Triple Attractions & Triple the Fun with Singapore Cable Car and Resorts World Sentosa

The Dec school holidays are half gone. What?! Are you kidding?

Well, that’s the respond given by my friend when we were talking about the school holidays during our lunch today. Apparently, she hasn’t had a chance to bring her family out for a vacation yet.

But fret not! Even if you don’t have the time to travel overseas, there are still plenty of tourist attractions in Singapore where you can have a good time with your family. And the best deal in town is just right HERE waiting for you!

For the first time, Resorts World Sentosa collaborates with Singapore Cable Car to offer this triple attraction festive package at amazing prices. You can be assured that no other places have offered this package before.

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Picture Credit: Faber Peak Singapore website

The 3 attractions include Singapore Cable Car, Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium. Each of them has their own festive and special themes. You get more than 25% off!

  • Adult: $108 (Usual Price: $151) –  save more than 25% off
  • Child: $88 (Usual Price: $110) – save 20% off

Find out more about this Triple Attraction Festive Package HERE.

Singapore Cable Car

I’m sure most of you drive to Sentosa because it’s very convenient. How many of you have tried other modes of transportation like cable car?

Personally, I will recommend you to take the Singapore Cable Car, especially if you haven’t tried it before. Do you know that Singapore Cable Car is the nation’s first and only cableway? It brings travellers from the top of Mount Faber Park to Sentosa Island, while offering a 360-degree aerial, visual treat of the entire Sentosa-HarbourFront skyline.

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The most interesting fact is – Singapore Cable Car is the only cableway in the world that goes over a stretch of forest, passes a highway, goes through an office building, over the HarbourFront cruise bay, and finally into The State of Fun – Sentosa.

Interesting, isn’t it? Many of us think that it’s just a short joyride on the cable car into Sentosa, but when we’re up there, the view is simply breathtaking.

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In conjunction with its 40th anniversary celebrations this year, a new campaign has been launched – Asia’s First DC Super Heroes Cable Car Experience.

Fans of the DC Super Heroes and kids will surely be delighted to hear this. 45 cabins are decked out in ‘DC Comics Super Heroes’ graphic wraps on both the cabins’ exterior and interior. There are 4 types of thematic cabins to choose from – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern cabins.

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What’s so special about these cabins besides the graphic wraps, you may ask. This is the first ever in-cabin Augmented Reality (AR) technology that will bring the characters and their mission to life so riders can literally ‘fly’ with their favourite Super Heroes character.

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that we should not miss. So, let’s experience Singapore Cable Car as the perfect vehicle to combat evil and save the day!

Check out Singapore Cable Car website for more details.

Resorts World Sentosa

This festive season, you can experience Singapore’s biggest snowfall at Universal Studios Singapore! Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is once again back to bring us the Christmas cheer with month-long celebrations and festivities this December.

What’s new this year? Let me share with you now.

1. Snowy Christmas at Santa’s Land in Universal Studios Singapore

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This is certainly the most EXCITING of all! Three themed zones, namely Hollywood, New York and Sci-Fi City will showcase Singapore’s biggest snowfall – every hour and every day.

When we were here last year, Edison absolutely LOVED the snowfall. It was unique because we don’t get to experience the real snow in Singapore, and kids are smart enough to know that Singapore is a tropical country that doesn’t snow.

So, where did the snow come from? He asked me a zillion times last year until he could finally understand that it is snow foam and he danced around delightfully under the snowfall. I promised to bring him back again this year.

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In addition, you’ll be happy to hear that the operating hours have been extended until 9pm. You can take your time to enjoy the snowfall and take pictures with your favourite characters, including Elmo and friends from Sesame Street, the Minions from DESPICABLE ME, Puss In Boots and Kitty Softpaws – all decked in Christmas outfits.

2. Christmas Fireworks Spectacular in Universal Studios Singapore

We all love fireworks! Happening every Friday and Saturday for the month of December with an additional show on Christmas Day, this Christmas Fireworks Spectacular is certainly not to be missed.

Let’s celebrate Christmas with a bang and a night of music and pyrotechnics only at Universal Studios Singapore!

3. Santa’s Kitchen in Universal Studios Singapore

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The celebration will not be complete without a Christmas feast. For the first time this year, Sound Stage 28 will be transformed into a festive dining hall to serve a delectable Christmas dinner buffet with a special appearance by Christmas characters.

