Kung Fu Panda 2

yup! that’s him!

During the recent school term break, I had the chance to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 with my eight year old son, Ryan.  We promised to spend time watching an interesting movie together and treat the day as ‘mom and son day out’.  Wow, we apparently chose the very right movie for both of us.  A genuinely good movie!  I had seen many animated movies in the past and Kung Fu Panda 2 is excellent, one of the best definitely.

In this movie, Po and the Furious Five were trying to defend the Valley of Peace.  Lord Shen, a peacock used a technology to put an end to Kung Fu and to finally conquer China.  Po and the Furious Five were also trying to destroy Lord Shen’s weapons.

DreamWorks creates wonders, totally!  Now tell me … who would not enjoy watching those beautiful landscapes used in the movie? They were carefully and artfully designed. I think the powerful emotional experience and great humor lasted longer than viewers have anticipated.  One of the factors that probably drew a wider (if not the widest) audience was the suitability of the content – parent would not think twice accompanying their kids to the theatre to watch this movie! The mixture of family values and friendship definitely did not overshadow the strong sense of fatherhood also depicted in this movie. This movie is equally  entertaining to adults and parents!

The voice casts were done by top actors and actresses which was the strong drawing factor for this animated feature kind – Jack Black as Po, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Lucy Liu as Viper, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu, Gary Oldman as Lord Shen, James Hong as Mr. Ping, Michelle Yeoh as The Soothsayer, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Master Croc, just to name a few.  My personal favorite goes to James Hong as Mr. Ping.  As Po’s dad, he was  trying his very best not to be emotionally wrecked when his ‘son’ tried to discover the truth about his past and ventured out on a dangerous mission to save China. The combination of words, gestures, facial expressions, actions, fears, confusion, sadness, loves, all made his character really stood out above the rest.

The movie was able to get a strong message across :  someone with inner peace is able to love himself and others as well.  The strength and the power of inner peace must not be overlooked as it can counter setbacks and challenges in life. A beautiful message to spread to the viewers, don’t you think?

While watching the movie, I recalled one part that  touched me deeply.  I turned to my side and asked, “Are you alright, sweetheart?”  He said, “Ermmm this 3D glass makes my eyes…warm and blurry, mommy.”  I said to him, “Oh, don’t worry.  It makes mommy’s eyes warm and blurry too but we’ll be fine once we take it off.”  Like I said, Kung Fu Panda 2 is truly a good film to experience with your family and friends.  I need to remind myself to buy the DVD and keep it for my 6-month baby to watch when he’s a little older.

For those of you who have watched the movie, apart from laughing your hearts out, did you experience warm and blurry eyes like we did?

Choking : How To Save Them.

I was reading the paper and shocked to find out that choking is the third most common cause of infant death in the UK, after road accidents and house fires.  And the problem here is half the population doesn’t know what to do if someone chokes or they use the wrong techniques.  If that is the case, I believe most Malaysians don’t know either.  And yet it’s very important to know what to do because when it does happen, we must act quickly.  We have three to four minutes before death can occur.

Steps that could save your child’s life (Sources: Daily Express, 6th July 2011, p.31):

DON’T WASTE A MOMENT:  If the object doesn’t come out when they cough, act immediately.  Look to see if there is an object, but take it out only if you think you can reach it without pushing it further down the throat.

FROM BIRTH TO ONE YEAR OLD:  Lay the baby face-down, with their head lower than their body.  Give five firm blows to the back between the shoulder blades with the flat of your hand.  If the airway is still blocked, turn them over on your arm, with the head still low.  Using two fingers in the middle of the chest, push down a third of the depth of the chest.  Check the mouth after each push and remove any obvious obstruction.  After three cycles of back blows followed by chest thrusts, dial the ambulance and continue cycles.  Never do an abdominal thrust.

FOR CHILDREN AGED ONE TO PUBERTY:  Place the child over your knee and give five back blows.  If this doesn’t work, give up the five abdominal thrusts.  Stand behind them and place a fist between the navel and the bottom of the breastbone and pull inwards and upwards.  If the obstruction does not clear after three cycles of back blows and abdominal thrusts, dial the ambulance and continue the cycles until help arrives.

Young children learn about the world around them by putting things in their mouth.  As parents, there are several things which we can do to avoid bad things happen to them:-

  1. Stay with them while they are eating.
  2. Cut vegetables and fruits into small strips.
  3. Check for bones.
  4. Refuse to give them sweets and nuts.
  5. Only give your child appropriate toys.
  6. Learn first aid.

I’ve done my first aid course two years ago.  I need to remind myself to go for a refreshing course soon.

Simple note

I was reading my friend’s article about simple living  when I suddenly remembered that I have something closely related to the topic which I jotted down in my note book awhile ago.

As soon as I found the note book, I patiently flipped through the pages . In a matter of seconds, I reached the page where  I phrased my simple note on simple living.  Like I said, it’s simple.

Date: 22nd October, 2007.  This is the simple note:

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything – they just make the best of everything they have.

Remember: Live Simply.  Love Generously.  Care Deeply.  Speak Kindly.

And remember: the richest person is NOT the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.

open arms

Open   Arms 
By 
Wendy L. Nichols

The day you were born
You touched my soul
You were the missing link
That made my life whole

 Those beautiful eyesStare at me in awe
Gazing at the woman
Who just became your mom

 As days turned to months

And months turned to years
I watched you grow
Facing life’s challenges and fighting your fears

 Now that your grown
You take the next step
Those years gone by
In my heart they’re kept

 If you got lost along your way
Not sure what to do or what to say
Know that I’m present in spirit and soul
With open arms and a hand for you always to hold.

The above picture was grabbed from http://www.dailypainters.com