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LOL Playland @ JCube (Jurong East)

Monday, 6 March 2017

When My Little Giant opened at Big Box, we were elated because, frankly, there were not many choices of indoor playground in the west area of Singapore. A few months later, another new indoor playground, LOL Playland, popped up at JCube. Together with the free outdoor playgrounds at Westgate, JEM and IMM, there are now so much choices for those living in the west. Cheers!!


LOL Playland is located within JCube, which is near Jurong East MRT Station. Located on the third floor opposite the ice-skating rink, LOL Playland is not those super big indoor playground. Although it is not as big as the main players in the indoor playground industry, it can still provide lots of fun for the children. Not forgetting, there are also advantages of playing in a smaller playground.


Active Play Gym



The main play area in LOL Playland is this 3-storey active play gym, which provides lots of climbing opportunities for the little ones. A problem faced by most parents who follow their children through a climbing structure is having to bend low. However, the height here is quite comfortable for me to navigate the gym.

The main highlights here are the slide and trampoline, which my boys absolutely enjoyed. They had slide down and jumped infinity times on these.







Toddler's House



Next to the main active playgym is the Toddler's House, which is a two-storey play structure catered for the toddlers. On the lower floor is a pretend play cafe / supermarket. When the area gets too messy, the staff came over to tidy up the play area. There are also some activity boards on the wall that help to develop the kids' fine motor skills.



Going up to the second level is a small ball pit and a mini slide. Do note that the steps to the second level is quite cramp for adults.



Pretend Play Houses


Beside the Toddler's House is three pretend play houses to promote creative thinking and social skills. There are matching uniforms and vehicles to complement the different occupations.



The boys had a great time pretending to be a doctor, policeman and firefighter.


Other Activities


Apart from all the play activities, LOL Playland also has activities that are more calming. There's a small reading corner, but the selection of books is quite limited. There are also board games which you can borrow free of charge. You only need to leave a deposit of $20 which will be refunded upon returning the game.



LOL Playland also has some craft activities for the kids to do.


Baby Play


There is a playpen for the small little babies. Although there is not much toys here, it provides a safe enclosure for the babies. This makes it easy for parents who want to bring their older child to the playgound but still have a small baby to look after. Babies less than 6 months old are entitled to free entry.


There is a simple diaper changing station in the party room.


Other Facilities


Like most indoor playgrounds, LOL Playland offers party packages too. More details of the party packages here.

Free Wi-Fi is also available in the playground.


Usually when we go to a indoor playground, we usually carry our bags with us because I'm not willing to pay for the locker. The good news is, LOL Playland provides FREE locker! You only need to pay a $2 deposit for the key, which will be refunded when you return the key. How nice! I don't have to carry my heavy bag around.


Most indoor playgrounds have an elaborated cafe. Unfortunately, LOL Playland does not currenly serve cooked food as they are still in the midst of training staffs and obtaining the necessary licence. However, they are definitely considering serving cooked food in the near future.



Verdict


What I really like about this playground is its size. It is big enough for the boys to play and small enough for me to monitor them without having to go into the play area with them. I also feel safer for the boys as the area is quite contained.

The height of the climb structure is also a comfortable height for adults. I do not need to bend low while following the boys through the gym, which is a bliss for my back. I also like the provision of lockers and Wi-Fi. Together with the comfortable size of the playground, I can really sit-back and relax while still keeping a safe eye on them.

Although my boys are not really into crafts, I like that LOL Playland offers crafts activities so that children are playing and learning at the same time. They also have extra activities according to the festivities or holidays. We went during the Chinese New Year period and they had an angpow hunt game. The boys enjoyed hunting for the angpows to win prizes!

This coming March holidays, there will be a line-up of fun activities too. For more information, do check out LOL Playland's Facebook Page.


Here's a video of the boys having fun at LOL Playland. Enjoy!


Admission Rates


Children can enjoy unlimited play time during non-peak periods (Monday to Friday, excluding School Holidays and Public Holidays) and 2 hours playtime during peak periods (Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays and School Holidays).



I would highly recommend the Family Membership as it is only $60 for the whole family. This is very worth it if you have more children. Just the free passes are enough to offset the $60 membership fee.


Promotions


For the month of March, LOL Playland is having some promotions. Do check the details on their FB Page.



GIVEAWAY


Thanks to LOL Playland, we have 5 play passes to giveaway to 5 lucky winners (1 pass per winner)! 

Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below to win! Giveaway ends Sunday, 12 March 2017, 11:59pm. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Sunday, 12 March 2017, 2359 hours (Singapore time).
2. Play passes will be mailed to winners via normal mail. Both LOL Playland and The Js Arena will not be responsible for any lost mails.
3. Play passes are valid until 4 May 2017.
4. Open to Singapore residents only.
5. All entries have to be completed. Incomplete or invalid entries will be disqualified without notice.
6. Limited to one winner per household.
7. Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
8. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.


LOL Playland

Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-04/05, JCube Shopping Centre, Singapore 609731 (Near Jurong East MRT Station)
Opening hours: 
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am – 09:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday & PH/School Holiday: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
Contact No: 6904 4383
Email: hello@lolplayland.com.sg
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Disclaimer: We were invited to LOL Playland for a play session for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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[Giveaway] J.Oil - A Very Special One Drop Christmas Bazaar

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Many of you may not know, but I have been using Young Living Essential Oils for a few years. I have so much to say about how using these oils have improve the overall health and lifestyle of our family. Of course, I can't say that these are miracle oils. It is not something that you use and will be fully recovered the next moment. However, over the long term, I can really see and feel how the oils have contributed to our better health.

Here are some of my favourite essential oils and how I have been using them.

  • Lavender: This is the first oil that I used when I first started on my oiling journey. I was clumsy and burnt my hand while handling the baking tray. Immediately, I dripped some lavender onto my fingers and after a few rounds of oiling, my hand was starting to feel better. It wasn't painful anymore. The most amazing part, I didn't develop any blisters from the burn and there wasn't any burnt marks too! Lavender has become my favourite oil for burns, falls and mosquito bites. The smell is very pleasant too.
  • Thieves: Thieves is useful in supporting the immune system and good health. I apply this on the soles of my kids before they go to school or playgrounds. 
  • Purification: When the kids get bitten by mosquitoes, I will apply purification to cleanse and soothe the bites. This is a must bring when we go outdoor. During the haze period, I will also diffuse purification in our room to purify and cleanse the air.

If you wish to know more about Young Living Essential Oils, feel free to drop me an email or message.

J.Oil


This coming December, a Singapore essential oil community, One Drop, is bringing you a Christmas bazaar that will leave you giddy with delight! 


J.Oil
Date: 3 December 2016
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Location: Park Hotel Alexandra Botanique Room
Price: $10

Here's what you can expect from the bazaar:

  • Expect more than 15 local traders bringing in their very special items - some personally crafted, some sourced carefully around the world. There are plenty of quirky and beautiful items that will make one-of-a-kind gifts for Christmas. And yes food items too - so yummy you will not resist! 
  • There will also be a total of 6 FREE essential oil and lifestyle workshops guarantee a value-added experience as you shop. More information about the workshops, please check here.
  • Do your bit for charity. 100% of the collected entrance fees will be donated to One Life Global Charity to fund a project to buy medical and trauma equipment for children in Syria affected by the on-going civil war. 

Find out more about the event line-up and buy your tickets here.

On Site Promotion


There will be a special onsite promotion on the day of the event for new members who wish to sign up with a new Young Living account. There will also be having a special NingXia Red promotion on the event day.

New members who sign up on-site will receive:

1. 5ml bottle of Lavender essential oil
2. Free copy of Live Alive Book - Only for new One Dropper members

In addition, if you sign up as an Essential Reward Program member under me and quote #1554986 as your enroller and sponsor, you will further receive:

3. 15ml bottle of Lemon or Lemongrass essential oil
4. Free Zyto Scan. This scan can recommend the essential oils which our body needs. You can read about Motherkao's experience with Zyto Scan here. 

GIVEAWAY


Thanks to J.Oil, we have 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway to 5 lucky winners (1 pair per winner)! One of these 5 winners will get to win an additional 1 bottle of 5ml Black Pepper essential oil. More information about the uses of Black Pepper can be found here.

Image credit: One Drop

Simply follow the instructions below to win! Giveaway ends Sunday, 27 November 2016, 11:59pm.

1. Like The Js Arena on Facebook.
2. Leave a comment on this Facebook post stating when J.Oil is happening and tag 3 friends. You are most welcome to share the post because good things must share!

Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Sunday, 27 November 2016, 2359 hours (Singapore time).
2. Open to Singapore residents only.
3. All entries have to be completed. Incomplete or invalid entries will be disqualified without notice.
4. Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
5. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.

If you would like to increase your chances of winning, check out these blogs too!
Xavvy-licious
Mummy Ed
Rayconniebaby
My Oily Fun Scoops


Disclaimer: We were gifted free tickets to the event. No monetary compensation was involved. 

