Product Review - Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels

~ Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:43 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)

However, as busy as I am with 4 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 products that either myself and/or my family can use, what more reviewing a well-known stationery products' brand like Faber-Castell, I would be mad to say no, right?!

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Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels

About the company/products:

"Faber-Castell is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of high-quality products for writing, drawing and creative design. Founded as a pencil factory in 1761 in Stein, near Nuremberg, today the firm is one of the oldest industrial companies in the world and remains a family-owned business even after more than eight generations of family ownership. Faber-Castell is represented in over 120 countries, with production sites in nine countries and sales companies in 23 countries. Its product range includes more than 2,000 items divided into the areas of “Playing & Learning”, “Art & Graphic”, “Premium”, “General Writing” and “Marking”.

Faber-Castell is delighted to present its latest innovation in colouring tools with the new Watercolour Soft Pastels. The Watercolour Soft Pastels is able to provide different finishing to the users – they are able to use it as it is which gives a silky smooth and pigmented crayon to an oil pastel finishing or add an additional step by lightly brushing it with water to achieve a watercolour effect. There is no sharpening required on the Watercolour Soft Pastels, making it a very convenient colouring tool for school-going children."

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We received a box of Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels with 11 colours which also comes with a paintbrush as well. I breathed a sigh of relief as our older 3 kiddos take turn and not fight over one another to use the Watercolour Soft Pastels. 

Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels

To open the Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels packaging box, you just need to flip open the 2 small tabs on the sides like how you do for briefcases. The watercolour soft pastels are securely placed in a structured case that allows easy packing and carrying about without the fear of the pastels falling out.

The Watercolour Soft Pastels' length is just nice and its size is also just right for children's fingers to grasp on to. You just need to gently turn the top cap clockwise to extend the pastels and continue using it. There's no need to sharpen anything!

I made some photocopies of a printable colouring sheet for them to colour in and get themselves busy. I just told them to go crazy in colouring the paper given and they went on their own creative ways to colour their paper. One studiously coloured within the lines, one tried to blend and mix the colours while one tried to use different methods in colouring.

Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels

Results of their first colouring using Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels:

First one was by our 8-year-old boy, who studiously coloured within the lines and tried to match as close as possible to the objects' colours.

Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels

Second one was by our 5.5-year-old girl, who tried to blend and mix the colours and every now and then announces the new colours she created. "Blue and yellow makes GREEN!", "Blue and red makes PURPLE!!!" Whoaa... learning opportunities everywhere!

Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels

Last one was by our 3.5-year-old girl, who tried to use different methods in colouring. After her initial colouring, she excitedly took a brush and dipped it into a container of water that I prepared and happily blend in the colours on her paper. 

Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels

There are several techniques that you can try with Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels such as:

  • Blending & Watercolour Techniques - where you can easily smudged the colours using fingertips, cotton buds or tissue paper and a touch of water to create a watercolour effect.

  • Scratching Technique - where you apply bright vibrant colours as the base and then overlaps it with a darker shade. You can use the tip of a ruler to scratch the dark surface to reveal the colours beneath.

  • Water Colour Technique with Mirror Image Effect - where you leave some space where the image is meant to be transferred to and apply the colours on the actual artwork.

    Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels

The Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels is a wonderful product for children and I'm happy that our kiddos have the opportunity to try out this product 

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Faber-Castell Watercolour Soft Pastels are available at all major bookstores and stationery shops in Malaysia.

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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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Fancy Building Robi, Your Very Own Humanoid Robot?

~ Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:01 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 homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre)

However, as busy as I am with 4 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 products that either myself and/or my family can use, so of course I gotta give this product a try! When I first read about Robi, I was intrigued. I mean, how cool is it that you can build your very own robot? As I've got an 8-year-old boy who is VERY into robotics stuff, I just can't say no to reviewing this. So here goes, my first review...

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Robi

About the company/brand:

"Robi is a fusion of sophisticated design and advanced Japanese technology that was designed to provide interactive bonding experience for the entire family.  More than 130,000 Robi robots has been assembled by fans around the world, making Robi the world’s bestselling humanoid robot from Japan.

Robi

Apart from having an extensive vocabulary of more than 250 English and Mandarin phrases, Robi can also sing, dance and control your TV. Most importantly, Robi has been exclusively re-programmed to speak several phrases in Bahasa Malaysia, only available in Malaysia."

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We received issues 1 to 8 for our initial review prior to the Malaysia launch on 10th March 2017. Some issues are box type while some are thinner but all of them has a magazine packed with educational articles related to electronics and robotics theme.

Robi

For this review post, I will touch more on the magazines' features as well as the assembly of Robi. So far, in the 8 issues we have, there are different robots being featured in each issue. You get to learn more on the concept and functionalities of the robots as well as what is the inspirations on its creation.

I used this opportunity sometimes to get our 8-year-old boy to read out loud the articles to me so that he can practise his reading as well as pronunciation skills or sometimes I will read it to him so he can sharpens his listening skills. It is a great bonding moment as we browse through the issues!

Robi

In each issue, you will read on the easy to follow instructions to assemble Robi. The clear step-by-step pictures makes it so much easier for even a young child to follow. There are certain parts which I will take over to assemble such as those that require delicate setup like the circuit board or Servo cables. But mostly I'd say both our boy and myself take turns assembling Robi.

Robi

Once you have completed the magazine, you will see the parts to be assembled that comes with the issue. Some of the parts may be kept for future issues and may not be assembled in the current issue, so you really need to keep it safe and not lose them.

