Little Lessons: Kids need us to notice the small details

I have a little scrutineer in our house. She notices everything we do, wear, and say. It’s totally disconcerting. I can imagine myself replaying in the video of her mind – mummy said this, she frowned when I did this, mummy wore that pretty pink dress with the brown belt when she went out with daddy on a date. Etc etc.

There was once we were at a prayer meeting together, and she met many aunties and uncles for the first time. On our way home, she asked me who aunty B was, and I tried to describe where aunty B was sitting, and the length of her hair. She thought for a while and asked, was she wearing blue sparkly earrings, like diamonds? I blinked and said I wasn’t sure. Then I messaged aunty B to ask if she was. And lo and behold, she was indeed.

So…I guess we should never underestimate the observation skills of young ones, especially girls.

I guess part of the reason why they seem to pick up on the details (and remember some of the weirdest ones) is that their brains can be so focused on that one thing, that person or the experience, particularly if it’s a fun and memorable one. Whereas as an adult, our brains are so busy multi-tasking, looking for directions to a place, calling or texting our friends, moving on to the next thing on our list, wondering if we should buy that outfit we saw online last night, etc etc – that we end up being scattered and unfocused.

But as busy as we are, I think our children do need us to focus and pay attention, especially when they’ve just arrived home and have something important to announce. (Ahem, as they always seem to have.)

As much as I hate to admit this, I sometimes mentally shut down when Vera goes “mummy, I want to tell you something.” (Like not again honey? You just told me something 30 seconds ago…And just before that, your brother had to tell me something. How could you both possibly have so much to say?)

I struggle really just to respond with appropriate eye contact and nod my head. Some days I am so harried I don’t think I even get to ask her about school, how she felt that day, who she spoke to, or whose birthday is coming up.

There was one day, she came back from school waving a strip of star stickers in the air. I asked who gave it to her and she proceeded to report about how she was one of a few who volunteered to play a math game and managed to match the right numbers to the items. I cut her off as I was rushing off to the room to nurse Joshua, as it was time for his nap. As I was lying on the bed, I felt a tinge of guilt for waving her off. (I think this is one of the hardest parts about having three, and am constantly trying to balance attention between all of them…)

When I was done, I went back and asked her to share with me more about the game, which she did so rather happily. I was thankful for the little opportunity to affirm her enthusiasm, and told her that I was proud of her for being game enough to try.

I know Vera has learnt to be patient in waiting, something that her little brothers have yet to fully learn. And because I know she’s able to wait, I’ve made her wait more often than I like to. It’s tough, and always a balancing act, but I’m reminded of this: even when I do need to settle the more “urgent” things, that I should always promise to come back to her request, and to keep my word.

Our children need us to notice the small details, and to celebrate even the smallest of achievements. It’s one of the ways they feel loved and important in our eyes.

This is week 20 of Little Lessons. What have you learnt this week? Do link up your post below!

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Giveaway: Win a pair of tickets to Bubble Magic!

Singapore, get ready for some Bubble Magic this September holidays!

Bubble Magic – Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles is a colourful two-man show that combines the fleeting beauty of bubbles with clowning, ingenious lighting, music and crazy costumes.

Kids will be enthralled with fishbowl bubbles, animal bubbles, bubbles on a high wire, sliding bubbles, puppet bubbles and even a train inside a bubble tunnel. The show is a blend of visual poetry and sheer fun in equal measure.

Bubble Magic

The show has been created and directed by the award-winning master of bubbles, Pep Bou. The Spanish-born artiste has been playing with bubbles for more than three decades. Here’s a little interview that I managed to do with him.

1. How did you get started on this unnconventional and exciting career?

I am an architect and I have always felt great passion for the world of the performing arts. Theatrical performance and live creation in front of an audience was what interested me most. Bubbles seduced me with their beauty and poetry and, especially the fact that they always have to be made again. The risk of their fragility will always be a source of inspiration to me to keep researching and perfecting my shows. You could say that I swapped solid architecture for delicate and ephemeral architecture.

