Bangkok with kids

I have been wanting to go to Bangkok for the longest time – I haven’t been there since the kids came along and that’s a good 8 years!

Now that the boys are older and more independent (read: no stroller or diapers finally), I thought we could just bite the bullet and booked us for a week-long trip during the March holidays.

As it turned out, we had a very enjoyable trip even though we hardly had time to shop, indulge in daily 2-hour massages and in bed by 9pm every night. I guess when you go with children, you really have to temper your expectations and just go with the flow 😉

Let’s face it. Bangkok is loud, gritty and as in-your-face as you can get but there are many gems even for children. Here are some of our top picks for family-friendly places/activities in Bangkok:

  1. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World (Siam Paragon)

The  Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World at Siam Paragon was a pleasure to visit. It is situated in a convenient location, air-conditioned and very clean and well-maintained. I recommend it to everyone with kids!

(Tip: Do check if you can purchase discounted tickets on Klook at least a day before your visit!)

We had a lot of fun peering at the glass tanks looking at the sea creatures – sea worms, jellyfish, sharks, penguins. The ocean is such a beautiful, fascinating place!

You can expect to spend 2-3 hours here.

(PS. You can head to Taling Pling at the ground floor of Siam Paragon for really good and affordable Thai food!)

2.  Kidzania Bangkok (Siam Paragon)

If you have kids aged 4 and above, you can plan to spend a full day at Kidzania (opening hours are 10am-5pm on weekdays) if you and your children have the stamina. There is a huge variety of jobs for children. Popular ones include firemen, policemen and paramedics.

Few tips on Kidzania (you can read my full post here):

  • Again, check KLOOK for discounted tickets at least one day before you plan to visit!
  • The fees are charged per entrance – once you enter the place, you cannot come out anymore so make sure you have everything – water, wet wipes, snacks, entertainment, etc – with you! (It is really quite boring for waiting adults inside)
  • Kidzania is suitable for kids aged 4 and above. There is a baby room and toddler play area but it is very small and there isn’t much for them to do so try not to bring babies/toddlers if you can!
  • Kidzania does not really follow a set timing for the jobs. They will usually start once they have enough children. There was hardly a queue when we were there on a weekday. But if the place is crowded, it is probably a good idea to start early and head straight for the more popular jobs first!

  • Kidzania is big on taking pictures of your child in action. They have dedicated photographers at most of the stations and will spend a fair amount of time on getting the children to pose nicely for pics. The children will get a piece of paper with a code which you can later scan at the front counter and decide whether to purchase the pictures or not. The packages are not very cheap but the pictures are quite decent so you can decide if it is worth the splurge.
  • Delivery jobs (eg. tomato farmer, courier men) are super fun for the children because they get to push trolleys around and navigate around the place.
  • Try to plan such that the children ‘work’ at MacDonalds around lunch time coz they get to make and eat their own burgers for lunch. There aren’t many good food options for adults inside Kidzania so you may want to bring along some of your own snacks/drinks!

3. Imaginia Playland (3rd floor, The Emporium, 24 Sukhumvit Rd)

This was our favourite find of the trip. Imaginia Playland is one of the loveliest indoor playgrounds I have ever been to. The entrance fees (for 3 hours of play) are quite reasonably priced (250 baht for kids, 200 baht for adults).

I believe it is opened by a Japanese so there is a strong Japanese influence throughout the whole place. Really reminded me of all the fantastic playgrounds we visited in Japan!

The place is very well-maintained and thoughtfully set up with cubby holes for belongings, cozy reading nooks, art rooms and many fun play areas for children that encourage creative play.

I really have to take my hat off to the Japanese for thinking of everything. For example, they even hand out cute cloud-shaped mats for the boys to go down the slides!

4. Chatuchak weekend market

Even though some may beg to differ, I thought Chatuchak is a good place to visit with children. Of course, you have to temper your expectations when going with children (don’t expect to shop a storm!) and just soak up the experience. The place is not stroller-friendly by the way.

Chatuchak is jam-packed with small shops selling everything from tshirts, bags to jewellery to plants and handmade soaps.

I am now past the age of buying knick-knacks and it was not easy to browse leisurely with three restless boys but we still had a good look-see of the place. We covered only a teeny fraction of the entire market in the few hours we were there!

We tried coconut icecream (so good!) as well as the famous wanton mee in Section 2 Soi 40 (I followed instructions here). The boys made personalized leather wallets and even tried foot massages for the first time.

