Review: The Cat in the Hat in Mandarin (戴高帽子的猫) (1 Aug to 7 Sept 2018)

Most kids and adults would have known the story by hat, I think that watching the Mandarin adaptation is so much better as I wanted to know how this well-loved story would be translated into Mandarin. If it were an English production , I would have known word for word the entire script (which takes away part of the fun) as I have lost count the number of times I have read the stories since big J days till now -small C’s turn – that probably a span of 8 years!

I don’t think I need to go into the storyline as I am sure everyone in the audience would know the story by heart. I saw some Caucasian families enjoying the production despite it being in Mandarin. The antics and the props remain very much like the original – just like in the storybook.

Whenever I choose a Mandarin production for the kids I tend to choose one that we are familiar with the storyline to minimize lost in translation. We are not a mandarin speaking family (due to personal limitations) but I placed the utmost importance in bilingualism as I hear of horror stories of how kids failing the Mandarin subject in school and refusing to speak. I wish not that to happen to my kids but I myself is unable to support that in their mother tongue.

So whenever I see a theatre production in Mandarin, I am both interested yet fearful. Interested as there is more exposure in different form than the usual ie classes etc, but fearful as it may be too difficult for them to comprehend. Hence, the safest would be not to go for original production but based on well-loved stories.

To date, we have caught several SRT’s production in Mandarin – 三只山羊小红帽, Nightingale.

Cat in the Hat to my personal opinion is the simplest to understand of those we have attended thus far , hence it was targeted for kids above 2. There isn’t long and lengthy scripts (I would have loved Sugie Phua and Ann Lek have more script but due to the characters they are playing, they dont have much script to begin with), so that kids from English speaking family don’t get too overwhelmed. There are lots of funny antics and actions of 戴高帽子的猫 , 捣蛋鬼1号and 捣蛋鬼2号 that would tickled their funny bones.

Of course, the one that stole the show was none other that 戴高帽子的猫 (Hang Qian Hou), such a natural and I am sure every kid in the house totally adored him! And the fish did a very strong supporting role too making this a well-rounded production.

There is a child in every one of us who grow up reading this book and wish that 戴高帽子的猫 would appear at the front door and have the best fun ever while mum is out!  The show will go all the way till 7 Sept (the school holidays), do not miss this if you wish to inject some fun and Mandarin exposure to your kids.

photo credit : SRT

photo credit: SRT

photo credit: SRT

photo credit: SRTIt was short 40-minute production but we had so much fun watching our bedtime stories come to life. As the show is targeted for ages 2 and above, trust me you won’t really get lost in translation as the whole show was peppered with many funny antics. Small C laughed the entire show since the minute 戴高帽子的猫 came on stage (esp he probably didn’t understand most of what is said).

The Cat in the Hat in Mandarin (戴高帽子的猫)

DATES: 1 August to 7 September 2018
Weekdays 10am
Weekends and Public Holidays 11am and 2pm
PRICES: FROM $26 (excludes SISTIC fees)
VENUE: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT ,20, Merbau Road, Singapore 239035

For booking , please click here

Ages 2 and above.

As part of a fun day at the theatre, there will be The Cat in the Hat Parent and Child Storytelling Workshops conducted in Mandarin. This drama workshop for parents and children (age 2 to 4) will be fun-filled with exciting games, creative activities and lots of drama skills to be learnt. The pre-show workshops are available 4, 11, 18 and 25 (9.30am) , do click here for registration.

The last I check there is a session on 18 Aug.

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Review: Cloud storage with D-Link’s HD 180 Degree Wireless Camera DCS-8100

The good folks at D-link provided me another wi-fi camera for review together to be used together with mydlink apps (so that i can monitor both of primary school going kids at the same time!). This is targeted more for indoor usage but still boast most of the awesome features of the DCS 2670.

This model HD Wireless 180-degree camera DCS 8100 has been priced at more competitive priced of SGD 169, complete with a 180 degree angle and HD clarity, just like the earlier model I reviewed.  I won’t delve too much in its similar features as I have reviewed previously, but more on the key differences between the two models.

Similarly, there is also the microSD Card Slot  just like what you have in the DCS-2670 model. On top of the regular microSD card storage, DCS 8100 also support 1-day cloud storage through the mydlink apps. I particularly love this feature as it does not require me to supply a micro SD and yet able to view the playback via the same apps. However, it is not a continuous recording but the recording will be triggered as and when there is motion or noise.

On days when I am so busy at work that I didn’t have time to take a quick peek, I would check on the playback to give me at idea at what times they are doing their work and what they are doing. The playback can be downloaded and see a sample of this below.

