Monday, April 27, 2015

Family Photo Shoot (Review & Giveaway!)

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I’ve been a blogger for close to 10 years now. Much as I enjoy taking photographs of my kids and the things we do week in and week out, there were days when I wished there were more photographs that had ME in them. So, it’s always been on my mind to go for a family photo shoot, to capture those faces of my kids when they are still little and of course, the husband and I when we are still relatively young.

All thanks to Cloud Productions, this little wish came to pass! At the end of a one-hour session at Botanic Gardens, we were sweaty, laughing and had 100+ photographs waiting for us. It was plenty of fun to NOT be the photographer this time round, and we had quite a lovely family time together that morning. I like it that Cloud Productions go for beautiful and natural shots, where the idea is to capture the family having fun together in a cheery and happy mood. Our photographer made us feel at ease as well, and was very accommodating whenever we want to stop at any spots to capture some shots. All in all, it was a very pleasant and enjoyable experience.

When the photos reached me two weeks after the shoot, I was surprised. They way exceeded my expectations, I must say. There were some shots I didn’t envision would turn out that way, so it was good fun going through the photographs and seeing myself in them, especially. It was not easy choosing my favorite shots of the lot, but here are some of them. :)

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Love the girls’ shots – They are way more natural than daddy & mummy! =X

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Lots of sentiments when I saw some of these shots of us playing some random game. The kids will not be small for long, and before I know it, they will not want to play such games with us anymore. I really need to treasure and cherish every moment with them, while they are still this small.

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Photo shoot is not easy at all, but after an hour of sweating and smiling until our faces got crammed, we were super pleased with our photographs. Thank you Cloud Productions, for capturing us at our best and giving us these memories that would last a lifetime. :) Want to go for a family photo shoot but not sure if you know how to handle one? Cloud Productions has got some great tips on their website – Read up and you’ll be all well-prepared! http://cloudproductions.sg/2014/02/tips-for-outdoorphotography/

If you are looking to do a family photo shoot, or even just a photo shoot with some of your favorite people and friends, do consider Cloud Productions. They have more than 80 customers’ good reviews on their Facebook page. To read some of these references, go to http://cloudproductions.sg/2014/03/20ahop2014/

SPECIAL PROMO FOR THE J BABIES’ READERS!

Cloud Productions has extended two very value-for-money packages to those of you interested to have a photo shoot with them. Don’t miss out on these offers:

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If you are looking for an free shoot just to try it out, Cloud Productions is currently running a FOC SG50 promo. Read more about it here:

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GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the very generous folks at Cloud Productions, I have two photo shoot packages to give away to two winners. Winners will be selected at random, and you will not be able to choose which package you would like to go for.

Terms & Conditions:
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- 60MIN Outdoor photoshoot location at your choice.
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- Unlimited photos
- Post-process and Enhancement provided
- Highres softcopies in JPG
- Photos sent over via email within two weeks

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sentosa One-Day Tour Guide

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When I was planning for Joey’s 9th birthday celebration this year, I decided that it would be a family affair. No big parties where we invite tons of people and go through the whole hooha of making preparations – Just a simple celebration within the family. (Well, eventually we did do a last-minute mini party for her at her school during recess, but that’s a story for another day). So, I thought about how we could find a place that would please the adults and the kids, doing activities that everyone would enjoy. The kids’ grandmothers were going to come along as well, and I needed to make sure everyone would be happy with the program. Naturally, Sentosa came straight to my mind.

Sentosa is a place that has much to offer, not just to tourists, but to local Singaporeans as well. Although I often visit Sentosa with the kids, they never seem to get bored of the place. Furthermore, both our mothers have not been to many of the attractions on Sentosa before - It would be great fun to explore the island together with them!

And so, the venue was decided and in order for us to spend sufficient time on Sentosa and not have to rush home, we decided that a staycation at one of the hotels at RWS would be great. Eventually, we decided on Festive Hotel and that was covered in my post yesterday. One of the best things about having a staycation at RWS is that you will never run out of things to do. This place is practically still alive even after midnight, especially during the weekends. I planned out a one-day itinerary of places we would cover on Sentosa  and of course, the priority was that Joey must enjoy them!

So, here’s our day on Sentosa – Thank God for the good weather! =D

Time check: 11am
THE MERLION
10am – 8pm daily, $10/adult & $7/Child/Senior Citizen (Locals)

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Panoramic views from the head of Merlion!

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At the Merlion, you can admire the beautiful views from either the head or from the mouth, and watch a short film on how Merlion came about!

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Time check: 11.30am
TIGER TOWER
10am – 8pm daily, $10/adult & $7/Child/Senior Citizen (Locals)

Take a slow ride up the tower and enjoy the scenery. We did just that - Very therapeutic. :)

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Time check: 11.45am
iOS LIVE & MADAME TRUSSAUDS SINGAPORE
Mon – Fri, excluding public holidays: 10am - 7.30pm  (last admission at 6pm)
Sat & Sun and public holidays: 10am – 9pm (last admission at 7.30pm)
Combo Tickets - Adult: $38; Senior Citizen (over 60 years old): $30; Child (3 - 12 years old): $28

The Images of Singapore was revamped and reopened only recently, and they are now known as iOS Live, and you have live and very animated commentators who will bring you through the history of Singapore. Many of the wax figures from the old Images of Singapore had been retained, but the whole concept was given a fresh new update.

