You know life is slowly but surely returning to normal in Singapore when cartoon characters start appearing in shopping malls – and just in time for the school holidays season too!
And there is no better place to keep the kids active AND have fun at the same time than being at Suntec City this June School Holiday… because they are hosting the first My Little Pony Virtual Fun Race in Singapore!
What sets this fun race apart from other races is that this is a ‘race’ that is held within a shopping mall – so there’s no excuse to complain about the heat. 😂😂😂 But in all honesty, I was intrigued when I first learnt of the My Little Pony virtual fun race at Suntec City because of its many unique features:
FREE TO JOIN FOR EVERYONE
Yes, it is entirely FREE to sign up – no registration fees required. All you need to have is your mobile phone to sign up for an account on the 42Race mobile app. Once done, just head down to Suntec City to begin your virtual race!
COMPLETE THE RACE AT YOUR OWN PACE AND TIME
The beauty of the virtual race is you and the kids can complete the race at your own pace and time. There is no requirement to head down to Suntec City at a specific date and time. All you have to do is to complete it by 10 July 2022.
COMPLETE CHALLENGES TO EARN PERKS AND REWARDS
There are two challenges to complete for the My Little Pony fun virtual race – Mission Challenge and Steps Challenge. The Mission Challenge tasks you to clear all 10 checkpoints around Suntec City while the Steps Challenge tasks you to clock your steps to redeem perks and rewards.
UNLOCK MORE REWARDS BY SPENDING A MINIMUM OF $50 AT SUNTEC CITY
While the virtual race is open to everyone for free, you can redeem even more My Little Pony goodies with a minimum spending of $50 at Suntec City!
Simply spend a minimum of $50 at Suntec City (maximum of 3 combined same-day receipts) to redeem a My Little Pony race ticket from 3 June to 10 July 2022.
But my advice is to get that minimum spending done quick because that race ticket can also get you an exclusive My Little Pony goodie bag! Between 10 and 12 June 2022, present your My Little Pony race ticket at the redemption counter located at North Wing L1 (#01-457B, in front of House of Samsonite).
The exclusive My Little Pony goodie bag consists of a tote bag, pop-pins (set of 2), one My Little Pony mask, sticker sheet and a treasure hunt map set. Complete the treasure hunt map and you can redeem a surprise gift (while stocks last) too!
But that’s not all – complete the Mission Challenge to receive a completion gift. This will be either – this one is my fave 😁 – a finisher medal (limited redemptions apply) or a certificate of completion!
Well, it turned out that Ale was eyeing on the finisher medal too when I showed it to her. So, a Dad’s gotta do what a Dad’s gotta do – we headed down to Suntec City to join the My Little Pony virtual fun race!
But first, since it’s a race – albeit being held in a mall – we had to get ourselves suited up in the correct sports attire.
West Wing, #01-375
I don’t think Nike needs any introduction.
Famed for its wide range of sporting apparel and footwear, Nike is essentially a one-stop shop for all your sporting needs – whether you are an athlete or not, whether you are young or young-at-heart.
Here’s an interesting fact about Nike: did you know that in Greek mythology, Nike is the Winged Goddess of Victory? The Nike logo is derived from goddess’ wing, ‘swoosh’, which symbolises the sound of speed, movement, power and motivation.
The friendly staff at Nike helped Ale and I to pick out a set of attire each, which of course came with super comfy shoes… because we have a virtual race to complete, you know. 😁
Can I just say that the Nike store at Suntec City is HUGE??? If you are looking for anything sportswear-related, you can probably find it there. Much like the fleece top that Ale is wearing, and you can see how much she adores it later when she wore it almost throughout our fun race journey!
And with that, we were all ready to begin the fun race!
To get started, all we had to do was to open the 42Race App to access the Mission Challenge.
There are a total of 10 checkpoints to locate at Suntec City, with clues to the locations being offered within the Mission Challenge.
And you know you got it right when you see a My Little Pony virtual fun race standee like this.
Check the standee for the Checkpointt number and scan the respective QR code on the standee to log your progress!
To the next checkpoint we go!
BUT… all the clocking of steps made our tummies rumble, so we decided to make a pit stop for some snacks. 😁
DON DON DONKI
West Wing, #02-379
Again, I don’t think DON DON DONKI needs any introduction too. Even my 3-year-old nephew keeps singing that DON DON DONKI jingle non-stop. 😂
A massive hit with Singaporeans when it opened its first store here in 2017, DON DON DONKI is the go-to place for all of us whenever we want to eat and stock up on Japanese food, and get our hands on exclusive Japan-imported products.