 

The other difference would be that  the DCS 8100 comes with a 2-way audio speaker where we can speak with each other via the camera.

a snapshot of the features

However, its resolution is at HD720 instead of HD 1080 (DCS 2670). I can’t tell much of its difference especially when it is not enlarged, can you? See picture below. Top pic is HD 1080(DCS 2670) vs bottom pic HD 720 (DCS 8100).

It is also super easy to install for a tech noob like me, just need a QR code – see the simple 4-step instruction. And the apps you can get it from here. Personally, I preferred this model as there is a 1 day cloud storage memory as compared the previous camera. However, everything else is pretty much equal from an indoor usage perspective.

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D-Link DCS-8100 retails at SGD 169 at all Challenger outlets.

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Review: Tales of Grimmsneyland – we were part of the fairy tales!

Big J asked what does Grimmsneyland means. They are not familiar who are Brother Grimm but they surely familiar with Disney movies or Disneyland.  Did you know many of the Disney movies are adapted from fairy tales written by the Brother Grimm – Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled, Cinderella , though they are not strict interpretation but these fairy tales served as inspiration to many of the Disney movies and hence the characters in Disneyland – which Andsoforthjr has combined into their adaptation as Grimmsneyland.  They had sold out adult interpretations earlier this year and had re-adapted for our younger audiences.

I try not to have any spoiler alerts so that there is an element of surprise left to the parents accompanying their kids (and reading this review) just like me as I went for  show with just the knowledge it is revolving Brother Grimm’s fairy tales – sleeping beauty, little mermaid and just some photos of very nicely decorated rooms.

Boy, was I in for a nice pleasant surprise even though it is not my first taste of immersive theatre!

I personally thought it was much nicer that Wonderland as we had 4 different theme rooms to go around throughout the 90 minutes show. In Wonderland, we were all confined to 1 room to watch the entire show. My legs got kind of numbed sitting cross-legged. However, in Tales of Grimmsneyland we were ushered from room to room to experience different settings and stories (do take note that the minimum age to enjoy the show would be 4 and above) and at the end of every story, there is a moral of the story.

First order of the day was to dress as villagers. Of course, it is not mandatory, but it is all part of the fun – to be truly immersive! We were back in the same venue as Wonderland, in an indescriptive industrial building in Balestier Road. Do note the entrance is at the back of the building. We were advised to reach 15 minutes before the show in suggested dress code. As you can see one kid didn’t want to be a villager but she wanted to be Snow White herself. Each session is a cosy group of 30 and once we all are gathered , we were ushered to the galaxy with a bar counter where you could purchase hot dog, cookies and sodas while awaiting for the pre-show to start.

And we had our first IG photo – in the galaxy room.

There we met our Fairy Godfather-in0training – small J loved him so much that he practically followed him everywhere throughout the show! He will be the one bringing us around the entire 90 minutes of the show  – through all the 4 themed rooms and stories to meet all the characters in the Tales of Grimmsneyland.

While we bought some food and drink during the pre-show, we were introduced to Mirror Mirror who goes on first name basis  – Mirror . His role was to set the tone for the show – what each of the 4 mirror represents and also some action moves that we need to replicate being villagers in the story. I guess it is not an essential role to the show but just to provide some entertainment and warm-up while we gather , finish our light refreshment before entering the portal.

a quick group photo with all the small kids with Mirror..notice there is one other big kid in pic !

And we began our immersive adventure by entering the portal ………

The first room -underwater club was a ball pit! yes, scream….the kids’ favourite ball pit..to mimic the ocean for the little mermaid and a small spoiler..big kid and small kid alike all get to slide down into the ball pit!

We met forgetful little mermaid who is searching for her way home. We had a treasure hunt and a singing session with Mariah the mermaid, it was lots of fun and plenty of photo ops too!

my snow white checking on the mirror who is the fairest of them all!

fixing the treasure map found in the treasure hunt

Next, we proceed to super pink and beautiful sleeping chamber. To our surprise, we saw some one sleeping high above us! No prizes who guessing which character is next while she woke up to entertain us. We were all sitted on the cushion strewn floor and served soda..which was part of the story line. Sleeping beauty also taught us some dance moves too!

Then fairy god-mother came to pick us into her dining room where she told her a story and promoted our fairy god-father-in-training.  We also to write our wishes and we can make anything happen!

And the last room of it all, which was my personal favourite was the forest where we met Snow White and how we creatively think of ways to get the golden apple for White. We ended with beautiful finale song by White and Fairy god-father.

