Yunomori Onsen Singapore: 1st Japanese Onsen & Family-Friendly Spa

Every time I travel to Japan, I always look forward to onsen bath. I’ve always hope that Singapore will have an onsen too. Therefore, when I heard of the opening of Yunomori Onsen Singapore in Kallang Wave Mall, I was jumping in delight. Now, we don’t have to fly to Japan for onsen anymore! =)

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Yunomori Onsen & Spa is located in Kallang Wave Mall within Singapore Sports Hub, walking distance from Stadium MRT Station (very convenient!). It’s the first authentic Japanese onsen in Singapore with the biggest variety of baths, spanning more than 16,000 square feet.

There’s a wide variety of onsen baths available such as Soda spa, Silk bath, Jet bath, Bubble bath, Cold bath and Hot bath. Each bath provides a relaxing and therapeutic experience as well as its unique health and beauty benefits. Other facilities such as sauna, steam bath, massage, spa treatment, relaxing lounge, and a dining café are also available.

Entrance Fees & Membership

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The Onsen’s entrance fee is priced at $38+ for adults ($40.60 w/GST) and $28+ for children and seniors ($29.96 w/GST), which includes access to the onsen facilities for the entire day.

A variety of massages and spa treatments are available from the ala-carte menu. Guests can also purchase as a set, for example, Onsen + 60 mins Thai Massage at $118+. Affordable membership packages are also available for frequent guests.

Kids above two years old are welcomed at Yunomori Onsen. Different baths have different temperatures, so they can also enjoy themselves at the bath with suitable temperature.

This guide will be helpful if you’re new to Yunomori Onsen. Stripping off for an onsen bath can be daunting for some, so I hope this guide will get you prepared before your first visit.

Family Time, Precious Time

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Spending family time together will build a sense of worth and instill positive family values

Before I start this post, let me ask you a question. What does family time mean to you? Just spend one minute to think about it now.

As a mom, I want to ensure that my family has moments to connect with each other. We’ve declared Sundays as our Family Day; we have fun and spend quality time together as a family. It builds a strong family foundation in our lives. That’s what family time means to me.

National Family Celebrations (formerly known as National Family Week) is an important annual national event to celebrate and reinforce the important of the family. First launched in 1985, this national event is championed by the Families for Life Council (FFL) with strong support from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).

The Celebrations aims to remind Singaporean to put their families at top priority and spend time together to create shared family memories. This year, the event has been renamed as Families for Life Celebrations (FFLC’14) and will be held on 13 – 14 September 2014, with monthly picnics held from October 2014 to August 2015.

It will bring together activities and events organized by community and private organizations. Families can look forward to an array of exciting events and activities to spend quality time together. The theme for FFLC’14 is “Family Time, Precious Time”.

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Spending time with extended family is equally important too

Personally, I find that this is a very meaningful event. This generation of parents is well-educated and probably the richest in history, but some parents have grown to prioritize material gains and personal achievements over their families.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, every Sunday is our Family Day. There are lots of exciting activities that families can do in our sunny Singapore. And today, I’m going to share with you some of our favourite weekend activities.

Four Ideas to Spend Your Family Day

1. Head to the park and enjoy the sun

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There are many beautiful parks in Singapore that are meant to be enjoyed. Singapore Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the Bay, East Coast Park and Marina Barrage, just to name a few. Families can enjoy a picnic together, fly kites, enjoy the nature’s greeneries, ride a bike, etc. A leisurely day-out in the sun is really very enjoyable.

Far East Organization Children’s Garden, located at Gardens by the Bay, is a must-go if you have young children below the age of 12. There is a toddler play zone, rainforest tree houses and water play area that can guarantee endless fun for your kids.

2. Be a local tourist for one day

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Most of us prefer jetting off to another country for vacation. This coming Sept holiday, let’s do it differently. Explore what Singapore has to offer – I’m proud to say that we’ve got plenty!

If you’re a theme park lover, head to the Universal Studios Singapore or Adventure Cove Waterpark. If you’ve some budget, staycation is the perfect way to relax your body and soul, and reconnect with your family.

If you’re an animal lover, check out our River Safari. Or visit various animal farms around Lim Chu Kang and Pasir Ris Farmway. History buffs can visit our museums. Do you know that Singaporeans and PRs enjoy free admission to our National Museum?

3. Exercise together as a family

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For the physically active families, this one is suitable for you. Make exercise a family time! If you have school-aged children, try skating or cycling. If you have preschool-aged children, try to go for a brisk walk or leisurely stroll at the park.

There are some family sports that children and adults can have fun playing together, i.e. basketball, badminton, and golf. Golf is our favourite family sports; we enjoy practicing our golf swings at Punggol East Golf Driving Range ($6 for 90 balls).