Already, its store layout transports us to Japan if you ask me… which I think a lot of us are missing right now given that travelling to Japan is still rather restrictive.
We were on a mission to quell our rumbling tummies so naturally, Ale zoomed in on some rice crackers. Aji Salon Rice Crackers, to be exact.
These are cheese-topped rice crackers which comes in either green laver (a type of seaweed) or wasabi flavours. There is a special promotion ongoing now – $5.90 for 1 pack or $10.50 for 2 packs so you can mix and try out both flavours!
Younger kids will love the POKEMON CHILDREN’S DAY CHOCOLATE which is a chocolate snack that comes in the shape of ‘Pikachu’ from Pokemon. Ok, so this one also went into my shopping basket because of my nephew.
And while Ale was poring over the numerous colourful snacks, something else caught my eye.
Instant ramen from Marutai! Apparently, this is a must-try Japanese instant ramen. Each pack consists of 2 servings and is retailing $3.90 each (or $6.80 for 2 packs). And since it comes in 8 different flavours, I couldn’t make up my mind and did the next best thing. 😆😆😆
With our tummies pacified, it was back to the fun race.
Here’s a tip: some of the checkpoints are located OUTSIDE the mall! 😆
Oh, and there are a few quizzes to complete within the Mission Challenge too so make sure you pay attention when you are at some of the standees as they offer clues to the questions!
And while we were on our way to the next checkpoint, I was reminded of something when I passed by this store.
East Wing, #02-703
No, not my aching neck. 😅
But it was a reminder that we need to take care and pamper our bodies from time to time too.
A leading brand in the arena of healthcare and wellness, OGAWA prides itself in creating revolutionary products to deliver the ultimate rejuvenating experience.
Like this Ogawa Cuddly Touch.
The Ogawa Cuddly Touch is the perfect companion for your tired shoulders and neck. Shaped and made to feel like a soft bolster, this massager features a vibrational feature with dual mode setting for an added therapeutic experience. Best of all, it’s extremely portable and one can use it virtually anywhere, whether it is in home, office or even on the plane.
No wonder Ale fell in love with it. But I soon took possession of it, to go along with the Ogawa Mobile Shiatsu Lite.
The Ogawa Mobile Shiatsu Lite is a multipurpose back massage pillow designed to be lightweight, portable and features 4 massage rollers that kneads away tight muscles – shiatsu style.
Pure bliss for my lower back, I tell you.
OGAWA is currently running a promotion where you can redeem 1,000 Suntec+ Points (worth $1) in exchange for $10 off Mobile Shiatsu Lite! Find more details on the Suntec+ App.
With our necks and lower backs recharged, we continued with our fun race!
And it was definitely a FUN race because not only were we running about in Suntec City to locate the different checkpoints, the standees at various checkpoints had another QR code which we could use our phones’ cameras to scan and unlock Instagram filters and games!
The IG filters were definitely cute!
While the IG games were pretty fun too! For some reason, Ale is waaay better at it than me. LOL.
Ok, so we had completed close to 75% of the fun race and by now, our tummies were protesting violently so we had to break for lunch.
Olivia & Co
North Wing, #01-481
You know, Olivia & Co is one of those restaurants that I often pass by when I am at Suntec City but never got the chance to try. But thanks to the fun race, Ale and I were looking to indulge in some comfort classics and Olivia & Co served that up in abundance.
Just ask Ale who had the Strawberry Milkshake. I kid you not when I say her eyes lit up the moment she took a sip of the milkshake.
One could taste real strawberries in the milkshake so definitely no artificial flavourings. In addition, you know how milkshakes have a bad reputation of being overly sweet and full of empty calories? This Strawberry Milkshake from Olivia & Co is nothing like that at all.
Which was why I also enjoyed my Nutella Milkshake.
But I had one small gripe.
How come I can take such a nice photo of my daughter smiling away as she chomped on MY pocky stick but when I asked her to snap a photo of me, it turned out like this???
One of Olivia & Co’s speciality, the Meat Platter consists of a sumptuous selection of striploin, pork sausages, back bacon, cajun chicken, thick fries, homemade gravy. What a feast!
Nothing much to say about the Meat Platter except for this.
I guess it’s a testament to what we thought of the food. 😊
With our energy refilled, it was time to find the remaining checkpoints. And I kid you not when I say we had already walked close to 7,000 steps by then! Not that I am complaining because remember I mentioned that there was also the Steps Challenge?
All I had to do was to clock my steps to redeem perks and rewards. There are various milestones to hit, with 10,000 steps as the pinnacle to hit.
