Wednesday, November 14, 2018

4 Reasons Why You Should Choose The Haven Resort Ipoh

If you have not read my first post on The Haven, click to read now. :)

Friends have asked me if I would recommend The Haven Resort Ipoh after I shared about my stay there on my social media, and my answer is a big YES! I have to admit that there are more affordable accommodation options in Ipoh, but there are many reasons why I think it is totally worth it if you are hoping for a rejuvenating & restful family vacation:

1. Peace & Serenity

The one thing I absolutely miss about The Haven is the view I get every morning when I wake up. I’ve never stayed in an accommodation so near to a hill before and the hill view never fails to amaze me. There is a sense of peace and serenity when I look out of my balcony and I can stare at the scenery all day. This was one vacation that I really felt rested in my mind, and I attribute it to this hill view. It calms me down and puts my mind at ease.

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2. Beautiful Landscaping

One of the things I really enjoyed doing every morning after breakfast was to take a stroll on the trail round the lake. You can choose to jog on this trail or just take a slow walk with your family while admiring the greenery and beautiful landscaping. I love the fresh smell of trees and plants all over – so therapeutic!

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3. Fun Facilities

We enjoyed the swimming pool at The Havens everyday – There was even a hot tub for us to soak in at night when it got cooler! I love it that the swimming pool was an infinity pool that overlooked the lake and hills – It was such a bliss to spend time in the pool all day long!

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There was a slide as well and even I had fun sliding down numerous times! =P

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The resort also has other facilities such as gym and different courts you can book for playing squash & badminton etc.

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I enjoyed breakfast every morning in the midst of the beautiful landscaping and of course, every breakfast was an enjoyable experience.

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4. Nearby Attractions

About 5 minutes’ car ride from The Haven Resort is the Tambun Pomelo Farm, which I visited one morning. It was interesting for city dwellers like us who have never seen a pomelo farm before, so even though the farm was not huge, we had fun walking through it and enjoying fresh fruits at the end of the walk. The fruits were so juicy and sweet!

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Easily accessible by car or taxi from the resort is the Ipoh Old Town, where we went around eating the famous local delicacy of Beansprouts Chicken Rice, Oven Baked Salted Chicken and checking out their different street murals. This is all part of soaking in the Ipoh culture – something not to be missed.

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Planning a visit to Ipoh soon? Check out The Haven Resorts Ipoh for good deals!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Great Moscow Circus Is In Town!

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Last Saturday, I brought my mom and kids to catch The Great Moscow Circus and we had so much excitement and fun in one evening!

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As we were walking towards the iconic circus tent, I was reminded that my dad brought the whole family to watch the circus more than 20 years ago. Years later, my dad may no longer be here with us, that wonderful childhood memory still brought smiles to our faces. I was so glad that I could bring my mom along for this show – The Great Moscow Circus is a perfect idea for family outing because it’s entertaining for both the young and old!

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There was excitement in the air as we stepped into the arena. It’s after the Great Moscow Circus! And it was their first time back to Singapore after more than 10 years, with with over 45 performers!

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The whole show was power-packed from start to end, with stunts that made me gasp in wonder and I was literally sitting at the edge of my seats with my eyes glued to the acrobats and stuntmen because the acts were just too exciting! I found myself holding my breath, not daring to breathe, in case I disturbed the performers! Yet, I was also filled with amazement at the performers’ dedication and hard work – It was evident from the whole show that they had put in a lot of effort (and years) to perfect their acts.

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Interspersed with all the exciting acts and stunts, the audience were bending over with laughter by pockets of entertainment time by the clowns. The interaction with the audience was superb and very commendable! Giant rubber balls were tossed to the audience to bounce off one another, members of the audience were invited to participate in certain acts and funny games within the circus ring, and one of the most heartwarming moments was when a little girl was invited into the circus ring because it was her first time in a circus and the ringmaster got everyone in the audience to switch on the torches on their mobile phones. The whole circus was instantaneously transformed into a magical space.

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The finale act was having 4 motorcycles racing inside a steel ball cage, which made everyone break out into cold sweat because it was highly dangerous and required great coordination by all 4 bikers. Thankfully, they completed the act perfectly!

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I love it that the whole show had a myriad of experiences and atmosphere that kept everyone entertained throughout. There was not a moment of dullness – even when the stage was being setup and workers were clearing props and setting up for the next act, the clowns were able to captivate the audience and the whole order of service was seamless and smooth. I totally think everyone must visit the circus at least once because the live performances are really impressive. In a couple of acts during the show, the acrobats failed to complete their acts because of some slips, but they attempted again and succeeded to the roaring clapping of the audience. The ringmaster commented that such is a circus – What you see is what you get and every performer puts in their heart and soul to make sure that they present the best performance but that doesn’t mean that they will succeed in every single act they do. That was not the crux, in my opinion. Beyond the perfect acts, I saw the perseverance and the concentration power of every individual, and I can’t help but feel inspired. Thank you for putting up such a great show, The Great Moscow Circus! They will only be in Singapore for 6 weeks, so make sure you go get your tickets soon to avoid disappointments! Tickets start from $65 and you can get yours here –> https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cgmc1218