Mother’s Day, a day about thanking and appreciating the women in our lives whose sacrifices and love shape us into who we are today. So when the occasion and the weekend presented itself, we scooped Dana’s Grandma, Great-Grandma, Grand Aunt Judy off to somewhere off the beaten track for an inter-generational getaway. Our choice? Nope, not boisterous RWS Sentosa but the quaint old Changi Village.
|Going East to escape from it all!|
|Bright facade of the hotel jazzing up the relaxed vibes of Changi…|
|Beautiful orchid blooms greet the guests at the entrance…|
|Here we are at quaint old Changi Village!|
|Humour in the neighbourhood…|
|Chilling out at the rooftop infinity pool…|
|Bonus activity at the pool – planes spotting!|
|Tranquility outside the room window…|
|Upgraded to this Junior Suite because it was my birthday – what a pleasant surprise!|
|Big Bathtub in Big Bathroom…|
|Premium brand of aromatherapy bath products…|
|Guess who’s having a whale of her time?|
Since we are already in this ulu part of the island, Daddy whisked the entire troop off to Changi Chapel & Museum: a former chapel preserved for the remembrance and commemoration of the suffering and bravery of the POWs during World War 2. Dana may be a preschooler but we seized the opportunity to teach her a bit about Singapore’s history. We taught her that the soldiers paid the price for our freedom and the beautiful country we live in today was built through the sweat and toil of our forefathers so we must learn to be gracious and grateful…
I’ve visited the Changi Chapel with my students on history learning journeys many years ago but it still moved me deeply today. Daddy being a history buff was naturally captivated by every note, every word, every ornament, every mural…the walls tell the stories of valor, courage and sacrifice…lest we forget and wage war…Great-Grandma is a war survivor herself so she shared tales with Dana whenever her memory is jotted by the museum exhibits…such poignant reminders on Mothers’ Day.
|The old rugged cross – a symbol of hope for the POWs…|
|Wreath of honour and remembrance…|
|Names inscribed on each cross…each one represents someone’s brother, son, father, husband…|
|Dana lighting a candle in remembrance of the fallen soldiers…|
|A prayer plaque…|
|Thousands of cranes offering peace and reconciliation…|
|Penning down her thoughts at the chapel…|
|A Mommy and Daughter moment…|
|The Cross of Changi…|
|Relic of St. Georges Church|
|Because we remember…that’s why we came…|
|A message from 5 yr-old Dana: ‘Thank you for fighting for our freedom…’|
|A grand-daughter’s note to her pop…|
|The Changi Chapel, a slice of history preserved…|
|The pews where the POWs sat…|
|Thank you for your sacrifice…|
|4 generations of blessings – Great Grandma, Grand Aunt and little Dana|
In our unhurried pace, we soaked in the two gems that Changi Village offers and rediscovered a little more about our tiny island…We would definitely return again, perhaps even take a bum boat at the jetty opposite the hotel to explore the rustic Pulau Ubin whilst its charm is still intact. Home & away – thanking God for this most lovely and memorable way to spend Mothers’ Day.
Changi Village Hotel
Address: 1 Netheravon Rd 508502
Telephone: (65) 6379 7111
(Including Sundays and Public Holidays)
- SBS Bus No. 2 from Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW4), or
- SBS Bus No. 29 from Tampines MRT Station (EW2)
We love Changi Village Hotel! Went once for “babymoon staycation” when preg with Ayra. The Junior Suite looks cool. Perhaps I can try again (and hope for an upgrade) on one of our birthdays. 😛
Staycations are great alternatives to short getaway oversea.
The hotel looks lovely! And the toiletries are really premium. Laid back staycation is awesome! And have a happy birthday and a good year ahead! 🙂
The room looks so well furnished and totally looks so relaxing !
Hui Ing says
We stayed in Changi Village Hotel last year and love it too! Personally, I think it’s better than MBS, which is way too crowded. 🙂
Ai Sakura says
Such a beautiful family getaway and that suite is just amazing!! You always find such wonderful staycation destinations. Need to pick your brains the next time we are planning for one 😉
Ai @ Sakura Haruka
What a lovely hotel, nestled away from the bustling city. And it’s so cool to be able to see the planes while swimming. Lovely time spent with the family and I’m sure Dana will grow up appreciating it.
Bumble Bee Mum says
Oh my, I love that Husband day care centre!! It got me bursting out laughing (and my 2 year old is now asking me ‘Mama, what’s so funny?’.
Is this the one with the MOE deal? My sister (who is a teacher) has been asking me if I wanna go staycation at some hotel in Changi Village, but I keep thinking ‘staycation at Changi Village??? What’s there to do there??’. But hmmm, I never knew about the museum.. It looks like an interesting place to visit.
And I love how you bring your kids such places to let them appreciate the peace we are enjoying now. Like the 911 memorial and this. Your posts give me goosebumps.
Lovely place for staycation! A great getaway from the city!
Lovely post! Now I also want to go to Changi Village for a staycation. Thanks for the great ideas of things to do while staycationing there. 🙂
The suite looks awesome and spacious! Maybe I should plan a staycation there some day. Love the quaint, rustic charm that changi still carries that is similar to the 90s when i was still growing up.
Thanks for sharing.
We recently had a staycation at Village Hotel in Changi and agree that it’s such a getaway from our city life. We took the opportunity to visit Pulau Ubin as well and had such a fun time.