Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Guide To Taking Shuttle Train From Singapore To JB

This year’s CNY journey back to JB from Singapore was one of the smoothest in years. For the past almost-20 years, I’d travelled with the husband to JB for the annual reunion lunch at Grandma’s house every first day of the CNY. 90% of those journeys were by bus. On good years, the queues at the immigration checkpoints were good; on not-so-good years (like last year), we queued for more than 3 hours just to clear the Malaysian checkpoint. With kids in tow, this is not funny at all. This year, we resolved to avoid that at all costs. So, I decided that we should take the shuttle train to JB instead. Taking the train meant that we would clear immigration just before we board the train, and the queues would definitely be much shorter. The only downside was that it costs S$5/pax (which is affordable and cheap, but just more expensive than taking the bus, of course), and you need to arrive 30 minutes before scheduled train ride & bear with the waiting time. Our train left 30 minutes after the scheduled time. That’s 1 hour of additional time for 3 minutes of train ride across the causeway. If those are all acceptable to you, taking the train is a perfect way to get to JB, sans the long queues during peak seasons.

Getting Your Train Tickets

Getting the tickets is easy – Either buy them at the ticketing counter at Woodlands Train Checkpoint (Located at Woodlands, opposite the road from the old Woodlands bus interchange), or you can purchase them online at https://intranet.ktmb.com.my/e-ticket/login.aspx. You get to select the seats online as well, but for us, when we arrived, the officers told us that the train was free-seating. In any case, it’s a mere 3-minute ride, so it doesn’t matter at all.

Arrive At Least 30 Minutes Before Scheduled Ride

This is a requirement stated by KTM. I later realised that it’s necessary too, because you need time to clear two immigration checkpoints (Singapore’s, then Malaysia’s). The entire journey was via air-conditioned walkways, so it’s comfortable and easy. This also means that you would clear both checkpoints before you even board the train, and once you alight at JB Sentral station, you can leave immediately to get to your next destination.

Enjoy The Ride!

The KTM trains are not exactly new, but that’s what I really like about the experience. It almost felt like I was transported back in time when I was a little kid. For my kids, it was a refreshing experience to be in such a vintage and rugged train. The whole journey was very comfortable. It would be perfect if there were vendors walking through to sell food & drinks – That would certainly complete the whole experience!

Looks like the shuttle train would be our choice of transport every CNY from now on. :)

P/S: Taking the shuttle train from JB back to Singapore is only RM5!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Disney On Ice 2016: Magical Ice Festival (Tickets Giveaway!)

If you’ve never brought your kids to Disney On Ice, or been to one yourself, THIS IS THE YEAR TO GO.

Why, you may ask? Just look at their theme for this year, and you’ll know why. What does ‘Magical Ice Festival’ remind you of? YES, YOU’VE GUESSED IT! It’s no surprise though, that following the resounding success of Disney’s Frozen among both the kids and the adults, this year’s Disney On Ice show would finally have Elsa and Anna in it! Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

You’ll be whisked away into the wintery world of the Academy Award® -winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they help the sisters along the way in a story full of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters. Experience Disney’s The Little Mermaid with a show-stopping performance by Sebastian as he breaks out of his shell to make waves with Ariel “Under The Sea!” Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn from Disney’s Tangled. And get swept away by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. It will be a magical mix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this winsome wonderland Singapore during the school holidays!

10 Interesting Facts About Disney On Ice 2016

To get you all geared up for this year’s show, here are 10 magical moments behind Disney On Ice:

1. Disney On Ice was founded in 1981 and has since travelled to over 75 countries and 6 continents.

2. The average size of the ice skating surface is 140ft [42m] x 70ft [21m].

3. There are approximately 180 costumes presented at one Disney On Ice show.

4. And more than 100 people work on these costumes .

5. It takes 18 trucks to transport all production equipment for set-up.

6. And it takes between 12-15 hours to set up one Disney On Ice show.

7. But just about 4 hours to tear down the entire production.

8. Over 80 different colours of paint are used on the 183 props for this production.

9. The youngest performer on this year’s show is 19-years-old and the oldest is 44-years-old.

10. Each performer may change up to 8 costumes in one show.

Ticketing Details

Date: 11 March 2016 to 20 March 2016
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival can be purchased online via
http://www.sportshub.com.sg/sportshubtix/Pages/Disney-On-Ice-2016.aspx and range from $25- $120.
To learn more about Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival, please visit
http://www.disneyonice-asia.com/magical-ice-festival/

 s

Grab your tickets today at http://www.sportshub.com.sg/sportshubtix/Pages/Disney-On-Ice-2016.aspx

* * * * * * *

Giveaway!

