[Review] Canon Rayo S1 Projector

 

A projector on your palm. How cool is that? With the advancement of technology, it shouldn’t surprise us that a projector can turn palm-sized. But I admit I was awed when I first saw it at the Canon Christmas Party last year.

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To give you a better idea, the following is the Rayo S1 Projector in Faith’ hands. It’s definitely not the big machine that we think of when a projector is mentioned. You can definitely put this in your handbag or even in a pocket! It’s light at 240g and offers 854 x 480 (WVGA) screen pixel resolution.

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So I asked for a loan for the Rayo S1 projector, to try out its capabilities. I thought it would be a good tool to have when we have meetings or gatherings and when the room doesn’t have a TV. Comes in useful especially when we need to project something on the screen.

When we have gatherings such as the above, when kids come together, the projector comes in really handy. We streamed movies via our mobile phone and project it on the wall. The quality of the sound was rather clear and crisp. Not bad for such a small machine. It’s quite powerful, I must say.

Besides a projector, one can also tap on the 4GB memory to preload music, videos and presentation on the device for maximum efficiency. It is designed with a smart touch pad to enable us to navigate through all the functions of the RAYO S1 all with a simple touch.

You can find out more about the specifications of the Rayo S1 projector here.

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iROO x RDSS social responsibility campaign

You know, I can be quite a complain queen. Although I know I should give thanks in all circumstances, more often than not, I find myself grumbling, sometimes a lot, especially when the day was filled with endless household chores and …whines.

February was bad and while I know I should find every opportunity to bless others, I was gripped with self-pity. “Oh my poor SAHM life! I want to go back to work!”

It was not until folks at church shared about the many people who are not as fortunate as us and a turn up at the iROO X RDSS social responsibility campaign launch that I realised I am blessed, way too blessed.

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Meeting Sarah for the first time.

iROO, a leading Taiwanese fast fashion label that was established since 1999, announces its 5 years corporate social responsibility campaign supporting the Rare Disorders Society of Singapore (RDSS). In this video, we could get a glimpse of some of the rare disorders faced by patients.

The key objectives of this campaign are to raise public awareness on rare disorders and educating the public to be empathetic towards such patients and their family members. There will be a series of videos such as the above to share with the public and to further create more awareness, talks will be arranged with schools and companies.

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iROO has launched the limited edition ‘Know Me’ charity t-shirt for this campaign and all nett proceeds will be donated to RDSS. iROO hopes to raise up to S$10,000 for this campaign. Available in two colours – black and white – this t-shirt retails at S$68.80 at all iROO retail stores from 28 February till 15 April 2018.

Here’s me showing a little support and encouraging you to do likewise, if you are in any way moved to want to support.

The Hornbill is a key icon of this campaign. Hornbill belongs to a rare species that live with their single partner till their death and they stay together as a family. The families of RDSS are just like the Hornbill families, staying together and caring for one another.

Hook on Books

Today is one of those days that none of the adults have any commitments so it’s family time!

We finally made it here – Hooks on Books! I remember one Dayre mom recommended this place. The last time we were here, we didn’t check the opening hours and of all days, we chose the one when it’s closed. 😂

I ❤ this place! Didn’t know it’s opened by the founder of Berries. To be honest, the selection of the books isn’t a lot but I suspect they are specially selected based on the quality and interest of the kids. It’s a small place but somehow I feel at home. Could it be the interior design? Could it be the friendly staff or could it simply be because it’s the language that I grew up with which made me so comfortable?

The boy was fascinated with this phone. And I was thrilled to find Chinese audiobooks here. Of course #buybuybuy

The kids weren’t as interested as I was, much to my disappointment. They were all over the place until I was fed up and asked the hubs to bring them out to have some bites while I browsed the audiobooks and CDs.

See… hungry little people.

Stayed on to do some craft.

This boy was climbing up and down, up and down, and in the end, the tray of materials became sensory play to him. 😅

So happy to be able to dig into the various materials.

Finally got him to sit down and read some books. I think it’s because it’s Chinese book. He couldn’t sit for long.

Binding the notebook.

The food’s not bad lah.

Because we spent a fair bit on… audiobooks mainly, we got free cups of ice-cream, much to the delight of the kids.

See?

Till we meet again!

Since we are round the corner, we checked into our usual Japanese restaurant…

I’m actually here, mainly for the pork cheeks.

Watching the boats pass by before both crashed.

We had wanted to go swimming but the sky seemed overcast so we headed for Decathlon in the end.
The girl was protecting the boy because this area was very crowded. Awwwww…

I didn’t know decathlon at Chai Chee and the surrounding area are so happening! If you ever come to this place, do try the yong tau foo here. Recommended by Trisa, the foodie.

Good. I don’t normally drink the soup when I dine out. But this one is good. Can tell it’s good stuff.

The chicken wings babes…

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So tempted to do grocery but I’m so tired already…

February roundup

 

The shortest month. One of the busiest months. The month which I dread.

And it’s over.

Like many of you, February is the month I was busy with spring cleaning and getting ready for the Lunar New Year. Of course, with my capacity, I could only do so much. However, it was not so much of the chores that irritated me; it’s the daily squabbling of the kids that got to me. I had to be the referee every morning at least once and that is not fun!

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In the end, after much consideration and prayer, we decided to enrol the boy in Kindergarten. I had initially thought he wouldn’t need to be in kindy until when he’s of age for K1. I could teach him and he could spend time with the sister in the morning and learn together. Besides, I really loathe the thought of having to be on the road more with him in kindy.

But I also know I need to spend more time with Faith, guiding her on certain issues and we do need some quiet moments to discuss. With Dan around, it’s not quite possible. He…likes me and wanted me to be with him most of the time. Yea, I’m that popular. ;p Faith was also easily distracted when Dan was around so even if I gave her some task for her to complete independently, she would more often than not turned to both Dan and me, especially when we were reading books. Deep learning couldn’t really take place.

So yup, Dan would be in school in Term 2. Asked him if he wanted to go to school, he gave a different answer each time. Oh well.

 

 

Anyway, for homelearning, I am introducing letter of the week for Dan while the girl worked on some tasks which I have set for her. I wish I could play more games, work on more Science experiments with her… oh well.

 

The letter Hh sound

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This boy showed an increase in vocabulary and length of sentence in his speech. I think this period is the most adorable by how and what he speaks. Must treasure.

 

Some activities related to the Ii sound.

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And Jj

Some days could get a bit depressing to me. Chores are never-ending and whines too. These days, Dan wanted his way and it could get tiring having to discipline him. Towards the end of the month, I was just plain exhausted. I haven’t had time to rest. ME time in February was used to do spring cleaning and run errands and I turned bitter. The Lord knows me well enough and provided friends to come alongside me, to cheer me up with their presence.

 

CG fellowship day

 

Playdate with a fellow dayre mom and her kids. Please remind me to plan more outdoor play for the kids.

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On the last day of February, things turned out quite magically well for my soul. I turned up for a social responsibility campaign by iroo to support the Rare Disorders Society of Singapore. I won’t elaborate much in this post (will do another one dedicated to this) but the encounter with the families in that event greatly humbled me. My bitterness and complaining spirit was replaced by gratitude. How could I be so self-centred and blind to the needs around me?

That evening, I received an IG message from a reader who shared with me how she has overcome a trying period wrt her daughter’s health condition during her early years. I felt God touching my heart and reminding me how blessed I am.

That night, I was changed.

I view things from a different perspective now.

Thank you, February, for teaching me life lessons.

I’m looking forward to you, March.