Monday, June 26, 2017

LEGO City Jungle Halftrack Mission @ 60159

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Would have expected LEGO City series to be about the city right? But this set seems to be about the jungle exploration and definitely had some "Indian Jones" influence. As usual, Leroy had been eyeing the set since it was delivered a while back but was only allowed to fix it up recently when we finally had the time!

This 378-piece set was a breeze for Leroy to build. However it was the first time he encountered the special plastic tracks and he needed a little explanation from me on how it worked. Other than that, it barely took him 30-45 mins to complete the set, inclusive of the time he spent asking his siblings not to disturb!

Glad that set consisted of two vehicles in total, which meant that even Louie can join in the play and Stacci also wasted no time in claiming that the female explorer wa hers! It was a definitely a fun build and a great addition to their growing LEGO toys! Thank you for sending the kiddos love LEGO Singapore!

In case you are not aware yet, there are on-going Piece of Peace mini exhibitions at the following malls that will lead to the main Piece of Peace event that will run from July 27 to Sept 3 at the Fort Canning Arts Centre.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Spider-Man Invades NEX

Okay, if you are a fan of Spider-Man, you would have known that the new movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit out shores on 06 July 2017. But prior to that, there are definitely lots of activities leading up to the big event! We managed to catch up with the main lead, Tom Holland when he was in town for the red carpet event earlier and now the web-slinger had also invaded NEX!

So what's up at NEX actually? For one, we popped by Pizza Hut on level 3 for a special Epic Cheesy Lava pizza which was really amazing I must add. It was really cheesy and all the kiddos loved it. I never ever crave for pizzas, but I give this thumbs up! Eat your pizza before catching the show at Shaw Theatres!

Level 1 Atrium (till 09 Jul 17)

There are lots of super cute Spider-Man memorabilia on sale, with lots of toys, figures, masks and tee-shirts of course. If you like to take photos, there are quite a few sets for you to take Instagrammable photos too. Only one game station for kiddos to try a shooting game though. Spider-Man will make his appearance on 23 - 26 June at 1pm and 3pm. But you must really make it to the place at 5pm on 01 July because a whole bunch of Spider-Men will be there instead! The last meet up was yesterday so this coming one would be the last!


Lucky Draw

Stand a chance to win Spider-­Man: Homecoming holidays worth over S$17,000 with every S$50* spent at NEX. Double your chances by charging to your Citibank credit/debit card. Whether it’s a 7D5N VIP tour to New York for a first-­hand encounter of Peter Parker’s neighbourhood in Queens (worth S$9,980) or a 7D5N trip to London on a crime-­fighting adventure at famous landmarks (worth S$7,988), two winners will walk away with a once-­in-­a-­lifetime Spider-­Man: Homecoming experience. 

*Maximum 20 chances per shopper/NRIC per day or 40 chances per Citibank cardmember/NRIC per day. Redemption must be made on the same day of spending at the B2 Customer Service Counter.

Free Gifts

Spend a minimum of S$200 or S$350 (inclusive of Cold Storage or FairPrice receipts) to redeem an exclusive Spider-­Man: Homecoming Headphone.** (Citi cardmembers need only charge S$150 or S$300 for redemption.) The first 900 Citibank SMRT cardmembers to charge S$300 to their card will receive S$20 NEX Vouchers (all spending must be charged to the same card). 

**Maximum of three combined same-­day original receipts. Redemption must be made in person and on a first come, first served basis. Redemption must be made on the same day of spending at the B2 Customer Service Counter.

Thank you for having us over NEX!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Perth Adventure - Full Day Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

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We departed the city once again and moved south in search of some giants! It was a rather long drive before we reach the quaint town of Donnybrook known for its apples, and stopped for our morning coffee at the Big Apple café. This was also where our driver and guide picked up our picnic lunch too.

The first giant we got to meet was the Diamond tree in Manjimup. This living giant had steel poles hammered into its trunk to be used as steps that goes spiralling up all the way to the top. It was previously used by fire-fighters as a lookout where they can better coordinate the movements of their colleagues on the ground in their fight against any forest fires. Obviously in this age and time, helicopters are being utilized and the tree had since been turned into a tourist attraction. The brave ones can climb up all the way and be rewarded with the breath-taking views on top. But I must say that it is dangerous for the younger ones because the gaps between the steps can be quite wide apart and any missteps would prove fatal.

The view from halfway. I would have gone all the way up if not for the other climbers who wanted to come down.

We had our lunch at the base of this magnificent tree. Would be perfect if we could spend more time to savour the delicious sandwiches and pastries with our hot drinks in this great cool weather. But having to make our long return trip back to the city meant we could only linger this long before moving on to find the "Tingle" giants (Eucalyptus jacksonii) in the "Valley Of The Giants". Here, one can have a good look at the huge trees in the tree top walk, and also walk through the unique trunk structures of these old trees!

They said you could see grandma's face on this tree. Can you?
Next up we stopped by Williams Bay for a quick scenic view of the coastline before reaching Kojonup, and headed straight to The Kodja Place for our late dinner (which was pre-ordered at own cost). It was only through the tour agency that we were able to have the entire place to ourselves, way pass their operating hours. Following our dinner, we had a very intimate storytelling session by Jack, who shared with all of us the aboriginal history, and basically his life story with us.

Stacci with Uncle Jack!
This tour would be great for those who loves nature and the majestic giant trees but be prepared for long travelling distances of over 950km return, which meant that a lot of time is spent on the coach. The lunch, which consisted of an assortment of sandwiches and pastries were absolutely delicious. The only thing I would have wished for, would be more time at the places of interest so that I can take more photos! Check out more on the tour here.

This post the final post of our collaboration with ADAMS Pinnacle Tours. Thank you so much for accommodating the two of us and we had a great time in Perth!

Read about our Wave Rock visit and Pinnacles tour too!