In summary, these are the highlights of Universal Studios Singapore this Christmas.

  • Witness enchanting snowfall on the hour daily
  • Be dazzled by pyrotechnics and multimedia shows
  • Catch special performances by the Toy Soldiers
  • Take pictures with Santa and his helpers
  • Meet characters all dressed up for Christmas
  • Have fun at the “Sesame Street Saves Christmas” show

4. Merry Fishmas at S.E.A. Aquarium

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Now, let’s jingle our way to the fishmas wonderland of S.E.A. Aquarium! That’s Scuba Santa in the aquarium!

Many fun-filled Christmas themed activities happening this month that include an adventure trail for children, transformation of the S.E.A. Aquarium into a magical marine kingdom and daily Santa appearances.

Every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 22 Nov 2014 to 4 Jan 2015, visitors can catch Scuba Santa and Elf underwater at Ocean Dome. There is also a special Christmas Edition, Rescue Santa Claus in Ocean Dreams.

For more details, please visit Resorts World Sentosa website.

See you there!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. Pictures are taken from Singapore Cable Car and Resorts World Sentosa press kits, unless otherwise stated.

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10 Reasons Why We Love Club Med Bintan

Club Med has always been on my dream vacation list for a while. I want to experience how it’s like to be in a luxury all-inclusive resort. All meals included, free flow of drinks including wines and cocktails, a variety of fun activities, late night parties, nightly live shows and supervised kids programs, just to name a few.

So, I’m glad that we finally experienced the awesomeness of Club Med Bintan two weeks ago. It was one of the BEST resort vacations ever!

Do you know that Club Med Bintan was recently named Best Resort for Families in Asia by Trip Advisor?

Perhaps the best thing about this resort is its close vicinity to Singapore. Just an hour of ferry ride out from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and it can be easily booked online. As a quick weekend getaway or an impromptu family trip, Club Med Bintan is a perfect choice.

Here are TEN reasons why we love Club Med Bintan.

1. The moment we arrived, we felt pampered and at ease

The moment we arrived at the resort, the Resort Manager and the GO Team were standing at the reception entrance to welcome us with warm towels and beverages.

First impressions count. The resort has given us the BEST impressions the moment we arrived – that made us felt completely pampered and at ease.

Info: At Club Med, ‘GO’ means Gentle Organizers. They’re a group of young, energetic and enthusiastic Club Med crew who run all the activities in the resort, including the kids club and sports.

2. The spacious and comfortable guestroom

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The guestrooms are divided between small 3-storey buildings that are designed with exotic woods using local crafts. Between modernism and local architecture, its design is pretty unique.

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Our room is a Deluxe Sea View room with a spectacular view of the China Sea. The unique part is the little window alcove specially designed as the children sleeping area. Edison was so thrilled to have his own private space.

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One thing that is worth mentioning is the daily surprises from the housekeeping crew. They folded the towels into animals and decorate them with flowers. I really appreciate their attention to details.

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3. The beach is exceptionally beautiful

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Club Med Bintan is known to have one of the most beautiful beaches among all the other resorts in Asia. With palm trees swaying gently in the breeze and a beach that stretches for 8,500 feet of fine white sand, it is indeed an island paradise.

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The water is crystal clear and the beach is exceptionally beautiful. Edison loves dancing on the beach. The sand is so soft and clean, he just couldn’t stop playing with them.

4. Enjoy a variety of sport activities 

Most of the sport activities do not require pre-booking (except mountain biking, sailing / kayak and snorkelling). So we just need to walk-in to join. It’s the perfect chance to improve our existing skills as well as discovering a whole new sport.

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The GOs are qualified instructors, so guests can enjoy some personal coaching from them. Our favourite sport activities are the golf and archery. There is a driving net, putting green, chipping green and practice bunker (obstacles dug in the ground and filled with sand).

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Info: Some of the sport activities have dedicated time slot for parents and kids (i.e. circus school and archery). Do check the timings on the Club Med Bintan Island Information Sheet that will be given to you on your arrival.

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Dolby Atmos – The Sound You Can Feel

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Watching a movie in a theater gives us a better experience than watching the same movie at home. But I never knew how much better it could be with the latest cinema sound technology until I was invited to watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in Dolby Atmos at Cathay, JEM last weekend. The audio experience was truly beyond my expectation!

