Village Hotel Katong Peranakan Family Experience {Review & Giveaway}

Posted by ~Summer~ on 25.2.15
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"Unless you know where you came from, what your ancestors have been through, 
you have no reference point. What makes us different from say the Thais, 
or the Filippinos, or the Sri Lankans? The difference is how we came here, 
how we developed, and that requires a sense of history." 
~ Lee Kuan Yew

I have to say that I've never been good at history. Not being fond of that subject doesn't mean that I am not proud of my past, my culture and my roots. In fact, in a world where boundaries are ceasing and traditions are fast disappearing, I like to take the opportunity to learn, and at the same time teach my kids, more about history and heritage.

Back in Sweden, we would still occasionally watch some of the local dramas and one that particularly caught my attention was 小娘惹 (The Little Nyonya) - the story of a Peranakan family in Malacca which is set in the 1930s. No, we are not a Peranakan family (though I do love to eat Nyonya kueh and Otak Otak). However, there is something unique and exquisite about this hybrid culture that impels me to find out more about it. 

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Village Hotel Katong


When we were invited to review the Peranakan Family Experience at Village Hotel Katong (read our previous review of the hotel here), I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to learn some new things and teach my children more about Peranakan history and culture. It would definitely be something different as opposed to our usual weekend activities like visiting zoos or playing at the beach.


The Family Room features a warm fuschia Peranakan colour on a backdrop of grey motifs which makes it feel homely and cosy the moment you enter. The room size ranges from 31 to 44 square metres with two queen beds and is ideal for families with children. It also comes complete with complimentary wired Internet, unlimited Wi-Fi access and a 46-inch LED TV with in-built port access to portable electronic devices. There is also an accessible balcony so that there is plenty of space for children to run around.


See, the fact that one kid kept sleeping and the other refused to get out of bed showed how comfortable they felt in the room.

What I loved most about the room was actually the bathroom! Partly because of the eye-catching motifs and partly of the standing rain shower which helps guests to refresh and rejuvenate. Trust me, that shower felt heavenly even though I had two excited kids sharing it with me.

The lobby of the hotel, with its warm yellow lighting, sleek black furniture, striped carpeting and bright-coloured cushions, is an ideal place to hang out or rest while waiting for family members to gather.

As one of the few hotels located in the eastern region of Singapore, what makes Village Hotel Katong so convenient is that it is located within a 10-minute drive to the Singapore Expo and 15-minute drive to Changi Airport.



To make things even better, it is directly linked to Katong V - a mall inspired by Katong's Peranakan heritage featuring lifestyle stores, retail shops, educational centres and even a supermarket. Of course, if you prefer to venture out, there is plenty of things for you to explore in the heart of Katong - including cafes, restaurants, pubs, shopping malls like 112 Katong and Parkway Parade, or you can even walk to East Coast Park if you want!



For those who prefer to stay in the hotel, you can also dine in the Katong Kitchen which serves Nonya, Macanese, Asian, Local Chinese to Western fare. International buffet lunch and dinner are available daily and prices range from $38++ to $58++ (adult) and $19++ to $29++ (child).



We had our breakfast here on the second morning and what caught my eye more than the food was the modern Peranakan decor. As the flagship Village Hotel, it is evident that Village Hotel Katong, in more ways than one, reflects the strong Peranakan heritage of the surrounding Joo Chiat and Katong district.


Well, it's not always that you find Otak Otak or Nasi Lemak at a breakfast buffet, right? While the kids were busying tucking into cereal, bread, ham and cheese, the hubby and I were just glad we were able to find some savoury food to fill our tummies.



What's the best thing to do on a hot afternoon? Swim, of course! Or rather, dip was what we did. While the hotel might not boast a long list of facilities, it does provide a cosy, open-air swimming pool and a gymnasium - we particularly liked the steam room!


The pool might not be huge but it sure kept these two water babies delighted for hours. Do note that since it is open-air, the winds might be rather strong and the water might be a little freezing even though the sun is high up in the sky. But if your kids are like mine who just like to dive into the water again and again regardless of the temperature, then I guess you will have as much fun as we did.

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The Peranakan Experience

Moving on the the highlight of our stay, we went for a 2-hour Peranakan experience at Kim Choo Kueh Chang which is a 10-minute walk away from the hotel.

