Monday, 20 November 2017

Kids In Wonderland theatre play [GIVEAWAY]

This holiday, come embark on a magical journey with Kids in Wonderland, a children’s play based off Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. This 45 minutes play presented by Qiren Organisation in collaboration with Andsoforth is an interactive theatrical play with the immersive whimsical world of Alice and friends. Expect to find eclectic guests such as Alice, the Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and many more!



Go through 5 uniquely designed areas and explore the wonderful world of Wonderland. Go down the rabbit hole, decode riddles and play Hide and Seek with The Cheshire Cat, have tea with the Hatter, March hare and Alice, learn to Waltz with The Queen of Hearts, and enjoy vivid storytelling by The Caterpillar.  

Set in a world of fantasy and enchantment, Kids in Wonderland creates an immersive experience filled with activities for children two years and up. This play teaches children the importance of friendship and getting them to work together as a team. Join Alice and friends today, for a world of fun and surprises!

Here's one we reviewed when we caught it last year. 

Do arrive 30 minutes before show time for some interactive moments with the characters. There will also be photo taking opportunity with the characters after showtime.


Dates of shows: 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
24, 25 and 26 Nov
1, 2 and 3 Dec
8, 9 and 10 Dec 
15, 16 and 17 Dec
22, 23 and 24 Dec
29, 30 and 31 Dec

Time of shows:
11am, 2pm and 4pm  

Location: 9 Tampines Grande, Level 2 Hitachi Square, S(528735) Singapore, a Site Specific space transformed for interactive, immersive theater.

Ticket Price: $28
Get tickets here!
 

GIVEAWAY
We have a set of 4 family tickets for giveaway to ONE lucky winner. Winner will be able to choose any show time on 24 to 26 Nov, 01 or 02 Dec (only 11am left on 02 Dec). To participate in this giveaway, simply:
1. Like Andsoforth on Facebook
2. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
3. Tag 3 friends on this Facebook post whom you think will love this play!

This flash giveaway will end on Wednesday 22 Nov 17, 2359hrs.


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  • Winner will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
  • Winner will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn.
  • Show date and time selection is subjected to availability 
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced 
  • To be fair to our sponsors, social media accounts set up purely to take part in contests will be deemed ineligible to win.
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Xmas pop up store - Liliewoods and Friends [WITH GIVEAWAY]

November and December are always the months for geared up shopping. This season of giving, we bring you the best place to shop for babies, kids and Mums! Dads, sometimes they don't really get what shopping is all about.

Head down to Xmas pop up, Liliewoods and Friends at Katong I12. This 2 months pop up store will be one great place to get us all set for this season of gift giving.


Liliewoods along with 13 other merchants can be found in this pop up: 

1. Liliewoods 
Liliewoods furniture is an artisan line of solid wood furniture meant for the most important people in the world, children. Incorporating real parenting experience and taking into consideration children development and parenting needs, the design process is beyond just an aesthetic process. Liliewoods furniture are all designed in Singapore, built in an Indonesian factory with more than 30 years of manufacturing experience. 




Here's one we reviewed on its Mikelle trolley.

Facebook: @liliewoods
Instagram: @evielilie


2. Boys By Mark
Boys By Mark is a homegrown brand started in 2016 and have been designing shirts that are versatile, easy to handle and stylish for little boys. They are very careful in selecting the materials and fabric used for the making of the shirts, ensuring that they are in good quality and unique at the same time.



Facebook: @boysbymark
Instagram: @boysbymark

3. Chair-ish the Moments 阿嬷一家親
Chair-ish the Moments brings a throwback to a past where we don’t just embrace the good old days, but also the look and the lifestyle inspiring us to bring back timeless designs but in new age version! Founders, Fiona and Justina spend a good amount of effort sourcing for treasures like hand picked vintage furniture and furnishings, from time to time some odds and ends household items, which they hunt them down in every nook and cranny at every small, out-of-the-way place or places where something might be hidden.