2. What are some of the obstacles you met with, and how did you overcome them?

There are a huge number of obstacles and difficulties when making bubbles. In addition to obtaining a good soapy liquid, the atmosphere must be humid, since if the ambient environment is dry, due to the weather or air conditioning or heating, it shortens the life of the bubbles to 20 seconds at most. Conversely, if the ambient environment is humid, the bubbles can last for more than one minute.

At times, we have also had unpleasant or other odours, such as paint, varnishes, food, air fresheners, fireworks and so forth, which negatively affect the bubbles, making them pop almost immediately.

Experience and knowledge of bubbles lets you discover the most efficient way of resolving difficulties for each specific situation. Furthermore, when the bubbles resist doing what you want them to do, a good job with the comic and theatrical presentation is extremely important. In the world of soap bubbles, there are no mistakes, as everything is random. They are a good metaphor for our existence.

3. What would you say to someone who’s considering a career in performing arts and theatre?

Giving advice… I would rather say motivate. Every person in any trade or profession has to find the way to stimulate and maximise their own skills and abilities. This requires hard work, done with passion and a search for each person’s own individual language. Imitation is never the right path to take for artistic development.

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Inspired?

Bubble Magic will be performed for the first time in Singapore at the Jubilee Hall Theatre, Raffles Hotel, from 10 to 14 September 2014. Catch a glimpse of the show below.

And here’s a giveaway for a pair of tickets to Bubble Magic on 10 September 2014, Wednesday, 3.30pm. (The show is a 65-minute visual and comic feast.)

All you have to do is…

1. Like our Facebook page, if you haven’t already done so.

2. Leave a comment on this FB post, and tell us what you love about bubbles! ;)

That’s it! Contest ends 11.59pm, Sunday, 31 August 2014. The winner will be contacted via email. The tickets can be collected from an hour in advance onwards from outside Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel on 10 September itself. For Singapore residents only.

The love / discipline sandwich – Lessons from The Five Love Languages of Children

I learnt something important after re-reading The Five Love Languages of Children over the weekend.

On the subject of discipline, the author emphasises the importance of contextualising discipline in love. That is, when the child is receiving correction and consequences of his behaviour, he needs to know he is first of all loved by his parents, and also that this discipline /correction is part of that love.

That is, “We love you, that’s why we need to correct you.”

One useful method that Chapman advocates is to sandwich the discipline with love, using your child’s main love language.

So for instance for Vera, quality time and physical affection are important to her, so before I mete out a discipline or consequence, I can give her a hug or hold her hand. Then after the discipline, spend a few minutes with her instead of rushing off. Or I could actually sit her on my lap throughout the whole time. This way, she knows that I am not withholding my love from her, even when I need to address the wrong she’s done.

5 love languages of children

Another tip I learnt from the book is to refrain from using a form of discipline that is directly related to your child’s main love language. So if words of affirmation is important to your child, avoid using harsh words on her. As Chapman states, “Critical words can be painful to any child, but to this child, they will be emotionally devastating.” And if quality time is his thing, don’t discipline by removing that quality time you were scheduled to spend with him.

Now does this mean that if your child’s primary love language is touch, you should avoid spanking? I think for the most part, the answer is yes. And if you do need to use such a form of discipline, try your best to be measured in the spanking, for instance, setting a limit to the number of spanks that matches the level of misbehaviour. And when the discipline has been meted out, remember to hold your child close and reassure him or her of your love.

Reading the chapter turned on a light bulb for me. I’ve been rather stretched of late and I haven’t realised how curt and harsh I can be when disciplining the kids. I’ve been task-oriented, moving the kids through a long list of to-dos, and feeling frustrated when they don’t comply promptly. I’ve (conveniently) forgotten the love part of discipline, and am feeling a little bummed for allowing stress to steal our joy away.

But I guess it’s never too late to start on a clean slate. And I’m glad to have re-read the book just at this point in time when I needed a reminder. I hope you find this helpful too.

