Water Venture Sembawang 2D1N Family Science Camp

[ Media Invite ]

Boon Yee and me attended a 2D1N Family Science Camp last week. The highlight for the kids (Cheekiemonkies mobilised whole family!) must be the water sports.

Boon Yee (no3) and Ash standing next to their 10.8 Standup board.  This platform can support up to 2 adults and 4 kids!

Organised by PA’s Water Venture Sembawang, families got to enjoy a variety of events.

Star gazing, Forest walk, Intertidal walk and water activities.

Water Venture Sembawang is located at postal code 759058. It is about 5km kayak from Punggol Barat Island (scenic view here)

A few tips:

-Nearest bustop is 15mins away Sembawang Park

-You will be getting 3G 4G signals from Digi, Maxis, Celcom. Some signal from Starhub and M1 and zero from Singtel. Switch off your social media  and enjoy more family time 🙂

-We found out Bottle Tree restaurant is on the second floor, in case campers are looking for supper

 

The camping site is very new and just next door to Water Venture. Infact, we are the first group to use their 8-men tents!

Clean amenities, there is a hot water dispenser. No aircon and warm showers 🙂

Families help each other setup their tents, we were unanimous in choosing “sea-view”!

1)When I heard about the 2D1N Family Science Camp activity, I quickly accepted the media-invite 🙂

I really miss our Pasir Ris Camping experience and wanted to expose the kids to more camping fun.

2D1N Family Science Camp
2D1N Family Science Camp

Ice breaking games for families.

We got to illustrate our masterpieces on the floor too, graffiti with license :p

Some other activities include “protecting our eggs”. Basically you wrap the eggs with tons of paper, bubble and throw the bundle down.

We were throwing from table height, and I heard they used to throw the eggs from second floor heh heh.

Our sea activities were delayed by 3 hours, no thanks to thunderstorm and heavy rain. The wind was so strong a few tents toppled over.

We decided the sea was too choppy for a smooth ride 🙂

Our camping instructors and guides kept our moral high by engaging in more games and interactions. Kudos!

The floor is wet, entrance is flooded but fortunately interior is only slightly wet.

 

5pm and we got all clear to Kayak! Hooray, this was supposed to be the highlight for many families and was nearly canceled due to rain.

2) Most choose kayaking, but I really wanted Yee to experience Standup paddling. I thought it would be the standard one-man board, but we end up clustering 6 paxs to a board haha.

The 10.8 board is much more stable compared to one-man board, and once we are comfortable, we all stood up and attempt paddling to Johor (joking!)

 

Image credit Kelvin (Cheekiemonkies)

Ash and Yee decided to paddle some adventure on their own. Although we only had 1 hour of paddling, it was super FUN and I am so glad we proceed even when it drizzles.

Yee has forgotten about his Standup Sitdown paddling experience in Sabah Gaya Island (blog).

Wash up but not ready to slumber yet. Campers take note, it can be cold at around 2 or 3am in the morning, you might wish to standby long pants, socks and blankets.

3) Diy Muah Chee was fun for kids and families. It tasted delicious too!

4) Jungle walk just behind our campsite, hear the crickets and spot the bats. I told Yee it is too bright as we can still see our hands.

5)The last activity for the day was Star Gazing. We spotted Jupiter and the moon’s craters through the telescopes!

I always thought Singapore has too much light pollution and we would find it hard to spot stars, much less planets! The friendly guides shared more constellations in our galaxy.

Monopoly card games and instant noodle till 10.30pm, Nights Out. I believed I KO before the boy.

We all agreed it is more FUN to camp as a big group.

Day 2 arrived with the a beautiful egg yolk! Sunrise in Singapore is always late around 7plus am.

Actually, we got free alarm clocks from Johor’s Mosques. The speakers were relaying their prayers from 6am onwards hee hee.

 

Mist covered shoreline.

Day 2 was the launch of Family Aqua Carnival @Sembawang. Busloads of families were invited to enjoy a day out with sea sport and fringe activities.

Some were queuing for mini banana boats (really cute), while others learn more about conservation.

 

Conservation mascots.

Remember to save water when you shower or brush your teeth ok.

6)Intertidal walk towards the direction of Sembawang Park. When it is low-tide, we can spot more marine creatures along the coast.

 

 

Singapore’s Northern beaches are not really clean and we spotted much rubbish strewn around. Most are washed ashore.

Some helpful folks volunteered to clear a few bags of rubbish.

Perhaps Water Venture Sembawang might consider “beach conservation” as part of future activity? It would be meaningful for kids to understand first-hand how human’s plastic waste end up polluting our sea and habitats.

 

We caught some crabs in an isolated lagoon. None of them become chili crab.

