4th Wedding Anniversary Marina Mandarin Staycation Review

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Happy 4th wedding anniversary to us! We celebrated the special occasion in advance by taking a day off work for a staycation at Marina Mandarin hotel last Friday. The husband and I didn’t have any concrete plans until I chanced upon Marina Mandarin’s flash deal on their Facebook page, promoting 50% off their usual room rates which was impossible to resist! Booked a room without having to think twice! 😛

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We haphazardly threw in some clothes and other stuff into our mini luggage before leaving our house that morning. Reached Marina Mandarin around 1.30pm and there was already a queue at the check in counter. The check in procedure also took up quite a bit of our time.

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We were given a room on the 16th floor which is pretty high! It was great because the room I booked promises a view of Marina Bay. Actually, Premier rooms are all located on higher floors of the hotel.

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TADAH!! Our Premier Marina Bay View room was incredibly spacious and I appreciate it especially when Little misschewy is with us. She has more room to walk around and explore without bumping or knocking into hard surfaces. Of course, the bed looked way too comfy to her too 😉

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Our well-appointed Premier room exudes contemporary elegance, with modern furnishings that feature a combination of glass and rich fabrics. I was so tempted to just put everything down and jump into bed.

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From a blogger’s perspective, the executive desk and ergonomic chair provide a comfortable and organized area for you to work on your laptop or tablet. Hehe.

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The marble-clad bathroom was super spacious, featuring a deep-soaking marble bathtub as well as a separate glass-enclosed shower.

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Everything you need is within reach!

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Housekeeping finally sent the baby cot to our room and it’s a great way to ‘confine’ the little one so that we don’t have to chase her around. Haha.

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Time for milk!

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We went round to explore the hotel and were intrigued by these bird cages that we saw.

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There are a handful of dining options at Marina Mandarin, namely Aquamarine, Peach Blossoms, Atrium Lounge, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Cafe Mocha. I have been to Aquamarine with my colleagues and their buffet dinner is pretty good!

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One of the things that we like about Marina Mandarin is that it is linked to Marina Square, making it extremely convenient for hotel guests.

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The little one fell asleep in the carrier while we were deciding what to have for lunch. We then went to Teppei Syokudo at Millenia Walk for our favorite kaisendon!

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And also hazelnut chocolate honey toast at Dazzling Cafe!

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Went back to our room to rest and freshen up before heading out again for dinner. Kiddy ride for Little misschewy to reward her for behaving well. Lol.

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I had actually made reservations at Bread Street Kitchen but subsequently cancelled it after reading not so good reviews. In the end, we settled for Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant at Capitol Piazza! It wasn’t such a good idea because we were still full from our lunch and it’s tough to order Chinese dishes for sharing when there are only two people. We ordered half a roast duck with two bowls of plain rice.

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By the end of the dinner, I was bursting at the seams. Haha.

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Obviously the hubs is a bad influence because he suggested that we go for round two right after Little misschewy fell asleep.

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Admired the beautiful night view of Marina Bay from our balcony before we slept.

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The hotel gave us a complimentary chocolate cake to celebrate the special occasion but I forgot to take a photo of it. The little girl loved it and kept asking for more!

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W Singapore Staycation Review

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Our last family staycation for 2014 was spent at the very sophisticated W Singapore! We planned it on one of the weekends in December when my parents and brother flew to Taiwan for a one-week trip. Usually, we will stay over at my parents’ place over the weekend but this time, it was only the three of us! We had the pleasure of test driving the newest Toyota Altis and it really came in handy for the staycation! More on that in a separate post. Anyway, we were in high spirits when we left home but then it started to pour as we drove to Sentosa.

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We reached 15 minutes before the check-in time at 3pm. Had to queue for a bit before being told that our room wasn’t ready and we would be contacted once our room was available.

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I expected our room to be ready by 3pm sharp so we popped by Woobar for some light bites.

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Truffle fries.

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Sashimi with wasabi dip was very interesting!

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We were almost done with our food at 3.20pm but nobody contacted us. The hubs joined the queue again, only to learn that our room was actually ready. Why didn’t anybody inform us?! Obviously, I wasn’t too happy about it and we were paying so much for such standards.