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Dear Josh at 8 months

Dear Joshie,

I blinked and you’re now a roaring 8-month-old.

A couple of months back, I thought you were the quiet one, the thinker, the contemplative one. You were content to sit (in the rocker) for brief periods by yourself and play with whatever colourful, noisy or movable object you can get your hands on.

Today, you’ve suddenly found good use for your voice. When you’re on the high chair, you yell and make such a racket if I so much as pause for a moment in between feeding you. I started off with baby-led weaning, and you’ve had fun learning to feed yourself carrots, sweet potato, blueberries and steamed apples. But we’ve broadened your food repetoire, and now I also make porridge for you, and that means spoon-feeding. You find that slow and boring because you don’t get to grab food with your itchy fingers, and you don’t hesitate to show your impatience.

When you’re in the pram and you start to feel a little lonely / bored / just wanna disturb mummy, you turn in your seat and try to climb up the pram to reach me. Of course, you can’t really get out since you’re belted down, but you can get yourself in a precarious position, and I usually have to pick you up for a bit.

Okay, granted the world looks more interesting when you’re in my arms…But I also have to get errands done you know. Thankfully, I’ve found some secret weapons in the form of food. Yup, blueberries, the occasional bread – once I pop something into your mouth, you are happy to munch on whatever it is, and keep still (and seated) long enough for me to finish doing my thing.

You’ve recently started to crawl and cruise. This means that wherever you go, you leave behind a path of destruction. Big brother’s puzzles are torn apart and chomped on. Big sister’s lego creations has had to be moved to a safer “home” so that it’s out of reach. The “baby” toys keep you busy for a while but then you seem to tire of them and want to get your hands on the more exciting untouchable items. I can’t keep track of the number of times I’ve had to use my fingers to dig out all manner of paper and other unmentionables from your little mouth!

Your favourite game is peek-a-boo. Whenever big sister jumps out and scares you, you reward her with lots of chuckles. You also enjoy prying the rubber bumpers off the cabinet that sits beside our bed, and I think part of the fun is that you always get a reaction from me. You must find this game funny, since I keep sticking them back, and you keep pulling them off.

You mean I shouldn't be eating veggies?

Of course, you always welcome the company of your noisy siblings. You greet them with a look of curiosity and wonder, and turn your head excitedly when you head them coming. I can almost see you running along with them and wanting to do all the cheeky /fun /mischievous acts that they get up to.

These days, when you’re excited, you start waving your little butt up and down, like you’re doing a jig. Cuteness overload.

I’ve always secretly wondered why you’re different from your brother and sister (you’re generally quieter and don’t tend to cry except for when you’re hungry or when you need attention or help), and why God finally decided to give us a kid who’s more like mummy. But I guess no matter how you turn out to be, boisterous or contemplative, whacky or serious, thunderous guffaws or dry wit sort, it won’t take away from the fact that you’ll always be my little boy.

May you always have that sweet, peaceable disposition. May you always reserve your special, happy, gummy smile for mummy.

Ahh…Joshie boy, you’re such a joy to behold.

Little Lessons: My experience going live on radio 93.8

I was a bundle of nerves walking down that lonely path down to the radio studio. I kept thinking about what I wanted to say, and also asking myself, what have I gotten into?

Meeting my host, Angela, was a big help as she set me at ease quickly. She also drew clear directions about the topics we would cover and how she will lead me through them. It was very reassuring!

To be honest, when I first got her email invitation to come on the show, I was like, what credentials do I have? What can I say that might benefit others from listening? My first reaction was, no no no I don’t need to put myself through this stress. I should relax and spend my energy on more urgent things.

But it kept nagging at me. That this could be an opportunity to encourage someone, which I guess is the main reason why I write in this space too. (Yes…writing is therapeutic for me but I’m also driven by a desire to share and encourage those who may be struggling and working through similar issues as I.)

