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Day Out At The Museums:
Story of the Forest
Story of the Forest at the National Museum is brought to you by the creators behind the Crystal Light Universe exhibition that took over ur Instagram feeds. Drawing inspiration from the National Museum’s prized William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, the immersive installation showcases 69 drawings from the collection within the National Museum’s enthralling Glass Rotunda. For more information, click here.
Catch the tail end of the Singapore Biennale before it ends this February. Featuring a constellation of artistic perspectives from 63 artists and art collectives across Asia, look out for the bedazzling Harumi Yukutake’s Paracosmos installation that features orbicular glass mirrors. Visit their website here to find out more.
Premium Move Experience:
Indulge in a luxurious movie experience with your other half at Golden Village Gold Class. Golden Village is rolling out an exclusive Gold Class Valentines’ Day specials. Enjoy a movie with a specially curated 2 course classic menu with champagne. Click here for more information!
Romantic Picnic Date:
Singapore Botanic Gardens is the perfect location for a pared down and hassle-free picnic date! Pack some berries, sushi and wine to share. Under the moonlit sky, the combination of live music, wine and the greenery is a splendid way to celebrate the occasion. More about the annual celebration here.
Dinner Under The Stars:
For a romantic and atmospheric dinner celebration under the stars, head over to the rooftop restaurant at The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Indulge in a sumptuous three-course degustation dinner, while soaking in the picturesque Marina Bay waterfront and the magnificent Central Business District’s skyscraper skyline. Available from 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m., only on 13 and 14 February. Prices start from $98++ per person.
For a quiet celebration of your relationship, you can simply opt for a staycation over the weekend before or after the special day. When you purchase Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Wellness Lifestyle room package, you’ll be treated to a calming 90 minute aromatherapy spa experience and breakfast for two at La Brasserie. When night falls, you can enjoy each other’s presence against a backdrop of dreamy and nostalgic music. Find out more about the Fullerton Hotel’s offerings here and the Fullerton Bay Hotel package here.
Pamper your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a luxurious and healing spa session at The Fullerton Spa. Choose between the Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience or the Intensive Muscle Release massage for a recharging and detoxifying massage. Do note that each spa session comes with a complimentary Aching Foot Relaxer or Back Relief Massage. Click here if you’d like to book a session!
If you’re looking to break away from the dinner-movie routine on Valentine’s Day, get down and dirty (no, not that way) by going for a workshop together to learn something new! Naiise has organised Valentine’s Exclusive workshops like this Brush Lettering one, or a Tea-Blending session! For more workshop picks, head on here.
Share some of your memorable or ideal Valentine moments with us in the comments below!
For this Valentine’s, we are partnering with The Fullerton Hotel to give away a Valentine’s Day Spa Package (valued at $480) to one lucky follower. All you have to do is 1) Head over to the dreachong Facebook page, 2) Like the Facebook page, 3) Share the giveaway post! The winner will be selected at random and will be announced on the 7th of February! Meanwhile, do check out other available offerings from Fullerton Hotel for Saint Valentine’s Day here!
Daryl and I were presented with the option of learning how to ski or snowboard at the Kiroro Ski & Snowboard Academy on our second day there!
Daryl and I were presented with the option of learning how to ski or snowboard at the Kiroro Ski & Snowboard Academy on our second day there.
The thought of learning how to ski was both terrifying and exciting at the same time: thoughts like “What if I fall and become an embarrassment”, “Why did I agree to this?”, “Will I pick up skiing quickly?” were running constantly in my mind. But according to my dad and friend Eva, both of whom are avid skiers, skiing would be an amazingly fun experience, and they suggested I try skiing instead of snowboarding for starters, because according to them, skiing is *relatively* easier to pick up… I hope!
Daryl and I booked an AM Lesson slot (10am – 12.30pm) for ¥30000 (approx SGD $375). The rates for the AM lessons stay the same for up to 6 pax, and all lessons are private to you and your group of friends, and are conducted in English. The rates do not include the ski lift pass and rental equipment, which can be purchased at 3-hr, 6-hr, 1-3 days intervals. For more information about rates and lessons, you can check out the Academy’s website here.
We arrived at the Academy at approximately 9am – The Academy is located just a 5 minute walk away from our hotel, Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort, via a connecting passageway. We were then introduced to our ski instructor Chris, who then brought us to get our rental ski equipment sorted. The Mountain Centre has everything you need for rent: helmets, waterproof and windproof ski clothing, boots, skis, poles, gloves, eyewear – but still come dressed warmly – I had my thermalwear, a sweater, and an ultra light down jacket underneath my ski suit!
