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

Last weekend, we checked-in to Hotel Jen Tanglin for a staycation. It is located within the quieter end of Orchard, along Cuscaden Road (very near Botanic Gardens). Formerly known as Traders Hotel, it has undergone an extensive $SGD45 million makeover in 2015, and now reflects a modern functional design concept to meet the needs of today’s modern travellers.

When the first Hotel Jen in the world opened in Singapore Orchardgateway in 2014, I was SO impressed by the quality of its rooms as well as its affordable prices. If you are looking for a budget-friendly hotel along Orchard Road that is extremely convenient with a beautiful swimming pool, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is definitely a great choice. Check out my previous review of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s Club Deluxe Room.

Hotel Jen is a new brand of fresh, friendly and fuss-free mid-range hotels by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Some of you may be aware that there are two Hotel Jens in Singapore. Now, let’s check-out the second Hotel Jen – that’s Hotel Jen Tanglin. This 4-star hotel offers amazing staycation packages starting from just S$176++ per night! Find out more. 😀

Accommodation

Hotel Jen Tanglin

We stayed in a Superior Room that is cosy and chic, complete with everything we need for a relaxing stay. After the extensive transformation, the room looks like brand new (nothing like the previous room at all). Totally amazing! 😆

Featuring a warm, playful and earthly interior, the Superior Room is 25 sqm in size and it comes with a super comfortable king-size (or twin) bed, a smart en-suite bathroom (no bathtub though), a mini fridge, as well as panoramic view of the surroundings.

Hotel Jen Tanglin

I particularly like the tawny-leather headboards with brass lamps, and textured accent wallpaper with motifs such as fish or bicycles. At the opposite end, there’s a white faux-brick feature wall with a sleek TV mounted on it.

Family Staycation Ideas in Singapore: Best All-Inclusive Staycation

Family staycation ideas! Staycation is increasingly attracting Singaporeans who are ready splurge on short breaks that do not require a passport. Scooting off to Bangkok or a ferry ride to Bintan used to be the default option for long weekends, but today’s time-strapped families are opting for a hotel staycation closer to home.

The convenience and ease of booking a staycation makes it a preferred choice for parents who do not have the time to plan, especially when both are busy at work. Be it a birthday, anniversary, post-exam (yes, big deal for kids!) 😆 , school holiday, or any special occasions, staycations are a great way to celebrate.

Whether you’re looking for a farm-style, loft-style, resort-style, luxurious-style or an activity-packed staycation, there’s always a hotel that suits your needs. We’ve rounded up 10 family staycation ideas in Singapore, all for under $500. Now, it’s time to catch a break without breaking the bank.

Family Staycation Ideas

1/ The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Family staycation ideas Singapore

You can’t miss out The Fullerton Hotel when it comes to staycations! Housed in the stunning Fullerton Building which was once home to Singapore’s General Post Office and the prestigious Singapore Club, this 5-star luxury hotel is one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore.

It offers 400 tastefully-designed rooms with spectacular views of the Singapore skyline. Wins hands down for both comfort and hospitality, The Fullerton Hotel guarantees an extraordinary staycation like none other. 😀

Fullerton Family Package is an all-inclusive staycation package offering an array of family-friendly perks! Free ice-cream and welcome kit for the kids, complimentary Fullerton Merlion cocktail, one-day tickets for 2A+2C (or 3 adults) to Adventure Cove Waterpark, buffet breakfast, etc.

That’s not all! The 25-metre outdoor infinity pool that overlooks the charming Singapore River will certainly delight your little ones.

 ➡ Read our review: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore: Fullerton Family Package Staycation Review
 ➡ Price: Starting from SGD 498++ per night for Fullerton Family Package

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178

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2/ Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa

top staycation SingaporePhoto Credit: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa

This resort is a slice of paradise for children of all ages. Famous for its amazing Kid’s Club, children aged 5 to 12 can have a fun day in an environment that is fully supervised by an experienced recreational team at the Toots Club. They can also play with the various water slides, splash pad and at the outdoor playground.

One of the most popular highlights is the giant treehouse slide in the Toots Club. The Kid’s Club also offers many different activities, which change from day to day. What’s more, families can enjoy The Flying Trapeze and Sea Sports Centre to maximize the fun!

Family Fun Package includes daily buffet breakfast at Silver Shell Cafe (2A+2C), free buffet dinner at Silver Shell Cafe with unlimited soft drinks, chilled juices, house wine or beer (2A+2C), and free full-day registration at the Toots Club (with complimentary lunch and dinner). This is definitely your perfect choice for a delightful staycation! 😀

 ➡ Read our review: Birthday Staycation at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort
 ➡ Price: Starting from SGD 485++ per night for Family Fun Package

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa
101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970

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10 Travel Packing Hacks Anyone Can Use

travel packing hacksPhoto Credit: STIL on Unsplash

Let’s face it. Other than unpacking + washing after the trip, packing can also be quite a nightmare, even though the excitement of going on a vacation often overwrites that stress. Worst thing – I always forget at least one thing! Therefore, for any trip that lasts more than a week, I need to start packing one week ahead (obviously not an efficient packer but why am I writing this haha). 😛

Over the years, I’ve learnt some pretty useful packing hacks – how to best organise my luggage, how to avoid excess baggage fees, and a few easy tricks to help me remember the little items I’m most likely to forget. These are my ten favourite packing hacks on how to pack lighter, smarter and faster. Check them out! ➡

1/ Keep a packing checklist

I always keep a packing checklist in my computer for items of my absolute essentials to pack for every trip (chargers, facial cleanser, daily sunscreen, medicine, maps, etc.). It makes last-minute packing a LOT less stressful because there’s always a checklist for reference. Most importantly, it helps me remember the essentials that I might forget. If you don’t have a checklist, consider making one now!