So finally I mustered up courage to respond to her email, and in it I expressed my worry about doing a live interview too. But like a pro, my host gave some words of reassurance and then left me with very little room to wriggle myself out of it. (Haha)

And then, I found myself in the studio (that incidentally looks like a big glass tank) yesterday, sharing about my journey and lessons learnt as a mum, wife, and WAHM. I also shared about my thoughts and tips for self-care, as well as the importance of working as a team with your spouse.

It was…surprisingly less intimidating than I’d expected. It felt for the most part (when I overcame the initial jitters) like I was just having a normal conversation with Angela. Also, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to fill up the air-time, since the entire programme is supposed to last one hour. It turned out that the programme would be broken up into four main segments with each segment lasting about 7-8 minutes. And when I was speaking my thoughts, it didn’t feel very long at all! In fact, I was like, hey I want to talk more. :P

All in all, I learnt some good lessons about going on live radio. One, it’s hard to be 100% coherent and to say all that I really want to. Two, it’s easy to ramble, so it actually helps to have a number of points you wish to bring across for a certain answer, and to quickly move through them, rather than linger. (You’d think that for a PR professional, I would be acquainted with all these basics, but trust me, when you’re preparing other people for the hot seat, it always seems a lot simpler.)

The words may not have come out perfectly. And my thoughts may have been jumbled at various points. But I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to try something new, and to learn from it. I hope in future my kids will read this and decide for themselves (when they are greeted with a daunting task) to choose courage over fear.

It’s good to step out of our comfort zone, once in a while. :)

If you can, do catch the repeat episode on radio 93.8 this Saturday at 9pm or Sunday at 3pm. I really hope you’ll enjoy listening to the interview!

my live radio experience

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My Queenstown Heritage Trail: Discovering the many “firsts” of Queenstown

Queenstown has the honour of being a town of many firsts. It is the first satellite town in Singapore. It is also where you can find Singapore’s first HDB flats, the first branch library, the first neighbourhood shopping centre and the first sports complex.

We were invited to go on a preview of My Queenstown Heritage Trail recently. This trail documents the history and development of the estate since the 1960s and walked us through more than fifty years of Queenstown’s history through the personal stories of older residents and the buildings that still stand today.

We started the tour at Queenstown MRT, the starting point of the trail, bright and early at 9am on a Sunday. Here are some of the trail’s highlights…

Queenstown MRT: starting point of the heritage trail

Queenstown is a place close to our hearts. My husband was born here, and also spent many of his growing-up years in this neighbourhood.

What used to be a driving test centre

I’ve always wondered what this old (but repainted) colourful building was. If you take the MRT (East-West line), you’d definitely have caught a glimpse of this “rainbow building” before. So I learnt from our knowledgable guide that this used to be Singapore first driving test centre.

In those days, there wasn’t any computerised test system yet, so people had to use toy cars and manually follow instructions such as slowing down when coming to a traffic light. So hard to imagine, right?

old wet market along Commonwealth Ave

The dome-shaped building above is the former Commonwealth Avenue wet market. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a traditional Chinese coffin, thus its nickname “the coffin market.” This is one of the three buildings in the area gazetted for conservation in 2013 (along with the Queenstown Library and Alexandra Hospital), and word has it that it will be transformed into a community museum in the future.

Next stop, Singapore’s first branch library!

Queenstown library

This is also our oldest library building that’s still standing today. (This is after the old National Library at Stamford Road was torn down in 2005.) We still visit this library quite often as it has a pretty extensive children’s books and DVDs section.

Queenstown library oldest library building in Singapore

Opening of first branch library

Photos of the library’s opening by then PM Lee in April 1970.

SG library card through the ages

Photos of library cards, past and present.

Queenstown library wall of memories

library activities then and now

Hear personal stories from residents

One of the best parts of the tour is the opportunity to hear stories from old-timers of the neighbourhood. Below is Mr Mahmood, who has lived in one of these rare HDB terraces along Stirling Road since he was a child. He used to rear chickens and grow vegetables in his front yard!

