Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I could've been that mom

There is a horrifying video spreading on Facebook. It is of a child who fell from his stroller while on an escalator. His fingers got caught, and his mother is there crouched over him. I shared it and said this.


If you want to watch the video (don't, mommies!), just search na lang for Blaise Roxas's account. The video is just a few seconds long but the screams, the wailing, the panic everywhere. And even though I can't see the mother's face, I know, I know her heart has stopped. Why? Well, as my status update there said, it happened to me. The difference is my child was saved by a seatbelt.

I don't know this mother but I know what it's like to try and try and try so damn hard to protect your child and then you slip, just once, because you're tired or distracted or you think you know better, and of course the unthinkable happens.

When we used the stroller on the escalator that time, it was because we were in a hurry. I have three kids. They were cranky. We parents were getting cranky. The mall was full. The elevators were always full and always slow. We just wanted to go home. So we decided on the escalator. It's fast, we'll get home faster, everyone happy! What could possibly go wrong? Well, as we were going down, the wheels got stuck. The escalator pushed me and the other people behind me forward, and we pushed the stroller forward but since the wheels were stuck, the stroller pitched over. My child would have fallen out of his seat were it not for the seatbelt. I cried for help. No one helped. No one knew what was happening. It was happening so quickly!

Someone finally pulled the stroller off the escalator. My heart started beating again. We were safe.

We were lucky. Not many of us get to walk away from the consequences of stupid decisions so lightly.

After that incident, we barely use the stroller na. I don't even remember the last time we used the stroller. It's not the fault of the stroller. Not the fault of the escalator. The fault of the parents, of course. Definitely I know it was my fault. I may have my reasons but those were and will never be good enough excuses to put my child in danger. I know better now. We all know better, right? We all know we should use a seatbelt and we all know we shouldn't use a stroller on the escalator.

But we all also know we get tired, we get stupid, we get distracted. So instead of judging this poor mother, let's pray for her and her baby. She's already going to feel guilty for the rest of her life for what happened to her child. Imagine every time she looks at her poor child's hands! What eternal punishment! Let's hope she and her child will be okay.

And remember: Always secure your child to the stroller with the seatbelt. Never use a stroller on the escalator.

God help us parents.

UPDATE!!! I am just waiting to verify this news but it seems like St. Luke's Global responded immediately and the child was rescued and is okay. If true, hooray!

UPDATE April 1: Two important things, mga mommies: First, the baby is okay. Thank God! Second, I don't know what really happened and I feel bad for jumping to conclusions. I assumed that the baby fell out of the stroller because that's what the caption of Blaise Roxas's video said, and I believed it. Turns out the baby WAS NOT in the stroller and DID NOT fall out of the stroller. We don't even know if the stroller in the video belongs to the family. We simply assumed that because there was a stroller on the escalator, that it belongs to the child and that the child fell out of it.


Yes, accidents do happen! I feel more strongly now for the parents, especially the mommy, of this baby because people judged her for something that didn't happen! I'm sorry for simply believing the caption sa video. I completely forgot my journalist training of verifying facts first. Sorry, dear readers! This is a huge lesson to me. A big thanks to my reader Vanessa for checking out the real story and for updating us!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

See Singapore! iFly, Universal Studios, and more fun activities for the family!

For the first time ever, a guest post! My family was generously invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to check out their beautiful country. Since my baby Piero didn't have a passport yet and his vaccines weren't complete, we had to decline. Imagine my amazement when the Singapore Tourism Board extended their invitation to anyone I want to send! So I asked for volunteers and Kaye Estoista-Koo, an entertainment, lifestyle and travel writer, was the lucky pick! Kaye will regale us with her fab four-day trip, which I hope will encourage my readers to visit Singapore. I know I want to go! Enjoy!


Four days and three nights. It's the usual length of stay for a Filipino family especially for trips abroad. If you've been following this blog, you'll notice that lately, we've been posting a blog series (#yoursingapore #thegreateggventure) about Singapore, specifically, Sentosa Island. 

Everything I've written about so far may seem like a lot, but let me tell you, we did all that in the four days and three nights we spent on Sentosa Island. 

I hope that this blog series on all things Sentosa and Singapore has sufficiently whet your travel appetite and made you realize that actually, four days on Sentosa isn't enough. Or that you'll find more than enough to do on this island alone given the schedule. 