We all know Dolby as the leading global developer of audio, imaging and voice technologies for cinema, home theaters, PCs, mobile phones, and games. Dolby brings us true-to-life audio and visual experiences that are more real and intense.

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Dolby Atmos is the latest innovation in movie theater sound. It’s a cutting-edge, sound technology that gives audience a powerful and dramatic new listening experience with more natural, realistic, immersive and 360 degree sound.

Before the movie began, we watched a short clip that explained how Dolby Sound System has evolved through the years to create the most realistic surround sounds. It was very interesting and informative.

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From Dolby in Film, Dolby Stereo, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 7.1 to the latest Dolby Atmos, this technology is the most complete surround sound system to date, employing up to 64 speakers, with some speakers laid directly overhead the audiences, allowing the filmmakers to position and move sounds around the cinema with its Pan-through array feature.

Instead of dividing the surround sound into zones of grouped speakers like 5.1 and 7.1, it is now zoned by each individual speaker which can carry different sounds from the other speakers. It gives the impression of sound travelling from one end of the cinema, to above the audience (which has not been done before), and then behind them to create the most realistic sound impression.

Internationally renowned directors like Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Wong Kar Wai (The Grandmaster) and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) have chosen this powerful new listening experience for their movies. With Dolby Atmos, they can precisely position and move sounds anywhere in a theater to heighten the realism and impact of every scene.

After watching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, I can fully understand why filmmakers around the world are embracing Dolby Atmos technology. For the audience, it’s not just about the loudness that immerses them into a movie, but the design of the sound that they can actually ‘feel’.

First of all, I love the fact that the dialogue always remains crisp and clear. Secondly, the action sequences and explosions are greatly enhanced with sounds coming from all directions, including overhead, with astonishing clarity, richness, details and depth.

One of the best examples is the war scenes in District 8. It was really immersive and completely out-of-this-world! The movement of the sounds makes me felt like the planes were zooming pass my head, and the bombs just exploded in front of my eyes. I can really feel the devastation of the wrecked District 8.

The scene where Katniss shot down a hovercraft with a single arrow and had it crashed into the hospital made me particularly excited. The multi-sensory sound carries the weight of that action and the seriousness of what the character was trying to achieve. Dolby Atmos greatly enhances the impact and intensity of that scene.

There are also multiple scenes where ‘peacekeepers’ gun down rebel civilians. The gun shots sound so astounding, I felt like I was part of the movie. It really brings me the thrills I’ve never experienced before.

This movie isn’t your typical children’s firm; the storyline is too difficult for Edison to understand. Nonetheless, he was completely amazed with the audio and visual experiences. In a particular scene where buildings were under attack from the capital, he felt like the deafening roars of the planes and their missiles were coming from his overhead. It was a truly exciting experience for him.

What are Dolby Atmos benefits?

  1. Delivers a powerful and dramatic cinema-sound listening experience (high definition, clarity in sound, multi-dimensional and 360-degree)
  2. Allows sounds to move around the theater to create dynamic effects
  3. Reproduces a natural and life-like audio experience that perfectly matches the story
  4. Adds overhead speakers for the most realistic effects you’ve ever heard
  5. Reflects the artist’s original intent, regardless of theater setup
  6. Employs up to 64 channels (vs. 7 channels in a regular theater) to heighten the realism of every scene

Therefore, I highly recommend watching a movie in Dolby Atmos for that out-of-this-world mind blowing experience of being fully immersed in the movie. Like Dolby’s promo said, ‘Feel Every Dimension in Dolby Atmos’. With the multi-dimensional and realistic experience, you can easily transport yourself into the movie.

As we walked out of the theater, I heard my boy said, “Wow… what an exciting show! Shall we do it again?” Yes, that certainly warrants us another trip to experience Dolby Atmos again. We want to experience the captivating cinematic experience again for sure!

I hope to see Disney and Pixar animation films in Dolby Atmos in the near future. Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc. and A Bug’s Life, just to name a few. They are all our favourite animation films – suitable for audience of all ages. I will definitely be the first to experience Dolby Atmos with my family.

And the good news is – we can bring this exciting Dolby Atmos experience home with the Onkyo Dolby Atmos speakers. To find out more about Dolby Atmos and other sound Dolby-related technology, please visit DolbyAsia Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/DolbyAsia.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. All opinions are honest and are my own.

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