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The best way to clean your contact lenses: hands-free! August 28, 2012

Filed under: Mom Tools - to simplify a mom's life — zil_aziz @ 9:04 AM
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What is it?

Jitterbug Cleaner – a contact lens cleaner

What’s the price?

RM60 per kit

Where to buy it?

http://contactlenscleaner.blogspot.com/p/our-shop.html

What are the special features?

  • The kit comprise of a Jitterbug cleaner, dual lens case, battery, an instruction/warranty booklet & a small black pouch
  • The dual lens case comes in 4 colours/design – Blue Betty fish, yellow Happy Hippo, pink Little Miss Piggy & purple elephant Friendly Elly
  • Cleans using high frequency sonic waves to loosen stubborn protein deposits i.e. ensuring your lenses are hygienically clean

Review

How do you normally clean your contact lens? I’m pretty confident that you put your lens onto the palm of your hand, pour some solution onto your palm and rub your lens, somewhat gently, then pop it into your eye.

Did you know how unhygienic that is? First of all, you can’t guarantee that your hands are 100% clean. (You can use hospital grade hands cleanser and rub your hands together for 20 seconds. But I seriously doubt people do that, unless you’re a nurse.) Second of all, the rubbing action is not good for those tiny, plastic things because over time, this will tear your lens. Coloured lenses are even more sensitive than clear lenses. For a more hygienic way, and far easier, you should NOT use your hands.

So how do you go about cleaning your lenses? Introducing the Jitterbug contact lens cleaner kit.

The first thing I noticed about the Jitterbug is how small it is. The whole thing is really compact and could fit in the palm of my hand, so you could stash it in your bag and take it everywhere. The dual lens cases are so cute! The white thing that the case is sitting on is the cleaner and it’s magnetic, so you don’t have to worry about losing one thing or the other.

Before we jump into benefits of using the Jitterbug cleaner, I’ll explain about the protein deposits in our tears. These protein deposit stick to your lens, and make them uncomfortable, irritating and itchy. This will in turn blur your vision and can cause conjunctivitis. This is where the Jitterbug steps in – the high frequency sonic waves enhance chemical reactions and loosen the deposits. Lab tests show that the Jitterbug reduces 16% protein deposit after one week.

Additionally, the Jitterbug has two cleaning modes – rapid mode & extended mode. The rapid mode takes 16 seconds and is for quick cleaning action, say during toilet breaks at the office. The extended mode is for overnight use and takes about 6 hours, for thorough cleaning. It also has a counter where you can set the days remaining before you dispose off your contact lenses.

Check out this video to see the rapid cleaning mode in action.

What I like about it

It’s compact, easy to carry, easy to use, more hygienic and highly convenient. What’s not to like?

What I don’t like about it

Nothing!

Conclusion

Considering the benefits and the very affordable price, I highly recommend it for all contact lens users. A must have!

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Fancy having a Castle of Dreams for yourself? August 14, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 12:00 AM
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What is it?

Castle of Dreams – wooden blocks IQ game

What’s the price?

RM35

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/smartintelligent.toys

http://smart-intelligent-toys.blogspot.com

What are the special features?

  • The game consists of 4 blocks and 3 towers in different lengths, with holes so you can slide the towers into, but at different locations.
  • It teaches problem solving skills, logical thinking and fine motor skills.
  • The game has 3 difficulty levels according to age: Starter for 3 years onwards, Junior for 4 years onwards, Expert for 5 years onwards and Master for 6 years onwards.

Review

Puzzles are always good family games and encourage social interaction. You can read about the benefits of puzzles here, but this game takes puzzles to a whole new level.

I do prefer wooden puzzles as they feel nicer to hold, more solid in your hands. The game comes with a booklet of challenges that range from very easy to very difficult, with solutions at the back of every challenge.

All the blocks have different coloured prints on each side, with holes in different locations. You have to follow the picture exactly or you may not be able to slide in the towers. The smallest block has the same red print on either side, but different orientation to the hole – take a look at the pictures to see this clearly.

The challenge is not too hard for an adult, but it could be quite a problem for little kids. There are hints for parents in the booklet, such as how to suggest or encourage your child to solve the challenge. The Master challenges, however, are very difficult, as the picture shows a blank shape and no prints to help you figure it out.

What I like about it

I like that the game looks simple, but has many variations to it, so it could be played as your child grows up and gets better at it. Also, the game needs parents’ involvement as to help your child, at least in the beginning. Any game that promotes family bonding time is always a winner.

What I don’t like about it

Can’t find anything to dislike.

Conclusion

Considering the versatility of the game, this block wooden puzzle is a great investment. Go get it!

 

Eric Carle’s best known book – The Very Hungry Caterpillar August 8, 2012

What is it?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – board book

What’s the price?

RM54.90

Where to buy it?

Paperback  for RM20

Board book RM41.76

Board book RM21.95

Pre-loved RM12

What are the special features?

Review

Eric Carle is a much celebrated children’s book author & illustrator, and this book is the most famous & well-loved book he has ever authored. This book was pretty hard to find, and when I saw this particular boxed set at Kinokuniya (this was the last one on the shelf), I grabbed it without so much of a glance at the price at the back. I did flinch a little a bit when I saw how much it cost, but I did not hesitate for long.

The book tells a story about a little caterpillar’s life, just before it hatched out from its egg right up to its miraculous transformation into a butterfly. I guess new-born caterpillars are so ravenous because they need all that carbs to turn into a butterfly. That’s just my theory though, I’m not really sure.

So the little caterpillar ate one apple on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday and so it went on. On Saturday, he went all out with a buffet of cakes, ice creams, cheese and fruits and made himself sick that night. The next day he went on a detox diet of one green leaf, feeling much better afterwards. And yep, you guessed it – all that food took a tow on his little body – he was now a big, fat caterpillar. He built a cocoon around himself, stayed in there for two weeks, and when he pushed out from the cocoon; lo and behold, he was a beautiful butterfly.

As I’m not an artist, I can’t comment much on the illustrations, but I have to say, each picture is like a mini art show – you know those brush strokes on paintings you see at galleries? That’s what it seems like, to me. I found out from his website that his art is created in collage technique using hand painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. The holes in the book show the caterpillar’s gastronomic journey, nibbling through all the foods.

The blocks form several different pictures from the book i.e. the butterfly, the caterpillar, a set of numbers from 1 to 10, a set of colours and visual proof of the food buffet he had. All these – the blocks and the book – can be kept in the box, closed with a transparent plastic cover.

What I like about it

I can see why this book is so popular; the combination of the artsy illustrations, the holey story line of a humble caterpillar’s transformation into a gorgeous butterfly, makes this book simply irresistible. It showcases one of God’s true miracles into bite-sized art, especially for children. How can you not love this?

What I don’t like about it

The price is outrageous (does that make me outrageous?), but then again, all imported books are. You can find other versions as above at various prices.

Conclusion

Even though this book is expensive, you can find other cheaper options, like I mentioned previously. But if you’re a book lover like me, I sure you’ll agree that this book is worth every cent.