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[Review] All-day Sunday brunch at The Halia, Singapore

Family-friendly factor : 5/5

Menu options : 5/5

Price : $$$

The Halia received its Halal certification in June this year, and it definitely brought much cheer to the Muslim community in Singapore. Yay to an additional Halal food option !

We’ve been wanting to check out their all-day brunch menu. And with the opening of the Downtown Line 3, Botanic Gardens became even more accessible than before for us, Easterners. 2 of our friends wanted to try out the new blue line to the Botanic Gardens station and we decided to have that brunch date at The Halia this morning.

We arrived at 11.30am, and had to wait about 15 minutes before we got ourselves seats. The crowd seemed to dwindle halfway through our meal, so if you do not want to wait too long, you might want to consider heading over slightly after the lunch hour. By 2pm when we left, there wasn’t a queue at all.

We got a table at the outdoor verandah. When the blinds were up, it felt like we were dining at some resort or restaurant in Bali, with nature surrounding us. The mostly wooden architecture and interior of The Halia also added on to the Balinese feel and experience. Definitely a plus point for us!

These were the dishes the adults ordered from their weekend menu:

1. The Halia Breakfast (2 eggs, toasted sourdough, turkey breast, sweet potatoes, mushrooms), $24

You can’t quite go wrong with an egg breakfast set. Love that they substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes. How often do you have sweet potatoes for breakfast here in Singapore? And the turkey breast slices were soft and tender. A comforting kinda meal for an eggs lover like myself!

2. 62.5• poached eggs with smoked salmon (toasted brioche, spinach, capsicum salsa), $22 + $5 for the salmon

Lindah had this, and again you can’t go wrong if you’re an eggs lover. You can choose to replace the meat with Wagyu roast beef, if you’re not a fan of salmon.

3. Halia’ Singapore-style Chilli crab spaghettini, $26

Rabi’ah wanted to try a Halia specialty dish, so she went for this. Her review: A tad too sweet and could be spicier, but otherwise great!

Halia is also the Malay word for “ginger”, hence we thought we needed to try out some of their ginger infused drinks. I had the chilled lemongrass and ginger infusion which I thought was refreshing. I like lemongrass so can’t really go wrong there either !

Rabi’ah had another ginger infused drink which she liked because it wasn’t too sweet.

Lindah had an interesting lychee & thyme combination which came with a generous portion of lychees!

Ordered the Chicken Breasts with Carbonara Spaghetti from the kids menu for Dani, $12. It came with a cup of juice or soft drinks. We chose Apple juice. The kids meal was actually something I wouldn’t mind eating myself. Chicken was soft and tender. Portion was too much for Dani. If Ari was with us, the two of them could probably share a plate.

The kids menu was in the form of a colouring and maze page, something to occupy the kids while waiting for food to arrive. A plus point for every family!

Dani gave a double thumbs up when we asked him whether his food was delicious. So I guess that’s a compliment for The Halia! ☺️


t was time for desserts. We were full from our main course and thought we could just share a dessert. We decided to go for this:

Die die must have chocolate, a chocolate mousse cake with raspberry, $9.50

It was a rich flavour which I personally enjoyed – a slight bitterness of the chocolate against the sour taste of the raspberry. And there were candy chocolate bits as toppings, which added sparkles to each bite.

< e asked for our bill at this point, satisfied with our successful first brunch experience at The Halia and were about to leave when someone had to point at the dessert plate of the couple sitting just next to us. Whatever they were having looked very delicious. The couple caught us staring at their plate and confirmed that it was! We decided to order a plate just to try it out. This was what we had:

This was what we ordered – Pain Perdu, $16. It consists of moist hazelnut brioche with bananas, strawberries, raspberries, toasted hazelnuts, drizzled with praline sauce and caramel, with a scoop of chocolate ice-cream as topping. The brioche was crispy on the sides and soft on the inside. If you are looking for dessert options, we highly recommend you go for this one. We finished up the plate in minutes, and had to ask for the bill a second time round.

