Thursday, June 29, 2017

[run event] DreamWorks Day 2017

DreamWorks Day 2017 was the first inaugural DreamWorks themed running event in Asia! Runners had a choice to have their children participate in the 800M kid dash or to join the 5KM fun run! You did not need to be a running junkie to enjoy the event, as there was a fun carnival at the race village, which offered various kid-friendly activities for the whole family.

Baby and I signed up for the 5km fun run, and as a fan of the animated movies, I was really looking forward to the run. The race pack was collected at Velocity and the collection was smooth. There wasno queue at all! 
At the carnival, 'The Rock Wall' was very popular among the children! 


We ran along the scenic route of Gardens by the Bay (East). On our way back to the finish line, the NDP aerial rehearsal was going on at the same time, as evident by the loud sound from the fly-by of the fighter jet planes! After we crossed the finishing line, we were given a finisher medal, cap and of course a bottle of mineral water.

I absolutely love the finisher medal, and I am glad to add it to my collection of race medals! This event offered family bonding and quality time spent together! 

I enjoyed the run, though the weather was scorching when we were running. I was kinda disappointed by the numbers of DreamWorks mascots that appeared during the event. Although there was much advertising on famous characters such as Shrek, and the characters from Madagascar, the did not appear. The only mascots that appeared at the events were Po from Kungfu Panda and the Trolls! I hope to see more real-life mascots at their future events! 

I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to XCHANGE REPUBLIC for having me in the race. If you missed the chance to participate in the DreamWorks Day this year, fret not, as there's always next year. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

[New Zealand] My 3D2N stay in Rotorua - Part 1

Here's the continuous of my New Zealand trip!
We left our apartment in Auckland City after our brekkie, and we drove 2hrs to MataMata to get our tickets for the Hobbiton tours. There were many slots for the tours and the last one was around 330pm. Each tour takes about 2 hours, and there are multiples timings for each different days. 

Upon reaching the information site, we parked our car and we made haste to the ticketing counter to get our tickets. Unfortunately, we were told that all slots were sold out for the day, and we regretted that we did not purchase our tickets online in prior to our departure from Singapore, As Hobbiton is the only attraction on this small town of MataMata, we did not have the intention to stay here overnight. In fact, we had a stay waiting for us at Rotorua!

While this made us slightly dispirited, we reserved our tickets for the very next day instead, and we took the latest slot at 3.30pm. We drove another hour to Rotorua. Due to this unforeseen circumstances, we had additional time in Rotorua instead, hence we made our way towards to check in at our next hotel  
Along the way from MataMata, we stopped by Tirau town as I was attracted by the large corrugated iron buildings that were constructed to look like a dog and sheep respectively! 


We had some hot honey tea at one of the cafes which is located in this quirky town. 
We drove to our stay for the next 2 days at Executive on Fenton. It was a clean and spacious motel which was filled up with a full range of amenities services! 
I love the in-room jazzuzi spa tub very much!

 After depositing our luggage in the room, we drove out to the Government Gardens. It is a place of historical significance to the local Maori people because many battles were fought here. 

We spotted many black swans and sea gulls at the park. 

I took many random photos in the greenery park, and this place was truly beautiful. 

Time for dinner! I took a photo of my stay in Rotorua before heading for food.

We went to the Rotorua's coolest nightspot in the city, which was aptly named 'Eat Streat'. This attraction is Rotorua's million dollar outdoor destination. 

We settled at Max's Steakhouse for dinner as Baby was craving for premier steak. This eatery offers premium steak, and is a winner of the prestigious NZ Lamb and Beef Award 2006-2014. 

We ordered Mac's Famous Seafood Chowder, Scallops and Selection steak, 'Scotch' which was served with our choice of potato of the day, steak fries or Risotto. 
I love the lightly crumpled Scallops with Japanese salsa, Candied Bacon and Basil Pesto very much. 
The dinner was delightful, and the damage was about NZD60 which is around the same damage in SGD too. 
We continued staying in Rotorua for the next few days, and went to more attractions as well. I will touch upon these places in my next post entry!