We lasted a good 3-4 hours there – not too bad for a scorching hot day!

5. Since you are in Thailand, why not let the kids try Thai massages?

You can try to look for places that are okay with children and let them try a foot massage. That way, you get a bit of a sit-down break and a massage at the same time!

Personally, I chose to do foot massages – and not full body massages – so I could watch over the boys. Sean was even adventurous enough to try full body massages with Papa near the end of the trip 😉

6. Tuk-tuk rides

I didn’t manage to do this during our trip but I imagine it would be quite fun for children to experience a tuk-tuk ride in the infamous Bangkok traffic.

No-go

I do have a place I would NOT recommend in Bangkok: Bangkok Safari World and Marine Park. I thought the entrance tickets were very pricy (we paid more than SGD250 for our family of five!). Our drive through Safari World lasted all of 10 mins (okay that was the taxi driver’s fault). Both parks was honestly not very well-maintained with little respite for the heat. We got so frustrated we gave up and cabbed back to the city by noon. You can read my post here.

That’s it from me. Do let me know if you know of other children-friendly places in Bangkok I should check out!

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Here’s our 7-day Bangkok itinerary if you are keen:

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 3: Bangkok Safari World, Marine Park and Asiatique

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World and MBK

Bangkok Day 5: Bangkok Kidzania and Rod Fai Ratchada night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 3: Bangkok Safari World, Marine Park and Asiatique

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World

Bangkok Day 5: Kidzania and Rod Fai night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: This post

It was our last full day in Bangkok. Can’t believe there is so much to see and do in Bangkok – we have barely scratched the surface!

We walked over to Casa Lapin for breakfast with my family. Quite chaotic and stressful eating with restless kids :\ The food and ambience of the place is lovely otherwise!

Then we split up and went out separate ways. A friend recommended Imaginia Playland at The Emporium (24 Sukhumvit Rd) so we headed there with the boys.

 Imaginia Playland

The Emporium Shopping Complex

3rd Floor, 24 Sukhumvit Rd

Imaginia Playland is one of the loveliest indoor playgrounds I have ever been to. The entrance fees (for 3 hours of play) are quite reasonably priced (250 baht for kids, 200 baht for adults).

I believe it is opened by a Japanese so there is a strong Japanese influence throughout the whole place. The place is very well-maintained and thoughtfully set up with cubby holes for belongings, cozy reading nooks, art rooms and many fun play areas for children.

There’s just something about Japanese playgrounds – they are calming and not too brightly coloured or overly stimulating.

I really have to take my hat off to the Japanese for thinking of everything. For example, they even hand out cute cloud-shaped mats for the boys to go down the slides!

Will let the pictures and videos speak for themselves. This was definitely our best find for the trip – I highly recommend it if you are travelling with children!

Not surprisingly, the boys were very reluctant to leave at the end of 3 hours!

Since we have yet to check out any hip restaurants (so hard with kids!), I insisted we have lunch at Karmakamet Diner at Sukhumvit just behind Emporium Mall.

It is a beautiful rustic glass house tucked in a lush garden. One of our pricier meals during the trip and definitely not a place to bring kids. I felt so bad for the couples around us coz my boys were so rowdy!

I didn’t think their dishes were outstanding – though maybe it was because I was so stressed shushing the kids (it was also past Jo’s naptime and he was super cranky)!

We did try their popular rainbow cotton candy strawberry dessert. Almost every table ordered it. My boys demolished it in seconds! It was evening by then. Didn’t see the point of going back to the hotel so we found a nearby massage place which was okay with kids and settled down for a massage. Sean actually tried a full body massage with Foops – he really wanted to try one! Ryan did a foot massage with me (Jo fell asleep right after lunch) – and he ended up dozing off too! Zzz, I was just glad to have a break for a bit 🙂After that, Foops had to go collect a suit from the tailor so we hung around The EmQuartier area. We chanced upon a big Pokémon pop-up so the boys got their fill of Pokémon cartoons 😉Then we cabbed to Neon Talad night market to meet my family for dinner. My sisters got me tomyum mama noodles from a non-descript roadside stall and it was one of my favourite meal of the entire trip. So good!

The boys had salt-baked fish and fried rice for dinner. Then we had a walkaround the market for a bit. It seemed more sanitized and was nowhere as vibrant as Rod Fai. Thanks to Grandma, the boys chose sand-filled balloon creatures to bring home.