At the store, you will be able to find a variety of their educational wall poster, which is an easy blend in to any home.    



Facebook: @chairishthemoments 
Instagram: @chairish_the_moments


4. Jambu beads
Jambu beads creates beautiful, safe and functional silicone jewellery and teething accessories. Made from 100% non toxic, BPA and heavy metal free food grade silicone and natural, untreated maple and beech wood, all their products are safe for babies to chew on. Available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, their jewellery and teething accessories are designed to stimulate your baby's sensory exploration and aid motor development. Safe for babies and fashionable for mums!

Here's a discount code to share, enter 'MUMSCALLING' upon checkout for a 20% discount. Expires 31 Dec 2017.





Facebook: @jambubeads
Instagram: @jambubeads


5. Play 乐学
Play 乐学 is founded by Joey, a former primary school Chinese language teacher. She brings creative fun through games and activities to help children learn. During her years as a stay at home Mum, she started a website of learning ideas which evolved to a shop and workshops. She believes in helping promote an effective bilingual education in Singapore. Her busy bags, learning kits and workshops are all lovingly crafted to make any child's learning fun and easy. 

Do keep a lookout for her tech workshops based on the products of Tinkercademy
, at Liliewoods and Friends!




Facebook: @playlexue
Instagram: @playlexuechinese


6. Poppies 'n' Rainbows 
Started by Mingying, Poppies 'n' Rainbows is a curated store of delightful items for your sweet cherubs, sourced from around the world (with the help of her 2 munchkins). They take great pride in being the harbinger of trends and purveyor of unique finds in childrenswear, nursery decor and playthings. Many of the brands they carry are brands created by mothers themselves, tried and tested by their own children. Expect to find beautiful products, lovingly handcrafted or manufactured in small, meaningful quantities by awesome brands. 




Here's one we reviewed on their wee Fairy Door.

Facebook: @poppiesnrainbows
Instagram: @poppies_n_rainbows


7. Sensational Play
Founded by parents of two young and energetic boys, they realised that there is a lack of awareness about how important sensory play is to the development and growth of children. Their products aim to meet a wide range of customers' needs, from educators, parents and children, to therapists and counsellors; from children with special needs such as ADHD, ADD, ASD/Autism, dyslexia, visual/ hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, or developmental delays, to neurotypical and gifted children.

They aim to bring in quality games, toys, and special needs resources from countries such as the US (Fun and Function, LIttle Kids Inc, Playability Toys, Sensory University, Tangle Creations, Fat Brain Toys), Belgium (Smart Games), and Australia (Innovative Resources).



Facebook: @SensationalPlayShoppe
Instagram: @sensationalplay


8. StickieMail
StickieMail is founded by Diana, who has great passion for stickers and snailmail. Along with her 2 children, they love stickers and use them everyday, from story-telling to learning ABCs and 123s, as well as embellishing snailmail. Diana is the official Xyron Distributor in Singapore, importing Sticker Makers to Singapore. Their suite of makers and machines will help you easily create original stickers (magnets, laminated projects and more) to embellish your mail, be it letters, invitations, greeting cards or parcels. 

They offer private and public bonding sessions and workshops to show you how to DIY stickers or throw a Pen-Pal Party. Here's an upcoming Christmas Craft workshop on 25 Nov. Book your space soon!




Facebook: @stickiemail
Instagram: @stickiemail


9. Three + two kids
Three + Two Kids, is a nursery pitstop based in Singapore, but they welcome everyone worldwide. They hope their items cater to not only kids, but also for the young-at-hearts! Their range of nursery, home and lifestyle products include brands like Bloomingville, A Little Lovely Company, Smiling Tree toys and many more.



Facebook: @threeplustwokids
Instagram: @threeplustwokids


10. Tickle Your Senses
Founded by two Mothers who are educators at heart and want to share their love for learning through play. They create toolkits for children to learn through play. It is always after months of brainwork and heartwork that they present their parent-approved and child-endorsed Sensory Play toolkits. Check out their range of, made with love playdough and sensory toolkits! 

