Relaxing stay at Bintan Lagoon Resort

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Over the December school holidays, we were invited to Bintan Lagoon Resort (BLR).

The first impression which struck us is the serene surroundings and vast tracts of land.
There are a total of 417 rooms in Bintan Lagoon Resort!

Breakfast buffet at Fiesta was always a cheery experience, the open concept and colourful interior, sea view with constant breeze. We took our own sweet time to enjoy the pastries and continental spread.

Pretty landscaping, the coconut trees give the resort a relaxing vibe.

Blue and white over the horizon and pool, sea and clouds. Go on, rest on the beach deck couches, snooze if you wish to 🙂

Life can be carefree, until the kids pull you along to explore the resort.

Climb up the slope and watch the ferry moors, the ferry terminal is at resort’s door step!

Looking over the horizon.

The lobby is decorated with pretty wooden carpentry work.

Bintan Lagoon Resort offers tons of opportunities to relax and chill.

Our active kids spend most of their time at Leisure Centre.

We suspect Jungle Gym would be kids’ favourite hideout.

Or pool fun (boat rental has nominal fee)

Golf driving range and archery, you can rent the buggy too (4 seater 350,000 Rupiah).

Those who wish to impress and romance your beau, the spacious suites are available for your luxurious honeymoon. Villas with private pool and personal buggy are available too.

Pretty landscaping all around.

But alas, monsoon season’s red flag meant it was not safe for seaside activities.

Lunch was Dim Sum and Chinese cuisine at Chop Chop, value for money and quite delicious too, the carrot cakes were surprisingly good.

We signed up for a Mangrove tour after lunch. Amazing to go up close and embrace the rich diversity surrounding a mangrove ecosystem.

Mangrove kiln (for charcoal burning) and traditional houses spotting.

Both the speedy boat ride and overhead mangroves canopy were exhilarating for us. As we ventured deeper, the waterway got narrower and shallower.


Spot the overhead snakes and monkeys!

Learning about the ecosystem of the mangroves, the mangrove pods. Our guide managed to grab some wild pitcher plants for us too.

Back on land, kids were treated to Magnums and adults packaged the “famous” Nasi Padang back, love the juicy and tender rendang beef!

Dinner was at beachfront restaurant Nelayan. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as the waves lapped the sandy shoreline.

Tips for travellers : When Indonesians mention your order is only mild spiciness, they mean very spicy :p

Grilled Lombok Chicken was the best dish from our dinner, the chilli meshed into the chicken, and goes really well with plain rice. Sedap!

We have uploaded more photos on our Facebook album, you can visit our Day 1 Eco-Village activity too.

Bintan Resorts” generally refers to the area on the entire northern coast of the Indonesian Island of Bintan. There are at least 8 resorts around this area. You can get the latest updates about Bintan Lagoon Resort on their website and Facebook.

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Thank you for the “relaxing” invite, BLR 🙂

Plantronics Backbeat Fit is adding Music and Fun to my Run

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I have recently added Music to my running routine.
With the right song (and tempo), I hope to be motivated to run faster and further 🙂
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My previous headset was wired, and I hate the dangling cables. It proves to be more distracting then helpful in my runs. The ear plugs kept dropping off, and it was uncomfortable to push the ear buds deep into the ear canal.

I knew wireless (and bluetooth) is the way to go.
It would help if new headset is light and enduring too.

Enter Plantronics BackBeat Fit.

1) It meets all my requirement, and can last 8 hours!
I do not even need to bother to switch it off, the unit can lasts me for 3 or 4 days’ worth of run.
More importantly, I know my BackBeat Fit will accompany me throughout my upcoming Sundown Marathon in 2017!
You can have a full recharge in around 2 hours (Quick charge 15 minutes for up to 1 hour of music play)

Press a button and my headset will tell me “4 hours of “Listen time left”. Iphone icon will display estimated battery live left.
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2) Look at my perspiration, minimal amount of sweat will stick to my Backbeat Fit. The unit’s waterproof design meets the IP57 rating and has an additional sweatproof nano-coating. The last thing we need is for sweat or rain to corrode our headset (Plantronics Youtube)
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3) Durable and sporty
The material feels flimsy but is actually very durable, no matter how you twist or loop it.

