BE GRATEFUL

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada where my family (parents and siblings)lives. I feel that it is very timely to post this as one of the topics I have been itching to write about..Being grateful.

There are things in life that challenge us or some things may be very different from what we imagine or dream of. Sometimes we question what we have instead of enjoying the blessing given to us. Last weekend, priest reminded me of one of my recent realizations. People nowadays have this ‘sense of entitlement’ on expecting to have things or to be treated based on their expectations. In reality, nothing gives us this ‘I deserve this’ tag and everything are just blessings. People (yes including me) tend to forget being thankful. Personally, I try to consciously change this and even intentionally associated my most recent birthday to it.

As one of my friends say, if we become more grateful the more we are blessed. While in one of my facebook groups composed of inspiring women, one post gratitude and it’s effects caught my attention. It says that sometimes when we feel lacking, the more we have to give to feel the abundance. Same thing I heard last weekend. And I believe them. Everytime I remind myself to count the blessings, positivity pour in.

As Robert Quillen said “If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.”

Makes sense right. There is always something to be grateful for.

Side-trip to Legoland Malaysia 

In the middle of our vacation last Summer in Singapore, we decided to spend an overnight trip to Legoland Malaysia. When my husband told me about this, I got giddy because I love kiddie themed travels (field trip levels) haha. So, I checked Legoland Malaysia’s website and got happily confused with the theme rooms to choose from. Finally, we decided to try the Pirate-themed Premiere Room and booked it!


Other themes are: Adventure-themed and Kingdom-themed rooms. One Kingdom room is a suite that accommodates up to 8 people! Room rates start at around RMB650. Premium Rooms start at RMB 820. Prices include buffet breakfast at the Bricks Cafe.


As advised by my cousins, it is best to spend an overnight stay so it will not be tiring for us to tour the theme park and go to and from Johor Bahru and Singapore. We purchased the two-day tickets for about RMB 280 or PHP 4200 or USD 96 which includes two-day access in both theme and water parks of Legoland.
May I also suggest to go there during the ‘BER’ months? We went there during summer and it was too hot. Good thing we stayed at the hotel so we rested from time to time hehe.  

How did we went there from Singapore? We booked through WTS Travel. The pick up point is at their Singapore Flyer office. We chose the 9am trip but we were there at around 8am. At first we were curious if there was a queue but the attendant said none. So we just waited only to realize that the bus already arrived and it was already full when we got in! So we were seated apart. Imagine if you are with kids, it is much of a hassle. Seeing the brighter side of it, the travel time is just short – around 1 hr and 45 mins including the immigration stop. But, I still provided my feedback to WTS and they acknowledged. The coach bus will drop off passengers at the entrance of Legoland and pick up point is at the same place. I love the choice we made regarding the time as we have maximized our stay and tour in the theme park. Guests can leave their bags at the hotel if it is not yet time for check in or if check out is too early. Coach bus roundtrip fare is at SGD 25 per person. 

Tip: If taking WTS, be more mindful of the bus assignment and double check with the attendant so you can get the best seats. We did that during our trip back to SG. 

Any theme park suggestions we can try next? 

SINGAPORE TRIP 2016

Singapore is still one of my favorite countries in Asia. I have not seen the whole Asia yet. I have been to around ten and I still keep coming back to Singapore

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
“The story of Singapore is rich with twists, turns and triumphs” as stated in Singapore’s travel website: http://www.yoursingapore.com/ . Truly, this independent and progressive country is rich in history and culture.

This is some sort of a “throwback” post from just a few months ago about my visit to the Lion City.

Our Swissotel Merchant Court room overlooking Clarke Quay

We have stayed at two Swissotel Hotels. Thank you to my cousin as she was able to book our hotels with discounts! Wee!😀 We stayed at Swissotel Merchant Court located near Clarke Quay and Singapore River. I love the quaint, vintage architecture of the hotel! When we arrived, some of the portions of the building were being constructed. But, we were informed ahead of time. The attendants and receptionists were so helpful and courteous. We were accommodated at a Premiere Room (corner room) with a balcony overlooking the pool and Clarke Quay. Happily, we were given one of the newly renovated rooms. The view is just perfect for a vacation vibe. The bathroom is very spacious, clean, and has elegant interiors.

For the Breakfast Buffet at Swissotel Merchant Court
Our stay at Swissotel Merchant Court comes with breakfast. There are variety of choices for breakfast – Asian, Continental etc. We all love the food! Glad that our cousin booked us at hotels near the city.

Quay Isle where a lot of restaurants like Kith can take you to a gastronomic fun

Our cousin Em and her fiancé Jeremy  are one of the best tour guides in SG! They bring us to unique and not so ‘touristey’ places. During this vacation, they brought us to Sentosa Cove’s Quayside Isle which is a place for gastronomic adventure with a wide array of coffee shops and restaurants. We decided to have lunch at Kith.


MBS Shoppes

We also went to the Night Safari. Our first time. It is a bit far from the city though. But, we loved the tour which takes around two (2) hours. Ticket is at around 59 sgd. 


How can we skip Universal Studios Singapore?! There are new rides. But, I came back for the Transformers ride! We tried getting the express pass access ffor additional 50 sgd for all the rides; ticket total is 126 sgd) this time which is our first time. So, we have saved a lot of time by having a special queue! Imagine riding the Transformer ride for five times! I think it was worth it. Tip: go to USS on a weekday if you have a choice as there is usually lesser people on weekdays.

Puss in Boots at USS
For the latter part of our vacation, we stayed at Swissotel Stamford. This hotel is strategically located at the heart of the city with easy access to City Hall station MRT. It is also one of the tallest buildings in Singapore. It is also right beside Raffles City Mall. Tip: Try Sushi Tei (found in this mall) – food is yum!  I can say that the hotel is perfect for both business and pleasure because of the location. Our room gives a nice view of the Singapore flyer and the city.

View from Swissotel Stamford

There’s a lot more to do in Singapore depending on the type of vacation and purpose of visit.One can have sidetrips to nearby towns, cities, and countries too. We did go to nearby Johor Bahru during this trip. But, will save that for a different post 🙂

Have you gone to Singapore or planning to do so? What is in your itinerary? Share it below.