Family that plays together, stay together. Remember! Playing together is an essential trait of happy, healthy families.

4. Splash in and get wild

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Kids love to get wet. Water play, sandcastle building, Frisbee or simply muck around on the sand – they are great family bonding activities! Siloso Beach and Port of Lost Wonder in Sentosa are some our favourite weekend hang-outs.

I’m sure this list isn’t exhaustive, there are much more activities that we can do with our families. Most importantly, we need to make time for our family.

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Last but not least, I’d like to invite you to the Families for Life Celebrations at Singapore Sports Hub on 13 – 14 September 2014 from 3pm – 9:30pm. There will be an array of energetic and fun activities for families to spend precious time together. For details, please visit their Facebook Page.

So, let’s take a break from the wild race of life and enjoy some family time. Children grow up so fast before you realize it. Make your family time now!

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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10 Ideas for School Holiday Family Bonding Activities

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Being a parent, we hear so much about family bonding these days. When I was a kid, I don’t remember any formal bonding experiences with my parents. We weren’t well-to-do, but my parents always provided clean clothes, shelter, plenty of food, attention and love to us.

However, they couldn’t afford expensive lessons, clothes or holidays. Still, we had a closer relationship than most kids and parents have today. I think it is simply because my parents spent time with us whenever they could, and now that I’m a parent, I also realize that family bonding doesn’t have to be fancy or pricey. It just has to be fun and consistent!

With the December school holiday fast approaching, it is a wonderful time for families to take time out from their busy schedules and spend quality time together. We can organize a variety of activities that can help to strengthen our family bonding, as well as provide some relaxation from the hectic schedule of our lives.

I’m listing some family bonding activities and places that I intend to go with my family during the school holiday. If you’re looking for some ideas, I hope that my list will give you a little inspiration. So here goes!

1. Having a family picnic

In Singapore, we’re blessed with clean and beautiful parks that we can always enjoy a picnic together. Parents and children can pack some healthy food and drink choices that everyone likes, sit back and relax together on a picnic mat.

A leisurely day-out in the sun can be very enjoyable. We have time to talk with and listen to one another, as well as be able to relieve some stress from the hurried pace of life.

Recommendations: Marine Barrage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

2. Visiting a new attraction

This year-end, we don’t intend to go for overseas holiday – that’s because V is at reservist for the entire month! But the good news is – there are some new and exciting attractions coming-up in Singapore and Malaysia. Even a day trip to these new attractions can be as exciting as going overseas!

Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa, the world’s largest oceanarium, will open its gate TODAY! Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park (in Johor, Malaysia) which houses the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and The Little Big Club was also opened recently.

If you don’t mind the blazing hot sun, Legoland Malaysia is another fantastic place to visit this school holiday!

3. Going on a farm visit

When I was a kid, I lived in a village where chickens, ducks, geese, birds, goats and cows were common sights. I don’t find them particularly fascinating because I see them every day since young. But for a city-boy like Edison, he finds farm visit very exciting and enjoyable.

So, we intend to organize another farm visit for him this December. He’ll get to try longkang fishing again (our first attempt wasn’t so successful though). He enjoys interacting with animals and feeding them too.

Recommendations: Kid’s Kampong, Mainland Tropical Fish Farm

4. Going for an exercise together

One of my biggest challenges this year is fitness! I confess that I don’t have much time and determination to go for an exercise until recently, when I discovered that it is fun doing it with my little boy.

I’ll bring him to the playground that is usually equipped with exercise equipments and jogging track. He will play at the playground with other kids, or go cycling while I jog on the jogging track.

Recommendations: Any neighbourhood playground

5. Exploring an indoor playground

With the rainy weather nowadays, indoor playground is a ‘weather-proof’ option that is always fun and exciting for the kids. It offers a healthy amount of play time, exercise time, as well as interaction time with other children.

Whenever he hears indoor playground, visions of exciting playtime will start dancing in his head. So, this is a ‘sure-win’ and ‘weather-proof’ option for us. Before you head there, remember to bring your socks!

Recommendations: Hokey Pokey, The Polliwogs

6. Playing board or card games

Another wonderful indoor activity that families can do together is playing board or card games. With a wide variety of games options available, we can always choose games that best fit the ages and abilities of our family members.

Skip the gadgets, and try playing a few old-fashioned board games or putting a puzzle together. You might be surprised at how these simple games can bring joy to our children, when we really sit down and play together with them.

Some of my recommendations include Monopoly, Chinese Checkers, Uno and puzzles.

