Waterplay with hot grounds? Poolzies to the rescue! (& an international giveaway)

Living in tropical Singapore, you get the sun up close and personal almost every day (except the monsoon seasons).

Sometimes it is just to close for comfort. In recent years, water parks sprouted up fast and furious in almost every new malls and public parks. It is just so cool to have them around for young children to have a reprise in the hot weather.

Unlike his older brother, Eizac is a water babe. He took to water (and water play) like a fish in water. Recently he insist having a bath toy every time he takes a bath and if he has his wish, he won’t ever end his bath time.

As such we warmed up to waterparks together with him. With waterparks, most are only open during day time when the sun is up. Perhaps like me, most parents might have encountered hot grounds at waterparks where they won’t allow shoes. Normally the kids will just hop around and douse water to ease burning soles. This happened to one such expat couple in Singapore as well. And that brought about the clever idea of introducing pool shoes – Poolizes.

Pia – the founder of Poolzies,  kindly sent Eizac a pair of lightweight Poolzies shoes which is made from Matt Nylon Lycra fabric (Australia) and anti-slip soles from Toughtek (USA).

It’s love at first sight for me as the shoes are well tailored (in Philippines) and the colors are bright and colourful.

Eizac tried these out at Gardens by the Bay waterpark recently and it is indeed a great product in my opinion.

I choose 18-24 months sizing for Eizac as he is about 19 months now. It looked longer than his feet but surprisingly it fitted snugly when he put it on at the park.

Besides it’s flexibility, I like it that the fabric also has a UPF 50+ protection from the sun. It’s almost like having sunblock on the feet while wearing shoes. Eizac didn’t resist in putting on the shoes; in fact at one point of time, we took off the shoes and he came running to me; pointing at his feet and “complaining” HOT HOT! I can imagine it’s must be really comfortable that he didn’t want to take them off besides the fact that the grounds were really scorching hot.

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It is a shame though that we were told to take off the Poolzies Pool Shoes at one point of time as the security personnel said shoes are not allowed in the play area. I had to patiently explain it is not a regular shoe wear but a pool shoe designed to be used in the pool/wet areas. Still, we were told not to wear it (after I finished with my photos) regardless of what shoes they were. Probably due to the lack of such products in Singapore, the security is not inclined to allow pool shoes as the rest of the crowd might follow suit with their regular footwear. Hopefully in time to come, Poolzies will be seen more often in waterparks such that it will be a regularity and we won’t be shooed off while wearing them. :S

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Poolzies currently stocks from 0 to 36 months in 10 different colors and designs at For the older kids and adults, there are plans to make bigger sizes in the future!

Do check out their website for more information on purchasing details.

Giveaway

And here is a splashing good chance to win a pair of Poolzies!

Poolzies had kindly sponsored not 1 but 2 pairs of  non-slip Poolzies pool shoes to be won in this international giveaway!

Here’s how to stand a chance walk away with these shoes:

1) Like Poolzies Facebook Page if you haven’t already done so.

2) Like Claude Dambreville Facebook page if you haven’t already done so.

3) Leave a comment on this blog post OR on this Facebook post sharing with us what features do you like best about Poolzies pool shoes. *hint* – read the blog post in more details or check Poolzies website.  Please include your kid’s age in the comments too. Reminder to also leave an email address so we can contact you when you are chosen as the winner. 🙂

Note:

This is an international giveaway; i.e open to all on earth who has a mailing address. 🙂 2 winners will be picked randomly; 1 who is based in Singapore and another anywhere in the world!

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, 15th Oct 2014, 12am (Singapore time). Check back on this post for announcement of winners thereafter.

*Special thanks to Poolzies for letting Eizac try out these cool pool shoes and sponsoring the giveaway!*

Poolzie 3Post updated:

And the Singapore-based winner is….. LENY! Congratulations! Poolzies will be in contact shortly. 🙂 Thank you for the participation everyone; please look forward to the next giveaway if you didn’t win this round.

Gardens By the Bay (Singapore Garden Festival 2014)

This Wed, we took the chance to visit The Singapore Garden Festival 2014 held at Gardens by The Bay. Xi En didn’t have school for the day and the tickets are so much cheaper on a weekday, so off we went. 🙂

It’s our first time going into The Flower Dome & we loved it! Not just because it’s fully AIR-CONDITIONED, the display always renews after a period of time. This round it is Orchid Extravaganza and we saw loads of pretty orchids which is Singapore’s national flower.

