A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

After hubby’s memorable birthday celebration – a Village Hotel Katong staycation (courtesy of Far East Hospitality), we were very blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate our little girl’s 6th birthday with a staycation at Village Hotel Changi in July.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Village Hotel Changi makes for a serene staycation. In fact, we’ve been to Village Hotel Changi quite a few times prior to this visit so we weren’t new to its surroundings (there’s plenty of good food within walking distance!) and amenities (two swimming pools – one on the ground floor and one on the rooftop).

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The lobby

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

A whimsical shot. Yes, there are glass elevators here!

We were gifted the Weekend Cycle & Stay package this time so we were all ready to go cycling the moment after we checked in.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

She was already wearing her helmet on our way to the hotel!

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

I told her her assignment for the stay was to count the number of circles on the headboard. LOL. So evil, I know.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The Superior Room is adequately furnished and comes even with a bathtub, albeit not as fancy as the large in-room bathtub we had at Village Hotel Katong. There’s a clear glass panel as you can see in the picture.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

How convenient for us to spy on the little ones while washing up in the toilet!:

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

Caught in a mid-jump!

The view from our room:

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

This is the balcony section of the room where there are full-height glass panels

We were given 480ml foldable drinking water bottles as part of the package and it was indeed much easier to bring these out instead of normal bottles for our cycle:

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

Upon check-in, we were also given a portion of koi feed which we could use to feed the koi in the pond at level 6. When we checked in, it started to rain so our cycling and koi-feeding plans had to be shelved for awhile. Eventually, when the rain abated, we went ahead with the koi-feeding -

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

Such a simple activity but it brings so much joy and excitement for the kids:

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The outdoor area at Level 6

After the feeding, we went to rent bikes! We eventually found the shop after we got the directions from the hotel staff and it’s conveniently located right next to the Changi food centre. The only problem was that they only had one bike which came with a child seat and it was already taken. There were also no kids’ bikes for rental – or at least that’s what we observed.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

We actually only needed one bike with a child seat because we’d brought our girl’s spanking new bike to cycle alongside us (yes, it’s her birthday present which she picked out herself the day before). In the end, I rented a bike while my hubby hung out with my boy. We headed to Changi Point Coastal Walk for our evening cycle:

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The boys hung out at the playground while we cycled along the coast…

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

..and enjoyed the scenery and the evening breeze.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

After cycling for awhile, my girl decided she wanted to spend the rest of the time at the playground so we just hung around. We were actually given a cycling guide by the hotel but since we only rented one bike we didn’t go far from the playground where the boys were.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

A quick selfie while the kids played around

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

Getting ready to head back

The complimentary bike rental is for only an hour so we headed back and got dinner on our walk back to the hotel – plenty of food choices!!

After our dinner, we headed to the rooftop for our swim:

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The sky was a gorgeous mix of blues and purples and we swam till it eventually made way for the night sky. We returned to our room to shower, rest and wait for my girl’s birthday cake icon smile A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The kids’ idea of chillax

A generous gesture from the hotel:

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The cake was very decadent and it was really generous of the hotel to give us an entire cake for the celebration. But it’s always been our experience thus far with Village Hotel Changi – we’ve celebrated birthdays and anniversaries here and it’s always been a whole cake.

The breakfast buffet at Salt Water Cafe was also part of the Weekend Cycle & Stay package.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

There was a wide range of food, from salad, cold cuts to nasi lemak, porridge and the typical American breakfast buffet spread.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

We chose alfresco dining which is right next to the swimming pool at the ground level.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

Included in the package is a ride on the hop-on hop-off FunVee City Tour Open-top Bus (click the link for details of the three routes and more details about the hotels and pick-up timings).

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

It’s a chance to explore and re-discover Singapore. And we did just that on National Day. What better day to admire the beauty of our nation than on National Day? Actually, from what I understand from the hotel, the tour should be done on any of the days of your stay (you can do it on the day that you check out) but there was some miscommunication so my ride had to be re-scheduled and we only managed to fit it in on National Day.

It was our first time on an open-top bus and it was really quite a refreshing change and we indeed managed to appreciate the sights much much more compared to when we’re just zipping past them in the car.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

We sat at the back mostly, while my little girl chose to sit in the air-conditioned section on her own.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

She came out to join us now and then when the bus stopped at traffic junctions.

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The kids didn’t appreciate the heat at all, as you can tell. I think I enjoyed it most! :D

Besides snapping at major landmarks, it was the small details that sometimes caught my eye. You know, the usual ones that we gloss over or never even see?

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

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I had a hard time deciding which shots to upload on the blog – there were so many!

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

 A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

The ride from start to end point takes about an hour, but you are free to hop off to explore then hop on again to continue the journey.

