Ultimate Challenge! Camp, Teamwork and Focus

We joined a few families at Focus Adventure‘s Ultimate Challenge! Camp  recently. When the invite came from Cheekiemonkies, we can expect the itinerary to be packed with Fun 🙂

Not really a “real” camp, but we got to enjoy 2D1N of non-stop Fun and Thrills. Families motivated, nudged (and sometimes pushed)  each other to conquer our own fears and achieve new milestones.

Ultimate Challenge! Camp urged participants to stay FOCUS everywhere. The feeling is different on the Ground and 25m up in the Hourglass Tower 🙂

 

Image Credit Cheekiemonkies

I conveniently forgot to mention the high-elements to my family haha, in case anyone decided to back off. They just need to know  the Fun camping stuffs (BBQ, camp fire etc)

Teamwork will bring us Higher, Further!

Camp Challenge

(literally, it means dragging ourselves up the 24m Hourglass tower, and optionally leap off the platform at 25m! )

In fact, without teamwork (encouragement and motivation), many of us would have given up earlier or taken the easier way out.

Focus Adventure Hourglass Challenge

We started Ultimate Challenge! Camp with ice breaking games, kids and adults had tons of laughter with silly antics Octopus and Squirrels (etc). It was hilarious to see adults do impossible wriggling or balancing acts!

I always remind the kids that we must learn to laugh at ourselves. We must be thick skin when facing criticisms from anyone.

(Kids nowadays might be developed physically but their psychology state might still be fragile)

It helped that we were performing all these activities at Palawan Beach (end). Looked at the scenic sea-view, framed by coconut trees, we felt like like we were at a faraway resort.

Team building at Focus Adventure learning site

 

All sorts of archery tag (and Nerfgun), our mission was to work as a team to take down the other camp. Aim for the Target board, not human :p

Teamwork not only let us overcome our individual obstacle, but teamwork can also encourage “Minimum effort, Maximum result”.

We all know about Angry Birds, but not many of us had build a catapult before. With zero engineering skills, and some “raw” materials, families and teams were supposed to build and mold everything from scratch (yes, the Birds too).

Checkout the video below when teams destroyed the Pigs’ castles. Quite Fun and satisfying when Angry Birds destroyed the Towers!

All these team building tasks encouraged us to work with one another.

Hey, kids learned that too many cooks spoil the broth too. Too much instructions flowing around.


Campers need not worry about sanitation, as toilet and shower facilities are good, and there is hot shower too 🙂

 

The main Function room is our meal room, playground and bedroom too. Kids mingled with each other and when night come, sleeping bags were laid out.
Day 1 was designed to let participants get comfortable with each other.

One of the Biggest challenge with parenting is trying to get our kids to “Listen to instructions”.

My kids are easily distracted, or they are sometimes over-confident. We would soon realised that Teamwork and following instructions will make overcoming Day 2’s tasks slightly easier.

 

A Beautiful Sunset to bring us near to Day 1’s closure.

Sunset Sentosa

We had a nice Campfire and BBQ, plus a lot of Sing and Dance from families. The older kids perform a skit about “One Day in the life of a Mom”. with the usual dragging-child-out-of-bed, homework, housework etc.

Parenting duties are mostly taken for granted and unappreciated, it was a nice gesture to see the kids playout their “parental” roles, showing everyone how much we love our parents. Kudos!

 

Our family sang “One Call Away”, but Superman sang so soft with Boon Yee and Boon Xin hiding behind the parents (haha).

Hello why so Shy? The kids love to sing with gusto at home leh.
Kids, nevermind if people laugh at us, or if we act the fool.

As long as you believe in yourself, we can overcome many hurdles and reach new milestones. We must at least Try and give our Best Effort 🙂

We woke up to Day 2 and diy our Breakfast, Pasta and spaghetti.

Then it was Challenge Hourglass, the tall structure which will validate our team-building skills.

High elements brought many of us out of our comfort zone. The kids handled their fears better than me, and that made me so proud!

 

To be honest, my heart would miss a beat if I should witness my child slip and dangle on his or her harness! How do I save him when I myself am scared?

But it was precisely these “dangerous” moments when we learn to trust each other, and grew a bit more confident so that that we can overcome our own fears. “We can do this!”

One week after our camp and climb experience, Boon Xin told Mom she wanted to go back Sentosa and climb again!

I was beaming as the Mrs told me girl’s wish. This is considered weird, as Xin was terrified up in the Tower, holding onto me tightly.

Either Boon Xin really enjoyed her death-defying stunts, or she is confident that Daddy will always be there to support her.

We had to coax her multiple times before she join us up the Tower. I did promised her that she can opt out at the first Cage. She hesitated for a long while before deciding to exit.

I was so happy that Boon Xin trusted me and climb the first layer with me, she even calm herself down to wefie 🙂  #OneProudDadMoment

Girl, hold on to my hand. Daddy will support you.

As we go round and round the Hourglass, look up and you will see Uncle Kelvin 🙂

 

A moment’s breather, before we face the rock wall. Actually we had to skip a few obstacles due to impending rain (lucky me haha).

