La Salsa, Dempsey Hill – Singapore

Hubby and I found ourselves with a couple of child-free hours as both junior travel freaks had birthday parties to go to. Not wanting to miss an opportunity for cocktails and lunch, we headed to Dempsey for some Mexican.

We have been to the much more widely know Margaritas before and, despite hearing many ravings about it, we found it to be a little impersonal, busy and had offering a pretty bog standard menu. We also got thrown out at the end of ‘lunch time’. We therefore thought we would try the lesser-known ‘La Salsa’, which is a few doors along. Continue Reading…

Splash-N-Surf, Kallang Wave Mall – Singapore

2016-03-28 15.08.40 copyI took the kids here for the day as they desperately wanted to go to a water park, but I personally wasn’t in a water-park-swimming-costume-wearing type of place!

We got the Circle line on the MRT and got off at Stadium. A word of warning, Google maps then told me to take exit B and walk all the way around the front of the stadium. This is completely wrong! Take exit A and the mall is right in front of you.

The mall itself isn’t particularly huge, but it does have a big Fair Price Extra where you can stock up on water and snacks, it also has a variety of eateries.

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Universal Studios, Sentosa – Singapore

Entrance to Universal SentosaHaving relocated to Singapore for work purposes, we thought it worthwhile to purchase the annual passes to Universal Studios and Adventure Cove waterpark. As I had already visited Universal Studios in Florida, I thought I knew what to expect . This is the case for the most part but we are in Asia and not the USA so I guess some differences should be expected.

Getting to Sentosa is fairly simple – more information can be found here.

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Asian Civilisations Museum – Singapore

Asian Civilisation MuseumThe Asian Civilisations museum is touted as one of the best museums in Singapore so on a slightly rainy day, mid-school holidays, I took the kids along.

It isn’t especially expensive to get in and if you are Singaporean or a permanent resident, then you get in free. Also, many of the international schools buy membership so kids that attend those schools can also get in free. You can ask if your child’s school has membership at the ticket desk. It is easily accessed from Raffles Place MRT.

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Treetops Executive Residence – Singapore

Treetops Singapore!What can I say? A serene, tropical bliss in the midst of the busy, bustling area that is Orchard.

Treetops provide serviced apartments in the central area of ‘Orchard’ in Singapore. It is about a ten minute walk from treetops to the MRT which will connect you to the vast majority of the city. There is also a bus stop about a three minute walk from Treetops, the local buses are regular and timely. An app called “Go There’ can be downloaded on your smart phone, this will provide bus route an information and give you directions from pretty much anywhere to anywhere else!

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Adventures Await

After many, many years of travelling the length and breadth of the UK, I am about to embark on my next adventure; I am launching my business in Singapore.

MrsTravelFreak, two JuniorTravelFreaks, 9 large (and very heavy) suitcases, 6 carry-ons and a great deal of spirit and we are off next week for the next few months…for now.

We will try to review lots of places in Singapore and also capture any random thoughts / rantings that we may have.

Wish us luck!


Café Tabac – Stockholm, Sweden


It had been raining all day in Stockholm. After a visit to the magnificent Grand Palace we wandered the streets until we were soaked through. My jeans were so wet that they started to fall down. Worried that I may scare innocent bystanders, we sought the sanctuary of our hotel for a while, dried out, made a cuppa, and watched the news. But now we were hungry, and could not agree on a restaurant or even a style of cuisine. Armed with umbrellas, we ventured out once more. Tempers soon began to fray as we stopped outside every restaurant on our route, read the menu, and bickered over its suitability. Then finally, we found a haven in Café Tabac.

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Michelangelo Restaurant – Stockholm, Sweden


Situated in Stockholm’s picturesque Old Town, this family-run trattoria claims to be one of the city’s most respected Italian restaurants. It was opened in 1973 by Sicilian-born Nick Nicastro and his brother Salvatore, and these gentlemen are still running the business today.

The interior of this popular eatery is typically Italian, reminiscent of those little trattorias I used to visit with my folks in rural Italy. The walls and ceiling are decorated with reproductions of Michelangelo’s paintings. Vying for space between scenes from the Sistine Chapel are many photographs of the Nicastro family posing with famous visitors, including Luciano Pavarotti. Tables are tucked into every nook and cranny, but the atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are very friendly.

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Polpette Restaurant – Stockholm, Sweden


In Italian, the word ‘polpette’ means ‘meatballs’ – a dish Italy and Sweden have in common. Situated on a busy pedestrianised shopping street, this restaurant offers both Swedish and Italian cuisine, as well as some fusion dishes.

The interior of the restaurant is elegantly furnished; soft lighting creates a cosy ambience. The tables are closely packed together, and it seems the Swedes are even more avid in their people watching than I am, so I felt a bit like a goldfish in a bowl at first. But the amiable staff and enticing menu soon made me forget about the nosy folk at the next table.

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Freys Hotel – Stockholm, Sweden


The Freys Hotel is located in central Stockholm, a few minutes’ walk from the Arlanda Express station. It shares its name with a famous horse who won a prestigious distance race between Stockholm and Jönköping in 1895. Recently refurbished, this 4-star boutique hotel offers 124 rooms over six floors. Some rooms have balconies and there is also a sauna, although I conveniently forgot my swimsuit (still working on that elusive bikini body).

We had booked two rooms: a superior twin room and a smaller twin room. Maternal paranoia kicked in when we discovered the superior room was on the sixth floor, but the kids’ room was way down on the first floor. Hubbie pointed out that, since our offspring are aged twenty and fourteen, they could probably cope. The kids, of course, were delighted.

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