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We booked the Fabulous room which is about 40 to 42 sqm. It comes with a balcony with pool view. W Singapore’s 240 custom-designed guestrooms are more spacious than city hotels, with more room for vivid interiors, state-of-the-art technology and dreamy amenities.

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Bringing a baby along can be rather tiring! Chanelle wouldn’t stop crawling and we had to be on our guard at all times to make sure that she doesn’t fall off the bed.

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40 inch LED TV.

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The bathroom is gonna appeal to dating couples, but probably not family and friends.

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See what I mean?! LOL. But at least it’s a stand alone bathtub.

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A separate rain shower facility is available.

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I’m also somewhat surprised that W Singapore provides Dasani bottled water. I was half expecting to see Fiji water instead.

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You make me happy, when skies are grey :)

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The view from our room.

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We hardly swim when we go for staycations but since Little misschewy loves being in the water, we packed our swim wear and her float along!

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We got out of the pool as soon as Chanelle started to protest. Headed back to our room and she fell asleep even before I could give her a bath!

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The husband and I didn’t have any concrete dinner plans so we walked to Quayside Isle before deciding on Oyster Bar & Japanese Cuisine. And guess what? The little bubs fell asleep again! Hahaha.

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It didn’t look like we had a lot for dinner but we were actually quite full! Took a leisurely stroll and reminisced about our dating days before Little misschewy came along! The last time we were at Quayside Isle, I wasn’t pregnant yet! Hehe.

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Breakfast at the hotel.

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Here’s Chanelle eagerly biting into diced watermelon after she had her first taste of lemon. Check out our previous post!

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It was a pity we didn’t manage to squeeze in time for another dip in the pool before checking out. By the time you are reading this, we are on our way to catch our flight! Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @misterchewy and @missuschewy :)

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore Staycation Review

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The recent opening of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore in September 2014 marked the launch of the new Hotel Jen brand by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd, which seeks to be fresh, friendly and fuss-free. The Hotel Jen brand is inspired by the virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places. Hotel Jen takes care of guests with efficiency and care, while also giving them informed access to the best a particular destination has to offer. The location of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is just perfect, giving direct access to Orchardgateway shopping mall. It is right smack in the middle of Orchard, where all the other vibrant shopping centres are.

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There are a total of 502 rooms within Hotel Jen Orchardgateway with a choice of four room types – Superior (27 sqm), Superior Cityview (27 sqm), Deluxe (32 sqm) and lastly, Premier Panorama (41 sqm), which we had the luxury of checking into. When we first stepped into our room on the 17th floor, we were blown away by the floor to ceiling glass window, which is very unique because it leans outwards, thus enabling you a better view of Orchard Road.

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The layout of the room is also rather uncommon. The work desk is actually quite hidden from view, unlike in most hotels, the work desk and bed are placed so closely together. I guess in this case, it demarcates the boundaries between work and play (or sleep). Most business travellers should appreciate this!

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If you notice, our Premier Panorama room is surrounded by plenty of windows, making the room look really spacious!

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This is the super comfortable King-sized bed which gave all of us a great night’s sleep. My only gripe is that the pillows are filled with down feather. As much as I enjoy the cushiony pillows, the smell of the down feathers was a bit too overwhelming for me.

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Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s 46-inch Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system is something to boast about. And if you are lucky, you might even have one in the bathroom!

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Apart from the usual coffee and tea making facilities, the fresh cut fruits and my favorite childhood iced gem biscuits were a pleasant surprise.

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There isn’t a separate rain shower in the bathroom, which means that there is no way I can avoid having to climb in and out of the bath tub even when all I wanted was a shower and not a bath. However, I’m glad that there is plenty of space around the tub for me to place my toiletries. This is very important, considering the amount of toiletries I have!

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Baby Chanelle enjoys hotel staycations too! Here’s a photo of her testing out the firmness of the bed. See how upright she is sitting up?

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Look, Papa and Mummy! I can chill here all day!