4) Love the functional design of my BackBeat Fit. The “Hooks” secure the ear plugs snugly near my ear, and will not come loose no matter how I shake my head. It weighs only 24gm, and you will hardly feel it!
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5) The buttons are super easy to understand, user friendly and intuitive. I manage to connect the Plantronics BackBeat Fit to my Iphone within 10 minutes of un-boxing.
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In addition, Backbeat Fit has a few fancy features too.

6) The most important is the open eartip (ear buds) design which provide ambient awareness. With the music playing, I can still hear the bicycle bells and vehicular horns coming from behind.

Situation awareness is especially important when I go running in the evening. Those noise-cancelling headsets would be good for surround-sound music but might not be recommended for running.

7) Love the vibrant colours.
Love the neon flashy strips, choose a colour to define your style, but I opted for conservative Black Core. The neon “strips” is a safety feature, they can help to reflect lights in the evening.
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(Image credit http://www.plantronics.com)

I am definitely looking forward to more runs with my BackBeat Fit 🙂
Follow our running journey here.

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More details about Plantronics BackBeat Fit can be found on their website, Facebook and Youtube (Older BackBeat Fit version). Do take note the latest Plantronics BackBeat Fit no longer bundle the reversible-armband together.

Have fun learning at Happy Sparks

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From 10 to 13 of November, bring your child to Happy Sparks and have Fun Learning and Exploring.

Organised by Times Experience, Happy Sparks is an edutainment event for families and children aged 3 to 12. The theme is “Ignite, Inspire and Innovate” and Happy Sparks aims to promote learning through play and technology.

Because it is not just about education, you can look forward to entertaining singing and dancing competitions. Who knows, you might just witness Singapore’s next young star!

If your child has difficulty learning Mandarin, the parenting forum on Saturday is a must-attend. Pick up tips on speaking Mandarin at home from speakers like Diana Ser and moderated by Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang from 88.3Jia FM.

I popped by Happy Sparks website earlier and these are some of the workshops and activities worth checking out.

1) Fun Workshops (Fees apply) :
– The little ones can create musical moments with Beatboxing or Ukulele
– Parents can gain useful tips to handle problem-solving (for Upper primary Maths)
– Toddlers can indulge in some play sessions (indoor playgrounds) with parents

2) Interesting Activities (FOC) :
Magical Chemistry – Concoct your own potion anyone?
Brainy Arkies, a new mobile learning app by Marshall Cavendish Education that encourages learning and building through play
Media Star – Nurturing tomorrow’s media professional?
Motivating Your Child to Learn – Pick up tips on how to motivate your child to learn
Marine Discoverers’ Skit – Learn about Singapore’s marine biodiversity with your child

The full four days itinerary are available at this link -> http://www.happysparks.com/programmes, and Registration is already opened for interested participants. With Happy Sparks less than a week away, seats for many of the workshops are filling up fast so register now!

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Besides studies and curriculum,you can participate in fun games and get an insight into your child’s abilities.

3) Explore “Happy Expedition” which has up to 10 game stations. All you need to do is complete 5 of the 10 stations to enter a sure-win dip. Find out more here.

4) Parents might be keen to discover your child’s SMARTS at the MI Zone.
Learn about Multiple Intelligence and find out your child’s SMARTS with a simple test. You can take it online or at the Multiple Intelligence Zone. Then present the results for a free evaluation! There will also be fun booth activities and discounts on classes by education vendors.

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Doesn’t some of the activities above sounds interesting? Visit the Happy Sparks website for more details!

– Event: Happy Sparks
– Date 10 – 13 November 2016
– Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 10am – 8pm
– Venue -Singapore Expo Hall 4B