Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Hello Kitty & Friends Theme Park @ Sanrio Puroland Tokyo Japan

For all Sanrio lovers, you'll be very pleased to know that Sanrio Puroland is located at Tokyo, Japan - - an indoor theme park filled with all your favourite Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Gudetama and many others. As we had other plans on that day, we opted for a more affordable option and bought the afternoon passport at 2000 yen as compared to 3800 yen on weekends. Entry was only allowed after 3pm, but if you're only visiting the place for a short tour, I think it's worth your money!

We were unable to complete all the rides due to the limited time and focused more on photos and shopping instead. The rides didn't really appeal to us as they were more suitable for young kids. If I were a kid, I would love to be on those rides too!

Some of the special mentions include the Gudetama travel activity and Lady Kitty House which are perfect for photo-taking, but the queue for the Lady Kitty House was really long (about 45 minutes wait time). I thought it was still worth the wait for all these pretty photo opportunities!

As they only allow a certain number of people in at one time, you won't have to worry too much about people photobombing you.

Just a piece of advice: If you're not planning to buy the souvenir photo at the end, don't bother queuing to take a photo with Lady Kitty as they wouldn't allow you to use your own camera. The queue was quite a waste of our time. 

I never thought I would say this but I actually enjoyed the Gudetama section the most compared to the rest, partially due to the reason that it's uncommon as compared to Hello Kitty (I have already visited at least 3 Hello Kitty cafes from different countries). I grew to love this lazy egg character more as I decorated more Gudetama cakes over the time.

Each person will receive a Gudetama 'passport' to scan at every station - either a photo booth or game. We didn't have time to go through every single section but we played some of the games which was quite fun.


My dad always commented how I was always excited to window shop at Souvenir shops when we travel. And true enough, I was more hyped up about the Sanrio products at the store more than anything else. And we spent about an hour in the shop. Surprisingly, almost everything was reasonably priced. You know how souvenir shops always mark up their prices for tourists? This shop is nothing like that. In fact, I think some stuff are really worth the buy.

I visited this place with really little expectations and it turned out a lot more interesting than I thought! Is it worth it? This is really subjective though. I would say yes, if you're a Sanrio fan like us! Otherwise, the whole place might just feel very kiddy for you.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

HARRY Hedgehog Cafe in Roppongi Japan

I have fed quite a lot of animals throughout my various Japan trips but I never really had such close interactions with hedgehogs before. I am so happy to strike this off my list! Located at a secluded corner of the street, Harry Hedgehog Cafe is a 2-storey shophouse that is popular among many as proven by their snaking long queue. Everyone is waiting to touch those adorable little hedgehogs!

While I initially expected a real cafe with proper food and drinks, I was a little disappointed to know that the cafe is merely a cosy corner for humans to interact with the animals, with drinks served from the vending machine.

Admission fee: 2800yen/ 1 hour

We also opted for feeding and I totally wasn't expecting this, but we were given mealworms!!! Typing this word out already makes me irk a little. But when the staff passed me the bowl, I swear I almost dropped the whole thing on the floor. Yes I have a crazy fear over all kinds of insects, and because we paid extra to experience the feeding session. I braced myself to pick up the worms with the tweezer (while trying hard not to drop it on myself).

There were gloves if you feel uncomfortable to touch the hedgehogs directly (they can be quite a pain sometimes) especially if they are resisting your touch. Even with the gloves, they can bite really hard. My brother used his bare hands and got himself some wounds too. Nothing too serious though.

If the hedgehog likes you and finds comfort, they will usually fall asleep in your hands. It was quite a warm feeling to watch them snuggle to sleep. There was one hedgehog that refuses to get close to my brother or I though. We tried to tame it but I gave up eventually as I didn't want to give it too much stress.


There was also a Fennec fox which looks so adorable. We didn't really get to interact with it though.

