“Best Pool Ever at SAFRA Yishun!” said The Little Ones

We spent our weekend at the newly revamped pool at SAFRA Yishun and we had a terribly hard time getting the girls out of the water! The pool at SAFRA Yishun Country Club has new and lots of fun upgrade and I think we will be using more of our SAFRA membership soon. Why the pool not at SAFRA Punggol leh? Splash@KidsAmaze is fun, but the Mummy me don’t get to swim nor even dip into the pool. As SAFRA members we get to enter the new pool at Yishun for free some more wor!

New Pirate Theme Wet Play Wading Pool

SAFRA Yishun Country Club offers family-friendly amenities in a resort-like setting. The newly renovated swimming pool opened its doors to members and guest in March 2017 and features enhanced waterfall and slides, an expanded patio, new changing rooms and a brand new pirate-theme wet playground.

When the girls saw the pool on Saturday, they couldn’t wait to jump right into it! And once they’re in, no one can pull them out of the water…

The pirate theme wet playground that’s suitable for all ages
Adventurous and never say never, Zara had too much time that day at SAFRA Yishun!
The duo can just lazed like that forever…
The waterfall and rainbow slides that got everyone excited! One slide is not enough please, good thing they’ve got two!

First Swim Class with FINS Swim School

Children and adults of all ages are guided by dedicated coaches who strive to bring out the best in their students. Swim lessons are well-structured and designed to be comprehensive and safe, helping students gain proficiency as independent swimmers.

Ayra had her first swim class experience with one of the coaches at FINS Swim School, and the shy girl exclaimed it was fun! The 45 minutes passed too quickly and she wants to go back for more. Maybe I should register both the girls for their July intake.

Shy girl hiding behind at start of lesson, but eventually eased and got comfortable with the coach.

SAFRA Facebook Page Contest

To celebrate the opening of the new pirate adventure wet play wading pool, SAFRA Yishun Country Club is giving away 10 sets of FINS Arena Kids Swimmers Starter Kits to 10 lucky winners. Find the missing puzzle on SAFRA Facebook page here and share a treasured #SAFRApools moment to participate in the contest.

Check out the video of this new swimming pool on our Facebook page.

Photos in this post taken with the Canon Powershot EOS M5 camera.

Activities for Kids at SAFRA Punggol Clubhouse

Whenever there is opportunity to bond with Zara one-to-one, I would try my best to treasure it and enjoy as much as I can. That’s what we did couple weekends ago at SAFRA Punggol – experiencing how a “Little Punggol SAFRA Explorer” was like.

It was time for Zara’s nap but I thought the activities and my companionship would keep her awake and excited. It was so at first, but it didn’t last.

We arrived way too early at SAFRA Punggol, me alone with Zara. The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon – with families and lots of kids! We waited around the lobby area and I could sense the sleepiness kicking in for Zara as the clock ticks by.

We were both relieved when we finally got the activities going together with other family bloggers.

First stop for us was at ARTARY at Level 4 of SAFRA Punggol. ARTARY provides art classes for kids and their space is very nicely done up! Love the interior and how the wall murals make the whole place very whimsical and fun.

2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer DayWith just less than an hour for this activity, we did our best to create our version of Sunflowers (or “whatever flowers” in our case) by Van Gogh. This was the first time Zara got to do painting work in a classroom setting. I must say her attention and focus was much better than I’d expected. Well I was admiring her concentration with the task on hand until she got bored and tired. 2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer Day

2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer DayOnce we’re done painting and got ourselves washed up from all the paints, we headed down to Pizza Hut for a special pizza making session. By this time (around 4pm), Zara’s level of tolerance is almost zero. She refused to walk, refused to wear the Pizza Hut chef hat, refused to take photo… she was just not ready to cooperate at all. 2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer Day

Until Ah Ma (grandma) came along.

2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer DayThis girl of mine is also Ah Ma ???. She adores her grandma and would do anything and everything as long Ah Ma is with her. Just look at that smile on her face! It was a relieved for me really, because I was super famished and tired by that time. I was happy to just hang around while Zara enjoys the rest of the day with her grandma at SAFRA Punggol. I took a back row seat being the photographer and videographer for the day. 2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer Day

Note: Pizza making session is still not available at Pizza Hut SAFRA Punggol at time of this post. You can contact them to enquire about events should you be keen to find out more.

While our pizzas were being baked in the oven, we headed to the highlight of the day. SPLASH!

2016 Apr 30 - SAFRA Punggol Little Explorer Day

When we shared about Splash@Kidz Amaze a year back, that post brought our entire site down because everyone was excited about the first and only indoor water playground in Singapore! We were looking forward to checking the place out since then, and finally we got to step into the real thing! But guess what?

Zara fell asleep!! This poor girl was totally exhausted after all the fun and lack of nap that afternoon, she knocked out after making her jellyfish art and craft. By the time she woke up, it was almost 8pm and the cranky just-woke-up-girl spent less than 10 minutes in the water. I was very upset for her, she had been looking forward to splashing at the playground for a very long time.

If you’ve not been to Splash@Kidz Amaze yet, this video you got to check out.