More than just a restaurant, Kim Choo is a showcase of the Peranakan history and culture, thus it makes the perfect place for us to embark on our learning journey.

The first thing that caught my attention when we stepped in was the charming and exquisite setup of the place, including Peranakan themed porcelain, accessories, beaded slippers and tea sets. It didn't feel like we were in a store but more of like we just arrived in somebody's home - somebody who takes pride in being a Peranakan.

We were there with a lovely French couple and our friendly guide was Edmond from Kim Choo. Yes, it was great that we had a guide because we had so many questions to ask and didn't know where to start. The first big question was, of course, "Who are the Peranakans?" which I had a lot of trouble in explaining to my 5-year-old.

"The term ‘Peranakan’ is commonly known as ‘local born’ or ‘local descendants’ 
and is thought to have been used by the local people of the Straits Settlement 
and Malay Archipelagos to address foreign immigrants whom established families 
and businesses in the Straits of Southeast Asia.

During the late nineteenth century, Chinese communities who settled in 
Southeast Asia adopted the term Peranakan to distinguish themselves from 
the new immigrants, whom they referred to as Sinkeh (new guest) or, in 
Indonesia, as totok (migrant). More specifically, male descendants were called 
Babas and female descendants Nyonyas while senior females were recognized as 
Bibiks. Most of these descendants, although retaining their Chinese beliefs, also 
adopted local indigenous lifestyles. Thus, giving birth to the unique practices of the 
Peranakans and even their own variation of the Malay language called Baba Malay.

While the term Peranakan is most commonly used among the ethnic Chinese for 
those of Chinese descent also known as Straits Chinese, there are also other, 
comparatively small Peranakan communities, such as Indian Hindu Peranakans 
(Chitty), Indian Muslim Peranakans (Jawi Pekan) and Eurasian Peranakans."
  - Source: Kim Choo

When I asked Edmond to give a simpler, easier to comprehend definition, he said Peranakans are "descendants of foreigners". Right, still two big words which my girl does not understand but at least it made it easier to break up the information for her to digest.

While we were enjoying the chat about the history of the Straits Settlement and the Peranakan culture, we were also treated to a delightful tea with Peranakan cuisine including Otak Otak, Nyonya dumpling and Nyonya Kueh.

"A typical Nyonya kitchen would not be without condiments like turmeric, 
 ginger, galangal shallots, chives and shrimp paste. Lemon, limes, tamarinds, 
green mangoes, citrus leaves and coconut milk are also used to up the 
epicurean experience. Rempah, an exciting blend of ingredients pounded 
together in a mortar and cooked in oil to release its flavour is used for a 
variety of dishes. It’s this special combination that sets Peranakan food 
apart from the rest. And because of their ingenuity to improvise traditional 
dishes with spices and herbs, Peranakans have produced tasty local treats 
like achar, curry fish in banana leaves, buah keluak, chendol, Nyonya 
kuehs and many other delights."
- Source: Kim Choo


I have to say that the food tasted much more authentic and flavourful than many of those sold elsewhere. Angel's favourite was peeling and eating the 9-layer Kueh layer by layer which symbolises enjoying life layer by layer instead of devouring it all at once.

After that, we went upstairs and it was time for a hands-on session - Dumpling making! Yes, after having so many Nyonya Chang in my life, it was finally time to wrap my own.

The demonstration was clear and the steps looked simple enough, but once we were left to try on our own, we realised it was harder than we imagined! It might be a case of the leaves going out of place, too much glutinous rice, too little, or somehow we just couldn't fold in the leaves as neatly as we wanted. There was definitely a sense of achievement when all of us managed to wrap the dumplings and tie them up securely.

The good thing about having an intimate group is that we got to interact more with each other and whenever we needed guidance, Edmond would be prompt to assist too. I must say the fun part was in the trying and this was the most interesting part of the afternoon for the kids who thoroughly enjoyed themselves at this station.

Lastly, it was time to find out more about Peranakan fashion! The clothing of the Babas and Nyonyas retained most of their ethnic and religious origins but assimilated the Malay culture. We learnt about the delicate craftmanship of the Sarong Keyaba (traditional Nyonya costume) and Kasot Manek (Peranakan beaded slippers). I was really impressed by the details on the slippers and could only imagine how much time, skill and patience go into the sewing of these tiny faceted beads onto the canvas.