Super tired that night as we had been out all day! We were due to fly home the next afternoon. Squeezed in a quick trip to Platinum Mall in the morning – I had the best pork trotters rice (for breakfast – hur, hur) and managed to shop a tiny bit. Quite a lot to shop – I felt so deprived coz I hardly got to do any shopping the whole trip. I guess I have to go back again!

It was a good trip. We will be back, Bangkok!

Bangkok Day 5: Bangkok Kidzania and Rod Fai Ratchada

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 3: Bangkok Safari World, Marine Park and Asiatique

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World

Bangkok Day 5: This post

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Day 5: As both my mum and sister were in Bangkok as well, we split up for the day – hubs and I brought the older boys to Kidzania Bangkok for the day while Jo followed my my mum and Pris.

(Kidzania tip no. 1: Kidzania was more suitable for children aged 4 and above. There is a toddler play area but it’s tiny and I can’t imagine Jo waiting in there the entire day whilst his brothers are doing jobs. It is actually our first visit to Kidzania – I am not brave enough to face the crowds in Singapore yet. It is situated in Siam Paragon and it opens from 10am-5pm on weekdays so it is very convenient.

(Kidzania tip no. 2: The fees are charged per entrance so once you enter the place, you cannot come out anymore so make sure you have everything – water, wet wipes, snacks, entertainment, etc – with you!)It was quite empty when we first entered at its opening hour of 10am on a weekday. The boys were very happy to head straight for the bank to collect their Kidzos ‘allowance’.First job of the day: police officers. We couldn’t go in with them but can peer in the window to look at them. They donned police vests and received a briefing. Then they went round the various places looking for a suspect. Finally found him in the fire department. Job done! (I followed them for a bit when they were making their rounds and the Thai staff could communicate in basic English just for them.)

(Kidzania tip no. 3: Kidzania does not really follow a set timing for the jobs. They will usually start once they have enough children. I think I only noticed there was a timing for pilots/air stewardess which were the more popular job choices.)Next job: vet. The children listened to a briefing on how to take care of animals, posed for pics and fed the fish (haha).

(Kidzania tip no. 4: Kidzania is big on taking pictures of your child in action. They have dedicated photographers at most of the stations and will spend a fair amount of time on getting the children to pose nicely for pics. The children will get a piece of paper with a code which you can later scan at the front counter and decide whether to purchase the pictures or not. Hubs did not let me buy the pics, hmph.)Third job: air stewards. This was super cute even though I couldn’t see them in person (I snapped the pics from the CCTV screen). They were dressed in Air Asia black uniforms and pushing the trolley to serve the guests. Gah, can’t stand the cuteness!Next up, soccer player. This was the only ‘job’ Sean wanted to try. I had to gently encourage him to try others before doing this.

The children just split into two teams and played soccer. Sean loved it. Ryan, on the other hand, ran away from the ball every time it came towards him. HAHA! Sean had so much fun (he was completely drenched with sweat after the game) and wanted to go again. I had to drag them both off for lunch.Lunch was at MacDonalds. Children have to ‘pay’ to work here but they do get to eat a proper lunch. The children learnt how to make their own burger. The boys didn’t want any pickles or veg or mayo in their burger so theirs were the easiest burger to make.

(Kidzania tip no. 6: Good idea to let the children work at MacDonalds around lunch time so it’s like killing two birds with one stone. I can’t really remember if there were other places doing the same.

Kidzania tip no. 7: There aren’t many good food options for adults inside Kidzania. I would suggest you tapau your own food/snacks and drinks.)I really wanted the boys to try out the jobs where they get to ride in a rescue vehicle but they were very popular.

Finally I managed to get them jobs as paramedics. The children wore cute little paramedic tops, learned how to work with the medical equipment and then off they went on the ambulance!

They quickly got off to help someone who had fainted outside the police station. I found the interactions between the different occupations very amusing. How professional do the children look? 🙂Next up: tomato farmers. I thought the uniforms were the cutest in the whole of Kidzania! The children plucked tomatoes and packed them into wooden crates. Then they were told to deliver the tomatoes to the tomato factory. They did a good job navigating their way though I think they lost one or two tomatoes along the way though, haha.