Book in too, their Small World Play workshop this Saturday, 18 Nov at Liliewoords and Friends.



Instagram: @tickleyoursenses


Tinkercademy are coders and tinkerers who teach coding and tinkering to schools, corporations, and the public in Singapore. They bring an unparallelled depth of experience in education and technology to their classes and curriculum. Some of their curated tools and toys for learning and tinkering can be found in the shop.




Facebook: @tinkercademy
Instagram: @tinkercademy


12. Nursing ponchos by ubermums
Founded by Edwina, a Mummy of 2 wonderful daughters. During her early nursing days, she was gifted a nursing cover which she felt was not ideal in fabric and sizing. She then took to task to source for the softest and breathable fabric and created comfortable and practical nursing covers. Today, she is happy to present a wide range of designs that comes in two thoughtful sizes. It is truly a local brand with all ponchos Singapore made!



Facebook: @UbermumsShop
Instagram:  @ubermumsmaternity


13. Squiggle Doodle
I am the one Mama behind Squiggle Doodle. Sometimes, with the help of the 8 year old daughter. Squiggle Doodle is all about wearable fabric art! With little and big designers in mind, it is a crafted space to inspire kids and parents in creating their own fashion statement on plain canvas shoes, tees, pencil cases, bags and even baby bodysuits! It is not all about beautiful or impressive drawings, it is simply about enjoying the journey of fabric drawing. There are no mistakes in drawing, it simply means an opportunity to turn that squiggle into a beautiful doodle!

We have stocked our Pencil case set, Petite bag set, Baby onesies set and Shoes gems set at Liliewoods and Friends. Good chance to try out sizes of the shoes in store!

Here is our story that evolved into reality.




Facebook: @squiggledoodlesg
Instagram: @squiggledoodle



So yeap, these are the brands that Liliewoods have housed and hosted. And these are stories behind our locally built brands. Largely by parents, for parents and kids! Some are even single handedly run by one Mum! I met, I saw and I'm inspired. Christmas is only about 6 weeks away, how about shopping local this Christmas? Every purchase made from a small business sends the owner into a happy dance. True Story.

Come on by to shop at Liliewoods and Friends! We are certain it has what you need as gifts in this one store.

Liliewoods and Friends
I12 KATONG
112 East Coast Road
#01-24
Singapore 428802

Opening hours: 10 am to 10pm


GIVEAWAY
Here's one giveaway to sweeten up Christmas, a bundle gift set brought together by seven merchants. And it's all to ONE lucky winner! Giveaway gift set includes:


1. A World map wall poster by Chair-ish the Moments 阿嬷一家親
2. A Miranda Necklace and Marble Bangle set by Jambu beads
3. An organ sticker book set by Play 乐学  
4. A Brikkon Ninja Temple by Poppies 'n' Rainbows 
5. A Xyron sticker maker by StickieMail
6. A pair of snowmen bendable by Sensational Play
7. A doodle bag set by Squiggle Doodle 

Above links are linked to respective giver's Facebook accounts. You don't have to, but these givers can be appreciated with a little gesture of 'like' on their pages.

And all you had need to do, to participate in this giveaway is to simply:
1. Like Mum's calling on Facebook.
2. Tag 3 friends in the comment section of this Facebook post, whom you think will love shopping at Liliewoods and Friends!

That's it! Simplicity at its best.




Best of luck. Giveaway ends on 21 Nov 17, Tuesday 2359hrs.



Terms and Conditions:
  • Winner will be picked by random.org
  • Winner will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winner is announced 
  • To be fair to our sponsors, social media accounts set up purely to take part in contests will be deemed ineligible to win.
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Monday, 13 November 2017

DIY Terrariums [With Christmas Tree GIVEAWAY]

If you have got that green fingers, and don't exactly have a huge garden space for plants, terrariums are perfect. We love having greens indoor, and terrariums fit the bill well. It is a fun hobby that both grown ups and kids love!