Before we called it a day, it was time to transform our little ones into Little Nyonyas! How do you think they looked in the Sarong Kebaya?

While the hubby and I both thought that Angel would shine more in a cheongsam (traditional Chinese dress), we felt that Ariel pulled off the Peranakan look really well!

All in all, we had a great time at the Peranakan Family Experience and wish to express our thanks to Village Hotel Katong and Kim Choo. I do think that bigger kids (aged 6 and above) will stand to benefit and gain more knowledge from this experience but when it comes to exposing our next generation to different cultures and history, it's probably never too early to start.

For more details about the Village Hotel Katong Peranakan Family Experience, go here. Runs from now to end of July 2015.

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Now, for those who are keen, here's how you can bring your family for this Peranakan Experience too! I'm so happy that I managed to get the chance to host this giveaway for you!

Terms and Conditions
1) This family package is for 2 Adults and 2 Children only.
2) One winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. He/she will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked.
3) The voucher has to be redeemed by 31 July 2015.
4) Accommodation date is subject to availability and is not valid on Public Holiday and eve of Public Holiday.
5) Late check out at 3pm is available but subject to availability.
6) This giveaway is open to all readers residing in Singapore only.

To participate, leave a comment in this blog post with your name, email address and tell me why you wish to stay at Village Hotel Katong. Indicate in the Rafflecopter widget that you have done so and to increase your chances of winning, you can choose to carry out the rest of the options. Best of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: We were invited to review the Peranakan Family Experience at Village Hotel Katong and received a complimentary stay. All opinions are our own.

111 comments:

  1. Rachael Tan
    rachael02@gmail.com

    So that I can introduce my kids to some of their roots which I myself know so little about.:)

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  2. Hope to win the stay because my elder girl's 7th birthday is less than a month away. It would be great to introduce my kids on their first taste of Peranakan food and traditions. However, they do enjoy some of the Nyonya kuehs.
    Wish me luck! :P

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  3. Michelle Ng
    olengjuz@yahoo.com.sg

    It's a great staycation for the family to know the depth of our culture and roots.

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  4. Ivy Goh
    tottigoh781@hotmail.com

    My family has some peranakan blood and will definitely be interesting to know more about our roots.

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  5. Ooh...I;m 1/2 Peranakan and would love the experience too! kpigsy01@yahoo.com

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  6. Amie Chen
    amycpj@gmail.com

    It will be a great staycation to relax and at the same time know more about the Peranakan culture.

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  7. Kathy Woon-Tan
    prectitude@yahoo.com

    I love to expose my children to various experience, we read a lot and we love museums! However, this should be one of the best experience for us to enjoy a staycation, to sample peranakan cuisine & finally get to know more about this interesting culture

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  8. Valerie Quek
    Cloudiey@gmail.com

    We would like to explore more of the peranakan culture.

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  9. Dominique Goh
    dominiquegoh(at) gmail(dot) com
    I hope to get the chance for the kids to know more about their peranakan culture.

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  10. Jingxian
    j_xian@hotmail.com

    A good exposure for the kids and good time off from work for the adults.

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  11. Phyllis Tan
    sillyphy13@gmail.com

    My grandmother was a peranakan and we would like the kids to know more of their 'roots'

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  12. Carol Hwee
    yoke_leng87@hotmail.com

    We hope for our kids to explore their Peranakan roots through this staycation and have an Peranakan experience at Kim Choo!

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    1. Jaime chan
      Chueimei@gmail.com

      Love that the staycation has so much culture and flavour into it!

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  13. Joeanne Shim
    joeanneshim@hotmail.com

    great and fun way for the children to learn about Peranakan culture.

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  14. Patrick poon
    Strife_poon@hotmail.com

    Want to let my daughters know the culture and experience it
    Hope to win it
    Thanks

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  15. Janice Koh
    janicekohsh@yahoo.com.sg

    Would love this fantastic staycation for my #1 birthday in March. She will really be thrilled!!

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  16. jessica lim
    peipei_jarred@hotmail.com

    we hope to win this so my kids can enjoy the stay cation and know the peranakan culture...

