Being in the showbiz industry, one cannot really expect a fixed working schedule. My husband (John Prats) for instance, goes to work at 7am,and comes home at 2am or 4am. His call time the next day is 8am. He goes out while Feather and I are still asleep, and he comes home seeing the same scenario. His schedules get more erratic if he has out of town mall shows. Not complaining here, but truth is, we miss him mostof the time. Hence, when we had the chance to block off his schedule for 3 days, we booked a flight for a city that I considered my second home, Singapore.
I’m no stranger to this beautiful city for I’ve been coming here since I was in third grade. Two of my older sisters started residing and working here after they graduated from college. This trip was quite different though from the ones I had. My previous visits and the one prior to this, I came here in my single self (Though I was already engaged the last time I was here). This time, I’m with my own family. I’m beyond ecstatic to go since it's the FIRST time for #ThePratties to travel in SG as a family❤ So I had to make sure that it will be one memorable trip for us.
I readily checked online for fun things to do (Confession: I’ve learnt to set aside the shopaholic me since I became a mom :D) and VOILA! I stumbled upon Resorts World Sentosa Singapore’s website, and discovered a whole suite of fun holiday offerings for the family including S.E.A. Aquarium and The Despicable Me 3 Breakout Party at Universal Studios Singapore.
Well, well, the Despicable Me Breakout Party is certainly one fun activity for our dear LiFe. The Minions happen to be one of my daughter's favorite characters. Then before and after the Meet and Greet with Gru and the Minions, we could do other fun stuff at Universal Studios Singapore and there’s the S.E.A Aquarium (Considered to be one of the world's largest aquarium) which I’ve been meaning to visit.Feather would love to see all the water creatures in there. Oooh… I was hyped! This is going to be fun.
Down to my next concern:
Where do we stay? We wanted somewhere near Universal Studios Singapore, so it will be convenient for LiFe. If she needs her quick nap, we can go back easily to the room. Did an online search again, and discovered a suite of hotels located in Resorts World Sentosa. Booked a room at Festive Hotel which is a few minutes’ walk from Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A Aquarium. So after all the planning and preparation, we’re ready to go.
Off to SG!
After three hours of flight, we were famished! We had a quick check-in atFestive Hotel, and readily hit the streets to look for food. (If there’s one thing that really made me love Singapore, it’s their food. Seriously. This is one place where Asian food fusion in its finest is present. Malay, Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, name it. It’s here.) Fortunately, we saw this Malaysian food street near our hotel. It had a distinct old town-ambiance to it which I really found interesting. And the food you say? I give my two thumbs – up. See photos below and drool?
Also, good news for all foodies, from 12 – 20 August, Resorts World Sentosa Singapore is celebrating the rich heritage of Southeast Asia’s street food culture as they host the inaugural RWS Street Eats! Prep your taste buds to feast on food from more than 20 hawkers specially curated from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. Kick back and relax at the Beer Garden, with live music performances and open mic sessions on weekend evenings. Admission is FREE! Find out more at http://www.rwsentosa.com/streeteats.
Let the fun begin!
Day 1: S.E.A. Aquarium
Our visit at S.E.A. Aquarium was undeniably amazing. Our jaw literally dropped when we saw the place! It was humongous. Well, they wouldn’t call it one of the world’s largest if it’s not really huge. I was fascinated with everything I saw. The aquarium is home to more than 100,000 marine animals and over 800 species across 49 different habitats. Can you imagine that!
There were a lot of "first" for us. It was my first and hopefully, my last up close encounter with sharks. I was terrified to see them, but my daughter felt otherwise. She tried calling the sharks which really cracked me up. Such a cutie! She wasn't scared at all. Although she only speaks gibberish, I can tell she enjoyed her experience. Her face was just full of amazement and awe! No fuzz or whatsoever.
Shipwreck habitat and open ocean gallery were my favorites too! I also love seeing the colorful jelly fishes, the beautiful coral gardens, and discovery touch pool. I was one blessed girl that day! I'm a huge fan of #NatGeo channel. During the day of our visit, they had a photo exhibit entitled “Ocean Soul" in S.E.A Aquarium. The photos of NatGeo channel’s photographer, Brian Skerry, were truly stunningly beautiful.
Hungry as a shark…
For dinner, we had our fill at the newest resto in Resorts World Sentosa, Sessions, which is located at the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel. We opted for an all-seafood buffet that night. All their food were delish. My favorite dishes were Singapore-style Chilli Crab, butter crayfish, black pepper crab, prawn fried rice, garlic prawns and grilled squid. Desserts were impeccable too. I tried their chocolate balloon melt and it was sinfully yummy!
Day 2: Universal Studios Singapore
My first visit at Universal Studios Singapore was way back in 2010. I was with my mom, dad and sisters. Little did I know that that would be my first and last time to visit the park with my Dad. He died two years later.
My last date at Universal Studio Singapore was with this handsome stud who later on, became my husband and now, the adoring papa of little LiFe. This truly is one happy magical place for us, the Pratties, and these are the reasons why this place holds such a special spot in my heart.
Despicable Me Breakout Party.
The Despicable Me Breakout Party was such fun! They had a tattoo parlour where Feather got her first artificial tattoo. (Moms, don’t worry, it’s safe for our baby’s sensitive skin) LiFe had no qualms over it. Hubby and LiFe enjoyed Minion-themed games where they get to win Despicable Me 3 merchandise. It was really entertaining to watch the Minions, and of course, the highlight of LiFe’s day was meeting the Minions and Gru in person. We went to the Minion Mart for some souvenir shopping after the party, by the way.
Our Universal Studios Singapore visit wouldn’t be complete if we miss our favorite rides. My husband and I, as usual, went to take Transformers the ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle. It is his favorite next to Battlestar Galactica the dueling roller coaster. We had tons of family picture-taking sesh too. Afterwards, we spent our day just strolling around the park. It was a lovely and perfect day at Universal Studios Singapore.
As usual, we went food hunting again around Resorts World Sentosa. I noticed that a myriad of options were in view. If you’re into Italian food, restaurants like Fratelli, an all-day-dining Pizzeria and the dinner-service-only Trattoria are ready to satisfy your cravings. If you like contemporary Chinese Cuisine, hop over to Forest. It is perfect for you. And, if local street food delights you, Malaysian Food Street (where we had our first dinner) is one dining destination you should not miss. It was a long fun-filled day, but our homey and luxurious accommodation at Festive hotel ushered us to a good night rest.
Time to say Bye-bye SG! Our trip was short, but it was really one for the books. Hope to be back again soon with my loves to make more memories.
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In case you ask, our official shutterbug was none other than my dear prince charming husband @pratstography. Camera used was Leica Q.Some photos/videos taken by my nephew Matthew and sisters Jessica/Sophia ☺❤
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