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A mandatory family photo before we head out! We had been granted access to the Club Lounge but did not manage to make it for cocktails from 5.30pm to 7.30pm because I had an eyebrow embroidery appointment with Browtisan. By the time I was done, it was time for dinner.

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Dinner saw us having a feast at Makan@Jen! The variety is really remarkable; they had everything we could think of, and more!

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The automated WineStation has got to be the coolest thing around at Makan@Jen!

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I love buffets because it’s a good time for me to get my salmon sashimi and oyster fix!

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Very yummy curry chicken and pork knuckle.

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Yay to having prawn noodles for dinner!

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I like the baby chairs provided at Makan@Jen because they come with food trays, which are great if you wanna let your baby self feed.

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Gave Chanelle different types of bread to nibble on.

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It was our first time having buffet togther as a family! Bread and cucumber buffet for Little misschewy but towards the end of the dinner, she started hurling food everywhere because she got cranky.

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After dinner, we took a leisurely stroll along Orchard Road to enjoy the Christmas lights.

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Good morning! All of us are well rested and ready for breakfast!

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Decided to check out the Club Lounge on the 19th floor and also avoid the morning crowd at Makan@Jen.

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I would expect the variety at Makan@Jen to be much more impressive, but this one at the Club Lounge is also adequate. Most importantly, there are waffles and eggs!

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Here’s the gymnasium if you desperately want to squeeze time out for some exercise before check-out!

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Gotta love Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s very own infinity pool!

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Very nice place to lounge around with a good book and a glass of beer.

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Alas, all good things must come to an end. Felt very reluctant to check out after such an enjoyable stay at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway! Room prices start from S$215++ per night. There are various promotions that cater to the needs of different travellers, so be sure to check them out here!

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
277 Orchard Road
Singapore 238858
Tel: 6708 8888
Email: hjog@hoteljen.com

Hotel Clover The Arts Singapore Staycation Review

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Having stayed in a number of hotels in Singapore, our recent staycation in an art-themed boutique hotel was a first for us. Hotel Clover The Arts, situated in Chinatown, is a 6-storey and 44-room hotel which opened in April this year. This new hotel builds on its conviction to create a unique arts experience through its individually-themed rooms. Designed in styles as diverse as retro kitsch, urban street art, Pop Art vibrance and line art minimalism, each room in Hotel Clover The Arts creates its own distinctively unique experience.

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In a bold move to lend a voice to the Singapore’s brand of creativity, Hotel Clover The Arts invited students from different arts and design schools in Singapore to participate in a mural competition for 19 rooms. Independent professional artists were also commissioned to create art for Hotel Clover The Arts, including local artist Ceno2, who has his own distinctive brand of aerosol art, otherwise known as ‘Graffiti Fine Art’.

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Ceno2’s work can be found in the lobby of the hotel. The idea behind incorporating Singapore’s iconic attractions onto public spaces of the hotel is to create a talking point to encourage guests and staff to mingle by sharing stories, experiences and memories of subjects which they hold dear to their heart.

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As strange as it may sound, we felt that we could very much connect with the hotel because of all these paintings of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer and the like. It certainly gave us a sense of home.

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Love the cute idea of having a little sneak preview of each hotel room.

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We took the lift and checked out every floor of the hotel. Interestingly, you will be able to find the painting of a black cat on most levels. Kudos to the artist who managed to cleverly incorporate unsightly elements into the murals across all lift lobbies, transforming different corners of the hotel into a visual feast.

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As mentioned previously, each of the 44 rooms feature artworks which are strikingly different, ranging from stunningly picturesque mountainscapes to vintage-inspired comic art.

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Because each room is different, you will be guaranteed a whole new experience and an element of surprise each time you stay with the hotel. Perfect reason to keep heading back!

Mount Fuji Room
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We had the privilege of staying in this beautiful Arts King room, the highest of the 6 room categories available. Once again, Ceno2 lends his signature touch of creative genius to a breathtaking mural of Mount Fuji, depicting nature at its best – amidst clear blue sky, crystal waters and inspired forals. We were simply blown away by the magnificence of our room, not so much in terms of its space, but the dazzling beauty of Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms.