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  17. Shirley Chia

    shirleychialp@gmail.com

    My great grand mother is nyonya and it will be a great for my kids to know more about Peranakan culture and understand more about their grandma stories !

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  18. I wish to win coz I simply love peranakan food. Wish to hv a staycation with my family. Great family bonding place

    nctgrace@yahoo.com

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  19. Debs G
    4owlswell@gmail.com

    What a lovely (and relaxing) way to immerse the family in Peranakan heritage and get them excited about their ancestry! Such a brilliant staycation experience. I'm truly envious!

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  20. Tng Sze Pei (Tammy)
    sze_pei24@hotmail.com

    Very interesting theme and good way to introduce Peranakan history & culture to my kids. I'm not a history person like you too...hee =) so a hotel stay like this would definitely helps!
    My hubby is a nonya kueh lover and I'm a nonya chang lover on top of other Peranakan food that we enjoy! Hope to get a chance to stay in this unique theme hotel.

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  21. Khor Lee Ling
    khorleeling@gmail.com
    It will be a good opportunity for my children to learn about Peranakan culture and to experience the good food!

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  22. Phu yen nee, Kelly
    Phuyenneekelly@gmail.com

    I hope to win this cos it had been a long time to have a staycation with my family. Now I have a 5 months old infant, it will be even more difficult to go overseas for tour. Really wish i can win this prize so that I can bring my husband and children to stay in this hotel and also get to understand more about Peranakan culture. Of course not to forget the Peranakan food. Ever seen the little nonya drama, I have fall in love with Peranakan food!

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  23. Ranice Wu
    Ranice.wu@hotmail.com

    It will be a great experience for my 2 boys.

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  24. Dorothea Chow
    dorotheachow10@gmail.com

    I would love the boys to experience the peranakan culture firsthand, since both my husband and I come from a line of peranakans, but know quite little about this part of our heritage. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  25. KaRen Ong
    karen_opk@yahoo.com

    Wow.. Hope to win!
    It will be a good opportunity for my girls to learn about Peranakan culture in Singapore. We would not need to drive all the way to Malaysia.. This is one of a good place for me to plan for the upcoming March school holidays for my girls.

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  26. Chrisyeong@hotmail.comFebruary 25, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Happy Lunar New Year!
    Christina Yeong
    Chrisyeong@hotmail.com

    Great bonding time to learn abt Perankan Heritage as a family. And if I am bless with this Village Hotel Katong Peranakan Family Experience Giveaway we can have a special bday celebration for my hubby in end March as a family. Since it is always parents celebrating the kids bday, good to hv some attention for the daddy at home ;)

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  27. It will be a wonderful birthday present for the Daddy.

    Sharmaine
    gruffalos.mommy@gmail.com

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  28. It would be a great experience for my girls.
    Thank you for this giveaway!

    Sheron
    moeybb@yahoo.com.sg

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  29. Crislyn Lee
    leehuimui@gmail.com

    It would be a great learning experience for the whole family!

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  30. Would like to take this as a learning experience for my children.

    Waiwai
    mami(at)peipeihaohao(dot)com

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  31. Nancy Cheng
    nczls(at)yahoo(dot)com

    July is my 6yo kid's birthday. It would be lovely to indulge in bonding time and immerse in a totally different culture as a family!

    Thank you.

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  32. To have a lovely time with my loved ones and introduce peranakan culture to the young ones

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  33. Jamiechaw@gmail.com
    IG: Jamie chaw
    Would love to win this for our 1st EVER FAMILY STAYCATION!!! It will be great to expose my Indian American hubby and CHINDIAN kids to peranakan culture and FOOD :)

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  34. Lorna Tan
    lornat28@yahoo.com

    To enjoy learning about the peranakan culture, exposure especially its fast disappearing with the younger generations

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  35. Mohd.Shahrim Bin Mahmud
    newshahrim@yahoo.com.sg
    To experience the other worldy culture of Singapore in a unique way!!

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  36. Adeline Tan
    Adelinetan03@hotmail.com
    Hope to win the staycation to learn more abour Peranakan culture and to celebrate my kid's birthday.