The Halia is highly recommended if you are looking for an outdoorsy setting for brunch with the family. You can continue to explore the Botanic Gardens after the meal, so many things to see and do. Dani was mesmerised by the mini waterfall nearby, kept pointing at it and muttered “big water” in amazement. < f you walk further on, you can explore other parts of the Botanic Gardens like the Jacob Ballas garden, Asia’s first children garden with lots of nature sensory play areas for young children.

The Halia is located at 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore 259569. For directions to get to The Halia, you can click here. If you are taking the Downtown Line, factor in a 1.2km walk (about 15 min) to get from the station to The Halia.

You might want to also check out this review by Dawn from 365daystoplayeatandtravel on their weekday dinner menu. Definitely a dining option for a romantic night out with that special one too.

A Day at KidZania Singapore: Review and Giveaway

A year ago, we visited KidZania KL and we were blown away by the activities available for the kids. Ari became a firefighter THREE times, and it was then he decided that he wanted to be one when he grows up. We have been wanting to visit KidZania Singapore, but we heard about the long queues, and decided to wait until the novelty has worn off.

For those who are not familiar with KidZania, it is an interactive indoor theme park which allows kids to role play work and life in a kid-sized city. The role-play activities have been designed to mimic real life, and KidZania partners with different brands and organisations to make that happen. There’s also a lesson on economics as they get paid KidZo dollars for “working” and they get to spend their money when they take up other roles as “learners”. With over 60 different role-playing activities in over 50 establishments, the kids get to play adults and be empowered to make their own “decisions”.

As luck would have it, we managed to score media passes to KidZania Singapore. We decided to pay a visit in January as we figured it won’t be as packed as during the school holidays. We were spot on! Despite hosting a school excursion group on that same morning, there was still ample space in the 81,000 sq ft KidZania city, and minimal queuing needed.


KidZania Singapore is located in Sentosa. If you are driving, park at the Beach Carpark off Siloso beach. KidZania is located just across from the carpark entrance so you might to park nearer to the entrance so that you won’t have to walk too far.

The first thing that you’ll spot as you reach KidZania is the Qatar Airways plane. Singapore prides itself to be the first KidZania in the world to house a full-wing fuselage of a Boeing 737! All the aviation activities are held within the plane itself, unlike in KidZania Malaysia which only feature the cockpit of an Air Asia plane.


As we entered KidZania, we couldn’t help but felt as though we were at the airport. The ticket counters have been modelled after the check-in counters at the airport. It sure felt like we were going on a flight, sans the luggages though. Each kid received a boarding pass, a wrist tag, 20 KidZo dollars and a bank card which they can use to open a personal savings account at any time during their visit.


To avoid disappointment, you are strongly advised to get your tickets via online purchase, so that you are guaranteed admission on your chosen day. You can make your online purchase at least 1 day in advance. Same day online purchase is not allowed. You can purchase your tickets here.

Here’s Ari and his friends all ready to start exploring the city of KidZania.


Plan your activities

Role-play activities at KidZania Singapore are for kids 4-17 years old. Look out for the Census Board displayed outside each establishment which will indicate the activity type, minimum age, duration of play, and how much kidZos kids can earn or need to pay. Some activities may have higher requirements for age and height.

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The day before we went to KidZania, I checked out the city map of KidZania and discussed with Ari the activities that he would like to go for. Top on our list were the firefighter activity (no surprise there), pilot activity and one of the fast food activity (he couldn’t decide whether he wanted to go to Pizza Hut or KFC. In the end, we did both!). We went straight for those activities, and barely had to queue for them.

Here are some photos of the kids role-playing jobs that they were paid for.

