Safra Swim For Hope

Our family participated in Safra Swim For Hope last Saturday.
We have NEVER swan so much before!

I did not set any targets for the kids as I was clueless about swim efforts and expectations.
I only set a conservative gauge of between 30 to 50 laps for our family :p

No worry, just swim your best

Swim for Hope is an annual event, we can swim as many laps as possible (and comfortable) within two hours. The objective is to do our little bit for charity.

Experience

Two lanes each (to and fro) for different strokes, no butterfly and backstroke. Two swimmers per lane can be a bit tight, I was constantly worried that I would kick someone, or whether I am blocking anyone.

I still do not know whether slow swimmers should keep left or right. Apologies to the 50 swimmers whom I blocked on Saturday, would appreciate if someone can share some tips about swim discipline with me.

 

Freestyle strokes are more aggressive awesome due to speed and stride, we might not recommend young kids to go to this lane. The experienced swimmers were rushing the kiddos, a lot of PRESSURE haha.

There is a special parent-child lane for family, but our girl wanted to swim with her brothers.

Doing Good

At the end of very 50m lap, you get a rubber band. We heard regular swimmers can easily clocked 80 laps, but we got less lofty ambitions.

Four Safra pools (Toa Payoh, Yishun, Tampines and Jurong), the laps are accumulated over three days from 12 to 14 Oct 2018.

We are all swimming for charity, the more laps we clock, the more we donate ๐Ÿ™‚

Safra Swim For hope donations (Image credit Swim For hope)

Thanks to coach Kian Hoe, our kids are now confident swimmers.
They all started as water babies from Bubbles N Splashes (blog post).

I am trying to encourage our kids to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Swimming helps them to relax, especially during exam periods.

During the weekly swim lessons, kids just need to enjoy their swim and forget about everything else.

Safra Swim For Hope offers 2 in 1 objective for us.
Enjoy our Swim and Contribute to charity at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember to have Fun

Although every swim slot is two hours, swimmers can rest anytime.
We can replenish lost fluids and calories with isotonic drinks and banana too.

Some feedback from the kids:
-Wei enjoys swimming with a big group, swimming alone is boring
-Kang is happy that our efforts can help with charity
-Yee enjoys the slow relaxing laps, swim lessons are more tiring :p
-Xin is just happy to tag along and swim with siblings, bananas are a treat

Perfect weather, sky had threatened to pour over the weekend but we managed to swim under a cool weather.

We did not swim the entire two hours, we only lasted for 90 minutes. Perhaps kids endurance or concentration lacking, they keep finding excuse to leave the pool for rest and banana :p

Number 1 rule for first timers, swim at your own relax pace. No need to rush nor aim for personal best.

 

Motivation

Everyone is tired, but if I can swim extra laps, kids got no excuse not to step up.
They are all stronger swimmers than me!

I lost count of the laps after the fifth U-turn, I just concentrated on completing each lap.
Swimmingย  with many others help us to relax, we are all in the pool for charity.

 

Different medals from different Safra pools, some folks actually pool-hop to score more finisher medals ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo below, our 2 hour slot at Yishun lap-count is additional 2475 laps.
We hope we have contributed a little to the total,ย  SengkangBabies laps tally is 180.

-Andy 38
-Wei 40
-Kang 32
-Yee 40
-Xin 30

Based on our first swim experience, 50 laps target is attainable for 2019 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Swim for Hope was a meaningful and fun event for us, and we will definitely sign up for future editions .

We are not expert swimmers, but if we can do it, we hope more families and friends can join too.

Follow Safra Swim For Hope www.safra.sg/s4h and Fanpage for more activities. (Email swim4hope@safra.sg)

We are promoting more active lifestyles for families, do follow our Cycling, Hiking and Running posts too.

Ps. Our family was invited to Safra Swim For Hope event

 

Family Friendly Halloween at Legoland Malaysia

From now till end of October, families can enjoy Halloween at Legoland Malaysia. You can expect additional Brick or Treat Party Nights over Fridays and Saturdays.

 

As a bonus, children with Halloween costume enter for FREE for the whole month of October.

Halloween at Legoland Malaysia
Halloween at Legoland Malaysia

While parents check-in, it is not hard to spot the “scary” Halloween decorations all over Legoland Hotel lobby and corridors.