Overall it was a decent experience with the hedgehogs, but I would prefer if the cafe was a little more spacious where I get to enjoy a cup of coffee and piece of cake while interacting with the animals - similar to most dog/cat cafes. There wasn't even a proper table for me to put my cup. The admission fee is quite high too. I think it's worth a try if you really like small animals, but one try is enough for me.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner at Amara Hotel Singapore

Are you looking for a suitable location for this year's Reunion dinner with your family and relatives? How does it sound like to enjoy a sumptuous meal along with a Karaoke session? Lo Hei is becoming more creative nowadays, you can toss Salmon Yusheng where the ingredients are adorably displayed in the shape of a dog. So cute I wouldn't bear to destroy it!

Enjoy a festive reunion 8-course meal with seasonal highlights which comes in a selection of three different packages:

Joyous Abundance Reunion: S$68++/pax (Min 6 persons)

Inclusive of Auspicious Lion Dance Performance and ‘Huat Ah!’ Goodie Bag

Golden Prosperity Reunion: S$88++/pax (Min 6 persons)

Inclusive of Auspicious Lion Dance Performance and ‘Huat Ah!’ Goodie Bag

Imperial Fortune Reunion: S$1,888++ per table

Private dining room with fully equipped karaoke system

Check out the festive menu below! 

Chilled Angel Hair Pasta with Truffle Oil and Kombu 

The angel hair pasta is packed with truffle flavours I just can't get enough of it. Some may find it too overpowering, but if you're a truffle lover, likely you will get a second or third serving. 

Drunken Chicken 

Cucumber with Sesame Dressing

Never expected myself to even mention about the cucumbers because who would have thought that cucumber dishes taste so good? It was very refreshing with a little spicy kick that lingers for a while. Excellent for an appetizer, and its a plus point that it's not too overly sour. 

Homemade Beetroot Salmon 

Homemade Mandarin Orange Salmon 

Both Salmon dishes were very appetizing especially with the citrusy taste from the Mandarin Orange. Can't decide if I like the Beetroot or Mandarin Orange dish more.

Black Pepper Crayfish 

I love the peppery taste of the fresh Crayfish and the meat was also easily removed from its shell. Glad that I didn't have to be in a huge mess just to indulge in it! And guess who had a second serving for this too?

Vegetarian Treasure Pot (Pen Cai) 

Roasted Chicken with Spicy Sichuan Sauce (Whole) 

Smoked Duck with Camphor and Tea Leaves (Whole) 

Beef Bourguignon 

Chempedak Crème Brulee/  Swiss Roll/ Agar Agar/ Pudding/ Butter Cake

Chempedak is a type of fruit which is similar to Jackfruit, with a sweet and pleasant fragrance. Amara Hotel has launched a series of Chempedak desserts, which is really interesting and unique unlike other common fruit flavorings. The Creme Brulee stood out the most, partially due to the nature of the fruit, making it a perfect complement to the mousse-like texture of Creme Brulee. I thought it mildly resembled a Durian mousse, except without the pungent smell. The rest of the desserts are worth trying too! 

Silk Road
Set menus with choices from S$108* per person, minimum 2 persons to dine, S$368* for 4 persons and above, S$838* or $968* for 10 persons.

*All prices quoted are in Singapore dollars and subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.

For reservations:
Contact: +65 6879 2610

Amara Singapore Hotel
165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539
Tel: +65 6227 3848

Thank you Amara Hotel for the invite! 

P.S. Some of the photos are taken by my brother, Colman

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Monice Bakes x Little One Dreams GIVEAWAY

Monice Bakes has been running a few giveaway campaigns so far, but this is the first time we're actually giving out cartoon/animal icing cookies and a FULL UNICORN CAKE! You get to win a Unicorn pillow that comes along with this bundled set too! 

Monice Bakes and Little One Dreams will be giving away a bundled set to 3 lucky winners! So don't miss your chance this time! 

Little One Dreams also offer many other customisable products which are unique and personalised! Love how you are able to have different forms of creation based on the theme that you love! I don't know how many times I've said this but I have to say it again - Customisation is really one of the best choices in gifts selection. 

Even though I don't have a kid, I still fell in love with their customisable pillow. You don't have to be a kid to use it anyway, right?

Psst. Guys.. you can go win it for your girlfriend/wife too! 