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3D2N Malacca: Jonker Street

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

After being on the road for about 8 hours, we finally reached our apartment in Malacca for our 3D2N stay. We dumped our luggage, explored our apartment for a while and were off to Jonker Street for some food. Read more about the apartment we stayed in, The Shore Residence

Let's start our walk down Jonker street, one the most crowded and happening street in Malacca when dusk falls. Every Friday to Sunday evening, the road will be closed to vehicles and the street becomes a night market.


The center stage greeted us as we stepped onto Jonker Street. When the night comes, there will be people singing karaoke on the stage!


Our first stop is Bibik House. We heard reviews that their pineapple tarts are good and decided to get some. However, after tasting I personally feel that it is over-rated. I prefer those melt-in-the-mouth type that we get in Singapore.


It was about 5pm when we reached there are there are still cars driving along the street. But come 6pm, the road will be closed and stalls will be setup along the street for the night market. 


Jonker 88


Address: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

We had a proper meal at Jonker 88. From our research, this is a must-try place at Jonker Street. It is recommended for its Chendol and Laksa. 

From the outside, the place looks small. However, when we stepped in, the place is quite long and stretch all the way inside. This is a common feature of the old houses in Malacca. The place also has a lot of vintage stuffs, from old coins to vintage posters. 



It was quite crowded when we reached there and we took a while to find a table. Fortunately, the turnover is quite fast, just that there were a lot of people standing around trying to find a table. 

Everything is self-service here. 


We ordered some of the must-trys, Baba Laksa, Nyonya Assam Laksa and Chendol! We also ordered a bowl of soup noodles for the boys as they can't take spicy food. 

The Nyonya Assam Laksa is sour and spicy. I did not have a fancy for this as it was too spicy for me.


The Baba Laksa has coconut milk added and taste like our local Singapore laska. I prefer this more.


We didn't managed to take a photo of the Chendol as it was quickly gobbled up. Chendol is a must-try at  Malacca and there are many shops that sell chendol along Jonker Street. The chendol at Jonker 88 is not bad but I feel the one at East & West Rendezvous is better.


San Shu Gong


Address: 33, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

After we finished eating at Jonker 88, the road is closed to vehicles and stalls has started setting up. Before I show you the sights of the night market, let me bring you to San Shu Gong first.


Right outside San Shu Gong, there is this street performer who charges RM2 for people to take a photo with him. I thought this was interesting and took a photo from afar, not thinking much about it. Then as we were about to enter San Shu Gong, he asked for payment from me for taking a photo of him. So beware if you are not intending to take a photo with him, don't even try to take a photo of the surroundings with him in the picture.


San Shu Gong is a shop that sells a variety of local produce. This is a one stop place for you to buy some local food and snacks back as souvenirs. Best of all? It has air-con! A place to relax and escape from the heat.



We tried a sample of the Essence Lime with Liquorice (陈年老桔). The drink is very refreshing with a sweet, sour, saltish taste. In the end, we bought a few bottles home.


We can see jars of the 陈年老桔 around the shop. Not sure if these are only for display or is there anything inside.


There is also a counter where you can buy drinks and some light snacks and enjoy them at the tables upstairs.


Jonker Street


As night falls, Jonker Street becomes alive with stalls setup along the road. There are lots to see and lots to eat.


There are many stalls selling these cute little things. From stools, key chains, ornaments, kids toys to household items.


Of course, there is no night market without food. These baked quail eggs are delicious! It is quail eggs with pieces of hotdogs. It goes for RM 4 for a stick and RM 10 for 3 sticks.



BBQ stick and more eggs food.


These beautifully decorated trishaws are a common sight in Malacca.


We were walking when suddenly Small J stopped and looked at these magnets with much interest. He even told us that he wants to buy them.


These drinks in strange bottles. Would you dare to drink from a baby's bottle?


More food....


Another must-get at Jonker Street, durian puffs! The puffs are filled with durian cream custard and you need to eat them in one mouthful. 6 pieces for RM 10.60.



Oldies ice-popsicles! Anyone still remember this?


The crowd getting bigger and bigger as it gets darker. Parents have to be take note of your kids and belongings as the place gets really crowded.


There are also interesting activities going on in the 会馆.


We were back at the center stage. Big J is talking to the clown.


Uncle singing karaoke on the stage.


The boys were getting more restless and cranky as it was past their sleeping time, so we decided to call it a night and went back to our apartment.



3D2N Malacca Itinerary

Stay: The Shore Residences
Day 2:
Exploring the Heritage Area - Eating and feasting in the area
Day 3: 
KL for prayers - Home Sweet Home


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