January 06, 2014

Another Universal Visit



Ke Singapore bersama anak-anak tentu berarti kunjungan ke Universal Studio. Setelah memaksa anak-anak untuk sarapan dulu di McDonald's (yang kami lalui sambil mendengar rengekan mereka mau buru-buru ke USS), kami langsung menuju Vivo City di Harbor Front dan menyebrang ke Sentosa Island.



USS hari itu cukup ramai, tapi tidak sampai sesak dan kebanyakan wahana tidak memerlukan antrian. Anak-anak bisa dipastikan senang luar biasa. Aidan juga sudah bisa benar-benar menikmati USS. Dia sudah gak rewel karena kepanasan, mau makan apa saja, dan tentunya karena semakin banyak wahana yang bisa ia naiki. Satu lagi, karena ada Azka sebagai teman rusuh. x)
















Ada wahana baru yang pada kunjungan kami sebelumnya belum ada. Transformers The Ride dan Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, sayangnya Battlestar Galactica sedang dalam perbaikan, padahal dua coaster, Human dan Clone, ini yang paling dinanti-nanti Aira dan Pak Teddy. Untungnya Transformers bisa lumayan mengobati kecewa, karena, sungguh deh, wahana yang satu ini seru dan keren. Aira sampai naik dua kali, padahal ini termasuk yang antrinya lumayan panjang.





Yang gak disangka-sangka, Aidan masih seneng banget naik Elmo. Padahal tadinya saya kira dia bakalan gak tertarik, karena terlalu anak-anak. Aidan naik Elmo sampai 3 kali. Azka dan Aidan naik accelerator berkali-kali, sementara Kanya naik Dino-Soarin' berkali-kali. Kakak Aira naik hampir semuanya, yang Aidan belum mau naik padahal dia sudah bisa hanya The Mummy. Kalau Azka, seperti Aira, gak ada takutnya naik apapun. :D










Kami memang memutuskan untuk menghabiskan seharian di USS, agar gak terburu-buru bermain dan foto-foto. Karena gak buru-buru ini juga, kami bisa naik beberapa wahana yang disukai anak-anak berulang-ulang, atau bergantian. Foto-foto dengan beberapa karakter juga bisa kami lakukan tanpa berebut. Memang akhirnya gak sampai malam juga, karena menghindari antrian kereta untuk kembali ke Vivo City yang biasanya panjang banget kalau menunggu sampai USS tutup.  





Tips mengunjungi USS dari saya masih berlaku, walaupun memang ada hal-hal yang tidak bisa dihindari, seperti Battlestar Galactica yang sedang perbaikan, diluar jadwal maintenance yang tercantum di website. Dari kunjungan kedua ini, semakin terbukti kalau usia anak menentukan apakah si anak akan menikmati kunjungan ke USS, atau hanya akan menjadi kunjungan yang gak bisa dinikmati orangtua dan anak karena anak terlalu kecil.

Oh, dan ternyata, mau foto dua keluarga lengkap bersama Po itu bukan hal yang mudah, lho. Lihat saja foto-foto kami berikut ini. x)




Singapore with Cousins



FYI, these Singapore posts are about our trip to the country in August 2013. I had been to lazy to share them until now. x)

Most of the time, when it comes to vacation-ing, I prefer to travel with just us. No groups, specially large group. To many heads means more plans, and often means chaos. So, when I did decided to travel with other families, I'll make sure that we have similar traveling rules with our children, and of course, similar interest in what we're going to do, where to go, during our vacation together. For example, when we went to Belitung with the neighbors. A little fight and arguing session between the kids were totally cceptable, but we did settled some basic vacation rules for all the kids to follow, including no iPads outside our hotel's room. All  in all, the vacation went pretty smooth, everyone had lots of fun, and I won't think twice to travel with them again. :)

This time around, I decided to ask Anti, my cousin, with her little family to join us on our vacation to Singapore. She has 2 kids, Azka and Kanya. Azka only a year older than Aidan. I knew Anti's parenting style and I supposed we will get along just fine during our trip. Fortunately I wasn't wrong at all. Obviously, Azka & Aidan were the most thrilled about going to Singapore together. They were both often made havoc, but not something that couldn't be handled. If they got too chaotic, Pak Teddy would hold these two boys and talked to them or simply told them random story so they would calmed down for a while. x)





To accommodate both families 'wish list' of where to go, we made an itinerary and decided to go on separate ways for one day. Since Anti wanted to take her kids to Zoo and S.E.A. and I'd like to take Aira Aidan to SAM at 8Q and they wanted another visit to the Science Centre. So for time like these, when we want to go to different places, we just split and then called each other on where and when to meet.

And for me & Pak Teddy, traveling with 2 kids has become a lot easier. Aira's a big girl now, Aidan need stroller no more. We just stop and rest whenever the kids got tired. No eating drama, they ate a lot and all the time. They would wait (well, not so) patiently while Bunda shopped, and we wait patiently while Aidan contemplating which Star Wars toys to buy, or when Aira tried to decide which books to buy. We stopped  walking and sit for a while whenever the kids got tired, eat whatever we wanted to eat, we even sit at Takashimaya food hall for almost an hour because Aidan fell asleep. When we got back to the hotel at night, I didn't felt as tired as when we first took both of them to Singapore. It was a great trip and we enjoyed it very much.














So, it was a short but really fun vacation. We, parents, had fun, the kids were obviously had a blast. Thanks for the great time together, Erwin, Anti, Azka, and Kanya. You guys had been a great company. Let's do it again! :D



Official soundtrack of this trip provided by Aidan & Azka nonstop singing to
 Britney Spears' Oh La La. 



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