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So Much Fun at LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia!

Last month, we drove over the Causeway and checked ourselves into LEGOLAND Hotel. We didn’t tell the kids that we were headed there and once it came into view, they were beside themselves in excitement! We stayed here in December 2013 and since then, the kids have been asking to come back.

While we busied ourselves with checking in, the kids were playing to their hearts’ content in the pirate ship and castle play areas in the lobby. The LEGO play areas are such a good idea because the kids are happily occupied while the parents handle the boring task of getting the room keys.

LEGOLAND Hotel

LEGOLAND Hotel

Welcome to LEGOLAND!

Welcome to LEGOLAND!

waiting to check in

waiting to check in

lots to occupy the kids in the lobby

lots to occupy the kids in the lobby

busy with LEGO

busy with LEGO

a fire-breathing dragon

a fire-breathing dragon

cute little post box

cute little post box

During our last visit, we stayed at the Adventure themed room so we decided to try out the Kingdom themed room this time around. I just love all the themed LEGO features in the room and the kids cannot get enough of their bunk beds and TV and LEGO set to play with. If not for the fact that the theme park is an even bigger draw, we may never be able to get them out of the room!

Of course, we adults also appreciate having a huge bed that we don’t need to share with the kids and our own TV. For dinner, after a long day at both the water and theme parks, we ordered room service and chilled out in front of our respective TV sets before having a good night’s sleep.

checking out our Kingdom theme room

checking out our Kingdom theme room

children's section

children’s section

comfy bunk beds and their own TV

comfy bunk beds and their own TV

instructions to open the treasure box

instructions to open the treasure box

what is the frog guarding?

what is the frog guarding?

lots of treasure

lots of LEGO features around the room

where ye olde adults sleep

where ye olde adults sleep

LEGO crown in the bathroom

LEGO crown in the bathroom

LEGOLAND hotel toiletries

LEGOLAND hotel toiletries

a brave knight guarding our floor

a brave knight guarding our floor

Special mention goes to the LEGOLAND Hotel themed lifts. Whenever we take the lifts up or down, the kids start dancing up a storm when the disco lights and music come on. Even the adults can’t help grooving to the beat!

Breakfast in the LEGOLAND Hotel Bricks Family Restaurant is a decent affair and there is a good variety of food available from the typical continental breakfast sort of bread, eggs and sausages, to nasi lemak for those who prefer something local. It can get crowded and a queue may form during the busiest period in the morning but the kids will be kept entertained by the large foam bricks in the area just outside the restaurant.

dancing in the lift

dancing in the lift

BRICKS Restaurant

BRICKS Restaurant

beautiful vase of LEGO flowers

beautiful vase of LEGO flowers

a substantial spread

a substantial spread

large foam bricks to keep the kids entertained

large foam bricks to keep the kids entertained

just outside the LEGOLAND Hotel

just outside the LEGOLAND Hotel

It just makes perfect sense to stay at LEGOLAND Hotel when you are visiting the theme park and water park so that the kids can play all afternoon, check into the hotel and have a wee nap, continue playing their heart out, and then have a good night’s rest without anyone having to drive or take the bus all the way back to Singapore after a long tiring day. Can’t wait to come back again and the next time, we’ll probably book the Pirate themed room!

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Halloween Brick-or Trick Party Nights at LEGOLAND Malaysia

We were in LEGOLAND Malaysia a couple of weekends ago and it was the start of their Halloween Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Since we were also staying at LEGOLAND hotel, the best part was the extended opening time. Every Friday and Saturday from now to 31 October, the Park will be open until 8.30pm so the kids can play for an even longer time.

Halloween at LEGOLAND

Halloween at LEGOLAND

adorable LEGO pumpkins

adorable LEGO pumpkins

The Halloween Brick-or-Treat Party Nights take place at LEGO Kingdoms from 4pm to 8.30pm. You can start your Brick-or-Treat journey at Lord Vampyre’s Ballroom with a count-the-bats maze then explore the Brick-or-Treat trail and be rewarded with lots of fun and goodies along the way. At the end of the Brick-or-Treat trail, each participant will be rewarded with a special limited edition Halloween 2015 Commemorative DUPLO Brick.

love the spooky set-up

love the spooky set-up

castle all decked out

castle all decked out

the rides are more fun in the dark!

the rides are more fun in the dark!

