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 Clothing sale “models”

There was a sale in October when I loaded up on preppy outfits for the boys.

Z was accommodating in modeling the pieces but X was an absolute nightmare.

Some of the photos which I managed to snap. The rest were blurry and could not be featured. It was another case in point as to how different the two boys were.

   
    

Rock Climbing at Climb Central

During the Hari Raya Puasa long weekend, we arranged for a ‘Big Kid’ play-date at Rock Central. From the days of indoor playground to rock climbing, the kids had come a long way.

The website was comprehensive.

When we reached at 10am, it took a while to fill up an online indemnity form (which could be filled up before heading down too). For young children, they must be accompanied by adults. It cost $10 for registration for all first timers and $26 for the package of 1 adult + 1 child + 1 set of equipment. If the adult wished to climb too, it would be an additional $6 for rental.

Both daddies were not gamed to climb. Had I known, I probably would have dressed to climb!!

There was a wait for safety briefing and testing out. It was almost 11am before the kids got to climb by themselves. There were 2 types of walls – one which required the daddies to belay and one which came with automatic belt.

The kids were enthusiastic about climbing. Well, that was a good sign. However, when they climbed a tad high, they would get scared and opt to come down. Hence, they never really got very far up. It was definitely easier for us to tell them than to do it ourselves.

I had thought this could help to build more confidence in Z but it might seem like it was too easy for them to let go and give up.

I was not entirely sure if it was worth the buck to come back for this since Mr H refused to climb, unless I climbed alongside with Z with my manicured nails.

   
    
  

After rock climbing, the kids were treated to water play and Soghurt.
 
What impressed me was that despite the tiring morning, Z was gamed to hit rock climbing again. It was a day pass so he popped in for a short fifteen minute to try again. 

He might not have understood how to stretch his limits but his optimism was noteworthy.

Shopping for a ski holiday

It started way back in June when there was massive clearance discount on everything to do with snow & ski. After checking out our options locally (boutiques: Winter Time, Lemmi, The North Face & scanning more floors), I turned to online.

I checked out many websites from USA, Korea & even Taobao. I was not able to find the cheap buys sussed out by a mommy blogger on Taobao. Hence, I decided to buy from the below websites. I already had an inkling of what I wanted to buy before going to these websites.

For X, I wanted to get this jacket in 3T. It was US$130 but I got it at US$85. It was a 2-layered jacket so I figured I would get more mileage out of this as opposed to buying 1 thick ski jacket. I also did not want to get a pure hard shell jacket in case it was too loose to work with our own fleece jackets. I wished I could have gotten the Boundary Triclimate Boys’ Jacket though as that came with a polyester lining inner jacket. We decided against an one piece suit for ease of bringing X to the toilet. After adding in international freight, I probably paid S$130 for this.

Presenting The North Face Toddler Boys’ Vortex Triclimate Jacket (from http://www.moosejaw.com/) – real weight 0.65kg, volumetric weight 1.15kg (9*13*3inch)

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For Z, I bought this The North Face Dubs Triclimate jacket in S (7-8yo). This was US$170 and could be purchased at US$130, US$75 or S$244 (after 25% discount locally). However, the Dr Jays website only offered smaller sizes so I had to pay US$130 for this before shipping. After working out the math, I reckoned I paid S$190 for this which only rendered me S$50 savings.

Specs of the jacket:

  • Fabric Rating: Waterproof / Breathable
  • Shell Jacket Material: 100% polyester HyVent fabric
  • Inner Jacket Material: 100% polyester taffeta
  • Inner Jacket Lining: 100% polyester
  • Inner Jacket Insulation: 160g Heatseeker


Other accessories or apparels were purchased from http://mountainwarehouse.com/https://www.decathlon.sg

From Mountain Warehouse, we bought the kids’ snow boots (heavily marked down from US$100 to US$29,99, and US$60 to US$14.99), beanies at US$1.99 each, ski socks at US$4.99 for 2 pairs (marked down from US$22.99), kids’ salopettes at US$22.99 (marked down from US$75), kids’ micro fleeced top at US$7.99, kids’ turtle necks at US$2.99 and more.

From Decathlon SG, we bought my Quecha snow boots at $59.90 (very affordable French brand), Mr H’s ski pants at $39.90, thermal trousers for the kids at $8.90 each and for the adults at $12.90 each. They were out of sizes for my ski pants, so I guessed I would wait and see.

From Amazon, we got Mr H’s shoes at US$60.57 with free shipping.   

From Dick’s Sporting Goods (which we had to buy via Vpost Shop4u as they did not accept payment from Non-USA billing addresses, not even paypal), we bought Mr H’s jacket. This would have cost S$546 SRP, or at best 20% discount or US$280. It was either buying via Borderlinx’s US$209.97, top up 5% for concierge charge and pay for international freight or Vpost’s offer of SGD338. We picked the latter as Borderlinx was experiencing some system error.