Don't forget to join our giveaway and you might be the next lucky person if you haven't won anything before! 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Princess Themed Rooms at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

I had one of the best Disneyland experiences during my Tokyo trip with my family this year! The rides were awesome, ambience was magical and great as always. But the best of all was being able to stay in the princess rooms at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

We had 3 nights in Disneyland and since we were already going to set aside a budget for the special character rooms, we might as well experience it fully by staying in a different room every night! It might sound quite troublesome but thankfully, the bell desk handled our luggage and bags everyday before we even entered our new room.

We started off with the cheaper choice and upgraded to a better room each day.

Alice in Wonderland - About SGD700 per room per night
40 m² ~ 43 m²

Alice in Wonderland room had a whimsical and colorful theme which represented the fun and excitable story of Alice's adventure. Spot the cute green lamp which is in the shape of Madhatter's hat! The colours are all so vibrant, and I didn't expect myself to fancy this room as much as I thought! 

I love the quirky-looking furnitures too, they really suit the Alice in Wonderland theme.

The Queen of Hearts headboard is surely recognizable if you have watched the movie. My favourite part of the room is the Alcove bed, which my brother claimed it to be his sleeping corner for the night. It surely isn't the most comfortable compared to the normal beds, but it does feel very cozy to sleep in.

All 3 rooms had the same toilet layout - separated into 3 parts, shower area, basin, and toilet, all equally spacious and clean. I had some bad experiences of the basin being just beside the toilet bowl and it's honestly quite gross, especially having the fear of dropping toiletries down the bowl.. Ewww.

The amenities provided are all nicely packed in a Mickey Mouse box which you can freely take home as well! I love how they have a dressing table and full length mirror which made it a lot easier for preparing.

Beauty in the Beast - About SGD 850 per room per night
59 m² ~ 61 m²

I was wow-ed by the first room but the Beauty in the Beast design just made my jaws dropped when I stepped into the room while taking a insta story. The room was huge with 3 beds and an alcove bed, so huge there wouldn't be an issue leaving all the luggage opened and lying on the floor.

The Beauty in the Beast theme was just awesomely beautiful, from the furniture to the carpet and wallpaper. Super gorgeous I was almost lost for words.

If there are at least 3 adults staying together and don't paying extra, I would highly recommend this room as it's a lot more spacious than the previous one.

I absolutely love the curtain drapes and lights above the headrest! 

My favourite part of the room is the dressing table (which I was already super excited about). Check out the "library bookshelves" wallpaper with that vintage golden mirror. And that's not the cutest thing. The dresser stool is actually from the movie - The castle's pet dog which was turned into a footstool. 

Even the toilet is looking so grand and fabulous..

Cinderella Suite - About SGD895 per room per night

71 m²

Cinderella Suite had a more gracious and elegant design instead, and had a separate living room with an alcove bed. Comparing to the previous two rooms, I felt that the designs were slightly more subtle and therefore not as exciting. The room was still really pretty, it's just not so Disney-themed compared to the other two.

But the bed with those drapes are to die for! It makes me feel like a princess as I've always loved this kind of bed design when I was younger.

The colour of the alcove bed was a little too dull in my opinion though. 

Other than the less than exciting furniture, they did a great job with the wallpaper in the toilet! Yes I love seeing more of the cartoon!

Tokyo Disneyland Lobby

The lobby is one of the prettiest I have ever seen, with huge chandeliers and high ceiling that made the whole area looked so majestic and grand. I haven't seen our room but I was already so excited about everything.

A little children's corner to watch TV while the parents are busy checking in. 

So convenient to stay beside a train station where you can just travel to the rest of the hotels or Disney parks within 5 minutes walking distance!

Overall it was a really memorable experience to not only stay in Disneyland hotel itself, but to have the opportunity to stay in the princess themed rooms! We probably wouldn't splurge on Disneyland hotels in the short run but it was surely worth a try! For more generic Disney themes suitable for boys, they do have themed rooms in the Ambassador hotel.

Stay tuned for more of my Japan trip posts!