Robi

I really appreciate that there are some parts which has extra pieces (screws for example) as some of these small items are easy to lose or misplaced. I do however get nervous especially when it comes to the part where it involves circuitry board and the delicate Servo cables. It does train you up to be extremely patient and careful in assembling this robot for sure!

Robi

What can I sum up in this first review of mine on Robi? I'd say that it is cool to be able to assemble your very own humanoid robot with ease and using a screwdriver and not any fancy-smancy high-tech gadgets.

Some might dread the wait for each issues (weekly) though I think it can train us to be patient and the wait might be necessary as some people might take their own sweet time to slowly read through the magazine part first before going ahead with the assembly part.

For parents, I think this might be a good way to bond with your child, to work together by instilling teamwork spirit and complete the assembling and enjoying the fruits of labor after that.

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Robi will be sold at a wide range of Malaysian retailers via a weekly DeAgostini magazine which will feature the latest Robi parts, simple and easy to follow assembly instructions and educational articles focused on electronics and robotics. Robi is also available via online subscription at https://www.deagostini.my/RB/order_series.aspx

Btw, the launch event and roadshow will take place in One Utama Shopping Centre on March 10 - 12, 2017. The event will be attended by Robi’s creator, Professor Tomotaka Takahashi and Hajime ‘Jimmy’ Murano, the CEO & President of DeAgostini Japan.

For more information, please visit http://www.myrobi.my/ and https://www.facebook.com/robimykl/

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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 - Chiaus Baby Diaper Malaysia

~ Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:51 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 homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre)

However, as busy as I am with 4 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 products that either myself and/or my family can use, so of course I gotta give this product a try! 

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Chiaus Baby Diaper

About the company/brand:

"CHIAUS (Fujian) Industrial Development Co.,Ltd., established in 2006, is a one-stop center for the development, design, manufacture and distribution of quality baby & child care products. CHIAUS have been awarded with national patents for the world first “Dual Absorption Cores” in the year 2014."

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We received 4 packs of Chiaus baby diapers: 2 packs of Chiaus Baby Diaper Tape S size, 2 packs of Chiaus Jumbo pack Tape diaper M size and 1 pack of Chiaus Premium Soft Diaper Pants L size.

Chiaus Baby Diaper

Here's how the diapers look like from biggest size to smallest size. I kinda like the polka dot design on the tape diapers. So cute and artsy :)

Chiaus Baby Diaper

By the time we received the diapers for our review, baby Daryl, our 4th kiddo is in the midst to transition from S size to M size diaper. I tried to test out some Chiaus Baby Diaper Tape S size with the brand that Daryl uses prior to transitioning. Apologies but I think best that I blur out the other brand as I just want to highlight the size and outlook comparison. At first glance, Chiaus Baby Diaper Tape S size is slightly bigger and longer than the brand that Daryl uses.

Chiaus Baby Diaper

The inside look of Chiaus Baby Diaper Tape S size with the S size diaper that Daryl uses. We managed to try a couple diapers but on one occasion, Daryl had a massive poop and it leaked out. I think the poop is so super massive that the S size diaper is not able to absorb the poop fast enough and hence the leakage. The same thing happened when Daryl uses the other brand as well, so really, it's the massive poop issues, not the diapers problem hahaha...

Chiaus Baby Diaper

Since Daryl uses M size now, I think it's better I focus more on reviewing this diaper size. Picture below is the comparison of Chiaus Jumbo pack Tape diaper M size with the M size diaper brand that Daryl currently uses. We received a carton box of the M size diaper pants type from a client of ours before we had a chance to go out to purchase any M size diapers for Daryl.

I really love the Chiaus Tape diaper M size, the soft material is ultra-thin, so inviting and comfortable to the touch. I actually stretched the elastic portion at the back and it is good, springs back to the position. The side tapes to secure the diapers are strong but yet not sticky or prickly to the touch. Love it!

The Chiaus diapers are clinically approved hypoallergenic and hence allows for maximum protection to babies from getting nappy rash. So far, there has never been any leakage with our boy's pee but there are a few incidents of poo leakage, mainly due to his lying down position which created a gap at the thigh elastic area and hence the seepage out.

Chiaus Baby Diaper

We only received a pack of this Chiaus Premium Soft Diaper Pants L size and I've been trying to use it sparingly. Pictures below are the comparison of the Chiaus diaper pants with the brand that our 3-year-old girl currently uses for her night time. Our girl is already potty trained for daytime and outing but at night still need to wear and so far, there has never been any leakage at all with her wearing the Chiaus Premium Soft Diaper Pants L size. 

Chiaus Baby Diaper

One thing that I would like to suggest is for Chiaus to have the sticker strip tape at the back of the diaper to secure the used diaper before we dispose it into a dustbin. But otherwise, the diaper is really good!

Chiaus Baby Diaper

I love the softness of the seams at the sides of the diaper pants, the seams on the current diaper brand that our 3-year-old girl is using seems a bit rough compared to the Chiaus diaper pants. The elastic band around the legs part are stretchy and it does not leave any marks around my girl's thighs after used but yet, it hugs my girl's thighs comfortably with no leakage at all. Awesome!

Chiaus Baby Diaper

In summary, this diaper brand is good, easy on the eye design and I love, love, love the soft comfortable cottony material. 

Recommended! 

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You can find out more from http://chiaus.com.my/shop-now.html

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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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