 

As we climbed higher, it gets more challenging. Some obstacles can only be overcome with teamwork. HATE the swingings of the tyres or the planks!

I am very proud of my boys, they both went beyond their own fears and followed me up the structure. In fact, Boon Wee (no1) even surpassed me in conquering more obstacles!

I was most worried about Boon Yee (no3) as I could only take care of Boon Xin (no4). Boon Wee the older sibling tried his best to guide Yee along.

Kids displayed determination and independence across the obstacles. Step by step, swing by swing, we cleared another hurdle.

Ultimate Challenge! Camp, splendid view from top of Hourglass

 

Celebrate every stage with a photo. Felt so proud of Kids’ achievement,

At 25m, no matter how prepared you are, or how good are the coaches, you will be the only one leaping off, ALONE! Pardon me if I was shaking too much.

Video (Youtube link) : Para Jumping off the 25m platform is optional. I needed coach Deep to push me off the ledge.

The panoramic view can only distract our  attention for a while.

To be honest, my mind was blank standing at the edge of the para jump. My legs felt so heavy and I had to ask coach Deep to pushed me off :p

Comparing the jump to our ascend up the tower, the JUMP effort (or fear factor) is only 3 to 5% of overall fear.

 

Back on ground, after some Hi5 and packing, we were ready for lunch. As it was Mother’s Day weekend, we got to enjoy an extra cake with our Moms and spouses 🙂

Kudos to the bunch of Instructors! (Deep, Kannan, Wan, Irwin, Erwan, Sidek).

These chaps really exceeded our expectations and brought the participants along for an entertaining 2D1N of activities.

Ultimate Challenge! Camp declared Mission success 🙂

When it come to facing our own fears, everyone had their own kryptonite. Some hate Heights, some do not like to socialise, and some do not like to “perform”. My kids are shy and refuse to sing or dance along haha. They were so malu (embarrassed) to perform infront of a stage.

That’s when parents and peers step in to encourage each other to step out of our comfort zone.

Again, kudos to the Fun (and super Game) participants and coaches, you guys really make our 2D1N stay memorable!

Image Credit Cheekiemonkies

Para Jump: Participants need to be above 40kg in order to enjoy 1.5s of Free Fall. May you and your family achieve new milestones together too 🙂

Para jump Sentosa

Thank you Focus Adventure and Cheekiemonkies for the FUN and challenging invite. More Fun photos uploaded on our Fanpage album.

Having Fun with Canon at Sentosa

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Canon invited us to a “Family bloggers shootout” on Sentosa. We all love treasure hunting, and we got a series of tasks to complete for the afternoon.
Merlion Sentosa

The meeting point was at Taste of Asia. After getting our mission brief, we were equipped with Canon cameras and given a short demo on the camera’s functionality.

We got a Powershot G7X, a very powerful and niffy consumer camera. It comes with a wireless feature too. Simply download a Canon app (Canon CW) and you will be able to transmit photo from camera to phone to Social Media 🙂

After getting a quick bite and some useful camera tips, we were ready to navigate Sentosa island with a Japanese language map. We grabbed the wrong map in our haste haha 🙂

#Task 1 – We have always seen Sentosa’s Merlion from far or near, but we never consider going up before. Level 10 would be the Mouth, and if weather permits, you can climb to the Head too.

Canon Powershot G7X performs excellently in low light!

Wishing coin at the top floor.

We need to take a photo of the view from the Merlion’s mouth.

On to our next task, we did not forget to have Fun along our “Race”. Canon Powershot G7x’s flip LCD is really convenient for selfie photos!

#Task 2 – Sky Tower

From the top of Sky Tower, we could see a storm approaching Sentosa Island!

Mission accomplished, wefie from High above 🙂
Canon family event

Sentosa Island is also known as “The State of Fun”.

Some other attractions spotted on Sentosa (iFly woohoo! and Playcation).

Due to the heavy downpour, everyone had to gather back at Taste of Asia. Kids were disappointed that they could not accomplish the last two tasks, Luge (LUGE!) and Segway.

But they did have tons of fun doing selfie and wefie with each other haha. This generation of kids are always ready to embrace new technology.

(image from HTC)

#Task 3 – We waited for the Rain to become smaller before going for the Luge ride. From past experience, Once is never enough!

(right image from HTC)

Video : Fun on Sentosa Island

Thank you Canon and Sentosa for the fun afternoon! Although the rain decided to gatecrash our party, the Canon family bloggers still had a great day out 🙂

All images above are taken from Canon Powershot G7X (unless specified).
Do pop by Canon Website and this Youtube link for more Powershot G7X details.

5 reasons to visit Madame Tussauds Singapore

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Without MM Lee and our first generation pioneers, Singapore might be very different today, there might not be kids’ lifestyles to cherish, nor work-life balance to campaign 🙂

Thank you MM Lee, or 老Lee (affectionately).

Behind the astute politician, MM Lee and Mrs Lee’s enduring love story is also stuff of legend.

At PAP’s tea party, our kids were banging table and asking PM Lee “Why no Muffins”! Daddy was mildly embarrassed and tried to hide under the table.