As SCDF Fire-fighters

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As Qatar Airways Pilot



As Lifebuoy lab scientists


Ari as the Newspaper delivery boy

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As little actors performing on the big stage

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As Camouflage models catwalking down the runway 



As Qatar Airways cabin crew (Oh this was fun because we got to be on board the flight as passengers!)



Plan your meals

There were some role-playing jobs that the kids had to pay for with their KidZo dollars. As a rule of thumb, all the food-related ones require money. In return, the kids learnt how to make their own meals which then became their lunch (pizza from Pizza Hut) and afternoon tea (burger from KFC). Considering we were there all the way from 10am to 5pm, we didn’t have to fork out a single cent for their meals!

As chefs from Pizza Hut


and their lunch…


As STICKY Candy workers


As chefs from KFC

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We also paid money to go on a ride on the WTS tour bus as passengers. The kids could have earned money to be a tour guide, but as it was our final activity for the day, we decided to take a break and do a bit of sight-seeing ourselves.

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Under 4s

Kids aged below 4 years old are considered toddlers and may only play at toddler designated areas, namely the Kindergarten and RightZKeepers Residence.

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Not as fun as what the older kids got to do, but I’m sure 2 year old Dani enjoyed the limited activities he participated in – catching a play, watching a fashion show, dancing alongside the city parade and boarding an aeroplane. Oh Dani also managed to snap a photo with one of the mascots of KidZania while his brother was busy working. Lucky him!


Other useful tips

It can get pretty chaotic for the kids having to juggle their bank card and their money, you might want to bring along a small pouch for them to carry around with them. As we didn’t have any with us, I decided to buy a passport lanyard for the kids.

Alternatively, you can encourage your child to go cashless and deposit his money in the bank. At least, I wanted Ari to do that, so I told him to activate his bank card and deposit his money. Parents aren’t allowed in the bank, presumably they want the kids to handle their finances independently. When the bank teller asked Ari whether he would like to deposit his money in the bank, he shook his head and walked away.

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If your kid loves to dance, let him/her join the City Clock Dance which takes place every hour at the Clock tower. Do also join in the City Parade and parade around the whole city with the staff and mascots of KidZania.

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For parents with older kids, you can consider hanging out at Parent’s Lounge while waiting for your children. The Lounge is located on the Mezzanine Floor, next to the PaZZport Office.

Also, if you intend to visit KidZania again in the near future, you might want to consider signing up your kid for the B.KidZanian citizenship programme. As a citizen, they will receive their very own B•KidZanian PaZZport and earn extra kidZos on every activity they complete and receive discounts within the City. The more kidZos earned or saved, the more rewards they can enjoy!

Each time they visit KidZania, they will receive a stamp on their PaZZport and they will be recognised as Distinguished CitiZens and Honourable Citizens of KidZania when they have collected 30 and 60 stamps respectively. A Distinguished PaZZport will allow them to earn or save 4 extra kidZos per activity, while a Honourable PaZZport will grant them the ability to earn or save 6 extra kidZos for each activity and may even be invited to be a member of CongreZZ.

The good thing is that this programme is applicable in other KidZania cities like KL and Bangkok. I must admit this was the pull factor for me to sign Ari up for the programme!

Proceed to the PaZZport Office on the Mezzanine Floor in KidZania Singapore on your day of your visit to register. A one-time  fee of S$18 is applicable per kid and is payable at the point of enrolment in the PaZZport Office.

Lastly, I have two pieces of good news for all Muslim families out there. (1) You can find plenty of halal food establishments in KidZania, from Malay food at Warung M Nasir to halal fast food chains i.e. KFC and Pizza Hut. (2) There is a prayer room located on Mezzanine level of KidZania, next to the washroom. It’s relatively big, with ablution area within the room itself, and it comes equipped with prayer gears. Some photos below.

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Definitely a plus point for our family!

