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We always make time to have FUN as a family. We believe that the best memories are created when families travel together. This blog combines the world of travel and lifestyle, featuring family-friendly travel ideas, home & decor tips, product reviews and our personal stories. 😆

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Pullman Bangkok King Power – Easy Access to Shopping, Dining and BTS

Pullman Bangkok King Power is one of the several luxury hotels under AccorHotels Group in Bangkok. It is located next to duty-free giant King Power Rangnam Complex. Additionally, it’s just 30 minutes away from Suvarnabhumi Airport and walking distance to BTS Sky Train.

Maeklong Railway Market: The Famous “Umbrella” Market in Thailand

Located 75 km away from downtown Bangkok, Maeklong Railway Market is a unique Thai market that you should not miss when visiting Thailand. It has a train running through it several times a day, right down the middle and close enough to touch. Uniquely in Thailand.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour from Trazy: A Unique Thai Experience

When we think of Thailand, pictures of floating markets often come to our mind. We had our first glimpse of these iconic vendors selling food and various products from their boats at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It was an interesting experience to all of us!

Shangri-La Horizon Dinner Cruise: Romantic Dinner under the Night Light of Bangkok

Shangri-La Horizon Dinner Cruise is an international buffet dinner served aboard a luxurious riverboat while cruising along Chao Phraya River. It was very well-organized and service-oriented, everything from boarding to dinner to watching the city’s sights.

 

Staycation

We have awesome staycation ideas that you’ll  for a short but sweet break, click HERE to view all!

Hotel Jen Tanglin Superior Room
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore: An Amazing Staycation You Won’t Resist

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore offers a comfortable fuss-free stay peppered with a dash of fun. Staycation package starts from just SGD187++. Incredibly affordable and fun!

Family Staycation Ideas in Singapore: Best All-Inclusive Staycation

We’ve rounded up 10 all-inclusive family staycation packages for you! A relaxing staycation is what we need (and want)! We’re not just looking for a place to stay, but a place with great good and fun activities.

Park Hotel Farrer Park Staycation Review: Premier Loft Room

We had an enjoyable staycation at the new Park Hotel Farrer Park. Stayed in a Premier Loft Room, we super loved the unique duplex layout, refined interior and spaciousness.

 

Featured Trips

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

We indulged in an 8D7N cruise on Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas from Singapore to Laem Chabang (Thailand) and Phu My (Ho Chi Minh Vietnam).

Want to know more about the cruise ship? You’ll find all the information you need about Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, including our review and a virtual tour.

Check it out!

 

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Bintan & Batam

Fancy a Bintan or Batam getaway with your family without burning a hole in your wallet? There are plenty of family-friendly resorts that are perfect for a short getaway. We love the overall kid-friendly vibe and relaxed lifestyle.

Check out our reviews on Bintan Lagoon Resort, Nirwana Gardens Bintan and Club Med Bintan, as well as Montigo Resorts.

Find out more!

 

South Korea

This is one of my favourite trips! Korea is totally amazing, especially for a die-hard K-drama fan like me. We joined the 9 Days All In Korea Deluxe Tour by Hong Thai Travel. Highly recommend it!

We went to Jeju Island (highlight of the trip), Everland, Lotte World, Hanwha Waterpia Hotspring, Nami Island and lots of shopping in Seoul. Will certainly be back again, next time will be free and easy tour for us.

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Destination Guides

Sand & Sandals Desaru Resort and Spa: Family-Friendly Resort in Desaru

Sand & Sandals Desaru Resort and Spa is a beautiful resort located in the heart of Desaru, Johor. It provides an ultimate gateway for romantic couple retreat and family-friendly vacation.

LEGOLAND Malaysia Halloween Brick-or-Treat 2017

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat is an annual spooktacular family-friendly Halloween event that takes place from 6 to 29 October 2017. Kids 3-11 years old in full Halloween costumes enter FREE!

Somerset Medini
Somerset Medini Iskandar Puteri: Serviced Apartment near LEGOLAND

Somerset Medini Iskandar Puteri is a serviced apartment less 10 mins walk from LEGOLAND. Family-friendly and spacious, it’s the best choice for a budget-friendly accommodation near LEGOLAND.

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town & Thomas Town at Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park

Indoor theme park is always a good idea when you want your kids to have fun. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town & Thomas Town at Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park is a perfect choice!

Take Me to Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour Hello Kitty Themed Room

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour Hello Kitty themed room completes my Hello Kitty experience with awesome cuteness. Read my review and find out more about the 12 unique themed rooms.

The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh – All Suites: Family-Friendly Luxury Resort

The Haven Resort Hotel Ipoh is an award-winning 5-star luxury resort hotel in Ipoh, set naturally by limestone hills, forests and lake. It’s quickly gaining fame as a family-friendly resort.