Here's the last rundown of things we did and what you can do next time you're in the land of laksa and chilli crab. If you're wondering why chili is spelled like chilli, see our post on what we ate, chilli is not misspelled! 

iFly Singapore
Most of us were scared of heights, so with trepidation we let go of our guide Azreen when she told us we had a 5:30 p.m. 'flight.' As soon as we entered the hangar chamber, we all felt like disembarking! But when the excitement of four young kids who were on the same flight as us bubbled over, we just let all our inhibitions go!

Our instructor Ian assured us he had more than enough actual outdoor skydiving experience to get us through two indoor skydives.

iFly is definitely something you should try at least once! And believe me, kids will be raring to go and even do more than two skydives. Imagine this: it's the act of skydiving but without the stomach-churning drop from the plane as you go straight into free fall and just fly.

A basic package at iFly Singapore lets you go for two skydives and if you decide to go for a third that day, you get this at 1/3 of the price of a new dive. Be sure to order your photo prints or video of your dives upon exiting. And smile... even if the wind in Singapore's finest indoor skydiving facility busts your cheeks to their limits! 

Singapore Cable Car
Take the Singapore Cable Car to Faber Peak. This cable car is different from the one that takes you up and down the luge area. For one, it's enclosed with 360-degree panoramic windows. Two, it goes through office buildings and takes you all the way to Faber Peak, the last stop. It's one way you can cross from the main island into Sentosa and back. Three, you can even order dinner or lunch here! With four stops, you'll get a new course at each stop as you enjoy a bird's eye view of Singapore City, the harbour, and Sentosa. Fourth, there's an app that, as you take a selfie or photo inside depending on which cable car you rode, will show your picture with Superman, Batman, etc flying behind you. 

Kidz Flea
Kidz Flea is outside the iFly Singapore entrance. Take your kids here as they will surely be inspired by the kiddie-preneurs, who for a very minimal rental fee, sell their wares all week long. What's amazing about this fair is that all the kids had to undergo training weeks before where they were taught about customer service, managing a business, customer management, and retail operations. 

S.E.A. Aquarium
S.E.A. Aquarium is extremely kid-friendly. Every year, up to four times, the theme changes. This season it's all about jelly fish. The aim is to teach kids and even adults not to fear creatures of the sea and to better understand them. Also, it teaches the importance of preservation—and on this trip, we learned all about shark eggs.

There are kiddie-sized holes where kids can view a habitat of fish from a vantage point that works for them. And in the main aquarium, kids end their guided tour with activities and lesson plans handled by the instructors. All in all, I'm sure you and the kids will have an enjoyable time here and in some habitats, you actually won't want to leave!

By the way, the only way you enter the S.E.A. Aquarium is through the Typhoon Theater, where you're shown a story of sailors taking an ancient galley ship with valuable goods and finding themselves in the eye of a vicious storm. As you're seated on deck, you'll suddenly be brought down into the ocean and when the doors open again, you've actually descended one level into the S.E.A. Aquarium! Be sure to spot the precious cup in the first habitat where you find your shipwreck. Also, watch for the diving Easter Bunny. In every season, a diver dressed as Santa, Easter Bunny, Cupid or Halloween monster descends into the habitats for 20 minutes at a time.


Universal Studios Singapore
Sentosa is somewhat synonymous with Universal Studios Singapore and a trip without this in it is unlikely. If you're traveling with young kids, be sure to avail of the Universal Express pass for the day. Waiting time in line is virtually a breeze!

Also, be sure to spot the very thoughtful stroller parking areas and ample seating for your whole day in USS. Each of the 8 zones have these in abundance.

To maximize your time here, as soon as you get your USS guide map, check which rides have height requirements so you don't waste time in line. Also agree with the kids which street and stage shows you want to catch so you plan your rides accordingly.

If like us you got all fueled up at Hard Rock Cafe for lunch, you'll be set for the afternoon. But if yours is a hungry brood, worry not, each zone has multiple dining establishments with a lot of seating. For the Easter season, be sure to go to the Royal Lunch at Eggingham Gardens, an amusing and musical 20-minute show featuring the Egg Lord in an original USS production. It's on three times a day so you should have no problems catching this.