It’s super easy to clock 10,000 steps simply because the steps can be clocked ANYWHERE!
But, while clocking my steps, we were ambushed when Ale spotted this.
North Wing, #02-427
ToTT Store is a one-stop culinary haven for anyone who cooks, bakes or hosts, with exclusive cooking, baking & hosting-related merchandise. But for Ale, she was drawn to the cooking class that was in session.
ToTT conducts regular classes for not only adults, but kids too. For older kids aged 5 and above, ToTT has drop-off classes where parents will be able to drop their kids off at ToTT to attend cook and bake classes.
For younger kids, they also have parent-accompanied classes… which was what greeted us when we walked into the store.
During the time I was there, I observed that the chef gave ample opportunities to the kids to prepare the ingredients as well as operate the kitchen equipment. They certainly looked like they enjoyed themselves tremendously!
I was lucky enough to be there at the right moment, when the chef completed the Handmade Pasta in Carbonara Sauce dish!
I definitely have to keep ToTT’s classes in mind the next time I run out of ideas during the school holidays!
After a slight detour, we were on track to complete our fun race!
AND WE DID IT! CHECKPOINT 10! 🎉🎉🎉
With the race done, we needed a change of clothes.
North Wing, #02-464
Founded in 2006, Recoil is proudly Singaporean with a vision to produce fashionable, high-quality apparel at affordable prices.
With its distinctive graphic tees and youthful tailoring of tops and bottoms, no wonder Ale was quickly drawn to Recoil’s fashion collection!
Check out the 2 pieces that she picked out on her own!
The Oversized Tees are not only fashionable but according to her, they are extremely comfortable as well. I learnt the tees are made with Odell cotton fabric, a high-grade environmentally friendly fabric that is made from recycled plants and white fibers, which is spun with cotton.
Looks like I had to try on Recoil’s apparel for myself then!
With the past 2+ years of working mostly from home, my formal wear comprising of long sleeve shirts and pants were left almost untouched so it was time for a new change of wardrobe!
How do I look? I love the fit of this 3/4-sleeved Burgundy Shirt as well as the black trousers. Top it off with a blazer and I think it’s all good! 😆
Ale loved her outfit while I loved mine too – and the timing is perfect because there is a FLASH SALE happening currently: Purchase a $20 Recoil e-Voucher for only $8 via the Suntec+ App! That’s a 60% discount, if you are thinking of doing the Math. 😁
And what about our Steps Challenge?
We absolutely slayed it.
And in return for our efforts, we were rewarded with these perks!
Not too bad at all! In fact, one of the rewards was 3,000 Suntec+ Points (worth $3) which can be used to offset parking! 😊
With the My Little Pony Fun Race now in full swing at Suntec City, there is no better place to bring the kids this June school holiday.
Not only can the kids be kept active by completing mission challenges and clocking steps, parents can score great deals too! Apart from the promotions I mentioned above, here are MORE promotions and highlights you can enjoy at Suntec City:
Spend and Redeem Promotions
– Receive 3,000 Suntec+ Points with a min. spend of $50
– Receive a $5 Suntec City e-Voucher with a min. spend of $125
CITI CREDIT CARDMEMBER EXCLUSIVE [on top of above rewards]
– Receive a $5 Suntec City e-Voucher with a min. spend of $125
– Receive a $20 Suntec City e-Voucher with a min. spend of $300
Suntec+ Member Perks
From 22 – 30 Jun, use your Suntec+ Points to redeem special deals, featuring 1-for-1 deals, $1 deals, $10 deals and more! From as low as 100 Suntec+ Points only!
On 22 Jun, receive 4X Suntec+ Points with a min. spend of $20! Additionally, receive 4,000 bonus Suntec+ Points with a min. $15 spend on Suntec+ Eats.
Suntec+ Eats Highlights
JUNE HOLIDAYS TREATS
From 3 – 12 Jun, get $5 OFF with a min. spend of $20
FATHER’S DAY EXCLUSIVE
From 13 – 24 Jun, get 19% OFF with NO min. spend!
SUMMER DRINKS SPECIALS
From 27 Jun – 1 Jul, receive $2 OFF with a min. spend of $6 at participating stores only
*Participating stores include: 108 Matcha Saro, BaWangChaJi, Coffeesmith, Krispy Kreme, Llao Llao, ParTea, Signature KOI, TP Tea, Yenly Yours Dessert
From 4 – 15 Jul, receive 4,000 Suntec+ Points with a min. spend of $20
*Click here for full terms and conditions.
For more information, visit HERE.