Korea Day 8 & 9: War Memorial of Korea, Children’s Grand Park & Mapo Market

Seoul is easy to get around using the subway. Station names are in English & very foreigner-friendly. We visited Children’s Grand Park Seoul & War Memorial of Korea.

Korea Day 7: Lotte World Seoul

Lotte World Seoul is divided into an indoor Adventure theme and an outdoor Magic Island, next to Seokchonhosu Lake. Lotte World is the largest indoor theme park in the world.

Korea Day 6 (Part 2): Namdaemun Market & Myeong-dong

Our itinerary on Day 6 afternoon: Namdaemun Market, Myeong-dong, Korean Ginseng Museum, Hanbok Photo-taking and JUMP Martial Arts Performance Show.

Korea Day 6 (Part 1): Nami Island – Namiseom

Nami Island, also known as Namiseom, is a tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, 63km away from Seoul. The island is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads and stunning scenery. It was made famous by Korean drama Winter Sonata.

Korea Day 5 (Noon): Mount Sorak National Park & Hanwha Waterpia Hotspring Resort

Day 5 of our Korea trip was fun as we went up the gondola at YongPyong All Seasons Resort, visited Mount Sorak National Park and Hanwha Waterpia Hotspring.

Korea Day 5 (Morning): Gondola at YongPyong All Seasons Resort

YongPyong (Dragon Valley) Resort is one of the biggest ski resorts in South Korea. There is a lot of mountains to enjoy with beautiful natural landscapes. It’s also a popular tourist spot attracting Winter Sonata’s fans all year round.

Pullman Bangkok King Power – Easy Access to Shopping, Dining and BTS

Pullman Bangkok King Power is one of the several luxury hotels under AccorHotels Group in Bangkok. It is located next to duty-free giant King Power Rangnam Complex. Additionally, it’s just 30 minutes away from Suvarnabhumi Airport and walking distance to BTS Sky Train.

Maeklong Railway Market: The Famous “Umbrella” Market in Thailand

Located 75 km away from downtown Bangkok, Maeklong Railway Market is a unique Thai market that you should not miss when visiting Thailand. It has a train running through it several times a day, right down the middle and close enough to touch. Uniquely in Thailand.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour from Trazy: A Unique Thai Experience

When we think of Thailand, pictures of floating markets often come to our mind. We had our first glimpse of these iconic vendors selling food and various products from their boats at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It was an interesting experience to all of us!

Shangri-La Horizon Dinner Cruise: Romantic Dinner under the Night Light of Bangkok

Shangri-La Horizon Dinner Cruise is an international buffet dinner served aboard a luxurious riverboat while cruising along Chao Phraya River. It was very well-organized and service-oriented, everything from boarding to dinner to watching the city’s sights.

Bangkok with Kids: Itinerary and Family-Friendly Attractions

Bangkok is not just about shopping. It has a lot of fun family-friendly attractions. From exciting theme parks and Chao Phraya river cruises, to outdoor attractions and beautiful shrines, there is something for every family. Check out our Bangkok with Kids Itinerary!

Chiang Mai with Kids Itinerary – Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, Doi Inthanon National Park

Our suggested Chiang Mai with Kids Itinerary from temple hopping to nature walk and historical places – Wat Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon National Park. Chiang Mai is full of friendly locals, incredible food markets, dozens of beautiful temples, a relaxed vibe, and beautiful landscapes.

Montigo Resorts, Nongsa: A Magical Haven of Food and Fun in Batam

After spending 3 days in paradise, all I can say is that Montigo Resorts has been truly spectacular in every way. It’s one of those places we’ll never ever forget. A perfect place for a relaxing and luxurious getaway from Singapore.

Montigo Resorts, Nongsa: A Luxurious Beachfront Resort with Private Pool

Montigo Resorts, Nongsa is an upscale beachfront resort in Batam famed for its Mediterranean stylings and all-white Santorini vibes. It also offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities.

Radisson Golf and Convention Center Batam 3D2N Fun Getaway

Radisson Golf and Convention Center Batam brings together luxe comfort and family-friendly fun. Find out what you can expect from this new and beautiful hotel in Batam.

Bintan Mangrove Discovery Tour by Bintan Resorts

Here’s our first nature excursion in Bintan – Mangrove Discovery Tour. It was quite exciting. We spotted wildlife such as snakes, monkey & monitor lizards.

Nirwana Gardens Bintan: Review & Recommendations

Nirwana Gardens Bintan is a perfect family-friendly resort for a short getaway. A peaceful paradise with everything you could ever need for a fun vacation.

Ultimate Bintan Getaway to Bintan Lagoon Resort (Part 2)

Fancy a Bintan weekend getaway with your family without burning a hole in your wallet? Then you should plan a trip down to Bintan Lagoon Resort. Check out our review here!