(Kidzania tip no. 5: Delivery jobs are super fun for the children because they get to push carts and move around the place.)The boys have worked hard all day. Time for a cotton candy break!After that, yet another delivery job as courier boys. This is quite cute coz they are given maps and told to drop off packages at 3 different locations. I thought the maps could be clearer so the children could read them on their own. We had to help them with the navigation, else they would never finish their jobs!

Finally, we managed to get a slot at the ever popular firemen station. The children sat through a safety briefing and then boarded the fire engine complete with sirens blaring to put a burning building out of fire. Bravo, boys!

Construction workers up next. The boys laid some bricks and later hoisted a bucket using an actual crane. Very cool!

Last job for the day: petrol attendants. Which kid doesn’t like to pump petrol?! Not my kids. It was almost closing time and the boys were quite restless by this time and not really doing their jobs properly!

The boys complete 13 jobs in a day (!!!) and hardly had to queue for any of them. We brought them to the Kidzania shop where they could spend their hard-earned Kidzos.

Ryan was the sweetest. He actually deliberated at the counter for very long and bought me a hairclip! Aiyo, I made him return it and buy something for himself (it was also because it was something I would never wear). In the end, they bought lanyards for their bottles. Actually the selection wasn’t great and there was not very much they could buy with their Kidzos!

Just before we left, Foops found a secret agent job near the entrance. You have to pay to play – it’s a high-tech obstacle of sorts, eg. you have to make sure you don’t touch any of the laser lights. The boys loved it and actually went 3 times back to back!

Highly productive day at Kidzania, I have to say.  

Then we walked over to meet my mother and sisters at Ping’s Hotpot at Princess Pathumwan Hotel again. Just had to share the goodness with them. I was happy to know that Jo had a great day out shopping at Platinum Mall 😉

After dinner, we brought the boys back to the hotel and got them ready for dinner. Then Foops put them to bed while I went out with my mum and sisters to Rod Fai Ratchada Night Market. It is located directly behind Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station (or you can just take a cab there).

We had a nice walkaround in the bustling night market. We bought leather flats, cute socks, distressed tshirts for the boys and fried calamari that was super yums. So nice not to have grumpy children in tow, haha! A good night out.

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World (Siam Paragon) and MBK

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 3: Bangkok Safari World, Marine Park and Asiatique

Bangkok Day 4: This post

Bangkok Day 5: Bangkok Kidzania and Rod Fai Ratchada night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Day 4 in Bangkok. We headed out bright and early in search of breakfast. No chance of sleeping in when you are traveling with kids. Because we were a bit more familiar with the area now, we walked all the way to Siam Square. The streets were deserted at 8am as you can see! We had breakfast at A&W because there were no other choices. Kids were more than happy to have burgers for breakfast. Then we hung around Starbucks waiting for Siam Paragon to open their doors at 10am.The  Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World at Siam Paragon was a pleasure to visit. It is convenient, air-conditioned and very well-maintained. I recommend it to everyone with kids! (Tip: Do get discounted tickets on KLOOK at least a day before your visit!)

We had fun peering at the glass tanks looking at the sea creatures – sea worms, jellyfish, sharks, penguins. The ocean is such a fascinating place! After lunch, we had lunch at Taling Pling at the ground floor of Siam Paragon. The local Thai dishes were amazing! Definitely one of my favourite meals there. Then we headed back to hotel for the boys to nap in the afternoon. While I napped with the boys, Foops went to fetch my mum from the airport.

Come evening, we walked over to MBK for steamboat dinner. It was cheap and quite forgettable so I didn’t even bother to take pics. Since my mum could watch the boys, she helped to put them to sleep while Foops and I snuck out for desserts at After You (Siam Square One). This dessert place came highly recommended – we shared a banana crumble (still too stuffed from dinner) and boy it was worth the calories!

Then we went for an hour long massage (zzz) before heading back to the hotel at 1am. So late!

Bangkok Day 3: Safari World, Marine Park and Asiatique

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 3: This post

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World and MBK

Bangkok Day 5: Bangkok Kidzania and Rod Fai Ratchada night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Day 3 in Bangkok: I read about this old-school breakfast place in Chinatown so we took a cab there.On Lok Yun (72 Charoen Krung Road, opens daily: 6am – 4pm) was bustling with locals when we arrived. It looked like an old coffee shop from my childhood – rusty Milo tins in the shop display cabinets, rickety chairs and nobody giving two hoots about us, haha.