Tales of Grimmsneyland

Dates:
28th, 29th July
4th, 5th, 9th, 10th , 18th, 19th August (Saturdays, Sunday & National Day Holiday)
Time: 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm
*it will be an intimate group of 30 pax per time slot

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Venue: 16 D Lorong Ampas , GS Building, Singapore 328778

Suitable for boys and girls aged 4 and above!

Tickets : SGD 35 per person, SGD 128 for family of 4

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Updated with giveaway: Ambi Climate 2nd edition – my little home personal assistant !

Many people find me odd that I don’t really use air-conditioner (AC) when I sleep especially in our hot and humid tropical climate. Of course, there are nights when they are so unbearable I do switch on the AC for my rooms before I going to bed. The biggest reason why I don’t fancy using AC is that I often wake up in the middle of the night feeling very cold even though at the point of sleeping, the AC temperature was set to a nice temperature. Typically, I would be awoken at night as I feel so cold at night, then I need to switch off the AC and switch on my fan for the rest of the night. So for not so hot night, I prefer to sleep with solely the fan so that I won’t get interrupted at night due to “freezing” temperature.

When I came to know of Ambi Climate ,a device so smart, uses machine learning and smart sensors to adjust the AC’s temperature to my comfort preference while I am sleeping, I become curious. I hope that I may able to sleep peacefully throughout the night without being awaken by cold and freezing temperature ever again.

Unboxing it 

When the package came, I was amazed that it is actually a very tiny device  – just a palm size. For me , I just placed it next to my bedside as it needed a power point and it is in line sight of the AC. It is just an inconspicuous little device but little did i know the benefit I can gain from it will be immense – the first of its kind in the world – an AI enabled smart AC controller. It has a sleek minimalistic Danish design which would fit any home decor easily.

At first use, 

The setup was a breeze, with just an initial one time pairing. Download the  Ambi Climate app (available on app store and play store) in your phone and pair Ambi Climate with the AC within minutes, you will be synced to Ambi Climate!  It was just less than a 5 minute setup for a tech noob like me. Even if you can’t find the model of  AC in the drop down list, you can simply ask the app to search and pair.( I actually didn’t check the model before hand as I was confident it would work) It works with almost every brand and model of AC, the whole list is found here. Generally, the rule of thumb would be that your remote control must come with an LCD screen, when in doubt do check with the good folks at Ambi Climate before purchasing to be very sure.

There is only one LED button, once it is in green, it is all set to be your little personal assistant!

this is a simple instruction that came in the box ..i dont think it can get any easier than this!

The key for the first 2 weeks is to constantly give feedback to Ambi Climate so that the device “learn” what is your preference level of temperature of comfort. This is what Machine Learning is all about – teaching a machine to learn from data provided and adapt its program to mirror what it learns – which basically means Artificial Intelligence. The device analyses how temperature, humidity, sunlight , weather and time of the day affect the overall thermal comfort. With on-board sensors and external data (local weather via an internet based service), and combining with my own feedback, Ambi Climate is able the adjust the AC to my comfort. My husband ask what temperature did i set it to, I don’t really know, all I did was to let Ambi Climate know whether it was a bit cold, too warm or comfy.

 

Loving it

Do you know that you can actually switch on your AC before reaching home using the app? Especially when you have sleeping kids in the car and you got to have the most successful transition from the air-conditioned comfort of the car to home ! Ambi Climate does just that! Ain’t my home become a little smarter , all thanks to Ambi Climate. With the use of geo-location, the AC intelligently turn itself on when I reach a certain distance from my home.

The biggest benefit in having the ability to predict your comfort level, it means setting the AC at the correct temperature thus conserving energy and saving electricity (means saving money on your bills).  As you can see, the many adjustments made throughout my sleep.

The 2nd edition comes with 4 mode – Comfort, Away, Temperature and Manual.

Comfort mode which is the main reason why Ambi Climate is so smart  -it allows Ambi Climate to take control over the AC of coz this is the mode that you should be using most of the time. Temperature mode focuses on your own selected temperature and the AI adjust all other elements to meet that temperature. Manual mode  simply mean replace AC remote to using the Ambi Climate app on your phone – just the typical function of the AC remote. Away mode is for user who work long hours or travel a lot hence they are able to make use of Ambi Climate to maintain the level of heat/cold/humidity of the room/home. Away Mode will make sure your plants, pets and clothes are protected from unwanted moisture and extreme temperature .Once you have set the Away mode, Ambi Climate will only turn on your AC when the thresholds are met, and only for long enough to bring conditions back to “acceptable” levels.

There is also a timer function where you can configure the timing when you need a particular mode to be switch on or off. You can set the temperature when you wake up too as well.

I also constantly getting email updates from Ambi Climate of simple tips and reminders how to use Ambi Climate to make my home smarter and my life better.

