Alternative Title: “A Definite Highlight of our Singapore Trip”
Our little family of three together with a few friends went on a quick trip to Singapore and stayed there from Friday night to Monday afternoon. It was an unplanned trip. We bought the tickets because airphilexpress was having a sale and you know the old Pinoy saying “kung anong di pinaplano syang natutuloy” really was the theme for our little party.
It was DW’s first international trip and his second airplane ride. His first was when we went to Dumaguete where we spent Christmas. The plane ride was smooth — so smooth in fact that DW kept dancing on his seat. Yep he was up and dancing on his seat the entire trip. He also kept looking at the lights which signaled if the lavatories were occupied or not. He’d scream RED! GREEN! RED! GREEN! when the lights change. (If you were with us during that trip last June 17, let me apologize. On behalf of my family: PASENSYA PO).
Travelling with a toddler on an international flight is not for the faint of heart. Especially if you have a kid as active as ours (maligalig is a better term to describe him). However all that took a back seat because Singapore is just awesome. I tweeted this after coming home.
One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to Ion Orchard not for the shopping (I WISH!) but to use the family room because DW needed a nappy change. Being in Manila, changing DW meant finding a washroom that was decent and that had a changing table. Not all our malls here in Manila have changing tables. Some of the tables are found inside larger cubicles for PWDs (people with disabilities) . Sometimes I shell out the 10 pesos just to use a cleaner bathroom. If we can’t find any clean bathrooms, we change DW in his stroller, using our changing pad. We usually just go to a secluded spot where he won’t be as exposed and change him there. I’d like to thank Manila malls for really setting the bar really low 😛
So when we saw ION’s family room. our jaws dropped. Even DW was confused.
DW: Where am I?
BDW and I were swooning. I was beside myself. ANG OA NG FAMILY ROOM! Best of all IT WAS FREE!!! No attendant to charge you at all!! It was paradise for poopy kids. DW was pooping in first world accommodations!
Let these pics show you the object of our swooning.
On one side: a working fan, a changing table and a comfy chair
The changing table. Our diaper clutch from ManilaBaby shop was a perfect fit. We bring our clutch everywhere!! #shamelessplugging
Don’t worry if you don’t have a changing pad or a diaper on hand
A Pigeon bottle warmer and a dispenser for hot and cold water were also available. We refilled of course.
This plus the fact that Singapore was accessible to strollers and wheelchairs made our trip with DW almost effortless. We didn’t have to worry about stairs because there were ramps and lifts everywhere and the curbs of their sidewalks were sloped. Public spaces had playgrounds and malls all had a family room of some sort where parents can comfortably change and breastfeed their babies. Of course, they were not as “posh” as ION’s but at least you had a clean, safe place to take your kid to when he/she needs to be fed and/or changed.
You only need to wave your hand at the sensor and the door opens.
The First World has spoiled us but then again shouldn’t our malls have the same facilities? Maybe developers and malls should think about these when building their megaplexes. I dream of my DW pooping in first-world facilities!! Don’t we all deserve better?
Ay nako! From now on I will be documenting family-friendly places here in Manila that have similar lounges or facilities. Do you know of any establishments here in Manila that have these? Please share them with us! We need to know because we need to encourage and applaud those places!