Kao’s “Welcome To My Modern Parenthood” Phase 2

~ Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 2:30 PM ~

As a busy mum with 4 kiddos between 7 months old to 8 years old, I have started to really cut down on doing product reviews to focus on our childcare and family life, home cooking, helping with hubby's administration site of the business and sharing informational articles on my FB fan page so I am only accepting and prioritizing products that can fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or educational stuff, family products, something along those genre)

Over a year ago, the "Welcome to My Modern Parenthood" (WTMMP) campaign was launched to help new and anxious parents with minimal to zero know-how in transitioning into effortless, enjoyable parenthood through insights and education and I had a pleasant and wonderful experience reviewing products from Merries and Kao, so when I was contacted recently for another review, I immediately say yes! I mean, good stuff, how can one say no?!!!  

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This year, back by a popular demand, Kao Malaysia launched the Phase 2 of its highly successful “Welcome To My Modern Parenthood” campaign with the expanded “The Secret to My Modern Parenthood” parenting guidebook and enhanced home care solutions with a range of product brands like Merries, Magiclean and Attack.

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

Phase 2 of the campaign is to give the consumers an opportunity to interact with Kao's products and learn how to properly use them. The improved guidebook now has a total of 18 chapters with topics on caring for a child into toddlerhood plus tips from experts, doctors and key opinion leaders. A total of 40,000 copies of the guidebook will be distributed this year through NGOs, hospitals and other childcare partners. Excited parents can also download the book for free through this website link: www.kao.com/my/my-modern-parenthood/index.html.

I'm a full-time mummyWe received the following products this time, they are basically the 3 ideal home care solutions:

  • Japan’s No.1* Baby Diaper, MERRIES (M and L size);

  • Japan’s No.1* Home Care Range, MAGICLEAN; 

  • Japan’s No.1* Laundry Brand, ATTACK

* Based on value share data reported by Intage, SRI for the Heavy Duty Laundry Detergent Category. (January 2016 to December 2016)

 

After all these years, I am still impressed with Merries diapers. Just love, love, love their pants diapers, so comfortable and yet snuggly and protectively ensuring no spillout or mess! I did say I love their diapers right? Pictures below taken of our 2nd kiddo when I reviewed Merries diapers back in year 2013 when it entered Malaysian market and now, 4 years on (with 2 more kiddos in the family since then), we are still very much happy and satisfied that our kiddos are still able to reap the benefits of such awesome products as they grow along!

We are also impressed with the Magiclean range of products and have used them in our house as well as in hubby's office. A must have range of products, really!!

As for the ATTACK range of products, I feel that the liquid detergent is not bad as well even though we use powder detergent before this. The detergent smells good and cleans our clothes wonderfully. The softener also made our clothes smooth and soft. Also, do take note the Attack “Hygiene and Anti-Bacterial” range now has a newly created anti-bacterial formulation from Japan, which keeps clothes smelling fresh longer as it offers sweat and odour prevention all day long. Coolness!


To sum up our experience, I'm so ever grateful and blessed to be given the opportunity again to review the wonderful range of products from Kao & Merries and yes, I do believe that they will truly transform your parenting life and makes it way more convenient for you to do your house chores!  

Such true happiness that you can only experience when you know you and your loved ones are in the hands of good quality products and reputable brand name!

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Kao is powering up this year’s campaign by going nationwide – including East Malaysia, with close to 100 road shows and 3 major events at shopping malls in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru.

There is a roadshow coming up in July 2017, details below:

Roadshow: Date : July 27 – 30, 2017        Venue : Queensbay Mall Penang.

For details please check out www.kao.com/my/my-modern-parenthood/index.html.

WTMMP FB page: https://www.facebook.com/wtmmp/

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products 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 - Fundels

~ Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:09 AM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews towards the last quarter of year 2016 to prepare for our coming 4th kiddo who was born in early November 2016 and I am now slowly resuming doing product reviews but prioritizing those that can fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or educational stuff, family products, something along those genre)

Nowadays, as busy as I am with 4 kiddos, home cooking, helping with hubby's administration site of the business and managing my FB fan page and blog, I started to slow myself down to just reviewing products that either myself and/or my family can use and benefit from.

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Fundels

About the company/brand:

"Fundels card games: “Play&Learn” and “Flashcards”

With Fundels Play&Learn card games, you can quickly learn new things through play. These games teach you how to combine colours and shapes, how to write letters and how to play with numbers. What’s more, the fun plastic case means that you really can play these games anywhere! With Fundels FlashCards you can quickly and easily practise counting, language and conceptual thinking too. The upbeat design and fun colours make learning super fun!"