I guess the biggest benefit from having Ambi Climate is my uninterrupted sleep, I am having the most comfortable sleep in recent weeks with the AC switch on. However, nothing beats knowing that there will be savings in my electricity bills. If there is anything I can critic which is not really Ambi Climate’s fault per say, due to the constant adjustments to temperature to the AC, I constantly hear the AC beeping sound whenever the AC temperature is adjusted automatically. As you can see, there are many adjustments made throughout the night to the AC temperature to ensure that I will be in my most comfortable temperature when sleeping. I will have both my AC switch on from now on – the air-conditioner and Ambi Climate!

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The giveaway is being administered by the folks at Ambi Climate.

Do participate in the short survey and you may be the lucky one to Ambi Climate which has been helping me have uninterrupted sleep.

Giveaway ends August 13th, 2018 at 11:59 pm (GMT +8). One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be disqualified. Entries on behalf of another person and joint submissions will not be accepted.

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ACT 3 INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Mermaid Theatre

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We had previously watch a similar black light theatre presented by ACT 3 International. Our maiden experience had brought an entirely new theatre experience to me and my kids. Not only did we enjoy the well-loved story line, we were constantly figuring out how the puppetteers move around without being seen. We are in a treat again as ACT 3 International presents another well-loved children tales – Rainbow Fish by the same folks who brought The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites last year.

This Asian premiere is based on the award-winning book by Marcus Pfister about a beautiful multi-coloured fish who learns to share his prized possession – silvery scales – and gains an ocean of happiness through renewed friendships. This magical work of black light theatre and world-class puppetry brings together three tales – The Rainbow FishRainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites – and is suitable for 3 to 8 year olds.

ACT 3 INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS
‘The Rainbow Fish’  by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada

Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of famed storybooks such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Swimmy; and Guess How Much I Love you in productions that have touched hearts around the world with innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects and evocative original music.

Dates and times:
20 August (Monday) 10am, 2pm
21 August (Tuesday) 10am, 2pm
22 August (Wednesday, Public Holiday) 10.30am, *2.30pm
23 August (Thursday) 10am, 2pm
24 August (Friday) 10am, 2pm
25 August (Saturday) 10.30am, *2.30pm
26 August (Sunday) 10.30am, *2.30pm
28 August (Tuesday) 10am, 2pm
29 August (Wednesday) 10am

*Inclusive of 40-minute backstage tour for 22 Aug, 25 Aug & 26 Aug 2018 (2.30pm shows).

Venue:Victoria Theatre

Duration: 1 hour

Recommended for ages 3 to 8 years old

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3. Repost publicly with #mypreciouzkidsgiveaway and comment this IG post (tag 3 friends or more ,  one tag per comment).

I will be picking the 1 lucky winner using random.org. The giveaway closes on 5 Aug 2018 2359pm (Sun)

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The Cat in the Hat in Mandarin (戴高帽子的猫) (1 Aug to 7 Sept 2018)

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Based on the all-time favourite book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat has been developed into a magically witty play by Britain’s National Theatre. After a successful staging in 2012 and 2015, TLC  has faithfully reproduced the play in Mandarin – 戴高帽子的猫 for children aged 2 years and above.

I don’t think the story need much introduction so I don’t think I need to elaborate further.

When I see names like this Danny Yeo (杨君伟), Sugie Phua  and Ann Lek in the lineup and production, I know this adaptation of this well-loved story would not disappoint me – in fact I have tremendous expectation for it , like in many other SRT’s theatre productions that my kids had watched.   We have watched the English adaptation a few years ago, and my kids enjoyed it tremendously – all the funny antics of The Cat in the Hat – it will be interesting to see how all the English words rhyming are being translated into Mandarin by the talented Danny Yeo.

photo from 2015 English production

photo from 2015 English production

photo from 2015 English production

The Cat in the Hat in Mandarin (戴高帽子的猫)

DATES: 1 August to 7 September 2018
Weekdays 10am
Weekends and Public Holidays 11am and 2pm
PRICES: FROM $26 (excludes SISTIC fees)
VENUE: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT ,20, Merbau Road, Singapore 239035

For booking , please click here

Ages 2 and above.

As part of a fun day at the theatre, there will be The Cat in the Hat Parent and Child Storytelling Workshops conducted in Mandarin. This drama workshop for parents and children (age 2 to 4) will be fun-filled with exciting games, creative activities and lots of drama skills to be learnt. The pre-show workshops are available 4, 11, 18 and 25 (9.30am) , do click here for registration.

