iPad App Review - What a Bad Dream

~ Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:27 AM ~

I mentioned before that we are big fans of "Little Critter" apps and the latest app we reviewed is the "Just Me and My Puppy". To be honest, I have been very interested to find out whether children dream and remembered what they dreamed of, so I have been asking my almost 4 years old boy whether he had any dream and whether he remembered them once in a while. Just curious you know... Anyway, the moment I saw the words "Little Critter" and "Dream" in the latest Oceanhouse Media's press release in my email inbox, I immediately requested for a review copy. Anyway, my review as below...

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* Title: What a Bad Dream
* Price: $0.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Feb 20, 2013
* Version: 2.1
* Size: 38.6 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Description from the product page:

"Little Critter dreams that a magic potion turns him into a scary, disagreeable monster that no one wants to be around. In his dream, he does whatever he wants. He has cookies and ice cream for breakfast, doesn't brush his fur or fangs, never changes his clothes or takes a bath, skips school and stays up late watching TV. When Little Critter is sleepy and ready for bed, there's no one there to tuck him in and read him a story. Luckily for Little Critter, it's all just a bad dream. Young children will relate to the sweet and funny ending!"

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I like the storyline where it tells how Little Critter dreamed he turned into a monster and he gets to do whatever he wanted and without caring for other's feelings and how it turned out in the end when he woke up from his dream.

* I used the opportunity in this app to gently explained to my almost 4 years old boy that although he may dream of nasty scary things, he must always remember that it is not real and daddy and mummy will always be there to protect and watch out for him.

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You can purchase the "What a Bad Dream" 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 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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Potty Training Updates on Both Kiddos...

~ Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM ~

It's been over a month since I last blogged about my 2 kiddos' potty training progress!

Just a brief history for all of you who are new to my blog, I blogged about starting Ben back on his potty training in February 2012 after months of delaying it (Alyson came along in September 2011 and I had to pause Ben's potty training since then) and even listed down some short, medium and long terms goals that I looked forward to accomplishing with Ben. Then I also blogged about the precious sight I get to see - Ben finally pooping in his potty! (instead of diapers which he always insisted on), and revisiting those goals I set in February 2012 against the progress in early May 2012 and checking off the ones we achieved 3 weeks later, and now...

Goals Set in Dec 2012

Updates in 4th Jan 2013

(46 months old) 

Updates in 14th Feb 2013

(47 months old)

Short Term: To move on to peeing into the toilet seat Completed! There are few times I forgot to put the toilet seat up, so my boy ended up peeing into the drain hole next to our toilet seat (which he then washes off by pouring a bucket of water on the floor) but otherwise, he will go for toilet seat.


Medium Term: To go diaper-free during his afternoon naptime after the above goal is met

Completed! It has been over a month since my boy last wore a diaper for his afternoon nap.

Long Term: To poop in the toilet seat

I've been prepping my boy up for this, telling him gently to try pooping in the toilet seat instead of his trusted potty. Waiting for the right moment to do this... stay tuned!

Success! My almost 4 years old boy has so far pooped 3 times in the toilet seat (could be more but I was really not able to accompany him as I had to take care of Alyson at the same time)
Long Term: To go diaper-free during his bedtime Completed! It has been 3 weeks since my boy last wore a diaper for his bedtime. Success! It has been more than 2 months since my boy last wore a diaper for his bedtime.

My major achievement for my boy's potty training is getting him to poo in the toilet seat. I felt so proud and it's like a big burden lifted the first time he sat on the toilet seat and poop. He was scared (said he scared to fall into the toilet seat) but the moment he sat on the toilet seat, he told me 'Mummy, I'm not scared. God protect me like how He protects David when he fights with Goliath!'.

As for bedtime, if I sleep late or I woke up halfway or I woke up early, I will get my boy (still asleep) to pee in his potty. There are 2 occasions where he wet the bed and we don't make a big fuss out of it because my boy had quite a lot of water before his sleep during the 2 occasions and I forgot to wake up halfway to get him to pee.

As for my 17 months old girl, oh wow, having your older child reaching his milestones and the younger one quietly observing everything helps make potty training so much easier and faster! My girl sat on the toilet seat to poop few days back for the first time and does not look scared at all, following the footsteps of her brother I guess!

So there you go, looks like we are getting almost all of the goals soon for Benjamin and Alyson is progressing well (at her own pace too)! Thank God for this and for my dear boy to be so good in following through his potty training!

We are all so proud of you both, Benjamin & Alyson!

Dream After Death... Truth or Just Mind Tricks?

~ Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:36 AM ~

I'm a Christian (baptised since 2005) and although I think there are spirits, I don't think we should be scared of them as our God is more powerful than anything. I do believe in heaven and hell and that after we passed away, it's either heaven or hell.

Chinese people have a belief that after someone passed away, within the first 49 days, they will dream of their loved ones (the one who passed away) and some even reported that by the 49th day, the spirit will come back home for the last time before they moved on.

When my dad passed away in April 2006, I dreamt of him in the first week after he passed away. He was resting on his bed in our old flat, he looked so at peace and he wore all white. So white that it was shining bright. And yet, I could see his legs all straight and in good condition. You see, my dad had gout for decades and because of that, his legs are crooked and his knuckles are swollen in certain places as well. But in my dream, he looked perfect and was in his prime age (around 40-ish). I was so happy to see him in that condition.

When my mum passed away in January 2007, my first dream of her was quite disturbing and I woke up crying for her. In that dream, my mum was sitting on the floor, hugging her knees together and just crying and rocking her body to and fro. I also saw her brothers and sisters (my uncles and aunts - all still alive now) in the dream but it was just my mum in the dream, moving and crying because the chair she sat on broke, her siblings ignored her and I woke up feeling sorry for her.

The next dream I had of her (still within the 49 days), she was sitting in this white colored luxurious car (sorry don't know brand, I only remember it was long and looks like a convertible which is a rare sight in Malaysia). So anyway, I was just staring at my mum in the car, and she was waving her right hand, smiling so happily as if she's going to a better place (which I chose to believe she is).

Now, why I'm mentioning this in my post today is because I was having a conversation with hubby and his sister few days back and I mentioned to them about my dream when their dad (aka my FIL) passed away in Dec 2003. I was still dating my hubby then and I stayed overnight at hubby's house the day his dad passed away to help out with the funeral arrangements the day after.

In my dream, hubby's dad told me something and I've so far only casually mentioned this once to one of his family members. But the recent case where I mentioned this to hubby and his sister, I learned that the same message I was told by his dad in my dream was what his dad said when he was dying. I only got to hubby's place a few hours after his dad passed away so I absolutely had no idea what his dad said before he passed away and to be honest, hubby only mentioned this few days ago.

I was shocked to hear that... as it is so eerily creepy to find out what I dreamed of is what he heard in reality.

So back to my topic today... dream after death... is it the truth or mind tricks? I chose to believe it's the truth...