Thursday, August 28, 2008

Its not a Bike, It's Like a Bike

I was browsing the blog-sphere when I saw the Google advertisement saying, "LIKEaBIKE". I was thinking, "What do you mean like a bike? Is it a bike or not?" I was curious and so I followed the link. According to the website, "The LIKEaBIKE is a unique toy vehicle for children between the ages of two and five. Riding a LIKEaBIKE is incredible fun for kids! At the same time, it's highly beneficial for the development of their motor skills and sense of balance."

Check out the models below:

I have been trying to teach my 8 years old to ride his bike to no avail. I think this LIKEaBIKE will definitely help him to attain his balancing skills.

Check out this 2 years old on the LIKEaBIKE!

PVGlider Bike

As usual, I started "googling" for similar balancing or gliding bikes and found this cool alternative called PVGlider.

Check out the video below:

A 1 and a half year old riding a bike!

I think I am going to modify my son's bike and remove the training wheels and pedals! That should allow him to learn to glide and balance first...

I will update the results here later... LOL.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

An Old friend from Vancouver, Canada Came Calling

An old friend from Vancouver, Canada came and visited with his family.

I had not seen him for almost 13 years. So it was great to be able to catch up with him. My wife and kids seemed to take an instant liking to my friend's family. I guess being of the Hakka dialect helps. Immediately after they met for the first time, they started conversing in Hakka like long lost friends... LOL.

I wish I had more time to take them around. So many food to try and places to explore... LOL. I had only managed to take them to Seremban to try out the Hakka noodles at the Wet Market and then a drive down to Melaka to try out the Hainan Chicken with rice balls, durian chendol and satay. Of course, they had to conduct the obligatory walk down Jonker Street. We were only in Melaka during the day and hence, did not have the chance to let them savor the fantastic night cuisine.

I did manage to get them to visit one tourist spot though... Mini Malaysia, where they explored the many different Kampung stilt houses. On their own, they had visited most parts of KL earlier... so the customary shopping requirement had been fulfilled.

Jordan, Brandon, Joel Jodene and Isabell in front of my house.

David, Isabell and Brandon.

Jodene, Jordan, Reis, Joel and Jessie.

David and Brandon in front of a Kampung house in Mini Malaysia in Melaka.

Isabell climbing up to a Khadazan bamboo house.

Isabell, Jessie, Brandon and David on the suspension bridge in Mini Malaysia.

On Saturday, David and his family left for Hong Kong. Just before that, I managed to squeeze in a detour to Nilai 3 for a quick shopping break... LOL. They will spend a week in Hong Kong before leaving for Vancouver. I hope I get to see them in 2 years, as we had agreed to go vacationing in Thailand or China together with some other friends.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ultraman Jodene

Last weekend while on the way to pick up my sons, my 4 years old daughter entertained me with her rendition of the Ultraman Dyna theme song... LOL.

Obviously my wife is not too interested... LOL.

The following is the actual Ultraman Dyna theme song from YouTube, which incidentally, is where she watch and learned repetitively... LOL

The Ultraman Dyna theme song.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Maybank Treats Fair at the Mid Valley Mall

I was at the Maybank Treats Fair in the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre with my family yesterday. There is a reason why I have never been to the Mid Valley Mall more than 20 times. That place is a parking nightmare and the number of people there, its crazy! Anyway, after two laps around the complicated network of roads, I managed to get a parking space in The Gardens.

So why was I there, on a peak Saturday nonetheless... LOL. Well, you guessed it. My wife wanted to use some of the "treat points" (earned from using the Maybank credit cards) to exchange for a Halogen Cooker for 81,500 points. To my wife's credit, right after we got off the lift, she did not make any detour and we headed directly to the booth in the exhibition centre.

Halogen Cooker for 81,500 treat points, as advertised in the Maybank Treats Fair magazine.

When we reached the Vees Marketing Sdn Bhd's booth, the salesman told us that they ran out of stock, but we could filled up the forms to redeem it and they will shipped to us later. In the meantime, he asked my wife to look at another model, the Halogen Delicooker.

The demonstration of the Halogen Delicooker.

The salesman showing how fast it is to toast bread.

That was the time, I took the que to walk around and see what other stuff were being exhibited in the fair... LOL. After walking around, I found some pretty interesting stuff... :-)

The Robomop at work. Quite ingenious. But it's not for me... it cleans the floor, then I have to clean it... LOL.

iRobot Roomba vacuum is very interesting. I remembered my colleagues Julian, Mike and KC talking about getting one of these. Unfortunately, no direct redemption from points, only 0% interest monthly repayment scheme.

These are the videos I took to show how the iRobot Roomba vacuums and how it docks to recharges. Pretty cool I must say.

After walking around a couple more booths I decided to go check and see if my wife was done with the Halogen Delicooker demo. When I reached there, I saw my wife filling up some forms. I thought she was just filling up the form to redeem the Halogen cooker. When I asked her if she was done, she told me that she wanted to buy the Halogen Delicooker. I asked her how much and almost freaked out! The damn thing cost RM2800!

Redeeming the Halogen Cooker for 81,500 treat points.

I dun care about any 0% bullshit or how much free gifts they wanna give, I was definitely not going to commit to something that I can totally do without. My gas stove is doing just fine.. LOL. I kept getting the distinct feeling that it was all a sales gimmick to use the Halogen Cooker as the bait to draw in consumers and then tell them that they do not have stocks, after which they would pitch other more expensive products.

In the end we agreed that we were just going to "redeem" points for products and not spend a single cent. To which, she immediately replied, "Lets go have a look at Ogawa products."

My spider-sense was tingling like mad!

The Magic Belt and the Hand-held massager.

After hanging around the Ogawa booth and trying out all the health and wellness massaging products for more than an hour, we left with a Magic Belt (for slimming the tummy) and a hand-held massager. Both items were redeemed for 52,000 points and 25,000 points respectively.

All in all, it was not a bad outing. We did not spend a single cent (except for the parking) and went home with some pretty cool stuff. I would call that a very successful shopping trip... won't you? LOL.

Btw, when I tried the hand-held massager on my arms (sore from training biketrials), I must say, treat points well spend!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Tough Guy Jordan at the Dentist

My second son, Jordan, is a 6 years old tough guy... LOL. A couple of weeks ago, he complained of tooth ache. So last Saturday, I took him to Poon Clinic, a dentist in Sri Petaling.

This was his second time at the same dentist. He did not even flinch and was totally able to deal with the pain. His right upper molar was almost totally irrecoverable. According to the dentist, he said that the nerve in the molar should be removed and the holes closed. And that by the age of 10, the molar will naturally be pushed out and replaced.

Check out the photos and videos below... LOL.

Joel looked worried when watching Jordan receiving treatments. Video is not for the faint-hearted, with terrible grinding sounds... LOL.

Jordan just had to rinse his mouth until the water ran out.

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