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The Places We Go

Sunset at the Utsukushigahara Plateau in Nagano, Japan.

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” 

– Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister and author.

Travelling exposes our senses to a myriad of experiences, each of these unique and irreplicable in and of its own accord. This is a record of the Lim Family's travelling adventures both in distant lands as well as places not too far from our backyard. We hope that in sharing our experiences with you, that you too will be inspired to embark on your own adventures!

Tales from Distant Lands

US East Coast Trip 2018 - The Lims embark on their most daring adventure yet...A 40-Day driving expedition up the East Coast of the United States of America. It's a 5 leg trip spanning the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

Australia 2014: Perth, Harvey, Geographe Bay, Margaret River, Pemberton - An adventure that transcends time and space as the Lims descend deep into the earth and ascend high into the skies...

Korea 2013: Jeju, Busan & GyeongjuAn epic journey scaling perilous mountains, trudging through deep dark forests, and braving the sudden fall of snow...

Japan 2013: Kyoto, Kurashiki, Tottori & Osaka - A picturesque journey into the heart of traditional Japan. 

Short Getaways

March 2015: Malacca with the Kids - New adventures in an old town; why we need to search for both water play playgrounds and char siew pun fei sau!

October 2014: KL Getaway - Just the Two of Us - Seeking out the street foods in the Malaysian capital city while living in the lap of luxury...

Home is Where the Heart Is

Art & Drama Workshops

December 2014: The heART of a Lion - heART Studio review Part 3.

November 2014: A Wild Time at the Academy - A review of "Wild Things" Workshop at Act 3 Drama Academy.

June 2014: Art from the heART Part 2 - Z begins his journey following the footsteps of renown artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Mar 2014: Art from the heART - Our older son Z goes for his first art class at heART Studio. 

Sports & Gym

December 2014: Ready, Set, Go! A review of Ready Steady Go Kids Singapore.

December 2014: "Monkeying Around": A review of My Gym Singapore

October 2014: Try and Score - A review of RugBees Sports Programme for Kids

Theatre & Dance Productions

November 2014: Dancing with the Devil - A Review of "The Soldier's Tale" by the Singapore Dance Theatre.

November 2014: What If... - A review of I Theatre's "Hop and Honk".

September 2014: Pigeon at the Wheel - A review of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by UK-based Big Wooden Horse Company.

July 2014: Look! See! Explore! Discover! - A Review of I Theatre's Round the Moon, Blue the Sky - A regional production exploring how children learn through play.

June 2014: Five in a Row: A Review of the ACE! 2014 Festival by I Theatre - We present our reflections after watching all five ACE! 2014 Festival shows.

June 2014: Sparkles in the Sky: A Review of "Starbird" by Toto Tales - The last in the series of five ACE! 2014 Festival theatre reviews.

June 2014: Do You Believe in Dragons? - A review of "Dotty the Dragon", a fun-filled musical by UK-based Blunderbus Theatre Company. ACE! Festival 2014.

May 2014: The Jewel in the Tale: A Review of I Theatre's Under the Dragon Moon - An excellent interpretation of five Asian folktales. The third review for ACE! Festival 2014.

May 2014: Spotting Differences and Celebrating Commonalities: A Review of the I Theatre Production "Spot the Difference" - ACE! Festival 2014. Curvy and swervy vs straight lines and straight paths.

May 2014: Of Singing Cats & Operatic Ogres: A Review of I Theatre's "Puss in Boots" - The first in the a series of five ACE! 2014 Festival theatre reviews.

Mar 2014: Let Down Your Hair! - Review of the Singapore Repertory Theatre production of Rapunzel.

Mar 2014: There is a Time for Everything - Review of the I Theatre production of The Ant and the Grasshopper. A modern interpretation of a traditional tale.

Nov 2013: Movement Rocks! Review of Hello Adam - The Lim Family makes friends with Adam, and discovers that his playground is actually larger than life!

Nov 2013: Into the Woods with Red Riding Hood - A brave young girl travels far and deep into the woods to seek answers that could save her parents' ailing bakery.

Aug 2013: Explorations into Fun: Review of PLAYtime! Hello Ling - The Lim family heads for a fun time out with Ling and her magical world of light.

Aug 2013: If Animals Could Talk: Review of Hey Little Mousedeer - Join the Lim family in the forests of Southeast Asia to witness how Sang Kancil, the clever mousedeer, outwits his friends. 

Jun 2013: Eat Your Vegetables! Lessons from the Enormous Turnip - A delightful tale of hard work and perseverance as the Diggorys attempt to grow the biggest turnip ever!

Places of Interest

November 2014: A Mystica Quest at the Night Safari - A preview of the wildlife park's year-end festivities.

September 2014: Feasting the Senses - The Lims jump right into Sensorium 360, a contemporary art exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum.

August 2014: Imagination Comes ALIVE - An out-of-the-world artistic experience at Singapore's Alive Museum.

August 2014: Merlion - A National Day Walk in the Lion City - Celebrating Singapore's 49th National Day with a tour of the country's favourite local icon.

June 2014: Sentosa: A New State of Fun for Young Families - A review of Sentosa's new branding campaign and what families can expect from the island.

Apr 2014: Fragrance from the Netherlands - A sneak preview of Tulipmania 2014 at Gardens by the Bay.

Feb 2014: When Plants Get Hungry - Hungry? Care for an insect snack? The Lim Family embarks on an experiential learning journey at Gardens by the Bay.

Sep 2012: Building the Imagination: Legoland Malaysia Review - We head to Asia's first Legoland Park on its Opening Day, sharing some tips on how to plan a trip there with the children.


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