Flying has always been a childhood dream for many, even for me. Although I have yet to earn my airborne wings, the very thought of flying has always send my adrenaline pumping.
Just 3 days ago, an opportunity to fly was presented to both Jacqueline and I, and we found ourselves at the iFly Singapore for a Christmas Party that was full of unexpected thrills and excitement.

Christmas Party with iFly Singapore!

After registering ourselves, we took a short tour around iFly Singapore and saw professional skydivers honing their stunts in the wind tunnel. From the outside, flying looks rather easy but we found out much later that it wasn’t when we were in the wind tunnel ourselves.

Truly, iFly Singapore has painstakingly taken all measures to ensure that guests will get the closest experience to an actual outdoor skydive. The interior wall features coupled together with the visual and sound effects certainly make the whole flying experience a very exciting and immersive one.

As safety is of paramount importance at iFly Singapore, you can be rest assured that professional skydiving instructors will be onsite to guide you through your flight.

Apart from attempting an indoor skydiving experience for the very first time, we had the rarest of opportunity to watch home-grown local indoor skydivers whom attempted to break new Guinness World Records for the most number of backward somersaults and the most number of two-way verticals; both done while flying mid-air!

12 Year Old Kyra Poh Attempting to Break the Guinness World Records for the Most Number of Backward Somersaults

We were also quite heartened to hear from Mr Lawrence Koh, Founder and Managing Director of iFly Singapore, that iFly Singapore will be conducting education programmes for schools in Singapore. Students will have the opportunity to learn about science, physics, aerodynamics and the mechanics of how the wind tunnel works, with the practical component done by flying in the wind tunnel. Because of the unique edutainment and sports elements in indoor skydiving, indoor skydiving is indeed an exhilarating sport for flyers of all ages and skill levels, and students will get to experience the sensation of skydiving from 12,000ft without the high cost and risks of jumping out of an airplane, in a safe environment.

Team Firefly Putting Up A Splendid Indoor Skydiving Performance For the Audience During the Christmas Party at iFly Singapore

On top of the education program, iFly Singapore also plans to develop this internationally recognised sport in Singapore through the Sports Education Programme so that students can become technically proficient with the sport. In addition to providing students with an unconventional healthy and educational activity, the iFly Singapore Sports Education Programme is also designed to identify and groom students into professional indoor skydivers. Those that display exceptional performance and are adept with the different highly skilled manoeuvres would have the opportunity to participate in the Indoor Skydiving Championships including quarterly competitions in Singapore and the Indoor Skydiving World Championships around the world.

At the Christmas party, iFly Singapore also launched the proFLYER membership packages to offer both the young and old the opportunity to pick up indoor skydiving in a progressive manner. The proFLYER packages come in two tiers [Basic and Premium], each providing interested indoor skydivers with the opportunity to plan with an iFly Singapore instructor a training schedule to guide them and help them best optimise time spent in the wind tunnel. The iFly Singapore flight instructors, certified by the International Bodyflight Association [IBA], can also assist flyers in monitoring their performance and provide the necessary onsite coaching to help indoor skydivers turn from novices to pros.

Since opening in 2011, iFly Singapore has hosted over 120,000 visitors and held the world’s first Indoor Skydiving World Championships in 2012. We will definitely be visiting iFly Singapore again to fly and if we can fly, so can you!

Head down to iFly Singapore this Christmas season!

Even snowman enjoys indoor skydiving at iFly Singapore.

Tip: It is better for you to pre-book your first flight experience with iFly Singapore Online rather than walking-in as flight slots are limited.

Yesterday, we were at The Walking Dead Zombie Pop Up Cafe that was specially constructed for the Race The Dead Running Event, Singapore’s first ever 5K Zombie Run, at Sentosa Siloso Beach and it was quite an intriguing experience.

If you’re wondering what’s on the menu, here it is! All the food and beverage items were specially prepared by the awesome crew from Kerbside Gourmet.