We ordered the breakfast set (ham, bacon, hot dogs, sunny-side up), bread with egg custard or ‘kaya’ (they came cut up in cubes for dipping), half-boiled eggs and tea/coffee. Very simple and satisfying meal. Cheap too!After breakfast, we took a cab to Safari World at the outskirts of the city.

The concept is quite interesting – it is ‘drive-through’ through a zoo. Good for people who do not want to walk long distances in the heat, I guess. We could see lots of animals – giraffes, zebras, bears, etc. But urgh, our cab driver just sped through the whole thing even though we kept asking him to slow down so the kids could see the animals properly. I think we were done in less than 10 minutes?!

We felt quite ripped off as the entrance tickets were quite pricey and we were even talked into buying combo tickets for the neighbouring Marine Park. Think we paid about SGD250 for our family of 5. Sigh, not a good experience at all. Anyway, we dropped off at Marine Park. Was expecting to see sea creatures but it was actually more like a normal zoo. It was a super hot day and we were all melting in the heat.

We were just in time for the chimpanzee shows. It was quite silly and the boys enjoyed it. Though on hindsight, I did think the performance was quite tasteless and degrading for the chimpanzees 🙁Next, we caught the sealions show which was quite good. It was lunch time and we had a quick survey of the place hoping to find an air-conditioned restaurant in the park (coz the heat was really unbearable) but there was none!

We decided to cut our zoo trip short and just take a cab back to the city. We sound so spoilt but we were really hot and miserable in the heat!

We had lunch at the food court of Siam Paragon. After a whole morning in the sun, the aircon felt so good! Then we walked back to our hotel to rest – as you can see, Jo fell asleep on our way back!

Come evening, we decided to check out Asiatique.  We took a train to Saphan Taksin BTS and then boarded a 10-minute river shuttle which would bring us to Asiatique.Asiatique is a riverfront night market (with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants) housed in a huge replica warehouse complex. Quite an interesting place, lots to see – reminded me a bit of Clarke Quay or Robertson Quay.

After walking around for a bit, we decided to eat at a place called Plates which had very nice vintage decor (they had lots of melamine plates/mugs as decor). We ordered the usual Thai dishes. Foops declared the tomyum soup which was quite thick and tomato-ey was one of the best he had ever tried.

We had a nice walk around the place. It is a bit warm but there are a few airconditioned places to duck into. Lots of small shops/stalls to see. Probably pricier and classier than your average Chatuchak stall. Didn’t really buy anything but the boys had cute icecream and enjoyed interacting with a street busker who looked like a bronze statue.

There’s also a small funfair and ferris wheel but it was quite pricey and the boys were not too keen so we didn’t check it out.

Not too bad for a night out. Cabbed it back to our hotel coz it was quite late and we didn’t want to take the long way back by boat!

SRT’s The Little Company presents Chicken Little

Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company is delighted to present their latest offering in children’s theatre with their latest production, Chicken Little

Coming hot on the heels of the tremendous success of Red Riding Hood, SRT is thrilled to be working with one of London’s hottest new musical theatre teams – Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary.

Combined with the exceptional talents of director Kate Golledge, this is a show where magic happens not only for the audience but for all those working behind the scenes as well. This musical was selected to be presented in a showcase for new musicals in the making at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace last month, testament to the great work this team is creating.


Suitable for kids aged 3 and above, Chicken Little is a delightfully chirpy musical adventure with toe-tapping songs about a plucky chicken who goes on the adventure of a lifetime.

Chicken Little overcomes her insecurities and embarks on a brave quest to save her fellow farmyard animals. She meets a whole host of quirky, vibrant much-loved characters, including Cocky Locky, Ducky Daddles and the brave Turkey Lurkey. 
But with the fearsome Foxy Loxy on the loose, can they make it to the King alive?

Won’t spoil the surprise but it’s a very entertaining show. Children will be able to identify with Chicken Little as she summons her courage to do things she normally wouldn’t to do.

I also love that the show portrayed Ducky Daddles as a one-legged duck to show the children that we are never limited by our circumstances.

Once again, I was very impressed by the actors switching between their multiple roles seamlessly (with even some cross-dressing, haha) and playing them masterfully. I thought Natalie Yeap was brilliant as Foxy Loxy!

Here’s a trailer of the show if you are interested:

Charlotte Nors, SRT’s Managing Director said, “The Little Company has been inspiring, entertaining and engaging kids and their families for 15 years now, building a strong tradition for family theatre not just for SRT but more importantly for Singapore and the wider entertainment industry. Chicken Little is a fitting way to celebrate this significant anniversary; the 450,000 kids delighted by the productions; and the careers and talents that have been launched whilst making children’s theatre a mainstay of Singaporean family life.”

