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A few weeks ago, the family and I boarded Royal Caribbean Singapore's Voyager of the Seas for a family vacay.

Not sure if you guys remember this, but last year we experienced Mariner of the Seas when Aidan was 1 and I was pregnant with Davina back then. This time, we went back to Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas for a 5d4n trip which had stops at Port Klang and Phuket but we only disembarked at Phuket.

Here's my experience on bringing an infant and a toddler on a cruise! This time, I had more opportunities to try various activities and take more pictures as I wasn't pregnant and suffering from super bad morning sickness. Here's my tips on traveling with a newborn and a toddler on Royal Caribbean Cruise.

  • Bringing a stroller and a baby carrier (like a Tula) was the right idea.

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Be kiasu. With a newborn, you'll like have to babywear all the way. Having a stroller means the newborn (or even the toddler) can lie down and nap. But of course, if you do not bring a stroller, you can always avoid taking the lifts and get to places faster.

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But personally i feel that a cruise is one of the most relaxing holiday that you can take. Be kiasu, bring both carriers and strollers.

Plus a stroller is always a makeshift diaper changing table, especially if your room is far away.

  • Request for items earlier.

Once I boarded, I immediately requested for a playpen. I'm not sure how many they are, but I rather be kiasu and book asap. You can also make a request to book a playpen before your cruise!

Also, if you did not prebook your dining times earlier, (i.e. if you are on My Time Dining), you can either make a standing reservation (e.g. 5:30pm everyday) or you can book a day earlier. You can also make your reservation online via the Cruise Planner on Royal Caribbean's website pre-cruise!

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Again, to avoid disappointments, we booked earlier and the same time each day.

  • Plan in advance for activities that you'll like to do.

Some of the activities that we really wanted to do was the Flowrider and Rock-climbing. We managed to get these activities done within the first two days.

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Which was really lucky of us, because it rained the next two days. Phew! Skai really enjoyed the Flowrider so much that he queued over and over again for it.

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Also, for most of the performances, do queue earlier to get good seats especially for the ice-skating show. It was fully booked when we went and we had to catch the next show. Highly recommended to go for it!

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Back last year, Aidan enjoyed the shows. This time, he enjoyed it more! I felt that he understood it more and he really enjoyed the song and dances more this time.

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Go for a swim, I like that they had movie screenings outdoor where families can just laze in the jacuzzi and watch the movies. Super nua and comfy activity!

  • Stay safe. Stick to the Main Dining Room if you have young kids or a big family.

While I do enjoy the buffet selections, I feel that having a dedicated table is more important. With young kids, it's tough to wait for tables especially when they get hungry and cranky. I prefer to eat at the Main Dining Room (ours was Sapphire Dining Room) and head to Windjammer for snacks if need be. Also with big families, it's kinda impossible to get a table altogether especially if you go at the peak timings.

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Also, you get to enjoy dedicated service, quieter quality moments.

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There are kids menu available where you can order items without salt too. Also, it's like an ala-carte buffet, you can order multiple servings.

    • Sleep in. Order breakfast in.

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We order breakfast everyday just in case the kids can't wake up for breakfast.

  • Offshore excursions are fun!

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We chose to disembark at Phuket and go for the Panoramic Tour where we had a tour of Phuket in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Honestly, there were other excursions where you can go on foot to explore Phuket and were more fun but we had to think of how feasible it would be carrying a newborn and a toddler. Don't bring the stroller along here! I made a huge mistake here.... I forgot to bring down any cash when we went to Phuket. Was too used to the just using our card on the cruise that I left my money in the safe. Oops. We missed out on all of the street food! SOBS.

  • Bring a nursing cover.

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There isn't any nursing rooms if I remember correctly. A nursing cover means I could nurse anywhere anytime. Royal Caribbean is super family friendly, no one stared when I nursed in public.

  • If you can only choose one paid restaurant - choose Johnny Rockets!

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If you have a fries monster son like I do, do check out Johnny Rockets. Just for one flat fee, you can enjoy all the yummy burgers, hotdogs, floats and fries to your heart's content. Till today, Aidan keeps asking for the fries place. Oops.

  • Most of all, just chill & have fun.

