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Posted on Jun 15, 2013

A Cozy Place, A Warm Welcome, A Smile- All A Weary Traveler Needs- Pillows and Toast Hostel, Singapore

A Cozy Place, A Warm Welcome, A Smile- All A Weary Traveler Needs- Pillows and Toast Hostel, Singapore

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Our favorite pic of Jason with our kids. Feet belong to Solai. Look their faces. Can you feel the love?

We’re been around. Yeah. That’s a nice way to say it. And every single time we go to a new place, I put up all of my barriers and say, “This time, love, don’t fall in love,” and it doesn’t work, not even a little bit. Another great example of that is here at Pillows and Toast Hostel in Singapore. When they invited us to stay with them, we were touched. But no one said they’d invite us back and beg us to stay double than we agreed upon, that Ming would run in the streets making movies with them, that they would play Monopoly with them, that their staff would print out Taylor Swift lyrics and sing them with the kids all day, and that they would allow the kids to overrun the hostel with art activities, most of which the staff themselves brought the kids from home to do. . ‘Hostel’ is simply a major misnomer. Pillows and Toast is a community of loving people.

It is our esteem honor to share with you our impressions, thought, life-events, and memories from this amazing little spot in Singapore. We wanted to show you some of the faces that brightened our lives while there, cuz after, before, and through it all, it is the people that we meet that matters, nothing, but nothing else lasts but that love. So, welcome. I know we’re missing tons of amazing staff members. These are the pics I could find in our files.

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Climbing all over the front desk to hang art was a normal daily ritual. Jim Rong is cool that way.

 

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When you work full time jobs, own 2 hostels, and have families, clearly, playing with the nomadic kids Monopoly is clear valuable use of your precious time.

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Did you ever check in to a hostel and have your kids fully entertained all day long? I know! We loved it.

 

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Elix and Orazi and Solai. She’s gorgeous!
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She- not a word of English, Me- not a word of Chinese. And still, love.

And Jessica and the rest we love and miss, we send you all of our love. All of it!

Again, we appreciate the invitation for accommodations, but them going far beyond the call of duty and acting like grandparents, the  opinions expressed here, and the damn falling in love part are ours alone. As we share our Pillows and Toast experiences in the coming months, you will be able to find all of their posts by searching for “Pillows and Toast.”

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                                                                                                                        Kobi, Gabi, Solai, Orazi and Dahnya

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  1. It takes great people to set aside their duties to not only accommodate you, but also your whole family.

    • it truly does cat. you can see the love they possess, the kindness to the children. that made it all unreal for us. thanks for sharing. gabi

  2. Wow sounds like a really awesome hostel. I love those places where everyone is so kind and friendly. Love the name of the place as well – Pillows and Toast – very cute 🙂

    • Adam dear! Thank you. I love that too. Those faces and that love, you never forget. It’s a great name… totally. gabi

  3. Such a great name for a hostel. Good to see *everyone* looking so happy.

    • thank you steve! i think it’s one hell of an amazing name, and likewise for the people. thank you!

  4. Now you did it Gabi! You make me want to go there. I am seriously keeping a list of all the places you guys stay, so when we ever get to Asia we can follow your footsteps. We want to feel and share all of that love. Oh this one looks especially divine.

    • heidi, you are so sweet. you are really keeping a list of the places we’ve stayed. oh, i’m so touched. how about from now on i write your name in permanent market in some inconspicuous corner of the room and you have to find them all? you would follow in our footsteps. i’m dying! i adore you, oh, and pillows and toast is unreal. i’ll be posting about them on the 15th of each month and you’ll see. it just gets better all the time.

  5. Sounds like SO much fun!! …And if your kids play like my kids, those Monopoly games can be epic. 🙂 I really enjoyed reading this one!

    • jennifer, it is awesome this place. they loooove kids and were just amazing to us. the kind of thing you just don’t forget. thank you jennifer! gabi

  6. Often it’s the people that make the lodging special 🙂

    • 100% agree larissa. that was made it magical for us. you can see how magical they are.

  7. Hard to believe this is a hostel; the warmth seen in these photos suggests that this is a loving home. What a wonderful way for your family to connect with a new community!

    • Sandra, i know! i thought we made a deal, you let us stay for a bit, we’ll review the place. that was the deal. but, like i said, them treating us like family, playing with the kids, bringing new games and art activities for them and chocolates and taking them on field trips, them loving us, them begging us to come back and stay more so that they could be with us, a loving home is a wonderful way to describe it. what a wonderful way for us to fall in love with singapore. 🙂 gabi

  8. We’re on our way to Singapore shortly, looks like Pillows and Toast for us. We love Monopoly!

    • no way! omg. i’m so jealous! give them a huge hug from us ok? when?

  9. Oh, this sounds like such a lovely place to be! We’ll definitely make a point of staying with them on our next trip through Singapore.

    • micki, you will LOVE it! unreal! gabi

  10. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of staying in hostel and especially as a couple, but if the atmosphere is more like this than the usual part atmosphere then I’m much more interested.

    • i know. it did have its toll when kobi and i stayed sooo long in dorms. we shared beds sometimes and put up sheets for some privacy but *cough* NOT SO FUN at all. you know. but still, the atmosphere here is unreal. totally, but totally worth it! gabi

  11. What a lot of fun!!! I’m just discovering what a great option hostels are when travelling with kids.

    • bethaney, you would just love it. you would. they are fantastic. do you know how much noise and art activities we had plastered all over the place?

  12. I love the name of the place! Yet another amazing experience for your family. Hospitality at its very best! Love <3

    • totally laurel. the very very best! thanks for commenting dearest

  13. This sounds like such an amazing place, if we ever find ourselves in Singapore we’ll have to check it out. Like you say, the people really do make the place what it is.

    • totally andrew. thank you! you will love it there if you get to singapore. airasia flights soooo cheap. 🙂 gabi

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