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! :)

Enjoy 20% off Madagascar Live! Promo Code

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If you have enjoyed all Madagascar movies, it’s time to take things up a notch with Madagascar Live! this 21st to 24th April, at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands!

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Everyone’s favourite Madagascar characters will star in a live theatrical show based on the blockbuster DreamWorks Animation franchise, reliving the fun and humour of the animals and their escapades, brilliantly recreated in a stage production of lively storytelling, dance and music, including the hit song ‘Move It, Move It’.

Audiences of all ages will love the wild and action-packed adventure as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and the plotting penguins escape from their home at New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

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Thanks to Base Entertainment, we are sharing a promo code which will entitle everyone to 20% off A and B Reserve tickets!
Click this link http://entertainment.marinabaysands.com/events/mada0416 and select the price class “Influencers Promo” before keying in the promo code “GLORIA20”.

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See you there and let’s MOVE IT MOVE IT together! 😀

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!

Peppa’s Christmas Surprise at United Square and Christmas Workshops at OneKM

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Peppa Pig stages their first Christmas ‘Live’ show – Peppa’s Christmas Surprise in Singapore! Sing and dance along with Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, accompanied amidst vibrant backdrop, props and decoration. Get up close and personal with these loveable show characters after their performance when you spend $50 at any retail outlet. Remember to bring along your camera to capture these precious moments! At United Square, the delightful season of the year just got even merrier!

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Gear up for Christmas with a series of Peppa Pig kids’workshops! Simply spend $100 at any mall to redeem an activity pass which entitles you to two crafts at OneKM and one meet and greet session at each mall. Unleash your creativity and create your own Peppa Pig sand art, exclusive photo frames, scratch art greeting card and glass decoration. Don’t forget to bring along your camera and have a photo taken with Peppa and her family!

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United Square
Wednesday, 25 November to Monday, 7 December
Monday to Friday – 2.30pm & 7pm
Saturday and Sunday – 2pm, 5pm & 7pm
(No shows and meet & greet on Tue)
Spend $50 in a single retail receipt to redeem a Meet & Greet photo queue number. Limited to first 50 families per session.

OneKM
Friday, 11 December to Wednesday, 23 December
Meet & Greet
Monday to Friday – 1pm & 7pm
Saturday and Sunday – 12.30pm, 3.30pm & 6pm
(No meet & greet on 16 Dec)
Peppa’s Christmas Surprise Workshops
Monday to Friday – 12pm to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 7pm
(The last craft session will commence at 6pm / No activities between 4pm to 5pm)
Spend $100* to receive an activity pass for workshops and Meet & Greet. Limited to first 100 families.

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Penang

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Earlier, we reviewed Golden Sands Resort Penang and we are gonna do a quick post on Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa today. When we were in Penang, we spent the entire day in Georgetown before checking in for a night in the evening. Rasa Sayang is located just next to Golden Sands.

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We stayed at one of the newly refurbished Garden Wing rooms which had a spacious and airy, nature-inspired ambience. Elegant yet understated, the family-friendly Garden Wing allows guests to feel relaxed and at ease. The Garden Wing rooms are designed with the family in mind, marrying function and beauty, both practical yet elegant.

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All rooms are serviced by the resort’s housekeeping team at least twice daily. Each room is facilitated with an in-room locker, data port for internet, IDD telephone with voice mail, satellite television with non-stop in-house movies, and more!

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The bedroom is furnished with a separate shower and bathtub as well as Shangri-La’s collection of bathroom amenities, hair dryer, slippers and bathrobes.

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The 189 rooms and suites at Garden Wings are breezy and pleasant, offering accommodation which features views of the sea and gardens. Most of the suites feature a spacious terrace with a separate sitting room and parlour, giving it a touch of home.

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We took a buggy ride to Golden Sands Resort so that Little misschewy could have her dose of fun at Adventure Zone, a modular play area designed for kids of all ages.

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The 10000 square foot facility has a comprehensive indoor playground with three categories of drop slides and multiple sections of modular play equipment. The main highlight are the drop slides, which have been proven to be extremely safe and offer a high level of enjoyable for both children and adults.

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This is the toddler-friendly area that was more suitable for Little misschewy.

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Can’t say no to her favorite ball pit!

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We had breakfast at the Spice Market Cafe the morning before we checked out. It is a casual restaurant that offers authentic ethnic cuisines from diverse cultures such as Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai and also Western. Located on the ground floor of the Garden Wing, the restaurant is right beside the swimming pool under the rain trees.

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Hearty breakfast before we make our way to the airport for our flight back home! Daily buffet breakfast at the Spice Market Cafe is from 6.30am to 11am.

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Casa Verde at Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Hello everybardy! Oh yes, Little misschewy’s expression says it all. Whutttt it’s Monday again..! Hahaha. We had a pretty good weekend and the little one stayed over at my parents’ place as usual. Yesterday, we met up with misterchewy’s secondary school buddies for lunch at Botanical Gardens because Casa Verde is a pet-friendly restaurant and one of the couples had planned to bring their dog along. We have never been to a restaurant or cafe that allows pets so it was quite an eye-opening experience for us!