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Tales of Grimmsneyland by AndsoforthJr (28 July to 19 Aug 2018) -immersive theatre experience for the kids

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We are so happy to be invited for another session of immersive theatre for kids by Andsoforthjr. My kids are regular theatre-goers but being a part of an immersive theatre experience is a whole new experience. You can read all about our first experience here 

After Andsoforth’s sellout show , Adventures of Grimmsneyland, they have made an adaptation for the younger audience, Tales of Grimmsneyland.

If “Grimm” sounds familiar to you, it is adaptation of timeless fairy tales by the Brother Grimms – Sleeping Beauty, Snow White , Hansel & Gretel. This theatre requires the young audience to follow the fairy godmother-in-training through different rooms (Enchanted Forest, Sleeping Chamber, Underwater Club to name a few) which showcase well-loved fairy tales. The audience will form part of the village folks and be part of the stories alongside the actors. (This is different from the previous Wonderland story as we had the show in 1 room).

 

Tales of Grimmsneyland

Dates:
28th, 29th July
4th, 5th, 9th, 10th , 18th, 19th August (Saturdays, Sunday & National Day Holiday)
Time: 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm
*it will be an intimate group of 30 pax per time slot

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Venue: 16 D Lorong Ampas , GS Building, Singapore 328778

Suitable for boys and girls aged 4 and above!

Tickets : SGD 35 per person, SGD 128 for family of 4

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Coming from my previous experiences, I do know that kids get all excited  when the actors come really close to them. In an immersive theatre setting, the actors are all around you and  they have opportunities to watch and interact which is an experience normal theatre productions do not offer! I can’t wait to catch with my older kids!


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Review: Shangri-la Hotel Singapore- Buds by Shangri-la (part 2 of 2)

It is unparalleled – not just any random kids’ room/play area attached to a hotel but a full-fledged play area dedicated to our little ones –  an entire play gym complete with an art room, music studio, a baking studio on top of the soft structure play ground for kids, I don’t think there is a play gym/indoor playground in Singapore that has all the different sections (there was one which had a baking studio just like this but has since closed down) . It is common for hotels to enhance their family-friendly areas to attract family travellers (in fact I am a guest to many such hotel establishments in this part of the world as we want the kids to enjoy all the hotel facilities as well) but we have not seen something so out-of-this-world as Buds by Shangri-la.  (I do hope it will be replicated through the Shangri-la hotels around the world!)

The huge space that I mentioned in part 1 of my Shangri-la review spans over 2,150 square metres in total – 850 square metres indoors and another 1,300 square metres outdoors. Buds by Shangri-la officially opened its doors on 26th January  2018 and setting the bar so HIGH that I think no hotel in the world come close to this! Conveniently, this is also located on the first floor of the newly rejuvenated Tower Wing.

The good news is it is COMPLIMENTARY for holiday guests staying in the family floor of the Tower Wing (see review here) and feven if you are not a hotel guest, you are welcome to play at Buds at Shangri-la at a fee (pricing at bottom of the post) .

Buds by Shangri-la : Indoor

The indoor area boasts 3 main areas –  explorer zone , toddler zone and the themed activity rooms.

Even the explorer zone (for children 4 years and up) itself has been 5 themed plays area to begin with.

The Mesh Cave welcome all kids into Buds as it is the first area that my kids caught sight off ( and I lost sight of them the instance we entered.)

Next to the Mesh Cave, is the Waterfall – perfect for the younger ones using cassia seed concept playground. It is actually quite therapeutic seeing the kids scooping and pouring  the cassia seeds as part of their play.  It is also the perfect area to watch over the younger ones while the older ones get “lost” in the Mesh Cave.

In the middle of the play structure, the kids are invited to the Underwater concept, completed with slide. I think it is connected on the second level via the Mesh Cave (adults are not allowed on the second level, but there are staff who will be there to supervise the kids) so the kids can enter through the Mesh Cave and appear at the Underwater area.

small C in cute treasure box

The areas towards the end are Space and Fire Mountain – there are also educational themed wall where kids can learn about the space and planets and obstacle courses.

And mypreciouzkids’ favourite was the Fire Mountain  with  a generous ball pit and shooting guns. However, the balls for the shooting guns (you might wonder where are they) they are all in the ball pit , so the kids had a fun time locating for the balls as well…like a treasure hunt!

We checked out the Toddler Zone (kids below 4) and to me the key attraction was the free vintage kiddy rides. You know how expensive kiddy rides that are found in shopping malls, now your child can take as many rides as they want! The toddler zone even had play swing for babies , piano floor and not forgetting the perennial favourite – ball pit!

