This year's Hari Raya Holidays coincide with Merdeka Day, and so Hubs and I took 2 days off to enjoy a long stretch of off days :-). We went to Singapore. It was sort of a last minute decision, with less than a week to confirm everything. Very stressful, I tell you!
We heard raves about Costa Sands Resort, and so Sis helped to book a room. We chose this place for the facilities and location. The facilities is superb - there's barbeque pits, a waterpark, a huge indoor kids playground, lots of restaurants and a nice food court within walking distance, a shopping mall and supermarket next door, a 5-minute drive to the beach, bicycles for rent and bicycle tracks. If you're looking for 5-star treatment, this place is not for you. But it fitted our requirements well as a place that's clean, comfortable and very family friendly.
We left at 5.00 am in the morning on Sunday, and the kids were too excited to continue sleeping in the car. The journey was uneventful and very smooth. Stopped at one of the small town in Johor to have breakfast... I've forgotten the name of the town! The kids were still wearing pajamas during their breakfast :-).
We waited for Sis at Costa Sands Resort, and when they arrived, we ate lunch. We're ravenous, so we just ate at the food court at Costa Sands. There's one breakfast + drinks + dessert stall in the food court, and we tried on a few types of dessert after lunch... black glutinious porridge, steamed sago pearls drizzled with creamy coconut milk and fragrant gula melaka, and freshly blended strawberry smoothie... so very yummy and prices very reasonable! Err... sorry, no picture.
After lunch, we checked in. While lazing around in our room, we watched cartoon on tv and ate baby Rafa's snacks of strawberries and blueberries... hee hee. At 4pm, we left for our first tourist destination - the Singapore Flyer. Source
One of the tube Some important landmarks seen while we're on the flyer
Excited kidsWe were already famished before we descended the flyer. The kids especially. Once we're out, we made our way for food at Singapore Food Trial. We had fall-of-the-bone bak kut teh ribs, huge ping-pong-sized fishballs with noodles, yummy rojak, chicken rice, singapore hokkein fried mee, and freshly wrapped popiahs. Again... no pictures!
After we're done eating, we splitted ways... Sis and her family back to her home, and we drove off to Grandma's house with the help of our Papago. Grandma seemed much better in terms of appetite, alertness and skin colour from the last time we saw her. Although she's still bound to her wheelchair, she's quite independant moving around. She has just taken her dinner and was watching television when we arrived. Mum wanted to stay with Grandma for the few days that we're in Singapore. By the time we left it was already very late.
After parking our car at the resort, we had to carry our sleeping kids back to the room. They thought they'll be able to continue with their slumber back in the room, but this cruel mama woke them up to bathe and brush their teeth. Luckily my sleepy kids are angels and did not complain. I think they're too groggy from sleep to make a fuss :-D.
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