As mentioned in my previous post, we together with Missuschewy's family, traveled to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
For our trip, we stayed at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa which was located very conveniently near the airport.
We had the most amazing room - the Kinabalu Club Family Room which offers two adjourning rooms. This room can fit 2 kids and 2 adults comfortably. We 'parked' our Bumprider stroller that we brought for our trip in the kids room heh.
The kids room had a bunk bed alongside a comfortable siting area and bean bag. There were also cute touches like magnets for them to play with. Check out my video of the room here! For the parents room, they had prepared items like a baby cot, diaper changing pad, kids toothbrushes, a steam steriliser and bottle warmer. These were really useful for us through the trip as I was breastfeeding!
Skai and I were planning for a holiday with Aidan, our toddler and we were thinking of a few destinations. We had visited Genting earlier this year via coach and was thinking of a cruise. Both Skai and I have visited cruises in the past and we loved the all-inclusiveness of cruises. Aidan was about 18 months old and have been eating solids. We thought that the cruise would be perfect for him. Meals were taken care of and if he needs his naps, we could go for it anytime!
Although Aidan still co-sleeps with us, we felt a playpen would be useful and it did! There were times where one of us was with Aidan and needed to use the washroom etc, we felt safe with Aidan in the playpen.
We had also brought a few toys so during playtime, Aidan played in the playpen with them.
Pro-tip:You can borrow toys from the Royal Babies & Tots nursery. As we brought our own, we decided to give this a miss so that other parents could borrow them!
2. Choose a good room.
We chose a room with a balcony which cost a bit more but we felt was a good move. It felt more spacious plus it was nice dining out in the balcony.
I think Aidan also found it interesting as he kept looking at the sea. Just to take note to always keep the balcony doors locked!
Pro-tip: Room service is chargeable except for breakfast. Do take the opportunity to order breakfast in bed! Or well, by the balcony for us!
3. Enjoy your food options.
Mariner of the Seas has a great variety of food options. While most people may prefer the buffet options at Windjammer, Skai and I love having our meals at the Main Dining Hall. Reason being, there are kids options there and having a dedicated server was extremely lovely.
Our server remembered our preferences and always prepared Aidan's meals in advance. And as fellow parents will know, feeding the kid first will save your sanity. HAHA. We did try out the food options at Windjammer etc but the Main Dining Hall was our personal favourite.
There are also cafes all around the cruise areas where they serve snacks such as hotdogs, pizza and ice-cream. Perfect for munchies!
Pro-tip: There are packet milk at Windjammer. Suitable for your kiddos. Also ask for the kids menu at the Main Dining Room. You can also make special requests for your meals e.g. without salt etc.
4. Take naps when needed.
While there are plenty of activities on board, please take things slow. Especially with a toddler. When needed, just take a nap. That's the whole point of traveling on a cruise, I felt!
Never ever fight the zzz monster. You'll just end up with a cranky kiddo.
5. Try out the various indoor activities.
Lots of interesting activities! We brought Aidan to watch various shows from magic shows to a 3D movie to lots of singing performances! His favourite would have to be the ice-skating show! It was amazing how he was captivated from start to finish. He got a bit restless at the 3D Batman Lego movie though so I conclude he loves live performances!
There are activities for everyone. Plenty of lovely shows, parades and activities!
6. Have fun at the outdoor activities.
While some of the activities were not suitable for Aidan e.g. like the rock-climbing and tennis, we made do! We had fun at the mini golf while I do not think Aidan knew what was going on, he had fun just playing!
7. Top up for experiences.
I know that cruises are all-inclusive and some people may not feel inclined topping up. But seriously, some experiences are really worthwhile! We topped up for the Dreamworks breakfast where we had a special breakfast menu and got to meet and enjoy performances from some of the Dreamworks characters!
Pro-tip: The Bottomless Galley Tour was extremely value for money. Free-flow of champagne and delicious food. Must go for the alcoholics! Aside from that, it's also worthwhile topping up for some meals. We got the steak and Skai loved it! On some days, there are special promos for meals, keep a look out for it!
8. Just have fun!
Most of all, have fun! Don't sweat the small stuff especially traveling with a toddler. There are days/moments that won't be as ideal but don't let those moments spoil the rest of your trip!
We really enjoyed our Royal Caribbean experience! Mariner of the Seas was a great experience and I can't wait to go try the other Royal Caribbean cruises.
Definitely a great family holiday and I highly recommended for family holidays especially with kids. Toddler and above would be ideal! Here's just our humble sharing of our Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas Cruise experience with a toddler.
Have you ever been on a Royal Caribbean cruise? If so, tell me what's your favourite experience! 😀
As some of you guys may remember, I talked about my love for babywearing a few entries back. Babywearing is easy and convenient. When I'm going out alone, I need not face the hassle of struggling with a stroller. Imagine taking a cab with a stroller and a baby. Holding the baby while folding the stroller and putting into the boot. Errr. I'll definitely be damn kamchiong.
Babywearing also means I get to be handsfree. I can carry Aidan easily while shopping etc. Honestly babywearing helped me so much especially during my maternity leave when I was alone.