As if these were not enough fun, in between the two zones are 2 themed rooms- Muddy and Stage.
Stage, the music studio even has a piano where your child can play a tune or two, drums on the wall, dressing up corner complete with hats, wigs, boa etc and check this out a karaoke console!! You can choose any song and sing your heart away. Unfortunately, at the time of our visit, the microphone seems to be out of service but we had a great time singing and dancing!

 

For Muddy, the kids can do something that they are barred at home….paint on the wall! As if painting on the wall is not cool enough, the room can be converted into a dark room and watch the UV paint glow !

At other times, you can participate in their timed activities – Story Bud (story telling and art and craft) or Stagebud (singing and dancing) Guests at the deluxe family room or themed family suites also have 1 free activities per registered child during their stay. I managed to registered the older 3 kids for Story Bud, and they enjoyed their session very much!

For both theme activity rooms, it is only out of bounds during timed activities (Story Bud or Stage Bud) are being held. Else, any one are welcome to use the facilities in either rooms.

 

There is also Bake , a fully equipped cooking classroom where kids and adults can indulged in baking classes for a fee.

Buds by Shangri-la : Outdoor

The outdoor areas below are also exclusive to guests staying in the family floor. We didn’t manage to visit this on day 1 of our staycation as it was pouring so we had to pay the outdoor area of Buds after breakfast. The kids started out with the pirate ship dry playground and before getting wet and wild at the splash pads.

The Buds staffs also organize treasure hunts around the pirate ship playground, and to my surprise, big J and big C were so happy to join in the treasure hunts that they weren’t too interested in the splash pads. The younger boys who didn’t show much interest in the treasure hunts were happy playing at the splash pads while the older kids enjoy their hunt.

Facilities/Amenities  

There is as cafe called Recharge where you can have a cup of coffee for those lucky parents with kids above 4, who can play unsupervised or snack bites for the little ones. However, they do not offer big meals for lunch and dinner, so you can have your meal at The Line which is just a few steps away.

Even the toilet is in its class of its own,complete with kids and adults slippers and a nursing room (located just outside) –  such attention to details!

Celebrates @ Buds

You can also celebrates your kids’ birthday at Buds by Shangri-la. For party package, please contact them at buds.sls@shangri-la.com or call 6213 4833

Finally, my first attempt at video editing, pardon my amateur attempt, but here goes a video compilation of all the many parts of Buds by Shangri-la as explored by mypreciouzkids as part of our staycation with Shangri-la Hotel Singapore. For those who missed part 1 of the review, you can read it all here

Play time:

Indoor : 9am to 7pm

Outdoor : 9am to 7pm

Prices

  • For other Shangri-La Hotel, Apartment, restaurant and/or spa guests, entry is $28 per child (four to 12 years old), $18 for toddler (below four years old) inclusive of one adult.
  • For non-hotel guests, entry is $48 for child (four to 12 years old), $28 for toddler (below four years old) inclusive of one adult, for three hours.

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Review : Shangri-la Hotel Singapore- Deluxe Family Room and sneak peek into the themed family suites(part 1 of 2)

Warning ahead- overload of photos/videos throughout the post and the next, I won’t blame you if you skipped all words and dived right into the photos as no words can describe our most memorable staycation to date!

Truth to be told, this was not our first stay at a Shangri-la property. Last year, we visited Shangri-la Rasa Ria in Kota Kinabalu and had the most amazing overseas stay – luxurious, comfortable and unforgettable , sometimes we don’t really need to travel too far flung  and exotic to have one for the most amazing holidays – the key is in the hotel that we choose to stay in.

We decided to splurge a little (given that RM was weaker) so we went for THE BEST room in Shangri-la Rasa Ria –  I shall not elaborate too much on that stay as I know all are anxious to read about our Shangri-la Hotel Singapore experience but I will leave you with one picture and to say that the standards have been set high up there going into our staycation with Shangri-la Hotel Singapore.

Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore has recently renovated some of their rooms and a huge space (covered in part 2 of my post) to be the premier staycation hotel for families!

Typically, even from my own circle of friends , they tend to choose Shangri-la Rasa Sayang at Sentosa over the one at Orchard (as before the renovation), the sister property in Sentosa is perceived to be more family friendly with a play gym and a beach and but with renovation, Shangri-la Hotel Singapore has upped the game to be the ultimate choose for family staycation in Singapore

Just a quick tour of our deluxe inter-connecting family rooms on the newly rejuvenated family floor located in Tower Wing. The ninth floor of the Tower wing is dedicated to family travellers with 19 deluxe family room and 5 themed family suites. Each of the deluxe family room is able to accomodate families with two adults and two children below 12 years old.

twin beds configurations for the kids’ room

window alcove which be a play area or kid’s day bed too! 

for the parents, though it got invaded pretty quickly by the kids

  1. The most attention to details – especially for the little guests

even kids’ bathroom slippers come in 2 sizes

kids’ toiletries

sweet treats for the kids

swim bathrobes and souvenir bears

more sweet treats

in the plushy kids robe

2. Pantry and all things you need if you have a babies or a toddler!

Located on same floor as the deluxe family rooms and theme family suits,  this floor feature a very special rooms for families with young babies and toddler – a shared pantry with washing machine, dryer, iron, induction heater, microwave, and hot/cold filtered water dispenser provided.