7. Cooking together at home

From baking cookies to cooking dinner, there are so many fun kitchen projects that will bring family members together. The next time you’re in the kitchen preparing the family meal, try to get your kids to participate too.

Start out slowly by having them to wash the vegetables or peel the potatoes. You can also ask them to taste the food and what they think the “recipe” is lacking, and then let them pick the spices or sauces that they think would make the dish even better. It will bring the growing excitement about preparing the dinner together!

8. Having an impromptu family photo shoot

Let’s play some dress-up games at home, while we’ll be the photographer and let our children pose. Or try it outdoor, it’ll be fun too. Allow them to play and when they are close together; be ready to capture their natural smiles that best reflect the blissfulness of their childhood.

If you have some budget, you can also consider a studio or outdoor photo shoot with a professional photographer.

9. Going to the beach

Kite-flying, sandcastle building, Frisbee or simply muck around on the sand – they are great family bonding activities! Beach outing is a perfect combination of sun, sea and sand, which offers something for everyone in the family.

Recommendations: Sentosa Beach, Port of Lost Wonder

10. Revise all important subjects in Year 2012

After so much fun during the school holiday, I think it’s important to schedule an overall revision on all important subjects before the school re-opens. This helps to prepare the children so that they can adjust easily to the next school year.

Home education is important for fostering both good education and a strong parental bond. Helping our children with their study not only allows us to spend time with them, but also allows us to see what they’re learning and how they’re performing academically.

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Spending time with our children, finding activities where everyone enjoys doing it together and maintaining a good connection with our children will bring a family closer together, and promises a healthy family unit for now and the future.

Bonding moments with them is very important because when we do this they feel loved, secure and given importance. So this school holiday, let’s take a break from the wild race of life and enjoy some family bonding.

Lastly, don’t forget to keep our family germ-free by using Lifebuoy antibacterial body wash and hand wash! Lifebuoy understands the importance of family bonding.

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All About Family Bonding

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In a world of hustle and bustle where everyone is running short of time for almost everything, there are limited family bonding sessions which involve all the family members. Personally, I’m a strong supporter of such bonding sessions.

I feel that once in a week, the entire family should get together and do something constructive and fun-filled. Perhaps fortnightly, if not once in a month, we should also get-together with our extended families to reconnect and share.

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V works in the aerospace industry, and occasionally he has to travel or even work on weekends. That makes it difficult for us to organize something when I’ve to work on weekdays and Little Edison has school and enrichment classes.

For this special reason, we’ve decided to keep at least two days in a calendar month free so that all of us can be together. I grew up to believe that a family that can bond together will be a family that is united forever. My mom always told me, “Amazing things can happen when a family comes together to do things together.” Yes, it’s true!

Little Edison is now 5 years old. He’s an independent-thinking child with his own ideas, emotions, preferences and beliefs. Sometimes, I do feel that I’m losing the bond that we used to share when he was a little baby. But I keep reminding myself that it is still possible to maintain a strong bond with him while fostering his transition to childhood.

Here are my FIVE easy tips for bonding with our children – to share with you today:

1. Organize a trip

Field trips are particularly enjoyable to our boy. Playground, zoo, park, animal farm or nature preserve are good options for us, as compared to a long boring day at home. A family outing can encourage conversations, laughter and fond memories too.

Would you prefer that your child remember a day at home in front of the TV, or a day walking in the park with ice-cream and lots of fun?

2. Do something creative

If the weather does not permit outdoor, I’ll think of some crafty projects to do at home. Draw a picture, paint a birdhouse, colour the sticks, make a picture collage, or write a story and ask him to contribute to it. These simple creative activities help bonding with our children while creating a masterpiece that we’ll both treasure in the years to come.

3. Have a weekly one-to-one session

At least once a week, I’ll schedule half an hour of one-to-one conversation with Little Edison. That usually happens at night, before bed time. We’ll talk about our days, the good and the challenging things that are happening in our lives. It’s a good chance for me to understand how he feels about things around him, i.e. his teachers, his friends, his school, etc.

Bear in mind that we should keep an open line of conversation so our children know that they can always talk to us and consult us when they have a problem.

4. Be his teacher at home

Even when our boy is still in preschool, home education is important for fostering both good education and a strong parental bond. Every night, we have half an hour of study-time. Besides maintaining a strong bond between us, it’s also an important source of knowledge for Little Edison.

Helping our children with their homework not only allows us to spend time with them, but also allows us to see what they’re learning and how they’re performing academically. And don’t forget, our support and praise will go a long way in boosting their confidence in school.

5. Create a “Family Night”

It’s where the entire family participates in an activity. This can be as easy as a board game after dinner, an evening out at a fun family restaurant, or to go for a movie outing.

“Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.” – Jim Rohn

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