Mickey and the Roadster Racers Carnival in Mid Valley

School holidays are here! Do you and/or your kids love Mickey?

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After more than 80 years since he was first introduced on screen, Mickey Mouse is still well-loved by children and grown-ups around the world. Even my young son grew up watching Disney shows, loved Mickey Mouse clubhouse and his friends. I find it amazing that Mickey Mouse continues to reach different generations and to teach kids good values. 
And Mickey Mouse has a new upcoming TV series: Mickey and the Roadster Racers. Disney Junior’s animated “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” is a madcap racing series that showcases Mickey and his pals – Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto – and their unique transforming vehicles as they take on humorous high-spirited races and worldwide capers. The stories are designed to impart social and emotional lessons about friendship, teamwork, optimism and good sportsmanship. 

This school holiday (if you’re around KL and not out-of-town) from 15th to 26th March 2017, have fun with the kids and visit Mickey and the Roadster Racers Carnival at Mid Valley Mega Mall, Centre Court, between 10am to 7pm

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Different activities are lined up for the kids (and, okay, okay, don’t panic, for grown-ups, too). Kids can gear up to ride and race their own Roadsters through the Hot Dog Hills race course, receive their personalized Roadster’s Racers license, make their own Roadster helmets and take part in Mickey themed arts and crafts activities. 

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When is the TV series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” coming out? 
Premiere – Friday, March 24, 2017 (2:30 p.m) Disney Junior (Astro Ch 613) and Disney Channel (Astro Ch 637)
How often? Every day at 2:30 p.m on Disney Junior and every day at 8:00 a.m on Disney Channel

Geared toward kids 2-7, each episode features two 11-minute stories as Mickey and his friends gear up for racing and other exciting adventures in the mini-metropolis of Hot Dog Hills and around the world. At the push of a button, the gang’s daily cars transform into personalized roadster racers: Mickey’s Hot Doggin’ Hot Rod, Donald’s Cabin Cruiser, Goofy’s Turbo Tubster, Daisy’s Snapdragon and Minnie’s Pink Lightning, which also converts into the Happy Helpers Van.

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Who are the characters in the TV series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers”? 

MICKEY – He’s roadster-ready to go! 
Hot rod diggity dog! Mickey is everybody’s best friend. He’s super-friendly, optimistic, helpful, curious, adventurous, and loyal to the core. Of course, his state-of-the-art service station is just like him – it’s AWESOME! And so are his wheels! 
Mickey’s classic Toon Car is his sporty daily driver. But when it’s time for a race, the push of a button transforms his ride into… the fast-movin’ Hot Doggin’ Hot Rod! 
No matter what kind of sticky road bumps he finds along the way – during a race or around the garage – Mickey always manages to pull out of every problem. Even on the track, roadster-racing Mickey is cool and easy-going – but he’s no pushover. When the goin’ gets tough, our hero gets tougher and more determined. 
But for Mickey, the race isn’t always about the win – it’s about having fun, it’s about accomplishing something important and reaching a personal goal, and it’s about the thrill of having an adventure with the ones you care most about – your pals! 

DONALD – First in everything… that’s ME! 
Look out for the Duck! When it comes to, well, everything, Donald is determined to do the best he can do – despite all the things that get in his way…like Goofy or Pete or any of the million things that can go wrong in a single day in or out of the Garage! 
On the track, Donald’s daily ride transforms into the smooth-sailin’, wave-makin’ Cabin Cruiser. When Donald’s on the move, you’d better move it, too. Here comes the Duck! Sometimes it seems like the world is against Donald – and Donald reacts just like you expect him to – he explodes! His temper tantrums are legendary – but the Duck can’t help it. It’s the way he’s wired. And speaking of wired… 

GOOFY – Just call him “Greasy Wheels” Goof! 
He might be a goof and some road hogs might think he’s a “tool”, but Goofy loves toolin’ around in his sporty daily driver. Never too far from a wrench or tire jack, Goofy is eager to jump in and help anybody who needs his help – whether they want it or not. 
When it’s time to roadster-roll, Goofy’s ride transforms into the Turbo-
Tubster! Putt-puttin’ with the best of ‘em, the Tubster is a mean machine, and it’s clean, too, thanks to the handy shower attached on the back! Whenever the Goof works up a sweat on the track, one quick pull on the chain and it’s a goofy bath- time on the go! H’yuck! 

MINNIE – Always in first place with whatever she does! 
Warm, loving, kind to all, super-helpful, enthusiastic, extremely creative…Minnie has it all! At Mickey’s Service Station, she and Daisy run the Motor Makeover Salon, designing, painting and pin-striping everyone’s ride. 
Of course, pink is her favorite color, Minnie’s classic Bow-Car transforms into a sweet ride called Pink Lightning. On the track, it’s a blur of pink when the race is on! But don’t let the color fool you – Minnie handles her racin’ roadster like a pro, zigzagging around the competition and outdistancing everyone whenever she sees an opening. 
When Minnie’s not roadster racing, she runs a side business – Happy Helpers. If anyone from Hot Dog Hills to around the world needs help with a problem, Minnie and her partner Daisy zoooooom off to make things right again! The gals might be pet sitters one day, pet catchers the next day, or international spies, tough-talkin’ detectives, even astronauts. There’s no job too big for happy helpin’ Minnie! 