With 2 speedy Gonzales (read my boys), I could only manage to take photos with my trusty phone camera and it’s already quite amazing. 🙂

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These are one of my favourite flowers; such soothing colours. 🙂

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Besides The Flower Dome, with the same tickets you get to go to The Meadows which is about 10 mins walk from The Flower Dome. Note that The Meadow is only partially air-conditioned. So do plan your trip properly to visit The Meadow at the coolest point of your visit so you won’t become red lobsters at the end. 😛

There is also a Market Place en-route towards The Meadow and you can take the chance to purchase some planting stuff if you plan to grow some green fingers. We bought organic composite back to grow our pandan leaves back home. 🙂

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Part of the displays of Singapore Garden Festival with acclaimed garden designers.

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One of the kids’ favourite “displays” – The Learning Corner/Place (i can’t recall it’s name).  I wished we could spend more time here if they weren’t already tired.

We saw padi, aloe vera, cherry tomato, padi, guava and even toothache plant! That’s something new to me! I thought it is a great idea that the organisers placed real life products next to the plants; it helped the kids (and me) to relate to them easily.

Xi En enjoyed looking for his favourite food. Kai En was running amok that he couldn’t eat those fruits and packet of food on display!!!

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We were exhausted at the tail end of the trip but my flower-crazy Mom said that we forgotten to visit the Orchid Kaleidoscope at The Flower Dome. And so we trooped back and queued to visit this display. Do plan some time for this if you want a photo with the massively tall orchid structure. Go in in a group; lie low and take your shots! 😀

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Overall we really enjoyed the visit and it is so much worth it with the discounted rates during this season. Plan your visit on a weekday if possible (that’s only today left). If not, go really early on a weekend and purchase your tickets online to avoid the crowd!

I copied the below from the official Singapore Garden Festival 2014 website. Bring along your passion card and/or NTUC card to enjoy a further 15% discount for the adults and children entry fees. Senior residents already enjoy further discounted prices as part of the honouring pioneer generation promo.

“To celebrate the Festival’s debut at Gardens by the Bay, SGF tickets have been specially priced for local residents to visit both the Festival and the Flower Dome Conservatory for the same price as previous shows. All Singaporean seniors (≥60yrs with pink ICs) will also be entitled to a 20% discount off Weekday Local Residents Rate (i.e. $4 per ticket after discount) in celebration of the Pioneer Generation’s contribution to Singapore’s nation-building.Valid from 18 – 22 Aug only.

Show Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Conservatories Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm daily

All Gardens by the Bay Conservatory tickets dated between 16-24 August will be allowed entry into Singapore Garden Festival 2014

SGF 2014 Ticket Pricing

*Singapore citizens, permanent residents and those living in Singapore, including those holders of employment passes, work permits or dependent passes. Proof of residency may be required when purchasing tickets or upon entry.”

Alive Museum

One of the latest attraction in town – The Alive Museum! I had always wanted to visit one of such 3D illusionary museum after seeing it on friends’ posts to Korea. So happy that it came to Singapore!

Opened in 2009 in Korean, Alive Museum currently has 15 branches worldwide and Singapore is its’ latest exhibition stop occupying 10,000sqft at Suntec City, making it the biggest of such 3D museums here. The largest branch in Jeju Island takes up 43,000sqft! The key attraction of this museum is to offer you a sensory experience which “tricks” your visual, physical and environmental perception.

How often do you need to tell your children not to touch museum exhibits? At Alive, you won’t need to be concerned about this. One is free to touch, feel, crawl and roam! I love interactive museums and glad that there are more of such for our toddlers to “meddle with” without worries of being chased out! 😛

In any case, we were kindly invited to experience Alive Musuem by OMY Blog Club. We went on a weekday evening and happy to find a small crowd which is great as this allowed us sufficient time and space to take photos!

As this is a “photography tells it all” place, let me show you what we did through photos. 

At the entrance, Eizac trying donned angel wings (too short though!):

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Just when we entered, this “audacious” act was the first the boys got themselves into:

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Mer-man? Xi En had always been curious how it is possible to be a mermaid. He got the answer here:

(p.s.: there is a hidden fan in front; the adults probably can get it activated with longer hands)

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An over-sized foetus:

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Xi En obediently opened his mouth when we asked him to pose for this photo: Hehhehee.