I hope that this #yoursingapore series has gotten you excited to immediately book your family's vacation in Singapore. Why not rediscover this wonderful city-state this coming long Holy Week? Sentosa Island will have everything you need for the week: a wonderful place to relax and chill, so many varied and diverse activities to keep you occupied, and of course food fit for kings and queens.


Kaye Estoista-Koo is a guest writer for Topaz Mommy specifically for this #yoursingapore #thegreateggventure series. Kaye is a lifestyle and features writer for the entertainment website pep.ph, a contributing writer for Manila Bulletin's lifestyle and travel section, a website content writer, an events script writer, and the go-to of a PR group that would like their various brands to be highlighted in a major TV station. 


Thank you so much, Singapore Tourism Board and Sentosa Harbourfront Business Association for inviting Topaz Mommy to be part of your tourism efforts. Thank you also for taking care of my writer, Kaye. I loved her stories on her Singapore adventures and made me plan for a family vacation there! Especially now that Piero has his passport! Congratulations on your 50th year!


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See Singapore! A Great Egg-Venture and more Easter treats await the family!

For the first time ever, a guest post! My family was generously invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to check out their beautiful country. Since my baby Piero didn't have a passport yet and his vaccines weren't complete, we had to decline. Imagine my amazement when the Singapore Tourism Board extended their invitation to anyone I want to go! So I asked for volunteers and Kaye Estoista-Koo, an entertainment, lifestyle and travel writer, was the lucky pick! Kaye will regale us with her fab four-day trip, which I hope will encourage my readers to visit Singapore. I know I want to go! Enjoy!


Are you a mom of kids of different ages, all with different tastes and whatnot? Are you always struggling to match their interests with the family vacation you're planning? 

In this post, let me take you to an island that you may or may not have visited already and let's rediscover together how you and your family can have fun—all at the same time and all together!

If you've noticed, Sentosa Island has been the highlight of this #yoursingapore #thegreateggventure blog series. From taking you where to stay to what to eat (I know I made you hungry because I made myself salivate all over again just writing it!), we've given you a pretty comprehensive list of ideas.

Well, I'm gonna give you a few more reasons to visit one of our closest and most affluent neighbors. I wish I could give you 50 separate ones but for now let's look at this list of what's in store or what you and the family can do, especially if you visit Singapore this coming Easter weekend.

Singapore is celebrating its Jubilee year: that's 50 years since the founding of the modern city-state of Singapore. The Sentosa Harbourfront Business Association (SHBA), for the second year in a row, has come up with The Great Egg-Venture. It started March 21 but because of the death of their beloved first Prime Minister and founding father Lee Kwan Yew, it has been extended to April 12 instead of ending on April 5. 

Mayor Low Yen Ling and SHBA representatives with the cutest newly hatched chicks ever!

Great Egg-Venture Hunt
We got to road-test the Great Egg-Venture for you and while we didn't find all of the 100 giant eggs they hid all over Sentosa, we got to experience first-hand the intention of this hunt: the giant eggs (you actually can't miss them, they are huge!) are all in strategic spots on Sentosa Island and as you do the hunt, you'll get to experience Sentosa in a whole new way. 

Be sure to take selfies! If you join the hunt, you can upload your selfies via the app they created for this. Or do what we did as we took selfies when and where we could. The designs were all painted by local Singapore communities and groups except for the 8 eggs inside Universal Studios Singapore which had to pass Hollywood approval and standards! Sosyal!

Great Egg-Venture Auction
Aside from the fact that prizes are at stake, the Great Egg-Venture is also tied in with the SG@50 celebrations with an additional 50 normal-sized but still larger than actual chicken eggs. These 50 special eggs, all designed and painted by leading artists from the region, are up for auction to raise funds for Very Special Arts Singapore, a charity that provides people with disabilities access to arts in order to integrate them back into society. 
Most of the eggs were designed in such a complicated manner but they all started with the same base. One artist chose to forego the base and carved these eggs from brass (he is a metal artist).

Sentosa 4D Adventureland
Sentosa 4D Adventureland is an area on Sentosa Island where your family can all agree to have fun together. Guaranteed. The Journey 2 The Mysterious Island 4D Experience, based on the movie starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, will appeal to your older kids, especially the boys. Us girls had fun here especially because the combined wind, water and other effects took us on a wild ride!

We also went on the Green Lantern Fight Against Fear ride, one of the newest rides in this section. If you've missed the Green Lantern franchise, you'll have your fill here with the out-of-this-world effects.