DAISY – She puts the power in Flower Power! 
Minnie’s best gal-pal is as energetic and as enthusiastic as ever! Always on the go- go-go, Daisy loves to help out her friends, on and off the track. She’s fearless and impulsive. Sometimes her enthusiasm and her desire to please goes overboard, getting her and others in trouble. Luckily, she always manages to get back on her feet. 
She also has a soft spot for flowers – and her distinctive Flower Car transforms into Snapdragon, a rip-roarin’, piston-poppin’, thunderin’ dragster! She truly puts the “petal” to the metal! When Daisy’s on the move, flowers and feathers fly! 

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Baby Sebamed Protective Facial Cream

How do you take care of your kids’ skin?

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I’m a big skincare junkie and I sure am cautious about my son’s skin as well. He’s been experiencing rashes or prickly heat a few months ago, probably caused by dryness and sweat on his neck area. My son is very active, always busy with something, loves to cycle and play, and he’s always sweating on the forehead and neck. 

I tried to heal the rashes on his neck with antiseptic powder, calamine lotion and cream, alternate.  He didn’t really like the calamine lotion smell but I still manage to apply it when needed. The rashes disappear for a while but appear again after a few days after discontinued use of cream. So I thought if I need to apply something regularly, I’d better use a mild skincare product meant to improve his skin’s health.

I’ve gone through pharmacies and I picked Baby Sebamed Protective Facial Cream. I apply this cream twice daily, after shower, on my son’s face and neck. In just 1 day of use, I’ve seen improvement on his neck rash. We’ve been using this for 3 months now and it’s a great cream! He never had rashes on the neck (or anywhere on his head) again even with changing hot, humid or rainy weather. 

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This cream protects against irritation, soothes irritated skin, provides effective hydration, is safe for delicate skin and does not leave any greasy finish. I’d recommend it to parents who have babies or kids with delicate skin that is prone to redness, dryness or rash on face and neck. 

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Baby Sebamed Protective Facial Cream
Size: 50ml
Dermatologically – tested
Made in Germany
Ideal for delicate skin
Where to buy: Guardian or Caring Pharmacy
Price: RM50 


What this cream does:
  • Moisturising complex with vitasqualene
  • Soothes skin with Pantheon
  • Prevents dryness with effective hydration 
  • Panthenol and lipid compound protect against irritation around the mouth from saliva
  • Vitamin E safeguards against harmful environmental influences
  • Non-occlusive
  • Rich in panthenol and allantoin to soothe and regenerate irritated skin
  • Easy to apply and readily absorbed
  • Oil-in-water emulsion


Benefits:
  • Protective moisturizing complex – vitasqualane, lipids and the natural moisture-retaining ingredients allantoin and hyaluronic acid prevent dryness, enhance the barrier function against noxious substances and soothe the skin
  • The lipid compound and pantheon safeguard against dryness around the mouth from saliva
  • Easy to apply and rapidly absorbed without any greasy residue
  • Consolidates the resistance of baby’s delicate skin
  • With the pH value of 5.5 Baby sebamed is clinically proven to promote the development of the acid mantle
  • Free from nitro-mochus compounds, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, dioxan

GiveAway! A Set of TRANSFORMERS Robots-in-Disguise Hyperchange Hero

Robots that change between modes in 3 smooth steps and 1 seamless sequence!


If you’ve been watching at Cartoon Network, you’ve probably seen the new animated series of TRANSFORMERS: Robots-in-Disguise. For those of us from the 80’s, this is totally different from the version of TRANSFORMERS animation that we grew up with. The latest version has more gadgets, more tools and, of course, has cooler toy versions. What’s “hyperchange”? These new toys can switch between modes in as fast as 3 steps! The toys are cool and definitely collectibles. 



To share my love for TRANSFORMERS and such amazing toys (hey, these toys are not just for kids, I love them, too!), I’m giving away 1 set of TRANSFORMERS Robots-in-Disguise Hyperchange Hero worth RM119. How to join? Simple:
1.   Tell me who’s your favorite TRANSFORMERS hero. It can be a Deception or Autobot figure. Just comment on this blog or on my Facebook post. Provide your name and email so I can reach you.
2.   That’s it! Wait for my announcement on 8th July 2016.


If you win, you’ll need to submit the following details within 24 hours of announcement or a new winner will be selected:
  • Full Name
  • Handphone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Mailing Address

Winners will need to collect the products from GO Communications office on or before 15 July 2016 (Friday):
GO Communications
S111, Level 2, Centrepoint,
3 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
*Just use Uber or Grab if you don’t want to drive.
This is so exciting! I’m sure you and/or your kids will love any of these TRANSFORMERS Robots-in-Disguise Hyperchange Heroes!