Featuring The North Face Men’s Alpen-Blitz Triclimate Jacket in Asphalt Grey/Fiery Red, 2015 Model
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Spects of the jacket:

  • HyVent® 2L shell
  • Heatseeker™ insulated zip in jacket
  • Classic fit
  • Waterproof, breathable fully seam sealed
  • Adjustable, removable hood
  • Reverse-coil chest pocket
  • Underarm vents
  • Handwarmer zip pockets
  • Wrist-accessory pocket with goggles cloth
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Internal goggles pocket
  • Two-snap, snap-down powder skirt with gripper elastic
  • Adjustable hem system
  • Zip-in liner jacket
  • Zip hand pockets in liner
  • Fabric: Shell –  160 g/m² HyVent® 2L—100% nylon Taslan® / Liner – 65 g/m² 53% recycled polyester, 47% polyester / insulation: 100 g Heatseeker™A
  • Style C428
  • Weight:2 lbs 15 oz (1330 g) / Length from Center Back:shell: 31”, liner: 27.5”

From Gear Gut, we bought my jacket via Vpost Shop4u too. Similar to the earlier website, they did not accept payment from a non USA billing address. It worked for me too because the jacket was retailing at US$280 and this website was offering it in a sold out colour at US$140. Other websites were selling at US$196 at best after 30% markdown. It seemed a little too good to be true, so I was very happy to pass on the risk to a 3rd party. Together with the Vpost discount codes I received earlier, I paid S$214 for this jacket. It was a total steal from the local pricing of $546 SRP (or $420 after discount).

In the end, I had to buy my jacket from BobWards at US$195.97 because Gear Gut’s inventory system had a glitch and misrepresented the stock availability. It was still discounted but not as much discount as I had expected. Sobs!

Featuring The North Face Women’s Kira 2.0 Triclimate Jacket in Rocket Red, 2014 Model

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Spects of the jacket:

  • 3-in-1 alpine ski jacket pairs a waterproof exterior shell with a zip-in liner jacket that features ample 100 g Heatseeker™ insulation
  • [Liner Jacket] Zip-in liner jacket
  • [Outer Jacket] Waterproof, breathable, fully seam sealed
  • Adjustable, removable hood
  • Reverse-coil chest pocket
  • Underarm vents
  • Hand zip pockets
  • Wrist-accessory pocket with goggle cloth
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Internal goggle pocket
  • Two-snap, snap-down powder skirt with gripper elastic
  • Adjustable hem
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Fabric: shell: 110 g/m² HyVent® 2L—100% polyester plain weave / liner: 58 g/m² 100% nylon / insulation: 100 g Heatseeker™
  • Style: CU74
  • Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz (1020 g) / Length from center back: shell 27”, liner 25”

What’s left as to buy: my ski pants (to buy or borrow), Balacavas, the kids’ ski gloves and the kids’ ski socks

My favourite travel insurance

I would usually stake out for the bi-annual travel insurance promotion. It would be offered during NATAS period. At 50% off for single trip policy, it was too good to be missed!

Apart from the coverage for loss of valuables (in particular loss of cash due to theft being capped as $500), the general coverage was pretty comprehensive and generous. It was also generally easy to claim from Tenet should anything really crop up.

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Roller skating classes too

Instead of spending 90min idling in the park, I decided to sign up for the roller skating class. I had not thought much about it until another friend said she was learning with her son.

Hence, I ended up getting my rollerblades and guards from the same shop too. Previously, when I purchased online, I ‘chanced’ upon a discount code as I was switching the browser. I cleared cache and the same discount code popped up too. It was a $5 code.

Discount code: BNAG10

While $5 did not seem much, the blades were already discounted, so it was an additional $5.

Since it was purely recreational and I only needed a basic pair of skates, the instructor recommended a few women’s skates and some kids’ skates. Based on the existing inventory, Z selected this for me.

Rollerblade Spitfire SL G, $201.10 (SRP $229)
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I knew it looked too cute and sweet but well…

Anyway, Z said he picked this for me because the rest were K2 (the brand) and other people might think I was trying to be a K2 (preschooler).

Here was to more skating for Z & I, especially after hearing that 1 hour of skating equated to almost burning 600 calories and it was a low impact cardio sport.

VPost shopping discount codes 

For the benefit of my friends who are shopping on overseas websites, here are all the codes valid from now till 20 July.

Base charge is $13.40. 

The cost of shipping a 6.2kg item would be $69. I topped up a $11 Vcare insurance (pegged to value of item) and applied the $30 discount code.  

Happy shopping and shipping!

   

       

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