Of all the items that we have tried on the menu, we like Victim 13 Cupcake the best and apart from food, blood beverage was also served to over 5,000 survivors of the Race The Dead event.

Runners had a taste of what it felt like to be inside The Walking Dead, the hit-TV show that kicked off the zombie fever around the world.

Participants also flocked to take photos with zombies from The Walking Dead Zombie Pop Up Café, and capped off an exhausting day with an exclusive outdoor screening of the latest episodes from The Walking Dead Season 4, organised by SingTel mio TV and FOX Movies Premium.

As of the time of posting this blog entry, The Walking Dead Zombie Pop Up Café and the outdoor screening of The Walking Dead Season 4 are open to the public and if you are making your way down to Sentosa Island now, don’t forget to check them out at the Quarantine Carnival, Sentosa Siloso Beach!

To catch more of The Walking Dead fever, check out FOX Movies Premium HD [SingTel mio TV Channel 414] every Sunday at 10pm. There is also a free marathon of The Walking Dead Season 1-3 available on mio TV Video on Demand for all mio TV subscribers. Simply press the VOD button on your mio TV remote control and select the “Must Watch” option to begin.

Be ready to get zombified when you catch The Walking Dead Season 4!

This is one long overdue blog post but we reckoned that it would be quite timely to publish this blog entry because its the September School Holidays! So, if you’re wondering where’s the next place to have a little bit of fun in Singapore, why not check out the Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa?
A Short Video of Our Day Out @ Adventure Cove Waterpark

Jacqueline and I visited the Resorts World Sentosa Adventure Cove Waterpark sometime ago and we had lots of fun and even had a few close encounters with all kinds of fishes and stingrays too!

Our first stop for the day was Ray Bay and we really want to thank Singapore Polytechnic for giving us a pair of tickets to have a close encounter with stingrays.

The Ray Bay, a place where you can have close encounters with stingrays.

Take a look at those stingrays! In case you’re wondering, the stingrays at Adventure Cove Waterpark are perfectly safe and harmless because their barbs have been removed.

As we were the only ones at Ray Bay, we had all the time in the world to feed the stingrays and touch them. If you’re worried about the stingrays, the trained instructors are present throughout to allay your fears.

Were there any unpleasant moments with the stingrays? Not really except the fact that some stingrays might gently nibble you to ask for food. But really, the stingrays are really friendly.

Tickets to Ray Bay cost SGD$38 per person and they are subjected to availability because each session can accommodate a maximum of 6 guests. Little ones must be at least 5 years old and at least 107cm in height to participate. If your little ones are under the age of 12, they must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian and if you are under the age of 21, your parent/legal guardian must complete and sign the liability form.

After the Ray Bay encounter, we went to check out the rest of the remaining rides and attractions. For the little ones, there are play areas like these that are more mild and not so adventurous.

If you’re more adventurous, you can probably check out the Tidal Twister, Dueling Racer, and a whole lot of other fun rides!

Tidal Twister

A crowd pleaser with mild to wild transitions, Tidal Twister sends you careening down an unpredictable passage of swirls and slaloms, delivering maximum fun at maximum speed.

Dueling Racer

Grab a racer mat and take your friend on a dueling high-speed competitive plunge to the finish line. Clock the fastest time down this steep Dueling Racer and claim victory with the biggest thrill ever.

Pipeline Plunge

It’s like riding a water tornado in the dark! Experience dropping through an elevated chute that sends you careening down banked turns, radical twists and dips before splashing out in a pool of water.

Riptide Rocket

Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster, the Riptide Rocket is probably the most exciting and adventurous ride at Adventure Cove Waterpark. Like an intense rollercoaster on water, it combines all the powerful climbs, plunging drops, terrifying twists and tight turns to set your adrenaline pumping.