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All rooms come with a postcard featuring the design of the room, for guests to bring home as a momento or keepsake. It might seem as a small gesture but I think it’s a really nice personal touch.

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The 3 Arts King rooms at Hotel Clover The Arts include the following:

– Fully air-conditioned with individual control
– Laptop-sized safe
– Branded bathroom amenities
– Hairdryer
– Laundry & dry ceaning service
– Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine
– Daily housekeeping service
– LED HDTV with satellite channels
– Complimentary Internet & local calls
– Iron & ironing board (upon request)
– Secured key card locking system

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We took a little tour around the hotel and guess what we found! A giant tea cup!

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There is a roof terrace garden where guests are welcome to unwind with a book or even do yoga. Hotel Clover The Arts does not have a swimming pool but guests can hop over to its sister property Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street and utilize its swimming pool there.

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Art lovers will appreciate the striking scenic view of a larger-than-life waterfall which literally cascades down the external facade of the hotel, bringing a charming and quaint feel to the quiet evening. The best time to check this out is early in the morning or late evening before the sky turns dark.

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I checked that the hotel does not provide baby amenities, so we brought Little misschewy’s inflatable tub along. Doesn’t she look like she’s having a whale of a time soaking in an onsen with an awesome view of Mount Fuji? 😛

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According to Hotel Clover The Arts’ Facebook page, their comfortable and fluffy guest room beds have 350 thread which will make you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. We couldn’t agree more!

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There were only 3 to 4 tables but thankfully, the table turnover rate was high. Even though the breakfast selection was limited, the food surpassed my expectation! Even misterchewy who doesn’t usually have much of an appetite in the morning, went for a second helping.

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We certainly had a very memorable stay at Hotel Clover The Arts. Waking up in the Mount Fuji room made us feel like a million bucks! It is definitely something that we want to experience all over again. Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

Hotel Clover The Arts
58 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058689
Tel: 6439 7088
Email: enquiries@hotelclover.com

Trick Eye Museum Singapore Plus Giveaway!

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Wassup everyone! I had a super duper fun filled long weekend at Trick Eye Museum Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa! The name “Trick Eye” comes from the shortened form of the term Trick of the eye and refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images. It is through the use of optical illusions that three-dimensional paintings on the surfaces of the museum walls, floors and ceilings come alive. The museum offers various themed galleries where visitors are more than welcome to be part of the creative experience and are encouraged to explore with their eyes, hands and cameras too.

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There are many artworks at the museum which are perfect interaction between parent and children, which makes Trick Eye Museum the latest family-friendly attraction in Singapore. Apart from family outings, it is also a great place for double dates too! So glad that we asked PR and J along, and we had double the fun! :) Hope you enjoy the photos that we took and please take part in our giveaway contest!

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Together with Dumex and Dryers, Trick Eye Museum Singapore is running a “Happiest Baby Contest” now till 9th November 2014! Take the most creative and happiest photo of your baby (6 months – 4 years old) at any artwork in the museum. Submit your photo entry to trickeyemuseumsg@gmail.com before 9th November 2014, 23:59. All photo entries will be available for public voting and top 5 entries with the most number of ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’ win one of the 5 sets of fabulous prizes!

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One lucky reader will walk away with THREE tickets to Trick Eye Museum Singapore!

1) ‘Like’ Trick Eye Museum Singapore’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/TrickEyeSingapore

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3) Share this blog post on your Facebook wall and answer “Which is the latest family friendly attraction in Singapore?” in the comments box. Set your post to Public and paste the link HERE

Contest closes on 13 October, Monday. A winner will be randomly picked. Good luck!

Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Waterfront @ Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway
Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795-2370 / 2371

Opening Hours:
Daily
10am – 9pm

Park Hotel Clarke Quay Staycation Review

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It was more than half a year ago when misterchewy and I last went for a staycation in Singapore. Very long ago right! I still remember I popped 18 days later. Hehe. Our recent staycation at Park Hotel Clarke Quay was our very first one as a family of three. Really glad that we brought Little misschewy along because our wedding anniversary and misterchewy’s birthday was a few days later, so we wanted to celebrate the occasion together. I was thrilled about staying at Park Hotel Clarke Quay because I love its classic architecture which is inspired by Singapore’s colonial past. Besides that, I like that the hotel is strategically located in the heart of the city and the nightlife at Clarke Quay is very vibrant. Perfect for party goers and foreigners who want to experience the nightlife in Singapore.

