Continuing where I have left off
Watched another performance about HK’s heartful journey. Vibrant and entertaining, except that I was a little annoyed by the screaming by the performers.
Lunch at Cinnamoroll cafe. Food service at both cafe joints known to be slow, food is pricey and typical (midas400, 2012) doesnt taste nice/unhealthy (Yiwen_Naisu, 2012) so we brought our own food there. There isnt any sign saying that outside food is not allowed anyway. My mum had coffee while waiting for us and surprisingly she said it wasnt too bad. This is the design of the table:
Other corners of the cafe:
This is the HK friendship land which is for smaller kids. Didnt go inside cos my cousins are over-aged kids. But basically it is just some structures shooting balls that keeps children preoccupied (Jaynechua, 2012).
Introducing the toilets. It was quite clean though. But then the toilet also pms-es and has its dirty days (chinesepinkaddict, 2012). On a side note the management should put DD instead of Badtz for the gents signage instead.
Next we went to Black Wonder. Solve some puzzles to rescue HK and DD who have been kidnapped by Kuromi. At least it is a more refreshing concept. My cousins didnt know what was going on actually. HEH! While waiting for our turn:
Pay attention to details (David JR, 2012) because they will be asked in the questions. Apparently I didnt. Woops! Anyway more important is to take note of the symbol that will be given at the end.
Soalan yang cuba menguji saya apa saya belajar semasa kelas Bahasa Melayu. Tetapi jangan bimbang, juga ada terjemahan Inggeris.
More pics of the place. I shall keep quiet about what is going on inside for now.
Kuromi morphing in 4 different forms
Poor HK and DD locked up
Trying to be a hantu again. But someone decided to monkey see monkey do
This room is rather arid. Be prepared.
This is the certificate that will be awarded upon completion. Didnt mind the grade since I was more absorbed in taking pictures.
Headed to wishful studio to do some hands-on activities. Decorated with tasty looking cookies and homely items, but the queuing can be a little confusing. Waiting time can get horrendous. 2 activities share the same door except that one room is located more inside. Some mafia parents can head to the next room after completing the activity of the front room without queuing (edgrace622,2012). From our experience the cookie painting and costume dress-up took a longer waiting time. Towards closing time expect staff to chase people out (mammiethots, 2012).
Before entering the staff will hand out nail stickers. Good activity since it is a girl’s dream to doll themselves up and all. However the brand of nail polish wasnt that great. Coat is too thick and takes super long to dry. But B.O. nail polish is well known for its myraid of colors and super cheap prices. The nail polish brushes have split ends which makes application difficult. There is also no nail artist around so mostly the mothers helped their children to apply. Suggest investing in better brands of nail polish, checking the condition of the bottles and standing by nail polish remover.
I didnt apply as I painted my nails prior to the trip. YY gave up after 1 nail, so here is RX painting 3 nails
RX and my nails (pink metallic and white glitter).
ended up snapping pics of the area while waiting for her
Display cases just showing nail polish and stickers. Was looking for HK-ish designs but there isnt!
Personally I like this one cos I like collecting bling and buying accessories. Basically just given one charm and attach it to the bracelet. Used my mum’s card to get another bracelet if not it would be a waste. As advertised on tv there are a wide variety of charms to choose from but in actual fact there is 1 charm given only. Can empathize from the management’s point of view as there will be people grabbing many of them to bring home and HK jewelry is expensive.
Next is the cookie studio. Waiting time was quite long. Just paint a cookie with food coloring here. I didnt want to eat the cookie immediately but there isnt any container provided. If the management still doesnt provide a box to store the cookie, bring a box to standby. In the end I used the coffee cup which my mum drank from to store the cookie. YY painted the entire HK with brown coloring (looks disturbing) and she didnt want to eat it. RX ate both in the end.
Last activity is costume dress up. this is the queue with the longest waiting time. Not many variety of characters to choose from either. HK and melody for children (cant remember if there is badtz), and melody and badtz for adults. At least the staff is willing to take photographs with the visitors’ personal camera coupled with the professional service provided.
Went to visit the souvenir shop downstairs. Items are expensive so didnt buy any or I didnt need them at the moment (eg bags, wallets, tissue cover). Personally I thought that the build-a-doll would be a good momento for the trip but the size doesnt justify its price tag. Only visited the HK section of the shop.
YY and RX trying to be window displays
Last of all went to Red Bow cafe to chill while waiting for the bus to come. Since it was near towards the end of the day not much food was left, saw the staff apologising to customers when they try their luck ordering food items to see if they are still available. Had red bow muffin which is actually a typical muffin. So much for that fanciful name. The hot tea also doesnt have milk added (RX drank it).
The design of the table:
This is how RX drinks her tea
Overall for a die hard HK/Sanrio fan like me I would say it was a nice trip since I can get to satisfy my fan craving. But let me try to sound neutral. As this theme park is opened for barely 2 months, there are bound to be hiccups here and there. Probably more time is needed for the management to experiment around with different expectations in order for the theme park to appeal to more consumers worldwide, being the first to open in Asia outside of Japan, Anyway here is just my 2 cents worth:
To start off, my cousins were disappointed with the lack of rides in the theme park. so for adventure seekers a better place would be little big club or legoland.
The managing of activities in wishful studio can also be further improved like making the queues less confusing and checking up on the needs of visitors (e.g the management shouldnt assume that we will eat the cookie immediately after painting it).
Black wonder was quite a good experience as there is some intellectual challenge despite some confusion.
HK house is a must go for fans but somehow it was just a display of HK collectibles here and there.
Not much comment for the performances as they are entertaining.
The food service and the food itself seriously needs a lot of improvement since it also forms an important part in the visitor impression. At least serve proper meals and speed up the waiting time since people are hungry. Check up on what food is more popular among customers/what customers find unique and stock them in the food inventory. More HK themed food should also be introduced to make the cafe unique. You are in HK town after all.
Other than that I feel that some of the popular characters in sanrio didnt make their appearance in this theme park. Did anyone happen to see pochacco/purin/usahana/pekkle in my photos? Although it is a HK town, but having the word ‘sanrio’ in its entire name imply that the more popular sanrio characters need to have some representation as well. If cinnamoroll can have the entire cafe to itself, why didnt purin appear at all?
Signing off with a pic of my up-till-date sanrio family: (more to come when I drink more coffee and draw on the lids!)