2/ Pre-pack your toiletries

I usually don’t use hotel toiletries because I’m a fussy person (unless they’re luxury brands haha). Therefore, packing toiletries can be such a nightmare for me. Finding a bunch of small bottles at the very last minute is unlikely to be successful too. Instead, I always keep a separate bag of toiletries pre-packed and ready to drop-in my luggage – basically, duplicates of everything I use for my daily routine.

This includes things like: toothbrush, travel-sized toothpaste, floss, travel-sized face wash, make-up remover, toner, moisturizer, sunblock, hair conditioner, a tweezer, and basic make-up supplies. I even throw in a few face masks because you’ll never know when you need one. Besides the time-savings, it also prevents me from forgetting things! 😉

3/ Buy cosmetics samples

As I’ve mentioned above, finding small bottles can be difficult. Hence, the easiest way is to buy cosmetics samples. I often stock up my Korean skincare and make-up products from RoseRoseShop (I’m not affiliated with them), and they sell all sorts of cosmetics samples at amazing prices. Hence, I find it easier to use these samples than re-packing them into travel-sized containers.

Gardens by the Bay Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

It has been four months since our last visit to Gardens by the Bay. So, it’s high time to visit the beautiful garden again before our annual membership expires in May. And I’m SO excited to know that Gardens by the Bay is displaying pretty cherry blossoms at the Flower Dome. I can’t wait to step into the cooled conservatory and imagine myself in Japan viewing the pretty cherry blossoms. Oh, have I mentioned that I’ve never seen a real Sakura before? (pardon me for being so sua-ku)  😛

Sakura Matsuri, which means Cherry Blossom Festival, is now taking place at Gardens by the Bay from 16 March to 8 April 2018. During this period, visitors to the Flower Dome can experience the pretty pink blooms which captivate Japan during this time of the year. Want to catch a glimpse of Japan’s cherry blossoms? Let’s go!  😎

Sakura Matsuri 2018

We came here on 18 Mar, Sunday – and it was super packed! I was wondering if it’s because of the last day of school holiday, or the start of this festival. The carpark was full, we waited for half an hour before we could park our car. And there was also a queue to get inside the Flower Dome. Nonetheless, the beautiful sight of Sakura that greeted us are well worth our queuing time!  😀

Gardens by the Bay Sakura Matsuri

Here’s a red torii gate near the entrance of Flower Dome. As we walked through it, we were mesmerized by the view of Sakura trees at the Flower Field below.

Gardens by the Bay Sakura Matsuri

The cherry blossom trees line the paths around the Flower Field floral display area.

Gardens by the Bay Sakura Matsuri

Bangkok with Kids: Itinerary and Family-Friendly Attractions

Sawadee kaaa! 😎 Today I’m going to share some of the highlights of our trip to Bangkok in Dec last year. Yeah, it has been a while and I was too lazy to blog about it. But again – if I don’t, I’ll end up forgetting about this trip. Hence, please read my version of interesting things to do in Bangkok with Kids. 😉

Bangkok is a VERY popular holiday destination for Singaporeans. In fact, I know some of you visit Bangkok every year (oh, lucky you!). Bangkok is not just about shopping. If you have kids, Bangkok also has an extensive array of family-friendly attractions that will surely provide your kids and entire family with a fun and memorable experience.

➡ Now, let’s check out our recommendations of 8 Interesting Places to Visit in Bangkok with Kids:

8 Places to Visit in Bangkok with Kids

1. SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

When it comes to aquariums, we’re lucky to have S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. We visit the place frequently because Edison is a huge fan of aquariums. And since he loves them so much, we brought him to SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and it was such an eye-opener! 😀

If you ask me which aquarium is bigger, I think the one at Resorts World Sentosa is bigger. However, SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World has its own unique features and the best thing about it is its location. It’s located at Siam Paragon Shopping Centre (same building as KidZania), easily accessible via BTS. This aquarium is specially made for the little ones, and the shark tank is our favourite!

Bangkok with Kids

We bought our tickets from Klook, and it’s SO much cheaper than buying directly. There are various options to choose from: Aquarium only, Aquarium with 4D Movie, Glass Bottom Boat, Photo or Aquarium + Madame Tussauds Admission Combo.

We spent about 3 hours here before we headed for lunch at Siam Paragon Food Hall. It’s huge – covering a good half of the mall’s ground floor, with a wide range of cheap and very delicious Thai food. Highly recommended!

How to Get There:
B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Take Exit 5 from the BTS Siam Station, which provides direct access to Siam Paragon