The TRANSFORMERS are back in the new Robots-in-Disguise animated series. Bumblebee and his team of Autobots have one mission: to capture the Decepticons that are loose on earth whilst remaining in disguise from humans. Based on the series, these TRANSFORMERS Robots-in-Disguise Hyperchange Heroes figures can change between modes in 3 smooth steps and 1 seamless sequence! Effortless convert between modes so you’re never out of the action!

Fun Laser Tag Games at Laser Warzone

Foster teamwork and cooperation among kids with this indoor activity. 
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If you’re a fan of “How I Met Your Mother” TV series, you’ve most likely heard about laser tag several times from Barney Stinson. He’s obsessed with this sport and plays aggressively against kids in a laser tag arena. I’ve watched a few episodes (my husband loves this show but, parents, take note that this is not recommended for young kids due to some topics and content) and Barney would often mention laser tag. My fave quotes: 
“I should be out playing laser tag, being awesome.”
“A few final thoughts, don’t get married until you’re thirty. Play laser tag once a week.”

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Image captured from Pinterest
I’m not surprised why Barney loves laser tag. I often see lots of kids and adults forming teams, lining up at Laser Warzone at e@Curve on weekends. It must be something fun and exciting. It’s amazing to see that there’s such a game enjoyed by both young ones and grown-ups. I learned that even corporate companies organize team-building activities with laser tag!

Laser tag is an easy game to play. If you’re familiar with paintball then laser tag is a technology-based version of that and without the pain. If you are more familiar with PC/video games that involve shooting then laser tag is an interactive version where you get to engage with your teammates and opponents on a personal level. You strategize and plan directly with other people or kids then go to battle together physically. It makes game play more fun!

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Laser Warzone is a great place to play laser tag. It is well-known for friendly staff, weekend/holiday activity, birthday/corporate parties and has 3 arenas in various locations: e@Curve in Petaling Jaya, Wangsa Walk Mall in Kuala Lumpur and Gurney Plaza in Penang.  

The branch in Petaling Jaya is conveniently located at the first floor of e@Curve, just right next to The Curve shopping mall, perfect location for the entire family to hang out, shop and have dinner afterwards. Corporate events and birthday parties are often celebrated here as well. Laser Warzone has a party room where you can plan for almost any theme in mind. Boys and girls alike enjoy birthday celebrations here because they have a big room all to themselves and, of course, they can play laser tag during the celebration. Laser Warzone can assist to plan the event from concept to  activity. The party room in e@Curve has enough space for up to 100 guests. 

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My son had 2 birthday parties at Laser Warzone and we plan to do it here again this year. It’s great for him and his friends to hang out and play while we, parents, either wait in the party room or better yet, go around shopping! It’s in a shopping mall after all! My husband is the one in-charge of looking after him during my son’s game sessions with friends.

The suit and laser gun make a really awesome gear pack. Kids love it! No wonder Barney Stinson says it’s awesome!

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Each laser tag game can have up to 10 players divided into 2 teams or they can also choose to play solo, which means each player is battling against everyone. Most kids enjoy playing in teams because it involves planning and teamwork. They huddle and plan their strategy together, and it does involve more fun to engage in a battle as a gang!

This game is perfect for the entire family, well for kids around 6 years old and above, as long as they are big enough to wear the gear. Just look at this father with his daughters!

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Laser tag is a great activity for kids and adults. Visit a Laser Warzone arena and try it out. After all, it’s always a good time to be awesome!

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Image from “How I Met Your Mother” TV series

Hasbro: TRANSFORMERS 7-in- 1 Combiner Wars (Menasor) Collection Set

You haven’t seen the coolest TRANSFORMERS toy until you see this!


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The TRANSFORMERS is truly a timeless toy concept that evolved into movies, various merchandise, TV shows and more. With the epic TRANSFORMERS movies, it has become even more unforgettable and more loved by kids and adults of all ages and genders. How can anyone not find it cool to have vehicles that can transform into a robot?

If a vehicle that transforms into a robot is cool, wouldn’t it be awesome to have 6 cars that transform into robots and even be combined into a big one? Say hello to TRANSFORMERS Combiner Wars! My son is so lucky to have one of those bots, the incredible 7-in-1 TRANSFORMERS Combiner Wars (Menasor) Collection Pack by Hasbro Toy Malaysia.

Any child who sees the gigantic box will get excited. In fact, even my husband wanted it. Wait, even I want it! Don’t tell my son but I play with these figures when he’s sleeping, bwahahaha!



