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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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Toboganning, Reindeers and Huskies Lapland

ReindeerThis review is part of a series about our experiences of our first ever package holiday – a trip to Lapland. You can find out more about our trip here. This section is written by MrsTravelFreak.

On the second day of our trip we took a 20 minute trip to a huge woodland area. When we arrived, we followed our own guide and the groups passed around various activities. We did tobogganing first. Although this was basically sliding down a hill, it was very well organised, a man was there to help everyone on the sledge and give them a push. Everyone got at least a couple of shots and the queueing didn’t appear substantial. The kids all played in the snow while they were waiting and Lee (our tour guide) encouraged them to have a snowball fight with him.

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For Sale – Budapest, Hungary

SawdustThis restaurant is located right opposite the Central Market Place in Budapest, so it is probably popular with tourists.

Usually we try to avoid eateries that could be described as tourist traps but this one got mixed reviews on TripAdvisor and we were in the market place with two hungry JuniorTravelFreaks (JTF’s) so we thought we may as well give it a go.

The interior is basically cavern style with sawdust on the floor. The walls are adorned with pictures and messages written on the reverse of the paper placemats by previous guests and then pinned to the walls.

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The Bridge Inn, Ratho – United Kingdom

PiggyI was invited out for a not-often-enough midweek dinner with a friend and she suggested this venue. Despite being an Edinburgh born and bred lass, I didn’t know this place existed.

I arrived in the dark so the pub appeared to be nestled by the waterside. Although not in use on a freezing night in November, there was an outside seating area which I imagine would be very pretty on a summers day.

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Pix Pintxos, London – UK

Cocktail SticksThis is an original idea for UK soil and sells a varied selection of Barcelona style Pintxos. These are served buffet style at the front bar. Every item has its own cocktail stick and you are charged based on how many cocktails sticks you have used at the end of the night.
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Wonderworks Magic Dinner Show, Orlando – USA

Wonder-works is located beside an up-scale shopping and dining area in International Drive.  We left allowing enough time to find somewhere to park, ended up in a traffic jam with what we thought were a few minutes to spare, dumped the car with a valet parker, ran a few hundred yards to wonder-works (simultaneously carrying and/or dragging several children), only to discover a multistory car park right beside wonder-works and a twenty minute wait to actually get in to the show.

Tickets advise you to get there half an hour before the show starts. Unless you are deeply concerned about sitting at the front, don’t bother being that early as they just make you wait until five minutes before the show to let you into the seating area. We were seated fairly near the back and we could still see the magician.

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