Saturday, February 10, 2018

Oliver Turns 1 - Fionboon Photoshoot Studio

In the past week, Oliver turned 1 year old and my wife managed to secure an appointment with Fionboon photography to capture our most precious moment.

We took the cakesmash photo package which included the props as well as the cake itself.

We weren't exactly living around the area so it was quite a bit of travel by car for us. Otherwise, for those who are in living around the Punggol area, it would be within the vicinity.

We were greeted by a couple and they are Fion and Elmer themselves.

I was amazed by how clean their places are (coming from someone who has 2 children and place is a havoc everytime) and we were given a quick tour in the house.

Both Fion and Elmer were very nice people. They offered us drinks as soon as we stepped into the house and explained to us the process that was going to take place in the 2 hours. The children were also allowed to roam to get familiarized with the place.

We started with a family portrait as koko is still feeling excited and high and wanted to be in the photoshoot. 

Family Portrait to begin the day :)

Look at that priceless smile

The two brothers

Sooo excited...

Believe the sky is the limit baby!

A really lovely background props!

This is my show!!

Cake is so delicious, Yummy!
Both Fion and Elmer are very patience.

There were many times when the kids were fluffling and losing interests but Fion quickly made them smile again with her patient and understanding attitude. She also easily broke the ice with the kids by playing balloon and bubbles with them and the kids quickly loved her.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank them and recommend anyone who wants to do a photoshoot, whether its a newborn or birthday.

This review was purely my own and is not a sponsored post.

www.fionboon.com
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Little Planet Indoor Playground - Review 2018

This is the second time I am doing this review on the Little Planet playground after writing about this 2 years ago (Link Here).

It's the first time we brought our younger son, Oliver here and he is turning 1 at the end of this month. So it's a good chance to pay 2 for the price of 1, while we still can. Lol.

There wasn't much changes from the last time we visited the playground.

Family Photo Caption

It is still mainly an educational center where younger kids get to learn about different kinds of groceries shopping, from fruits, seafood, utensils, cooking, planting and other stuff.

The place was somewhat run down in recent years and was not added to maintain the attractiveness but for the young one, it still serves a good interest for them to run around and do some role-playing.

Caught a Crab and Fish

I'm shopping mama!

Green Onion is my favorite...

Time to slide down

The King is ready!!!

Figuring out what in the world this is...

Apple, Cauliflower and Starfruit

Harvesting time...

Is my sausage ready!??

Which fish is better?

With my favorite daddy :)
Little Planet Playland
The Centerpoint, Orchard Road
#02-21
Singapore 238843


Friday, January 12, 2018

Safari World & Marine Park - An Enjoyable Outing With The Kids

This was the second time we went back to the Safari World & Marine Park after visiting 3 years ago.

We were impressed with what they had to offer back then and we were once again impressed by the amounf of facilities they had to offer this time.

The kids loved it so much too that they had such a memorable day to remember.

We purchased our tickets online through KLOOK in what we thought was a good deal. There was no need to queue and you get instant confirmation that will be sent to your email.


We had originally a choice of choosing between this and the open zoo in Pattaya but decided to go ahead with this one instead.

For transportation, we managed to negotiate a return trip with a taxi driver for a total of THB1200 which I thought was very reasonable so we proceeded with him. We also used the car for the safari park later.


The trip took about an hour from Bangkok and it is best recommended that you leave around 9 from the hotel to buffer for traffic time.

When we reached, we were greeted by hundreds of birds in the sky just flying around in circle.


The Park is huge and we have to plan for our timing well as there are several awesome shows which I will elaborate a bit more later.


You can't miss the parrots when you come in. There are a huge load of them and the staff was trying to get tourist to take a photo with them for a fee.

They made very loud noises as well, so it's definitely a good stopping point if you'd like to split your way.


We went to catch the elephant show which I thought was always going to be one of the best.

The elephants were trained well and the entire show was simply just entertaining.




They even made some stunning moves that wowed the crowd with its hanging in balance, dancing, drawing and ability to play a variety of sports.