Good fun for the whole family. My boys really enjoyed the show and are still talking about the silly antics of the characters. Do go watch it before it ends!

DATES: Weekdays 10am and weekends 11am and 2pm from 25th October to 8th December 2017

PRICES: From $25, excluding SISTIC fee. Group discounts/Family Packages available.

VENUE: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road

TICKETING:  SISTIC at 6348 5555

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and as always, the pleasure was all ours!

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: This post

Bangkok Day 3: Bangkok Safari World, Marine Park and Asiatique

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World and MBK

Bangkok Day 5: Bangkok Kidzania and Rod Fai Ratchada night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Day 2 in Bangkok, our first morning there. Kids were up at the crack of dawn since Thailand is one hour behind. Yawn! We washed up and headed out in the search of breakfast.

We weren’t quite sure where to go – nothing seemed to be open and even Macs at MBK was closed. Kids got a bit whiny and cranky from walking on empty stomachs. Thankfully we finally found Casa Lapin at Sukhumvit Soi! Never happier to order pricey pancakes and coffee 🙂Bellies full, we took a cab to Chatuchak (open on weekends only) as it was one of the places I really wanted to visit again in Bangkok.

It was quite a hot morning. Chanced upon coconut icecream at the entrance so we all tried some. So refreshingly good! Chatuchak is jam-packed with small shops selling everything from tshirts, bags to jewellery to plants and handmade soaps. I am past the age of buying knick-knacks and it was hard to browse leisurely with three restless boys but we still had a good look-see of the place. We covered only a teeny fraction of the entire market in the few hours we were there!We hardly bought anything but we did get some t-shirts for the boys coz Sean was very amused by the witty slogans.

For lunch, we managed to find the ‘famous’ wanton mee in Section 2 Soi 40 after walking in circles for a bit (I followed instructions here). Topped with yummy fried garlic bits, the noodles were springy and fragrant. Portions were small, like everything else in Bangkok!It was quite hot by noon time and kids were getting a bit sweaty and cranky.

We ducked into a small shop selling leather products. The boys (Papa included) chose leather wallets as well as metal studs to personalise them.

We came across an airconditioned massage place (with free Wifi!). We got to sit down and take a break, kids got plied with snacks and we all got a foot massage for less than SGD20!

I let the boys pick out one toy (they chose Pokemon imitation-Lego) and then we were out of Chatuchak! We went back to the hotel for an afternoon nap.
Come evening, we ventured out to nearby Princess Pathumwan Hotel next to MBK. We had a wonderfully decadent dinner at Ping’s Thai Teochew Seafood Restaurant (which came highly recommended by Growing with The Tans). The sharks’ fin soup was delicious – I wouldn’t have ordered it but the husband said we should try it as it was one of their specialties. Kids lapped it all up with their rice. I really liked the fried prawns and fish maw too! Hands down, one of our best meals in Bangkok!
Took a slow walk around MBK, bought some snacks and then we called it a night.

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

During the March hols this year, we spent a happy week in the Land of Smiles. Been wanting to visit Bangkok for the longest time – I haven’t been there since the kids came along! – and when I saw the cheap budget air tickets, I quickly snapped them up.

We took an afternoon flight which was rather uneventful. It is getting so much easier travelling with kids. For this trip, we didn’t even bring a stroller, milk powder or diapers!

We didn’t secure our accomodation till the very last minute and I ended up booking a super cheap hotel called Patumwan House near MBK. It was really back to basics haha but it was relatively clean and the location was great!

We were all starving by the time we landed in the late afternoon. First order of the day: Beef noodles at Nuer Koo at Siam Paragon. It was about 4pm (5pm Singapore time) by the time we had our ‘lunch’! Jo didn’t nap on the plane so he was a bit cranky that day and slept through our quick meal. The beef noodles were soft and yummy and maybe a tad salty.

We walked around a bit, snacked on Auntie Anne’s pretzels (which became a daily ritual for the rest of our trip coz so cheap!) and let the boys loose at the toys department of Siam Paragon.  Took an leisurely walk back to our hotel cutting through Siam Square – so many nice shops along the way as well as a small night market. Ah that’s Bangkok for you!

Since it had a been a rather long day for the boys, we decided to call it an early night.

