To celebrate my daughter’s third birthday and to reward my son for his outstanding academic year, the family flew to Singapore last month. My little girl wanted to visit Hello Kitty Town while older brother chose Legoland. Both destinations were in Malaysia. However, because of the missing plane fiasco ( and the fact that the theme parks in Johor Bahru were nearer to the border of Singapore than if we landed in Malaysia), we decided to make the Merlion City our entry point.
After two fun days of staying in Marina Mandarin (this hotel is connected to three malls!) along Raffles Boulevard, we were fetched by Ramli, our multlingual driver. It was just a 45-minute ride to the border. Ramli handed our passports to the immigration officer and all we had to do was show our faces without leaving the car. Many visitors choose to take the tour buses from Singapore but the reviews I’ve read prior to the trip mentioned long hours of waiting for the bus riders before they could pass immigration. Since we were booked at Legoland Hotel , had four pieces of luggage with us and a moody three year old, we thought the rented car service was our best bet to a hassle-free entry.
Ramli brought us straight to Hello Kitty Town in Puteri Harbour because the check-in time for the hotel was still a few hours away. I was surprised to see a building rather than a theme park. It turns out that Hello Kitty Town was just one level of a tri-level building called The Little Red Cube.
THE PURR-FECT PLAYHOUSE
Upon entering the indoor attraction which was situated on the second level, my daughter and I were overcome by a twin dose of adrenalin rush. We were surrounded by all kinds of SANRIO stuff! I grew up collecting everything Hello Kitty and my daughter is as much a fan as I am!
HELLO KITTY’S HOUSE
Receiving Parlour and DiningRoom
Kitty and Mimi’s Bedrooms
DREAM PHOTO GARDEN
We had so much fun here !!! From jewelr y making, dressing up as a Sanrio character, decorating Hello Kitty cookies and painting R’s nails in the Nail Studio , R and I enjoyed every minute of it. I was surprised that the boys took part in the afternoon’s activities. Such troopers!
Jewelry Making and Nail Salon
Costume Dress Up
RED BOW CAFE
All in all it was a fun afternoon. There was even a Sanrio Parade! However, the boys did say they’ve had enough of Hello Kitty and all things “pink” towards the latter part of the visit. Hahaha! There was a heavy downpour when we left the building. Good that we had a driver waiting.
I’m wondering though why we don’t have this kind of attraction in Manila. The whole HK Town is scarcely bigger than the skating rink in MOA. I’m not kidding! The trip to Malaysia certainly didn’t come cheap. We were able to finish all of the attractions in less than three hours. So it’s totally up to you if you’re willing to spend like we did. It would be best that you combine your trip to HK Town with a visit to Legoland, Malaysia as well.
Coming up very soon — the BQP and her brood will bring you inside Legoland Hotel and Theme Park. Watch out for that post!