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Flying Trapeze

The most exciting thing for me was probably the flying trapeze. Kids above 5 years can try, but Asher was more interested in playing with the sand, and it’s not Jon’s type of activity, so I did all three complimentary swings myself. And just as well. I only succeeded on the third swing! I took an introductory course in aerial circus arts last year and had learnt some simple tricks on the trapeze. Even though I expected the flying trapeze to be challenging for me since I haven’t exercised in a long time, I didn’t realise just how challenging it would be.

A moving trapeze is vastly different from a stationary one. And hooking your knees onto a trapeze hung at eye-level is totally different from hooking them onto one that is the height of your outstretched arms. At the pre-swing practice I needed the help of the assistant to lift my legs up to the trapeze; at circus class I can do it myself.

Struggling to get on the high bar

Struggling to get on the high bar

And that was just the start of the challenges. Even climbing up to the platform high above was tiring! Gosh. And then when I swung for the first time I realised how much my grip has weakened from when I was doing circus every week. I could barely hang on when swinging with the centrifugal forces I was experiencing. And with a moving trapeze it’s all about timing. I almost got my feet to touch the trapeze when I started to swing backwards and then couldn’t lift them anymore.

But it got better. I think my body was remembering what it felt like to exercise again. Second time, the climb up was less tiring, my grip felt stronger, and one foot had a good hold of the trapeze before I swung backwards losing the hold.

Third time was the winner. Swing! Legs up! Feet on! Knees! YAY!

Wheeeeeeeeee

Wheeeeeeeeee

I thought it was good for the boys to see me persevering, and eventually succeeding at it.

Food

We were there on Father’s Day, so all fathers received a free glass of beer. That instantly made Jon’s day :)

Cheers for Fathers!

Cheers for Fathers!

For dinner and breakfast we ate at the Silver Shell Cafe.  I liked that there was a children’s buffet table set at their height with kid-friendly food. They happily ate up their tortilla chips, pasta, chicken wings, and other such food.  Asher ate so much he said his belly was so full he could hardly contemplate dessert. Of course dessert won in the end.  He planted himself at the chocolate fondue station and helped himself to stick after stick of marshmallows, eating them straightaway after dipping them in the chocolate fountain.  So much for being too full :) Ellery, having less of a sweet tooth, was happy to take a few bites of some cake.

Kids buffet table

Kids buffet table

Frozen cake spotted!

Frozen cake spotted!

Jon and I had our fill too.  I was glad to eat medium rare beef for the first time in months, and loved their salad bar so much I chomped through two large servings of salad.

Definitely a fun and  yummy buffet for all of us!

Room

The third-floor room we had was very spacious. It could fit a king sized bed, the queen sized sofa bed, a cot, and still had a lot of space for the kids to run around. Perfect for our needs. I also thought it was very thoughtful of the hotel staff to provide a care pack for the kids.  They loved it!

Very spacious room.  This picture doesn't show where the sofa bed is cos I'm standing there.

Very spacious room. This picture doesn’t show where the sofa bed is cos I’m standing there.

So many beds, but all piled together for an afternoon nap

So many beds, but all piled together for an afternoon nap

Care pack for the kids

Care pack for the kids

Slippers, toothbrushes in kids size, and even a sponge because they know we have a baby with us!

Slippers, toothbrushes in kids size, and even a sponge because they know we have a baby with us!

Playing on their sofa bed :)

Playing on their sofa bed at night :)

Sleeping in

Sleeping in

If you get a good deal, Rasa Sentosa is really a great place for a staycation!

Rasa Sentosa

Rasa Sentosa

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We went for our first staycation as a family of 5 last month. The boys had been asking about when they could go for a holiday because they heard of their cousins and grandies going for holidays to Japan, Vietnam, Penang, Taiwan, etc. As Alyssa’s passport was not ready yet, we decided to go for a staycation at Rasa Sentosa.  They had wanted to take an aeroplane, so I took the opportunity to explain to them how very fortunate they were to go for any kind of holiday at all.  A staycation is nothing to be scoffed at, and many people do not get the chance to go for one.  I think they understood because they looked forward to our stay and we had a great time.

