2D1N Legoland Malaysia fun weekend

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We had a 2D1N Legoland Malaysia Fun weekend recently.

Legoland is packed with celebrations for Q4 2017. They just celebrated their 5th anniversary in September, and October is Halloween “Brick-or-Treat”.

The next Halloween weekend is on 20/21 Oct evening 🙂

2D1N Legoland Malaysia
2D1N Legoland Malaysia

Skulls, pumpkins, ghouls and other “scary” creative bricks dotted Legoland compound. (poster below, do look out for December Christmas events too)

Brick-or-Treat Halloween at Legoland

These are some of the activities you can expect at Legoland Brick-or-Treat. As Legoland is designed with families in mind, the scary antics are mild, so little ones are not spooked.

I thought the Halloween Lego bricks looks more cute than scary :p 

The Kingdom area does look difference day and night. Do take note that during “Brick-or-Treat” evenings, only “Kingdom area” is extended beyond normal Legoland operating hours.

 

One of the highlight would be kiddy’s costume contest (Spook-Tacular Costume Contest). Hint : We heard kids who are dressed for the horror occasion can enter Legoland for free hooray!

 

 

Photo above, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine were so adorable, the audience were full of praise and not scared. Spot a cute little witch with a bloom too.

Second (Harry Potter) and third-prized winners, congrats 🙂

The winner is a “Chinese Zombie” , who can hop very well 🙂

Then we follow the monsters horde (Brick a Boo parade) back to the front stage.

LEGO Halloween characters like Dracula and Frankenstein entertained us with some dance moves.

 

Many opportunities for photos, just approach the friendly “monsters” and they will obliged.

That was how we spent day one of our 2D1N Legoland Malaysia weekend.

 

Legoland Hotel Experience

Back at Legoland hotel, we got to spend one night in the “Adventure room”. We did mentioned before that we love Legoland’s bigger themed room (two rooms) as it can accommodate 5 or 6 easily (no need to book two rooms).

 

 

Remember the cool lift?

Everyone can be a dancing queen when the door closed !

A sunny day, and the FUN continues 😊#legolandmalaysia #sengkangBabies

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Adventure starts before we enter our room. Follow the map for a treasure hunt.

Behind the doors, scorpions and bugs await. We thought Indiana Jones would fit right into the theme.

 

First task for the kids, search for clues and unbox the treasure chest in our room. Lego treats await the kids 🙂

This trick always work to let the kids settle down fast.

 

Bunk bed is the other highlight, everyone loves to sleep at the top but only the older kids got this luxury :p (even Daddy did not had a chance)

 

We had stayed in Legoland Hotel’s Pirates room before (read review), and the lobby is still the main attraction for first timers. Huge mini figures greeted us at the entrance.

Kids can spot the rows (and 100 more rows) of mini-figures behind the reception too, Cool!

.. or kids can help themselves to more bricks fun at the “pits” under the castles or sailing boat.

Photo below : You may spot life-saver Boon Kang (from 2013) in the hallway too. View of Waterpark from our room.

Walk further in and Kinect will keep families entertained.

Your breakfast venue at Bricks Family Restaurant. Be prepared to queue as many families crowds the dining area! Heh, we spotted teh-tarik too, quite tasty and innovative too 🙂

Theme Parks Fun (more photos here)

 

Visitors to Legoland might wish to top up their day tickets by RM80 to upgrade to an annual membership (that is less than SGD $30!)

Through the rides, our kids had literally grown up with Legoland! Some rides are now deemed “childish” for them haha.   

 

Boon Yee looking over the horizon from his train, we did noticed many apartments had spout up around Legoland compound.

 

Managed to convince them to take one super-slow train ride around Legoland playground haha. 

 

They still prefer anything with speed and which can induce adrenaline 🙂

 

We heard a VR roller coaster will start cruising in November. Sounds cool, just wear a VR goggle and let the world spins and Drop around you.

Do pop by our friends’ Legoland Halloween reviews too (Life’s Tiny Miracles and WackyDuo)

Additional tips to enjoy 2D1N Legoland Malaysia:

-Book a themed room and enjoy the bundle tickets promotion

-Grab the RM80 annual membership promotion (expiry date unknown)

-If you have a combo tickets, try to enjoy the water park first (just in case day 2 should rain)

-It is possible to enjoy Wet and Dry theme parks on same day but it will be tiring for adults (not kids). It helps that the theme parks are just 5 minutes walk away from hotel

-Apply suntan lotion as it can be very hot at Legoland, and we noticed Legoland had installed huge ceiling fans to cool everyone down

-If you would like some seafood or zhi-char for dinner, drive a short 8min away to Gelang Patah (Xinmin Chu review , we love the the sweet coconut crab)

We had uploaded more photos on our Facebook album.
Do pop by for more Legoland details on their Website and Fanpage.

We have documented all our Legoland adventure at this blog tag “Legoland Malaysia“, we hope your families will enjoy your 2D1N Legoland Malaysia Fun too.

Thank you Legoland for the fun invite 🙂

Running Punggol Buangkok Sengkang Park connector

We love the park connectors, you can run, cycle, blade, scoot or simply walk. Day or night, the scenic waterways always attract families (including pets) and activities.

Lovely cloud reflections at Coney Island entrance

When I need to choose a spot for my long runs, the Sengkang Park connector links me to Punggol and Buangkok, and the loop will last me 20 to 25km.  Some convenience factors for me would be be toilets, water point and shelters (lockers would be a bonus).

1) Toilets – For obvious reason, stomachache in the middle of coney island is no fun.

2) Water point for my hydration needs. Try running in Bishan Park loops and you will realise they only have 2 or perhaps 3 water points. (Please correct me if I am wrong)

3) Shelters from the environment. You can run in the rain but not under thunderstorm.