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Box Size: 46cm width x 35.5cm height x 9cm depth
Recommended for ages 8 years old and above
Made in Vietnam
Manufactured under license from TOMY Company, Ltd.
© 2015 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

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What’s in the box:
  • 6 Figures – each one converts from robot to vehicle mode and back
  • 7 Accessories
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Collector Card
  • 1 Instruction sheet

Who are inside the box:
  1. MotormasterTM – Motormaster punishes enemies and allies alike with the brute force of a tyrant.
  2. DragstripTM – To Dragstrip, victory means power, and second place is as good as a place on the scrap heap.
  3. Dead EndTM – He’s convinced the end of the universe is right around the corner, and he’s going out with his blasters blazing.
  4. BreakdownTM – Breakdown’s paranoia about being seen actually makes him a formidable scout.
  5. Brake-NeckTM – Brake-Neck has no respect for the rules of the road, or anything on it.
  6. BlackjackTM – This clever warrior calculates the odds and hatches his plan before moving into action.

Combine all 6 of them to form a massive, unstoppable Menasor figure!

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Witnessing your child’s happiness is priceless. The moment I stepped through the house door carrying this box of wonder and colour, he already got excited. He didn’t assume that it was his; he actually thought that it was mine. Haha! You can just imagine how happy and delighted he was when I told him that the toy was for him.
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The 6 figures, like the bestselling TRANSFORMERS toys, are convertible from robot to vehicle and back. My son loves them in vehicle mode but he finds joy in the “transforming” function of these toys. Whether it’s a Deception or an Autobot, he just loves these vehicles!

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The robots in this Menasor set are characters that we haven’t seen in the movies (yet) but I think they are a kickass bunch. My favorite in this pack is Brake-Neck because of his beautiful sports car mode and his cool face. This figure takes only 11 steps to convert from vehicle to robot and back. Around 14cm tall in robot mode.

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The biggest robot in the pack is Motormaster who converts into a truck and also forms the face of Menasor. This one takes only 10 steps to shift between modes, robot is around 20cm tall. We haven’t tried combining all of them together yet. My son is still enjoying the toys as separate figures.

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Dragstrip is a blue, black and yellow colour combination open-wheel racing car. This only takes 9 steps to convert. Around 13cm tall in robot mode.
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The second figure that I like is Dead End, a red sports car with a yellow face. What’s not to like about the cool colour, awesome car mode and fighter robot mode? This one takes 11 steps to convert. Around 14cm tall in robot mode.

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Breakdown is another racing car that comes in purple and aqua green color. He carries a red sword and has a serious face similar to Brake-Neck. This takes 12 steps to convert. Same height as Dead End and Brake-Neck at 14cm tall.

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The smallest one in this pack is Blackjack who’s only almost half of Motormaster. It is the fastest to convert at 7 steps. It turns into a 2-door purple sports car with cool blue highlights. Around 10cm tall in robot mode.

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It’s pretty amazing how a 6-year-old kid can easily play with these figures. He was able to follow most of the instructions, just needed a little bit of help with Dragstrip and Dead End. There are only 7 – 12 steps to follow in converting the cars to robots; quite fast and easy.

Let’s play TRANSFORMERS Combiner Wars! You can grab the Combiner Wars toys sets at Toys “R” Us at RM529.90

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Great Experiences Ahead at Little Kingdom

You and your kids are in for a joyous adventure.
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Yummy cakes! Would you believe that these are just deco?

When was the last time you visited Maju Junction or Jalan Sultan Ismail? If it was more than 3 months ago, now’s the perfect time to walk along this busy, lively street in Kuala Lumpur. Coming from Cheras, my son and I decided to take a train ride instead of driving down. Aside from it’s much faster than driving to town, my son enjoys train rides. Ah, convenience, speed and my son’s joy, a train ride to Maju Junction is perfect. Did I mention that the trip only costed RM5.20 two-way?

The trip from Cheras to Sultan Ismail station was fast, roughly 15 minutes on a Saturday morning. From the station, there’s a walkway leading directly to the entrance of Parkson Maju Junction. Very convenient. The guard is friendly and showed me the way to go up to Level 3, where an amazing experience awaits me and my little naughty boy at Little Kingdom.

A magical-themed play land boasting of 40,000 sq.ft., Parkson Edutainment’s Little Kingdom is a first-of-its-kind personalised learning edutainment park. It’s a place where kids and parents experience various realities, from fairy tales to space missions. This play land features technology games, Amazon rides, magical shows, learning workshops and beautiful classrooms that children will enjoy. 

Upon entering this kingdom, you’ll immediately feel the “magic”. Here’s my naughty boy wanting to eat that giant red mushroom. 

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Visitors are welcomed by cobblestone streets, miniature shops with bright signages, colourful walls and dramatic lighting.

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Wanna feel like you’re in Nevada?
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There are giant, adorable fairy tale books on the streets, stories like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Aladdin and the Little Racing Car. No, these are not for reading but for making the place even more magical and, I guess, for hugging! 

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Little Kingdom has a magical stage where performances are held everyday. We caught a magic show performance, which kids truly enjoyed. 

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See how attentive and focused the kids were?
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Why it’s great to spend time at Little Kingdom:

1. It’s accessible by car and train. You can choose to drive over, use Uber or Grab, or like me, I prefer to use train! Very fast.