He also shared that when he was young he actually saw an elephant keeper (during one travelling circus tour) get killed by the elephant in the 1960s. He said that it was likely because the elephant got angry when the children threw stones at it.

Mr Mahmood Tamam long-time resident of these rare Queenstown HDB terraces

Later on, we also heard from Alice Lee, a retiree who has been a resident here for 45 years. She distinctly recalls her fears when she first visited her new flat at Tanglin Halt – her first taste of high-rise living, and even shared that she stores the door keys of some 10 neighbours in a secret box in her home! (For when her neighbours forget their keys of course!)

After hearing her story, I realised how the kampong spirit still lives in some of these old neighbourhoods, where everyone knows everyone else, and trust and friendship abounds.

From the HDB terraces, we were a trot away from getting up close and personal with Singapore’s oldest HDB flats. Completed in the 1960s, these seven storey blocks house one, two, and three-bedroom units that are home to rental residents.

first HDB flats in Singapore

old school chairs

These chairs have seen better days…

Do you remember these old letterboxes?

lonely corridor at Tanglin Halt

Next stop, a hair-raising experience…

Spotted: old school kiddy ride

I must have been on one of these kiddy rides as a child before…

This Malay barber is another long-time resident of Tanglin Halt.

old Malay barber at work

In the hot seat…

Tanglin Halt Malay barber

Just next to the barber, a really old-school hair salon.

old salon

Queenstown old salon

It is sad to know that many of the shops and businesses will be soon gone, when the huge redevelopment project at Tanglin Halt kicks off in a few years’ time.

One of the last few stops of the trail is the Blessed Sacrament Church. The first Catholic church in Queenstown, its exterior looks like it was inspired by origami folds.

Queenstown resident Mahmood Tamam was a child when he saw a travelling circus’ elephant keeper get killed by the animal in the neighbourhood in the early 1960s.

“When the circus came here, some of the children would throw stones at the elephant or feed it rubbish like plastic and paper,” said the 63-year-old. “I guess the elephant got angry that the keeper did not protect it.”

Another resident in the estate, retiree Alice Lee, 66, was petrified when she moved to her 10th-floor flat in Tanglin Halt Road 44 years ago.

- See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/residents-tales-add-spice-queenstown-heritage-trail-2014#sthash.TIPV40se.dpuf

Queenstown resident Mahmood Tamam was a child when he saw a travelling circus’ elephant keeper get killed by the animal in the neighbourhood in the early 1960s.

“When the circus came here, some of the children would throw stones at the elephant or feed it rubbish like plastic and paper,” said the 63-year-old. “I guess the elephant got angry that the keeper did not protect it.”

Another resident in the estate, retiree Alice Lee, 66, was petrified when she moved to her 10th-floor flat in Tanglin Halt Road 44 years ago.

- See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/residents-tales-add-spice-queenstown-heritage-trail-2014#sthash.TIPV40se.dpuf

Blessed Sacrament Church

A church service was in progress so we could only peep in through the windows outside.

Blessed Sacrament Church interiors

I thoroughly enjoyed getting my dose of nostalgia walking around and learning about Singapore’s first satellite town. (Have I mentioned before I love being a tourist in my own country?) This free walkabout tour is suitable for families with kids who are primary-school goers and above. And as usual, remember to come with your umbrellas, hats and comfortable walking shoes. :)

My Queenstown Heritage Trail takes place on the last Sunday of every month. The tours are conducted by volunteers from civic group, My Community, and they cover important landmarks from My Queenstown Heritage Trail. Each guided tour is about 2 hours long and starts punctually at 9am sharp from Queenstown MRT Station.

You can register yourself and your friends for the tours by leaving your name, NRIC or Passport number and contact details with myqueenstown@gmail.com. Download the Mini Queenstown Trail brochure here.

The silver lining in every cloud

We are in the second week of our maid-less days. The house is a lot messier, dishes keep piling up in the sink, and the laundry basket seems to have taken on a life of its own.

But…no one has lost her sanity, no husband ate half-burnt pork ribs, and no child went to school on an empty stomach. Yet.