Thanks to the Organizer, we have a set of 4 tickets to give away (Worth approximately S$300). To participate, please follow steps via Rafflecopter as follows:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions:
1. Only entries via Rafflecopter are valid & accepted.
2. Tickets are for a weekend show on 12 or 13 March 2016 (Date & timing to be confirmed at a later date).
3. Allocated show date/time cannot be changed.
4. Judges’ decision is final & no disputes will be entertained.
5. Closing Date of Giveaway: Friday, 12 Feb 2016, 2359 hrs.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Tips On Preparing Bentos For Kids (And 20 Bento Ideas Included!)

I’m no expert when it comes to preparing lunchboxes or bentos for my kids, and I don’t make fanciful ones like some of the amazing bento makers out there. My bento ideas are usually practical, fuss-free and quick, and involves no dyeing of rice or cutting of nori sheets into different characters, etc. The reason is simple: I am a full-time working mom, and I don’t have the luxury of time (or energy) to create super pretty bentos of Doraemon or Disney princesses. All I have is 15-30 minutes in the morning before I whisk the kids off to their school bus. Top on my priorities is to be able to create lunch boxes that are enticing enough to my kids appearance-wise, healthy and stuff they would actually eat and not throw away. Thankfully, I have interest in this area, otherwise I would never sacrifice 30 minutes of my precious sleep to do all that everyday. Many of my friends ask how early I have to wake up everyday and are surprised to know that I can complete the lunchboxes AND get ready for work myself within such a short time (yes, with makeup and all done too!). Hopefully, these 4 tips I’m going to share with you from my own experience can help you become more efficient too. :)

TIP #1. PLAN, PLAN & PLAN!

I am not going to lie that I wake up every morning and decide on-the-spur what to pack for that day. It’s not possible and not practical. My mind is not even working properly when I wake up at 5.45am! What I do is I plan out my bento meals on a weekly basis, so that I know what food items I need to stock up at home. The night before, I go through in my mind step-by-step what I need to do the next morning once I wake up, so that I waste no time. I plan out which item goes into which appliance, so that everything is cooking concurrently. When the food is being cooked, I cut the fruits, or assemble the nuts and biscuits, etc. Such multi-tasking is only possible with prior detailed planning.

TIP #2: THREE-ITEM FORMULA

I always go for maximum of three items for the bento boxes because the kids don’t have the luxury of time when it comes to meal breaks. Three items cover one main dish (usually carbo – Rice, pasta, noodles etc), a side dish (meat,vegetables, nuts, etc) and fruit or dessert. My kids can usually finish everything in the bento box in 10 minutes, which is the amount of time given to them for meal breaks. I always tell my kids to start with the main dish first, because in case they run out of time, they can always finish up the side dish or fruit/dessert at the end of the school day.

TIP #3: CHOOSE ITEMS THAT CAN BE EATEN COLD

The number one concern of most parents when it comes to packing bento boxes for their kids is whether the food is still edible after a few hours. The truth is, the bento boxes are packed by 6am in the morning, but the kids won’t get to eat it until 3–5 hours later. Not only must the food still be appetizing after that amount of time, it must not turn bad and potentially cause stomach upsets or worse still, food poisoning. This is especially important for Singapore, where the weather is hot and humid, and food tends to go bad easier. I try not to use cheese most of the time, as that’s just about the only item I think has the danger of turning bad, but so far, the kids’ feedback has been positive for dishes with cheese in them. Still, I’ll only use it moderately.

TIP #4: MAKE IT LOOK PRETTY & INTERESTING!

