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.”