Masons home decor sent us 2 sets of terrariums, which is looking great on the kids' desk. Great for those eyes after some reading and writing. 

We did think terrariums are some easy to build mini gardens, but they are not exactly as easy as it seems. It involves much patience in building one. 

2 sets of terrarium kits

Here are the steps to building a terrarium:
1. Prepare the container or jar: Wash the jar thoroughly to ensure no other pollutants or residue affects the health of the plant.

2.  Add the drainage layer. Since there are no drainage holes in your container, this drainage layer will help by not flooding the plants. Large pebbles are good as drainage layer. Build up to about 2 cm in height.

Coarser stones as drainage

3. Add activated charcoal. This reduces any fungi or odours within their world. We omitted this step as we think it probably will be fine in our opened container. This may be essential if yours is a closed terrarium.

4. Add soil. Ensure that there's plenty of room for the roots to fit and grow.

Add soil

5. Plant! Take the plants out from the pots and break up any hard soil until you are down to the roots. This is a process that must be gently handled as the plants can be really fragile. They break up upon every rough touch. We used succulents and cacti. Dig and make space in the soil for plant, then cover up firmly. It is fine to trim any long roots (root pruning) if needed, they'll grow back. 

6. Add accessories. This must be the kids' favourite part. You may decorate the top layer in any way you love! With figurines, small colourful stones, small toys or whichever you think is appropriate to get on. 

7. Water and clean. Spray bottles are perfect for watering the plants. However, they do not need much water, unlike outdoor plants. Remove any dead or wilted leaves to maintain a healthy eco-system.

Terrariums complete

These were what Js planted themselves with little intervention by their Mama. Looks kinda messy to me, and each time I look at them, I felt like some major tidying needs to be done. But the layers just get all mixed up with every attempt. Oh well, beauty lies in the eyes of beholder.

Terrariums are wonderful projects for kids. They teach patience in the process of creating, and it cultivates responsibility in the after process. There are wonderful values out of it! And of course, I  love the building bond I had with the kids.

An all prepared and easy to create set is available at Masons home decor. It comes with all you need to build a terrarium, including some simple instructions. We think these make great gifts! You may check them out for other interesting home decoration pieces too. For fresh flowers, you may check out their online florist, Farm Florist, which is also under their arm.


GIVEAWAY
It is most exciting that Masons Home Deco is giving away, not terrariums, but a CHRISTMAS TREE!!!! Along with 2 sets of BAUBLES and STRING LIGHT of course! Ho ho ho, we love this season of gift giving.

Masons dare say its Christmas tree is the best in Singapore! Highly durable, easy open, dense, perfect colour shade and iron base stand. Here's what ONE winner gets to choose from, a 5 OR 6 feet tree from any one of the following:




To participate in this giveaway, simply:
1. Like our Facebook pages
2. Like and share this post
3. Gain additional 2 entries by following us on Instagram!
Be sure to enter these steps in the Rafflecopter widget below as it brings you through the steps and links.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway closes on 18 Nov 17, midnight. Best of luck!



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  • Winner will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced 
  • To be fair to our sponsor, social media accounts set up purely to take part in contests will be deemed ineligible to win.
  • Giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook or Instagram.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Prentend play - Fairy Door from Poppies 'n' Rainbows

We welcomed a new play in our home! A different kind of pretend play that involves fairies, secrets and mysteries...

With a fairy door poppies 'n' rainbows sent us, we indulged in much fantasy fun with the kids. Through this wee door lies a secret passage to an enchanted land, one that is filled with stories of fairies, elves, wonder and adventure. The set, stories and casts will be up to the imagination of both parents and kids! Yes, I had to bring in my imaginative juices to play along.

Poppies 'n' rainbows had also lovingly sent us the miniature steps and mailbox, which are sold separately to accessorize the door and mark up the fun. The mailbox was most useful for kids to leave in little notes of questions and requests. Which they did think fairies are like magic, making desires come through, but they probably don't know behind lies the replies of their parents. 