If you’re like me and you like to bummer around, you can either take a nap here…

or you can just laze on a tube and take a leisurely ride down Adventure River, floating through 14 stunning habitats including a lush jungle garden, a mysterious grotto and an underwater tunnel with a sea of marine life swimming above and around you.

Say “hello” to Uncle Ray.

Well, even if you don’t purchase tickets to Ray Bay, you can have some not really close encounters with the stingrays from the Adventure River.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to do some snorkelling at the colourful Rainbow Reef where you can enjoy some close encounters with 20,000 friendly fishes! The queue and wait might be long but it is extremely worth it!

Jacqueline posing for a photo while she snorkels away.

Our friendly snorkelling instructor whom splashed the salty cold water at us to get our bodies acclimatised to the temperature of the water at the Rainbow Reef.

Types of fishes you can try to spot at the Rainbow Reef.

A closer look at what’s underwater while snorkelling at the Rainbow Reef. Is that Nemo?

After one long day of water fun, we headed to the souvenir shop to get some souvenirs and boy, were they oh so expensive!

Fancy a Pink Dolphin?

Every time we chance upon a “Press A Penny” machine like this, we can’t help but to get a coin souvenir to keep as a momento.

Anyway, there are official photographers from Adventure Cove Waterpark whom are present to help you take photographs with their professional cameras and we highly suggest that you take as much photos as you want because you can purchase a disc that contains all the soft copies of the photos inside. Then again, the price can be rather steep and you might probably just want to waterproof your camera and snap all you want without forking out too much.

Here are the prices for the entrance tickets to Adventure Cove Waterpark!

[Image Credit to Resorts World Sentosa]

As the food prices at The Bay Restaurant is a tad too expensive and not value for money, we decided to dine at Din Tai Fung which is located outside of Adventure Cove Waterpark but within Resorts World Sentosa.

Pork Cutlet Fried Rice @ Din Tai Fung

Xiao Long Bao @ Din Tai Fung

Lychee-Peach Prawns @ Din Tai Fung

We’ll probably write about Din Tai Fung another day but well, we had a blast at Adventure Cove Waterpark and we will definitely be visiting again!

To go or not to go?

Yes you should, for a day of wet and wild fun in the sun, come and experience it all at Adventure Cove Waterpark!

Both Jacqueline and I have signed up for The Color Run [Singapore] 2013 that will be taking place this Saturday at Sentosa Island and we are crossing our fingers and praying for good weather so that the race can proceed smoothly. Despite the major race pack collection hiccup that took place at Scape yesterday, we are still excited about the race and we hope that there won’t be any more of such bad and last-minute planning by the organisers. Waiting 4.5 hours to collect a race pack is totally uncool and hopefully, the organisers can learn from yesterday’s episode and plan in advance.
In case you’re wondering what The Color Run is all about, check out the following video:

This is the first time that The Color Run is being organised in Singapore and it is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with friends and family members. The Color Run caters to participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes; and we’re pretty sure that it will be the most enjoyable 5-kilometers, un-timed race that we have ever participated.

[Image Credits to The Color Run Singapore Facebook Page]

Thousands of participants will be doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometre and the fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival”, where more colored powder are used to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention the millions of vivid color combinations.

[Image Credits to The Color Run Singapore Facebook Page]

While The Color Run event is all about fun and positive energy, the 5-kilometers run also focuses on promoting healthy living. Over 60% of Color Runners are first-time 5-kilometers runners and the event is making headway on the growing national focus of improving health and wellness.

Personally, this will be my first time running a 5-kilometers race and I’m quite sure that after this experience, I probably would take part in a few more races to keep myself fit and healthy. The Color Run will be my stepping stone to many runs and speaking of which, I probably should get myself a new pair of running shoes as my old runs are rather worn out.