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There are 336 well-appointed rooms and suites at Park Hotel Clarke Quay which all showcase modern baroque furnishings, elevated ceilings, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that offer guests sweeping views of the Singapore River and the city skyline. Our Club room located on the 9th floor wasn’t too big but there was space for our small luggage, baby playpen and stroller, with room to walk around comfortably.

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Baby Chanelle was just as excited as Papa! She was in a bright yellow summer dress, courtesy of Aunty Mag 😀

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Do you know that children under 12 years old stay for FREE at all Park Hotel Group’s establishments? Kids meals are also complimentary!

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In-room amenities tailored for little ones are also available at no additional charge. A bottle sterilizer in the room makes things much more convenient for us.

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Very impressed with the wide selection of snacks!

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As a breastfeeding mother, the first thing I did when I opened the mini fridge was to check if it’s cold enough to store my expressed milk and not what’s inside the fridge. Felt that the fridge wasn’t cold enough and there wasn’t a freezer compartment to freeze the cooling panels of my cooler bag :(

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It was Chanelle’s nap time so we let her have the queen-sized bed.

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Little girl woke up about an hour later and we simply had to show her the view from our room.

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Before dinner, we pushed Little misschewy around in her Maclaren Denim Quest Stroller. For an extra cushy ride, I got her a Skip Hop Memory Foam Stroller Liner from Agape Babies. They are currently having a diaper bag sale and also 15% off playmats!

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I really love the stunning pool that overlooks the panaromic city skyline. With state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment and superior standards in service, the hotel is an ideal venue to host wedding solemnizations, events and conferences. In fact, there was a wedding ceremony that took place that day!

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We were treated to a delectable weekend seafood buffet at Brizo Restaurant & Bar.

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Brizo offers contemporary Asian and Western cuisines with seafood specialities. Helmed by Executive Chef Wilson Shum, guests may embark on a voyage through a menu of well-executed fusion creations.

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We enjoyed the wide selection of fresh seafood and hot cooked food.

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We had to scrap our initial plan of taking a stroll around Robertson Quay because it started to rain after our dinner. Baby Chanelle was in good hands while I took a quick shower 😛

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Behind-the-scene action. Hahaha.

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Pigeon baby bath amenities and bath tub are provided.

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Little misschewy was probably scared when we left her to sleep in the playpen given that the environment was an unfamiliar one.

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When she was finally drunk (on milk, not wine!), we transferred her back to the playpen. Hehehe.

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Our little bubba is clearly a morning person! 😀

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Thanks to Chanelle, we never really had to set our alarm on weekends because she would be the one waking us up by 9am. Lol. We were in time for breakfast at Brizo! It was Chanelle’s very first time on the high chair, which was too big for her. Anyway, we didn’t have much appetite so we only grabbed a few bites. The egg station is not to be missed!

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Someone was interested in the bacon. Lol.

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It was a nice family staycation for us and we are looking forward to our next one!
Do check out the hotel’s website for the various ongoing staycation promotions that suit you best!

Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

Park Hotel Clarke Quay
1 Unity Street
Singapore 237983
Tel: +65 6593 8888
Email: info.phcq@parkhotelgroup.com

AMOY Hotel Singapore Staycation Review

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I’m sure our recent staycation at AMOY Hotel would be our last before I pop! Very soon, we will be welcoming Little misschewy into our family of two and I know that life will never be the same again! Three’s a party YO! Lol. Even though we spent very little time in this lovely hotel because we each had a wedding dinner to attend, we enjoyed every moment because AMOY exudes a very homely atmosphere. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it could be due to the personalized service that we received throughout our stay.

