On Friday, we rented a private MPV with driver to bring us to Hello Kitty Town and Little Big club with my cousin Shirley, her MIL and two kids. The rental costs $250 and the MPV can fit up to 10 pax. I enjoyed the convenience cos this time we don't need to get up and down at the two customs unlike our last trip in Dec when we took the coach bus.
In Dec, we did not go to Little Big club so this time we booked the 2 park tickets online. When we met Mr Lee, our driver, he told us we could have asked him to help us buy cos Malaysians get discounted rates. Oh well, next time...
The driver picked us at 8am and our target was to reach Hello Kitty Town at 10am but we reached slightly before 10.25am. We were slightly delayed cos there was heavy morning traffic at Kaki bukit on our way to pick Shirley and thereafter cos Mr Lee thought we wanted to go via Woodlands checkpoint but we told him to detour to Tuas checkpoint thinking it will be faster, hopefully less jammed. But at least we made it in time for the meet and greet session by Hello Kitty and Daniel that Shirley wanted cos it was from 10-1030am. haha.
The place was so empty. We didn't need to queue at all. Good choice to come on a weekday ahead of Malaysia school holidays. After two spinning, dizzy rounds at HK teacups, we split up with Shirley as I wanted to bring the gals to Little Big club first since they have never been there. Thomas the train show was ongoing but RL was not keen so I brought her to Barney playground while RA stayed with Daddy.
11am was Angelina Ballerina dance lesson so I brought RL there first so that she can dress up in the tutu. Both gals joined in the dance but although RL has been taking ballet lessons, she couldn't follow the moves. Think the instructions were too fast for her, haha, RA had no problem though.
After Angelina ballerina show, we let them loose at Bob the builder indoor playground and they had fun running and playing the slides and 3d brick jigsaw. Saw Pingu the Penguin so we went to take photos. RL immediately hugged Pingu's big tummy. haha. We caught up with Shirley & co and we went up to Thomas the Train play zone at level 4 together.
The kids warmed up by then so they had fun taking the helicopter rides, school bus rides. RA tried the fast descending lift ride with daddy. I was hungry and quickly assembled a huge table with 8 chairs and 1 baby chair for lunch.
After lunch, RA wanted to sit on the bumper cars. We queued together but RL did not meet the 110cm height requirement for the bumper car rides and she cried buckets so I distracted her and brought her for the train ride. We went for 3 rounds cos the gals wanted to sit inside the only 'blue' thomas train carriage and yet another round cos RA wanted to sit in the only carriage with side mirrors.
All in all, they had fun. We left HKT at 4pm and went to KSL city for shopping and dinner. We shopped at Tesco and had dinner at Kinsahi and left KSL at 8pm. There was a jam at Woodlands causeway and we finally reached home at 930pm. But it was great that the van brought us all the way back to our flat so even though we had quite a few bags of stuff, it was easy to manage. This was the first time we hired an MPV to Malaysia and it won't be the last time as long as we can gather 8-10pax to maximise the rental, we are good to go. haha.