We’re so looking forward to The Color Run [Singapore] 2013 @ Sentosa Island this Saturday and do check out our Facebook Page or Instagram for the actual Race Day Photos! 🙂

Seriously, I’m never a fan of horror films and it is totally not my cup of tea. In fact, I have my own personal reasons for not watching horror movies or even going for horror trails but I do know of people whom enjoy this sort of stuffs and I totally respect and salute them for their courage and bravery.
As such, for all you thrill-seekers out there, I bring you great news and that is, for the first time ever, Sentosa will be teaming up with renowned Thai movie production studios, GMM Tai Hub Co. Ltd. [GTH], to jointly produce Sentosa’s annual signature Halloween event, the Sentosa Spooktacular.

[Image Credit to Sentosa Spooktacular Facebook Page]

If you don’t know, GTH is the creator of international horror hits such as Coming Soon, Shutter, Body, Dorm and Pee Mak, and I’m pretty sure most people would have at least caught one of GTH’s horror films. As for myself, I caught Shutter and it really scared the ____ out of me. With GTH coming onboard to co-produce the Sentosa Spooktacular 2013, GTH will bring their unique brand of storytelling that is deeply-rooted in Asian horror folklore to redefine this year’s edition of Sentosa Spooktacular.

The Sentosa Spooktacular 2013 is set to take place for six nights in October and November, and fans of classic Thai horror films can expect to have their nerves tested in up to five elaborately themed and haunted trails inspired by GTH’s internationally acclaimed films namely, Coming Soon, Shutter, Pee Mak, Dorm and Body. These trails will be held once again at Fort Siloso.

Just how spooky is Sentosa Spooktacular 2013 is going to be?

Find out what Mr Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Senior Director of International Business for GTH, has to say, “Sentosa Spooktacular has been synonymous with Asia’s scariest fun and is one of the biggest Halloween events in Singapore. At GTH, we want people to experience the same terror, scares and a whole host of other emotions that are akin to watching a Thai horror movie. Our experienced team of directors, producers and set builders will use various storytelling techniques to capture the essence of Asian and Thai horror in these five trails. Together with the Sentosa team, GTH will ensure that this year’s Spooktacular will be one that visitors will never forget”.

[Image Credit to Sentosa Spooktacular Facebook Page]

Mr. Yongyoot Thongkongtoon’s cinematic experience include his role as producer in Thai horror hits Dorm (2006), Alone (2007), Body (2007), 4BIA (2008), Coming Soon (2008), and Phobia 2 (2009).

The collaboration with GTH will see an infusion of Thai horror popularized by recent Thai cinematography.

Beautiful Ghost wife ‘Nak’ from Pee Mak, vengeful sprits such as ‘Dararai’ from Body and ‘Netre’ from Shutter, will join arms with ‘Wichien’, the angry child spirit from Dorm, as well as the gruesome and iconic ‘Chaba’, who cursed and took the lives of movie goers in the frightful film, Coming Soon; in making their nether world crossover to Fort Siloso come October 2013.

The five will add to the line-up of Spooktacular’s famed resident ghoul ambassadors such as the Pontianak, the Chinese Ghost Bride, the Dead Soldier and the Chinese Vampire (Jiang Shi), who were successfully hired last year after their public displays and performances won over Sentosa Spooktacular’s organisers.

[Image Credit to Sentosa Spooktacular Facebook Page]

Together, these two groups of distinctively Asian supernaturals will come together to populate Fort Siloso and its five new Horror Trails for a fright fest filled with spine-chilling encounters of ‘spooktacular’ proportions.

[Image Credit to Sentosa Spooktacular Facebook Page]

If you want to play a part in scaring the ____ out of people, you can also participate in a video contest where the winner can stand a chance to be a talent at Spooktacular. What’s more, you can be shortlisted for an audition for a GTH movie too!

If you are interested, you are encouraged to show-off your acting chops by submitting video re-enactments of scenes from a choice of Thai horror films; Shutter, Pee Mak, Body, Dorm or Coming Soon. The contest will run via the specially designed Facebook App at: www.facebook.com/sentosa.spooktacular

All entries must be submitted by 31 July 2013. The top five entries will be selected based on a combination of public voting on the Sentosa Spooktacular Facebook page [50%] and judges’ decision [50%]. Public voting ends 31st July 2013 and interested participants and aspiring actors/actresses are encouraged to submit their entries early to secure as much votes as possible.

