Product Review - Unotelly

~ Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM ~

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Description from the product page:
"Unotelly is a DNS-based system that allows to its customers to watch their favorite TV channels wherever they are, with any device they have, without restrictions. With few words, it's an online TV service that bypass geographic limitation.

Unotelly works with all the devices. PC, Mac, linux,PS3, XBOX360, Wii, iphone, ipad, itouch, androids, playbook, WD TV Live, Roku, boxee box, OpenElec, XBMC, Apple TV, Google TV, LG smart TV, Sony TV and players, Panasonic VIERA, Samsung TV and players and all rooters including DD- WRT.

Unotelly Provides to its customers more than 25 channels. Some of them are Netflix, HuluPlus, CWTV, Amazon, BBC and MTV. You can see our entire list of channels in this address: http://www.unotelly.com/unodns/channels. What is most important it is very simple to set up. Even a novice at Internet can easily set up it and watch his/her favorite TV channels."

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When I received the email asking me to review this product, I researched further and was intrigued, I mean, to be able to watch so many channels and no need to worry about my geographic location? That sounds intriguing and of course, I decided to give it a try. Now, I am not that IT savvy when it comes to hardware (yes, I used to be in IT line but I'm an ex-programmer not hardware or techie person) or gadgets stuff so I have to rely on my hubby to set up the necessary for me.

Firstly, the instructions to set up Unotelly are fairly simple but I prefer to leave it in the hands of my hubby hahahaha... Anyway, it took him just a few seconds to run through the instructions and a few minutes to install and run the system.

As parents, the first channel we go to is kids related channels such as Discovery Channel and Cartoon Network (we are not a fan of Disney channel actually and only watch this channel when we are on holidays since the hotel we stayed in normally has this channel).

Based on hubby's observation after playing around and checking out some channels, our feedback on this system are:

* It is easy to setup the system.

* There are various channels available which can be viewed online regardless our locations.

* Although we can go to other channels, we still have to set up or register accounts with the respective channels in order to view those channels. My hubby expressed his disappointment in this area as our initial expectations on this system is we are able to immediately watch the channels instead of still needing to go to the respective channels' website and needing to create an account in order to watch the channels.

* However, my hubby did mentioned that the good thing with this system is we can watch HuluPlus channel (http://www.hulu.com) as being in Malaysia, we get this message "Sorry, currently our video library can only be watched from within the United States" when we try to access the website.

To sum up my feedback, Unotelly is a wonderful system which provides us to many channels available overseas.

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You can find out more from www.unotelly.com

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the Gold membership account by Unotelly 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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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: http://www.fakefoodjapan.net/ "

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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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You can check out the many designs at http://fakefoodjapan.com/

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!!!