Sang Kancil Cari Cahaya

~ Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 12:02 AM ~

I have previously seen this being promoted in one of the FB pages of an individual that I followed regularly (due to his charitable activities) and forgotten all about it until I saw it while shopping for Christmas presents few weeks back. I grabbed 2 (one to give to our 3 kiddos while the other to give to a close friend of ours)

Ever since I was a young child, I think not just me, but most of us around that age have heard or watched the Sang Kancil (mousedeer in English) cartoon series. Back then it was quite a big deal for locally made cartoons and what more in our national language. Wayang kulit or shadow puppet in English is one of our traditional play which I really wanted our kiddos to be exposed to as well. So you can imagine how excited I was to be able to get this!

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It comes with a stack of hardcover boards for the puppet shadow scenes (tied to a side by a big rubber band), a torchlight and 2 Eveready batteries. I experienced a bit difficulties trying to put in the batteries, needed to rummage through my storeroom for a screwdriver in order to unscrew the tiny but very strongly secured screw at the upper portion of the torchlight. Also took a bit of tinkering to figure out which directions to put in the batteries and then screwing back the tiny screw in place.

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There is also 2 separate hardcover boards where you can use one of them as a background and the other where you need to take out the Sang Kancil and giant characters and DIY your own shadow puppet story. But anyway, I decided to just follow the stories provided in this box. In each cardboard, there is a small image guiding you to point your torchlight there for better shadow effect.

It follows the story of Sang Kancil that wanted to go to this castle on a mountain and the experiences it endured along the way and how it got out from tricky situations. I like the creative storyline but am a bit disappointed with the ending as I feel it could be expanded more. But not bad for a shadow puppet story in this modern world! You can even play the sound effect as you tell the story from the book to your kiddos.

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I am looking forward to more stories from hereon. I hope with this gift, our kiddos will continue to cherish and preserve the shadow puppetry and local childhood stories like what I've been growing up with. Malaysian parents, this is a must to get for your kiddos!

 

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Product Review - iSuperFoods.my

~ Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:59 AM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews since 2014 and only accepted those that I feel will definitely fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre)

Few months ago, I received an offer to review some products carried by iSuperFoods.my. After browsing through their website and seeing the potential on how I can incorporate the products into our family, I decided to go ahead with the review.

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About the company:

"iSuperFoods.my's mission is to provide nutritious, organic or natural foods and skin care from the farmers or company people can trust. iSuperFoods.my is more than just a superfoods company. We are passionate about natural health and beauty solutions. We're committed to offering superfoods and skin cares with premium quality, free from harmful chemicals at reasonable price."

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I received the following items for my review:

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# 1 - REA Organic Ginger Powder

I started my review with REA Organic Ginger Powder. I was planning to cook Ginger Chicken with Scallions for dinner that night, so might as well do something new! Instead of using the ginger in my kitchen, I opened up a sachet of the ginger powder.

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I did taste the powder a wee bit, I feel it has a very strong ginger taste and smell. I added a few tablespoons of water and mixed it with the powder and poured the mixture onto my chicken as I cooked it. Taste wise compared to my previous cooking, this time using the ginger powder yields a slightly more bitter taste - mostly because I also cut down on sugar and salt in my cooking that day. But otherwise I think it is one of the many good ways to incorporate ginger into our cooking.

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# 2 - REA Organic Camu-camu Powder

To be honest, I have no idea what I can make to incorporate the camu-camu powder. I googled around and read that it can be used in drinks and meat dishes. I was planning to cook garlic minced pork on the day so I thought why not? But I hesitated as minced pork is my 4-year-old's favourite dishes and I really don't want the dish to turn out horribly wrong as my very picky girl will straight out flat refused to eat a dish if it tasted funny. She is that picky and sensitive. Nevertheless, for the sake of my sanity, I tore open a sachet and poured into the mixture that I'm planning to use to cook my minced pork. I tasted some of the camu-camu powder and it tasted bitter and strong spice smell. The real test is after the dish has been cooked and watching my 4-year-old girl tucked into her plate of rice with some of the minced pork.