If you just want to be scared by others and live out a Thai horror film, tickets to Sentosa Spooktacular 2013 are on sale now and you can get them from Sentosa Spooktacular Website at http://www.spooktacular.com.sg or the Sentosa Ticketing Counters.

[Image Credit to Sentosa Spooktacular Facebook Page]

The event details are as follows:

Date: 18th (Preview Night), 19th , 25th, 26th, 31st October, 1st and 2nd November 2013

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Horror Trails: 1. Coming Soon 2. Shutter 3. Pee Mak 4. Body 5. Dorm

Ticket Price: Special Preview Night [18th Oct] $40.60 where there’s only a limited 666 tickets available. Advance purchase of tickets will cost $56.60 and they are available from 1 July to 15 October. Standard purchase of tickets will cost $66.60 and they are available from 16 October to 2 November. All tickets sales are while stocks last!

For more information about Sentosa Spooktacular 2013, do check out the Sentosa Spooktacular website at www.spooktacular.com.sg and “like” Sentosa Spooktacular Facebook Page

Thanks to Nikon Singapore, we had the opportunity to review the Nikon COOLPIX P520 compact camera and we brought it out to the Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa for some photography fun.
As you all probably know, parking at Resorts World Sentosa is really expensive and hence, we parked our car at Sentosa’s Beach Carpark and then boarded Sentosa Bus 1 which goes to Resorts World Sentosa. The other bus that also goes to Resorts World Sentosa is Sentosa Bus 2 and if you prefer taking the Sentosa Express Train, you can do so at the Waterfront Station.

In case you’re wondering how much parking at Sentosa’s Beach Carpark cost, it cost only $1 [after 5pm on weekdays] and our entrance to Sentosa was free as we have the Sentosa Islander Card.

Now, we are going to let the photos do the talking and the photos that you see in this entry are all taken with the Nikon COOLPIX P520 [unless otherwise indicated]:

While waiting for Sentosa Bus 1

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

Onboard Sentosa Bus 1

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

With the Rainbow Merlion at Resorts World Sentosa

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

Outside the Universal Studios Singapore

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

Popcorn Delight Near Celebrity Cafe and Bakery at the Universal Studios Singapore, Hollywood Zone

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

A Photo with Kungfu Panda, Hollywood Zone

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

A Photo of Far Far Away Castle at Universal Studio Singapore, Far Far Away Zone

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

At the Waterworld [lots of real explosions and truly not to be missed], Lost World Zone

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A Photo with Gloria the Hippopotamus at Madagascar Zone

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

A Photo with the loveable Monkey at Marty’s Casa Del Wild Food Court, Madagascar Zone

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A Photo with the Police Petrol Car near Mel’s Drive-In Restaurant at Hollywood Zone

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At the Latest Attraction, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, New York Zone

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

Inside the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase [a rather safe and slow ride suitable for children], New York Zone

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At the Souvenir Shop where Sesame Street Merchandise are being sold.

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Was so tempted to get Oscar the Grouch because he’s really so cute.

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

A photo of Jacqueline with the School Bus at New York Zone

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A photo of me at New York Zone.

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Our first time at the Transformers ride, Sci-Fi City Zone

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We waited nearly 40 minutes just to experience a 5-minutes thrill.

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Ended the evening with some Japanese Bento Sets from Gloria’s Snack Shack, Madagascar Zone

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As you can see from the photos that we have taken, we had a really wonderful time at the Universal Studios Singapore with the Nikon COOLPIX P520.

On a side note, this message is for all you Students: Universal Studios Singapore is now having a promotional offer whereby you can purchase a Universal Studios Singapore Student Season Pass for only $88. This gives you 6 months unlimited access to your favourite rides and shows, as well as exclusive dining and shopping offers, from now till the end of November.

