Monday, 19 March 2012

Escape to the Club

The Singapore Orchid Country Club is a leisure club owned by the National Trade Union Congress.  It was founded for the benefit of workers some 15years ago.  They envisioned a golf and country club which would be more affordable for workers, so that golf will no longer be a game for executives and higher ups in society.

Whatever! We still cannot afford its membership :)  But thanks God for great Singaporean friends who open its doors for us.  We took the kids for an overnight stay, just a quick getaway since Term 1 had just ended.

It's quite easy to get there even if you don't have a car.  From Yishun MRT station, there's is a free shuttle very 10mins.  Quite comfortable. No crowd or long queue.

We had a gorgeous room, facing the golf course; with our own little veranda.

My kids are crazy about swimming.  The club has 3 huge swimming pools.  The kiddie pool is enormous to the delight of my little gremlins.

I'm not a fan of bowling but hub & his friends are.  So,they played several sets at the nice big bowling alley.  The kids and I spent the time munching on snacks,  just  remembering to cheer at the right moments. 

By late evening, we decided to hit  the Karaoke rooms.  We miss Karaoke so much!  Here, we cannot just bring out our Magic Sing and belt it out like we do in the Philippines.   Singapore has this rules for civil conduct in living in a dense city.  :) No noise-making! Respect your Neighbors!

The next day, we woke up to the beautiful sight of immaculately maintained golf course.

My only beef was breakfast buffet did not come free and the spread a disappointment.  :(  They serve local and traditional fare that I have not yet gotten the palate for.   I was truly disappointed.   We settled on ala carte, which was also so-so.  :(

Ted's main agenda for the day was to work on his swing and form.  I went with him to the nice high- tech driving range.  Boring, of course.  But wifey duty calls.

After a while, we went for a swim;  then I vegetated in the sauna until I was sweating my fats off.  By the time we got  the kids,   from  the kiddie pools,  they can already be mistaken for Malays for their tanned complexion.

It was a nice and reasonably-priced getaway.  We were initially planning a staycation at Hard Rock or Shangrila Hotel in Sentosa.  But when we looked at the prices,  our eyes bulged.  It's peak season, afterall, and almost everyone wants to go somewhere.  But then again, the weekend turned out even better.

We had a nice time and we hope to go back soon (would be nice to try the Archery!) 

'til next adventure!



  1. marie lynn balicanta19 March 2012 at 20:28

    Haaay! It really is a sweet life. :-)

  2. sweet life !!!

  3. lovely weekend. all is new to me: haven't played bowling, nor golf. and neither wore that sexy bathing suit you're wearing. =)
    sweet life talaga!

  4. 4285th viewer ako. wow, malapit na sa 5000!
    teka, bakit walang title etong post mo? =)

  5. I miss out that event especially the karaoke session. next time I'll be with you guys...malvin