Aside from that, the 4D Virtual Simulation Ride called Extreme Log Ride and Desperados Interactive 4D Shoot-out Game are crowd-drawers all year round. Make sure you come here on a not-so-full stomach as all the rides are sure to take you up, down, sideways, diagonal and more.

The Skyline Luge Sentosa
The tagline says it all. Once is never enough.

I've always enjoyed this and I make sure to max out the three rides one ticket allows. You can get here via cable car or walk over to either the Imbiah or Beach entrance.

The luge is something kids of all sizes and adults, too, will enjoy. We had a wonderful time here, riding down carefree and fast, when we found out that there was a giant egg on the track. Because you have to hold your luge ride with both hands we were blown away when we found out the only guy in our group was able to take a selfie with the egg while maintaining his hold on the luge ride. Take note, the smallest kids won't be allowed down on their own, but they can ride in tandem with an adult. 

Wings of Time
It had rained earlier in the day so I'm glad we were booked for the last show—revealing clear skies once again and an ocean as still as a pond. 

Located on the Silosa Beach Walk, this attraction is perfect after a dinner at Coastes. We have nothing like it in the Philippines so be sure to include this in your trip. The basic framework is big panels where the whole history of the Earth is told through the journey of a phoenix and two kids. It uses watch-out technology but fused with water displays, laser and fire effects ending in a magnificent, really awesome fireworks display.

Last post on this eggciting Singapore series later!

Kaye Estoista-Koo is a guest writer for Topaz Mommy specifically for this #yoursingapore #thegreateggventure series. Kaye is a lifestyle and features writer for the entertainment website pep.ph, a contributing writer for Manila Bulletin's lifestyle and travel section, a website content writer, an events script writer, and the go-to of a PR group that would like their various brands to be highlighted in a major TV station. 


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

See Singapore! The dining experience at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora

For the first time ever, a guest post! My family was generously invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to check out their beautiful country. Since my baby Piero didn't have a passport yet and his vaccines weren't complete, we had to decline. Imagine my amazement when the Singapore Tourism Board extended their invitation to anyone I want to go! So I asked for volunteers and Kaye Estoista-Koo, an entertainment, lifestyle and travel writer, was the lucky pick! Kaye will regale us with her fab four-day trip, which I hope will encourage my readers to visit Singapore. I know I want to go! Enjoy!

You know you're in for a really good weekend when your first dinner in Singapore is at the Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora. Located to the left side of the S.E.A. Aquarium's main habitat, Ocean Restaurant is one of the best places to dine with fish, sharks, manta rays and more swimming lazily by. 

Over dinner, we found out that Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew would spend hours here just to gaze at the ocean and feel relaxed. After five whole minutes of anticipating and guessing which of the 100,000 marine animals would swim by next, we all definitely felt the pull of the ocean.

But let's talk about the food first (I'll post later on exactly how much fun the S.E.A. Aquarium can be for you, hubby and your kids of all ages.) Cat Cora opened this restaurant along with Resorts World Sentosa. As soon as you walk in the door, the ocean just engulfs you but you instantly feel at ease. People come here dressed up and ready for a good time. 

The menu is undeniably pricey but dining meters away from a zebra shark, a two-headed manta ray and fish that look just like Nemo and Dory is truly priceless and worth the pricetag. I went for the 6-course tasting-menu in order to fully appreciate the finest creations from the first female Iron Chef. I was not at all disappointed. 

The names alone tell you you're in for a good time: like the 42-degree Celcius Sous Vide Salmon that came with a very light and fresh citrus minestrone. It came out so pretty and tasted oh-so-heavenly I was glad there weren't any salmon in the giant aquarium beside me. 

My seatmate from Hong Kong already started on her Smoked Eel (she picked a 4-course tasting menu) so when mine arrived, I had already appreciated this dish's very unique presentation from checking out her plate. It is food architecture at its finest—layers of crisp sunchoke jelly in between duck liver terrine and the smoked eel. I actually felt bad about destroying such a masterful piece of culinary art but my stomach was very thankful I dug in. 

Imagine a soup that you can smell and taste as soon as it comes near you and that's what I had when my multi-grain butternut soup came out. The heat and flavors were just right to prepare me for my entree, the pan seared toothfish a.k.a. Chilean sea bass. 