You can purchase the Universal Studios Singapore Student Season Pass at any Universal Studios Singapore ticket booth and it is valid for purchase in May and June 2013, for Students aged 13 years & up. Do note that the Season Pass usage and benefits are valid till 30 Nov 2013 only.

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Camera Performance

To be honest, we were quite disappointed with the way the photos turned out. We took more than a hundred shots and the photos in this entry are somewhat the best photos that we have taken with it. We’re not sure if we have pushed the camera to the extreme by trying out night shots but even some indoor shots didn’t quite meet our expectations.

Some of the indoor shots that we’ve taken:

Flowers from Far East Flora

From Nikon COOLPIX 2013

Home-cooked Chilli Crabs with Fried Buns

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Sushi Platter from Sakae Sushi Restaurant

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Taking photos of moving subjects proved to be a really challenging task and most of the time, the photos turned out quite blurry. These could be due to the laggy shutter speed and autofocus system.

However, with that said, the 42x optical zoom range is mightily impressive and it allows you to shoot photos of subjects from afar. The flip-out rotating 3.2-inch LCD also allows you to take self-photos without much of a hassle. If you’re after a mega-zoom compact camera and you don’t really care about having additional features that you hardly will use, the Nikon COOLPIX P520 will work just fine as a point and shoot compact camera.

So what do you think of the Nikon COOLPIX P520?

If you’re interested, the Nikon COOLPIX P520 is available at all Nikon Authorised Dealers for $719 and for more information and updates, do check out Nikon Singapore’s Facebook Page as they have some exciting photography workshops coming up!

First and foremost, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Josephine, Justin, and Cheryl for winning SGD$10 worth of ePhoenix Credits from our recent Blog Giveaway. We have one other piece of good news; tomorrow, we will be launching a new Blog Giveaway where we are giving away a 1KG Bottle of Huiji Honey worth SGD$7.50; hence, do check out our Blog tomorrow for the Blog Giveaway.
Anyways, this is one long overdue Blog Post but nevertheless, we would like to share with you about our experience at the Sentosa Flowers: Joys of Spring 2013 event that was held last month at Sentosa’s Palawan Beach.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

For me personally, this was my first time attending a flower exhibition that showcases the wonders of creation with thousands of tropical and spring flowers in a myriad of species presented in a natural outdoor setting. Though it rained in the later part of the evening, we managed to finish the entire trail right before it started pouring cats and dogs.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

In case you didn’t know, the annual flower exhibition was birthed in 2005 by Sentosa and every year, they have a different theme. The event also presents itself as a vibrant backdrop for visitors to capture their most memorable moments.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Along the trail, we took quite a number of photographs because the flowers were a sight to behold. Just take a look at some of the really beautiful and pretty flowers.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

The trail itself was divided into different segments with sub-themes that were relevant to the types of plants and flowers on display.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

For the young at heart, especially the little children; there were activities and mini playgrounds where they could play and have fun!

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Was the event crowded? Yes, it sure was crowded!

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Despite the crowd, we took a simple stroll around just to admire the beauty of nature and Baby happened to bump into her best friend at Sentosa! Sentosa’s definitely the place for fun, excitement, and bonding with family members and friends.

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

We also saw some rather interesting displays and props that caught our attention!

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Guess what this is! It’s a Dragon Fruit! 🙂

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Pictures with the Cheery Sunflowers!

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013
From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Well, having said so much about the event, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and we can’t wait to head back to Sentosa probably for our next Staycation. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoyed reading about the Sentosa Flowers: Joys of Spring event.

Till then~! 🙂

From Sentosa Spring Flowers 2013

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!

