My Favorite Corner

We moved into a new apartment last November. And Im yet to find my favorite corner in this new house. My favorite spot. From where I can see the open sky. From where I can see aeroplanes droning by and not realize that my eyes are traveling along with the plane until it is suddenly no more in sight.
That one spot where, whenever I stand or sit, I am happy. I am one with myself. If Im sad, I can talk to myself.  Where reading a book makes me cozy.
Where my hot cup of tea tastes sweeter. And my apple crunchier.
The last apartment we lived in was very sunny. Every balcony was bright and smiling with sunlight.  I had quite a few favorite spots in that house. This house is different. I have to strive to make a spot my favorite spot.
That one spot that can make me speak. The one spot that can let in the wind to play with my hair. The one spot that can bring me a handful of the sky. The one spot that can bring me a slice of the sun.
My favorite spot.
Tell me, do you have a favorite spot? Where is it?
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Kinder Surprise Eggs (Kinder Joy) Love

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Before you read ahead, know that I’m not endorsing this product in any way. Im expressing my love and amazement for it. Now read ahead.

Like all kids, Ryan loves Kinder Surprise Eggs that, in India, are named Kinder Joy. A simple egg shaped confectionery, the packaging has a ‘joy’ on one half of the egg, and a ‘surprise’ on the other.  The joy is a bed of yummy white chocolate with two round wafer-like egg yolks embedded in it. The crunchy yolks are not yellow, but brown. Chocolatey. The surprise is a toy on the other half of the egg shell.

The truth is I love Kinder Joy more than my kid does. I hate to say it to him, but I’d love to admit it here. I love the satiny white chocolate inside. But what I love more is the surprise. The surprise never stops to surprise me. From the moment I buy a Kinder, Ryan and I almost have a debate over who should open the surprise. I tend to get impatient until I see what appears from inside. Its almost like opening an oyster shell to see the pearl within.

The toy surprise that appears from inside the egg shell never ceases to amaze me. The toys are power-packed with fun, creativity, eye-hand coordination exercises, and activity. I wonder about the kind of research that goes into conceptualizing these toys. They are simple, yet extremely creative. Its almost phenomenal to see how much activity these Kinder guys can squeeze in a hen-egg sized packaging. They pack in around 4 to 6 small toy parts that need to be assembled. There is a small instruction sheet, and often stickers too! I see the parts of the toys, and I try to fathom the precision and the thinking that goes into the creation of them. Do they bring in designers, child-psychologists, product managers all at the same table when they conceptualize these objects? How long does the brain-storming last to decide on one toy? Wow, I think I’m in love with these Kinder guys!

A simple frog with a finger loop (to tuck in the index finger) and a tiny painting brush on the frog’s head. A basketball set up complete with a hoop and a ball and also almost a court! Bowling pins! These are a few of the surprises that come out of the boys’ Kinders. Most recently, I have been bowled over by a 6 piece Transformers toy that I found inside a Kinder. I mean, really? How do you even think about packing so much into so small a confectionery?

Here are a few pictures of the Transformers surprise I got.

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The same guy standing above can transform itself into a car as below:

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Another example is an fish/rhinoceros toy with three crayons embedded on its back. See the pic below and try to spot the crayons!

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Here is the basketball set up I mentioned above:

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Amazing right?

I know that the Kinder is banned in a few countries following accidents of 2 kids choking on the toys, but then, they do take care to separate the chocolate from the toy, at least in the Indian version of it. The Kinder guys also label it as not safe for kids less than 3. Plus, we parents always have to keep a sharp eye on our babies at all times, no matter with a Kinder Joy or not.

Having said that, I’ll still proclaim my love for Kinder Joy. I love it so much that even if I was walking down the street, and I spotted a Kinder Joy instruction manual in a trash can, I’ll probably take it out just to see what toy was inside in there. Ummm…. I see a few eyebrows go up and a few cringed faces on reading that. 🙂 Still, I love the Kinder!

Being Mommy-Ryan’s Illustrations 2

More illustrations. More sketches. The kiddo is pleasantly and sometimes humorously surprising me with his creativity.
Here we see two characters. Very nice potato headed elves with brilliantly big eyes. Apparently, the bigger one is the ‘daddy,’ and the smaller one is ‘mamma.’ Kiddo, we are happy to be ‘on board.’
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As if just drawing isn’t just enough, he has to ensure the sketch is ticked to provide more credibility.
The next one is a charmer. This one has a Pinocchio-like boyish charm with innocent drooping eyes. That what you think is a hat is not a hat. Its actually hair. Like Ryan specified to me when I was analyzing the pic.
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I’m hoping to see a few more pics so the strain of creativity can be showcased. 🙂