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Drama-MaMa:

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Among the 80 masterpieces, there are 9 depicting the scenes of Singapore. Here is one. Kim getting a free hairwash from Merlion.

(Tip: look out for photo hints on the walls and photos marks on the floor for ideas on how to pose with the paintings)

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The Queen came for a visit. One zealous fan is trying to stop the tour bus (with her bare hands):

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This is not an easy one to achieve. The husband executed it almost perfectly with his well-trained core muscles. 😛

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Hey Jobs, don’t worry; my little spy is hard at work. We are getting the evidence real soon! 😛

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My mum is trying to practice some lotus-sitting position with “master”??>

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That’s some kind of funny tasting ice-cream:

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Ready for some action? Green monster power!

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The husband decided he is more funny with a “dead-cockroach” pose. errmm……

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Some kong-fu master showed off his “no-shadow” kick!

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No end to getting punched around here huh?

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Another Singapore’s iconic building. The team washing their hands with “recycled” water:

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Eizac got a hang of things after awhile. He gamely held on to Daddy for his dear life as the earth cracked open beneath him:

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Effortless hand-stand as Eizac joined me on the floor; errmm, wall I meant. 🙂

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This angel-wannabe couldn’t take flight as the baby tugged on tight!

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Navigating rapids is no easy feat with 2 squirrely boys. The younger one couldn’t move the oar and decided to desert the Daddy!

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Run before you become one of them!!

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The kids found a mini trampoline and had a good time bouncing off the walls. 

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But you need a professional to show off some break-dance moves! (Now you know the use of the trampoline!)

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Daddy to the rescue (again)!

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To get the wind-in-your-hair-eyes-cannot-open look, try fighting with this computer game character.

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Leg spilt is chicken-feet; even when you add 2 boys.

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Besides the 3D paintings, there are also quirky, fun interactive exhibits like these:

The endless mirror “disco” room:

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Another mirror-effect. Reminds me of the movie “Matrix” for some reason..

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I don’t like this. Endless creepy crawlies. This reminds me of the movie “Mummy”.

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Marilyn Monroe loves the kinetic energy generated by the pinwheels. Give it a gentle blow and Monroe will come Alive.

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3D artwork continues:

Training an Olympian starts young they say:

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The most hilarious part of this photo is my son. He was trying hard; really trying hard to save the penguins. 😀

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One of my favourite drawings. It’s so cleverly drawn with great 3D effect. You actually feel that you are sitting on that chair!

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Ending off with Love Boat. Once there was 2. Now there are 4. Sailing…. Sailing along. 🙂

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Tips for those who are planning a visit:

  • Choose an off peak time if possible so you can have the space and time to leisurely take fun photos.
  • If you are bringing young children, pick their most cooperative time (avoid near nap times unless you have a super solid sleep-through-it-all baby)
  • Young children might be overwhelmed initially by the huge life sized paintings; take time to ease them in and it will be fun when they start joining in.
  • Bring extra pair of hands (like grandmas and grandpas!) so you can have someone take family photos and mind the kids too. 😀
  • We took a total of 1.5 to 2 hours to finish touring the place. Do note that it is a one way traffic in and out; no turning back to the entrance and once you exit; you can’t re-enter. There are no toilets in there; so do let the children visit the toilets before heading in. Don’t mistook the paintings for toilets though they look real real! 😛
  • I used a mirrorless camera with pancake lens to take most of the photos as it’s best for dim indoor lighting. But I took some with my Iphone 5S and the photos turned out decent too. For quick actions, stand by your phone camera.

 

Alive Museum

Location: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Tower 3 and 4)

Ticket Prices: $25 (Adults), $20 (Children 3-12 years), Free for toddlers under 3

Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm Daily (Last Admission at 9pm)

For more details do visit Alive Museum website here

Do check their website for periodic promotions. There is a current one now with Burger King. More details here

 

Go and have some camera, light, actions FUN! 🙂

 

N.B: OMY and Alive Museum kindly sponsored 2 tickets; whilst we bought the rest at discounted prices. Otherwise all photos, comments and free modelling remain writer’s own.