 


Skulls, Cobwebs and giant spiders, and plenty of pumpkins.

Do take note of Legoland Hotel daily activities.

Thanks to Legoland’s invite, we got to enjoyed 2 nights in Adventure room. The Lego Witch is part of their Halloween package ๐Ÿ™‚

We visited Legoland Water Park and Legoland Themepark the next day to soak in the Halloween atmosphere. We have more photos of Hotel andย  Water Park at the end of blog post.

 

Read the brochures or check online for the different types of activities and schedule (venue). Shortlist your family’s favourite events.

In between these “Halloween themed” activities, other Legoland attractions are open till 8pm (only on Friday and Saturday).

1)Castle of Grim at LEGOยฎ Kingdom is where families will enjoy a concentration of activities.

Do take note Halloween-themed “Brick or Treats” Games, carnivals and “events” at this castle is only for Friday and Saturday, from 5pm to 8pm.

*Tickets pricing for “Brick or Treats” is only RM88 for 5pm to 8pm slot.
** Visitors who came in earlier are welcomed to stay later for the Halloween activities

There is a maze inside the Castle, but it was not scary at all. There might be one or two humans pretending to be statues, waiting to ambush families :p

Legoland is still designed with young families in mind, we do not want to scare the little ones away ๐Ÿ™‚

Lego Bricks galore for kids to explore their creativity. The Halloween themes would be monsters and pumpkins, but feel free to build your own imagination.

On our way to Monster March, we spotted a scary female cosplay next to the Roller Coaster. I would not want to bump into her at NIGHT!

Famous actress “Hantu Kak Limah”.

2)Monsters’ Parade at 4pm @Lego City

This parade confirm not scary. Infact some characters are too cute to be part of Halloween entourage haha. But we will give full marks for the entertaining factor.

Many Legoland characters came out to greet the crowd ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello Lord Vampyre ๐Ÿ™‚

Monsters come in all shapes. Tall ones, Cute ones, some came on wheels and water guns too!

Do not miss Monsters’ Parade, this “parade” was the most entertaining among all the Halloween activities. Look at Boon Xin and Ale (Cheekiemonkie.net) giggle away.

These characters are too cute and adorable to be scary :p

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Video : Checkout the cute characters on parade and our Water Park Fun ๐Ÿ™‚


Do not block the characters as they might trip. They will stop for some selfie moments ๐Ÿ™‚
Do look out for the water sprays!

We went back to Castle area for the final segment of Halloween Bricks or Treats. All the monsters from the “Parade” will gather back here for more events.

There is a contest for “who can scream the loudest” or the “best dressed Halloween costume”. ย 

There are many booths (huts) for families to engage in lucky dips or even “fishing”.

Anyone wish to make a lantern?ย 

More photo opportunities with your favourite monsters.

3)There is a Halloween themed buffet dinner for the month of October

Besides the crabs, prawns and BBQ goodness. We were more intrigued with the “horror” food!
Fingers, brain, eyeballs and more ghouls!ย 

Really creative, but we thought Buffet price is on the high side.

Halloween is not Halloween without exchange of treats, or balloons.

Friends enjoying their dinner and scribbles ๐Ÿ™‚

Let us share more about oure 2D2N stay at Legoland Hotel. We arrive on Friday after 11pm as we got stuck for almost 3 hours at customs.

Scorpions and other creepy insects accompany us in Adventure Room.

From our room, we noticed Legoland is greener now! This means more shady spots to rest ๐Ÿ™‚

Started Day2 early at Water Park with Cheekiemonkies ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The thrills, the adventures and rides. More Fun Legoland memories for families.

Who says only kids can enjoy Legoland :p

Upcoming attraction at Legoland would be Sealife.

Legoland Sealife

 

Thank you Legoland for the fun invite. We had a relaxing weekend before kids had their exams (we did brought books to study haha)

Do pop by for more Legoland details on theirย Websiteย andย Fanpage.
You can read about Cheekiemonkies’ experience here ๐Ÿ™‚

More details about October Halloween details at this link -> http://bit.ly/BrickorTreat2018 .Do pop by our Legoland adventures here -> http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/legoland

Getting to Legoland

*Our 3D2N Legoland accommodation, activities and meals are sponsored