The truth is, most kids are visionary creatures. They get attracted by things that look pretty, colorful and interesting. So, if you want to entice your kids to eat more, beautify your bento by adding colorful picks, animal plastic dividers, nice-looking holders, etc. I started off decorating my kids’ bento boxes because I enjoy doing so. But a week into the school term, Joey came home one day to tell me that her classmates crowd around her every meal break, just to see what her bento looks like that day. It’s sort of something that everyone looks forward to seeing everyday. That of course makes me feel really happy but I was a little concerned whether Joey felt embarrassed by that, so I asked her. She said that she felt really, really proud because of that. In fact, she has been named, “Queen of Lunchbox” by her classmates, which is just hilarious. =P

TIP #5: SAY NO TO WET ITEMS

This might be quite a common-sensical thing, but you’ll be surprised how common this mistake is. Many kids prefer to have sauce or soup in their meals, so dry food items are actually quite tough sometimes. For practical reasons of preventing spillages, either pack only dry items (dry noodles vs soup noodles; rice vs porridge) or make sure that items that have sauces are placed in separate containers covered in cling wrap. I also put my kids’ bento boxes into bento carrier bags I got from Daiso, so that spillages can be minimized. My kids’ bento boxes are kept inside their school bags where all the books are, so this is a very important factor for me. Items with no sauce or soup will also create lesser mess when the kids are eating them.

20 Bento Ideas!

So, at the beginning of this year, I set out to challenge myself to prepare 20 different bentos for my kids, so that I will have a month-long bento menu to repeat every month (There are 20 school days in a month). Having said that, while I try not to repeat the ingredients and items at all, I found myself repeating on some days, though with different configurations, simply because of the many restrictions mentioned in the 4 tips above. Everything must be food that my kids eat, will not turn bad even after several hours and can still look nice and appetizing after some time. It was really a challenge brainstorming every weekend for the new week ahead, but I am glad I did it!

What made it easier for me was all the tools I had at home. I bought 99% of them from Daiso, so you know where to head to when you need to get your bento tools!

Here goes the 20 bentos I made in the first month of school 2016!

Day 1: Spiral pasta in tomato sauce, grapes, cashew nuts, mini snickers bar, oreo wafer, bak kwa

Day 2: Ham & Cheese Toast, mini MILO pack, grapes, oreo wafer

Day 3: Japanese udon tossed in sesame oil, mixed veggies, mushrooms & carrots, cashew nuts, oreo wafer

Day 4: Mini rice balls with nuggets and golden kiwifruits

Day 5: Mushroom omelette, rolled-up ham, boiled prawn dumplings, broccoli & golden kiwifruit

Day 6: Roast chicken pasta aglio olio style, steamed broccoli, cauliflower & carrots and strawberries

Day 7: Angel hair tossed in olive oil, shrimps, cocktail hotdogs with cucumbers, strawberries and mango pudding

Day 8: Hawaiian pizza, bak kwa, cashew nuts, cucumbers & strawberry

Day 9: Stir-fried Mee Tai Mak with prawns and mixed veggies, pineapple tarts & golden kiwifruit

Day 10: Fried rice, steamed prawn dumplings, cucmbers & apple slices

Day 11: Angel hair pasta with ham & prawns, bak kwa & cheese crackers

Day 12: Stir-fried yellow noodles with fishcakes, cherry apples, dried raisins and cranberries

Day 13: Ham & egg sandwich pockets, cookies & ice gems

Day 14: Stir-fried Tang Hoon with prawns, chicken, chinese mushooms & wolfberries, dragonfruit

Day 15: Boiled colorful fusilli, Xiao Long Bao, mandarin oranges and grapes

Day 16: French toasts & dragonfruit

Day 17: Carbonara pasta with prawns, chicken nuggets, guava slices & pistachio nuts

Day 18: Macaroni with prawns and mixed veggies, mini MILO pack & grapes

Day 19: Onigiri with furikake, stir-fried mushrooms with wolfberries & chicken cubes, dragonfruit & mini snickers

Day 20: Pasta in tomato sauce, chicken nuggets & jellybeans

I hope this list of 20 ideas give you some inspiration on what to make for your next bento. Most importantly of all, have lots of fun! :)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Outsource Spring Cleaning Services With Agent Bong! (Review)

Chinese New Year will be here in a week’s time, and I started to have panic attacks last week when it suddenly dawned upon me that I have not even started on spring cleaning in the house! As a full-time working mom, I don’t have the luxury of time, and energy levels are usually low at the end of the day. So what do I do? As an internet savvy (ahem) working adult, I sought for help online!

