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Musical TARU (恐龙复活了!) – A Review

I can’t believe 2018 just passed like that in a blink of an eye. Don’t you think the period between Christmas and New Year’s gives off such a weird feeling? Like you’re still in a Christmassy mood yet you need to keep reminding yourself that Christmas is over. And New Year’s Day is when you realise that not only is Christmas well and truly over (the malls in Singapore don’t seem to believe in the 12 days of Christmas because Chinese New Year decorations are up), but that even the YEAR is over!

My New Year’s resolution for this year is to get off my ass and try something new, each and everyday. I think trying new restaurants and cafes is the easiest (!) but I also want to have new experiences be it in terms of travelling to new places, reading new books or even watching new performances. I have actually been in that framework of mind since December, so I can say December saw a few first from me. One of which is still etched in my mind is my one day trip to JB with 2 friends. It’s the first time I have travelled overseas with friends (not family) in more than a decade, and also probably a decade since I last visited JB. I am itching to go again! Blog post on that JB day trip will be up soon.

Another first that I can report is watching a musical in Mandarin, the Musical TARU! It is a Mandarin production that has been locally adapted from Korea’s No. 1 Family Musical. I have not watched any theatre performances in the longest time due to time constraints, and much less one in Mandarin! It was also Edward’s first musical and the husband’s first musical in Mandarin! My Mandarin isn’t that great, although I definitely can understand conversational Chinese. Even people who do not understand Mandarin can watch the musical because English subtitles are provided via two screens mounted on the left and right walls beside the stage. I had to depend a lot on the subtitles though because it often is a little bit more difficult to decipher what is being said when it is being sung instead of spoken.

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Musical TARU (恐龙复活了!)

Opportunities to watch musicals in English are a plenty in Singapore. However, what about those in Mandarin? Glad to report that from now until 13 Jan 2019, Resorts World Sentosa will be staging Musical  TARU, a Mandarin production that has been locally adapted from Korea’s No. 1 Family Musical. It’s also a musical that is suitable for children, not only because of the catchy songs and dances but because there will also be life-sized dinosaurs!

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PARKROYAL on Pickering–Amazing staycation experience and so many Instagrammable spots!

PARKROYAL on Pickering may strike you as a bit of a business hotel, given that it is in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, but that doesn’t make it any less suitable a location for a staycation. The hotel has been on my radar for several years now, thanks to its really eye-catching and unmistakable facade.

I’ve visited the hotel a couple of times in the past. Once was to enjoy the afternoon tea at Lime Restaurant, and another was to have a dinner buffet at the same restaurant. Recently, I had the opportunity to finally check out the rooms, and my was it a staycation to remember. Thanks to the PARKROYAL on Pickering Suite Little Escape promotion ($668 onwards) available just for December, we got to enjoy the comforts of a Junior Suite (has a living room area and separate bedroom!), a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries, festive buffet dinner and buffet breakfast!

The room is super humongous! So much space to just relax in plus the wider views! There are 2 TV screens so the husband can watch 1 programme while I can watch another. But truth be told, we hardly had time for TV because we were so busy taking photos all over the hotel plus pigging out. Seriously every turn you take is a potential Instagram opportunity.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed via my InstaStories that we got upgraded to have Club Lounge access. Club lounge access means that in addition to the perks from the Suite Little Escape promotion, we would also be entitled to Champagne buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails at the Orchid Club Lounge. I would highly recommend topping up for it to really pamper yourself, but if you don’t mind a smaller room, you can go for the Orchid Club Room ($440 onwards) and still get Club benefits.

Scroll down further to see what we did during our 1 precious day at PARKROYAL on Pickering where time just seemed to slip away so very much faster than I wanted it to!

Staycation at PARKROYAL on Pickering

Staycation time indeed! Do come in and take some pictures at the hotel lobby too as that already offers up many photo opportunities.

PARKROYAL on Pickering- Orchid Club Junior Suite

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Tayo Station

Do you love Pororo Park, the kids indoor playground located at Marina Square? If you love Pororo Park, you’ll be glad to know that sister outlet Tayo Station has recently opened late August 2018 at Downtown East in Pasir Ris! Tayo Station is actually quite different from Pororo Park, so it’s definitely worth a visit even if you have already visited Pororo Park.

Tayo Station is themed around the South Korean animated series (Tayo The Little Bus) and comprises the following main play areas:

  • Tayo’s Road Circuit
  • Poco’s Hinoki Play
  • Gani’s Playground (jungle gym)
  • Cliff Ball Pool
  • Toddler Play area

Tayo Station Road Circuit

Tayo Station Road Circuit

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Pororo Park – 5 reasons why you should visit!

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Whether you or your kids are fans of Pororo the little penguin from Korea or not, I would highly recommend a visit to Pororo Park the indoor playground located at Marina Square. What’s so special about this indoor playground you might ask. There are of course numerous indoor playgrounds dotted all over Singapore. I’ve never watched a single Pororo programme, and prior to my 1st visit to Pororo Park with Edward, I too wondered what’s the big deal about this place.

I’ll be frank, the admission fees are not cheap. They are probably one of the most expensive admission fees for an indoor playground in Singapore. A child ticket already costs $29.90, which in itself is already higher than average. And unlike other indoor playgrounds which usually admit at least 1 if not 2 accompanying adults for free, each accompanying adult at Pororo Park has to pay $6. Not cheap, to say the least. But Pororo Park does offer more than the average indoor playground.

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