Diy Travelling Taiwan

Solo travelling can be a dilemma for me. I craved for the solo trip, the sense of freedom and adventure, yet I feel guilty about enjoying the moment without my family haha.

To be honest, the wanderlust in me tells me that the best holiday is the one without an itinerary. Backpack style, own-time-own-target OTOT.

 

鼻頭角 BiTouJiao

 

To travel on my own is a luxury. We parents tend to focus everything on our kids and family first, and sometimes we neglect our own aspirations :p

Our kids are now bigger and I am glad that they prefer an adventurous itinerary over a 3D2N shopping trip, this really allow us to stretch our travel options (checkout our Chiang Mai or Sabah adventures!)

 

Biking, hiking, snorkeling, hot spring (they call it 泡汤, literally dipping in soup!) Too many family friendly activities in Taiwan.

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While researching for Taiwan attractions, we came across Round Taiwan Round (RTR, 玩島玩旅行社).

Besides the family friendly attractions, your usual 西門町 Xi Men Ding, 清境 Cing Jing or 阿里山 Alishan, RTR has more unique tours on their menu.

-Plucking Strawberries and Grapes in Miaoli
-White water rafting in Hualian
-Hiking in He Huan Shan or Taroko
-Para-gliding near to Sun Moon Lake!

There are a few ways to enjoy Round Taiwan Round’s packages. Whichever method is your preference, the website and detail descriptions make itinerary planning easier. We can even select a Mandarin or English speaking driver.

1)Private Tours – which offers total freedom, comfort and flexibility

Sky Walking in Nantou sounds cool!

2) Shared and custom itinerary, carpool with other tourists. Tripool allows you to choose your favourite attractions. Sharing can be more affordable for solo travellers and families.

Round Taiwan Round will recommend the best route to optimise your travel time. Sample “shared” Taichung and Nantou tour.

 

Tripool (sharing) gives you more options to customise your itinerary, but  is only available for Jiufen and Taroko at the moment.

Sample Jiufen attractions which you can pick for your Tripool itinerary.
Just pick 5 or 6 attractions for a full-day itinerary (all looks interesting!)

 

Round Taiwan Round
Round Taiwan Round jiufen
3)Even if you are totally clueless, RTR has a “Smart Itinerary”.
In three easy steps, create your own itinerary!

 

RTR has an online agent to help with your queries too, itinerary planning cannot be easier.

Instagram #SengkangBabiesTaiwan

 

Photos above are from my recent Taiwan trip (Facebook album).  The other photos should credit Round Taiwan Round .

If you are in need of some travel ideas crowd sourcing, do pop by Round Taiwan Round (Facebook and Instagram) for more inspiring ideas.

RTR makes travelling in Taiwan so easy, I might be tempted to extend my Taiwan holidays 🙂

ps.. GPS for sights above, top to bottom:

-象山 Elephant Mountain trail head (GPS 25.027377, 121.570769)
-鼻頭角 BiTouJiao (GPS 25.128797, 121.923279)
-十分Shifen (GPS 25.042294, 121.776472)
-基隆山Keelung Mountain trail head (GPS 25.111730, 121.847446)

Touch The Giving Family Festival

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Organised by TOUCH, The Giving Family Festival aimed to connect community and give back to society.

The Giving Family Festival
The Giving Family Festival

 

Over the weekend, Touch’s The Giving Family Carnival has a series of activities to engage families. Families can buy vouchers at the carnival, to exchange for games, food or merchandise. Sales proceeds would be channeled to Touch’s beneficiaries.

At the exit of Stadium MRT, visitors were invited to print their palm on a wall. For every palm counted, NTUC Fairprice Foundation will donate $5.

We sponsored three colourful palms :p

 

Coupon and activities.

 

The arena was filled with parents and kiddos. There was something for everyone.

Each coupon booklet is worth $50 and we soon realise that it is not a lot. The games and merchandise are not cheap, but we are spending for charity.

Magician on stage too.

Video : Instagram clip (Kids enjoying themselves)

Kids spend most of their times at the carnival ‘tikum” stalls. We only scored a duck after many tries.

To celebrate one inclusive community, I always encourage the kids to volunteer and give back to society. i hope they will have a heart for the less fortunate.

Kids might only know about the carnival fun, but I told them that the vouchers and sales will go to help the less fortunate.

When we help others, we are helping ourselves too by enriching our character and improving our empathy. We should help if we have the means (time, labour or donations).