And these is the list of amenities you can borrow at no additional cost from the family concierge service during your stay :-

3. The best breakfast buffet spread

4. A beautiful pool in the middle of lush greenery (I didn’tfeel 1 second that we are in Orchard Road)

Orchard Road is never my choice for a family staycation. Being in Shangri-la Hotel Singapore for 24 hours, I never once felt that I was in Orchard, with an area of 40,500 sq meter of lush gardens and a very beautiful free-from swimming pool in the middle of it all!

4. The service are 5-star

One of the biggest distinctions between a 5-star hotel vs the rest is the attentiveness and service level. The staff are always ready to give a helping hand and remember even the smallest details. There is a dedicated family concierge service for the guests on the family floor who will attend to all your needs and most importantly the little ones especially if you need anything from the pantry.

many thanks to Iris for remembering the cake for the birthday boy!

5. Buds by Shangri-la

Well, actually, this should be the first reason why any family should choose Shangri-la Hotel Singapore and not the fifth reason, but I had this as the very last reason as I will have an entire blog dedicated to this out-of-the-world play area that you will never has seen in any hotel in the world. If I were to cover Buds by Shangri-la in this blog, it will go on and on, so I decided to do a part 2 of this review especially dedicated to an awesome play areas. W

Finally, saving the best for last , a look at the highly raved and popular themed family suites– on the same floor as the family deluxe rooms (Tower Wing) that we stayed in. There are only 5 of such suites, each for one theme.

For those who can afford to splurge a bit ( I don’t really think it is a splurge as the themed family suites are the size of 2 deluxe inter-connecting family rooms) , for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and for very very special occasion, there is always the themed family suites. Just 5 of them – each a different theme -from Safari, Treetop, Castle, Underwater and Space. I had a privilege to peep into the Space themed family suites and it is a really really special room from the view of an adult…what more if it was from a kid…every kid will be jumping in joy to be able to sleep ( I don’t think any kids will be sleep in this room) and play in such a room.

 

space theme

For now, I will leave you with a short tour around the space themed family suite while I work on part 2 of  our amazing staycation!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own


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Giveaway: ACT3i Festival for Children 2018 (baby and early years)

Media Invite

ACT3i Festival for Children

22 May to 3 June 2018

For babies and early years      

ACT 3 International, Singapore’s leading Arts company for the young, is proud to announce the return of the second instalment of ACT3i Festival for Children (pronounced ‘ACT 3 Festival) two years after its premiere in 2016.

Consisting of six original theatre performances from England, Italy, Lithuania, Scotland and Singapore and one drama workshop, the festival will celebrate theatre and the Arts for babies and early years, with a mission to share the importance of this art form as a key contributor to developmental growth. Theatre practitioners for babies believe that this art form ignites their imagination and curiosity, encourages experimenting as well as enjoyment through aesthetics.

1. Paperbelle
By Frozen Charlotte, Scotland
ACT 3 Theatre (22 May to 27 May 2018)
River Room, ACM (29 May to 3 June 2018), daily performances, 50 minutes, no interval
Tuesday to Friday: 9am and 10.30am | Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am, 3pm and 4.30pm
For 2 to 5 years old
An enchanting theatre performance for toddlers that encourages exploration, Paperbelle is a
gentle and playful exploration of colour set in a magical world of paper. Audiences are
invited into the world of Paperbelle, who likes it black and white. The ‘colours’ on the other
hand, want to play games with Paperbelle. Her world is changing – will she try to stop it or
might she find it is not as bad as it first seemed?
Paperbelle is Frozen Charlotte’s most popular show that has delighted children and adults
wherever it has been performed – Scotland, the U.K., Europe, Asia as well as at festivals in
Edinburgh, Norway, Germany, Bahrain, and now Singapore.


