Lately, I heard the news on TV/radio regarding how SpongeBob show has ruined children's brains. I for one think that it is not SpongeBob's fault. I have seen the cartoon (though I am not a die-heart fan) a few times and I actually enjoyed it! I find him to be a loyal person. He tries his best to protect his boss's restaurant and the secret recipe. I also think he is very caring. He constantly looks after his friend, Patrick, and his little pet. He has demonstrated great friendship towards to Sandy. I think there is a lot to be learned from SpongeBob.
So, why is SpongeBob bad for your children? Maybe we should look at it another way, it's not SpongeBob is bad, it's more related to TV watching. Watching too much TV is bad. The rapid frame display on TV does slow down your brain. That's the problem. It's not SpongeBob is the problem.
This time, Owen and Ella got to model for a little piece of America! The household known clothing brand Cherokee that you see in Target all the time, is in Taiwan. Here is the website:
Ella lost her first tooth!!! She is so excited about it. I guess tooth fairy is coming to my house tonight!! The tooth fairy has been visiting us a lot lately. With Owen losing 4 teeth (totaling of 14 now) in the last month, I wonder if tooth fairy is getting tired flying across the ocean. :-)
The commercial is out in China!! However, we don't get to see it. :-( It doesn't air in Taiwan. I am really hoping someone in China can record it and send it to me or post it online. It was a fun trip!
But, anyway, the photos are here.
Hawaii, here we come! This trip is so special, I have been to Hawaii so many times now and this is the first time that we are going there for business... Well, if you can call it business... :-) Ella was picked for a commercial which takes place in Hawaii. We don't know which island we will end up yet but the sound of going to Hawaii is already very exciting!
The project is very special from the beginning. The client is from China, they decided to choose the actors and actresses in Taiwan and the director is from Hong Kong with a Taiwanese production house. Quite complicated, right? From what I hear, this is not the first time that a cross-straits collaboration has happened and it is quite common actually. I am sure it takes a lot of preparation work and many logistics to sort through. It is amazing how a short commercial can be so elaborate and so carefully crafted. No wonder the budget is always so large.
Going to Hawaii is not a small deal. The production house and the client have many considerations when it comes to actors. For example, usually, they pick one actor per acting role, this time. They picked two little girls instead of just one. They are worried that because of the long trip, a 5-year old might have jet leg or other issues that might delay filming. So, they picked two little girls. Whoever feels up to it at the time, they will film the one first. :-) What does this benefit? This will ensure that the filming schedule is not delayed and the client has two versions of the commercial film to pick from. The client gets to decide which version gets aired.
The other little girl is Taiwan-Brazilian mix. When I found that out, I spoke Portuguese with her and she was so surprised! She asked me why I know how to speak her mommy's language. So cute! Ella and her both were playing with each other. They seem to have a good time. I have a feeling that Ella will have a great trip! She has another same age girl to play with the whole trip. ;-)
Many people asked me what Owen and Ella did during the Chinese New Year. They pretty much did what every kid would do, eat, sleep, play, and eat some more. A long 10 day vacation (including two weekends) must have added some weight on them! They are kids, so, they can afford to have a few more kilos. Grandma also came from Illinois to visit.