March 10, 2018

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London…100% worth a visit

If you are already planning your year end holidays, here’s how you can make your Christmas extra special and magical.

If you fancy some festive atmosphere, Winter Wonderland is an annual event in London’s Hyde park with fairground rides, Christmas stalls, markets and entertainment for all ages. Entry is free. This is truly a wonderful wonderland thanks to the sheer volume of what’s on offer. There are pre-bookable attractions that you can book online.

Wrap up warm for The Magical Ice Kingdom as it’s -8C in there! Last year the Magical Ice Kingdom presents an ‘Deep Sea Adventure’ – an immersive walk through experience filled with ice, snow sculptures and a bubble wall. Bar Ice is next to the Magical Ice Kingdom and this time it’s about -10C. Here, you’ll be given a winter cloak and gloves. That’s because the seats, tables, walls and even your glass are made of ice.

As it gets really dark the whole place seems to shimmer with light and it does indeed feel very festive. The food on offer looked tempting – including the usual bratwurst and German beer, to fish and chips, hog roast, minced pies and mulled wine.

They’ve got every kind of ride imaginable… Christmas coasters, carousels, waltzers and dodgems. They’ve got a Fun House which is four storeys tall! The Haunted Mansion is actually a mansion. Of all the thrill rides, highlight for me was Air Maxx. G’s all the way. My inner adrenalin junkie was truly satiated.

The Grinch would have a real challenge stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 9, 2018

Shanghai Disneyland…..authentically Disney, distinctly Chinese

Unlike the mickey mouse Disneyland in Hong Kong, this Shanghai Disneyland features six themed areas.

With its giant Starbucks, Cheesecake Factory and Wolfgang Puck restaurant, you might for a minute mistake Shanghai Disney Resort for theme parks in Anaheim or Orlando. However, there’s more of a Chinese feel to it than to Hong Kong Disney, that’s for sure. Main Street has been replaced by Mickey Avenue and it’s easier to find Kung Pao chicken for lunch than, say, a hot dog.

Easily the best attraction, Tron ride, an exhilarating roller coaster in the park’s Tomorrowland area is the first of its kind in a Disney park. Riders race headlong into dark tunnels interspersed with shows of red, blue and yellow lights. The Pirates of the Caribbean is equally amazing and technically astonishing. Gone are the classic animatronic characters of other parks. In its place, high-definition, computer-animated trip across the ocean floor when the riders move between to real boats while an animated pirate ship battle takes place in front of them, sending animated (and real) water into the air.

This isn’t Disneyland in China; it’s China’s Disneyland. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 16, 2016

Wolfgang Puck Kitchen & Bar, Shanghai…food here is average – nothing compared to Wolfgang Puck everywhere else

The Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck is arguably the most successful chef moguls in history. The man was a celebrity chef before that term even existed. Shanghai has seen a slow and steady trickle of celebrity chef like Jean Georges, ventures over the past decade. And now, Wolfgang Puck has thrown his hat into the ring.

Less formal than Spago, but a step up from the Wolfgang Puck Cafe, the concept of Kitchen & Bar is one of offering dishes that Chef Puck enjoys cooking at home, and everything is shared family style.

The menu is what you’d expect and quite frankly very well priced. You’ll find a blend of the familiar and less familiar but all will come out beautifully constructed. The seafood in the lobster and shrimp roll is finely chopped, the vibrantly fresh seafood mingled happily with sweet curry, apples and dill. However, I usually have a love affair with BBQ ribs but then again, not all ribs are created equal. Hence it is with great disappointment that the BBQ pork ribs here at WP was below average.

Service has always been A+- it’s nice when a restaurant seems well managed.

WP would get 5 stars from me except for that BBQ ribs. I would give Wolfgang Puck another chance since I’m fan of the chef and I know he has high standards. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…




December 17, 2011

Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles…King Kong 360 3D: a whole new way to experience the movies

While Disney is still king of little kiddie amusements, I really loved Universal Studios!

The main draw is the famous Studio Tour, the tram ride through Universal’s back lot that remains the heart of the park. At 45 minutes, the Studio Tour lasts far longer than your typical theme park ride. The star experience of the tour is King Kong 3D, a rockin’, rollin’ face-to-face encounter with the big ape. We were transported into Skull Island’s jungle and they made that tram do things I never thought it could. I’ll tell y’all right now that I screamed like a little girl in pigtails. So much stuff happens, though I don’t want to spoil it by giving it away except that the images completely surround the tram and there is stuff going on no matter where you look. King King 360 3D ROCKS! BIG TIME!!! This tram ride is most definitely the best place to start.

ACE and I checked out Revenge Of The Mummy – The Ride. Wow! This bone-rattling coaster left us breathless as unexpected turns and twists came at us right after one another! We liked it so much we went on it three times! Yah… it’s definitely two thumbs up! (And oh yes, it’s a major difference from the one in singapore)

Jurassic park ride (also a few notches above the singapore version) was cool but it’s a pity that the sound system of the T-Rex was not functioning well. Hence instead of a R-O-A-R, we get a muted roar from the right hand side.

We were there over a Wednesday and Thursday so it wasn’t too packed and it was easy to get on the rides.  Aside from the park, CityWalk is a separate venue, with shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and movie theaters. This is the true truth as i say it as it is…

December 14, 2010

Universal Studios Singapore…it’s a Mickey Mouse (very small) park

It is a small amusement park, big enough to see in one day, especially if it is not crowded. At 20 hectares, it’s got to be the smallest Universal Studios in the world.
But this Singapore version may not be so bad for theme park lovers if they are fed up with the notoriously long lines in the extremely crowded Disney parks in Tokyo. If you arrive when the park opens, start at the back of the park, people tend to go to the first ride they come to and work their way back.
The twin Battlestar Galactica roller coasters is still closed and is  reported to re-open next year, as is the  ship-themed show Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. The splashdown at the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure is a mini one. On the thrill scale where 0 is wimpy and 10 is yikes!, I’d rate this at 4. The Revenge of the Mummy ride is dark, loud…and haunted! Very young children may find it disconcerting. The best attraction to me is the Lights, Camera, Action…show presented by Steven Spielberg
The park is a good place for families, but there really isn’t a lot there for more than a few hours worth of entertainment.
This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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