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  37. Jamie Wong
    jamiewongsy@yahoo.com

    It will be a good introduction & staycation for the kids & us parents to have a better understanding of the Peranakan history & culture.

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  38. Alexis Tay

    Good staycation for the kids!

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  39. Andy Neo
    email: cardz_house@yahoo.co.uk

    This staycation is a great idea. Serves many purposes:

    1. I am sure everyone loves a hotel stay in to recharge our batteries, allow ourselves to be pampered.

    2. Another great opportunity to bond with the little ones.

    3. A great way to learn about the peranakan culture, especially the little ones. Letting them get involved in the bakchang making process makes it even more interesting.

    All in all, a great experience!!!

    Thanks to A Happy Mum as well as to the various sponsors!!! This blog is always a great read!

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Name: Athalia Lee
    email address: mummyto3js@gmail.com

    Great chance to learn the peranakan culture, celebrate my boy's birthday & family bonding. 1 stone kills 3 birds :D

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  41. Carolyn Lim
    Email: carolyn_lim2004@yahoo.com.sg
    I wish to win this staycation at Village Hotel Katong because I wish to have a short break to recharge myself without leaving Singapore and at the same time learn more about the Peranakan culture.

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  42. It would make a very enriching staycation to stay in the midst of an area so thick with a unique culture and heritage.

    Robert Sim
    robert_sim@yahoo.com

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  43. We stayed in the far West of Singapore and seldom venture to the east side.
    Hopefully we will get a chance to make this journey to the East for a special Peranakan experience!

    Wendy Tay
    wendyaipeng@gmail.com

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  44. It will be a good learning journey for my kids.

    Daphne Wang
    Daphnewangyj@gmail.com

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  46. I want to stay because it looks like such a different kind of staycation! Plus, two queen size beds, what's there not to love? :)

    Ed
    mailmummyed (a) gmail.com

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  47. Looking at the photos of this place brings back a lot of my childhood memories as my grandmother is a Nyonya and so are all my aunties at paternity side. They wore beautiful kebaya and make delicious dishes. Most importantly I remembered them doting on me (being the first-born child) and hence all the fond memories :)
    Chuyan Kwek
    kwek_ce@yahoo.com

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  48. A unique and fun staycation for both the young and old as we get to experience the Peranakan culture without having to travel overseas.

    Jean Tan
    jeantanlj@gmail.com

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  49. I have a birthday coming up. Hope to win a surprise staycation for my family.

    Louis Lee
    leechlouis@gmail.com

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  50. Recently, hubby and I have been busy with our pre renovation research for our new nest and has been deprived of rest and relaxation. Hope to win a staycation to surprise hubby and take a break from all the work and stress

    Jaslyn Chong
    jaslyninkorea@gmail.com

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  51. Tan Si Hoon
    sihoontan@yahoo.com.sg

    I would love to win this family package to get to know more about Peranakan culture and spend more quality time with my loved ones!

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  52. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!I would like my boys be exposed to the peranakan culture too!

    Ting
    Tinkene@gmail.com

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  53. Hope to win this short getaway stay and spending quality times with my family of 4!! And also learn more culture of Peranakan

    Roslinda
    Lyn102003@yahoo.com

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  54. Angela Lim
    stars_vera@hotmail.com

    I have been staying in jurong since i was young. So the places that i always explore are the west side and central areas. Therefore the east side and Katong is such a foreign place to me. It would be a good opportunity for my family and me to explore the other side of Singapore and learn about Peranakan Culture.

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  55. Michelle Lim
    dreamworks84@hotmail.com

    I am attracted to the hotel the location is a pretty interesting one, very nice area which even fellow Singaporeans like to check out on their weekends even if it might not be as convenient compared to the downtown hotels. I want to take myself and hubby to get a different take on the culture aside from the usual tourist sights and shopping malls or be within walking distance to some of Singapore’s best food.

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  56. I would love the chance to stay here because it will be a great opportunity for us to learn about the heritage of Singapore.
    Jolin Poon
    babyhappie@hotmail.com

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  57. Name: Angelina Seet
    Email: corrine_86@hotmail.com

    I would love to have the opportunity to embark on this unique learning journey with my family so that we could enjoy some precious bonding time while learning about the Peranakan culture, fashion and food! :D

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  58. Celin
    Celin.cheang@ymail.com

    I love Peranakan food! Would love to bring my 2 son to learn more about their culture n experience it at this wonderful hotel.

