VivoCity Adventures

December 9th, 2006   •   4 comments   

We recently went to VivoCity together with my parents, my niece Mandy and nephew Isaac.

While we generally enjoyed ourselves, the entire experience would have been a lot better if certain attention to customer details were made. For a start, the air-conditioning was butt freezingly cold, and exiting from the carpark took eons.

Our first stop for the night was at Earl Swensen’s for dinner.
Here is a picture of our main courses.

While my steak looked sizzling and savoury, I had a shock when I tried to cut it and it was bloody. Yes, I didn’t know medium-rare now meant raw-and-gore (not the Incovenient Truth variety). Good thing they changed it for me before I turn vampiric!

The salad buffet was mediocre at best. Note the friendly reminder not to share your salad with fellow cheapskates.

Our next stop? Mini Toons, to indulge the kids.

Here’s Ethan looking at his 8-year old cousin Mandy amidst the soft toys.

4-year old Isaac looks longingly at the snacks at Mini Toons.

Sometime shortly after that, a shop assistant interrupted me and said no photography is allowed here. I told him that I was taking photos of my kid, not his products. Anyway, we left shortly thereafter, without buying anything. Thanks for driving me away pal!

I liked the decor put up by Tangs. They seem to be getting their act right these days.

Another shot of the Christmas “chandelier” outside Tangs. A mesmerising assortment of festive shapes, colours, textures and patterns.

“Jingle bells jingle bell, decorate your home!”

China’s founding father Mao Tse-Tung becomes the latest pop icon in resplendent technicolour. Now that’s what I call cultural capital!

Ethan, Isaac and Mandy having a ball of a time at Toys R Us – where kid’s dreams and parent’s nightmares come true simultaneously!

Ethan toying with a T-Rex figure. Note the winter jacket that he was wearing in sunny Singapore. It toook quite a while before we could pry him off the object of his affection.

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  1. posted on Dec 08, 2006 at 2:41 PM

    I wonder if the reasons for not allowing photography at the store is the same as those imposed by the museum? LOL

  2. posted on Dec 09, 2006 at 11:53 PM

    Not sure man. I don’t think they own the IP for any of those products on sale or display.

  3. posted on Dec 10, 2006 at 6:44 AM

    it seems swenson has branched out with Earl’s. if not mistaken, i have not heard of it yet in m’sia. i do travel down to singapore, let’s say once a year. but for the last 20 over years. lots of relatives in singapore and knew singapore quite well, esp being a foreigner or a neighbour.

    in my life, i like the travel and tourism sector. went to more than 10 countries for travel and thoroughly enjoyed all of it. food/dining is my next enjoyment. too bad, the msian govt didn’t take the initiative to get genting to invest back home but lost its investment to another country. with the current political turmoil and frequent corruption at all levels, it’s really dampening the economy.

  4. posted on Dec 26, 2006 at 1:25 AM

    It seems like a great outing, especially Ethan with his favourite “peanut jie-jie”…=)

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