comfortable for our two-night stay.

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After lounging in our room for a bit, we went for our ATV session! No tourist in sight!

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It was our first time riding an ATV and it was suuuuuuper exciting!

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We took the one-hour session and kept swapping places lol. Our guide was nice to offer to help us take photos at various spots.

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Nua-ed for a bit because riding an ATV felt like an exhausting affair! Phew!

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Walked over to the Leisure Centre to enquire about their activities.

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The hubs wanted to try archery which I wasn’t so keen on because I found it quite boring when I learned archery as a Girl Guide. Hehehe. I mean.. Just stand there and shoot arrows. What’s so interesting about it?

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It has been more than 10 years but I still remember the techniques and stance, etc.

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Even the instructor was impressed and commented that I was the best he had seen so far. We later found out that he just joined Bintan Lagoon Resorts not long ago only. LOL!

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We had dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants and the food was ridiculously priced. Can’t remember how much these lamb chops cost but we were kinda stunned by the portion. Haha. Seriously 吃不饱 lor.

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Apart from that, it felt great being able to do relaxing activities for a change! Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy :)

Valentine’s Day Celebration 2016 @ Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House, Gemmill Lane

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Helloooo! We are back with a short update on how we spent Valentine’s Day this year! Since it coincided with 人日 and Chanelle also has music classes on Sundays, misterchewy and I decided to celebrate the occasion a day earlier.

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A week before, I texted the hubs while at work that I wanted to try the lobster roll at Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House for our Valentine’s Day celebration, to which he replied, “Ok! Your call!” I bet he was secretly relieved that he was off the hook for being spared the responsibility and possibly, pressure, of having to search for a suitable lunch or dinner venue. Hehe. We opted for lunch because the lobster roll is only available during lunch and not dinner!

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Our complimentary starter of mini corn bread served with homemade butter that was sprinkled with paprika was warm and crumbly.

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We indulged in Half Dozen Oysters ($48) from Wellfleet, Marion Port and Katama Bay, which were featured on the ‘Special’ signboard. Our least favorite were the Wellfleet oysters as they were considerably less meaty and the taste was not as robust. I loved the Katama Bay oysters the most for its briny flavor which was a little too strong for misterchewy’s liking and he preferred the Marion Port oysters. We didn’t try the champagne vinegar that came with the oysters as we felt that just a squeeze of lemon juice was good enough!

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We also ordered another side dish to share. The Lobster Mac & Cheese ($26) was interestingly topped with some crushed Ritz pretzels.

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The macaroni was fairly al dente and the sauce was of a cheesy, creamy consistency. We found a few chunks of lobster meat and felt that this dish was pretty mediocre. Totally no wow factor there.

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The husband had his Lamb Chops ($82) cooked medium. Although a little on the salty side, the well-marinated lamb chops were remarkably juicy and tender, with a wonderful smokey flavor.

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I wasn’t exactly impressed by the size of my Lobster Roll ($48) for the price that we paid. But hey, at least it was quite well-endowed. Lol. To reiterate, the lobster roll is only featured on their lunch menu. I didn’t like that the bun was soft and would certainly have preferred it to be a little more toasted and crusty. The steamed lobster chunks with homemade aioli were firm and tasted buttery sweet.

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Our total bill came up to about $240 after taxes.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy, @misterchewy and @little_miss_chewy :)

Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
22 Gemmill Lane
Singapore 069257
Tel: 6221 4468

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat
12pm – Midnight
(Last order at 11:45pm)
Closed on Sundays

Share Your Special #MyMandai Moments and WIN Vouchers!

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Through my growing up years, I had made numerous trips to the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park. There is always so much to see and do at these nature attractions that it really never gets old! Apart from the occasional trips with my parents and younger brother, excursions organized by my primary school teachers were equally fun-filled. One of #MyMandai moments is riding on this adorable little pony at the Singapore Zoo when I was about 5 or 6 years old! I was excited yet nervous at the same time, hence the slightly awkward smile. Hehe. Check out the full story behind this picture here!

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When misterchewy and I started dating in mid 2010, I was a little surprised when he suggested a trip to the Singapore Zoo so that we could both relive our childhood memories together. Haha I guess that is what most newly dating couples like to do! Look, we even brought Sally and John along!

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It was during our zoo trip that we discovered our common passion for photography. I also vividly remember that it started to pour midway and we ran to the nearest cafe to seek shelter. It was when we chatted endlessly and took random selfies while waiting for the rain to stop. This has got to be our unforgettable #MyMandai moment!

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I’m glad our relationship took off from there and now that we are parents, it is only natural that we want Little misschewy to experience the same joy and excitement as we did visiting Mandai’s wildlife parks during our younger days. Since one of her first words is “bird”, we decided to take her to Jurong Bird Park where she could be charmed by a plethora of birds! She was 16 months old at that time and it has been a good six months since our last visit!

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I bet she didn’t know that penguins are not like all the other birds; they can’t fly but they can swim. Just look at her face. She’s probably thinking, “You guys gotta be kidding me right? Are those birds or fishes?!” LOL. Marvelling at the penguins swimming gracefully could be Little misschewy’s #MyMandai moment!

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Looking back, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park certainly played a special and significant role in my life. I’m proud to say that I’m one of the many Singaporeans who grew up with these nature attractions and it was nostalgic recollecting #MyMandai moments. In January 2015, it was announced that the Mandai area will be rejuvenated into a nature precinct. There are also plans to add more nature attractions in the Mandai area which is really an exciting piece of news for us!

Do you have a special #MyMandai moment too? It’s time to start digging out old photo albums and take a trip down memory lane!

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The Mandai Team has launched a photosourcing campaign last December to call for the public to send in their earliest or best memories of Mandai’s wildlife parks. I had a great time browsing memories from other contributors too.

Share your personal special #MyMandai moment at mymandai.com! By sending in your best #MyMandai moments, you can see your memories being brought to life in the growing digital mural over the next two months. See the grand reveal at the Singapore Zoo entrance from 29 January 2016 onwards or check here to see the digital mural grow! It could be at any of these wildlife parks — Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Night Safari. Receive a $10 F&B voucher from Wildlife Reserves Singapore for the first 1000 memories submitted and $100 F&B voucher from Wildlife Reserves Singapore for the most moving memory of the week!