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The new Images of Singapore also incorporated a short boat ride and during the ride, you’ll see Sir Stamford Raffles as well as many iconic landmarks of Singapore.

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After the boat ride, you’ll start on the Madame Trussauds section. It was my mum’s first time to Madame Trussauds, so she was really excited. The last time we visited the place, Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his wife’s figurines were not ready yet. We finally saw them this time round. Also new figurines that were not added previously such as Zoe Tay and the Beatles were also really well-made! There are tons more photos in my post on my first trip there here.

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You can pay a small price to have your wax hand made on the spot as well. :)

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Time check: 2pm
PORT OF THE LOST WONDER
Weekdays: $10/ child*; School Holidays, Weekends & Public Holidays: $15/ child*; Parents enter for free.

It was lunch time, and perfect for a good and relaxing meal at Port of the Lost Wonder (POLW) where the kids can have some cool splashing fun in the pool while the adults enjoyed their food.

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The kids always love it at POLW, and it’s not hard to see why. I personally enjoy chilling at the restaurant right in front of the water play area. The food’s quite good! We ordered pizza, beef hor fun and pasta to share.

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The kids had kids’ meal (rather hurriedly) before rushing off to play in the pool. Not very good on the stomach, I know, but it’s very hard to resist the water playground!

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And they had so much fun together. :)

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Time check: 3.30pm
CABLE CAR JOYRIDE
$29 (Adult); $18 (Child aged 3-12 years old); Kids below 3 fly for free!

After POLW, we headed for our cable car joyride! They are in the Superheroes season right now – so we literally flew with the super heroes!

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I love cable car rides – So relaxing and the views’ spectacular.

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All my photos taken from inside the cable car looked vintage because they were taken through a tinted black windows. Haha!

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Time check: 3.45pm
MOUNT FABER
FOC!

We alighted at Mount Faber for a short stopover – It was nice and lovely in the evening. Love it. :)

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Time check: 4.30pm
BUTTERFLY PARK & INSECT KINGDOM
9.30am – 7pm daily, $16/adult & $10/Child

After we reached back to Sentosa island via cable car, we proceed to the Butterfly Park. This must be one of the oldest attractions on Sentosa and I have fond memories of visiting it as a kid myself – all those butterfly and insect specimens especially! I am scared of butterflies, so I try to avoid the catchment area where butterflies roam freely. I speed-walked all the way through to the parrot area – where it’s a lot safer in my opinion. =P

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Time check: 5.15pm
4D ADVENTURELAND – DESPERADOS
One-Day Adventure Pass include UNLIMITED ENTRIES to:
- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island The 4-D Experience
- Extreme Log Ride, 4D Simulation Ride
- Desperados, Interactive 4D Shoot-Out Game
S$38.90 Adult; S$26.90 Child (3-12 years old)

There are several rides you can take at 4D Adventureland, and I’ve taken the Extreme Log Ride, Desperados etc. The kids enjoyed the Desperados because you get to ride a (fake) horse and shoot a gun at bandits that keep appearing on the screen. Even the mothers had fun galloping away! =D

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Time check: 6pm
DINNER AT RWS’ MALAYSIAN FOOD STREET

It was our first time checking out the Malaysian Food Street at RWS and I was impressed by how affordable the prices were. Most of the signature dishes such as Penang Kway Tiao, Curry Mee, etc were less than $7. And the food tasted really authentic and good! Abundance of seats so even for big groups, it’s probably quite OK to find seats here.

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(Source: Flikr, misstamchiak.com, sgfoodonfoot.com)

Time check: 7.30pm
COFFEE @ STARBUCKS

We had a little free time after dinner and before our next program, so we chilled out at this pretty hut-looking Starbucks at RWS. The kids grabbed a quick nap on our laps, so that they have energy to ride out the evening later on!

Time check: 8.40pm
WINGS OF TIME
7.40pm & 8.40pm daily;
Premium Seats: $23 / Person; Standard Seats: $18 (Standard Rates) & $15 (Local Resident Rates*)

Finally, our last program of the day was the Wings of Time show. It was the first time my kids and mothers were watching it, and they enjoyed themselves very much.

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Our very lovely day at Sentosa ended with a big bang of fireworks in the dark sky!

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It was such a fruitful day on Sentosa, and we only covered maybe 30% of the attractions on Sentosa??

If you are planning to do a one or two-day tour of Sentosa, don’t buy tickets for the various attractions individually of course! There are Value Bundles available for you. Check them out here to see how you can get the best value out of your visit – Visit up to 20 attractions for less than S$50?! That’s so worth it! You can also purchase your tickets & packages online beforehand. :)

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Before I end, here’s my itinerary for your reference in case you want to copycat follow. :)

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Have fun planning your Sentosa holiday and playing to your hearts’ contents. I know we did. :)

Disclosure: The J Babies received complimentary tickets to visit the mentioned attractions on Sentosa. All photographs (unless otherwise stated) and opinions are mine. No other financial compensation was received.