And these were what the kids requested. Jare asked for a transformer toy, a dragon and a phone! Jazz pried more into the world of fairies, she asked if "we" had a toy factory and a zoo. And she asked to come through the door to meet "us!" Challenging our creative replies.


I know Jazz has gone beyond the stage of believing in fairies but I love it that she gamed along with us! It was a fun breather for her during the exam period. Honestly, I did enjoy this part of play and I tasked our man to pick up and give replies too. It is a good play to get everyone involved. Marvel at each others requests and replies. Which at this moment, I am unable to find where they kept our replies. A sign that they treasure such play.

Or maybe, they will bring them to confront us when they have outgrown such play.

We don't check into the mailbox daily, but when a mail comes in, fairy dust (glitter) will be sprinkled on the steps or mailbox to show that a new mail is in! Yes, fairy dust and a tiny key comes with the door. You can hear the kids' scampering feet, yelling across rooms "Jie jie, the fairy replied!" It is such a joy to witness. 



This whole toy concept is also a good parenting tool to leave notes of affirmation or encouragement for our kids. It is can be good place to surrender their tooth for the 'tooth fairy' to collect. Or whichever fun you can think of within the family.

This fairy door is priced at $39.90 and available in various sweet colours. It is made from wood using non-toxic paint. It is good to go onto our wall with a 3m poster strips or double sided tape. It is tiny-ly measured at 140 x 20.3mm.

Poppies 'n' Rainbows is a children's concept store, showcasing fabulous independent children's brands, many of which are created by mothers themselves, and tried and tested by their own children. Expect to find apparel, toys and items for the nursery. 

Shop Poppies 'n' rainbows with a 15% discount code '15%TODAY' for all first time purchase. Code is valid till 31 December 17. Free gift wrapping and shipping from now till 15 November 17!  Christmas is round the corner. Happy shopping!


Do send them some love over:
Website: Poppies 'n' rainbows
Facebook: @poppiesnrainbows
Instagram: @poppies_n_rainbows


Disclaimer: Fairy door, steps and mailbox were given for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was given. 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Taichung ICASA hotel and Fengjia Night Market

On Day 4, we took the HSR (High Speed Rail) to Taichung. It was an hour ride from Taipei main station. Moving from hotel to hotel has always been challenging for us. Apart from 3 kids, we had 2 luggages along. Traveled light at its best.

Taichung HSR Station

Upon arriving, we took a cab to our hotel, ICASA. I would highly recommend this hotel. Great for families with kids and excellent location. It was also walking distance to the night market, Feng Jia (逢甲夜市). About a 10 minutes walk.

With attempts to introduce nostalgic feel, we spotted these displays at different levels of the hotel.

Spotted Gameboy!

Cassette tapes!

For coming in as a big family, we booked the Grand Deluxe Quad Family Room.

Double Queen bed

Kids loved playing with this nostalgic marble pin ball game on the wall. 

Marble pin ball game

We love that the WC and hand wash basin are separated from the Shower. 


And the standing shower made it easy for me to shower the toddler.



On a different level, there is a little playroom for kids. Within is a mini rock climbing wall which is not at all high, some books, magnetic board with letters and toy blocks for them to play. Good enough for me to park them in, while I checked out the lounge



On the top level (Rooftop), there is a lounge for their hotel guests to enjoy free food and games. The drinks, snacks and fruits are of self help. However, the fruits often get wiped out before it gets replenished.

Seating area

Food bar

Games area

And yes, our booking came with free breakfast too! It was a decent spread of both Asian and Western mix.


And the friendly eggs that greeted us in the morning.



Obviously, after so much fun playing and exploring within the hotel, our only call to get out was when it's time for dinner!

Feng Jia (逢甲夜市)
We strolled over to Feng Jia night market, Taichung largest and most popular night market. It was still raining. Day 4, and we've not been greeted by a sunny day.