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  59. Fiona Neo
    rueyning@yahoo.com.sg

    Would love to win this as I would like to learn more abt the beautiful culture of the Peranakans. It would also definitely be an unique learning and bonding experience for the family. Thanks Happy Mum! :)

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  60. It would be cool to bring the kids for this stay cation during the June holidays. This will be a unique learning experience that me and my kids will enjoy and remember for a long time ☺

    Phoebii
    Phoebii2000@yahoo.com

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  61. Firstly, Thanks for grabbing this wonderful giveaways for us readers! :)

    Name: Lai Xiuli
    Email: ah_xiu85@yahoo.com.sg

    I would like to take this chance to let my 2yrs old girl(a starting age where she loves to learn new things) gain more knowledge about Peranakans. I believe the colorful decorations/utensils/dresses will definitely attract her eyes.
    Beside that, my 2nd one will be out next week and thus would like to take this staycation as a celebration with my 2s and my man.

    Thanks Happy Mum! :)

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  62. Hope to win a staycation in Katong as this will make one of the culturally rich and interesting staycations we have ever had, without leaving Singapore at all!

    Carol Lim
    cmeilim@gmail.com

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  63. To relax and learn more about peranakan culture without leaving Singapore as kids still small.

    Mabel Lim
    mabellim83@gmail.com

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  64. Wenli
    flowerie123@gmail.com

    We stay in the West, and it'll be great to venture to the East for a staycation, and immensing the little ones in the Peranakan culture.

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  65. Hope to win this and get to tour around katong
    Justina
    leongmindy@yahoo.com.sg

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  66. JingRong
    lohjingrong@yahoo.com.sg
    we longed for a staycation and this gonna be a special one as we can have a Peranakan experience.

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  67. irinaticoalu31@gmail.com
    Hi my name is irina. I would truly be grateful if i get the opportunity to get the tour around Katong. This would also be my daughters' first experience outside Batam and i wish that that their first experience can be in Singapore. Thanks for this opportunity for me and my family once again.

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  68. Serene Leow
    liaoserene@hotmail.com
    FB : Ace Serene

    Love the cultural experience at this staycation. Katong is a place where my hubby first set up store for his business. It is also a place where we had our meet up as he just started his business and was working everyday. I will like to bring our 3 kids to see the places where we had our meals, bus stop where we waited for buses, etc.

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  69. Singapore is a multi racial country. It will be great to expose my kids to the different cultures from young. Better than exposing the kids to technical products.

    Adeline koo
    Adaline21@hotmail.com
    Fb: adeline koo

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  70. Belle Ng
    ng_belle@yahoo.com.sg
    FB : Belle Ng

    Hope to let my kids have the experience of Paranakan culture, they sure will enjoy it. Thanks.

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  71. Hong Shuzhen
    hongshuzhen@hotmail.com
    FB: Shuzhen Hong

    It will be a great chance to introduce and expose the culture to my gals and at the same time and great bonding session for the family.

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  72. Ashley Tan
    ashley_tan@singnet.com.sg
    FB: Ashley Tan

    Your review of the hotel seem so comprehensive and detailed that it makes me wanna try to have a staycation there with my family especially with my toddler and baby. We will definitely have an enjoyable time there as well as learning the Peranakan culture together as a family! Such a great bonding and learning experience together!

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  73. Hope I can win so I can bring my boy for a Staycation during his birthday! It will definitely be a great and different experience.

    Irene Fock
    puffish03@gmail.com

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  74. name: Sharon Ng
    email address: sharonnwt@gmail.com

    I wish to have a staycation with my family!

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  75. Frandy
    jr_frandy@yahoo.com
    It is a great staycation for the family, we are not ready yet to get back to work after chinese new year holiday.

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  76. Teo Yee Long
    trantrulla@hotmail.com
    Always a good thing to learn of other cultures!

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  77. Joanne Ho
    joannehmm@gmail.com

    It would be a very meaningful staycation for us and my boy to learn more about the Peranakan culture.

