Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by IKEA but all opinions are my own.

Here goes part II of Live One Night Without Lights. This was the original plan before Daddy Kenji suddenly pulled up the camping plan, and he cut queue to make his activity happened before mine. Anyway, before starting the run-down of the details, I would like to share some of my thoughts on this IKEA campaign …

During the briefing @ IKEA, we were told that there will be a 4 projects in total for the next 4 months. I started mumbling to myself, let’s see which part of the house deco will catch most of my interests. Yet, the first was IKEA LED campaign, it’d puzzle me for a while. Going along as more info presented to us, we got to know this IKEA campaign (link) which is about sustainability and creating a brighter lives for refugees. It really struck me when I was reminded that these refugees were normal peoples just like us, they had just normal life where necessities were easily accessible. However, all these were taken from them over night because WAR happened to be an event on their living land. They didn’t have much choice but fled for refugees camp, and the period of them staying in the camp is averagely 17 years! My heart sunk just imagining those nights without lights for 17 years which longer than we took to complete primary, secondary, and tertiary educations.

No doubt, IKEA is genuine to make this campaign works, you can feel their sincerity to assign this as our very first task. Hence, I decided to live this day by mimicking endless nights without lights. When I was planning the activities that suitable for the night including candle light dinner, Daddy Kenji asked me this question, “do you think the refugees will have dinner in the late evening and wash their dishes after night falls?”. Right, the answer is no. As a result, we started our normal night much earlier. I expressed milk and Daddy Kenji showered Zaanse to get ready for dinner at 6 pm. I cooked the homemade fettuccine alfredo with ham and mushrooms for our dinner.

The night was officially started after we got all plates cleaned up by 7 pm.

We decided to start the night with white board drawing and engaged Zaanse to help us to hold the hand powered IKEA LED torch light. Not sure she enjoyed which one more, my drawing or holding the LED.


Instead of using candle lights, we took out the LED tea lights we bought from IKEA. The kids were having fun playing with the LED tea lights, especially Zaanse.


Nope, this was not a ghost story telling session, just my cutie little Baby Zaanse.

We also played the treasure hunt game by asking Zaanse to see what we found in the dark.

Zaanse seems enjoyed a lot with this IKEA train set.


We spent quite a while with her in her room, and finally she was satisfied, lied down and asked for milk.

While preparing the milk, we brought a LED tea light but it was still very dark and not easy for us.

Finally, we decided to swith on the ceiling light … haha, kidding! We used the hand powered LED torch by pointing it towards the ceiling for reflections and it managed to brighten up the room.

After Zaanse went to bed, it was also time for me to express milk before sleep.

At the same time, daddy Kenji decided to complete the last few touches with both of our kids name properly displayed on the Papercraft Terrarium.

After I finished my milk express, daddy Kenji suggested to take this opportunity to try the long exposure shots. He used the lights from corridor to adjust his camera settings.

Since now is still January, I guess it wasn’t too late to wish everyone to have a good start for Year 2015. ~ Happy New Year to everyone!

The next day we asked Zaanse if she keen to try another night without light and she immediately answered “NO!”. Her answer was totally different when we asked her if she want to go camping again. A two years old girl also feel the impact of one night without lights … can you imagine the refugees are living for many years without light? To help the refugees, IKEA Foundation will donate 1 euro to UNHCR for every LED light bulb sold during February 1 to March 28 2015.
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)

Another 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.

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And these are the IKEA items we made use of during our night without lights.

There are some other ideas of what to do during the night without lights, check out the WWF website – 10 things to do with the lights off! We realized that our ideas also inside the website after read …

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