It's a good place to do whatever shopping you need in here. There are clothing, phone accessories and toy shops. Needless to say, food! If you've been shopping in Taipei, you may have realised shopping is much cheaper in Taichung. Naturally, this was where I did most shopping.

 

If you love spring onions, this is one stall that you will love. It was also because of this stall, that my kids started enjoying some spring onions in their dishes. 

We had the savoury one, with soy sauce. Not too bad. As this is a popular store, they are more systematic with the order. Simply place your order, get a number and wait for it to be called.


 They work pretty fast, so the wait isn't too long.


And we kept moving in for more food options. I really had no idea what we ate for dinner, but getting small bites here and there kept us all filled.

And this is interesting, 懒人虾. Named simply because we don't have to remove its shell to eat. Truly for lazy eaters where every part of it is edible!


And it actually is quite good tasting! 


Only needed to convince the kids that the shell is edible for this 懒人虾.


See what I meant by persistent rain. Raincoats are the best for kids when raining in night markets. 

And it's sweet potato balls for us again. Those from this stall are the best! They are really really good! We went back thrice because we finished them just too quickly and needed more. Even the toddler loves it. 

Pardon my pictures, there was queue and rain and kids. It was challenging to get them right and nice. You get the stall sign at least. Look out for it!


Smelly beancurd is good too, if you dare a try. It's our man's favourite.



And this bear paw bun (熊掌) was good too! Sorry, missed out taking the shop's name. But there's only 1 in there. It's not a mobile stall, but one of the small restaurant within. With dine in options.

I ordered the milk bun paw and did a take out. This picture was supper, taken in the hotel room.


Feng Jia night market is huge, with a portion of sheltered and non-sheltered walk areas. It didn't really dampen us much with sheltered areas to walk, shop and eat. And yes, there's public toilet in here too. 

And I did feed the kids proper dinner. Not the small bites from stalls. We settled dinner at a ramen stall within the sheltered shop area. Don't ask me about the taste, we weren't in Japan after all. Dined there simply to fill the kids who have easily contented taste buds.

It took us about 3 hours to cover a big part of the market. We didn't manage to complete it. 


Next post up, we share on a full day tour to 中杜花市,纸皮王, 921 Earthquake venue and 官原眼科。

ICASA Hotel
Address: No.188, Zhishan Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Email: service@icasa.com.tw
Contact: +886 4 2706-9118
Website

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Taipei: Baby Boss, Taipei 101 and Raohe Night Market

Day 3 of our Taiwan trip. Still in Taipei. 

Baby Boss
We visited Baby Boss on the third day of our trip. It has a Kidzania similar concept that allows kids to role play on various occupation like in the real world. Visiting indoor playgrounds aren't very much to our style when travelling. I mean it's one that we can do in Singapore too, unless it's really unique. But having to role play, understand and converse in Mandarin is definitely the main reason we went.

Baby Boss is located at Living Mall. A large mall with shops, food and many indoor theme parks. Take the metro to (国父纪念馆站), it's about a 15 minutes walk. Entrance to Baby Boss is at NT900 for children between 3 to 12 years old. Adults at NT500. Super peak rate will be NT1100 for children.

It wasn't at all crowded on the date of our visit. The only challenge was trying to fit the play sessions timing to the kids' desired play list. Each activity doesn't run continuously, they have a fixed session for play and some activities only run twice or thrice a day. They may have to forgo certain activity if timing overlaps.

Baby Boss at Living Mall

And we love that benches are available for sitting while kids queue.

Bakery store for play

Jazz did the hotel housekeeping and service activity. And there was something courageous about my usual golden lips girl. While she was role playing a receptionist, she picked up boldness to ask if she could read the phone lines in English instead of Mandarin. Ask and you shall be given, they have it! She was largely challenged by the traditional Chinese characters. 



They proceeded onto the farm to milk cows and rocketed to become astronauts. I've to say most occupations are very much different from Kidzania. Same same concept, but different.