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  78. Hope to win this staycation to relax and at the same time let my kids learn Peranakan culture:)
    Lyn Teo
    lp8834@yahoo.com

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  79. Leong Yee Ming
    leongyeeming@yahoo.com
    Hope to win this special Staycation to relax and learn more about Peranakan culture with my children.

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  80. Hi Summer,  

    I wish to stay at Village Hotel Katong because me and my family love Peranakan culture. We always go to Malacca to experience Baba & Nyonya culture & shopping too. My grandma also love Peranakan "Baju Kebaya" and she wear it to anywhere as well. I love to bring her there to enjoy & experience the Peranakan culture more as her birthday gift. It'd be a great memories for her.

    Name: Ang Shwu Yee
    Email address: c_ang@ymail.com

    Done Liked, Shared & Participated

    FB: Casy Ang

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  81. Name: Paul Tan
    Email: paultan16@hotmail.com

    This is a rare opportunity to be experiencing Peranakan culture and a really great time to get a time off to relax with my family!

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  82. I want to win this because i would like my kids to have a fun yet educational trip. Definitely to know more peranakan culture as singapore is a multi racial country

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  83. Paulene Liu
    cool_blue83@yahoo.com.sg

    would really love to win this as i want to celebrate hubby's birthday (july baby) with something different!

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  84. Rachel Goh
    rachel_goh92@hotmail.com

    Learning more about the peranakan culture not just for the little ones but also we adults even though we've been Singaporeans for decades. Being able to learn and have fun together with the kids would make this a meaningful experience.

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  85. Janine
    laluteine@gmail.com

    It's been a long while since our family had our last staycation. My wedding anniversary is next month and I hope we can spend some family bonding time at Village Hotel Katong on top of learning about our Peranakan culture with our child.

    Thank you.

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  86. Michelle Ling
    yandaoling@yahoo.com.sg

    Kids would like to re-enact Little Nonya with the nonya outfit, enjoy making nonya food and eating them. Knowing more about the culture will make them appreciate little things in life as well.

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  87. Charlie
    Sanctify88@gmail,com

    Looking forward to a relax time with the family and a chance to experience the Peranakan food and culture.

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  88. I just want to relax and enjoy time with my family without busting my budget.
    Chancl Xgg
    chanxgg@gmail.com

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  89. name Surinah Eksan
    email surinaher@gmail.com

    I want my children to try this Peranakan Family Experience and find out more about their rich and diversify Peranakan culture and heritage and be proud of their identity.

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  90. We find it tough to bring our 15 month old overseas for a holiday. A staycation looks like our next best option to relax and unwind and escape from the daily grind of life.-Meiyi (littledetour@hotmail.com)

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  91. My hubby's birthday is around the corner. It would be a great surprise for him if we could celebrate in this great hotel and enjoyed his favorite Peranakan cuisine. It's a Good choice for family bonding and relaxation

    meowmeow258@hotmail

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  92. yvette lee
    quietstar87@hotmail.com

    i want to win the staycation because last year when my bf brought me for a staycation at port dickson. He booked a very high end hotel with a beautiful scenaric view and our hotel room has window panels on the floor to view the sea beneath. On that night, we had our candle light dinner by our mini pool in our room. After dinner, while i was out for bath, he lid up the pool with candles of " I LOVE YOU ". To me, i felt that it was really touching at that point because it gave a different atmosphere to the room. ;) this was perhaps the best memorable valentine that i had and its something that i will never forget. For upcoming yearly anniversary, I believe my bf and i deserve a good break for our upcoming anniversary, with just the two of us. A romantic night with some good wine and food will definitely give a different ambience to the overall date and i am still in the progess of planning. Hope to make this anniversary a really special one for him, to break the norm and relax yourself fully and may it be a day to remember for 2015. To me, Love cannot expressed just by a single word. It’s a native that has to be explored by each of us so that we can truly understand the true meaning of LOVE ! Hopefully Village Hotel Katong can provide us with that ambience and mood and make this anniversary staycation a successful and memorable one for him since last year my bf gave me a memorable valentine and I would want to give him a surprise this year ! well, we can bring our little cousins along too if i win this. i believe they would love sleeping in hotel beds rather than own house bed haha ! ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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  93. Name : June Lee