Whether you’re serving your National Service [NS] or have previously served NS, this is an important announcement for all you National Servicemen out there so please read the following information carefully and take the necessary actions to safeguard the rewards that you are eligible for!
Due to your unwavering dedication and service to the Nation, the Ministry of Defence [MINDEF] will be giving you the opportunity to enjoy SAFRA Benefits with your family members.

From now till April 2013, please look out for your NS45 eligibility letters in the mail [yes, snail mail] because you’ll get to enjoy shopping, F&B, IT/gadgets and travel benefits at 5,000 outlets islandwide! Make sure you register for your NS45 SAFRA Vouchers by 28 February 2014 as the Vouchers are only valid until 30 March 14 [I know you have till 2014 to register but it is better to register for them early so that you can get the vouchers early and use them early].

From NS45 SAFRA 2013

Here is a table showing you the amount/value of SAFRA Vouchers that you may be entitled to.

From NS45 SAFRA 2013

In addition, as you have seen from the table above, National Servicemen who are currently serving Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS), or who have completed their ORNS training cycle in full, will also be offered a free SAFRA Membership for one year. Now, being a SAFRA Member is AWESOME because you and your family members will get to enjoy tons of additional privileges and benefits on top of the vouchers that you will be receiving.

To find out what are the various privileges and benefits you get as a SAFRA Member, check out the following link:

As I am entitled to SGD $80 worth of SAFRA Vouchers and a free one year SAFRA Membership, here’s what I would do!

1). Since Baby have always wanted to check out the Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A Aquarium at the Resorts World Sentosa, I might use the Vouchers to offset the price of 2 Admission Tickets for the Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A Aquarium at the Resorts World Sentosa. So instead of paying SGD $116, I just have to pay SGD $36!

From NS45 SAFRA 2013


2). To celebrate our monthsary, I might plan a romantic date by using the vouchers to treat Baby and myself to an awesome movie experience at Shaw IMAX which cost SGD $46 and use the rest of the vouchers for a sumptuous-licious dinner at Rocku Yakiniku Japanese Charcoal Grill Restaurant.


Rocku Yakiniku Japanese Charcoal Grill Restaurant.


3). Use the Vouchers to treat my family members to a sumptuous-licious dinner at SAFRA Toa Payoh’s Kkongdon Korean Barbecue Restaurant.


4). Organise a Karaoke Singing Session with my Army Buddies at SAFRA Toa Payoh’s KBOX and talk about the good ol’ army days.

[Credits to Street Directory for the Image]

There are certainly so many things I could do with the Vouchers and it is really hard deciding what I should do with it.

Maybe I should just go for Option 1 and then following which, treat my family members to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Park Royal On Beach Road Hotel because SAFRA Members are entitled to one complimentary buffet lunch or dinner with every 3 paying adults; and then after which, gather a few of my Army Buddies for a Karaoke Singing Session and utilise my SAFRA Membership at SAFRA Yishun’s Party World KTV to enjoy a 20% discount off the total bill! Now that’s more like it because I get to kill 3 birds with one stone on a single day!

Buffet Dinner at Park Royal On Beach Road Hotel
[Image Courtesy of Keropok Man]

Party World KTV!
[Image Courtesy of The Best Singapore]

Should I proceed with this plan, I would get to spend some quiet time with Baby and show my appreciation to her for being through thick and thin with me when I enlisted for NS till the day I ORD-ed, and now, serving my Reservist. Also, I could express my gratitude to my family members for their constant support of encouragement during my time as a National Serviceman Fulltime [NSF]. Last but not the least, I get to catch up with my Army Buddies and chill-out with them while singing Karaoke. So, the NS45 SAFRA Vouchers does comes in handy and so does the complimentary 1-year SAFRA Membership.

Anyway, SAFRA does brings NSmen closer together, check out some of the activities and things that you can do at SAFRA via the following link: https://awinsomelife.org/2012/10/28/safra-toa-payoh-openhouse-2012/

So, what are you waiting for?

Hurry over to http://ns45.safra.sg/Home.aspx and register for your NS45 SAFRA Vouchers now!