Agent Bong is an online platform that seeks to improve the lives of people. They know how hectic many of our lives are, especially here in Singapore, and so through their platform, they match customers’ needs for domestic help with their database of domestic helpers, maternity maids and baby sitters. That essentially means that all I need to do is to request for a job to be done (either in cleaning or caregiving), and it will be taken care of by someone who’s good at that. At the end of the day, I don’t have to lift my finger to do anything, yet all the domestic chores in the household would be well taken care of. Perfect, isn’t it?!

So you’ve guessed it. I sought for help at Agent Bong, to take care of spring cleaning of my house before the Chinese New Year arrives. The entire process was so simple and easy. You can either request for a service via their website: http://www.agentbong.com.sg/ or you can simply download their app via Google Playstore or Apple istore – “Agent Bong”. Follow the instructions and request for a job in a matters of minutes.

As you can see, the cost of the job would be stated clearly right at the beginning, so that you know what you will be paying for before processing to confirm the job. I posted a job request for a four-hour spring cleaning service via the Agent Bong application, and all I needed to do was to wait for applications for that job from various ones in their database.

Within a matter of an hour, I received two applications for the job. As a client, I would be able to see the profile of the applicants for the job (years of experience in cleaning, etc) and decide which person I would like to award the job to. On the same day that I posted a job request, I confirmed the domestic helper that I would be engaging for the spring cleaning in my house! So simple & fuss-free!

Once I confirmed the domestic helper for the job, I can communicate with the person within the app and confirm the details needed. I received several SMS confirmations when the job was confirmed and when we were nearing the date of the job. For me, it was assuring to receive such notifications along the way. On the day of the job, the domestic helper messaged me a couple of hours before the scheduled time and arrived 30 minutes ahead of time! I like his work attitude already!

The domestic helper got right to work. Our plan was to get him to clean our windows, blinds and the toilets. I am a little embarrassed to admit that we had not cleaned our windows and blinds for YEARS. The blinds especially were covered in thick layers of dust! The domestic helper cleaned every single spot of our windows and was very detailed and meticulous. Cleaning equipment are provided by us and he did not waste anything at all. In fact, my mother-in-law remarked that he was able to get the job done well using minimal resources. That’s a good point, I feel. No wastages, and yet the cleaning was thoroughly done!


At the end of the four hours, he had cleaned all the windows and blinds in the house as well as scrubbed our toilets sparkling clean. Those were the ‘dirty jobs’ that I have been procrastinating for too long, and I was just glad that this Chinese New Year, everything will be clean and nice! Best of all, I did not have to pay a hefty price for it!

If you are just like me, and need help with your spring cleaning, check out Agent Bong today! This is their price list and job scope for spring cleaning services. :)

Disclosure: The J Babies was sponsored Spring Cleaning Services for review purposes with no other financial compensation received. All photographs and opinions presented in this post are mine.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

12-At-12 Lunch Promotion At Ah Hoi’s Kitchen

Media Invite

I wonder how many of you are as excited about food as I.

The excitement escalates even more when I hear of super good value promotions that can get me good quality food. Eating is more than an activity to me – It’s an enjoyment and a lifestyle, and I savor every moment that I can enjoy good food with my loved ones. When  I was on a staycation recently at Hotel Jen Tanglin, the hotel staff kindly hosted us lunch at Ah Hoi’s Kitchen as well. Ah Hoi’s has been around for years, with a reputation for really well done crab dishes. Located at Level 3 of Hotel Jen Tanglin, Ah Hoi’s is homely, spacious and boasts of a relaxing view while dining (the hotel’s swimming pool’s right outside!).




We were told to give their 12-at-12 lunch promotion a try. As its name suggests, 12-at-12 literally means you pay $12 nett for 12 dishes served to you at 12pm (lunch hour). The 12 dishes are pre-fixed and change everyday, so even if you want to dine there everyday, you’ll get something new everyday! Located right smack in town, where lunch hours are usually bustling with crowds and noise, having lunch at Ah Hoi’s will be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. As a working adult myself, I know I relish having quiet lunch time when I can recharge and take a good break before getting back to work again.