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Hmm.. Mummy, what are we going to have for lunch?

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Some quick snaps of the food around our table!

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I had the All Day Gourmet Breakfast ($18) which was just mediocre really. The scrambled eggs were too watery for my liking. Little misschewy liked the mushrooms and kept asking for more.

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Chanelle and Oscar! Sorry I forgot what’s the breed but he’s such a handsome dog, isn’t he! Some of these pics were taken by Cheng Xiang.

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I’m afraid of dogs and cats so here’s Qihui trying to get Chanelle to stroke Oscar’s fur. Haha.

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Alicia and Chanelle are about 6 to 7 months apart but Alicia is a big eater! Very impressed by her appetite!

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This photo got feel or not? LOL. You know it’s like those typical OOTD pose.

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It was a lot of fun for Little misschewy as it was her first time running around on grass. There were many other children and dogs but she paid no attention to them. Hahaha.

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Have a great week ahead! Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy, @misterchewy and @little_miss_chewy :)

Casa Verde
1 Cluny Rd
Singapore 259569
Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Tel: 6467 7326

Opening Hours:
Daily
7.30am – 11pm (Last order 9.30pm)

Golden Sands Resort Penang Blog Review

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With 2015 coming to an end soon, I really have to say that this year has been a pretty exciting one for The Chewys. We went on a total of five short trips to nearby countries, which is extremely rare and something which we never thought we could achieve now that it’s no longer just the two of us.. With a young one in tow, we have to take into consideration numerous factors when it comes to travelling and for now, long haul flights are definitely out of the question! We have always wanted to visit Penang for its delicious street food and I guess we couldn’t pass up the chance when we were invited to review two of Shangri-La’s resorts in Penang. We spent the first two nights in Golden Sands Resort before transferring to Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa.

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Upon touching down at Penang International Airport, no time was wasted and we were whisked away in a limousine to the lovely Golden Sands Resort. We were caught in a bad jam but thankfully, the limousine was equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi which kept us occupied throughout the rest of the journey. Golden Sands Resort is located along Batu Feringgi Beach, which is about 45 minutes’ drive from the airport. Unfortunately, we spent more than an hour on the road that day because we couldn’t get a better flight timing and reached Penang during its peak hour in the evening.

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We were escorted to the check-in counter on the ground floor and our luggages were being sent up to our room thereafter. Appreciated the little welcome note and fresh fruits provided.

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Our Deluxe Sea Facing Room is just one of the 387 guest rooms in Golden Sands Resort. It spans about 30 square metres and is a cosy haven for a small family like ours. I like that the design of our room is kept simple, such that it is not over-the-top and it emanates a low-key and laid-back charm, which is perfect for a family beach holiday.

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There is a private balcony in our room which offers refreshing views of lush tropical greenery, the resort’s swimming pool as well as the enticing sea view beyond. It was actually pretty therapeutic lounging by the balcony while sipping a bottle of beer.

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Little misschewy was contented with her comfortable corner in the room.

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Double sinks!

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Premium Shangri-La toiletries

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It was already late evening by the time we settled down and obviously heading out to Georgetown for dinner would be a very bad idea. Golden Sands Resort has a plethora of dining options that will definitely make you spoiled for choice. The new Sigi’s Bar and Grill is a fun, family-style restaurant located right on Batu Feringgi beach and we say, go for it!

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Besides their extensive Ala carte dinner menu, Sigi’s also offers BBQ buffet which is great if you want to try a bit of everything. We had roast chicken rice, sambal fish, grilled chicken wings, mutton curry, etc and certainly ate to our hearts’ content!

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For registered hotel guests, children under the age of 12 can enjoy complimentary buffet meals when accompanied by a paying adult, up to a maximum of 2 children. Little misschewy loved the fried calamari rings!

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We were so well-fed that we almost didn’t have room for desserts!

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Took a leisurely stroll back to our room and saw that the resort has gone the extra mile in providing a turndown service for its guests. Not all hotels and resorts practise this, and it is a nice touch that Golden Sands Resort sees to it that rooms are refreshed and bed linens are turned down for sleeping.

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Even though we had two days of food trail ahead of us, we couldn’t resist having the buffet breakfast at Golden Sand Resort’s Garden Cafe!

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Piping hot food awaits!

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The resort’s swimming pools look so inviting, don’t they! We regretted not packing our swimsuits along!

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Hahaha pardon the little one’s expression. She was feeling bummed out that she had to miss out on all the fun!

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Besides the pool, there are also other activities such as massage and foot reflexology services available.

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For the adrenaline junkies, parasailing is a popular choice.

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We were truly impressed that there is a family entertainment centre otherwise known Adventure Zone, housed within the resort. More on that in the next blog post!

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Snapped a photo with Golden Sand Resort’s mascot, Polly the Parrot, before we boarded the complimentary shuttle bus to Georgetown for our Penang food trail!
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