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Staycation in Style in D’Resort At Downtown East

{Staycation Invite}

D'resort at Downtown East
D’resort at Downtown East

Last week the kids were given a treat with a 2D1N Staycation at D’resort.  We decided on a midweek stay as it would be less crowded and the kids could have more time to enjoy the facilities at the resort.

The room we were given-Beach Cove Duplex
The room we were given- Beach Cove Duplex

We were given the Beach Cove Duplex room for our stay. Suitable for 4 adults of a family of 2 adults and 2 kids. This  52 SQM  double story room came with a  queen size bed and sofa bed.

The bed/ sofa upstairs
The bed/ sofa upstairs
Tiger girl posing with the Tayo bus boxes
Tiger girl posing with the Tayo bus boxes

It was a toss up to who would be sleeping on the bed or the sofa bed for the night as everyone was aiming for the comfy bed.

The welcome basket with snacks that we were given
The welcome basket with snacks that we were given

The staff at D’resort generously prepared a snack box for the kids and they were digging into it when they spotted it in the room.

The snacks and free wifi didn’t occupy them for long as we soon left for our first activity at Pasir Ris Beach.

Ohana Beach House where we did stand up paddling
Ohana Beach House where we did stand up paddling

Stand Up Paddling was something new that the kids tried out that evening.  It was a really interesting experience for all as it was the first time they were on a surf board and tried paddling.

The surf boards that we used
The surf boards that we used

The weather was perfect.  It wasn’t too hot nor the tide too low to go out paddling.

Learning how to paddle
Learning how to paddle

Before we could hit the waters the instructor started off by showing us how to handle the paddle.  It was important that the kids learn how to place their hands on the paddle and work the board to the direction they needed to go.

The instructor explaining how to put on the leg cuff
The instructor explaining how to put on the leg cuff

Safety first before everything else. The kids were shown how to secure themselves to the board and the procedures that they had to follow getting in and out of the water.

getting started on paddling in the water
getting started on paddling in the water
The boys maneuvering the boards
The boys maneuvering the boards

Before long our paddling session was up and it was time for us to return back to the resort to wash up and prepare for the next activity- bowling.

The kids at the Orchid bowling alley
The kids at the Orchid bowling alley

After a quick dinner we headed over the bowling alley for a few rounds of bowling. All the kids can bowl so it was fun taking turns at the lane that was assigned to us.

It was really nice that they could tailor the guard rail guards to come into/out of play based on each player’s specifications. The bowling alleys of today are certainly more sophisticated as compared to the ones of yesteryear. It was nearly midnight when we returned to the room after the game.

some of the slides at Wild Wild Wet
some of the slides at Wild Wild Wet
The slides at Wild Wild Wet
The slides at Wild Wild Wet

On the 2nd day we headed over to Wild Wild Wet for some splashing good time. It was the 2nd time that the kids were at this Water theme park and were extremely delighted to be able to have fun at this place.  The last time we visited the place was more then 2 years ago. Back then Tiger girl was not tall enough to go on most of the rides. This time round she is taller then the 1.00 m mark and could go on some of the family rides together with me and her brothers.  The park wasn’t that crowded as we went on a weekday and we had the chances to go on the different rides many times as there wasn’t much queue.

The kids and I had a fun and entertaining time at D’Resort and before we knew it our staycation had come to an end. Thanks for the invitation D’resort.

Discaimer: We were invited to experience a 2D1N Staycation experience at Downtown East. All opinions are 100% mine.

Drawing Easy with 3M Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface

 

The Dry Ease Surface in a box - Credit 3M
The Dry Ease Surface in a box – Credit 3M

 

Something interesting was delivered to us a few months ago by 3M. The Dry Erase Surface which was recently launched was something that really caught my eye.

The benefits of the product were that it was :

  • Easy to install and requires no tools – just unroll, peel and stick
  • Stain-proof material erases cleanly every time
  • Smooth surface is easy to write on

I handed the box over to Tiger girl and told her to read the instructions before installing it by herself.

She was extremely delighted to have a new “toy” and diligently read the instructions before deciding on where to place the product.

From horizontal applications on desks or tables to vertical applications on surfaces where traditional whiteboards cannot be installed, such as windows, the Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface can be cut-to-fit and provides endless possibilities for dry erase solutions in new places.

It was really interesting to see where she decided to place the item in the end.

You can see in the picture below where the board ended up- on the wall next to her bed.

Tiger girl drawing on her newly mounted whiteboard
Tiger girl drawing on her newly mounted whiteboard

 

My little girl has always love drawing. When she returns home from school she would busy herself doodling on drawing boards or pads. She loves creating stories based on the characters  from the videos that she watch.

Her current favourite series is Ladybug and Cat Noir  which she watches via Youtube.  She creates her own alternative endings and episodes to the show by drawing out the character and various scenes which she has seen.

 

Tiger girl with another drawing of hers
Tiger girl with another drawing of hers

 

She loves making up stories based on the shows she saw.

One of the stories which she made up
One of the stories which she made up

The dry erase cloth that came with the board made removing the drawings or mistakes that she made a breeze.

The only qualms that I had was if she drew too closely to the edge of the board the wall became slightly stained and I had to use cloth and soap to remove the stain from the wall.

The  Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface retails at $55.95 from the 3M Store , Popular or selected self-fix outlets.

Disclaimer: We received a copy of the 3M  Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine.