Author: Reena

Tips for visiting Singapore Zoo with kids

Ranked one of the top 10 zoos in the world, it’s easy to see why Singapore Zoo is such a popular tourist attraction. With over 2800 animals residing in a tropical rainforest location, the zoo is a wonderful place to take your family. The innovative design of the zoo uses moats and other unobtrusive design to keep animals and humans apart. This provides a more authentic wildlife experience as animals aren’t in cages. Instead they are roaming around freely. We enjoy watching the feeding session with Inuka, the first polar bear to be born in the tropics. Even though...

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Have fun after dark at Night Safari at Singapore Zoo

Ever been to a zoo after dark? Night Safari at Singapore Zoo gives you the opportunity to visit the zoo and see it come to life with nocturnal creatures. The zoo is teeming with over 1000 animals although you can’t always spot them! When other zoos are shutting for the day, the Night Safari is getting ready to open running from 7:15pm to midnight each night. Our visit starts with the Creatures of the Night show. It’s an entertaining 20 minute show presented by two zoo employees. The show asks for volunteers from the audience so sit down by...

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Why the Swissôtel Merchant Court in Singapore is the ideal family hotel

There’s no doubt about it, hotel accommodation is expensive in Singapore. Finding a central and comfortable hotel suitable for families within our budget was the aim in planning our trip to Singapore. With a whole week of sightseeing scheduled, we required a place to relax and recharge but that also offered great value. We required a base close to attractions and shopping centres where we could purchase food and snacks as required and also conveniently access public transit. The Swissôtel Merchant Court is the perfect choice. It offers comfortable accommodation, a convenient location and a combination of both Swiss and...

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Singapore with Kids: How to enjoy a family holiday in the Lion City

A mix of old and new, Singapore is a fascinating place to take your family. There’s no shortage of fun activities and attractions to enjoy. We’ve jetted off to the Lion City for a week’s holiday determined to find the best that this city has to offer for families. The first thing we notice about Singapore is the heat. Located just 129 kilometres from the equator, it’s hot all year round with plenty of humidity. However, there is plenty of air-conditioned locations to escape the heat including our comfortable hotel room. We’re staying at the newly renovated Swissôtel Merchant...

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Hotel Review: Novotel Newcastle Beach

There’s not too many places which combine a beach and city break but Novotel Newcastle Beach offers both. The hotel is located in Newcastle CBD close to shopping and dining options but located only 100 metres to Newcastle Beach. It’s the ideal place to explore historic Newcastle and experience its famous beaches. Rooms The rooms are large and comfortable and ideal for families. We’ve organised two King rooms and we’re impressed with the set up. It’s two studio rooms connected with an outer door. Perfect for a parents room and separate kids rooms. By propping up the studio doors,...

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Carhood: How to Get Paid While You Park at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane Airport

Does the cost of airport parking make you break in a cold sweat? You’re not alone. Flying out of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane can cost a lot especially when you’re paying for  parking. However, Ford Australia have partnered up with Carhood, a company that helps car owners earn money from their vehicles while they travel, and cuts the exorbitant costs of airport parking. Carhood is an Australian start-up company – featured in Channel Ten’s Shark Tank in 2016 – that offers members free airport parking and a cut of the proceeds when renting out their vehicle, fully insured, to other approved members. Beyond...

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Why You Should Visit Hiroshima in Japan with your Kids

Visit Hiroshima in Japan with your kids on a family holiday to teach them about history and the importance of peace. Here’s tips on seeing Hiroshima and Miyajima. Why you should visit Hiroshima with your kids The name Hiroshima has long been associated with known for it’s tragic past with the atomic bomb. It’s a sobering place but Hiroshima should still be included in a Japan family holiday. We find that our visit to this city is both heartbreaking and yet hopeful as this vibrant city has rebuilt itself from the ashes of an atomic bomb. It’s a fascinating place...

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How to Enjoy a Family Holiday in Byron Bay

Byron Bay might not be everyone’s cup of organic chai tea but if you’re looking for a magical family holiday, it’s the place to go. Babies and kids will love the beach lifestyle while parents will appreciate the laidback and relaxed vibe of Byron. There’s something mystical about this part of the world. Located 772 kilometres north of Sydney and 165 kilometres south of Brisbane on the east coast of Australia, it’s long been known for its hippie and surf roots. It’s a great place to reconnect with yourself and your family while enjoying the magnificent weather, scenery and...

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Hotel Review: Telegraph Retreat in Port Macquarie

Escape to the country with a kid-friendly Australian farmstay Telegraph Retreat, just north of Port Macquarie. This accommodation provides country hospitality, farm animals and delicious home-cooked meals. Telegraph Retreat Look, there’s wallabies!” excitedly exclaims my daughter as we approach our accommodation. We’ve just arrived at Telegraph Retreat and are being greeted by a posse of wallabies outside the gate. We couldn’t have asked for a better welcome for our country break. There’s even more animals inside the gate. Geese flap their wings in welcome and Ollie the dog barks hello. We’re spending the weekend at Telegraph Retreat located just...

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