After the show, we slowly strolled around the park spotting animals such as the deer, seal, mini horse and a few really handsome monkeys!





The giraffe terrace feeding was such a popular hit with the crowd because for just Thb100, you can actually get a basket of bananas and a stick to feed the thousands of giraffes.

Just beware of their salivas which dripped everywhere onto the floor (eww....) and make sure you wash your hand after that.





We had our lunch by the small lake before we had to rush to the dolphin show which was extremely packed by the time we reached there.

Just about 10 minutes before it starts, there was a huge load bunch of Indians festival going on with all the bollywood songs and dancing.

What a sight to behold!


Having a lot of expectations inside, the show didn't disappoint as the trainers and dolphin show exceed my expectations as they constantly engaged the crowd with participation and anticipation.

The whole 30 min show was just breathtaking and a must to watch!


It was around 3pm by the time the show finished so we decided to call our driver back so we could enter the safari world with his vehicle.

Do note that if you dont have your own private vehicle you can pay a small fee to ride the public bus offered.


The kids really loved the safari world because it was something different from what they've seen so far.


Hello zebra!

Small O just can't stop standing up...



Bengali tiger beware... Stay in the car signs all around.



With that, we concluded our trip and headed back to the hotel and will cherish every moment with this memory.

  • Address: 99 Panyaintra Road (Soi Ramindra 109), Samwatawantok, Bangkok 10510, Thailand
  • By train to Mo Chit Station (or N8 Station) on the Sukhumvit Line. Take Exit No. 1 or 3, then board bus no. 26 or 96 and get off at Fashion Island Shopping Mall. Take the overpass to the other side; from there a minibus will take you to Safari World.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Avista Hideaway Sofitel - A Relaxation Resort That Our Family Enjoy

Avista Hideaway Sofitel is a 5 star resort located at the top of the hill. While being inaccessible by foot, there is a shuttle bus which will take about 10 minutes to the busy life of Patong. In fact, I like the inaccessible part which means lesser noise and crowd which translates into proper relaxation and holiday.


We arrived at about noon when we checked in and the room wasn't quite ready, so the receptionist told us to explore the area and go for our lunch before they bring our luggage back into the room.




We were also given a welcome drink and fruits to commence our stay in the resort.


The premises are huge, and the views were magnificent from the top. The weather was sunny but windy. For a moment, we never thought that we were in Phuket.




Big O starting to do his weird poses.



We went past the gym area beside one of the many pools, and again it was huge. Unfortunately, we didn't really get a chance for a workout when we already have two boys with us.



This is one of the exclusive pool for adult only, no kids which means we have to stay out.


Kid's Club

They have a Kid's Club which was rather deserted because I suppose not many families with kids come to this resort. This place caters more to honeymooners or instagrammers and it is not difficult to see why. In the end, we have the kid's club all by ourselves and we spent an hour inside.


Both Big and Small O playing their hearts out.



There's always time to rest!


Resuming to play again...


Kid's club all by ourselves...



Superior Room

Room was a decent size with classic Arab design and bath tub in the bathroom and a nice balcony to enjoy the view.

We also had the superior room with a double queen bed which I managed to find a deal online for SGD250 a night inclusive of breakfast which I thought was a steal. The original price was amost double.




Look at the picturistique view you wake up every morning greeted by that.





Activities Room

The resort also boasts a few activities such as the virtual golf arena, billiard as well as table tennis.

They aren't utilized as much by patrons as much as the majestic swimming pool so we had all by ourselves again :)





Swimming Pool

The pool is the main highlights of the resort and is usually our main target to hit when we stayed at the resort.

There are a couple of pools by the resort. They have the adults only hillside pool, hillview pool as well as the main pool overlooking the entire mountain and forest.

The view is simply breathtaking and is a genuine contender for an instagram photo.






We had a memorable stay at the resort and this is one that caters to both to the doving loving couple as well as families.

You dont get plenty of the activities that you get at Patong but there is a shuttle bus which can take you to all that action which runs almost every hour.