No reactions. She continued eating. She did ask me 'Mummy, is this pork?' LOL I said yes and tasted some myself. The dish tasted more herbish (is there such a word?) this round, fruitier too if I might add but nonetheless, edible as how my minced pork dishes taste like usually. Pass!

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# 3 - REA Organic Wheatgrass Powder

It is easy to think of what to make with the REA Organic wheatgrass powder. My first plan is to make some honey wheatgrass drink for myself. So what I did was pour myself a cup of hot water, add in a sachet of wheatgrass powder and stir in some honey inside. Easy peasy for an afternoon tea!

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My next idea on how I can incorporate the wheatgrass powder is to add them into the homemade yogurt drinks that I regularly make for our kiddos. You can click on the link above to find out how to make the homemade yogurt drinks. What I did was to add in the wheatgrass powder before adding in the fruit juice and stirring the yogurt drinks before chilling them in the fridge.

My 6.5-year-old boy who is a fan of my yogurt immediately noticed the taste difference this round and politely declined my yogurt. However, my 2-year-old girl slurped all the yogurt by herself. She loves it!

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I made the yogurt again a few weeks after that and our youngest kiddo loves it still! I will continue to sneak in the wheatgrass powder in my yogurt since my youngest kiddo loves it. As for my oldest, I'll just have to separate out a batch without the wheatgrass powder added in for him.

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# 4 - REA Organic Chia Seeds

It is easy for me to incorporate chia seeds into my cooking. On the day I planned to make my Chinese steamed egg, I just scooped some chia seeds into the egg mixture before steaming them. Taste wise no difference to me except with chia seeds, the eggs have a crunchier feel now.

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I also added some chia seeds as garnishing to my stir fried vegetable dish. A wonderful way to spice up a dull looking dish I feel :)

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# 5 -Super Sprout Organic Lemon Powder

What comes to mind when I see lemon is LEMON CHICKEN dish! I scooped some lemon powder into a mixture of water + sugar before adding them into my chicken and braised into lemon chicken dish. Delicious!

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# 6 -Manuka Vantage Hand Creme

How awesome is it that I also get to review beauty products?! According to the product page, this protective and repairing hand creme is useful for dry and damaged hands. Exactly my skin type! Other than that, the hand creme is also suitable to use on minor burns, cuts, grazes, insect bites, skin irritation and sunburn. I applied them onto my arms and elbows and yes, even my legs hehehehe.

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You can see the picture before and after applying the hand creme. My skin is really dry and cracked up looking but the lines are much more subtler and not so noticeable after applying the hand creme few times.

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# 7 - Manuka Vantage Oil

The last item in my review list is the Manuka Vantage Oil. To be honest, I am still not a fan of the smell. I just think it smells awful to me. But trust me, it is very very very effective! Just a drop or two onto your wounds and it heals very fast!

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The manuka oil comes in a small handy bottle, perfect to carry around in your handbag or diaper bag. So happened my 6.5-year-old boy hurt his leg on the very day I received the items for my review, so I dropped some of the oil onto his wounds. I just smeared the oil around his wound gently and let it dry off by itself. The wound start healing and the very next day, it started scabbing nicely. You can see the before and after picture shown below.

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I also applied the manuka oil onto other wounds that I discovered on our active boy's body and the wound healed up nicely in 1 day time. I also had a minor cut on my foot and the wound starts scabbing in a day as well. No itch, no stinging sensation or anything while healing. Awesome! FYI, the anti-microbial activity of Manuka Vantage Oil is about 20–30 times more active than Australian Tea Tree oil, meaning the levels of the substance that kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi is higher in comparison. I have tried tea tree oil before and it is good, so to know that the manuka oil is 20-30 times more active than the tea tree oil is all the more awesome!

Btw, not everyone's skin can tolerate the 100% pure manuka oil, so you can do a skin test before using by diluting 1 part Manuka Oil to 10 parts water and apply it on your sensitive skin/area.

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To sum up my review, I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to try out the products from iSuperFoods.my.

My favourites are the wheatgrass powder, lemon powder and Manuka oil.

Highly recommended!

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For more products, do check out http://www.isuperfoods.my/.

Don't forget to use the code 'IMAFULLTIMEMUMMY' when you make your purchases!