Daddy gently reminded kids to be polite if they should have a chance to visit the Istana.

Boon Wee so chummy with Mr Goh Chok Tong?

We were invited to Madame Tussauds Singapore.

1) Where else can you rub shoulders with three Prime Ministers of Singapore? (without getting death-stares from bodyguards).

Visitors can also get up close with Head of states. It was humbling when Her Majesty and Obama confided that they read SengkangBabies blog too 🙂

We extended an invitation for Queen Elizabeth II to visit Sengkang during SG50.

Kids did not know how to pose with ex-Communist boss Mao Zedong, so Daddy thought “synchronised clapping” Pyongyang-style would be appropriate.

Indonesia’s founding father Soekarno, freedom champions Nelson Mandela and Gandhi.

Singapore’s first President, the late Mr Yusof Ishak, must be amused that everyone is posing with $10, $50 and $100 notes 🙂

One minute, Daddy say Beyonce is CHIO (sexy) and the next minute, Katy Perry Steady (pretty). Kids thought Daddy had gone bonkers.

Please do not think dirty, Daddy is not ogling at Marilyn’s cleavage!
Daddy claims he is impressed with the intricate attention to details.

2) At Madame Tussauds, we can admire lifelike wax models of VIPs, down to the armpit hair, dentures and aura.

Just look at handsome Tom Cruise’s square jaws and DiCaprio’s mustache.

Visitors get to go behind the scene and learn how a wax model is crafted. In the olden days, real “heads” were used for modeling (ghastly!)

At Singapore’s Madame Tussauds, you can mold your hand and perhaps leave your mark at Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (fee applies).

3) Family Fun! Any activity which bonds the family together, go for It!
Parents might need to lead by example and encourage kids to be wacky.

孫燕姿 (Yan Zi) loves our flamingo.
周董 (Jay Chou) invited us to gig for his Singapore opening performance.
Madame Tussauds ticket pricing

While Boon Kang posed with Michael Jackson, Daddy photo-bomb with a moon walk.
Hello “Like a Virgin” Madonna !

Boon Xin posing away, she was very shy when we visited Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds in 2012.

Hello Director Jack, do you need child models for your next Ah-Boys movies?

Boy chit chatting with handsome chap.
Boon Kang : Uncle David, IPPT very easy to pass. Only need pushup, situp and run.
Beckham : What! So simple? I sure get Gold.

Meanwhile, Boon Yee plays Butterfly (float) with Ali’s Bee (sting).

Boon Xin 1.10m, Yao Min 2.29m, and Daddy 1.81m.
Dunking is chicken feet for Yao Min.

Is she playing Golf or Hockey? Clearly Boon Xin has not seen Tiger on the greens.

Congratulated Serena on her WTA win, and ask Vettel 2015 got chance or not?(Singlish)

Our kids successfully tackled Fandi and Ronaldo. SengkangBabies can really dribble!

4) Laughter is the best relaxation. As long as you are having FUN, no need to be shy about acting the fool.

Bruce Lee, Teresa and Elvis will agree with us 🙂

Kids remarked why so many stars die at such a young age, but are forever remembered?

Terminator’s “I will be back” translated as “我会回来的”. Hilarious!
Kids kept going back to hijack Arnie’s motorbike.

5) Selfie with your idol! How often do you get to selfie with Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, or Bollywood’s Khan.

Hello Nicole Kidman.

Boon Yee and Boon Kang could not agree Andy Lau or Andy Lee more handsome. Daddy say both are dashing.

Caldecott’s 阿哥 阿姐 (Wen Yong and Zoe Tay).

Phua Chu Kang is not the only famous one with moles. Sengkangbabies got raisins for moles too! Love the Boots!

After pedaling an extra-terrestrial Star back to the Moon, kids ask Daddy who is E.T!
They thought E.T is leftover prop from Halloween!

Kids had the most fun at Madame Tussauds, though not all parents would agree swimming (MBS Infinity style) is recommended.

We interviewed Tracy and Oprah, there are various props and wigs for visitors to act funky and zany. All for good clean fun and our family generated so much laughter.

Grab your props and gear. “Take 1, Camera Action!”

At the Exit, Daddy tried to grab Grandpa Moses (R.E.D) magnum. Bruce Willis still has the “Yippie-ki-yay” (cool dude) look from his Die-Hard days.

We have just listed 5 reasons for you to visit Madame Tussauds Singapore. Pop by on a weekday, so you can spend more time getting cozy with your favourite Stars.

Video : Madame Tussauds Singapore funny antics

Madame Tussauds Singapore details :

– Tickets – $26, $16, $23 (Adult, child, senior respectively)
– Click for MT Website and Fanpage
– Nearest carpark is Beach station, then take Bus 1 or 2 (shorter loop)

– Read our friends’ review (LifeTinyMiracles, Cheekiemonkies, TheWackyDuo, AiSakura)
– Our 2012 Hong Kong Madame Tussauds experience (Daddy was jealous of Leon Lai)

Click for more FUN poses on SengkangBabies Fanpage.