If you are keen on our itinerary, here are the links:

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 3: This post

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World and MBK

Bangkok Day 5: Bangkok Kidzania and Rod Fai Ratchada night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Creative fun at Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017

Last weekend, we attended a fun interactive workshop which was part of Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017, an enrichment program  organised by Caltex Singapore and Singapore Science Centre.

Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 is an enrichment program that aims to spark curiosity in coding and tinkering through free interactive workshops that bring theoretical knowledge to life through fun art and design applications.

The program features free interactive workshops that aim to inspire students’ passion for innovation and encourage creative thinking, while breaking perceptions of traditional gender stereotypes associated with the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Integrating arts and design with traditional STEM subjects, the following projects avaialble at the workshops were specially curated by the Science Centre mentors for their simplicity, relevance to real-world applications, and gender neutrality:

  • Sewing with Electronics – Introducing students to the emerging field of e-textiles, and the broader industries of wearables, architecture, and smart homes.
  • Programming with Arduino – Introducing students to the world of coding, robotics and electronics through coding projects.
  • Music with Makey-Makey – Introducing students to coding and electronics through the creation of music with real world objects.
  • Creating with Paper Circuits – Introducing students to electronics through craft projects that adds light to their paper creations.

We tried out the Creating with Paper Circuits workshop where we made simple electrical circuits using LED lights, copper tape and batteries.

The children were introduced to the basic concepts of electrical circuits – they learnt what materials make good conductors and that the circuits need to be closed for electricity to pass through.

Look at their happy faces when they figured out how to light their LED lights!

Once they figured out the basic concepts, they quickly moved on to making torchlights and lighted paper flowers using the provided craft materials. I was very impressed!

At the session, we also got to try out a Makey Makey flower piano:

Such an enriching session – my boys were so inspired they continued to build circuits at home all weekend!

Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 is open to the public on the weekend of 14 and 15 October 2017. Simply present your Plus! Card and Caltex fuel receipt at the Science Centre to enjoy 20% discount on admission fees from 8 Sep to 31 Dec 2017.

Flash giveaway

Good news – I have a set of Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 goodies to 1 lucky winner. The set will include:

  • 2 sets of goodie bags (consisting of notebooks, paper circuit bookmarks, VR headsets)
  • 4 tickets to Science Centre Singapore

To participate, all you have to do is:

1) Visit both the Olimomok and Science Centre Facebook pages. (It will be good if you could ‘like’ the pages as well).

Optional entries:

2) Leave me a blog post comment telling me which Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 workshop you would like to go for. Don’t forget to leave your name and email.

3) ‘Like’ my Facebook post on Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017, tag 3 friends and leave me a comment telling me who you would bring to the show if you win the tickets.

4) Add me (‘Olimomok’) on Instagram.

Then complete the steps in the following Caltex Fuel Your School raffle by 10 Oct 2017 (Tuesday) end of day (Singapore time). This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.

Do check out Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 on the weekend of 14 and 15 October 2017 for tinkering fun and learning! Hope to see you there!

Happy Mid-autumn Festival!

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of my favourite Chinese festivals mainly coz it’s so low-key and simple.

Finally tried my hand at making snowskin mooncakes for the first time this year (with natural colouring from blue pea flowers). I made Oreo and cheese flavoured mooncakes and my mum made lotus paste ones. It is very easy and now I wonder what took me so long to learn! My mum made those in the pictures – the designs are so beautiful! Mine turned out quite ugly so I didn’t bother to take pictures of them.

So glad the rain finally cleared for a bit at night so we could go out toting lanterns. The full moon went into hiding behind the clouds but that did not deter us one bit. I didn’t bother buying cellophane lanterns this year coz we had lots of paper ones lying around and I knew my boys would toss them aside within 5 minutes!

Loved the awe on their faces, especially little Joey, when their lanterns got lit in the dark. Ryan’s lantern caught fire early on and they thought it was hilarious. And sure enough they tossed their lanterns to us within 5 minutes 😉

Then it was sparklers time! We haven’t played it in a while and the boys loved it. Check out Ryan’s sparkler dance!

We also played ‘Pop-pop’. They are mini firecracker things which you toss on the ground for a loud ‘pop’ sound. I loved playing with them as a child and was so happy to see them in Malacca so I brought some back for the boys to play (not sure if it is legal or not haha). They finished 4 boxes in no time 😉

Hope you had a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!