Look out for the LEGO Giant Pumpkin and giant LEGO White Ghost at The Beginning (quite hard to miss!) and grab some scary pictures with the Halloween LEGO mascots, including the newest monster – Frankenstein! The kids were super excited to see the mascots and we managed to get pictures with Frankenstein, Green Witch and Lord Vampyre.

spot the kids!

spot the kids!

with Frankenstein

with Frankenstein

Lord Vampyre and the Green Witch

Lord Vampyre and the Green Witch

There are live shows at Castle stage at specific show times throughout the day as well as LEGO building activities. The kids loved the face-painting bit and there was a queue of eager children (and some adults) waiting for their turn to get their face or hand painted.

face-painting

face-painting

it's Batman!

it’s Batman!

showing off the pumpkin on her hand

showing off the pumpkin on her hand

Halloween at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is happening from 2 – 31 October and the park will open until 8:30 pm on Friday & Saturday, 7 pm on Sunday, and 6 pm from Monday to Thursday. Tickets for entry are priced at RM85 per person. Annual Pass holders can enjoy free entrance and bring a friend for just RM70. Time to head to LEGOLAND for a fun Halloween celebration if the exams are over!

National Day Weekend at Port Dickson

I’ve been terribly behind with my travel posts! I haven’t blogged about our Taipei trip in March (!!) and our Perth trip in June (!) but here’s a quick one on our quick getaway to Port Dickson over the National Day long weekend. You can get more info over at my post for Petite Travellers so I’m just sharing a few photos of the trip in this post.

the view

the view

our room

our room

day bed

day bed

the balcony

the balcony

the greenery

the greenery

petting zoo

petting zoo

a rooster

a rooster

one of the pools

one of the pools

the spa

the spa

at the beach

at the beach

our family

our family

twilight

twilight

night

night

Penang 2014 – Street Art Hunt Part 3

My favourite set of murals are the ones by Ernest Zacharevic at Hin Bus Depot Art Centre. It’s supposed to be open from 12pm to 7pm everyday but when we got there at 12.15pm, it was still locked up and appeared empty! We walked around looking for an alternate entrance (there’s supposed to be a side gate somewhere) but couldn’t find any.

We were about to give up after half an hour because it was just SO ridiculously hot (and Anya was very upset because she had hit her head on a car side mirror), but I decided to give it one last shot and managed to find a bit of fence I could peer in from. I saw a guy inside and shouted at him to open up the place. Turns out they are somewhat… ermm… flexible with their opening time so it’s better to go at about 1pm.

Hin Bus Depot

Hin Bus Depot

behind bars

behind bars

love this piece!!

love this piece!!

girl with balloon

girl with balloon

back bend

back bend

boys with cones

boys with cones

children and cat in boat

children and cat in boat

Penang 2014 – Street Art Hunt Part 2

Beside the Ernest Zacharevic pieces, there are 2 pieces by Louis Gan that are frequently attributed to the former because of the similar styles. He has one more ‘Nostalgic Meal Order’ piece along Kinta Lane that I didn’t have time to visit. Another series is the 101 Lost Kittens project by a group of artists to create awareness of stray animals.

brother and sister on a swing

brother and sister on a swing

children playing basketball

children playing basketball

cats & humans happily living together

cats & humans happily living together

I can help catch rats

I can help catch rats

Bruce Lee cat mural

Bruce Lee cat mural

Skippy the giant cat

Skippy the giant cat

please care and bathe me

please care and bathe me

love me like your fortune cat

love me like your fortune cat

Penang 2014 – Street Art Hunt Part 1

We were in Penang last week for my sister’s wedding so I took the chance to hunt for some street art. There’s a map indicating where the murals are found and this map is available at the airport and also at some hotels. It was unbelievably hot and we were extremely exhausted from walking around. I strongly recommend getting a trishaw for the day or renting a bike for the street art hunt!

