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!

Sang Kancil Cari Cahaya

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.

Sang Kancil Cari Cahaya

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.

Sang Kancil Cari Cahaya

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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I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this. Do note that sharing this does not mean I agree or disagree with it. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

A moving Facebook post in which a mother explains how she raises her six-year-old son to treat women with respect and learn the value of money has gone viral. The personal story was shared by Nikkole Paulun, 22, who told her legions of Facebook followers that once a month her six-year-old son Lyle takes her out for a "dinner date".

 She explains: "Once a month my 6 year old son takes me out on a dinner date. He opens doors for me, pulls out my chair, talks about his day & asks me how mine was, pays the bill with money he earned by doing chores, and even tips the waiter/waitress. "

She then explains the reasoning behind this nice family tradition, adding: "By doing this I am teaching him how to treat a lady & how to take her on a proper date.

"How to show that he respects the woman he loves (right now that would be mommy).

"We put our phone and iPad away (except to take this photo) and sit and talk to each other about our days, things we want to do, etc. I'm teaching him proper table manners and that it's rude to sit on your phone on a date with your mom or with anyone else."

She makes a subtle reference to her unhappy past, saying: "Yes he is young but I believe this is something he should learn now. "It's never too early to teach your child how to properly respect others, especially women. As a woman who has been abused & treated like crap in the past, it's extremely important to me that I teach my son how to show respect. Too many men these days have no idea how to treat women or how to take them on a nice date. It's nice to know my son won't be one of them."


What do you think?


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Sharing - First Heart Surgery On a 29-Week-Old Fetus

~ Posted on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 5:58 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

A team of doctors in Kerala for the very first time performed a surgery on a 29-week fetus to relieve narrowing of the exit of the unborn baby's heart chamber. The heart of the unborn baby was accessed through the mother's abdomen under ultrasound guidance and a widening of its heart valve was performed.

The procedure called 'aortic valvuloplasty' was performed by the doctors of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center. The 29-week fetus suffered from aortic stenosis -- which causes restricted blood flow through the heart valve -- and ran the risk of heart failure.

After the surgery, the baby is expected to be born with normal circulation of blood. The mother and the fetus remain stable after the procedure performed by the team of doctors led by Balu Vaidyanathan. "It is expected that over the ensuing weeks till the pregnancy reaches term, the ventricular function will recover and baby will be born with a stable circulation at birth," said Vaidyanathan.

First Heart Surgery On a 29-Week-Old Fetus

What do you think?


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