Look at Google Map below, I have highlighted the water points (roughly every 5km) in my favourite running route. You can start from anywhere, any direction, just follow the waterways and “long kang” (drains) to form a 20km loop. Google Map Link

Sengkang Punggol Running route
Sengkang Punggol Running route

Expect to see Container parks, nice vantage bridges, dams, beautiful sunrise or sunset, and the spectacular Punggol landscape. I have yet to spot the otters.

I live in Sengkang, but I need to admit that Punggol is more scenic 🙂

Punggol 21
Punggol 21, Jewel Bridge

When you run around your neighbourhood, you will realise how landscapes can change in months. Green area cleared, boarding come up, and the BTO flats literally grow floor by floor in weeks! And Sengkang hospital will be ready in a few months!

 

 

If you start from Compass One (Seng Kang MRT), clockwise through Buangkok you will reach Sengkang Park connector towards the swimming pool. You will run behind Kampong Lorong Buangkok (Singapore’s last Kampong on the main land, GPS 1.383346, 103.878035).

Sengkang Park connector
Sengkang Park connector

#Water point B(refer map) Anchorvale Swimming Pool

Sengkang Swimming Pool

 

Run along the river and you will reach the dormitories and Punggol Marina. Look across the straits at Johor Pasir Gudang. There will be a lot of fishing enthusiasts (anglers) too.

Punggol end Jetty

#Water point C. Punggol End

If you want to end your run, take a bus back to Punggol bus Interchange. Or if you want additional challenge, run the Punggol end slopes!

You can enjoy seafood or rent a bike to go to Coney Island (closed at 7pm).

Bus to Punggol end

But this lush greenery and laid-back corner at Punggol end will be very crowded soon, with new flats and even industries.

Future Punggol Developments
Future Punggol Developments

I hate this zig-zag route running parallel to Coney Island. Seems like never ending, and always feel lonely on this stretch. You will get occasional bikers and joggers.

Below picture of HDB, you will see remote planes flying around weekends.

You will see Lorong Halus bridge before Water Point D. This bridge looks nice day or night.

#Water point D. Punggol Promenade toilet (200m from bridge, 50m to Container Park)

This is 15km mark on my run, 5km to go but I hear Happy hours 🙂

ofo bikes rental
ofo bikes Punggol

Nearing the end of my route, one more km to Water Way E.

#Water point E. Punggol Park (This is actually in Hougang)

Punggol Park
Punggol Park

 

#Water point A. This can be Buangkok or Sengkang MRT

A slow run (20km pace 7 to 8) will take you between 2 to 2.5 hours. Enjoy the scenery.

Additional tips :

1-Ladies, do not go running along in the late evenings, run with a pal. Some areas suffer from blackouts. And there are many construction sites around.

2-Beware of the irritating bright lights from ebikes and scooters, they are fast and often blind you with their spotlights!

Do you prefer Sunrise, Sunset or even full moon? Do share your favourite park and running routes with me.

Macritchie Trail run
– Cycle to Sengkang North and Seletar airport
– Cycle to Coney Island
– Follow our running adventures here

Cook your own chicken rice at Creative Culinaire

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Tata! We can now cook our own Chicken rice! Yes, Singapore’s National dish 🙂

Everyone loves chicken rice, the fragrant oily white rice, the tender steamed chicken and the dark sauce with chili paste. But how many of us got the chance to butcher a chicken, tear out the innards, and even marinate the chicken?

We jump at the opportunity when Creative Culinaire invited us to cook our own chicken rice.

Chicken Rice workshop

After listening to Chef Judy’s instruction, Boon Yee (no3) and me tried to remember the steps, portions and sequence.

Our junior Master Chef wannabe preparing the ingredient, stock soup base and concocting our own spices (garlic, ginger, pandan leaf etc).

We are supposed to stir the pot until we can smell the fragrant chicken essence infused with garlic. In fact, the whole kitchen was enveloped in chicken rice fragrance 🙂

We pickup some news and tips from Chef Judy along the cooking class too.

Example, Chicken Rice is one of the top 50 World cuisines and originated from Hai Nan China (thus the name 海南鸡饭) . Singapore has R&D the recipe to suit our own palate.

We heard Chicken fat was used to flavour the rice in the good old days, but health-conscious Singapore has opted out fatty oil.

Kampong chicken was preferred then, although meat is tougher but it was a healthier option (no injections).

One of the highlight for our class, we needed to butcher and cut up the chicken. This was no easy task with our small scissor, even adults have problem cutting open the chicken!

Next, we need to remove the innards, we will spare you the gloss bloody photos. I told Boon Yee the plate of chicken rice in school always look so polished and presentable, but he now realised the hard preparation work.

Boil and poach the chicken, then keep it cool, we want to keep the meat tender.

Besides learning to cook, kids learn about keeping the kitchen workspace and utensils clean. If he does aspire to be a chef one day, this would be crucial for him to remember. Meanwhile, he can help to keep our home  kitchen neat.

We always remembered to have fun along our cooking session, and we now know why the chicken portion kept shrinking!

Taste nicer right, when you prepare the chicken yourself?

Creative Culinaire cook off

Instagram Video : Project Chicken Rice

 

This chicken rice (photo below) is Chef Judy’s masterpiece, you should hear her talk about Chicken Rice butter cake!

chicken rice
Singapore Nationall Dish Chicken Rice

 

Do pop by our Facebook album for more Fun photos. I really appreciate the opportunity to cook a special dish with my boy. Do pop by our Rainbow cake baking session too.

Even the chili blending looks so therapeutic and inviting 🙂

What's cooking? Not #JuniorMasterChef #sengkangbabies Smells nice 👍

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Chicken rice anyone? You can pop up Creative Culinaire website for the next school holiday cook-off.