Product Review & Giveaway - Fake Food Japan

~ Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM ~

Almost a month ago, I received a pitch from Justin, the CEO of Fake Food Japan asking whether I would be interested in reviewing his products, the sort that makes awesome gifts that certainly no one has. His products are made in Japan, in fact, handmade fake food with themed items such as business card cases, cell phone accessories, keychains, magnets, and more. I received 2 items from him for my review. So here goes my review for the "Shrimp Tempura (small) Keychain" and "Taiyaki (small) USB Flash Drive (4GB)":

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About the sponsor:
"Fake Food Japan prides itself in bringing you true works of art. Our handmade fake food are carefully designed and crafted from the most skilled in the industry right here in Osaka, Japan, where the fake food industry got its start in 1932. Starting our operations in 2012, our mission is to give people spanning the globe the opportunity to own and enjoy for themselves this Japanese time-honored craft of producing the most authentic looking fake food known to man.

So by all means, take a look through our web site to see all that is possible. And if you can't find what you are looking for, please let us know. We can take customized orders to create for you specialized one-of-a-kind items that you won't find anywhere else! And for our Japan-based customers, you can visit our sister Japanese site from this link: "

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OK, need to interrupt you guys with some cute pictures of my 10 months old girl checking out the products that I got for my review.

Alright back to my review now, as mentioned earlier, I received 2 items for my review which are the "Shrimp Tempura (small) Keychain" and "Taiyaki (small) USB Flash Drive (4GB)". I like that the items are packaged neatly and they came with warning note at the bottom which says "This fake food is not consumable!"

Now the reason I requested the "Taiyaki (small) USB Flash Drive (4GB)" as one of the items to review is because my hubby lost his USB drive a while ago and I am so happy I get to give this to him! Hahaha! He chose the design himself (he loves fish!).

His feedback on the USB drive is that it is life-like and easy to notice because of its size (meaning not so easy for him to lose it!) although he did mentioned that there might be a problem when using it on notebooks or media players due to its size. Luckily our media player is high enough and the USB drive is shorter than our media players' height so that is not a problem for us. So far, the USB drive works perfectly for him!

Next item, the "Shrimp Tempura (small) Keychain"! My girl was so quick, she grabbed the keychain before I could snap some close-up shots of it! I do notice a strong plastic-ky smell from the keychain but after a few days of airing it, there's no more trace of the smell anymore.

I was surprised at its size, almost the size of my palm actually! And yes, it does look life-like! I chose it because I love eating tempura! Every time we eat out at some sushi restaurants, without fail I would be ordering tempura dishes! So yes, getting this keychain for my review is awesome as I am reminded of one of my favorite food! Hahahah!

Check out the pictures below for more details. I also love the key ring, it is so easy to hook into my keys!

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I am so excited to be able to hold this giveaway for my lucky blog followers and readers! ONE of you lucky people are going to win this awesome product! Winner get to choose any one item valued at less than US$55! Now, let's read below for the giveaway terms and conditions OK?

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products by Fake Food Japan in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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Opportunities to Learn is Everywhere...

~ Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM ~

SInce middle of April this year, I have started doing daily activities like crafts, coloring, cutting, drawing etc on top of my teaching my 3 years old boy.

IMHO, you don't need to follow a lesson plan just so you can teach your child. Of course having activities books like crafts, coloring, cutting, drawing are awesome, but my point is other than following what is in these books, we can also apply and show examples from our surroundings and environment.

As a SAHM, I try to teach and explain whatever I can to my kids. OK, at the moment, although both my kids listen to me, only my 3 years old boy understand what I say to him and maybe I think ocassionally, my 10 months old girl might kinda understand what I'm saying hahaha...

Anyway, like I mentioned earlier, I teach and explain whenever the opportunities arises.

It could be just the 3 of us (hubby at work) hanging out at our balcony and I will go telling my boy the vehicles that passes by in front of our house (we live in front of a highway though it was barricaded with a sound-proof wall, we still can see the top of most vehicles passing through).

I started doing that since Benjamin could stand by himself and today, he will just tell me 'Look mummy! That's a bus' or he will go 'Lorry', 'Long green lorry', 'Siren sound from the ambulance', '2 busses' so on and so forth.