The lunch promotion includes a drink as well, so before our wonderful dishes were served, we did a customary toast – “To greatness!” =P

Check out our impressive spread! So pretty and delicious-looking, we can’t wait to tuck in! Let me show you what we ate that day. :)



Sweet & spicy clams



Steamed egg



Curry crabs & Braised beancurd sticks with mushrooms



Stir-fried veggies



Soya Sauce Chicken



Prawn Paste Fried Chicken



Braised cabbage with enoki mushrooms



Fruit Rojak



The spread also included a super yummy soup, stir-fried french beans with belachan and roasted pork. Makes 12 delicious dishes in all!

Ah Hoi’s Kitchen’s 12-at-12 is ongoing until further notice, so make your way there anytime during the weekdays to enjoy the promotion. That’s not all! If there are 12 of you, the 12th person gets to eat for free! In view of the Chinese New Year season, they will be preparing special dishes for 12-at-12 such as Braised Pork Knuckle with Chinese Mushrooms, Salted Egg Yolk Prawns, Braised Duck with Ground Nuts and Crispy Nian Gao! This CNY promotion is available from 1 to 29 Feb 2016 (excluding 7,8,9 Feb). Of course, they also have Reunion meal packages, Pen Chai & Yusheng. Check out their link to find out more.

Thank you Ah Hoi’s for a wonderful meal for my family. We’ll certainly be back for more! :)

Disclosure: The J Babies were invited for a media tasting at Ah Hoi’s Kitchen. No other financial compensation was received. All photographs and opinions presented in this post are, as usual, ours.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jumpy Smart Watch For Kids: 5 Things I Love About It! (Review)

When I first heard about Jumpy smart watch for kids, I was really curious how it would work. Firstly, I had never heard about smart watches for kids till then. Apparently, smart watches are kids are pretty trendy and popular. Just check out this link for 7 Smart watches to Buy for your kids. 

And so, I let the girls review the Jumpy watch this time round, since they are the main users. I had a fun time fiddling with it myself too! Here are 5 things I love about Jumpy smart watches!

1. It Is Intuitive

That means you don’t need to spend hours teaching your kids how to use Jumpy. Your kids would be having fun running through the various functions before you can say, ‘Now, let’s try your Jumpy,’ Kids nowadays are so savvy! Plus, there are options within the watch for them to customize the watch according to their likes and preferences. Kids love such functions because it gives them control and autonomy. All kids like to experience freedom of choice like adults do!

2. Control Over What My Kids Do On The Watch.

Jumpy is designed to connect with Android phones (the iphone version is currently being developed), so once I connect my kids’ Jump watches with my Samsung phone, I can see what they are doing on it. Not that I need so much of a control and monitoring actually, because the watch has only kid-friendly contents. Still, it’s nice to know how many steps my kids have taken in a day, or what functions have they been spending time on- listening to stories, music, or just walking around (You’ll learn more of these functions in the video clip later on!).

3. It Is Fun & Educational.

There are many functions on the watch that are really fun for the kids. The virtual dog – Jumpy – brings laughter to the kids while they interact with it. It responds to voice commands and touch, and the kids can also feed and dress it. Think Tamagotchi during our time?? This is a similar concept, and thrills the kids to no end! I love it when a gadget combines fun and education together because kids are generally more open to learning when it’s fun as well. There are functions within the Jumpy watch that teaches the kids vocabulary, both in English & Mandarin, as well as stories and songs in both languages. It’s perfect for younger kids below 7 years old but even my two Primary school kids had a lot of fun with it.


4. The Kids Can Message Me!

This has got to be my most favorite function of Jumpy watch. The kids can each other (via bluetooth, between Jumpy watches within a certain distance range) either voice messages or little notes and smileys. Similarly, the kids and I can send each other messages - I will receive and reply them on my Android phone. So much fun! I just heard from the Creators of Jumpy that they are working on a 2nd generation of Jumpy watches that allows messaging with no distance constraints. That’s awesome!!! When I am in office, the kids can voice message me via their Jumpy watches at home! Can’t wait for the 2nd generation watches to be out. :)

5. It Is Colorful & Hardy

Love the bright colors available for Jumpy watches! Joey chose the Green & Yellow one while Jayne’s in pretty baby pink. Knowing that kids are the main users of the watches, they are made hardy and practically fall-proof because of their rubber body. They do not get dirty easily and can be wiped clean easily too.  Any kid will feel happy looking at their Jumpy watches!