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Since I've got 4 kiddos age ranging from 6 months old to 8 years old, we were sent several items from the new Fundels educational range for our review so that we can cover as much of them with our 4 kiddos hahaha... FYI, there are 2 range of Fundel products:

  • Premium Play&Learn box (Drawing with Numbers, Writing Letters, Colours & Shapes and Playing with Numbers)

  • Standard Flashcards (Multiplications, Learn to Draw and Learn English)

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Play&Learn (Colours & Shapes)

Fundels

This is one of my favourite games! Yes, yes, an adult saying this, I know... but hey, I am reviewing the products with my kiddos, so yes, I have the right to say that this is one of my favourite games! Now what do I like about them? With this game, you’ll develop your spatial awareness. How you play the game is you select one of the examples and try to replicate them out again. The tricky part is to ensure the cards' (some are transparent while some are translucent) positions, layouts, colours and shapes are as close as you can match them to be.

Fundels

I find this game very easy for my kiddos age 3.5-years-old to 8-years-old to understand and follow. Just take one sample card and show them how it is done and then let my kiddos go crazy and creative on their own. The cards' quality is good and durable as well, nifty size which is good for them to hold onto and stack or adjust on top of other cards as they try to replicate the sample card. Lots of educational moments here as I get to teach our kiddos positioning (front, behind, left, right, over, under) as well as colour mixture and shapes combination in certain cases.

 

Play&Learn (Writing Letters)

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This has got to be my next favourite game. My 3.5-year-old girl is particularly enjoying this game so much! She has started to learn alphabets in her preschool and to be able to practice tracing the letters on the colourful and cute little cards are much more enjoyable for her. I don't think she even realises that she is learning at the same time of her 'doodling' and tracing the letters! Win-win!


Play&Learn (Playing with Numbers)

I changed the rules of this game to suit myself and my 8-year-old hahaha. What we did was dividing a stack of numbered cards (I shuffled them first to randomise them) between us and using the dice, we took turns to roll the dice. If we get the + sign, we will choose 3 of our cards (we are playing 3 place values: ones, tens and hundreds) and whoever get the highest values, wins! If we get the - sign, whoever gets the lowest values wins. 

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FlashCards (Learn English)

This is a very convenient and easy game to play with my kiddos. I have a few ways to play with these flashcards.

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One way is I flashed the cards (image portion) to each of my kiddos in about 3 seconds' time and if they can guess the name of the objects correctly, they get a mini candy treat. Another way I played with these cards was I shuffled the cards, then looked at the image portion and each kiddo take turns to guess the objects on the cards I'm holding. I will slowly give them hints to the cards, such as it is a food item, you can eat it raw or you need to cook it first, or it is a household items etc. Whoever guessed the objects correctly gets a treat!

 

FlashCards (Multiplications)

These flashcards currently can only be used for my 8-year-old since he is learning multiplications.

Fundels

If only I have this cards earlier, it would've saved me so much time and energy as I recently DIY-ed some mini flashcards for the exact purposes to teach my kiddo multiplications. Below picture is my humble little DIY flashcards which surprisingly is quite similar style to Fundels' version. I like Fundels' flashcards as the quality is better (of course!) and the numbers are big and bold enough to be seen from a distance. We have an enjoyable time with the flashcards!

Fundels

 

FlashCards (Learn to Draw)

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These flashcards we got for our review has got to be one of my favourites, which is the "Learn to Draw" flashcards. Each card has 4 simple steps to follow to draw them. The steps to follow in drawing are highlighted in red colour for easier understanding and final design of the object is shown at the bottom of the cards. The cards' drawings go from easy to medium to hard level from what I see, which is just suitable for my 3 kiddos!

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I personally think there are many ways to use these flashcards and it has lots of learning opportunities! I started off by getting my kiddos ready with their own scrapbooks and colour pencils. Then I flashed them an example and they get to drawing as close as they can to the sample cards.

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I choose the harder drawings for our 8-year-old to practice on, such as the helicopter, robot and dinosaurs drawing. He enjoyed the challenges and even came up with his own drawings to complement the flashcards designs hahah...

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Instead of getting my kiddos to draw out the objects, another way I use these flashcards is to select some and get them to build it using Lego bricks hahaha. Look at how creative they get in trying to build their Lego creations as close as possible to the drawings on the flashcards.

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A cute and fun way to get our kiddos to learn about mathematics, language and conceptual thinking in an easy way.

A must get products for your kiddos, really! 

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Fundels are currently for sale at Parkson at Pavilion KL and Hamleys at One Utama. More stores will follow!