Or we could be playing in the water pool at our balcony and I will go teaching him about shapes and colors of his toys, to share his toys with his baby sister, to clean up the toys and help me wash up the balcony after playing, etc etc.

Ben learning even while bathing!

The learning just never stops.

For me, as long as you are creative,

EVERYTHING and ANYTHING can be a learning tool.

A conversation piece. Something to teach your child. An opportunity to bond and share and see the knowledge being absorbed by a young child's mind. You can teach them about:

* Types of vehicles,

*  Buildings, ("That is a school")

* Shapes, ("Look at that building, it looks like a circle shape right?")

* Sizes and comparison (short, shorter, shortest), ("That building is taller than this building")

* Colors,

* Sounds,

* Locations ("See the bird is ON the tree" or "The cat is under the tree")

* Counting ("How many lorries can you see?")

Ben counting!

* Parts ("Check out that tree in front of us! Look at the color of the flowers, the branch, the bark..."),

* Occupation ("Look Ben! That is a postman, just like Postman Pat, he delivers letters and packages to us!"),

* Usage, ("Do you know why trees and plants have roots? Unlike us, we have legs to stand and move around, but trees and plants do not have legs, so they depend on their roots to stand firm and not tumble down easily...")

* Cause and effect ("Why is there siren sound coming from the fire engine? It's because the firemen are rushing to a place to help put out the fire, so do not play with fire", etc etc)

and many, many, many, MANY MORE!!!

iPad App Review - Where Do Balloons Go?

~ Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM ~

I received an email for the opportunity to review an upcoming app from Auryn Inc, one that is narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis. Whoaaaa!! Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to be given the chance to have a sneak preview of this app before its official release, hence without further delay, please read my review below...

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* Title:   Where Do Balloons Go? 
* Price: $5.99
* Category: Books
* Released: July 11, 2012
* Version: 1.0.1
* Size: 170 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Auryn, Inc
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Description from the product page:

"WHERE DO BALLOONS GO features a physics engine that simulates how balloons are blown up. Through an Animal Balloon Game, kids can blow onto the iPad to blow up balloons, twist and turn them to create their own balloon animals.

 Other highly interactive and creative games and activities include:
* Learn and explore as you play with animated balloons by recording your funny helium balloon voice, matching balloons with their human pairs and more!
* Bring stories from your child’s fantasy world to life by creating characters, recording dialogues, enacting scenes and creating a full-fledged play at the “Balloon Theatre”.
* Send customized and hand-written postcards to your friends and family.
* Let your little one’s imagination flow into outer space by getting them to join the stars and create imaginary constellations.
* Engage your kids with some foot tapping music as they shake a leg at the “big balloon dance”.
* Listen to what each character in the story has to say to you by nudging them to talk."

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What's good?

* This app is engaging and interactive, there are surprises everywhere in the book as you move along the pages! 

* The illustration is so cute and beautiful! I love the details as well!

* It is kinda cool to have Jamie Lee Curtis narrating the story!

* I love the idea of writing our own postcard, from choosing the postcard template to writing and sending it off!

* I also enjoy the the dot to dot plane game as I'm trying to introduce this activity to my 3 years old boy in our learning lessons.

Room for Improvement?

* Jamie Lee Curtis’s voice is a bit boring at some pages. In the beginning, she sounds awesome but as we go through the pages, her voice gets into the same flat tone – you know children loves it when we talked in different pitches and tones? Similar to apps, I think having children narrating the app is a better option!

* There is a game where you need to touch all the balloons, I find that although it is fun, to be finding all the 200 balloons is a bit tiring even for me. I did managed to get down to 2 balloons left, but I do hope that the developer can reduce the number of balloons required and maybe change the balloons colors once we tap it? (Can consider putting all balloons in faded grey color, once we tap it, count reduced and balloon has colors on it?)

* There is a particular page shown below which I do not like (this is just my own opinion): I find it scary to see a boy inserting something into his ears and found myself immediately flipping over to the next page so that my boy does not learn to do that!

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You can purchase the "  Where Do Balloons Go? " app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code by the sponsor to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

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