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Thomson-East Coast Line Opening preview (TEL 1– Woodlands, Woodlands South and Woodlands North Stations) and some interesting facts

The Thomson-East Coast Line Woodlands, Woodlands South and Woodlands North Stations (aka TEL 1) will soon be opening on 31 January 2020. In preparation for this momentous occasion, the 3 stations hosted an open house party on 11 January 2020 for the public to preview the stations. Aside from the free rides on these 3 stations throughout the day, there were also a lot of fringe activities held at each of the 3 stations as can be seen in my video below.

Quizzes, hands-on activities for the kids and even a bomb-shelter tour by the SCDF. Many people crowded the quiz stations because there were many freebies to be won. We ourselves managed to snag our hands on a number of post-it notes by the Gracious Bunch, some toy duck figurines (not sure of the relevance!). You can also buy these knick knacks and other quirky merchandise inspired by Singapore’s buses and trains at Knackstop.

How is the MRT System built

But the best thing we got was a <How is the MRT System built> book published by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. The book features a story about exactly what the title says in a format easy for children to digest. There are even some simple activities at the end of the book plus a cardboard cut out of a train model to be put together. Fantastic book for train-mad children like my son is.

Some interesting facts about the 3 Woodlands stations

  1. Woodlands North Station is humongous as it is next to the potential Rapid Transit System (RTS) linking Singapore to Johor Bahru.
  2. The stations feature two lifts instead of one to cater to an aging population as well as to be more inclusive
  3. The new MRT train maps with the circle line drawn out as a circle are used
  4. Larger wayfinding signage and exit signs
  5. Exits labelled by number instead of alphabet
  6. One Family room available for changing of diapers, and child height toilet bowl. Strangely located within the disabled toilet, which could mean long queues for those who need it. Watch my video to see this family room toilet!

Watch the video below to get a preview of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line 1 stations!


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Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge Festive Afternoon Tea

I know Christmas is over but I wanted to share with you all our wonderful Christmas Festive Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton Chihuly lounge. This is my second year running having the festive Afternoon Tea here. It can be expensive to eat out for Christmas but yet you feel like you deserve to indulge a little bit given that it’s Christmas. My usual practice come December is to go for a festive afternoon tea. That way, not only can I enjoy the festive atmosphere and decorations, the bill is still somewhat manageable. I’ve always liked the afternoon tea offered by Chihuly Lounge.

Ritz Carlton Festive Afternoon Tea

Scones! As much as you like, with clotted cream, jams and honey.

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Last Minute Gift ideas!

Christmas is in 5 days time! Have you gotten all your Christmas gifts yet? If you are still looking for some last minute good Christmas gift ideas in Singapore, well you are not alone! I too have not completed my shopping. But hopefully with the Christmas gift ideas below, you are now armed with some choices! Some of the Christmas gift ideas are experiences so they can be purchased online instantly without having to worry about delivery. Oh btw if you’re looking for affordable places to dine for Christmas, or where to get unique log cakes, click on those links.

Entertainer App / Burpple App

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Here are another two gift ideas that cost you less than $100 upfront, but is potentially worth so much more to the receiver. It’s no secret that we all love to eat out, after all there isn’t all that much to do in Singapore, especially after work on a weekday. The Entertainer and Burpple apps are apps that allow you to enjoy 1-for-1 dining deals at numerous eateries in Singapore. There are some overlaps in the restaurants / cafes covered, but in general, I would say that the Entertainer covers main course dishes at restaurants (including some fine dining restaurants), as well as some fun attractions and hotels. They are even throwing in deals with merchants in Bali and Johor Bahru! If however cafes are more your thing, go for the Burpple App as it covers more cafes. Get the app which you think suits the dining habits of your gift recipient.

Entertainer App

Here’s what you get for the full version Singapore Bundle 2020 at $95 / year —–>
Singapore 2020, express 2020, Travel 2020, Gourmet 2020 (includes Fat Cow, Bedrock Bar & Grill, and other fine dining merchants), Cheers Singapore 2020, Bali 2020, Johor Bahru 2020

You can get a 10% discount on the app if you use my Entertainer referral code : 365days2play when you purchase online https://www.theentertainerme.com/products2020.

Burpple App

Burpple currently has 2 pricing plans

  • Lite (2 deals per place) – $49 / year
  • Premium (4 deals per place) – $99 / year

You can get 30% discount on the pricing plans if you click on my referral code here : https://burpple.com/invite/DAWN278

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Naiise Iconic Jewel Changi Airport – A fantastic place to get thoughtful gifts for anyone

When it comes to shopping, I’ve never particularly enjoyed shopping for clothes because I find it so hard to get clothes that perfectly fit my body and yet is still in a design that I like. I am quite the opposite though when it comes to shopping for gifts, trinkets and food items. I often want to buy up shelves and shelves of things. You should have seen my Instastories!

Naiise Iconic Jewel Changi Airport

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SINGAPORE MARRIOTT TANG PLAZA HOTEL–A Christmas to Remember

Christmas 2019 is but just over a month away! It’s the time of the year to think tinsel and make merry again. Tell me if you don’t get excited seeing all the Christmas decorations popping up one by one everywhere. I’ve long told myself not to just focus on the big day itself, but to actually soak up the whole Christmassy atmosphere from November. Because Christmas Eve and Christmas Day whizzes by SO FAST, I feel a little down the day after. I find if I start celebrating from November, there’s a whole lot more time to enjoy the festivities!

A Christmas To Remember at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

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