2. At every corner of the theme park are cartoon characters to welcome everyone. You’ll see Little Snow White, Little Pinocchio, Little Tinkerbell, Little Aladdin and more. 

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3. Augmented Reality Tech allows children to be transported into another world. Perfect for those who love gadget play. 


4. Indoor Sandplay Zone allows children to exercise sensory skills and creativity within a 500-sqft play area.


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Sandplay Zone

5. Lots of educational games and activities. The kingdom has 6 themed classrooms where everyone can experience a variety of enrichment classes such as music, aerobics, Lego lessons, arts and crafts, storytelling and more. These classes are conducted daily so you can freely visit on a day suitable to you and there will always be several classes to choose from. Wonderful!


6. Personalised Learning Options. You can choose for your child to learn more activities such as piano, vocal, guitar, culinary arts, languages, speech, drama, ballet, martial arts or even yoga. 


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Little Cinderella Ballroom

7. Little Kingdom encourages parent and child bonding. Parents can freely join their kids in every activity. My son’s favourite was Fantasy Driving, he’s just addicted to cars, trucks, trains or anything that runs on wheels. A great thing about this activity is that parents can join their kids in the car. Yay, I can fit!
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8. Its Magical Castle is also an awesome venue for events, parties and special occasions. This hall is just like a palace ballroom where kings, queens, princes and princesses host a ball. See this armed guard and his magnificently detailed shield? 


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9. It’s endless fun in here, the kids wouldn’t want to leave!


10. Affordable prices. By the way, Little Kingdom is having its Soft Opening Tickets Promotion this month = Get 50% OFF on single entry admission tickets!

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Little Kingdom is also running a promotion on its Birthday Party Package, for a limited time at only RM1,800 (normal price: RM2,400) for 30 pax, includes:
  • 2-hour usage of the Magical Castle – party hall
  • Food and beverage
  • Birthday cake in Little Kingdom theme, of course
  • Party decorations
  • 4 Little Kingdom themes to choose from: Little Snow White, Little Cinderella, Little Aladdin and Little Pinocchio
  • 1 Mascot appearance
  • 1 day unlimited access within Little Kingdom, which includes rides, games, activities, soft play area and more

My son seriously didn’t want to leave, haha! He was having a great time at Mysterious Mars and the Mystical Forest. 

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Little Kingdom is a wonderful place for kids, adults or parents. Whether you want to have a great time with friends, with kids or feel like a child again, this place is great for a whole day of fun!


Before leaving, you can shop for pretty novelty items inside the gift shop!

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You know what, I don’t think 1 article is enough to talk about everything in this kingdom. I haven’t even talked about  the upcoming addition to the Little Kingdom family, Talking Tom House, where children can have ‘personalised meals’ by an in-house dietician.  

Online booking is available via www.nenerland.com 


Lego Nexo Knights Fantastical Realm at Your Fingertips

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Multi-dimensional play? Sounds cool and fun!
Lego is always exploring and enabling newer and interesting ways for parents to enjoy uniquely curated experiences with their children. As a parent, I work hard to ensure that my child engages in different types of activities and have a diversified experience, whether it’s something creative, educational or simply fun. It’s great to see that LEGO recognizes this need for children and parents. And they have recently launched this amazing multi-platform product line, the LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS.
This one is entirely new and different from other Lego collections. The LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS enables children and Lego fans to enjoy both online and offline realms while training to be the best knights of Knighton.

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I love the concept of multi-dimensional play. This combines the physical world with the digital, allowing all of us to immerse ourselves not just in 1 platform but also across different channels or media. Gone are the days that we only enjoy the LEGO toys that we build. With LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS, we enjoy an app (Merlok 2.0) with a virtual school (the NEXO Academy website) with animated TV series (via Cartoon Network) with comics and with the LEGO building sets. All these platforms work together to give our kids the best multi-dimensional experience that we’ve never had before! Now, LEGO is truly not just a toy…it has gone above and beyond what a toy does!
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The Merlok 2.0 app is a fun game to play. My son had downloaded the game right after testing it at the Battle Zone in MidValley. This app has a special ability to scan and download as many as 170 unique NEXO Knights powers, represented as knight shields, scattered across the kingdom of Knighton.  
So let’s get started with our training! It’s very easy to join the LEGO® NEXOKNIGHTS Academy.

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Step 2: Activate your or your child’s Lego ID from the Activation Email sent to your email address.

Step 3: Log-in to your account and download the app.

Step 4: Start with your training and accomplish Quests! Scan shields from print ads, cards and everywhere you see Nexo Knights shields, including the TV series! Drop by MidValley Center Court until 20th March 2016 and discover a lot of scattered shields within the event area!

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The Academy gives you access to a lot of information such as the Nexo Knights, products, videos, latest news, events and more. My son has started his training with the Nexo Knights Academy. It’s fun and easy! Just start with a quest and every successful step earns you a shield that you can immediately scan. This is also saved in the armory and can be scanned later. You can even edit your profile with different pieces of Lego figure! 