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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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Book Review - Extreme Colouring: Amazing World

~ Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 4:22 PM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews ever since our 3rd kiddo came along in end of Sept 2013. I do still accept review pitches but only when time permits and if it is something that I can see it being useful and beneficial to our family. Also, as busy as I am with 3 kiddos, home cooking, taking care of hubby's administration site of the business and swamped up with managing my FB page and blog, I just can't say no to reviewing good books! Reading is my passion and coupled with books that are of parenting, children, family or religion or educational genre, all the more I gotta say yes!

Extreme Colouring- Amazing World

Extreme Colouring- Amazing World

Title: Extreme Colouring: Amazing World
Author: Beverley Lawson
Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (5 Nov. 2015)
ISBN: 978-1780977379
Paperback: 96 pages

Description from the product page:

"Extreme Colouring: Amazing World is action-packed with challenging, complex and advanced scenes that will keep any artist entertained for hours. Inviting you to relax and unwind, as well as encouraging and inspiring you to discover your inner artist, this extreme book of high- quality illustrations is like no other adult art book on the market. Taking inspiration from amazing places and locations around the world, this exciting, and expertly designed DIY art book will help you create your own advanced art masterpieces, one splash of colour at a time. With lots of thought-provoking and complex illustrations to inspire your imagination, Extreme Colouring: Amazing World encourages you to live life in glorious colour."

 I'm a full-time mummyI think I've been living under a cocoon or something as only recently I discovered this crazy colouring phase as I watched friends uploading their colouring results and seeing people asking where to buy certain brands of colour pencils at cheaper price. I absolutely cannot fathom the reasoning behind this colouring mania so when I was offered an opportunity to review a colouring book, I thought 'Should I jump into this bandwagon? I'm not artistically inclined, should I even attempt this?'

I asked around why people do this and was told that it was a therapeutic thing for them, to be able to slow down their life and focus on colouring, bit by bit. Whoaaa... therapeutic?! Sure, I'm in! As a busy mum of 3 kiddos, the last thing I could ever achieve was to slow down my busy life and do something crazy like this. I mean, attempt something crazy like this. I told myself, even if I could just colour 1 page that is a major achievement!

Now, I have to confess, I don't have any special colouring tools. All I am armed with is our kiddos' colouring pencils hahaha...

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I like the theme of this book as it covers some famous places all around the world, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Eiffel Tower in France and more. At the same thing when I colour the pages in the book, I get to show and teach our kiddos as well. I started colouring, telling myself, no rules here, just take whatever colour my heart desire. I mean, this is art right? Doesn't mean the colour must conform to real life right?

When I started colouring, I do feel it is so tiring as I had to concentrate on the finer details. I asked myself 'What have I gotten myself into?!' I find myself restraining my impatience feeling, to slow down and really focus on colouring one spot at a time. After a few minutes, it gets easier and easier and I do feel more calm and happy seeing the paper coming to life bit by bit.

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At some point, my 4-year-old girl was intrigued and decided to doodle on one of the pages in my book. As a young girl, her favourite colour is PINK so whatever she is colouring in the book is ALL PINK. Nevertheless, like I said, no rules. Just colour.

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I even sneaked in some colouring time for myself as our kiddos were busy doing their colouring activities during the school holidays. Below is a picture I snapped as we were colouring haha...

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And here are some of my completed colouring works... do not laugh at me okay?

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The pink coloured fences in the picture below was done by my 4-year-old girl :) Now one thing I must add is I am very happy to notice how this colouring book impact my 4-year-old girl as I discovered one of her colouring work during Sunday school where she coloured the flowers and leaves separately. As in the flowers were pink (of course!) and the leaves were green. All nicely separated instead of her usual style of colouring everything pink. I'm glad to observe this in her!

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In summary, it is an eye opening experience for me, I'm glad to review this book, to be able to slow down my busy life and enjoyed the calming moments as I coloured away. The sense of accomplishments as you see the pages being brought to life by your own colouring is amazing!

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The book is available at all major bookstores. For international fans, you can find it at AmazonExtreme Colouring- Amazing World.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book 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 book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

 

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