Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More Jurong Lake pictures

Took a bunch of Primary 5 kids for an orientation programme at Jurong Lake that stretched over a period of 5 weeks and decided to take some pictures on the last session.

Uncle Lau, my partner for the sessions

The usual pagoda shot

Kids posing for a pic

Trying to recreate the scene from Titanic

Obligatory standing up shot

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chaco Z/1 Unaweep Review

Last April, my Teva sandals broke after 2 years of abuse. Shortly after, they were replaced by a pair of Chaco Z/1 Unaweep sandals. They were my first ever Chaco sandals and having used them for 10 months, I've decided to give them a quick review.

I've used this sandals in muddy and sandal conditions. They have been used while cycling, kayaking and just walking around town. They've even followed me to the Philippines and the Maldives.

Things I liked:
  • Good grip
  • Arch support is awesome
  • Sole is thick, feels like a shoe
  • Simple buckle
Things I didnt like:
  • Abrasion on big and last toe, even without the toe loops. Only slightly better than the toe loop version.
  • Straps are harder to adjust compared to my previous Teva
  • Straps are not as soft and comfy as my previous Teva
  • The portion of the strap that rubs against my big toe are fraying
  • Takes longer to dry than my Teva
  • Fairly heavy
Bottom line:

I'll probably get another pair if this one is worn out. The simple buckle reduces the point of failures on the sandals and the arch support provided by these Chacos are just wonderful.
However, I cant believe that the strap is fraying! Personally, I find it weird that its the part of the strap which rubs against my toe that is fraying. Is my skin really that abrasive?