The girls love their Jumpy watches so much, they even bring it to their beds at night when they sleep. The reason is because of the alarm clock function in the watches! =D

Curious about how Jumpy watches really work? Let The J Babies bring you through a very detailed tutorial! =D

To find out more about how you can get your Jumpy smart watch, check out their website: http://www.jumpy.cc/?lock=en and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpy.cc 
See their collection and make your purchases here: http://shop.jumpy.cc/collections/all

Disclosure: The J Babies was sponsored two Jumpy watches for review purposes. No other financial compensation was received, and all media and opinions used in this post are ours.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Celebrate CNY With Wo Peng Cantonese Cuisine! (Media Review)

Food-tasting Invite

Chinese New Year is my most favorite festival in a year. The reunion meals, excessive steamboat sessions, red and huat everywhere and the joyous faces I see, all make me feel really happy. Every year, I look forward to many lo hei with family and friends, and the sumptuous Poon Choy of course! I have to say that while many restaurants offer different versions of Poon Choy, not every one is delicious or worth the money. Last weekend, my family was invited for a food tasting session at Wo Peng Cantonese Cuisine to try their CNY offerings as well as their signature dishes, and we had a great time. I love savory food with strong flavors and that’s exactly what I got that day.

Wo Peng Cantonese Cuisine is conveniently located in Furama City Centre Hotel. I love the traditional feel of the restaurant that makes you feel like you’re in Hong Kong. Such restaurants always promise good food!


My all-time favorite dish is usually the first dish to be served. The sweet & tangy taste of this dish makes it a perfect appetizer! Wo Peng’s Lo Hei uses vegetarian raw salmon slices, crispy fish skin & crackers, so you can feel assured enjoying it. I guess in view of recent incidents, many restaurants would be substituting their raw salmon with abalone or vegetarian options. I am personally not a fan of raw salmon so I don’t eat them. These vegetarian ones taste like firm jelly with a good texture and goes really well with the whole dish. Apparently, that’s what they serve to vegetarians in Japan too!




Absolutely love the idea of crispy fish skin in Lo Hei – It’s ingenious! And adds such a nice crunch to the whole dish. :)



Let 2016 be a year that we prosper and huat in every area of our lives!

Next up, a huge pot of Poon Choy was served to our table!



Look at that abundance of abalones, scallops, prawns, mushrooms, sea cucumbers, fish maw and dried oysters! Every one at the table could not stop smiling while savoring this dish. So savory, flavorful and tummy-happy! Wo Peng is very generous with their portions, so you can be assured that your family and friends will enjoy this dish tremendously together.

The next dish was a Chicken Soup with cordyceps flowers, black garlic, wolfberries and herbs. This soup is really healthy and wholesome, and there’s a surprise inside the chicken!



The chicken’s stuffed with glutinous rice! =D

This next dish was interesting. It’s Sauteed Peach Resin with Egg White and Green Vegetables. I’ve never seen peach resin or tasted them before, but apparently, they are very high in proteins and collagen! They are tasteless, but adds a unique touch to the dish with its agar agar-like texture.

This is what dried peach resins look like!

This next dish was a crowd-pleaser. Even the kids couldn’t stop eating it. This Smoked & Roasted Duck with Camphor & Tea Leaves was first smoked, then roasted, infused with tea leaves. Slightly crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside – Yummy!

We also enjoyed this last dish before desserts were served. The Wok-Fried Glutinous Rice with assorted sausages was delicious, fragrant and filled with generous ingredients. Very hearty and a total comfort food!

Desserts was a plate of fried Nian Gao and carrot cake. Love the nian gao – So soft and sweet! What better dish to end off a CNY food-tasting than this? :)

Check out what Wo Peng has to offer for this upcoming Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year Menu 'Dine In'
Starts from only $368/6 pax and $598/10 pax

CNY Menu: http://wopeng.com.sg/celebrations/
CNY Menu: http://wopeng.com.sg/celebrations/

CNY Menu: http://wopeng.com.sg/celebrations/

Poon Choy 'Take Out'

Option A: $228 for 5 pax (Usual Price $298)
FREE $48 Yu Sheng with payment made by 31 Jan 2016
Like and Repost on IG/FB
FREE treasure pot

OR

Option B: $428 for 10 pax (Usual Price $568)
FREE $68 Yu Sheng with payment made by 31 Jan 2016
Like and Repost on IG/FB
FREE treasure pot

CNY Set Menu 'Take Out' (FREE TREASURE POT!)

