I told myself I would not go anywhere near work emails during my 2 week vacation. I successfully did so. In fact it was so liberating that I stayed away from the laptop and macbook as well. So besides occasional iPad time, I spent almost zero time on the laptop and macbook. Which was awesome!
So now, I've got to play catch up!
When planning our end of year break, we thought really hard and decided on a staycation at Sentosa. With the terrible twos having come early, we thought the stress of handling 2 strollers, the massive luggage and their tantrums through custom checks, immigration queues and flight time, would negate any of the happy and relaxed vibes we may get from the holiday.
So we checked into Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa. A tad pricey at $500 plus per night, but it was surely worth it!
|Ihsan with our free blow-up ball!|
We were a tad disappointed when they told us that the kids pool was closed for renovations. We did pick the hotel because of the kid friendly pool. But we soon found that the adult pool was very kid-friendly too, with lots of shallow areas for the boys to wade in all by themselves. With close supervision from us of course!
We brought like a TON of pool toys and they STILL wanted to play with other kids toys! We did nothing all day but swim and nap!
|Irfan and me. This was a pre-meltdown photo!|
Of course, food is quite expensive in Sentosa. We only ventured out once to a Halal restaurant at Siloso Beach which had decent Asian food at reasonable prices. But, most of the time we depended on room service or the hotel eateries. Largely because the boys would be pooped up their morning and afternoon swims and take really long naps!
|Ihsan with his breakfast plate- biscuits, cereal, papaya, sweet corn and scrambled eggs!|
I loved the buffet at the Shang. It was very kid friendly, with a special buffet line for kids. My only complain is I don't understand why kids' food- must mean sugary cereals, buns etc. I can't be the only mom that limits her kids sugar intake and prefer whole foods and cereals for their kids?
|Irfan with his own breakfast plate!|
In fact, I loved the fact that the staff were really friendly with the kids and patient with tantrums and screaming. We had a fair share of meltdowns at the hotel restaurants. It was nice that the staff would offer sweets and chocolates to the kids to try and calm them down, but they should ALWAYS ask the parents if that's ok first!
One night, at their Middle Eastern restaurant, the boys started crying cos they were starving! The wait staff brought fish fingers out to appease them with MARSHMALLOWS! I almost had a meltdown myself. Luckily for me, my kids have no idea what marshmallows are. So they didn't make a fuss, when I told the waiter, "No marshmallows, please!"
They were also very nice to ask at the end of our meal whether they could give our kids ice-cream. I thanked them for their generosity but said next time!
All in it was a great relaxing stay there. We'll definitely return for a visit!