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Things will happen. There will be tantrums, wailing, poonamis etc. But the beauty of a cruise is that you can stop anytime.

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If the kids need a nap, dapao them back to the room.

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If they pooed and needed a diaper change, go back to the room. Enjoy most of the facilities anytime. There is no rush I feel unlike when traveling elsewhere. A cruise is definitely a good starting point for traveling with young kids for the first time.

Thank you Royal Caribbean Singapore for the opportunity. While this trip was partially sponsored, opinions are my own and not obligated.

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When I was doing research on Confinement Food Catering in Singapore, I stumbled onto Tian Wei Signature. I've read about Tian Wei Signature from plenty of bloggers and mummy friends and honestly, their reviews really looked good!

Before finalising on my choice of Confinement Food Catering in Singapore, I decided to try out. One thing I really liked about their meals is their unique incorporation of both Mediterranean and Japanese cuisines in their meals.

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Confinement Food Catering in Singapore

I love how they offer both Western and Asian cuisines which really made the meals more enjoyable.

Confinement Food Catering in Singapore

Confinement Food Catering in Singapore

Tian Wei Signature understands the importance of breastfeeding to us which is why they include milk boosting boosters such as Fenugreek, Cumin, Fennel etc. They also use ingredients like salmon, okra, green papaya which are famous milk boosters.

I like how they do offer a great variety of meals so that mums like me won't get bored or jelak by the meals. Here are some of the meals I ate.

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I like how their meals do not contain any artificial flavours nor msg. They only use herbs and spices and the meals have a good balance of meats and vegetables.

I feel that their meals are very well thought out. They have ingredients high in protein and iron, which is important to us after childbirth as we lose a lot of blood. They also include chinese herbal ingredients such as ginger, black fungus, black vinegar, dangui, red dates in their meals and yet, their soups aren't bitter nor are their meals 'heavy' but yet maintain the benefits of dispelling wind, improving blood circulation, boost blood after blood loss, improving the immune system and boosting milk supply.

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The meals comes with 1 litre of red date tea and is packed and sealed in food containers to prevent any spillage. The meals are delivered in a thermal bag to ensure that it remains warm.

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I like how I could put in special requests for my meals. For example, I indicated that I do not wish to have innards in my meals and no white rice. I didn't mind other types of rice as long as it isn't white. Super fussy me heh. Tian Wei Signature allows customisations for their meals, which I thought was a very nice touch!

The CSO is also very friendly. They will check in with me on delivery dates and also asked if there were any feedback or any adjustments needed to be made to the meals.

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I love the meals and how it tastes. The portions are big enough for me to share with Skai for dinner actually!

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Some of my personal favourites are the coq au vin, salmon, spaghetti and pork trotters! Aidan loves the spaghetti and would always wanna share my food when he sees it!

It's no wonder that Tian Wei Signature is one of the most popular choices when searching for Confinement Food Catering with it's delicious meals and great customer service.

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Thanks Tian Wei Signature for the great experience!

Get $148 off your 28 days double meals package when you use the promo code nadnuttw. Enjoy! Offer valid till 31 December 2018. 🙂

For more info on Tian Wei Signature, check out their website: https://www.tianweisignature.com

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As you guys may know, my hair has been under the watchful eye of Caely Tham. She has taken care of my colours, treatments and cuts for years now and she has seen the ups and downs.

After I gave birth to Davina, I visited Caely 2 months after my confinement. I bemoaned to her about my postnatal hair state. Like with Aidan, the condition of the hair became unruly, rough and dry at the ends. Soon, postnatal hairloss would start. Oh my tian.

I came to Caely with disheveled hair which was pretty much entangled despite putting on hair oil and combing my hair.

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Caely recommended Leekaja's in-house keratin treatment called the Cinderella treatment. It is a keratin treatment alongside keratin ironing. The treatment contains an unique blend of organic aloe vera and onion, which helps make up moisturising ingredients to help repair the hair before sealing in the keratin in.

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Not only is it suitable for bleached hair, it also does not give ramrod straight effects. In fact, it looks more a good blow-dry or soft rebonding.

