A Weekend Staycation at Grand Park City Hall

Travelling is one of the best ways to relax our body and soul, as well as to reconnect with our family. But if travelling is not an option due to time constraint, budget, etc, staycation is always a good alternative.

Two weeks ago, we went on a staycation at Grand Park City Hall. Strategically located in Singapore’s Civic District and a short five minutes’ drive from the CBD, Grand Park City Hall is an architectural gem with a harmonious integration of conservation shophouses in a modern architectural style.

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This 333-room hotel has won the hearts of countless guests with its impeccable service, refurbished guestrooms, spacious meeting spaces, gourmet cuisine and pampering spa therapies. Its unique architectural style has also earned itself a prestigious Architectural Heritage Award.

  • Adult Guest Room

    Adult Guest Room

  • Adult Guest Room

    Adult Guest Room

The moment we stepped into our room, we were wow-ed by the spacious connecting rooms and unique children-friendly design. Little Edison giggled with delight the moment he saw the colourful bed sheets and furniture in the room. He even has his own children bathrobe!

The hotel is so thoughtful to provide complimentary activity sheets, toys and books to keep him occupied in his room.

  • Connecting Children Guest Room

    Connecting Children Guest Room

  • Connecting Children Guest Room

    Connecting Children Guest Room

Our cosily-designed room, on the other hand, features the classic tones of brown and gold wood with a huge executive work desk and high-speed Internet access.

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Both connecting rooms have their own marble clad bathrooms with combined standing shower, bath tub and quality toiletries.

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Beautiful City View from our Room

As part of the benefits under the ‘Staycate Plus’ package, we were given a complimentary upgrade to Crystal Club Deluxe Room.

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Crystal Club Lounge

Crystal Club is Park Hotel Group’s executive club which offers exclusive indulgences for the most discerning leisure, and it’s exclusively located at the top floors. Some of the Crystal Club benefits include private check-in and check-out at the Crystal Club Lounge, complimentary breakfast and all-day light refreshments, complimentary evening cocktails and business support services.

Now, let’s check out the hotel’s pool. This is the main outdoor swimming pool, and it has a small heated Jacuzzi tucked away in the green foliage. A soak in the heated Jacuzzi instantly melt away my tiredness and stress from a long work week.

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After spending an hour at the pool, we were ready to enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner at Indulge at Park. Set in an atrium with a waterfall backdrop, Indulge at Park has spacious and comfortable seatings for its guests.

Watch That Fire! BBQ Dinner Buffet

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In their weekend BBQ dinner buffet, guests can enjoy the freshest selection of meats and seafood infused with a snazzy array of BBQ rubs, spice blends, marinades and brines. The highlights include BBQ Pork Loin with Sweet Miso Rub and Sichuan Pepper Coat, BBQ Beef Rib Eye with Guinness Marinade, and BBQ Chicken with Tunisian Harissa Spice.

While I was busy at the BBQ section, V was more than impressed with the huge selection of fresh seafood including crabs, ocean prawns, fresh oysters in half shell, crayfish and sashimi.

This buffet dinner is available every Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. It’s priced at $58++ (Adult) and $29++ (Child).

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The next day, we woke up to a beautiful Sunday and kicked start our morning with a hearty breakfast at Indulge at Park that serves a mix of continental and international spreads.

A staycation will never be complete without a pampering spa treatment (or at least for the ladies!). I went to experience the best of Asian full body massage at Spa Park Asia. After a 60-min session of aromatherapy body massage, I felt instantly refreshed and rejuvenated.

It’s a Carnivore Carnival! Sunday Buffet Lunch

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Meat lovers will definitely enjoy this buffet lunch. Even if you’re not a meat lover, you will find the softly marbled cuts of tender meats and innovative meat creations too hard to resist.

There are more than 50 types of meat dishes to choose from, complete with fresh seafood on ice, various Asian and Western delights that are carefully crafted to whet your appetite. The must-try includes Whole Baby NZ Lamb Carcass marinated with fresh herbs and spices, Braised Australian Wagyu MS 8-9 Chuck Roll with Truffle Jus and Slow Roasted Baby Spanish Suckling Pig.

