December 08, 2016

Renaissance Yu Garden Review and Yuyuan Garden in Old Shanghai with Kids (Day 1)

Hi Guys!!

We're baaaack!! Well, we've been back for a while now. It just that I had the most difficult time to squeeze in some time to start writing about our recent holiday. However, it was a total madness of fun!

Prior flying to Shanghai, there was so many people were talking us out of the trip but I refused to listen and I'm glad that I did. Anyway, our flight was scheduled in the evening (there was not a lot of flight times to Shanghai through AirAsia) so we arrived at around 12.30am at Pudong Shaghai Airport.

I made some arrangements for hotel transport but sad that it they did not came to wait for us. Instead we had to decline many2 touts and get ourselves to the taxi stand outside of the airport. Although the waiting line was like 30 people long, there was a lot of taxi and the line were moving consistently. Our hotel was situated about an hour away from the airport and cost us about MYR 120.

KLIA2 with Mr. Astronaut

Our many pillows

Waiting for our plane
We arrived at the hotel at roughly 3am and the ride was uneventful. The hotel was super nice and delightful and the kind reception gave us a late checkout. Hurray! Lucky us. We got ourselves a pair of double beds and the room was spacious, clean and comfortable. From the pictures, it looks like the kids was quite energetic and it was not 3am in the morning. But believe me it is. Oh yes, the hotel is Renaissance Yu Garden which is situated really close to the Yuyuan Garden.

I did not get the room with breakfast as there was no halal spread. Instead, we had breakfast of bread and jam inside our room.

Comfy beds for a good nite sleep

Both a shower and a tub

Here is Ruzain, showing me that he wants a dip in the tub

Rain shower galore

Simple TV with HBO as one of the English channels
We had a very late morning, and went out at about 10am to walk towards Yuyuan Garden. I had plan the first night here because it was really close to the old Shanghai, it was walking distance to Yuyuan Garden and the bund, it is near to Fuyou Mosque (when there is a mosque surely it was near to a halal restaurant) and it was near some cheap shopping.

I just love the old architecture of some of the buildings, visit both temple and garden. Entrance fee was affordable and if you want to take amazing pictures, you will just have to pay and go inside. We also spend sometime browsing through some souvenirs to take back to Malaysia. I know Disneyland souvenirs are top in prices so buying them here is what I got to do.

Unfortunately, we did not find any Halal restaurant here and in the end decided to dine in at the hotel itself. We had a simple plain cheese Pizza and seafood penne. The cost for a simple lunch like this at a hotel will cost you almost RM200 per family meal.

Here are some tips when staying at this hotel:

  1. Book early, it will give you more savings
  2. The Lobby is not at Ground Level
  3. There is a family mart inside the metro station
  4. The concierge can hold onto your luggage if you want to explore
  5. They will also get the taxi for you
  6. Request for a late check out if you arrive late (if there is any room available, they will allow you to do so).

In front of the hotel

We are walking in the rain, the shops can give you some sort of shelter

Beautiful architecture of old buildings


Can you see us?

At the temple in Yuyuan Garden

There were many people

Super cold!

Statues and stones of mythical chinese creatures

Hello guests!

Us with our chinese zodiac animal! The boar or pig.

Stay tune for more of our Shanghai adventure!

November 16, 2016

Countdown to Shanghai 2016!

Hi peeps!

We are literally, counting the days for our long hopefully wonderful holiday.. Aaaahhhhhh *relief sigh*

As usual, I would like to share with you guys some preparation that I have don't to be mentally and physically prepare for our upcoming trip. Boy, I am for a challenge as this time round, we are going to a place that is nearly winter and definitely need to pack up some legit amount of thick clothing.


We booked through Basically from the time of booking, the total amount that we finally pay (including luggage, food, seating,etc.) has doubled. From RM 1400 to RM 2900. Yup, you got that right when we ever learn. I believe the most expensive was the luggage costing us about RM 600 per way. In addition, because it is cold and wet, we have to bring thick clothing which means heavier loads.


Make sure you have your visa/passport with you. For our family of 4, we have applied for the visa through a friend. The total amount that we have to pay to get the tourist visa is RM 3++ for the whole family. Overall, I find the amount ridiculously expensive. You may click on this link for further information (Malaysian applied).


For a short stay of 7 days, we are going to experience 3 different hotels. The first hotel we are going to stay in is very close Yuyuan Garden or Old Shanghai. I told Mr. Bob that since we are going to spend so much time in the modern Disney area, it would be best to experience the old as well. I am not going to spell in  detail of the hotel but most likely write about it more when we are back. Insyallah.

The next hotel will be of course near to the theme park. We are going to spend a couple of nights there and on the last night in one hotel which is close to the airport because our flight back is at midnight. It sounds a bit crazy but we will see. :)


Well, I cannot share the full detail of the plan yet. But what I could share with you guys a company called MK Shanghai that we had approached to arrange our transfer from the airport to the hotel. Most of the transport that we are planning to use is of course the taxi, just because we have small children tagging along and I do not want the hassle to manage our tower high luggage and the kids! However, be prepared to pay because the price is higher compare the normal taxi.


I couldn't stress enough that purchasing a travel insurance is one of the most important purchases that you should make while traveling outside of your home country. There are just so many people neglecting the importance of insurance. I got ours here. When you are traveling with small ones it somehow will give you a peace of mind knowing that you could get help needed at any time of need.

Social Media

You guys should also know that China block many different websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, Whatsapp etc. I could say most of the social media sites will be blocked. In order for Mr. Bob and I to tackle this issue, we decided to purchase one VPN solution that is known for its stability in China which is the ExpressVPN. Couldn't vouched on the service though, haven't got the chance to try it. But will update you guys on the performance later ok. Price is RM 50 per month subscription. For someone, who is really into social media sharing, it is quite crucial. But for those who could survive without it, you could save that extra RM 50 yo!


Finally! The absolute main reason for us visiting Shanghai is to experience the ever new Shanghai Disneyland!! *Wuuuuuhuuuuuuu!* This Disneyland was launched sometime in June 2016 and truly can't believe that we are able to visit one Disneyland brand new. So, hopefully when we come back, we could share with you wonderful experience of the park. *pray*

I downloaded the park app on my mobile and bought the tickets online just to be prepared because I heard there will be a long security queue just outside the park. 

So, that's the end of one long post of our holiday preparation. If you guys got any questions, leave you questions, in the comment box below.

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