Woohoo. Pop the champagne. Bring on the B&J ice-cream.

Honestly… I look around me and I see the many angels God has sent to help us and encourage us along. I just had to pen this thankful post, and count my blessings.

One, my mum and godma have stepped up to help out more with the kids as well as with cooking nutritious meals. We manage to eat homecooked dinners at least 4 days a week, and this is something I just can’t thank God for enough.

Two, my dear friend and fabulous godma to our kids has been delivering healthy and yummy lunches to our house once a week. It’s a double blessing for us because the kids love the food and having her (and their little godsister) around!

Three, Joshie has adjusted back to the cot. (We moved him back from the mattress to the cot as he’s crawling around now and it’s safer for him to be in a confined space as we’re often worried he’ll knock into the cupboards in our bedroom.) After two nights of letting him practise crying a little when he stirs awake after going down for his night-time sleep, he has learnt how to fall back to sleep on his own. Just a few weeks back, he kept waking and crying for help to be soothed back to sleep. Now he only really cries when he needs a feed. He hasn’t managed to go through the night yet, but at least we are a step closer to peaceful nights.

Four, JJ seems to have crossed into another developmental phase where he would be more open to listening and asking for help nicely instead of whining. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that this will last, and that we can focus on enjoying him as a little person in the making.

Five, Vera and Javier can sleep pretty well alone in their room now. Javier used to be wakeful on some nights, but he seems to be less wakeful and a more independent sleeper now.

Six, Vera is starting to get more responsible with chores like folding her and her brothers’ clothes, and packing away her toys before bedtime. She’s happy to help watch her baby brother too, who’s currently into crawling and cruising, and always on the verge of doing something dangerous. (We have a little reward system for her going on, and I hope to share more about that soon.)

Seven, I’m learning to major on the majors and let other things go. For the most part, I’m still keeping a close watch on our diet and health, and learning to let the chores wait a little if there is a sibling fight to mediate, a boo-boo to be kissed, or urgent work to be done.

Because of our limitations, we try to keep our schedule simpler now. Weekends are spent with good friends in a nearby park or shopping mall. Or just letting the kids run around (and expend their energy) in the neighbourhood.

We still have our fair share of crazy days. But I’m starting to see us growing stronger as a family. With everyone learning to chip in, young or old, big or small… And I’m thankful. There is a silver lining in this little cloud.

If you’re going through difficulties too, I hope you keep calm and remember to count your blessings…It may not change the situation, but it’ll certainly change the way you deal with things.

Have a lovely weekend! :)

keep calm and count your blessings

Linking up to Grateful Gatherings over at Justina’s.

 

8 things we loved about our staycation at Pan Pacific

We enjoyed a lovely staycation at Pan Pacific last weekend, in time to catch Fireworks by the Bay.

Here are 8 things we loved about our stay.

1. Our room with a view

The Pacific Harbour Room we were in was spacious and comfortable for our family of five. It came with a great view of the Marina Bay area, and the kids loved perching atop the bar stools to gaze outside.

sky-watching

The king sized bed was luxurious to the touch. We also requested for an extra bed for Vera to be placed just beside us.

room with a view

The bathtub was a good size, and we bathed all the kids together here! There is also a rainshower facility if for whatever reason you don’t like the tub. I thought the bath salts were a nice touch too.

the bathroom

As a family with young kids, we obviously appreciated the presence of this Nespresso machine.

ahh nespresso

2. Catching the National Day Parade fireworks display

National Day Parade fireworks!

Imagine catching the fireworks display in our PJs. We felt like the sky was exploding in colour right before our eyes. (In Vera’s words, This is the best day EVER!)

When the NDP rehearsal began, we could watch the lively performances from the big screen. The fly past by the RSAF was around 645pm, but alas it happened so fast (and we weren’t ready for it as we were getting the kids out of the bath after their swim) so I wasn’t able to catch it on camera.