I must confess, the moment I saw this item I knew I would order the 6-course tasting menu—even it meant being stuffed at the end of the meal. The sea bass was glorious and even without the lettuce, chorizo and passion fruit reduction on the side, I would have gobbled this up all by itself. 

Noel Hawkes, the Executive Director of Sentosa Harbourfront Business Association, had already started on his beef wagyu ribeye rossini, and from across the table, I was salivating. The chefs had cooked it to the consistency I wanted (medium rare) so that when I started eating the seared duck foie gras along with the beef, the flavors just exploded in my mouth. And did I tell you it came with wild mushroom and confit potato with truffle on the side? That's like my favorite things all on one plate! 


I thought I couldn't eat anymore but when the waiters mistakenly served my grapefruit panna cotta to Noel and served me a lemon kind of sorbet instead, I somehow managed to consume it all. The Ocean Restaurant thinks of everything, too. When they noticed my visible delight with each and every dish, a sommelier approached and recommended a white wine to go with the seabass. 

Suffice it to say that the weekend trip to Singapore started off on a very, very high note in a place that felt like the bottom of the ocean but minus the icky decompression issues and only the best and most majestic floor-to-ceiling glass azure view of the aquarium. And if you're like us, you'll have eaten up substantial space on your smartphone as you don't just take pictures, but video any and all sightings of the giant manta rays (that looked like two dolphins side by side), schools of silvery fish and all the other interesting fish and marine life that glide by.

By the way, after you soak in this surreal experience, you'll understand why not a shred of shark's fin is served in any Resorts World Sentosa restaurant. It's taken from an animal that is so endangered it would be inhumane to keep hunting it just for a bit of fin. 

More tomorrow on this eggciting Singapore series!

Kaye Estoista-Koo is a guest writer for Topaz Mommy specifically for this #yoursingapore #thegreateggventure series. Kaye is a lifestyle and features writer for the entertainment website pep.ph, a contributing writer for Manila Bulletin's lifestyle and travel section, a website content writer, an events script writer, and the go-to of a PR group that would like their various brands to be highlighted in a major TV station. 


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Friday, March 27, 2015

See Singapore! Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort is the place to stay

For the first time ever, a guest post! My family was generously invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to check out their beautiful country. Since my baby Piero didn't have a passport yet and his vaccines weren't complete, we had to decline. Imagine my amazement when the Singapore Tourism Board extended their invitation to anyone I want to go! So I asked for volunteers and Kaye Estoista-Koo, an entertainment, lifestyle and travel writer, was the lucky pick! Kaye will regale us with her fab four-day trip, which I hope will encourage my readers to visit Singapore. I know I want to go! Enjoy!


Twenty-fifteen is an excellent year to take your family to Singapore for the first time or for the nth time. Why? It's SG@50 year, the diamond jubilee of our neighboring nation state.

Everyone, especially Sentosa Harbourfront Business Association (SHBA) is actively pushing that locals continue to enjoy Singapore, especially Sentosa Island, and that foreigners like us go to Sentosa Island in Singapore for the many things it can offer.

Philippines is very close geographically and, in Singapore, Pinoys never have to struggle with the language because everyone speaks English. It's a win-win. Add to that, the SHBA is very involved in coming up with weekend activities and packages centered on the family so your 4 days and 3 nights in Singapore, for example, can be spent just in Sentosa and you won't ever feel that you didn't do enough.

I, along with four other journalists from the Asian region got to experience a whole weekend of the best of Singapore. Over the next couple of blog posts on this #yoursingapore #thegreateggventure series, I'll take you through what we did (I'm planning your itinerary for you!) and where we ate (let me tell you, it was a food marathon like no other). 

How to get there
For this trip, we flew on Philippine Airlines. Each of the local airlines carry excellent promo flight options all year round. And Air Asia, when you're already in any of their destination cities within South East Asia, offers really good budget flights to Singapore as well. Or you can choose Singapore Airlines. Our banks have regular promo tie-ups with the airlines, so make sure to check with your credit card provider when these come up.

Where to stay
We were billeted at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. The resort lies on Siloso Point, the farthest stop on the exclusive mono rail train that takes you from Singapore mainland to Sentosa Island. From the airport, the resort is less than 30 minutes away. In our case, we were picked up by the hotel service in an unmarked Mercedes Benz or you can request for shuttle accommodation from the airport to the hotel.