We had 2 and a half hours to pick up skiing – and we were worried it would be a feat to accomplish that, but we were hitting the slopes after a half an hour crash course! During the first 30 minutes of the lesson, Chris taught us how to wear our skis, the basic dos and donts, the correct posture to have when skiing, and most importantly, how to stop! We weren’t allowed to learn its ski poles as poles may inculcate bad habits and posture!
Chris walked – or skied – us through every step, he accompanied us down the slopes, and with every round our confidence grew! Before we knew it, we were just zipping past Chris and reuniting with him only at the base of the slope!
We were still a long way to go before attempting longer steeper slopes, but I can safely say if we had 2-3 more days to spend at the academy, we would be able to ski unaccompanied!
My only wish was to have Imran and my family there with me. I plan to come back to Hokkaido for a proper ski retreat next year with them, and who knows! We’ll be zipping down slopes together by the end of it!
Thank you Chris, and Kiroro Ski & Snowboard Academy for this once in a lifetime experience!
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Our stay at Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort saw us experiencing “the best powder snow” in the world.
They say Hokkaido is the place to be if you want to experience “the best snow” in the world. Coupled with the ample amount of snowfall Hokkaido gets, her mountains have carved names for themselves for being ideal ski vacation destinations amongst locals and tourists.
Daryl and I had the opportunity to stay at Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort last week. Our stay was unfortunately a short one as Daryl and I had to rush back in time to celebrate Chinese New Year with our family, but we really wanted to 1) try skiing 2) head up to the mountains since we were already in the prefecture. Nevertheless, we made full use of what we got and had the chance to experience as much of what the resort has to offer within our 36 hours there. I’ll talk a bit more about my skiing experience in another blog post that will be up within the next few days, but for now, I’ll share the other activities both of us were up to!
Getting There & Around
The Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort is 90 minutes from New Chitose Airport, an hour away from Sapporo Nishi Interchange and 40 minutes from Otaru. To get there, you can hire a taxi, or hop on the complimentary shuttle offered from JR Otaru Chikko Station for guests. Alternatively, if you plan on renting a car to explore the rest of Hokkaido, you can drive yourself to the resort, where parking is readily available.
The resort is located in Kiroro Town – we didn’t get to explore the town due to time, but apparently there are hot springs, stone saunas, and a massage center to explore if you have the time and your own transport!
The resort has a sister property called The Kiroro Hokkaido, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel located 5 minutes away, and a shuttle bus runs from the Sheraton Hokkaido, to the Mountain Centre (where the Ski & Snowboard academy is located), and to The Kiroro every 10 minutes.
Meals are easily available throughout the 9 restaurants spread across Sheraton Hokkaido and The Kiroro. We had amazing sashimi prepared and served to us at Sushi House Fuga over an intimate sushi counter session, and I would definitely recommend dinner at Robata Grill restaurant, Hokki. We chose Hokki to celebrate Daryl’s 26th birthday too!
We stayed in the Deluxe Rooms, where we got an amazing view of the snow fields and forest. The pentagon-shaped window frames just make for the ultimate romantic getaway. I’ll leave the photos to speak for itself.
Besides Skiing, we chose to go on a Snowshoe Trekking Tour, where we trekked through the snowy forest with our own personal guide. We had the the forest to ourselves, and trekking through 2m-deep “powder snow” is such an experience. At the top of the forest, we got to see an amazing view of The Kiroro, which you see in today’s pictures. There are other activities to do of course, like going on a snowmobile adventure, a snow banana boat, or a winter segway, snow buggy or snow bubble ball. But the hiking-junkie in me will never say no to a trek!
If you’ve had enough of the cold for the day, try out the newly renovated The Kiroro Onsen, or try out the Tokiwayu Hot Spring Bath located on the 2nd floor of the Mountain Centre.
All in all, we had such a wonderful stay at the Sheraton Hokkaido: Be it with friends, family, or your other half, this destination is not only for the romantic-lovers, it is for the adventure-seekers, the nature-lovers, and the winter-wonderland-dreamers.
We also want to thank Sheraton Hokkaido for being such tremendous hosts – they knew it was Daryl’s birthday during our stay, and prepared a lovely cake that was waiting for us in our room after dinner. If this is not the ideal place for a celebration, I don’t think what else will be. x
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