For more info on Fundels, check out: http://www.fundels.com, https://www.facebook.com/fundels/ and https://www.facebook.com/CartamundiAsiaPacific/

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Malaysia Child Passport Photo Replacement

~ Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:25 AM ~

Do you know that every Malaysians now, regardless how old or how young need to have their own passport? I remembered I had my first passport when I was around pre-teen age and it was tagged onto my late mum's passport. Meaning, if you opened up her passport, you will see her picture and mine in the passport. But gone are those days... now, like I mentioned earlier, everybody needs to have their own passport.

Just in case you are not familiar with the procedures, I'll just copy paste some quick notes and tips for your reference here:

Applying For A Malaysian Passport For Your Baby

  • What to bring along: Your child's Original Birth Certificate (and 1 photocopy), Mother/ Father’s Original IC (and 1 photocopy), RM100 (Validity 5 years)

  • Tips: There are certain Immigration centres that has special lanes (for pregnant women, old folks, special needs or handicapped individuals as well as women with infants) I personally opt for the Immigration Department of Malaysia @ Sri Hartamas.

Process to apply for your child's new passport:

  •  Get ready all the documents, go straight to the Immigration Department and look for the 1 special counter to get your queue number.

  • The immigration officer will ask you for your documents and he/she will help you slot and arrange your documents and forms accordingly before passing you a queue number ticket.

  • If possible, get ready your child's height measurement (there are some height chart around the department where you can use to check your child's height)

  • Once your number is called, you will pass your documents to the officer in-charge (he/she will also ask for your queue number ticket)

  • Then get ready your child for passport photo taking right at the counter you are in. If your child is not able to sit up, you will need to prop them up so that their picture can be taken. Make sure facial features are easily seen.

  • Once done, wait for a while for your number to be called again for you to pay for the passport. You will get back your original IC and child's original birth cert after payment is made.

  • From that point onwards, you will wait approximately 1 hour to get your child's passport. The officer at Kaunter Serahan might ask for your original IC and child's birth cert for reference again.

 

Now, wait wait wait... I'm NOT done yet! Yes, congrats for your child's new passport!

But wait a minute, do you know that you need to update their passport photo around 2 years?? (or earlier or later depending on their facial features changes)? Do you know or not!!!!????!!!

We found out about this when we brought our 4th kiddo to make his new passport and was told about this passport photo replacement for 2 years down the road. Yikes! We totally were not prepared at all for this, so back at home I checked back our older 3 kiddos' passports and sure enough, our girls face changed already! No more the cute chubby cheeks! And soooooo, we had to go to the Immigration Department again few days later (busy busy busy!!!)

 

Replacement of Malaysian Passport Photo For Your Baby

  • What to bring along: Your child's Original Birth Certificate (and 1 photocopy), Mother/ Father’s Original IC (and 1 photocopy), your child's passport.

  • Tips: There are certain Immigration centres that has special lanes (for pregnant women, old folks, special needs or handicapped individuals as well as women with infants) I personally opt for the Immigration Department of Malaysia @ Sri Hartamas.

Process to replace your child's passport photo:

  • Once you have arrived at the Immigration Department, go look for the Passport Photo kiosk. Your child needs to take his/her passport photo at this kiosk. We paid RM17 each for 4 copies of our girls' passport photos. (meaning for each girl we paid RM17)

  • Get ready all the documents, go straight to the Immigration Department and look for the 1 special counter to get your queue number.

  • The immigration officer will ask you for your documents and 2 copies of passport photos and he/she will help you slot and arrange your documents and forms accordingly before passing you a queue number ticket and a form to fill up.

  • If possible, get ready your child's height measurement (there are some height chart around the department where you can use to check your child's height)

  • Once your number is called, you will pass your documents to the officer in-charge (he/she will also ask for your queue number ticket)

  • The immigration officer will help fill up some fields in the form and your child will need to have their right thumb print on the form. Father/mother (the person filling up the form) will also need to have their right thumb print stamped next to their signature.

  • Wait for a while as the officer pass your documents and form for approval and then you will get back your original IC and child's original birth cert after that. There is NO payment required for this at all.

  • From that point onwards, you will wait approximately half hour to get your child's passport. The officer at Kaunter Serahan might ask for your original IC and child's birth cert for reference again.

 

This is how your child's passport looks like after completing the photo replacement process. Your child's passport remains the same (as long as still not expired of course), passport number remains unchanged, just that one of the pages in the passport will have a printed page with a copy of your child's latest passport photo glued, stamped and sealed marked on it to show that there is a recent photograph of the passport bearer which is effective from so and so date.

 Malaysia Child Passport Photo Replacement

I hope the above info can help you understand the process better and be more well prepared. Honestly, it is hard for me to find any info on this passport photo replacement for children. Which is why I decided to blog this down so that I can remember what to do next time with our 4th kiddo hahahah...

For other info, you may check out http://www.kln.gov.my/web/ita_rome/passport_renewal


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