There were some interesting cakes and terrarium workshops too.

 

The best activities for us were the drum walker and bumper car.
Long queue for nerf gun, otherwise it should be Fun!

Thank you Touch and the Giving Family Festival for the meaningful and fun invitation. I hope my kids appreciate the need for us to contribute back to society.

More photos uploaded to our Facebook album.

Do follow Touch for more community outreach campaigns and volunteering opportunities.
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With POSB Smart Buddy watch, kids can leave their wallet at home

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POSB Smart Buddy Watch for school going kids, a small step to encourage them to go cashless, a giant peep into Singapore’s future Digital economy.

Picture Singapore 2030, a Smart Nation, where Digital economy takes a firm foothold and transformed our society.

-We can buy everything (almost) off the Internet
-Every industry (and country) will need to evolve with Digitisation.
-End to end processes from Logistics, Finance, Healthcare, Education to Manufacturing etc, will be embedded in the cloud

Digital Natives will adapt fastest to new technologies.
One day, toddlers might prefer handheld devices to pacifiers, Gasp!

POSB Smart Buddy watch
POSB Smart Buddy watch

I got to preview POSB Smart Buddy watch earlier and I am impressed with the amount of smart activities for kids.

Cashless and ePayment, a whole new digital payment ecosystem will start in school. Sample images of kids using their smart watch for transactions in school canteen or minimart.

Images credit POSB

 

Boon Xin was eager to start her “Smart” watch journey, but we still need to setup the watch (took us less than 10 minutes).

1) Follow the instructions to insert the payment chip tied to parent’s account.

2) Download POSB Smart Buddy App for your IOS or Android device, detect and sync the watch.

POSB Smart Buddy app

 

 

Setup a profile for your child, you can have more than one profile for multiple kids.

One button to control them all, this watch is so simple for kids. Activate one button to display Date, Time, Calories, Distance travelled.

 

Video (YouTube link) : Easy setup of POSB Smart Buddy watch

 

.. and Boon Xin is ready to go shopping 🙂

Besides selected Primary schools (canteens and tuckshops), we understand Popular Bookstore, KFC, Pizza Hut, Sheng Siong and Comfort supports POSB Smart Buddy payment.

More merchants are expected to join the programme.

We need to configure her daily allowance and she just need to spend
(so good right!)

Snacks or colour pencils or skip lunch again?

Parents would know how their kids are spending their allowance in school. I would even know if my child skipped lunch to play soccer!
(maybe there would be more Steps)

 

The maximum allowance is $100, but I am not going to tempt her 🙂
What I like about the app is we can adjust the allowance and it will be effective immediately (these changes are transparent to the child).

 

We brought her to Popular Bookstore. Boon Xin just needed to pick up her favourite stationery and tap her POSB Smart Buddy watch.

Her first cashless transaction, so Easy.

Boon Xin would be excited to share her steps and distance travelled everyday. She was curious about adults’ HPB Steps Challenge, and she can now join us and clock her own steps.

Hooray to a healthier lifestyle !

As Boon Xin’s school is not yet on POSB Smart Buddy programme, any unused allowance will automatically go into her Savings.

She can also plan her own savings Goal or buy digital Smiley stamps. We encourage her to setup another Goal for her favourite Roller Blades.

How many $1 must she save before she can buy a pair or Roller Blades?

We cannot over emphasised the importance of Financial literacy.

 

Need more tips and FAQ? You can either go Online or use the user-manual in your POSB Smart Buddy app.

We heard more features will be released in the future. Example tracking of kids in school and school bus. This would definitely give parents a layer of assurance, knowing that our kids are in a safe familiar environment.

POSB can also work with schools to add credits for needy students (Financial Assistance Scheme), no more vouchers.

Video (YouTube link): POSB Smart Buddy features

 

 

24 Primary schools are currently on board. If you would like your school to support POSB Smart Buddy soon, do write in to your school too.

We hope POSB Smart buddy will come to our school soon 🙂

Check out how other parenting bloggers are sharing about POSB Smart Buddy on DBSinnovates.com portal.

 

We only have one small problem. Boon Xin’s siblings are asking when they can have their own POSB Smart Buddy watch!

Interested to find out more about POSB Smart Buddy :
Website http://www.posb.com.sg/smartbuddy
Email PosbSmartBuddy@dbs.com
Hotline 1800 339 6666