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Of course, my son’s LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS multi-dimensional play won’t be complete without building the Lego set. He was thrilled to fix his first Nexo Knights toys: Ultimate Robin figure that comes with full armor and 2 pieces of chicken drumstick (haha!), and Beast Master’s Chaos Chariot that comes with Nexo Knight Macy. It’s cool that this new Lego line has added a female character in the team. Macy is the princess of the realm and dedicated to protect Knighton even when it’s tough for her to prove herself to her father, the king. See, I’ve been absorbed by the story already.  

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This LEGO experience is one of the highlights of my son’s school holiday. I wish you and your family a happy and “play-full” season! Drop by MidValley Megamall soon, download the Merlok 2.0 app, join the Nexo Knights Academy, build a LEGO set and have fun!
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Power Up with Lego Nexo Knights at MidValley

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Yay, Lego! Yes, that’s the voice in my head screaming in excitement. When I saw the Lego Nexo Knights display set-up at the Centre Court in MidValley, I just knew I have to bring my son as soon as the school holiday starts.

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The Lego® Nexo Knights is the latest and newest product line from Lego Malaysia. My son first knew about this new LEGO® line through Cartoon Network and he loves it. He even records the shows from Astro and watches them after school or after doing his homework. Children and adults alike can easily be captivated by the story as this combines a futuristic, high-tech world with the classical theme of knighthood where there are heroic knights, a kingdom, princess, king, queen and, of course, an evil army to conquer.

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Making this school holiday even more exciting for children, Lego® has brought the Nexo Knights experience to life at MidValley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. As someone who resides in this beautiful country, I’m proud to say that Malaysia was the first to host the Lego Nexo Knights event in Southeast Asia!
This is the perfect time to bring the kids to MidValley and allow them to explore various activities by Lego Nexo Knights. From now until 20th March 2016, every day is packed with a “training schedule” where our children can have a fun time undergoing the Knight training process. These activities are free for you and your kids to experience.
Here’s the Weekday Training Schedule:
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Love taking photos? Lego will print your Instagram photo for free! Just share a picture of your Lego Nexo Knights experience and add the hashtag #LEGONEXOKNIGHTS and you can redeem the print instantly at the Power Up Zone. This is just located within the same floor, across several zones from the event area.
My little Nexo Knight with the Clay Morrington Lego model, printed instantly for free:
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At The Power Up Zone, kids can enjoy a life-size game where they will “power up to be a Nexo Knight” by physically holding a shield and a sword to engage and battle with enemies on a TV screen. Isn’t this cool? My son enjoyed this a lot and made him feel like a real knight in battle!
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At the Battle Zone, this is at the Centre Court where all the Lego models are in display, Lego has several activities lined up for the little ones and even adults. There’s a showcase of tablets where everyone can play the Merlok 2.0, a free-to-download app available at the AppStore and GooglePlay, then battle as a Nexo Knight and fight the evil forces of Jestro. This cool app has an amazing feature where you can scan knight shields to use them as powers within the game. There are as many as 170 unique NEXO Knights powers that can be found in physical and digital forms, in building sets, print ads, books, comics and even from the TV series. (I will share more details and guide for this amazing app and the NEXO Academy in my next post, this is really exciting! I wanna play!)

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At the Battle Zone, you’ll also have access to the Virtual Lego Nexo Knights Battle Tour where you get a close-up look into the fantastical world of Knighton, as an apprentice in training for the Lego Nexo Knights academy.
The Forge Zone allows kids to play mini-models and have fun learning to build Lego figures with simple steps. It’s fun to see children having a great time building something. I believe that this kind of activity fosters imaginative and creative skills among our children.
The Lego Nexo Knight mascot also appears in the afternoon, bringing much delight to everyone. Here are the happy children at the event together with Clay Morrington and the fun team of Lego!

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Lego Nexo Knights is the first ever collection of Lego products to combine various points of activities into a multi-dimensional play and a new way of playing with technology. With the NEXO Academy, LEGO fans of all ages can engage in both online and offline realms as we all train to be the best knights of Knighton!
Love FREE and collectible stuff? Show the Instagram post of my son holding 5 different 3D cards at the Power Up Zone to get a FREE limited edition LEGO® NEXO Knights merchandise 3D card until 20th March 2016! Limited to 500 redemption, first come first served. Just grab my Instagram post at celestechoomy and start redeeming now. See you at MidValley!

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You’d want this 3D card, kids love it! I love it…look at Clay Morrington change and power up!

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Check my second post for more details about the LEGO® Nexo Knights Virtual experienceand enjoy multi-dimensional play with Lego


Get started with your Knight training process at: 
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What I think about that Watsons Video Ad

I’ve read mixed reactions on this recent advert by Watsons. What do I think?