The best thing? It lasts for 2 months. All mamas should go for this treatment, who has time to style your hair when busy with the kids? This treatment ensures the most fuss free approach! I also opted for a trim to keep things simple. Here's the final results!

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I love the final result! I spend less than 5 minutes on my hair now and it looks blowdried all the time!

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Thank you Caely!

Check out Leekaja Beauty Salon located at Mandarin Gallery now! Quote my name (nadia or nadnut) to get a discount off your chemical services (i.e. colouring, treatment, perming, straightening etc)! Anyway, If you like any of my hair colours, do show Caely these pics to get the colours! Easier to show her. Go for this Korean Keratin Treatment today!

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel for a Sabah FAM trip with missuschewy's family  courtesy of AirAsia and Sabah Tourism Board.

I actually visited Kota Kinabalu Sabah ages ago back when I was studying in Poly for an Outward Bounds Sabah challenge course and had climbed Mount Kinabalu in Sabah. It has always been one of my fondest memory as it was one of the toughest time physically and mentally for me back then. When the opportunity came up, I was really excited to check out Sabah from another perspective aside from the nature and greenery that Sabah has always been portrayed for.

I'll be sharing the main highlights of the Sabah FAM trip here with quick and light notes. If you have any queries or require more details, feel free to leave a comment in this post!

We traveled by AirAsia who offers one of the most Affordable and Cheap Air Ticket. A flight to Kota Kinabalu takes slightly above 2 hours. For those with children, I would recommend booking Hot Seats for the priority boarding. We all know how long it takes to settle kids, so priority boarding is a good to have!

Also with kids, it is best to prepare food and drinks. We prebooked our meals and it was served promptly.

We had the Emperor Fried Rice (which was one of the most popular hot items) and the newest added items Nasi Kandar with Chicken Varuval and Spiral Pasta with Chicken Sausage. The meals were tasty and were not spicy, which was great when sharing meals with the kiddos. Aidan loves to share our food

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Aidan really enjoyed the Spiral pasta! I felt it was really suitable for him as it was easy to bite and was tasty yet not spicy. He's quite a picky eater honestly but he finished the whole meal!

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You can also order light bites like we did for the flight back.

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We had the Vietnamese Chicken Wrap, Salmon Ebiko Onigiri, Assorted Sandwiches and salted peanuts for snacks. Skai also had the Miso Soup and Hot Coffee.

After our experience with traveling with an infant & a toddler on a flight, here are some tips on flying onboard for those daring to do this.

Bring things to distract the toddler
Kiddos will get bored. For our short duration, Aidan couldn't sit still AT ALL. We brought toy cars for him to play with and gave him the window seat. NOT ENOUGH. Need more toys or distraction. We actually brought a whole bag of toys but they were checked in as we didn't think we would need so many onboard. Noob mistake. Next time, I'll bring a colouring pad, storybook and a music toy instead. Also, bringing toys = likely picking them up all the time. So be prepared for that!

Bring a nursing cover for those breastfeeding. For those who do not, bring milk for the kids to drink.
Kids won't know how to unblock their ears unlike us adults. It is best to get them to swallow to remove those discomfort. For me, as Davina is exclusively breastfed, I latched her undercover. For Aidan, we brought a water bottle and got him to sip water throughout. Also, our meals onboard meant Aidan was kept busy eating and drinking which helped cure some of his boredom and also that he kept swallowing and didn't have much blocked ears.

Have very very very thick-skin. Don't be paiseh.
Honestly speaking, my kids cried like siao. Especially Davina who always cried before her nap. We tried our best to soothe them but there are times where it just didn't work. I gave apologetic looks and said sorry to those around us. There was a not so nice uncle who was kinda pissed, but bo bian. SORRY TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO HATE CRYING BABIES ON FLIGHT.

The flight was quick and pleasant and we soon arrived at Kota Kinabalu airport. We were warmly greeted by the kind folks from Sabah Tourism Board alongside Ryan, our guide from Amazing Borneo and Amzar, our kind correspondent from Air Asia.

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Silly Aidan was scared of the monkey mascot lol!

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And that began our adventure in Sabah, Malaysia! Look out for the next entry where I share about the attractions and our wonderful accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah itself!