  • Executive Chef William - the grill expert

    Executive Chef William – the grill expert

  • Whole Baby NZ Lamb Carcass marinated with fresh herbs and spices

    Whole Baby NZ Lamb Carcass marinated with fresh herbs and spices

This buffet lunch is available every Sunday from 12 noon till 3pm. It’s priced at $50++ (Adult) and $25++ (Child).

In summary, Grand Park City Hall is ideal for families to take a short break without going too far. The Family Moments room package completes the whole staycation experience with affordable prices. Late check-out till 3pm, complimentary upgrade, impeccable service, wonderful spa therapy, and exceptional cuisine – I simply couldn’t ask for more.

Thanks Grand Park City Hall for the awesome staycation experience!

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For promotions and special offers, please click HERE. From now till 31 Aug 2014, visit staycate.sg and have a shake at the little hourglass. You’ll win prizes to complete your staycation at Park Hotel Group.

GRAND PARK CITY HALL
10 Coleman Street
Singapore 179809
Tel: (65) 6336 3456
Website: http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/cityhall/

Disclosure: This is an invited media stay. All opinions are honest and are my own.

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Power Up! with Eu Yan Sang Essence of Chicken

One of the things that I’m often concerned about since Edison started Primary 1 is whether he’s getting enough nutrition to give him the energy and ability to concentrate in class and keep up with his day-to-day activities.

In a highly pressurized education system in Singapore, the days get busier and busier for our school-going children. They wake up early to go to school, and then, they go through their daily schedule that is filled with back-to-back activities.

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Children who are well-nourished are more likely to be attentive in the class, have better vision and sleep quality, as well as stronger mental clarity. Thus, it contributes to their overall well-being and helps them to grow up to their full potential and healthy life.

Now, all of us know the importance of nutrition. How can we ensure that our children are getting enough nutrition? Eat a variety of food, choose diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits, avoid food that is high in salt and added sugar, check the food pyramid, and so on.

It may sound easy, but if you have a picky eater at home, you’re bound to be challenged with food battle every day. It’s no fun at all seriously. Especially for a working mother like me, I don’t want to come home everyday to face with a food battle or vex over his nutrition issues.

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Recently, I was introduced to Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness by Eu Yan Sang. I’m sure all of you know Eu Yan Sang. With a heritage of 135 years, Eu Yan Sang is a leading brand in health and wellness, with an established reputation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Truth be told, I’ve been a loyal customer of Eu Yan Sang for many years. Some of my favourite products include Essence of Chicken, Bird’s Nest and Manuka Honey. When I found that Eu Yan Sang has recently formulated a new Essence of Chicken for kids, I was jumping with joy because I wanted so much to give my son the same nutritional benefits that I’ve had with Eu Yan Sang.

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Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness is made with natural herbs used in TCM which are blended with cutting-edge food technology to help kids’ metabolism and growth, as well as to prevent common problems such as loss of appetite, lethargy and inability to focus in class.

Power Up! is also packed with high quality proteins made with 100% premium-grade Essence of Chicken and the finest TCM ingredients to help boost kids’ appetite, improve eye-sight and enhance sleep.

Most importantly, I like the fact that it is 100% free from caramel colouring, added flavouring, preservatives, fat and cholesterol. That is why Power Up! is safe for kids as young as two years old. It’s also voted as the “Best in Natural Health Tonic 2014” by Parents World magazine.

“Power Up! is the first and only Essence of Chicken in the market formulated for kids that is caramel-free.”

My Review

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Edison has been taking Power Up! for the last two weeks. He drinks one bottle at night every alternate day. I warm it with hot water before serving it to him, and he simply loves its taste. It tastes like concentrated chicken soup, so delicious with a mild herbal taste.

Even a picky eater like him loves the taste of Power Up! I’m completely speechless. His appetite has noticeably improved after consuming Power Up! Appetite for two consecutive weeks. And I’m delighted to see that there’s an overall improvement in well-being and concentration too.

As a mother, I feel a lot better knowing that he’s getting the nutritional benefits from Essence of Chicken to keep his growing body stronger and healthier each day. This hassle-free tonic also saves me a lot of time and energy as I don’t need to double-boil it myself.

So, I’ve learnt that while I try my best to give him a diet that is as balanced as possible, I can also boost it up with Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness. Nothing is more important than our children’s health, and one of the keys to good health is to EAT RIGHT.