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I’ve been so busy these past few weeks and I barely have time nowadays to blog (I’m way behind my lineup of articles, gasp!). Well, work and family come first.
But today, I noticed a lot of mixed reactions regarding this Watsons video advertisement, an ad meant to announce its ‘Hottest Sale’ ever.

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It’s a simple, short video featuring a girl, with her boyfriend, shopping for things at Watsons then the girl, who looks pretty wearing makeup, says to the cashier that she doesn’t want to buy cosmetics. After which, her face turns plain, pale, colorless while her boyfriend gets shocked and panics a bit. 

The cashier insists that she will get huge discounts and places back the cosmetic items in the girl’s pile of products and the girl turns pretty again. The girl says that she still doesn’t want to buy cosmetics, removes the makeup items and she turns pale again. Her boyfriend panics a bit more. Then the cashier insists that with Watsons VIP card, she gets RM5 points. The girl’s boyfriend then grabs her wallet, takes out the VIP card and says that he wants.

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I’ve read some of the comments here and there, and it’s a bit confusing. Take note that I am not here to create any form of war against other people’s opinions. I’m just sharing thoughts and some questions.
Some people are appalled, saying that the advert means that women need makeup to be beautiful. To this I ask, isn’t this something that has already consumed the market? I mean, with all the hype and addiction of women to makeup, with all the selfies posted daily and hourly enhanced with pre-shoot makeup and post-shoot filters, with all the beauty bloggers including me who are blogging about makeup, with all the magazines in the world advertising cosmetics, are we saying that using makeup to be beautiful is a damnable statement and those who promote it should be condemned? I guess there are so many makeup brands that we have to condemn if that’s the case.

How many of us would actually go out, meet friends, go to work, go out on a date or important event, without, take note, withouta dab of makeup? Would anyone of us actually dare to spend a month, a week or even a day of meeting people outside the house without even a pat of face powder, lipstick or lipgloss, eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara or blush? None of any of these? Nothing at all? Just wash your face and out you go? Hmmm, sounds pretty impossible to me.
Some get angry, saying that their boyfriends would never react like that. Well, to this, I’d say that the ad did some exaggeration but it could happen in real life. Come on, let’s be realistic here. Nowadays, you see teens and ladies in the mall trying to look like Korean actresses with all the possible makeup, large or colored contact lens, fake eyelashes and more. Of course, with all the enhancements, some ladies would now look entirely different than how they normally would. 

So if a boyfriend has never seen a girl without the extreme add-ons, add-ons that she did to herself, and then suddenly he sees her for the first time without them, can we blame him if he looks at her differently? If he continues to love her or even more, then all is good. But if not, then it simply meant that his love was superficial. However, in the ad, the portrayal was not like this. In fact, the boyfriend in the ad was supportive of the girl. He didn’t scream or ran when he saw her without makeup. But let’s remember something here. If we have trained our boyfriends or partners to see us in our enhanced looks, then we have created that picture in their heads. It is not their fault that they expect you to look like a queen when you’ve always shown them that you look like a queen.
Some find it funny. Personally, this ad reminded me of an episode in Ally McBeal where Ling Woo (played by Lucy Liu) was not wearing makeup and when her boyfriend Richard Fish (played by Greg Germann) saw her for the first time without makeup, he screamed in fear. Or that episode in That 70’s show when Michael (Ashton Kutcher) sees Jackie (Mila Kunis) without makeup. His scream was epic. Check it out in this video. Super funny.

  

So if I were the brand director, would I approve this ad or conceptualize the ad this way? Yes and no. Yes, it is good to have a funny approach. This is probably one of the funniest sale ads I’ve seen. We normally see sale ads done in the repeated boring ways and this one gets a plus for extra effort. But no, I agree with some who say that there could have been a more tasteful way of announcing the SALE event or highlighting on makeup products.
But overall, do I find it offensive? Should it be a reason for me to jump and condemn the brand? 
No. And honestly, I just find the ad hilarious.

Watsons names its GLOW 50 Top Personalities in Malaysia

Who are the celebrities you look up to? There are a lot of celebrities in Malaysia and Watsons has identified glowing personalities in society.  

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Danny Hoh, Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jessica Ng, Marketing and Development Director of Watsons Malaysia; Chelsia Ng; Cathryn Lee; Carven Ong; Candy Ice & Anuja Ananthan


In November, the leading retail brand announced Malaysia’s top 50 individuals who personify the Watsons retail brand and represents true essence of beauty and health. 

In its latest endeavour ‘50 Glowing Personalities’, GLOW Magazine by Watsons has identified top personalities who are known for their social influence in the industry. GLOW magazine is a health, well-being and beauty magazine for readers and people who have or aspire to have a healthy attitude towards life. The bi-monthly magazine brings latest trends to Watsons’ diverse customers’ base through beauty, healthy, lifestyle tips and step by step guidelines. If I remember it right, this magazine costs only around RM3, available at Watsons boutiques. 