These are the pieces by Ernest Zacharevic. The one of two kids and a cat in a boat at Chew Jetty is almost completely weathered away but I didn’t know that so I walked all the way there for nothing. If only I’d read this particular blog post before my hunt!

trishaw man

trishaw man

boy reaching up

boy reaching up

kungfu girl

kungfu girl

minions

minions

boy with (missing) dinosaur

boy with (missing) dinosaur

kids on bike

kids on bike

boy on motorcycle

boy on motorcycle

girl with (missing) balloon

girl with (missing) balloon

Adam’s First Visit to Legoland Theme Park

We took Anya to Legoland theme park in January but didn’t bring her brother along because he was too tiny then. So while we were staying at Legoland Hotel, we bought the 2-day combo ticket and visited the theme park a few times. Since there are very few rides that Adam can go on (and even fewer for me!), we split up with Adrian accompanying Anya for the fun stuff while Adam and I went on the tamer rides. We started off with a ride on the Legoland Express before heading to Duplo Play Town to meet up with Anya who had gone for the rides at Lego Kingdoms.

Christmas train

Christmas train

happy boy on the train

happy boy on the train

view from the train

view from the train

Duplo Play Town

Duplo Play Town

bumped into Adrian's cousin's family

bumped into Adrian’s cousin’s family

riding the Duplo Express

riding the Duplo Express

with their cousins on the train

with their cousins on the train

Adam spent lots of time here

Adam spent lots of time here

sliding down backwards

sliding down backwards

Adam managed to get on the Lost Kingdom ride and enjoyed it very much. Then it was lunch at Market Restaurant before we headed to Lego City for Junior Driving School (for Anya), the Boating School (very long queue) and the Rescue Academy (we all got on but only Adrian did any work).

Lost Kingdom Adventure

Lost Kingdom Adventure

with the pharoah

with the pharoah

waiting in line

waiting in line

lunch at the Market Restaurant

lunch at the Market Restaurant

Anya zooming around at Junior Driving School

Anya zooming around at Junior Driving School

boating school

boating school

the other two trying to overtake us

the other two trying to overtake us

at the Rescue Academy

at the Rescue Academy

Adrian doing all the work

Adrian doing all the work

putting out the fire

putting out the fire

Adam pretending to help

Adam pretending to help

After visiting The Big Shop and going for one more ride on the Aquazone Wave Racers (something Anya was too short for the last time), we went back to the hotel to check in. Adam had his nap while the other two went back out for more rides before we all met up together again for the carolling and Christmas tree light-up. I think it’s so great that the park is open until 8pm during the holidays! It’s a lot cooler in the evening and most of the queues are shorter as well.

with the mascot

with the mascot

doing the princess thing

doing the princess thing

managed to get on Aquazone Wave Racer!

managed to get on Aquazone Wave Racer!

carollers

carollers

Christmas tree light-up

Christmas tree light-up

We visited the park again on the second day after the Water Park and managed to sit on a few more rides. There wasn’t much of a queue at the City Airport so they went on the ride a few times in a row! The Forestmen’s Hideout playground over at Lego Kingdoms is usually to hot to play on during the day but it was a nice and cool evening so the kids had fun running around there. Then it was a ride on The Dragon’s Apprentice roller-coaster for the taller ones before we left Legoland.

Lego mascot

Lego mascot

at the City Airport

at the City Airport

Anya on her own

Anya on her own

Adam with Adrian

Adam with Adrian

Anya on the Beetle Bounce

Anya on the Beetle Bounce

hanging out at one of the playgrounds

hanging out at one of the playgrounds

walking along the bridge

walking along the bridge

with some help from Daddy

with some help from Daddy

a final ride on The Dragon's Apprentice for Anya

a final ride on The Dragon’s Apprentice for Anya

until the next time!

until the next time!