Staycation at hotel Novotel Singapore on Stevens

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We had a relaxing Christmas Eve staycation at hotel Novotel Singapore on Stevens. This is a new hotel, situated 5 minutes away from Orchard Road.

We were glad to accept this staycation invite as we could extend our holiday and recuperate from our Taiwan wanderlust.

The reception area was chic and spacious with a huge “fish tank”. Love the expanse linking from reception to the bar and conference area.

 

Avant-garde and contemporary design, portraying the illusion of an endless corridor.

 

Can you spot the stars blinking from the ceiling?

I love the various racks along the corridors, it feels like a library or a museum, pretty unique.

 

You will see a lot of Christmas trees in this post, we are still lingering in the festive period.

Plenty of glass estate around hotel Novotel Singapore On Stevens means we can see a lot of fun reflections. The Christmas tree below seems to “touch” each other.

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Hotel Novotel Singapore On Stevens

 

Introducing our connecting rooms, your usual bedrooms but we enjoyed the comfortable beds and pillows.

 

Strong Wifi kept the kids glued to their screens haha.

We do have one minor complain, the door to the connecting room opens in the centre (not the side), it is a blind spot and might accidentally hit the other room’s occupants.

Macaroons and chocolate cookies are always welcomed, Thank You 🙂


 

 

As hotel Novotel Singapore on Stevens had just started operations, all the facilities and accessories are still very new.

We found the most important switch in our room (photo below), which will activate a curtain.

 

The shower cubicle leave nothing to the imagination and shy parents would be eager to protect their dignity. Honeymoon couples may dispense with the roll-down curtain.

 

Cute door card, inviting us to enjoy the greens and the blues.

More reflections from hotel Novotel Singapore on Stevens infinity pool and glass facade.

Swim at ease with the city’s skyscrapers in the background.

We love the greens around Novotel Singapore on Stevens too. The lawn, the patio and even some greens in the restaurant (Food Exchange).

Shuttle bus is complimentary for hotel guests, bringing you to Galleria DFS (Scotts Road) daily, every 30 minutes. In addition, Monday to Friday,  0730 to 0900, you can hop onto Botanic Gardens too.

Do take note shuttle service is very popular, we could not board the last shuttle to hotel (but we did get to enjoy a slow 12 min stroll back to our hotel).

Stevens MRT is a bus stop away.

 

It is always fun to play tourists in Singapore, we took public transport to Botanic Gardens and Adam Road Food Centre.

We suspect many tourists might opt to head South towards Orchard Road  🙂

 

Indian Rojak, Prawn Noodles and famous Nasi Lemak kept everyone happy.

 

We did pop by Orchard Road later in the evening to soak in the festive Christmas atmosphere.

Orchard Road Lightup
Orchard Road Lightup

 

Got ambushed by  Stormtroopers at Centrepoint!

 

Jostling with the crowds, and enjoying street busking.

Breakfast was at Food Exchange. We love the colourful, bright and column-free dining area. Asian and western cuisines will delight families, we sat facing the infinity pool.

More “greens” (not only salad) in the restaurant.

The overhanging seagulls captured our carefree imagination.

Please visit the well equipped 24-hour gym, all the exercise equipment are very new. Managed to clock 5km on the treadmill to burn away some calories.

 

There is a lap pool next to the gym, this pool is much quieter compared to the infinity pool 🙂

 

What you do not see are the friendly and approachable staffs at Novotel Singapore on Stevens. From frontdesk to restaurant, everyone was eager to impress. Please keep up the good service.

 

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Thank you Novotel Singapore on Stevens for the invite, we had an enjoyable and chill weekend. Every Holiday and Staycation should be so relaxing 🙂

Do follow Novotel Singapore on Stevens on their Website and Facebook for the latest promotions.

Address: 28 Stevens Road, #01-01, Singapore 257878
Phone: +65 6491 6100

.. do checkout our friend’s Life’s Tiny Miracles review 🙂

Duck tour and Hippo Ride Christmas

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Quack quack, Darcy is our Duck Tour ride 🙂
Kids still cannot agree whether our Duck ride bus is a boat or bus.
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Well, we should be able to distinguish a male from a female Duck (hint: eye lashes).
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Last weekend, our Duck Tour took us on a 60 minute amphibious ride.
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Safety briefing, no one wish to hear “Abandon Duck” 🙂
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Our guide share with us that there are two captains on every Duck Tour, one for land and another for water.
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Street view from our lumbering gentle Giant. I used to drive our car behind a Duck Bus so that the kids can admire the Duck bus up close. The huge wheels never cease to attract attention on the road.
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Family Fun! View from the Duck bus’s cabin, the cars do appear smaller around us.
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Most of the kids enjoy the ride. I hope Boon Yee is enjoying the breeze in his dreams too 🙂
Kids got a cute duck whistle ($3.50) to blow along the route :p
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Be it icons on land and waterway, our Duck show us the best of both world 🙂
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Hello Merion, Flyer, MBS (gif image)
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Famous icons on land.
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Around December each year, Duck & Hippo tour will also run a special “HiPPO Light-up Tour”, where families and couples get to enjoy Orchard Road’s glittering Christmas Lightup.
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We could not contain our excitement when we witness the “avalanche” at Tanglin Mall. Wow!
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Orchard Road Lightup. Kids cannot bear to sit down.
Hold on tight as we enjoy our topless ride. So windy!
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Smiles, Cheers and Jingle down Orchard Road.
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We can hear the buzz and vibes from the busy streets along Orchard road. Buskers, Choirs dot every junction, ringing in the festive cheers.
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Love the effects of “speed and dreamy” landscape from the photos.
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Video: Duck Tour Splash and Hippo Bus Glitter !

Thank you Duck & Hippo for the invitation 🙂
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“HiPPO Light-up Tour” runs two sessions nightly till 24th December at 1930 and 2030.
Go early to book your magical ride as the queues are long.

Do follow Duck & Hippo on their Website and Fanpage. There are more than one ongoing contests 🙂
Call them at +65 6338 6877 for the latest updates and promotion.
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More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album.

Tanglin Mall is snowing

The shopping Malls along Orchard road will be lightup with festive decorations and lightings to welcome Christmas annually. We also know Tanglin Mall is the most happening snow party in town! When we play with foam snow in 2009, Boon Xin was only 5 months old.

Boon Xin is trying to tell you Tanglin Mall is happening before Christmas 🙂

From now till 01Jan 2012, Tanglin Mall is greeting kids (and adults) with Snow. It is really foam, but who cares :p

Weekday – 7:30pm and Weekend – 7:30pm and 8:30pm (two sessions).

Actually 7.30pm is 15min of Avalanche (read hugh dose of foam!), and 7:45pm is Snow.

Kids start gathering at 7pm, in anticipation of Fun.

Then suddenly, you hear kids screaming in delight. The foam party has started. To get the best photos, parents need to dive deep into the thick of action. At the center of the Avalanche !

Be careful of smaller kids, as it could be dangerous if they slip and fall.

Whatever caught Kang’s attention. You know he is in a world of his own, Snow world 🙂

Look at how Wei and Yi apply shampoo for themselves !

Boon Xin was initially apprehensive. The hugh crowd and foam could have spook her. It does not help that her bros were so “helpful” scooping soap into her hair and face! Daddy need to bring her around to orientate her. After she warms up…

Video : Watch this video for some fantastic Snow adventure!

Camera might be slightly damn from the snow flakes, but these Fun expressions are totally worth it !

Boon Yee must be thinking, “If only this is real snow” 🙂

Shoes, forgotten.

Are your kids in the mood for some Snow fun after reading our adventure?
Read our Tanglin Snow adventure in 2009 or browse more cool photos in our fanpage album 🙂

More tips :
– we found kids in swimwear (and goggles!), and rain coats. Just wear something comfortable.
– There is washup corner after all the fun, parents just need to bring a towel and spare clothes along.