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Red carpet interview with GLOW 50 Personalities – 
Carven Ong (Renowned Fashion Designer) & Atilia Haron (Jazz singer and song writer)

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Kevin Kam, Head of Property Watsons Malaysia; Low Siew Hui, Finance Director of Watsons Malaysia; Julie Woon, Joanne Yeoh & Diana Danielle 
“The top 50 Glowing Personalities is an initiative that echoes Watsons brand and how we want to inspire our customers towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. Our panel has selected celebrities, bloggers, sports personalities and opinion leaders who truly are champions in their own ways, and represent the essence or health, beauty and wellbeing. They are also Watsons VIP Black Card member and Watsons Celebrity Friends, and have really experienced remarkable effects of our Watsons brand, products and services. They truly GLOW,” said Danny Hoh, Chief Editor of Watsons GLOW Magazine, and Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia at the 50 Glowing Personalities party which was organized to mark the success of the campaign.

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L-R: Hansen Lee; Danny Hoh, Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jessica Ng, Marketing and Development Director of Watsons Malaysia; Xin Le Chai; Wong Chui Ling; Vanessa Chong; Siti Saleha; Reem Shahwa & Dato’ Dr Fazley Yaacob

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L-R: Low Kok Kwan, IT  Director of Watsons Malaysia; Chin Oi Mee, Business & Process Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jojo Struys; Patricia K; Pamela Chong; Nadine Ann Thomas; Nadia Heng; Michelle Lee & Megan Tan
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Finale group photo of Mr. Kulvinder Birring, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia 
& Indonesia (Centre) together with Watsons Management Team & GLOW 50 Personalities 


The glowing personalities at the event are Anuja Ananthan, Atilia Haron, Candy Ice, Carven Ong, Cathryn Lee, Chelsia Ng, Chermaine Poo, Diana Danielle, Ezra Chuah, Fazley Yaacob, Hansen Lee, Joanne Yeoh, Jojo Struys, Julie Woon, Jun Yong, Kit Mah, Lavin Seow, Lenna Lim, Linora Low, Megan Tan, Michelle Lee, Nadia Heng, Nadine Ann Thomas, Pamela Chong, Patricia Knudsen, Reem Shahwa, Siti Saleha, Vanessa Chong, Wong Chui Ling & Xin Le Chai.

I’ve personally met Chui Ling Wong and I truly adore this woman. She has an amazing charisma, respectable personality and admirable character. 

As Christmas and New Year are around the corner, Watsons has taken this opportunity to initiate a year end campaign themed as ‘Watsons – A Time to Shine’.

“Year end period is also holiday period cherished and celebrated by people all around the world. It’s the time of the year, when you want to look good and feel great. Thus, Watsons will help its dedicated customers to shine in beauty, health and wellness so that they can have gorgeous year-end gatherings. Customers who spend RM150 will stand a chance to grab 5 limited editions Watsons – A Time to Shine tumbler, while those who spend RM50 will get limited edition collectible paper bags and 2015 calendars,” added Danny. 
Kulvinder Birring, Watsons Malaysia Managing Director, who launched the event, thanked all the celebrities and suppliers who attended the event for their support to Watsons in the past years, which have helped Watsons in becoming Asia’s No. 1 Pharmacy/Drugstore for 6th Year in the running. In addition to that, in 2014, Watsons Malaysia has also won numerous awards including the prestigious Putra Brand Award and Dragons of Asia GOLD awards.”

“Watsons has also just launched our home delivery services to drive our e-commerce. With the growth of online shopping, Watsons will take the lead among retail stores in Malaysia to create a memorable online shopping experience for its customers in terms of convenience, one-stop information portal which include beauty tips and benefits for members, exclusive products and offers, digital version of GLOW magazine and Watsons mailer. Customers will also get and spend points by shopping in Watsons’ stores as well as online. This means Watsons literally is reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at watsons.com.my,” added Kulvinder.

Caryn Loh, Watsons Malaysia General Manager – Trading and Jessica Ng, Watsons Malaysia Director of Marketing & Development and other senior management team were the presenters in this glittering ceremony.

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Nermin Hodzic, Supply Chain Director of Watsons Malaysia; Caryn Loh, General Manager – Trading of Watsons Malaysia; Atilia Haron; Linora Low, Lenna Lim; Lavin Seow; Kit Mah & Jun Yong

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Spectacular laser show to kick start the GLOW 50 Party event

Watsons GLOW 50 red carpet gala was held at the fashionable Zebra Square and attended by hundreds of celebrities, Watsons’ suppliers and members of the media. The guests were chauffeured fashionably in the sexy Mini Countryman. They were also treated to the online shopping experience on watsons.com.my by beautiful Watsons Online Ambassadors. Apart from that, they were feasted with performances by Atilia Haron, Malaysia’s popular jazz singer/songwriter, Dato’ Dr. Fazley Yaakob, Celebrity Chef and Patricia K, a renowned DJ.

Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer awarded 50 Malaysian personalities who embrace the true essence of beauty and health in a glittering red carpet gala event. 

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