Friday, August 29, 2014

Disney Channel’s Original Animation Series ‘The 7D’

About two weeks ago, we were invited by Disney Channel for a special preview screening of their new original animation series ‘The 7D’. Has it got something to do with the seven dwarfs? You bet!

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According to Disney, it’s a contemporary, comedic take on the world of the seven dwarfs. That’s pretty much the only connection to the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that I’m so familiar with, except, of course, the Magic Mirror. It also makes an appearance in this redesign.

So, the story goes something like this: The 7D takes places in the whimsical world of Jollywood, and The 7D – Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc – help Queen Delightful keep the kingdom in order. With every story, there must be a villian and in this case, the villians are Grim and Hildy Gloom, who plot to take over the kingdom by stealing the magical jewels in The 7D’s mine. That’s essentially the story in a nutshell – how The 7Ds save the day from evil Grim and Hildy.

Some key entertainers have been roped in to voice some of the characters. Kelly Osbourne is Hildy Gloom, while Whoopi Goldberg voices the Magic Mirror.

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On that day, we were treated to an preview of one episode. It started all right, but after a while, EV shared with me that she didn’t like the animation. She generally likes happy shows, so I guess, The 7D didn’t quite appeal to her because there was some element of ‘evil’ in it. It’s funny because while she said she didn’t like it, and kept climbing on to me to hide her face, she continued to turn round to sneak a peek, even though she whispered to me that she preferred the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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She also took a liking to the badges that we got as a parting gift from Disney. She declared that she liked Grumpy.

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In fact, she was more interested in the craft session that followed the episode preview. Towards the end of the session, I caught her happily crafting away, while the other kids were watching The 7D. Hmmm.. go figure.

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Looking around EatPlayLove cafe where the event was held, she was the only kid who wasn't that engrossed in The 7D, except the tiny babies, of course. So based on that, Disney must definitely have done something right.

Looks like The 7D is set to be a hit when it premieres on September 7 on the Disney Channel (Starhub Ch 312 / Singtel mio TV Ch 234).

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Working hard... at playing

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vaby August box + Giveaway

Today I received the Vaby August box. Quite an attractive box, I must say, and several items are useful for me and for my kids too. (Read our previous posts here and here.)

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The best item of the lot has got to be the Korean Adhesive Labra bra. It is a backless, strapless, seamless and self-adhesive push-up bra that’s made of thick silicon gel with a front closure, so it stays hidden beneath clothes. It comes in its own storage bag, so it’s quite compact, and is easy for travels. See that small black item in the top left hand corner of the photo above? Yup, that’s the Labra, and it comes in black or nude colours, at a price of $49.90.

Other samples in the box include:

- Skip and Hop Bib in a Zoo design (valued at $4.90). Lightweight and water resistant with a cute catch-all pocket that’s good for mealtimes.
- Natural Cotton Diapers by Baby Organix ($17.90 per pack). The diapers are made with natural cotton, and it is comfortable as the inside is made with 0.0163mm fine fibre. It also contains mild olive leaf extract, which is a natural anti-oxidant to prevent bacteria growth and sooth the skin.
- Lavender Fields Concentrated Laundry Powder that’s eco-friendly with a lavender scent ($12 for a 1kg box)
- Nuturme Yum-a-Roos Tropical Twist Organic Fruit (banana, mango and pineapple)
- Portable Mini Fan in the shape of a pencil
- Kids Party Entertainment voucher
- The Playhouse Unlimited Play Pass (which EV will undoubtedly love)

Giveaway!!
Like what you’ve seen in the August box? Here’s a chance for you to win one. There are 5 to be given away! Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Good luck!

Terms and conditions:
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- Giveaways are open to Singapore residents only.
- This giveaway will start on 26 August and ends on 9 September (inclusive) at midnight.
- Winners will be announced on this post and my Facebook page by 12 September.
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email provided in the blog comments.
- Results are final. Prizes not claimed will not be redrawn.
- Terms and conditions are subject to change without notice, at the organisers' sole discretion. 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Box Thursday + Giveaway: 动物狂欢节 and 从头到脚 Chinese story books

Book Box Thursday (BBT) has katen a long two-month hiatus. Life has been extremely busy with work and kids (what’s new) and piano practice. Yes! Piano practice. My exam is just around the corner, and I’m gearing up for it. More on that in another post.

So BBT is back today with a bang and a clang and a crazy party involving crazy animals… in Chinese. We haven’t reviewed really reviewed a Chinese book in BBT. We’ve shared about our Chinese home learning activities, but as for books, I only briefly explored it when the Chinese journey with EV started, here (till today, both kids still love those books I shared)

So I’m really excited to be sharing two titles today: 动物狂欢节 and 从头到脚.

When we got the books, I didn’t make any special efforts to announce them to the kids. I simply placed it on our bookshelf, and I swear (not in front of them, of course. Hee…), kids just have a knack for noticing new stuff. Within the day, EV came and asked, looking quite innocently, ‘Mummy, what is this?’.

That night, we read both books, three times. EV and AA both liked them, and here’s why.

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The animals of the animal kingdom are invited for a crazy costume party, and each animal has to go as an animal other than itself. The whole book is about how these various animals dress up as another animal, and then how that animal in turn dress up as yet another animal, and so on. For example, the lion becomes an elephant, the elephant becomes a parrot, the parrot becomes a turtle and the turtle becomes, can you believe it, little red riding hood (not exactly an animal, but it is a crazy animal party after all).

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Or how about a bear becoming a snail, a snail becoming a tiger, a tiger becoming a sheep, a sheep becoming a porcupine, the porcupine becoming a sausage dog. It goes on and on and on. It’s fun and crazy and of course, the way the animals transform themselves into animals one doesn’t expect is rather hilarious, such as a zebra becoming a mouse which becomes a flamingo which becomes a giraffe which becomes a caterpillar. It’s quite creative to see how the animals ‘think out of the box’ to become the craziest animal they can think of.

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The illustrations in 动物狂欢节 are simple, with only the picture of the animal and the corresponding text on each page. It’s not distracting and helps kids under 5 to focus on the story.

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Our verdict
Why does EV and AA like it? I think it’s because the story tells them it is OK to be crazy and wacky and nonsensical. It’s important that they know that, in my opinion. As they grow up and are increasingly exposed to the reality of life, it is even more crucial for them to be able to have fun and be crazy amidst the sanity. Like Robin Williams said, ‘You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.’

从头到脚

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That moment of madness continues with 从头到脚. It’s typically ‘Eric Carle’ with its art work, repetition and focus on a singular concept - that of body movements. It features different animals in doing different movements, such as turning the head, thumping the chest or bending forward, and asking different children if he or she can do that action, and the child saying they can. It’s nice to see animals and children interacting with each other.

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In the book, and given children’s general affinity for animals, it’s no surprise that EV and AA took to the story rather easily. They added their own fun to the story telling by imitating the animals themselves too. Even if they didn’t get some poses exactly right, they got to move their bodies.

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Our verdict
While moving their bodies, EV and AA got a little wacky at times, laughing at themselves at their silly moves. The icing was getting mummy to be silly and wacky too. So this book really managed to get us all reading and moving and laughing and having a great time. So story time turned out to be quite an active and animated one. Now it’s just a matter of getting DaddySay to join us..

Giveaway!!
We have a copy of each 动物狂欢节 and 从头到脚 to give away, sponsored by the kind folks at Flip for Joy. Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter. Most are optional, but do give you more chances. Good luck!

Terms and conditions:
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- Giveaways are open to Singapore residents only.
- This giveaway starts on 21 August and ends on 4 September (inclusive) at midnight.
- Winners will be announced on this post and my Facebook page by 9 September.
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email provided in the blog comments.
- Winners must confirm by reply email, within three days. Otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- Terms and conditions are subject to change without notice, at the organisers' sole discretion.

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Disclaimer: We were provided with one copy each of  动物狂欢节 and 从头到脚 for review purposes and one copy each of 动物狂欢节 and 从头到脚 for giveaway purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and images are our own.

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