Especially now that Aidan finds it hard to keep still in a stroller, babywearing is a must-have.
During my pregnancy, I had researched on a number of carriers. I liked the idea of woven wraps and structured carriers. After observing many of my mama friends, I realised that Tula was a favourite amongst mamas.
I bought one way before Aidan was born. That was how kiasu I was.
Fast forward and Aidan was born and I tried Tula. Honestly the first time I tried it, I wasn't so sure. I confided in a few mama friends that I wasn't sure if I was doing it right. I mean, I've seen pics and videos but I wasn't sure. They brought me to Bumwear at Plaza Singapure and the lovely ladies helped me adjust my carrier. I finally found what was making me uncomfortable and from there, babywearing was a breeze with Tula.
In fact, I love Tulas so much that I bought 4. Two canvas and two woven conversions. Hurhur.
Soon I began joining the Tula community on Facebook and joining both the Jujube and Tula gatherings.
When I got wind that Bumwear was organising a gathering with Ula (founder of Tula) who was coming to Singapore, I was excited. Managed to sign up for a slot to meet Ula herself. *fangirl moment*
It was lovely meeting other mamas and exchanging tips. Also gawking at the lovely Tulas from the lovely mamas.
I also loved seeing the other fellow papas babywearing. One thing that I'm really glad is that Skai is really supportive of babywearing. He also volunteers to babywear Aidan too!
It was also nice to finally meet Rita from Bumwear who was the main reason Ula came down to Singapore!
Also spot the lovely Jujubes at the event. Tulas and Jujubes go so well together!
I was crazy enough to sign up and pay for two session to meet with Ula! The first one was a cosier session with Tula Love Stocking Buddies where I used my wc Beluga Arctic. The second was a more casual setting where I decided to dress down and use my first canvas Alpaca Hearts with my customised accessories! Spot my love dinosaur hoodie!
Babywearing days are short and I hope to babywear Aidan as much as I can. I've yet to master latching in the Tula but I hope one day I will!
It's crazy but I'm eyeing more Tulas! Like a mesh... and perhaps a fancy?! hahhaa.
None of these were sponsored. All of my Tulas and Jujubes are paid by myself. Not even by Skai. I genuinely love the products and the community.
2016 is coming to an end. Soon we will be ushering in 2017. Have you guys thought about what you've done in 2016?
For today's post, as per last year's, I'm going to "throwback" major events (good and bad) in my life in 2016! Here are my 4 Major Things That Happened To Me in 2016!
1. Had such a nasty renovation nightmare.
For those who know, we had such a huge reno nightmare that dragged over 17 weeks. Lesson learnt: Some friends can't be trusted. Especially if they tell you that they don't need to have your quotation in full details. We trusted a supposed friend who basically was a bastard thru and thru. Lies were spun. But because we didn't want to be calculative and asked for everything to be in details (like he told us can trust him with his quotation that did not have measurements), we really had to pay a huge price. Basically trusting him means we have no evidence to prove what he said. After everything, we found out how a few other friends were also screwed over. Oh well, huge lesson learnt!
Karma will bite the asshole in the ass. By the way, quality renovation my ass. Our shower screen shattered in less than 6 months, show cabinet laminate bubbled, painting cracked. If you do need a recommendation for a nightmare renovation with bad quality, let me know. I can point you in the right direction. Terrible Killer Hawrible experience indeed.
2. Finally moved into #nadskaihome after Chinese New Year.
After all the nonsense, we finally moved in after Chinese New Year. We only managed to keep the place clean and well, Pinterest worthy till Aidan was born. After baby, the place is a huge nightmare. OH MY TIAN.
We love having a place of our own. Cooking, watching movies, enjoying time together. While Punggol does need time getting used to, I have begun to love this ulu place. Only wished that my bff was staying closer to me so that I could see her as often as we were staying at our parents' place!
3. Got sucked into the cult of Tula and Ju Ju Be.
Being a mother opens up a huge world of shopping. Babywearing and diaper bags are like my life now. It's crazy. Mad crazy. It's easy to get so addicted coupled with the fact that I'm such a huge Tokidoki lover in the first place, I'm totally suckered. Needless to say, had to drag a few good friends down with me. Hurhur.
4. Never knew that I had so much love to give.
While having a gremlin child was never in my plans, I guess it's different once it's yours. (Gosh, I sound so hypocritical). It's more forgivable when it's yours I guess? HAHAHA. I love watching Aidan grow. I gape in wonder at his milestones. I smile and coo when he does the silliest things. My heart feels like it's going to burst whenever I wake up to his smiles. Needless to say, I worry too. I guess like my gynae mentioned, you'll never stop worrying as a parent.
That's the 4 Major Things That Happened to Me in 2016. How was yours? I'm looking forward to 2016! Hope FINALLY we can get our home ready!
I would love to thank everyone for being supportive of www.nadnut.com. You've followed my journey from the frivolous camwhoring days to getting engaged to losing weight to planning for my wedding to my honeymoon exploits to getting pregnant to giving birth and now having Aidan! I have never regretted blogging as I loved sharing my experiences. It's more of a Nadia's Lifestyle Blog rather than a Singapore Lifestyle Blog. LOL.