If you are interested in intertidal walks, do pop by SengkangBabies’ offshore island experiences here. (Semakau, Chek Jawa, Sisters Island)

And so we ended our 2D1N Family Science Camp on a high. We were happy with the outdoor activities which were both educational and entertaining.

We heard the next Family Science Camp will be on 09/10 June. Do find out more package details on :

https://www.facebook.com/WaterVenture
-Tel: 6755 0225 (Tuesday-Sunday, 9.30am-6pm)
-Email: pa_wvsembawang@pa.gov.sg
Www.onepa.sg

 

Thank you PA and Water Ventures for the Fun Invite, we hope more families will get to enjoy the great outdoors too.

ps.. our previous PA Water Venture experiences at Marina and Sengkang were soaking FUN too. (Sengkang Kayaking post)

-> http://sengkangbabies.com/sports/paddle-fest-2016-at-anchorvale-cc

 

 

Gaya Island Family activities

Bliss, do not disturb our sleeping beauty. Our Gaya Island family escapade.

Gaya Island family
Gaya Island family

We are near the tail end of our holidays. Our bodies are tired after all the climbs, swims, rafting and snorkeling, read about our Fun (Sabah 8D7N itinerary.)

Before we introduce you to sensuous massage at Gaya Island Resort (GIR)’s Spa village, let us share some of the family friendly activities at GIR (Gaya Day 1 facilities listed here).

Gaya Island family Activities for the day 🙂
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… Swimming!

Whether you are swimming, diving, or simply resting on the deck chair. Chill 🙂
Listen to the swaying idyllic trees behind, and the waves lapping infront, close your eyes.
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I hope our kids were not too loud for the guests haha 🙂

Video (link) : Gaya Island family activities, our water babies went to the pool everyday

We were very fortunate throughout our Sabah trip. It is supposed to be the rainy season, but we always complete our itinerary before the rain! Even Gaya Island Resort’s downpour did not affect our sunny sea activities yeah!
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… experience Borneo Lifestyle

Eat, drink play, traditional Borneo way of life, right by the Beach (Singgah Singgarung).
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You can relax on hammock, pick a dance routine, or play sepak takaw. Guests and staff mingle together, Happy Hour 🙂
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Henna or leaf-weaving anyone? The “grasshoppers and fishes” look real 🙂
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… Hiking

On our last day, I brought the boys on a 1-hour Guided Nature Walk. We were introduced to Gaya Island’s flora and fauna. Our guide told us that Gaya Island used to be under the sea a long time ago, we can still spot white sand along the trail.

Termite colony, river stream, all part of Gaya Island’s protected Nature reserve.
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Smell the bark, incense (for temples) is crafted from these bark 🙂
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Our guide (Jamie) introduced us to Tongkat Ali and Rattan.

Kids look blur when I told them Tongkat Ali is aphrodisiac, so I told them make man powerful (grin).
Rattan need no introduction, they straight away answer “cane” hee hee.

On a lighter note, Angle head lizards spotted camouflaged along the stem.
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Although it is only a short 1 hour walk, the steps are steep and narrow. I calculated 3000 steps up and down, and 20 stairs worth of elevation.

Our view at the exit point, Mount Kinabalu is hiding behind the clouds.
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… SPA Village

With so much activities, our body needs a soothing rub.
Lush greenery, Spa Village is surrounded by trees and mangroves, a sanctuary.
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Pampered like a Queen 🙂
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The treatment and massage session, relaxing, sensuous and therapeutic.

Salt scrub, herbal bath, and a cool orchid soak. All the ingredients are from Gunung (Mountain) Kinabalu. This is followed by body steaming, infuse herbal blend of the many gingers from the rainforest.
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Shiok, Detox. Soothe those taut muscles. Mummy is one happy customer 🙂
Gaya Island Resort massage and spa

We leave the best for last, next us is snorkeling.
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Gaya Island Resort allows you to do everything, or simply just relax. We could not ask for a better way to chill and relax after 5D4N of activities in western Sabah. Do pop by our Sabah itinerary and photos below:

Sabah 8D7N itinerary
– Sabah Day 1 – Street food discovery
– Sabah Day 2 – White Water Rafting!
– Sabah Day 3 – Twin Islands Hopping
– Sabah Day 4 AM – Desa Cow Farm
– Day 4 PM – Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring + Waterfall + Canopy walk
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort – Luxury Villa
– Day 7 Gaya Island Family Activities

More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album :
Day 1 and 2 – Klagan hotel, White Water rafting
Day 3 – Water sports, Island hopping
Day 4 – Desa Cow Farm and Kinabalu Park
Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring and vicinity
Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort
Day 7 – Snorkeling and private beach
Day 8 – Hiking, Home sweet home

*All expenses on Gaya Island Resort had been sponsored.