So when 8pm came, we were all on standby to catch the fireworks display. We made sure the kids were nicely propped up on the bar stools so they could see properly. (Would have been perfect if the room came with full length windows!)

Fireworks displays are scheduled to take place every Saturday as part of the National Day Parade rehearsals (from 12 July to 9 August 2014).

watching NDP from the big screen

3. In-room dining

in-room dining
Since we didn’t have time (we didn’t want to miss the fireworks display!!)) to wander around the hotel or surrounding malls for dinner (with 2 kids and a baby in tow), what else to do but call for room service.

Our dinner greeted us shortly (hmm, about 30-40 minutes?). Hello, mee goreng, satay, butter chicken with prata, and hainanese chicken rice. The satay was pretty average but the hubby and I enjoyed the mee goreng and butter chicken, which was surprisingly not spicy at all, but very strong and flavourful. The kids gobbled up their chicken rice without complaints.

4. Impeccable service

We were greeted everywhere we went by the friendly hotel staff. Our requests for an extra bed was very promptly handled and we were also treated with super delicious and sweet mangoes upon arrival. (Vera and JJ also had chocolate mysteriously handed out to them upon arrival, so I think they give the thumbs up too.)

The good service continued all the way to checkout, where I noticed a few hotel staff walking around to help guests checkout in a timely manner.

5. Sumptuous buffet spread at Edge

Breakfast at Edge restaurant

Josh woke us up early at barely 6am, so we were all glad that breakfast was served from 6am-11am. The restaurant was huge, and I don’t think we covered all the various types of cuisines (We were pretty focused on muesli, and bacon and eggs, and didn’t manage to go all the way to thosai and nasi lemak  and even Japanese).

I was busy feeding a super-active Josh with banana and other fresh fruits, and managed (just barely) to tuck into my own omelette, bacon and baked beans. Hubby enjoyed his cheese platter and smoked salmon though. And the kids were kept busy munching on breadsticks and crispy bacon.

6. The Pacific Club

Pacific Club

Credit: Pan Pacific

Access to the Pacific Club (Level 38) is available for those who book the Pacific Harbour Room, Pacific Harbour Studio and Pacific Suites. It does have a child policy however, and only those aged 12 and above are allowed entry. I wanted to check it out but unfortunately didn’t have the time to do so during our stay. The champagne breakfast, and 24-hour service does sound very very tempting. Makes me wish we had arranged for an extra room for babysitters so that we could head up for a nightcap!

7. Chilling at the pool 

We decided to head straight for the hotel’s fan-shaped pool on the 4th floor after checking in. I was slightly disappointed that there wasn’t a kiddy pool, but the kids didn’t seem to mind playing on the steps leading into the pool. Joshua, as usual, delighted in splashing about and playing with the cups we brought along.

water play

Using mummy as a lifebuoy. The depth of the water was friendly enough for Vera to wade in actually.

mum makes a good lifebuoy

Never too young to walk on water

Never too young to walk on water

 8. Proximity to everywhere

After breakfast, we decided to head out for a morning walk. We meandered through Millenia Walk to the Helix Bridge, and found these art pieces lining the brick wall leading up to the bridge.

art wall along helix bridge

It was a beautiful day to be out.

MBS and the Art Science Museum

So there you go. If you’re keen to go on a staycation, do check out Pan Pacific’s Fireworks by the Bay package. You get to enjoy the following privileges:

  • Complimentary Internet connectivity
  • Breakfast for two people at Edge
  • Daily parking
  • 30% savings for dinner at hotel-operated bars and restaurants
  • Access to outdoor swimming pool and round-the-clock fitness centre
  • Pacific Club access at Level 38 (available for bookings of Pacific Harbour Room, Pacific Harbour Studio and Pacific Suites)

Sleep? Take photo first!

We really enjoyed ourselves! And so did Josh! :)

Thank you Pan Pacific, for the memorable stay!

 

Pan Pacific Hotel
7 Raffles Blvd, Marina Square, 039595
Tel: 6336 8111

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