Product Information

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There are three variants of Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness series:
1. Power Up! Concentration (S$16.80) – to boost mental power, improve concentration and promote physical growth.
2. Power Up! Vision (S$17.80) – packed with Wolfberries, Beiqi and Baihe extracts to give our kids improved eye-sight, better sleep quality and stronger mental clarity.
3. Power Up! Appetite (S$17.80) – packed with Dangshen, Huaishan and Fuling extracts to improve our kids’ appetite and soothe digestion.

These products are available for purchase online or at Eu Yan Sang stores islandwide.

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Leave your answer in the comment section below together with your e-mail address and 3x winners with the best answers (as judged by Eu Yan Sang) will win an e-voucher to shop at Eu Yan Sang’s online store.

One entry per person, and this is open to Singapore residents only! Closing date of the giveaway is on 31 July 2014!

Experience for yourself the goodness of Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness today. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. All opinions are honest and are my own. Eu Yan Sang is our favourite TCM brand and we recommend it based on its nutritional and health benefits.

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Japan Day 2: Tokyo Disneyland

Today was supposed to be the most exciting day of our trip because we will be going to the happiest place on earth – yes, the Disneyland!

Unfortunately, it turned out to be the WORST because of the weather (it rained all day) and the insane crowd. I felt so sorry for our boy because he couldn’t enjoy the theme park to the fullest.

The morning started off pretty well. We had a good night sleep and managed to recover from the exhaustion of taking night flight on our first day. After breakfast, we left our hotel with full enthusiasm only to be dampened by the rainy weather.

The rain wasn’t heavy, but it drizzled the whole day. And never stop at all! We had to walk around with raincoats. It’s more convenient to use a raincoat rather than umbrella because we don’t need to fold and unfold, and we can free up our hands from holding something.

Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park built outside the United States, opening in 1983. However, the park closed for a month in 2011 after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that crippled power supplies and transit routes in most areas in Japan.

Fortunately, there was no obvious sign of damage or disruption at Tokyo Disneyland, and today, it remains as one of the top theme park destinations in the world. Tokyo Disneyland is also the most successful theme park built outside of the United States to-date.

There are seven themed areas in the park – four classic Disney lands (Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland), two mini lands (Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown), and lastly, the World Bazaar (main shopping area).

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The very beautiful castle
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Blooming flowers are everywhere

The moment you enter Tokyo Disneyland, you’ll be amazed by its layout. It’s so spacious, clean and organized, the castle is a beauty, the flowers are blooming, and all your favourite rides are just a magical land away.

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Minnie Mouse’s House

My favourite part is Toontown where the major Disney characters live. The pink Minnie Mouse house in Toontown Square is so cute and lovely. The magnificent fireworks that were set to music and lasted for more than thirty minutes made the day-pass totally worthwhile.

Not everything is about rides here in Tokyo Disneyland. This theme park has some pretty unique desserts that will leave you pondering until the end of time if you don’t indulge in at least one of them.

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Our boy carrying the red Mickey Mouse popcorn bucket

My favourite is the flavoured popcorn – something which Tokyo Disneyland is famous for. From odd flavours like black pepper and curry popcorn, to more traditional delights such as salted, caramel and honey popcorn, you’ll be intrigued by the interesting flavours of this magical park.

You can buy these popcorns in beautifully-designed Disney buckets. Almost all the kids are carrying these Disney buckets and eating popcorns as they walk around. You can top it up anywhere in the park.

Shopping in Tokyo Disneyland is so much fun too. While some of the merchandises are identical to those in other Disney theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland does offer its unique and impressive selections of Disney products.

I didn’t take many pictures in Tokyo Disneyland, say to say, because my camera is not water-proof. And wearing that rain coat is a tad too uncomfortable for me to ditch out my camera as and when I need. Here are a few pictures that I took.

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Our lunch – cute Mickey shaped burger
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Rain, rain, go away!
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Tom Sawyer Island
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Pirates of the Caribbean

In addition, the crowd was too overwhelming (it was a Saturday). In my opinion, it’s even more crowded than HK Disneyland, Universal Studios Singapore and Legoland in Malaysia. So if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland, please avoid weekend at all cost. And avoid the rainy season too.

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