What It Means To Be A Malaysian

~ Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:08 AM ~

I came across this article on what it means to be a Malaysian. I agree with the article:

"A foreigner reading the local news of late would be left with the impression that Malaysians were an unhappy lot – paranoid that their respective communities were under threat and quick to provoke or threaten other Malaysians in the name of their race or personal beliefs. But it would be a mistake to stereotype all Malaysians based on what a few individuals, claiming to be their community’s representatives, say."

To be honest, it hurts every time I read about certain individuals raising up issues to divide, to bring down, to condemn, to devalue and many more disrespectful and disgusting acts.

 Being Malaysian to me is living in a multi-racial country, each and every one of us care and respect one another.

 I am proud to be a Malaysian, so I say to these individuals,

"Stop trying to divide us up with issues on religions, on races, on historical foundations and more. These are the very things that made up Malaysia to what it is today. These are the things that make Malaysia as unique and yet diverse and a wonderful blend of peaceful people."

 

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Your Words Have Power, Use Them Wisely

~ Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:46 AM ~

Our 5 years old boy attends Sunday school and on Father's Day, I went to pick him up around the time his class ends but I realised there are many more kids who are still at the final stage of finishing their Father's Day crafts. I saw our boy standing next to a teacher, waiting patiently as the teacher folded what looks like a wire or cable from where I stood. When the teacher was done, she passed the completed crafts to our boy who happily walked around and he didn't even realised I called his name.

I was about to call him again when I saw him talking to another boy and after that, our boy's face changed. He looks angry and with 2 hands resting behind his back, he showed his angry face at the boy and shouted something. The boy, seeing our boy's angry face palmed his face and walked off. I then saw our boy walked towards a male teacher and explained something to the teacher. I waited to see what is going on and tried to assess the situation from where I stood. The male teacher who was also rushing to finish up other kiddos' crafts, just nodded at what our boy said and didn't act further.

Our boy turned around and saw me. He walked over to me and showed me his crafts.

It was an origami of working shirt for Father's Day. The obvious part done by the teacher(s) are the origami folding and the hanger wire or cable part. The working shirt has front and back coloring done by our boy and I like what I see. I like that the 'Happy Father's Day' words are colored nicely and within the characters (not out of line) and I also like that the 2 childrens' faces are closer to human skin color.

But you know what our 5 years old boy said to me?

"Mummy, that boy (pointing to the boy who palmed his face earlier) said my coloring is ugly!"

Aahhh.... now I get it. Now I know why our boy looked angry after talking to that boy. I mean, will you be happy if someone critisizes your hardwork?

Parents, remember, our words have power, remember to use them wisely.

Sigh... saddens me to know a child at such young age can utter such thing. You know, for a child to say something like this, they must have been exposed to such statements around their life.

What has a mum got to do in this situation? This is my conversation with our boy as we leave his class that day...

Me: Benjamin, did you color the crafts yourself?

Ben: Yes.

Me: Wow, mummy likes it very much. I like how you color each letters within itself and I like that the childrens' faces are yellow. Did you choose the color yourself?

Ben: Yes. But that boy said my drawing is ugly! I am angry at him!

Me: Well Ben, who is this craft for?

Ben: It's for daddy. For Father's Day.

Me: Is that boy your daddy?

Ben: No.

Me: Well, then why do you let yourself be bothered with the boy's comment? He is not your daddy, and you are not making this craft and coloring it for that boy. No need to be angry for this.

Ben: (silence)

Me: Now, most important thing to remember is you tried your best in doing this craft yourself. Did you give your best?

Ben: Yes, I color my best!

Me: Well then that is all that matters. That you do it all by yourself, nobody helps you to color at all. I'm sure daddy would be proud of your work too!

Ben: But that boy made me angry!

Me: It's OK, forgive him.

 

So parents, again... choose your words wisely. Say, do, react and response in positive manners as it will echo in other areas of your kiddos' life.

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Product Review - Seven Seas Fruit Gummies

~ Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:31 AM ~

About a month ago, I received an email on the possibility to review some fruit gummies. Our kiddos love to munch on gummies and I thought I could give this a try since these gummies are enriched with vitamins and minerals. Anyway, let's continue with my review below...

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Seven Seas Fruit Gummies

About the products:
"Seven Seas, one of most trusted healthcare brands in the U.K, has the perfect solution with their range of Kids Fruit Gummies. Kids just love these yummy, healthy Fruit Gummies and it’s a fun way to get them strong and healthy. Available in packs of 30 delicious tasting gummies, Seven Seas Fruit Gummies come in three flavors, each enriched with different vitamins and minerals essential for the children’s formative years. Strawberry Fruit Gummies contains Vitamins A, B6 and C, Blackcurrant has Vitamin C and zinc, and the Orange variant comes with calcium and Vitamin D.

At Seven Seas, we believe a healthy life begins with proper nutrition. Let Seven Seas help you and your family live a healthier life. Now, with Seven Seas Kids Fruit Gummies, vitamins and minerals are just a yummy chew away. These gummies are also free from preservatives, artificial colourings and flavourings. "

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I received 3 bottles of Seven Seas Fruit Gummies - Strawberry, Blackcurrant and Orange. According to the product page, "Strawberry Fruit Gummies contains Vitamins A, B6 and C, Blackcurrant has Vitamin C and zinc, and the Orange variant comes with calcium and Vitamin D".

Seven Seas Fruit Gummies

The gummies are really cute - it looks just like the fruits they represents: Strawberry, Blackcurrant and Orange - right down to the matching fruit colors.

Seven Seas Fruit Gummies

The moment our 5 years old boy saw what's inside the bottles, he stood next to me asking for one to try. His 2.5 years old sister was not aware of what was inside but stood next to her brother trying to see what caught her brother's attention. Hahahah... what I did was I will give them each 3 gummies (Strawberry, Blackcurrant and Orange) every day before their breakfast, sometimes if I forget, our boy will dutifully reminds me that I have forgotten to give them the gummies.

To be honest, I do have my apprehension when it comes to gummies as I always relate these gummies to the sugary icing mess around the gummies candy which are commonly sold in supermarkets and retail marts. But the Seven Seas Fruit Gummies does not have those icky sugary icing that I was dreading at so that was one worries off my list when I let our kiddos try the gummies out.

I am also happy to know that the Seven Seas Fruit Gummies are also free from preservatives, artificial colourings and flavourings so I look forward to giving them to our kiddos every morning.

In summary, our kiddos just love them... and never forget to take their vitamins every day!

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The products are available in all leading pharmacies nationwide. You can browse for more products at http://www.sevenseas.com.my/index.php/products/childrens-health/

Btw, Seven Seas are also running a nationwide 'Colour & Win' contest. You could let your child participate by colouring the Seven Seas Gummy Fruity Heroes on the contest form and stand a chance to win a Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Lite/Kids or other goodies.

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the product 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.