Accommodations 
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa or simply, Rasa Sentosa, is one of the most family-friendly hotel resorts I've been to. It flows and functions with the family moving through it in mind. The resort welcomes guests with 454 beautifully appointed guestrooms ranging from 31 to 150 sqm in size with ten different room types. 

What's even better is that all room types come with an attached private balcony and a view of the hills, garden, pool or sea. You can literally take your pick.

Our room for the weekend! Inside the Panoramic Sea View Room is a huge king bed. In some rooms it comes with two single beds and an open concept bathroom with beautiful sea views and a standing shower. 

The bath tub can be accessed from the bedroom area (those doors open and close) or through the room hallway.

The Panoramic Sea View Room will of course have this magnificent view. Our balcony looks out into the South China Sea.

Pools and gardens
The resort provides for many lounge chairs beside and off the main pool areas. As we went around, we saw many parents enjoying a book, sunbathing, or simply relaxing as kids of all ages enjoyed the pool.

The pools in Rasa Sentosa subscribe to the water safety standards of the Singapore government. The chlorine level is so low but the water is so clean, it's safe for even the youngest in your brood to stay and swim in all day.

Rasa Sentosa thinks of everything! Beside the pool areas, complimentary drinks are kept refilled and chilled throughout the day for all guests to enjoy.

This playground, off to the side of the kiddie pool has been designed as a safe space for toddler and infants to play in. 

Along this path, you'll come along peacocks as they are one of 3 wildlife that Rasa Sentosa allows to roam freely on the grounds. If you're fortunate, you'll even catch a mother with her brood trailing behind her or in rare cases, the resort's resident albino peacock chicks. 

Rasa Sentosa has many quiet spots like this where groups of friends, families or solo travelers can relax and watch the ocean soothe their nerves. Rasa Sentosa, even though it has big ships passing through its straits regularly (Singapore Harbour is just next door), has the cleanest waters in the whole of Singapore.

Solemnization ceremonies or garden weddings have been held in these areas located on the outer ring of the resort.

Cool Zone: Play and learn area for kids
Kids aged 5-12 can be left in this section of Cool Zone anytime of day starting at 930am and get picked up again as late as 9pm. The Cool Zone is free of charge and every hour of every day, kids will do a series of guided activities. For example on Survival Friday, they'll do castaway key, way out wildlife, boomerang boom, run for your lives, swamp survival, island escape, survivor's sanctuary, animal antics and ingenous ideas.

Everything in the Cool Zone, from the area of the giant tree with the colorful pit to the washrooms, is kid-specified so that kids can do what adults do in the washroom but sized down for their use. All the kids in the Cool Zone get to enjoy lunch and/or dinner. For free. And it's buffet!

This treehouse inside Cool Zone goes up three levels and kids of the appropriate height and age can use this to move between levels.

The Arts and Crafts room is for the younger set of kids but older kids can still join.

In this area of the Cool Zone called the Mini Toots Club, toddlers aged 4 and below can spend the day with parental or guardian supervision.

Relax and rejuvenate
The 24-hour gym caters to the kind of traveler who wants to work off a jet lag or the traveler who needs to stick to his exercise routine while on vacation.

CHI, The Spa is the world-class signature spa of the Shangri-La group of hotels. In every CHI, The Spa around the world, be sure to try to signature massage of that country. Here, it's called Singapore Massage, a therapy that blends all three of Singapore's native cultures (Chinese, Malay and Indian) into one relieving and relaxing treatment. 

The outdoor massage bed with matching waterfall sound effects (waterfall not included in picture). The blinds will be drawn down when treatment starts. 

Rasa Sentosa boasts of an impressive garden where guests can ask for a guided tour to explain each and every plant or tree or DIY the tour. Here, plants, trees and herbs from across Asia are put on display to help educate guests on the different flora of the region.

More tomorrow on this eggciting Singapore series!

Kaye Estoista-Koo is a guest writer for Topaz Mommy specifically for this #yoursingapore #thegreateggventure series. Kaye is a lifestyle and features writer for the entertainment website pep.ph, a contributing writer for Manila Bulletin's lifestyle and travel section, a website content writer, an events script writer, and the go-to of a PR group that would like their various brands to be highlighted in a major TV station. 


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