We will be back soon on a weekend evening, because that’s when the magic and music kicks in. Can’t wait to get splashed and have a hell lot of fun and wet time with my girls. Pricing and party packages at Splash@Kidz Amaze available on their website.

Here’s the list of other activities and things you can do at SAFRA Punggol:

  • Bikes @ Waterway
  • EnergyOne
  • Games Room
  • Manekineko (KTV)
  • Member’s Lounge
  • Yoga Inc.
  • i Darts LAVA (opens early May)
  • Orchid Bowl (opens 5 Jun)
  • The Spa by The Ultimate (opening date to be confirmed)
  • Artary
  • BazGym Gymnastics School
  • LCentral English
  • NurtureStars Preschool
  • Splash @ Kidz Amaze
  • StepUp Learning & Dance
  • Tien Hsia Language School
  • Yamaha Music
  • Stamford Education (opens 1 Jun)
  • Taekwondonomics (opens 1 Jun)

And with so many activities and families, there must be food too! Here are the dining options available at SAFRA Punggol:

  • issho family restaurant
  • Pin Si Superior
  • Pizza Hut
  • Siam Thai Tuckshop
  • Nom La La by Bakerzin
  • Jack’s Place (opens 30 Apr)
  • Culinary Experience Studio Powered by Bosch (opens May)
  • Heavenly Wang (opens early May)
  • McDonald’s (opens 15 May)

SAFRA Punggol is located at 9 Sentul Crescent, Punggol, Singapore 828654 next to Punggol West Loop – PW1 Sam Kee LRT station. You can also take a stroll from Punggol MRT station, which will take approximately 6 to 10-minute.

Kids Amaze Indoor Water Playground at Punggol SAFRA

Punggol is going to be oh so more fun when Punggol SAFRA opens its door in 2016!

Embracing the water theme, Kidz Amaze at Punggol SAFRA will feature a “Deep Sea” themed playground. It is set to span 23,000 square feet soaring three stories high! 

Looking at the artist impression alone is making me want to jump into the play pool now! This is going to be our favorite hang out when they open!



See the animated fly through video below.

We really can’t wait for Punggol SAFRA to open!

Reasons why Parents Should Get A Waterproof Camera

Kids love to swim and play in water and we parents love to enjoy these splashing good time with them too. And if you are a parent who need to capture all happy memories with your family whenever, wherever, however you want to, then a waterproof camera is probably part of your essential gadget list. We tried going for a fun day in the pool with one and now I need to get myself one waterproof camera just so I can be in the action together with my girls.

Instead of standing at edge of the pool and trying to zoom in to where the girls are playing, I can now be in the water and shoot as much as I like! Thanks to the waterproof Canon PowerShot D30 camera!

And be part of the fun while Ayra splashes water at me while I shoot, and get a totally splashed shot like the one below! LOL!

Love seeing the photos after we got home as I was just shooting anyhow anywhere every time in the water. I ended with many shots with water blotches covering faces and all, but with happy faces captured like these below, I am a happy.

The Canon PowerShot D30 is a decent underwater camera if you are looking for one that fits the $300 range budget. It is not the best I’m sure but its an affordable option. I am too used to the superb quality from my Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, the quality of photo taken by the PowerShot D30 lacks the vibrancy, quality and sharpness I hope for in a camera. But comparing between getting an underwater case for the G1X Mark II vs paying for a durable underwater camera safe for kids to use too, I think I would go with the extra set of camera for its portability and easy to use feature.

A mini trailer I did with the video snippets I took with the Canon PowerShot D30 camera.

Ending this post with couple more shots I took with the Canon PowerShot D30, shot indoor while having our early dinner after the swim…

Pool Shoes For Children – Pool Who? Poolzies!

Our family started bringing the girls for swim at SAFRA Toa Payoh and so far the girls have been there three times and each time they get less afraid of the water and more adventurous too! First two times we were there, we did not allow the girls to get out of the pool to walk around too much, afraid the floor will be too hot from the heat and it was slippery too for the kids to walk around on their own. But on our recent trip to the pool, I was more at ease when the girls wanted to climb out of the water to the play area as they had pool shoes on.

Pool what? Pool shoes.
Pool who? Poolzies!
LOL!

These are pool safe shoes for children and they can be worn in and out of water. I’m so glad I bought the shoes for the girls, especially for Zara as she is now able to walk on her own in the pool, these shoes give her better grip on the slippery pool flooring.

Poolzies Pool Shoes are durable, it comes with a non-slip and abrasion resistant sole, Poolzies® Pool Shoes prevent slips, falls and cuts while protecting your child’s feet from hot surfaces. The fabric also has a UPF 50+ protection from the sun.

These Pool Shoes are stretchable and will fit snugly around your child’s feet. Its soft and flexible fabric closely mimics barefoot walking, giving your child the ability to move effortlessly in and out of water.

These Poolzies Pool Shoes come in very colourful designs too! Ayra and Zara love them and didn’t want to remove them when I tried them on before we headed out to the pool!

Poolzies Pool Shoes are available for sale online.

Zara approves of these cute pool shoes!

Looking forward to using them more often.