Option C: $298 for 5 pax includes four dishes:

  1. Wo Peng Poon Choy Braised Australian Abalone w/ Dried Assorted Seafood in Casserole
  2. Prosperity Crispy Fish Skin, Vegetarian Salmon Yu Sheng
  3. Wok-Fried Glutinous Rice w/ Assorted Chinese Sausages
  4. Deep-Fried Red Bean Pan Cake

OR

Option D: $528 for 10 pax includes four dishes:

  1. Wo Peng Poon Choy Braised Australian Abalone w/ Dried Assorted Seafood in Casserole
  2. Prosperity Crispy Fish Skin, Vegetarian Salmon Yu Sheng
  3. Wok-Fried Glutinous Rice w/ Assorted Chinese Sausages
  4. Deep-Fried Red Bean Pan Cake

Poon Choy's 13 premium ingredients: abalone, conpoy, pattern shitake, fresh prawn, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried oyster, black moss, broccoli, pig tender, roasted pork, pig skin, tianjin cabbage
Vegetarian salmon Yu Sheng that Japanese restaurants cater for their Japanese diners so no worries about GBS raw fish disease!

For daily dine in reservation:
Furama City Centre Hotel (6533-2282)
My Village,Serangoon Gardens (6634-7666) 

CNY Menu: http://wopeng.com.sg/celebrations/
CNY Menu: http://wopeng.com.sg/celebrations/

CNY Menu: http://wopeng.com.sg/celebrations/

Disclosure: The J Babies was invited for a media food-tasting session at Wo Peng Cantonese Cuisine. No other financial compensation was received. All photographs and opinions expressed in this post are ours.

Monday, January 11, 2016

5 Reasons You Would Fall In Love With Hotel Jen Tanglin

Media Invite

It is no secret by now that my family loves going for staycations. The short breaks, usually during the weekends, help us to relax and rejuvenate after a week of work, and get us ready for a brand new week ahead of us. There’s no need to clean up, no laundry to do (at least till we get home!), facilities to enjoy and good food to eat. Staycations are awesome! Especially when we are talking about staycations at new and nice hotels with great customer service. We recently stayed at Hotel Jen Tanglin, which went through a complete refurbishing and rebranding from Traders’ Hotel just barely a month ago. Needless to say, the experience was wonderful! Just to break down my experience into bite sizes, here are 5 reasons why we enjoyed the staycation at Hotel Jen Tanglin so much, and why I think you would too:

1. Everything’s Brand New & Classy!

The moment you step into Hotel Jen Tanglin, you are greeted with a very sophisticated and classy lobby. The designs are edgy, modern and cosy all at the same time. Bold use of different fabrics and lightings enhance the whole look and makes one feel fresh and young.



2. The Rooms Are Spacious & Beautifully-Decorated!

Our family was given a Club Suite and we love everything about it – The space, d├ęcor and furnishings – Everything was meticulously designed. Love those lamps by the bed side and the wallpaper. It’s something I would love to have in my own home!




The Club Suite has a separate living area with sofa, work desk and a mini kitchenette complete with microwave, sink, coffee machine, cutlery, plates and cups. Very perfect for families, don’t you agree?! The sofa is huge and can be converted into a double bed. The other area is the bedroom with king-sized bed and the bathroom. Both areas have their own televisions, and a sliding door in between gives both areas the privacy that they need. After the kids slept at night in the living area, we could close the sliding door and continue watching TV without disturbing them.



Our view right out of our room’s window – The hotel’s swimming pool!






Oh yes, what got me really excited was the red SMEG fridge! I’ve never seen one in a hotel room before. So sleek and nice! Inside the fridge was our sweet welcome gift of chocolates with nuts. Nice gesture by the hotel.



The bathroom was bright and contemporary with all the necessary stuffs you need. No bath tub though – They only have a standing shower area.