Taiwan Day 7 & 8 – New Taipei City

Itinerary: Nanya Peculiar Stone, Golden Waterfall, Gold Ecological Park, Jiufen, Shifen, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei Zoo

Taiwan Day 6 – Cing Jing to Taipei

We visited the famous Feeling 18C, Hand Made Chocolate at Puli and continued our journey to Taipei. We stayed at Simple Plus Hotel in Taipei.

Taiwan Day 5 – Taichung to Cing Jing

On Day 5 of our Taiwan trip last year, we visited Puli King Garden, The Old England, Green Green Grassland, Guangxing Paper Mill and stayed at Dreamtown Minsu.

Taiwan Day 4 – Taichung City Tour

Taichung Itinerary: Xinfeng Farm, Ah Liang’s Mushroom Garden, Lavender Cottage, Princess Annie’s Garden, Summit Resort, Carton King Creativity Park, Fengjia Night Market

Taiwan Free and Easy Itinerary – June 2015 Summer Vacation (8D7N)

8D7N Taiwan Free and Easy Itinerary to Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Cingjing, New Taipei City

Taiwan Day 3 – Kaohsiung E-DA Theme Park & Taichung Fengjia Night Market

Summer in Taiwan is extremely hot, temperature in Kaohsiung was 37 deg C. Thankfully, E-DA Theme Park has a huge indoor play area that gives us so much fun and away from the heat.

Hong Kong Disneyland – Recommendations & Travel Tips

Here goes my Top Six Recommendations in Hong Kong Disneyland, along with some useful travel tips.

Hong Kong Disneyland – Attractions & Hotel: Part 2

Part 1: Reviews on the two latest attractions – Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch, the amazing Flights of Fantasy parade and Festival of the Lion King show.

Hong Kong Disneyland: Attractions and Food Part 1

We had a wonderful trip to Hong Kong Disneyland last weekend! I can’t think of a better way to start off my reviews!

High Tea at HK Disneyland

One of the most beautiful high-teas I’ve ever had in my life…  is at Main Street Corner Cafe in Hong Kong…

Hong Kong – Part 5: Ocean Park

Okay, this will be my very last blog post about our recent HK trip. And it’s gonna be a long…

Hong Kong – Part 4: Mongkok Ladies Market

I’ve heard of Mongkok many times in those Cantonese dramas that I watched since young. In Cantonese, Mongkok means “busy…

Fun Things We Did in Gold Coast

Gold Coast is known for many fun things. From walking along the gorgeous beaches, watching the whales, going on a hot air balloon and exploring the wild life to having fun at the theme parks!

Tangalooma Island Resort – Food & Travel Tips

This post is all about the yummy food that we had at Tangalooma Island Resort and some useful travel tips. Yum, yum, yum, here we go!

Activities at Tangalooma Island Resort

There are over 70 different activities to choose from while staying at Tangalooma Island Resort. From whale-watching and dolphin-feeding to sand tobogganing, quad biking and scenic helicopter flight.

Tangalooma Island Resort – Getting Here and Accommodation

Our trip started at Tangalooma Island Resort – a very beautiful resort surrounded by pristine waters and untouched National Parks.

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Virtual Tour & Review

We will bring you on a deck by deck virtual tour on Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas. Let’s go on a virtual tour now!

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas Review

We indulged in a long cruise with Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas 8D7N to Thailand and Vietnam. Read our Mariner of the Seas review here.

SuperStar Virgo Phuket–Langkawi Cruise: Part 3 and Last

As usual, I’ll start this post with a beautiful ocean view from our balcony. As I listen to the ocean waves in the early morning, there’s a subtlety of sound that inspires inner peace.

SuperStar Virgo Phuket–Langkawi Cruise:Part 2

On Day 2, after having a hearty breakfast at Bella Vista, we decided to go for a golf game. We rented the golf equipments from the Activity Centre (it’s free-of-charge) and head to the Sports Deck at Deck 13.

SuperStar Virgo Phuket–Langkawi Cruise: Part 1

Two years ago, we went for the 4D3N cruise to Penang – Phuket. This time, our itinerary was just slightly different. We went for the 4D3N cruise to Phuket – Langkawi. I can still remember the gourmet meals and impeccable service on-board that we had during our last trip, and we hope to experience it again.

I’m Back!

I’m back from my cruise vacation. Fully recharged now, as I ate and slept very well for the past four days. I’m still sorting out our photos. Will be sharing the details of our trip later this week.

Planning For Our First Winter Snow Vacation

It’s official! We’ll be going on a snow vacation end of this year. It’s our first snow vacation (Edison and me) and we’re truly excited about. It’s also the first time I booked for flight tickets and hotels more than 6 months in advance. Hokkaido is such a popular tourist destination in winter that sells out very fast.

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!

Japan Day 1: Tokyo City Tour & Sanrio Puroland

Our first destination was Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple). It is one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples.