Cartoon Network

AIA Vitality Move It Movement


Computer Coding and Math Courses For Kids

British Council

Open Days December 2016

Crafty Minds

Bandar Baru Seri Petaling

Fun Printz

Personalized Labels For Kids

Monday, December 05, 2016

Donations In SJKC

I often hear people complain about donations, sometimes even before the kids have started schooling in SJCK. As a parent who has had two kids in SJKC totalling 8 years, I just want to share this.

First you will need to know this: Quote from Wikipedia
(By degree of government funding, National Schools are government-owned and operated, while National-type Schools are mostly government-aided, though some are government-owned. In government-aided National-type Schools, the government is responsible for funding the school operations, teachers' training and salary, and setting the school curriculum, while the school buildings and assets belong to the local ethnic communities, which elect a board of directors for each school to safeguard the school properties. Between 1995 and 2000, the Seventh Malaysia Plan allocation for primary education development allocated 96.5% to National Schools which had 75% of total enrolment. Chinese National-type Schools (21% enrolment) received 2.4% of the allocation while Tamil National-type Schools (3.6% enrolment) received 1% of the allocation.)

Since SJKC is only partially funded, they have to rely on donations. That is why we often receive donation forms (usually on the first few days of school when paying fees), on PTA or report card days and there may be a couple of fund raising concerts where you are required to pay to watch your children perform.

In our 8 years in SJKC, we have never felt any pressure to donate. Yes, donation forms are given out and teachers may smile politely and request but it is entirely up to us how much we wish to donate or not at all. Usually we do because we want to see improvements in the school where our children are studying.

In the beginning we saw a school with nice facilities, mostly built from donations. There is a nice big hall which can double up as indoor badminton courts, music room, resource room with computers, even a nice auditorium.

At the end of 8 years in the school, due to donations, instead of seeing the school facilities getting run down or looking old, we see improvements instead. Compared to the time when the kids first started schooling, now the school has

  • a new coat of paint and it looks brand new
  • a covered walkway to the car park
  • a cctv at the entrance
  • tv screens at the porch and other places
  • a water filtering system
  • a new road to filter before/after school traffic
  • a running track for sporting activities
There may be some other small improvements which I have not mentioned. These are a few I can clearly see. The school is well kept and maintained. So, before you grumble about donations, do think about this. After all, this is the place your children will be studying for a few years. Don't you want to do your small part to make sure the school is well taken care of for the benefit of your children who will be using the facilities? Our small donation is only a fraction of what we have to pay for private or international school fees. However, in some schools, we actually get really good facilities funded in part by donations. If you open your eyes and look around, you will be able to see whether your donation has been put to good use.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

4 Family Friendly Movies To Watch This December 2016

I really like Common Sense Media's Movie Reviews because they are really useful for parents who wish to check out whether a certain movie is child friendly. They will first list out the age group for the movie and give ratings on the educational value, positive messages, positive role models, violence and scariness, language and other inappropriate stuff.

Below you will find the official trailers of some of the movies currently playing in cinemas. Do hop over to the common sense media links before each video trailer to find out the suitability of the movies for your kids.

1. Moana 

Moana is an animated Disney adventure about a teenager who navigates the seas on a mission. She meets the demi-God Maui and they go on an action packed adventure amidst great music and a kaleidoscope of ocean views.

What parents need to know about this movie.

Released on 1 December 2016, Moana is rated P13 and is 113 minutes long

2. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

This is a prequel to the Harry Potter movies. That means it is about the back-story or events that come before the Harry Potter movie series. Set in 1926 (about 70 years before Harry Potter studies his textbooks at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry), the story follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, the author of the Hogwarts textbook. Expect witches, wizards and lots of magical creatures in this prequel.

What parents need to know about this movie.

Released on 17 November 2016, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is rated P13 and is 135 minutes long.

3. Marvel Comic's Dr Strange

Dr Strange is not your average superhero. He is a brilliant but arrogant surgeon who trains with a mystic known as the Ancient One after his career was destroyed to become a powerful sorcerer who defends the world against evil.

Is Dr Strange suitable for kids?

Released since 27 October 2016, Dr Strange is rated P13 and runs for 115 minutes

4. Upin & Ipin Jeng Jeng Jeng (BM)

We all know Upin & Ipin. In this movie adaptation, they interact with a real world girl, Balqis. Balqis is a 10 year old orphan girl who can communicate with the animated characters Upin & Ipin. She gets Upin & Ipin to help her find struggling rocker Awie to help raise funds and save her orphanage from being taken over by a heartless businessman.

Read Star 2's review on Upin & Ipin Jeng Jeng Jeng here.

Released on 24 November 2016, the movie is rated U and runs for 98 minutes.


5. Sing

The world's greatest singing competition is here. Sing is like a cross between glee, zootopia and American Idol. Sing is an animated comedy about a koala named Buster Moon who tries to save his theatre by running the world's greatest singing competition. Looking forward to the Sing Sountracks.

To be released on 8 December 2016, this movie has a running time of 108 minutes. Since it will be released overseas on 21 December, you will probably have to catch it before you can read the full review for Sing.

6. Star Wars Rogue One

Remember the recent Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope? Rogue One precedes that. All this going back and forth can sometimes be a little bit confusing but when you're a fan of any series, you're a fan and you don't mind watching them in any order. In this part, a group of unlikely heroes unite on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction that can destroy entire worlds.

No review at this time of writing, here's a preview of Star Wars Rogue One instead.

To be released on 15 December 2016, this movie is rated P13 and has a running time of 134 minutes

7. Ballerina

Ballerina is an animated musical fantasy adventure about a poor orphaned girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina. She runs away to Paris and pretends to be a spoiled rich girl to train at the Paris Opera. This is the story about her training and the challenges she has to go through to make her dreams a reality.

To be released on 15 December 2016 and running for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, Ballerina is rated 7.9/10 at IMDB

You may also like to read:
4 Places To Bring Your Kids Skating In The Klang Valley
12 Klang Valley Malls To Bring Your Kids This Christmas 2016

Other interesting links:
School Holiday Programmes December 2016

Network with Malaysian parents
Malaysia Primary and Secondary School Parents On Facebook

Saturday, December 03, 2016

4 Places To Bring Your Kids Ice Skating In The Klang Valley

City kids, preteens and teenagers love to get together to skate these days. You can see groups of them meeting up at the malls for a fun time skating. Parents looking for activities for their kids during the school holidays can also consider skating as a fun school holiday activity. In this post we make a comparison of 4 ice skating venues in the Klang Valley including the entrance fee, opening  hours, price of accessories and whether any school holiday programmes or coaching is available for your kids this December 2016.

Check out some of these venues for ice skating fun for your kids. Information is from the respective websites at the time of writing. Please visit the links provided for detailed and latest information.

1. Sunway Pyramid Ice

About: Sunway Pyramid Ice is the first world class ice sports entertainment in Malaysia
Location: Jalan PJS 11/15 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Weekday 9am - 8pm, Saturday/School Holidays/Public Holidays 9am - 10pm, Sundays 9am - 8.30pm
Rates (Per Entry):
Weekday RM20; Weekend RM25; School Holidays/Public Holidays RM28
School Holiday Package: 6 lessons in 3 days for RM160 (29 Nov - 31 Dec 2016)
Accessories: Socks RM6; Gloves RM9
Resurfacing Schedule: Every 2 hours starting from 12pm and ending at 8pm (Weekends), 12.30pm, 5pm, 8pm (Weekdays)
Rink Size/Capacity: 39m x 22.5m
Website: Sunway Pyramid Ice

2. Icescape Ice Rink, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

About: Icescape Ice Rink is the only Olympic sized rink in Malaysia
Location: IOI City Mall, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm (Thursday close at 8.30pm)
Admission Fee (Per Entry):
Weekday RM30; Weekend/School Holidays/Public Holidays RM35
School Holiday Package: 3 day course, 1 hour lesson per day for RM180 (28 Nov - 31 Dec 2016)
Accessories: Socks RM6; Gloves RM10 Locker RM2 Penguin RM30/hr
Resurfacing Schedule: 2.30pm, 5pm, 7.30pm (1/2 hour each time)
Rink Size/Capacity: 30m x 60m
Website: IOI City Mall

3. The Royale Ice Skating Rink at Royale Chulan Damansara

About: Ice Skating Rink at a hotel
Location: Royale Chulan Damansara, 2,Jalan PJU 7/3 Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
Admission Fee (Per Day): 
Weekdays RM25 (Early Bird)/RM30 (After 12 noon) Weekends/PH/School Holiday RM30 ( Early Bird)/RM35 (After 12 noon)
Coaching Fee: RM60 for 1/2 hour. Booking required 1 or 2 days beforehand
Accessories: Socks RM7, Gloves RM9, Locker RM2/lock, Penguin RM30/hr
Resurfacing Schedule: 1pm, 3pm. 5pm and 7pm

4. Like-Ice Asia, Setia City Mall, Shah Alam

About: LIKE-ICE! Asia is a portable Ice skating rink from Germany
Current Location: Setia City Mall 7, Persiaran Setia Dagang, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor,
Opening Hours: 25 November-25 December 2016
Admission Fee (Per Session/30 minutes):
Coaching: RM15 for 30 minutes
Accessories: Socks RM2, Gloves RM3
Age Limit: 5-15 years old/100cm max height
Rink Size/Capacity: 20 skaters at a time (30 minutes per session)
Website (For Current Location): Setia City Mall

Friday, December 02, 2016

12 Klang Valley Malls To Bring Your Kids This Christmas 2016

Christmas is an excellent time to visit the malls around town. There will be lots of fantastic photo opportunities for the entire family, not to mention events, activities and promotions.

Here's a roundup of some of the Christmas Mall Activities and Events you can expect at the malls in Klang Valley this December 2016.

1. Be Dazzled By Asia's Tallest Swarovski Christmas Tree At Pavilion KL
15th November 2016 to 1st January 2017

Ride on the world's first Swarovski-Chrystallised merry-go-round and admire the glittering castle like one out of the pages of a story book. The swarovski Christmas tree took more than 180 days to prepare and includes 175,000 stunning clear crystals worth RM3 million! 

Visit Pavilion KL's Enchanting Activities page to view all Christmas performances including Santa's Magical Band, manificent dance shows, spectacular holiday performances and more. 

2.  Christmas at IPC Shopping Centre 
1st December 2016 to 1st January 2017

IPC celebrates Christmas 2016 in conjunction with their 13th year anniversary. There will be DIY snowglobe activity, Mistletoe Crafting workshop and more amidst the sweet sounds of yuletide carolling. 

Go to IPC Merry Giftsmas for the full timetable of Christmas 2016 activities.

3. Have A Mickey And Minnie Christmas At Paradigm Mall
2nd December 2016 to 2nd January 2017

Mark your calendar for Disney's Mickey and Minnie's Meet and Greet sessions at the Paradigm mall this Christmas 2016. Little ones can participate in Minnie's head band making, Mickey's felt bauble making, story telling sessions and more. 

Go to Paradigm mall Happenings to check the dates and times to register for the Christmas workshops and activities.

4. Be Mesmerized By The Royal Princess Anastasia At The Curve
25 November 2016 to 1st January 2017

A royal musical featuring Princess Anastasia awaits you every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (accept 13 December). Check out photos and details of the mesmerizing Christmas Gala at the Curve's Facebook page event photos.

5. Have A Topsy-Turvy Christmas At Atria Shopping Gallery
25 November 2016 to 2nd January 2017

Everything's gone upside down at the Atria Shopping Gallery including the decorations and the Christmas tree! Christmas workshops for kids include DIY Wishing Card, DIY Character, Christmas Origami, New Year Wishing Note workshops and more. There will be magic shows, Christmas stilt walker show and a topsy turvy Christmas musical at selected dates and times. Check out Atria's Topsy-Turvy Christmas activities here.

6. Visit Avenue K's Enchanting Christmasville
18th November 2016 to 26th December 2016

Go to Avenue K's Enchanting Christmasville for a train ride, take selfies at the Christmas tree and meet Santa. There will be mini contests including a chance to win prizes up to RM100,000!

7.  Be On The Merry Side Of Christmas At Sunway Pyramid
25th November 2016 to 25th December 2016

Go Rogue this Christmas 2016 at Sunway Pyramid but stay on the merry side. Sunway Pyramid has chosen Star Wars as it's theme this Christmas, right down to the Star Wars Rogue One Christmas tree. Check out the Santa Meet and Greet and caroller's sessions here: merry side of Christmas at Sunway Pyramid.

9. 1 Utama Shopping Complex Christmas Is Here
28 November 2015 to 26 December 2016

There will be lots of music, singing and dancing this Christmas at 1 Utama with performances from little ballerinas, school and church bands, wind ensembles, percussions and orchestras. Get the full dates of performances and kids workshops here at 1 Utama's Facebook page.

9. Mid Valley Megamall Christmas Shows And Performances
24th November 2016 to 1st January 2017

The theme this year is the enchanting Christmas dream. Prepare to be enchanted by magic, illusion, dance performances and character walkabouts, not to mention the mandatory Santa Meet and Greet.

Visit Mid Valley Megamall website What's On: Christmas 2016 and remember to click on "Shows and Performances" to view the full schedule.

10. Santa's Little Helpers Workshops At Bangsar Shopping Centre
25th November 2016 to 25th December 2016

Plenty of workshops have been lined up for kids at BSC including Christmas card making, snowman plaster, candy cane ornament, snowman cup, Christmas bell and more. Check out the Christmas activity schedule for Christmas crafts workshop dates and time.

11. Christmas Winter Adventure At Setia City Mall 

Have a Christmas Winter Adventure at Setia City Mall where kids can skate at the centre court this Christmas for 30 minutes at a time. 20 skaters between the ages of 5 to 15 will be allowed in for each session.  For other festive cheer, check here for the description and location of the live music and entertainment at SCM this Christmas 2016.

12 See Malaysia's Tallest Christmas Tree At Suria KLCC

For more photo taking sessions, check out Malaysia's tallest Christmas tree at Suria KLCC. View more photos of the tree and the festive decor at KLCC here.

Remember to check the schedules so you won't be disappointed because some of them especially those with crafty workshops require early signups or registration. It is also more fun for the kids to go to the malls when the performances and meet and greet sessions are on. However, you may need to go early to get a good parking. Happy Holidays!


13. Viva Shopping Mall's Holly Jolly Christmas Workshops
12 November 2016 to 26 December 2016

It started with just 12 but here's another one with lots of activities. Viva Shopping Mall. For those who likes crafty workshops, check out the Holly Jolly workshops. Kids can learn how to make wreaths, ornaments, snow globe, Christmas cards and more. Check out the Holly Jolly workshop schedule here. 

Looking for a school holiday programme for bored kids? Check out our list of holiday programmes in the Klang Valley

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Get Ready To Move It This School Holidays With AIA Vitality And Cartoon Network

Hi there parents,

The year end is here and the school holidays have started! It is the most wonderful time of the year. If you are looking for activities to occupy your child with, here is an exciting one to mark on your calendar, the Cartoon Network Move It Movement presented by AIA Vitality. This fun-filled 3-day event is sure to get your whole family up and moving.

Nowadays, kids live a relatively sedentary life. In the past we equate the word sedentary to the older generation but this is no longer the case with all the mobile gadgets, applications and games that are so readily available today. These modern technologies encourage inactivity in an extreme and can be unhealthy. So, let's all get our kids moving with Cartoon Network characters this school holidays! After all, it's free and a lot of fun!

What Is It?

The Cartoon Network Move It Movement presented by AIA Vitality is a movement to encourage parents and children to take better care of their health by getting fit and active together. This is in-line with the recent launch of AIA Vitality, a science-backed insurance and health programme that rewards its customers for getting healthier.

Where Is It?

Sunway Pyramid Mall, LG2 Orange Concourse

When Is It?

9-11 December, 2016. Remember to mark these dates on your calendar. It starts at 10 am and runs until 10 pm so you can go anytime over the weekend.
Mark the following dates on your calendar
What You Can Expect At The Event

Lots of fun and games with your children's favourite Cartoon Network characters. *

Some of the fun-filled activities include getting your family game face on and take on Cartoon Network's basketball challenge to see who the King of the Court is or burn off some serious energy and reach for the sky in the Toon-tastic jumping castle. 

Aside from all these fun and games, your kids will have the opportunity to meet and greet their favourite Cartoon Network characters such as Ben 10, Finn & Jake etc. Stay tuned for more updates and the final schedule of the character appearances on their site;

To spice up the day, there will also be games and quizzes on stage, on-the-spot health check-ups and, for those looking to exercise their creativity too, a hands-on arts and crafts activity station.

How Do I Get Tickets To Attend This Event?

It's free! All families are welcome to join the fun at Sunway Pyramid Mall, Orange Concourse, Friday to Sunday, 9-11 December from 10am-10pm.

Bring the whole family and get ready to have a fun time moving this school holidays!

*AIA customers receive a free goodie bag.

Make sure to tune in the Cartoon Network as well as to see some of your favourite characters, only on Astro Ch. 616!

British Council Malaysia Open Day December 2016

You are invited!

You are invited to the British Council Open Days this December.

10-11 December 2016 (KL)
10,11,17,18 December 2016 (The Curve, Damansara)

10.30 am to 4.30 pm

Registration is now open for the open days.

Click here for more information.

Open Days are an excellent opportunity for parents to find out more about the centre and the programmes they run. This is when a centre opens up its doors to the public to show you what's available at their centres and to take any questions from parents.

Here are a few of our Open Day Tips to help you get the most of attending an Open Day at an enrichment centre.

Open Day Tips For Parents

  • Bring your child along. Placement tests are available for your child. This is a good opportunity for you to find out your child's level 
  • Arrive early before the crowd. Being early gives you the chance to talk to teachers and decide on the activities your child can take part in during the open day
  • Ask questions. Ask about the timetable, the fees, the course available. Write down your questions on a booklet or a reminder app on your mobile and write down the answers so you won't forget.
  • Walkabout. Walk around the centre. This is your best opportunity to visit the classrooms and activity rooms and visualize your child learning here. 
  • Speak to the teachers. Sometimes teacher profiles are listed at the centre. Read it and get to know the teachers by talking to them.
  • Participate. Have your child participate in the open day activities. Your child can enjoy the open day activities like story telling, arts and crafts and more while you look around, ask questions and get to know the teachers and the centre better
  • Follow-up. Remember to collect brochures for courses you are interested in. Take down contact numbers and names so you can call up for more information in case you miss out anything during the Open Day
  • Enjoy! Open Days can be a fun day of activities for your child. Allocate some time so your child can have some fun at the centre during the Open Day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Colouring Books For Kids And Adults

In recent years, colouring books for adult colorists have taken the world by storm. Adults who colour say it helps them reduce stress. It is as if coloring parts of a picture patiently till the whole drawing emerges gives you a certain sort of calmness to your otherwise rushed day.

If you are a colorist and a parent, you will also find that you can bond with your kids as you colour together. Here are a few colouring books that both kids and adults can work on at the same time because they are simple enough for kids yet equally challenging for the adult.

1. Happy Days Colouring Book by Susanna Goho-Quek

What's Inside: 24 line drawings of children at play, reading, having parties, dancing and just having fun and being happy.


2. Teddy  Bear Tales Colouring Book by Susanna Goho-Quek

What's Inside: 24 line drawings of teddy bears having fun, running, jumping, dancing etc.


3. Underwater World Colouring Book by Susanna Goho-Quek

What's Inside: The underwater world and all its glory is depicted in this underwater world colouring book. It is up to you to bring out the colours of this wonderful world in your imagination.


4. Malaysia Colourart by Emila Yusof

What's Inside: All things Malaysian including its people, flowers, animals, rainforests, iconic landmarks of Kuala Lumpur and more. 

These colouring books are now on offer at 25% discount for members of our parenting platform including website, blog, and our 3 FB group members. View other children's books on offer and complete order form here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review - Bento Fun By Alice Foo

Have you ever read a recipe book from cover to cover? I just did. I read Bento Fun by Alice Foo.

What I like About Bento Fun By Alice Foo

This is one pretty recipe book. It looks so good, just like a scrapbook. Bento is a work of art so I like that the book looks like a work of art too. The pictures of the Bento and side dishes featured are colourful and amazing. Each section of the book is easily recognizable by its sweet pastel colours and scrapbook like background designs.

Who This Book Is For

Whether you are a novice or an expert or even if you don't prepare any Bento at all but would like to have an idea, suggestion or tips on types of nutritious food you can pack for your child to school, this book is for you.

The book starts off with an explanation of Bento, what it is and why you should pack Bento for your child and useful Bento Packing Tips to keep your Bento fresh since food often have to be kept several hours till kids recess or lunch hours.

Then it moves on to the basics of making kyaraben or Character Bento including shaping rice balls, colouring rice and quail eggs, making coloured egg sheets and tracing and cutting from templates.

The novice will find the pictures of Bento making equipment and accessories useful as a guide including the common ingredients for making Bento.

Next the book moves on to the Bento recipes. There are 32 recipes in all. These are divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advance level Bento recipes.

If you have never prepared a Bento in your life before but you are interested to pack cute, appealing yet nutritious food for your kids,  you will find the side dishes and finger food sections interesting. Here you will find recipes for healthy foods for kids in small portions cooked in healthy ways. Alice uses the air fryer (or oven as an alternative) a lot in her recipes.She prefers these healthy ways of preparing food to avoid having oil-soaked lunch boxes.

Finally the book ends with step by step picture guides on making kyaraben or the Character Bento tutorials.

A shopping guide on where you can find Bento equipment and accessories online and offline is also included plus a glossary of some of the terms used in the book.

The author, Alice Foo uses the pseudonym Angeleyes in the Bento community. She is a stay-at-home mother of two girls and a boy. This book is a culmination of all her years of experience preparing Bento with love for her children's lunch boxes. The ideas are practical, simple and quick to prepare. Healthy food choices and food preparation methods are recommended and used by the author.

I would like it if the book's content's section was more extensive for example the recipe pages should be included in the main content instead of at the beginning of each section. This will make the recipes easier to find. Fortunately each section has different coloured pages so it is easy to find just by looking at the sides of the book.

I find this book useful for parents who are interested in preparing their own food for kids to bring to school for recess or for lunch.

This book is currently available to the members of our parenting platform including our website, blog and FB groups at a 20% discount. Click here to order

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