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AMOY is Far East Hospitality’s newest boutique hotel and the first in Singapore to incorporate a museum that traces the footsteps of early immigrants from China. How cool is that? I reckon it’s a gem for locals and foreign travellers who are history buffs!

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The first thing our forefathers did upon arriving in Singapore was to build a temple to honour the gods for their safe voyage. As part of AMOY’s authentic experience, guests will enter the contemporary hotel via Fuk Tak Chi museum, formerly a temple and the headquarters for the Hakka and Cantonese communities in the 1800s.

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This photo was taken at night but the lobby looked even more stunning in the day with natural sunlight streaming in through the glass ceiling and windows. The husband and I were each presented with a welcome mocktail drink while waiting for our check-in to be done.

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One of the hotel staff, Lina, personally showed us to our Deluxe Double room on the third floor and along the way, she explained that each room is emblazoned with a Chinese family name on the door, an ode to the contribution of Singapore’s early migrants who lived around the area. I think you can try to request for a room that has your surname but it’s subject to availability.

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We also learned that AMOY Hotel was converted from a series of historic shophouses dating back more than 170 years and much of what is seen within the hotel, such as the steps along the corridors, is painstakingly conserved.

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Revolving around the theme of “Old Meets New, East Meets West”, our reasonably spacious room had interiors that evoke the charm of traditional Chinese design and architecture as well as the comfort and convenience of contemporary facilities. The rooms are thoughtfully designed to include heritage accents with carefully selected furniture like traditional Chinese stools and porcelain basin. The idea is to recreate the living experience of the early Chinese settlers with a modern and contemporary twist. No two rooms are alike, in terms of layout and furnishings.

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Definitely not your typical ‘garden view’!

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The mini bar is entirely complimentary!

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Besides coffee and tea, you can enjoy fruit juices and also have a bag of chips and peanuts to go with your can of beer! Heh that was what misterchewy did when he was hungry in the middle of the night.

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I find the layout of the bathroom very interesting. It’s elongated probably to maximise whatever space there is. There are doors to separate the wash up area, toilet bowl and shower stall.

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We didn’t have time to tour the hotel immediately after checking in as we had an appointment at Artica Hair Studio at Far East Plaza and had to rush down. 1st March 2014 (1314) is a very popular date for weddings! I was invited to Nadnut’s wedding at Orchard Hotel and misterchewy was asked to emcee at his buddy’s wedding at Hotel Royal @ Queens. The banquet at his side ended about two courses earlier than my side, so he managed to pop by and take photos with us at the instant photobooth! Hurray! 😛

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So happy that we managed to get a nice shot together! 😀

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We still had energy when we reached the hotel so we decided to do a quick night tour even though it was really late! Haha. Kinda fun actually because we were whispering to each other, not wanting to disturb other guests 😛

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Earlier on, we managed to find out from April, another hotel staff, the location of the 周 (Chew) room which is actually a Cosy Single room.

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Found my surname too! Think it was occupied by other guests.

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AMOY provides turndown service! Some people might not think much of it, but a simple gesture like this really goes a long way.

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We also found a cute handwritten goodnight note left on our bed.

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I stuck this on my magnetic board at work as a little momento from AMOY :)

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Very thoughtful to have reading lights fitted on each side of the bed frame.

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I tried my best to get the widest possible shot of the bed and bathroom by plastering my back against the cupboard. Anyway, we had to check out really early the next day so we woke up at around 6am. Took a hot shower which instantly made me feel refreshed even though I only had 4 hours of sleep!

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The breakfast buffet spread was very simple yet homely, featuring items such as cereal, bread with an assortment of spreads, pastries, beehoon, yogurt, etc.

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We were probably the first guests to arrive at 7am but I’m kinda puzzled by the rather empty juice dispenser.

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Although the breakfast selection was nothing to shout about, I thought that the plain white toasts with kaya were good enough to keep us satisfied.

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AMOY is really such a cool hotel that we certainly don’t mind going back to for another staycation! Click here to check out our list of Singapore staycation reviews! Stay connected with us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

AMOY
76 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 048464
Tel: +65 6580 2888
Email: reseasy@fareast.com.sg