:: GIVEAWAY!! ::

Thanks to KidZania, we have a pair of Adult + Child ticket (worth $93) to give away to one lucky family. For a chance to win, all you have to do is:

  1. Like Familytrippers Facebook page HERE
  2. Like and share this post on Facebook. Make sure that your share setting is public so that we are able to track!
  3. Leave a comment below to let us know that you have done the above.

Terms and conditions

  1. Familytrippers’ decision is final.
  2. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for cash.
  3. This Giveaway is applicable to Singapore residents only.
  4. Tickets are valid till end June 2017.

Giveaway ends on Saturday, 18 February 2017. All the best!

5 reasons why now is a good time to visit KidZania Singapore

Kai everyone!

We were in KidZania this week and in the City of KidZania, “Kai” means Hi! As you can tell, we have not fully gotten over the KidZania mania. Our firstborn, Ari does not stop talking about KidZania. Yesterday, he was asking me which of the passport holder lanyard was his, and whether the one he saw lying in the house belongs to his friend, H. (No, it’s not H’s. Ibu bought an extra piece for a Familytrippers’ giveaway. To which, his reply was: “What’s a giveaway, Ibu?” 😓)

Anyway as I’m still in the midst of writing a longer post on our experience in KidZania, here’s a short one with 5 reasons why we think that now is the best time for you to make a trip to KidZania.


1. No Queues!

We learnt that January has been a lull month for KidZania so far. After a packed December, staff we spoke to agreed that business has been less brisk since school reopened. We were there on a weekday, but we were told it hasn’t been crowded on weekends as well. The good thing about going on a lull month is that you get to skip KidZania’s infamous long queues. We didn’t have to queue to enter when we arrived at 10am, neither did we have to queue for the activities. There was a school excursion that morning with about 100 primary school students. Even then, there was barely a queue forming anywhere. Which also means that the kids got to maximise their time in KidZania. Each got to play at least 11 role-playing activities, and that’s way more than what you can probably do during the peak period.

2. “Private” sessions!

Despite the low traffic, we noticed that all the activities were still made available to the kids. Most of the time, the kids get a private play session. Which means that they get the full attention of the staff manning the activity. At the cabin crew activity, parents get to be “passengers” on board the plane, and we were “served” by the kids. As we were the only passengers, we asked whether we could bring along our younger son, Dani, into the plane with us. Dani must have thought that we were really flying off, he asked to be buckled up and was excited when his brother served him a tray of “food”. We also hopped onto the WTS Tour coach activity and again, we asked for permission to bring Dani along for a ride with the older kids.

3. Special CNY Event!

There are a series of activities taking place in KidZania this CNY, but I thought that this might excite the most:

A CitiZens Hongbao GIVEAWAY!

From 21 Jan to 12 Feb, all returning and new B•KidZanian CitiZens will each receive a Hongbao with 80 kidZos as part of the B•KidZanian Hongbao Giveaway upon entering the City or upon sign-up. There are also additional activities like a Lion Dance City Parade and handicraft booths which you might be interested in. You can find more details below.

4. KidZania shops promotion!

And if you are thinking of getting some souvenirs from KidZania (I bought passport holder lanyards for the kids), this month’s promotion sounds like a good deal. For every $50 spent, you will Receive 50 kidZos & a carpark coupon . Since we drove, I thought it was a good deal! We ended up paying only $1 for our parking, also because there’s free parking if you park at the Beach Carpark during lunch hours (12-2pm) on weekdays. So if you are headed to KidZania anytime from now till 12 Feb, you might want to take note of this promotion. Terms apply so you might want to visit their website for more info. 

5. 4 Visits for the Price of 3!

From now till 31 March, you can enjoy a special bundle package of 4 visits for the price of 3. Ticket redemption period is valid till 31 Dec 2017, excluding Public Holidays and it is valid for Kid ticket only. Promotion is valid for walk-in redemption and is not to be used in conjunction with other offers, discounts or promotions. 


So there you have it, 5 reasons why you should consider heading to KidZania now and not wait till the school holidays!