2. Leaf
By Tam Tam Theatre, England
Demonstration Room, ACM
29 May to 3 June 2018, daily performances, 35 minutes, no interval
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday: 10am, 11am and 4pm | Thursday to Saturday, 10am and
11am
For 0 to 3 years old
This immersive and playful piece is a perfect introduction to theatre for the very young,
encouraging curiosity and engagement amid an intimate environment of evocative
soundscapes and gorgeous colours. The journey of this very special leaf makes up an
equally special storyline. Little ones are invited at the end of the show play among the leaves
and explore a landscape created by the changing seasons.

3. Circles in the Sand
By Tam Tam Theatre, England
ACT 3 Drama Academy Room 2
22 May to 25 May 2018, daily performances, 35 minutes, no interval
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am, 11am and 4pm
Thursday & Friday: 10am, 11am
For 0 to 3 years old
Parent and child will enter a world of buckets, castle-building, spinning and tumbling in a
show that has no words but speaks volumes with an atmospheric soundtrack of world music
and a highly tactile format. Children are invited on stage at the end for an interactive play
session with sand.

4. Crikecrak
By La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi, Italy
Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM
29 May to 3 June 2018, daily performances, 40 minutes, no interval
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 10am, 11am, 4pm | Wednesday & Thursday: 10am and 11am |
Sunday: 10am and 4pm
For 1 to 3 years old
Performed by Roberto Frabetti, one of the founders of La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi, this
beautiful piece uses two-dimensional puppets to transform a simple story into one that
teaches children about fear and that is alright to be afraid.

5. Archipelago
By ACT 3 International, Singapore
ACT 3 Drama Academy Room 4
22 to 25 May 2018, daily performances, 40 minutes, no interval
Tuesday to Friday: 10am
For 2 to 5 years old
This original play devised specifically for young ones marks the fruition of a two year-long
cultivation between the company and renowned practitioner of theatre for early years –
Roberto Frabetti – founder of La Baracca-Testoni Ragazzi in Bologna, Italy.
This two-actor 40-minute piece embraces a theme close to home, alluding to the similarities
between children and the islands in an archipelago – independent yet attached. The
production style however, is distinctly Italian whereby there is equal attention paid to verbal
and non-verbal communication as well as emphasis on intimacy between actor and
audience. Cast members April Wee and Andrea Lim are seasoned Drama Teachers at ACT
3 Drama Academy, well-versed in engaging young audiences.


6. Colourful Games
By Dansema Dance Theatre, Lithuania
Discovery Room, ACM
29 May to 3 June 2018, daily performances, 40 minutes, no interval
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:30am
For 0 to 3 years old
Bursting with vibrant colour and delightful surprises, this interactive performance invites
its young audience to explore the world around them with the help of a dancer. Self discovery
and wonder await in this beautifully crafted immersive experience for little ones.
This performance won the Golden Stage Cross for ‘The Best Performance of the Year for
Children and Youth’ in 2015.

Performance Workshops
1. Grow, Garden, Grow
ACT 3 Drama Academy Room 5
24 and 25 May 2018, 40 minutes
Thursday and Friday: 10.30am and 4pm
Discovery Room, ACM
31 May to 2 June 2018, 40 minutes
Thursday to Saturday: 4pm
For 7 to 17 months, with parent
These workshops are held in a warm and inviting environment, whereby storytelling is
intertwined with drama activities and exercises whereby children are encouraged to develop
creativity, empathy and a love for drama. Parent and child will be transported to a ‘garden’
where imagination will ‘grow’ with the ‘creeper’ that the child becomes!

2. Workshop by Tam Tam Theatre
ACT 3 Drama Academy Room 2
24 and 25 May, 45 minutes
Demonstration Room, ACM
31 May and 1 June, 45 minutes
4pm to 4.45pm
For 0 to 3 years old, with parent
Led by the talented cast of Tam Tam Theatre, this workshop will encourage imagination, role
play and movement in little ones.
3. Workshop by Dansema Dance Theatre
Discovery Room
29 May, 45 minutes

4pm to 4.45pm
For 8 to 14 months, with parent
This unique dance workshop will be led by the talented performer-teachers of Dansema
Dance Theatre, whereby little ones will be engaged in movement and co-ordination while
honing their motor skills through visual and audio stimuli, also known as kinaesthetic
learning.

For booking, click here 

 

Giveaway 

ACT3 International will be giving out 2 tickets (1 parent + 1 child)  for  Leaf by Tam Tam Theatre on 31 May 2018 10am (suitable for 0 to 3 years old)

1. Liked FB pages of mypreciouzkids.com and ACT3 International

2. Followed mypreciouzkids and ACT3 International on Instagram

3. Tag 3 or more friends on this IG post (one tag per comment)

I will be picking the 1  lucky winners using random.org. The giveaway closes on  13th May 2018 2359pm (Sun).

 

Winner: Teo Sok Hian


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