    Email : junelee_1980@yahoo.com

    I will love to win this staycation at Village Hotel Katong cause it's really great for a short family getaway! Love the heritage culture around this area and being a foodie, no lack of choices too! And even though i am a Teochew, i am interested to know more about Peranakan culture. My family and i love Peranakan food and the ladies love the very pretty and elegant kebaya too! I can already visualize how fun and enjoyable it's going to get for everyone ( young to old, no one is left out ). I am even prepared to pay for another room so my parents and grandma can come along too =)

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  94. Name : Patrick Ng

    Email : kyokyo_001@hotmail.com

    I will love to win this staycation at Village Hotel Katong because it get me so interested and excited when i read your blog as you had give us so much detail that i think i was there exploring. Wish to have the staycation for my family as it will be a our first and good experience for a staycation in Singapore and also having to understand the culture more in details.

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  95. Name: Rosie Chua
    Email: bodoh.sin@gmail.com

    My girls would love to have a staycation at Village Hotel Katong.

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  96. Name: Sean Ang
    Email: sean_sin@yahoo.com

    I'd love to win this contest so that I can bring my kids for staycation at Village Hotel Katong.

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  97. Teo Chin Long
    johnteo1978@gmail.com
    We wish to have a great time and learn about Peranakan culture

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  98. Wow! I had been looking for a family friendly and unique pla e for staycation to celebrate my hb bdae and The Village Katong sounds like the perfect place for us! Pick me please! !
    Jas zanyx28(at) hotmail(dot)com

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  99. Danessa Foo
    danessafoo@gmail.come

    I would love to give my husband a birthday treat in July. He has always planned stay-cations for our family and my wish is for me to plan one for him instead, just for a change. Village Hotel Katong would be an awesome surprise for him ;)

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  100. PeiRong
    tpr26@singnet.com.sg
    I would like to have a Peranakan experience.

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  101. Eileen Lim
    mrseileentoh@gmail.com
    Katong holds many fond memeories to me when I was a child. Growing up with my aunts and grandma, I would follow them on their fortnightly trips to Katong for food as well as their beauty trips to the hair salon at Katong Shopping Center. It used to be such a bustling complex and till today we still go back there for our fav.chicken rice. I hope to be able to win this staycation and invite my grandma to visit this lovely heritage inspired hotel !

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  102. Hi, my name is Teo Siew Chin. Email Address: siewchin.xz@gmail.com
    I want to visit this hotel as i always want to bring my daughter to a staycation. As a single mum, i am struggling to meet her school fee therefore, do not have extra to bring her to a staycation. I feel this hotel is a great place to introduce her to a new culture. Something I, myself, is not familiar as well. Hopefully, I can win this so I can bring my daughter as well as my mother, who have been putting in a lots of effort helping me to take care of my daughter while i am working. Regardless of the results, thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! :D

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  103. Thanks for sharing your family experience and those lovely photos. I love it. :)
    Sheryl Chan
    Sherylcpc23@gmail.com

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  104. Ooh...Iooks like a interesting staycation ! I would love To experience this with my whole family

    Name : Shanice Foh
    email : Beyon13@yahoo.com
    Repost on instagram too ! Ig: bueysong

    Thanks !

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  105. Ooh...Iooks like a interesting staycation ! I would love To experience this with my whole family

    Name : Shanice Foh
    email : Beyon13@yahoo.com
    Repost on instagram too ! Ig: bueysong

    Thanks !

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  106. Hi! would love to win this for my girl as this will be her 1st staycation in Singapore.

    Name: Catherine Koh
    Email: therine13@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  107. I want to win to explore my kids to Peranakan culture in Singapore
    Name : Michelle Liau
    email : ckw_lns@yahoo.com.sg
    Thank you!

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  108. Hope to win this so that we can have a truly immersive experience learning about the Peranakan culture.
    Name Susan
    Email address: susan(at)ajugglingmom(dot)com

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  109. I like Pernakan foods and their culture. They are a special unique members from Chinese with Malay. I hope I can really get into their life to find out more with them and also to take an opportunity to make friends with them and my family members can even also stay close together and learnt and understand their spicy and delicious food at once.

    Name: Ang Boon Seng
    E-mail: andy_ang_boon_seng@yahoo.com.sg

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