But it’s true, I really do think a lot of kids in Singapore are so privileged.  Holidays used to be a once-a-year or once every two years affair.  And if there was one, it would be a road trip to Malaysia probably to the same places like KL, Melaka or Penang.  Now they travel far, and want more variety.  I do hope my  kids remember how very very fortunate they are.

Anyway, I initially wanted to book a stay for two nights, but as we made quite a last minute booking there was only one night available for that very weekend.  In the end it was like a two day holiday, even though we only stayed one night. Rasa Sentosa allows guests to come early to use the facilities prior to check-in, and stay on to use the facilities even after checking-out.  So we had two full days of fun!

"Yay! I'm going for a staycation!"

“Yay! I’m going for my first staycation!”

Are you ready to go, mei mei?

Are you ready to go, mei mei?

We booked the family package, which I think is good value considering what you get (at least at the rate we had for that weekend – it fluctuates).  We had free entry to Sentosa, buffet breakfast and dinner, entry to the kids play area, three swings on the flying trapeze, and free 1 hour use of any non-motorised watersports.

Children’s Area – Arcade & Playground

The boys enjoyed the arcade very much and kept asking to go.  And now that they are bigger they can actually play it a bit better.  They used to ‘die’ almost immediately for the airplane shooting game.  Now they can last a little longer so I was a little more willing to part with the coins.

Their favourite airplane game

Their favourite airplane game

Knocking out some creatures

Knocking out some creatures

I had expected more from the kids playground which was touted as having a “giant treehouse slide”. I thought it was an indoor playground with one long slide, but it turns out all that’s there is the slide, which is actually made up of two short slides.  So when the boys went to the playroom they ended up watching TV.  I think the indoor playground could be made more exciting especially given the targeted age range of 5 and above (Ellery was let in only because the place was pretty empty then). Anyway I was glad they had their fix. They were the ones who kept asking to go to the kids club, when actually I was happy to have them with me the whole time. We had to try several times to get them in because the place was always so crowded, and there’s a limit on the number of children who can play at the same time.

A little tip: If you have younger kids who want to play in there with their older siblings and have to wait for a less crowded time in order to be let in, go early for breakfast and head there when everyone is just coming in for brekkie. I was mightly pleased with myself when it dawned on me that most kids were eating, not playing, and the boys had their chance! It was good, Jon and I could have a leisurely breakfast after that.

Pool

We had the most fun at the pool. There are 3 slides to choose from, a spacious kids pool, a small water playground (which the boys skipped altogether), and a large main pool. When you face the sea you do not see any tall buildings and really feel like you are overseas. We spent quite a lot of time there on the last day, and I managed to dip too cos Jon and I took turns sitting with Alyssa. I was glad to see Asher was brave enough to take the water slides by himself. There were probably two reasons for it.  The slides are quite slow, and prior to going down the first time Ellery kicked up a big fuss and said he was scared. Whenever one boy says he’s scared, the other automatically tries to be brave to score points. These boys ah..

But yes, it was very good to just chill by the pool. And lunch by the pool is always fun. Just like eating on a plane. It somehow makes the meal more special. (Ok, very subjective I know…and a bit out-of-point, but I love love love airplane food).

A row of frogs

A row of frogs

I am a sea monster!

I am a sea monster!

Slides no.2 and 3

Slides no.2 and 3

Alyssa sleeping soundly while we swam

Alyssa sleeping soundly while we swam

Water Sports

The weather was great for paddling -blue skies with my favourite wispy cirrus clouds. Jon and the boys packed themselves onto a kayak and went paddling around the bay – mostly propelled by Jon of course, though the boys did try to help. Asher accidentally hit Ellery’s face with the oar at one point so Ellery was a little bit upset and didn’t want to try the paddle boat. So Jon and Asher carried on while Ellery and I played on the sand.

Whey they were on the kayak we saw something very interesting.  A stingray leaped out of the water! From the shore I thought it was a fish, but turns out it was a stingray! I didn’t realise there were stingrays in the Sentosa bay, and I certainly didn’t know they leaped out of water.  Wonder what provoked it….something bigger? I’m not sure I want to swim in there anymore…

All aboard!

All aboard!

Off they go!

Off they go!

Into the paddle boat

Into the paddle boat

Beautiful day to be outdoors

Beautiful day to be outdoors

Alyssa and I waiting on the beach

Alyssa and I waiting on the beach

More on the flying trapeze and food in the next post!

 

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