Learning about the farm

Astronauts
Only in Baby Boss, you can get into space with slippers!

Jazz then proceeded to be a manicurist, while Jare went to pilot a plane. He did mining too!

Manucurist

They use a hair net for every activity that requires a head gear. Awesome for hygiene but Boo for photography.

Miner

Ok, realistically, we won't be able to find cow farming, astronaut and mining occupations in where we stay. I've to say these were very very good exposures though. It was most fulfilling that they seemed to have attended a day of Chinese tuition.

After a day of working, their wages seemed rewarding, but it only managed to get them seaweeds. Their cash out system isn't pegged to fantastic exchanges after a day of hard work. If kids are Kidzania regulars, this may disappoint. 

Juboy entered for free. Below 2 enters free. His entitlement was an enclosed play area with some structures and toys. Which he got bored after an hour.

Toddler Play area

I love that hot and cold water dispenser is readily available in Baby Boss. It was most convenient for me to make and feed milk for Juboy.

 
騎士堡  (Kidsburgh)
We didn't want to shortchange Juboy. Daddy brought him over to  騎士堡  (Kidsburgh), just next to Baby Boss. It was mega fun for him! I've to say I love this indoor playground or theme park very much! So inviting, so colourful and too much variety. I think the older kids will love it there, but I didn't give them options, except Baby Boss. Language immersive programme is always better!

Carousel!

Toddler playroom

Love the colours!

For the really young

Do remember those socks for both child and accompanying adult. Play time is limited and adults will need to pay too. Though it did look like you can spend a whole day in there, play time wasn't unlimited. It was a 3 or 4 hours play per entry. Can't really recall.


And here's another theme park on level 8 of Living Mall. Just an escalator up from Baby Boss and Kidsburgh. I grabbed these pictures from the outside, which looked like there's lots more fun in there! Something more boyish I feel.

Sand simulation play

Lovely sea of green

Play time is also capped to a maximum hour. Most indoor playgrounds in the mall are rarely unlimited.

Taipei 101
We spent about 6 hours at Baby Boss. After which we uber over to Taipei 101. I know, it's extremely touristy, but the kids love it! The lift which felt like the speed of a rocket, took us from ground to level 101 within a minute! That was their thrill.

We enjoyed the view up there, where building, roads and everything else become minuscule.

Bird eye view

Enjoying the view

After coming down near dinner time, it got us all naturally hungry. We had dinner at Taipei 101, Din Tai Fung. I somehow felt taste was better in Singapore, though it was their place of its origin. A matter of an accustomed taste, I guess. 

Din Tai Fung


Raohe Street Night Market ( 饒河街觀光夜市)
It was crazy that we still had energy for the night market. A must go! It was the best way to end our day at a night market in Taiwan. We did the Raohe Night Street Market, that has a mixture of food and shopping.

And of course, if it's just you and spouse or friends without toddlers, it's always easy to settle dinner there with bites from different stalls.





If you love sweet potato, you will love these sweet potato balls! Yummy and Chewy.


And there was even face threading! I wanted to try, but there was a list of 45 minutes wait. I had cranky kids, so it became my miss. In addition, this isn't a very extensive market that will take up much strolling time. I will put everyone on hold if I insisted. Drizzly days made it quicker too, as not all stalls are up.


And looked who we bumped into?!! I'm usually shy to approach for pictures, but what are the chances of getting starstruck overseas? We just had to. 





Three destinations within a day was rather manageable. After which we uber back to the hotel. It's hard to end a day early in Taiwan.

Day 4 brought us to Taichung! Next post.


LOCATIONS
Living Mall
騎士堡  (Kidsburgh) and Baby Boss are on the same level
7F., No.138, Sec. 4, Bade Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City, 105 (LIVING MALL)

Taipei 101 
No.7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Raohe Night Market
MRT: Take Green Line 3 to terminal station Songshan (松山), exit 5. The night market entrance is just to the right across the street next to the temple.