So we had lots of fun but the catch is that Village Hotel Changi is the only hotel of Far East Hospitality that there’s no pick-up service offered by the Hop-on Hop-off tour. This means that you’d have to make your way to the starting point of the route that you choose to board the bus whereas if you’d purchased your staycation package from other hotels in the Far East Hospitality group, there’s a free pick-up service. Nevertheless, as I’ve mentioned, you can go on the hop-on hop-off tour on the day you check out. If you really can’t make it, perhaps you could ask for assistance from the hotel staff – they are very friendly! icon smile A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

As explained in this post, we don’t do birthday parties, so we’re really grateful that Village Hotel Changi offered us the opportunity for a special birthday celebration for my little girl! icon smile A special 6th birthday celebration @ Village Hotel Changi

Village Hotel Changi
1 Netheravon Road Singapore 508502 (Formerly known as Changi Village Hotel)
+65 6379 7111
info.vhc@fareast.com.sg
Details of the Weekend Cycle & Stay package
 
Disclosure: This is a sponsored staycation by the Far East Hospitality Group. All opinions are mine.
 

[Note: Even though we love staycations and have stayed at many hotels in Singapore, I've only begun to document our stays of late so this is a growing list. You can read about our stay at Equarius Hotel, Festive Hotel @ RWS, Oasia Hotel and Village Hotel Katong]

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Matchy matchy with Glitter Glam {Giveaway}

Thanks to the kind folks at Glitter Glam, I’ve finally been able to doll up in matchy matchy outfits with both my children. Considering the fact that I have a boy and a girl, I think to have matchy outfits with both of them is just kinda awesome. I’ve seen the matchy girly dresses for moms and daughters at Glitter Glam x Mary Had a Little Lamb (but I was pleasantly surprised when I reached the store and was told that there are actually two designs that have matching outfits with boys as well!

Needless to say, we tried both the designs.

 Matchy matchy with Glitter Glam {Giveaway}

The first design I’d say is made of really very soft comfy fabric. I know nuts about types of fabric – I only know whether it’s comfy or not so bear with me. There’s lining for the skirt portion so there’s no need to worry about whether it’s too translucent. The girl’s outfit is exactly the same as the mum’s while the boy’s outfit is a short sleeved shirt (with the same striped design) with smart white pants. My boy looked super cool while my girl looked very sweet. I, erm, looked matchy.

 Matchy matchy with Glitter Glam {Giveaway}

The waistline of the dress is a little too high for my liking but yeah, I’ll get used to it. We all need to try something new to make life more colourful eh?

 Matchy matchy with Glitter Glam {Giveaway}

The second design features zebra prints. The boy’s version is a jumper (my boy is wearing his shirt under as the jumper is sold without any inner shirt). I personally thought this dress was more flattering for my body shape, focusing more on my *relatively* flat abdomen and overall clings better to the body, partially because of the type of fabric used. But that’s my preference.

In the end I chose the navy blue design because I thought my kids looked better in that design. Despite knowing the fact that they would outgrow their suits, while I’ll hopefully not grow out of mine, I went with my motherly instincts. icon smile Matchy matchy with Glitter Glam {Giveaway}

We tried other outfits that my girl was interested in too like this suit -

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and this one -

 Matchy matchy with Glitter Glam {Giveaway}

These dresses are honestly very pretty but not so flattering for me because my thunder thighs just don’t go well with short skirts. They’d look great on those of you who are blessed with long, slender legs.

I first came across Glitter Glam at Isetan NEX, not knowing that they actually have the matchy outfits with daughters as only the boutique at Harbourfront Centre and selected Isetan counters carry the mother-daughter wear on top of the clothes for women. Glitter Glam is a home-grown brand that’s characterised by a work wear collection with an edgy character, yet provides great comfort and excellent fit at the same time. They are also one of the favourable wardrobe sponsors for the TV station and various production houses.

Now here’s the giveaway! Glitter Glam is kindly sponsoring a mother-child outfit for my readers! This contest is open to all moms in Singapore with EITHER a son or daughter, aged 1-6 years old.

Remember to follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below to qualify!

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STORES

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More information about MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB -

Mary Had A Little Lamb was conceived on Mothers’ Day 2013 with the brilliant idea of shrinking a mummy’s wardrobe into a mini-me version for her little one. The first ever collection was the mother-and-child outfits. Going on from here, Mary Had A Little Lamb wishes to produce unique and modernistic outfits for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Glitter Glam will be participating in the upcoming Parents World Babies & Kids Exhibition 2014 at Expo where there will be very attractive promotions. Do remember to check out their booth!

 Matchy matchy with Glitter Glam {Giveaway}

Disclosure: We were gifted the set of matching outfits. All opinions are mine.

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