3. Interesting & Useful Facilities Everywhere!

These bicycles were hanging on the wall just before we reach the lift lobby from the main lobby. What we didn’t know until later on was that it was actually a Trick Eye installation!

So we took a photo of Joey holding on to the bike and rotated the photo clockwise to get this: Joey flying of a bike! =P

I guess that’s how Hotel Jen Tanglin communicates fun and quirkiness to their guests. There are fun elements everywhere you go. These funny designer road signs are another example. Staying in a hotel should be like this – Fun, relaxing and interesting!

Yet another ‘fun element’ can be found right at the main lobby – The swing chairs with colorful cushions. It quickly became one of my most favorite spots in the hotel.



Hotel Jen Tanglin has a swimming pool bigger than most hotels of similar rating and they are really proud of it. There is also a small paddling pool at the side for the young kids, so this is really good for families with kids. There are plenty sun beds around the pool, and you can order food and drinks to enjoy as well while swimming. The hotel also provides some floats and water toys for the kids, so thumbs up for their service!


Just a short walk away from the swimming pool and gym, there is a garden full of different fruit trees, plants and herbs. We were told that the hotel decided to spruce up this previously unused space with a garden because the hotel’s situated near to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and they want to stay in line with that theme. I thought it was a really nice thought – a garden right in the middle of busy Orchard Road sounds just about right. Families with kids can also take the opportunity to introduce certain familiar plants and fruits to the little ones.





A vending machine with different titbits and cup noodles can be found outside the garden and I was told that instead of stocking mini bars in the rooms with titbits and drinks, which are usually exorbitantly expensive, the hotel decided to install the vending machine for the guests to purchase whatever they need. The prices are mostly $2 and below – More hotels should do this!

4. An Exquisite Club Lounge Accessible 24 Hours A Day!

Most hotel club lounges have opening hours, but not at Hotel Jen Tanglin! Even when you feel hungry or thirsty in the middle of the night, you can pop by the Club Lounge with your room access card and enter the lounge. Hot and cold drinks, as well as some nuts and biscuits are always available. At night, cup noodles are also provided. I know that because I popped by for a cup noodles at night and was very pleased to see that it was Laksa flavor! =P

The Club Lounge’s located on the second highest level of the hotel and you can get a really nice view of Orchard Road from there.





Like most club lounges, they also provide tea breaks and cocktails for the guests. We popped by for some bites and drinks and they were yummy!




We also had our breakfast the next morning at the lounge. I love it because it’s quiet, peaceful and you get personalized service from the staff. As compared to the lobby restaurant that serves buffet breakfast to the other hotel guests, I always prefer to have mine in the Club Lounge.







5. Many Places To Explore Nearby!

Hotel Jen Tanglin is located at the tail end of the busy shopping streets of Orchard Road, so shopping and dining options are aplenty within walking distance. Shop to your hearts’ content at Tanglin Mall (directly connected to Hotel Jen Tanglin), ION Orchard, Orchard 313, Orchard Central, etc!



Our UNESCO Heritage site – Singapore Botanic Gardens – is also within walking distance from the hotel. We spent a morning chasing the swans and birds, and running around in the garden.



For those of you who are fond of orchids, you can also take the opportunity to visit the Singapore Orchid Garden. It was our first visit there, and I was so amazed at how many different species of orchids there are! Of course, we also saw our national flower and took the chance to share some history of Singapore with our kids. Our staycation turned out to be pretty educational!


For those of you who can’t wait to book your staycation at Hotel Jen Tanglin, do check out these attractive offers before you book. There is a good Family Package for families at SGD350 which gives you a stay in the Club Suite with Club Lounge access, free breakfast, free late check-out till 4pm as well as free meals for the kids below 12 years old! Check out this link to find out more. Those of you who make advance bookings of 14 or 30 days can even book a room for as low as SGD170! That’s such a good deal for a hotel along Orchard Road! For more details on Hotel Jen Tanglin, hop over via this link now. :)

I have two more blog posts coming up on the dining options available at Hotel Jen Tanglin, so look out for them in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you are still considering whether to book a staycation, think no more! The March school holidays are coming very soon! =D

Disclosure: The J Babies was provided with a complimentary night of stay at Hotel Jen Tanglin’s Club Suite. No other financial compensation was received, and all photos and opinions in this post are mine, and all rights reserved.