Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by IKEA but all opinions are my own.
Camping is always one of the items in Kenji to do list (too bad, I am not fans). Coming along with this project with IKEA [ Live one night without lights ], here you go again, he brought up this seemingly impossible task – camping. After some discussion aka negotiation, the final decision was to spend a night @ East Coast Park (ECP), just Kenji and Zaanse. As for me, I would just drop by their camp and enjoy our king sized bed alone at home, wishing them good luck.
Preparing for the camping was not as complicated as we thought, Kenji bought a 4 men tent, a sleeping bag, and a LED light powered by 3 AA batteries which was to serve as a backup for the hand powered torch given by IKEA for this project. The rest of the things to bring along were mostly for Zaanse, which included some toys to keep her occupied and busy. After applied the camping permit online (link here), here we started our first camping in Singapore.
We reached ECP camp site around 6 pm. It was 1 hour later than initial planned, as Kenji still have to get the print out of “Official” permit from AXS machine.
Luckily, the tent was really easy to set up. Within 30 mins time, we already seated inside the camp and enjoyed our dinner.
We bought the sandwiches from Subway and brought some grapes … we just want to keep it simple for the 1st trial,
Zaanse looked so excited huh?
After the dinner, Zaanse and I took a short walk olong the beach and daddy Kenji carried on making bed and some minor decorations.
By night fall, the tent was finally equipped with a cosy and comfy sleeping corner for Zaanse, and a “center piece” decoration.
Zaanse and I joined in for the rest of the deco, busy with placing all the companions we brought along at the right position as instructed by Zaanse.
Do not be mislead by this photo, it was not a ghost story telling session, as such activities are restricted for toddler below 4 years old.
I also tried the bed for Zaanse, not a bad job done by Kenji, he put the queen sized quilt beneath as bedding, almost a proper bed with pillow and blanket.
Tonight was the first night for Zaanse looking at the real moon and stars; first time looking at the low fly by aircraft; first time spending a night outdoor; first time looking at real spider; first time drinking water from a bottle without straw; etc. Definitely a memorable night.
Spotting and matching game!!! see if you able to find the items we bought from IKEA.
And here’re some of the items we brought for camping, some useful, some are not:
– 4 men tent, sleeping bag (not really useful), LED lamp (as backup, not useful at all as Singapore got street lights everywhere and we still can see everything clearly after turn off all the lights in the tent), IKEA hand powered LED torch light, Mosquitos repellent, Queen sized quilt as bedding for Zaanse bed, IKEA pillow and quilt for cot, soft toys, IKEA hanging storage …
** Brighter Lives for Refugees Campaign **
For every LED light bulb sold during February 1 to March 28 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate 1 euro to UNHCR. The funds generated will help improve access to lighting, renewable energy solutions and primary education in refugee camps across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. (more details to check this link)
A good news brought by IKEA !
From 6-8 February 2015, bring your used halogen or incandescent lightbulbs to the IKEA store for a 1 to 1 light bulb exchange. Up to 3 lightbulbs per person and exchange is limited to the first 1000 bulbs per day.