Summer 2014 – Top 5 Kids Movies To Look Forward To

For long term readers of this blog, you know how much I love my animated features and movies made for kids. I feel that sometimes they have more meaning and depth than some of the movies that come out of Hollywood. It is my honour to host Corinne, a mom and homeschooler, with her take on movies to watch out for this summer. 

The countdown to summer has already begun and the movie world has promised us a slew of cinematic treats to celebrate. In order of date of release, here are the top 5 most anticipated family friendly movies of the summer of 2014.

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN – MAY 9TH

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Following the story line from where it left off in Wizard of Oz, Dorothy returns to Kansas to witness the aftermath of the tornado that first transported her to Oz. To her surprise, the minute she arrives home, she is whisked away to Oz again. Oz is in trouble – her friends are missing and the people need her help. Her quest leads her to make more friends and indulge in even more adventures.

MALEFICENT – MAY 28

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You may remember Maleficent as the wicked witch in the kids’ classic movie, Sleeping Beauty. This live action remake delves into why a once good fairy becomes evil. She curses little princess Aurora only to find that she is the key to peace in the human and forest kingdom. The movie will take us through the drastic actions Maleficent will then take to restore balance.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 – JUNE 13

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Easily the most anticipated movie this summer, How to Train your Dragon 2 takes place 5 years after Hiccup unites dragons and Vikings. In Berk, dragon races and exploring uncharted territory seems to be everyone’s new favorite sport. The story will show us a grown up Hiccup and Toothless who discover a cave full of undiscovered dragons and a dragon rider whose skill is levels above Hiccup. If the stir on the internet about the first 5 minutes of the movie (released by DreamWorks) is anything to go by, this will be summer’s favorite.

PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE – JULY 18

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Everyone loves stories of underdogs who emerge victorious after fighting for their impossible dreams. The endearing hero, Dusty, is back to his never-give-up ways in this sequel to Planes. After learning that his engine is damaged and that he may never be able to race again, Dusty joins the world of aerial firefighting and together with his friends battles a massive wildfire. The movie takes the characters on a journey to discover what it is that truly makes someone a hero.

THE BOXTROLLS – SEPTEMBER 26

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Legend has it that beneath the cobblestone streets of the city live a bunch of vicious, child and cheese stealing boxtrolls. The truth, however, is that the Boxtrolls are a bunch of quirky and loveable boxes who have adopted an orphan human boy who they call Eggs. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by an evil exterminator, Eggs has to go out of his way to save his family. This movie is to be released a little later in the year and from the trailers, seems the best way to wrap up Summer 2014.

About the author: Corinne Jacob is a professional writer who is convinced that kids learn best when they’re having fun. She is constantly on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make learning an enjoyable experience. Corinne loves all things that scream out un-schooling, alternative education and holistic learning.

Shameless Self Promotion

I haven’t written “properly” on here  in a while on account of life being what it is – but I have been getting an unbelievable amount of views and comments that has nudged me to make this post. Allow me this one indulgence?

In case you’ve missed it, my top 5 posts (ever) are –

You are a Bangalorean If – A comment on the little things that a Bangalorean would indulge in.

Ode to my 29 Teeth – A horror story about how in the great battle of life, 32 teeth soldiers went marching in and only 29 made it back alive.

I am a Weirdo – A post that, if you’re being honest, needs no elaborate introduction.

This is for you, Rami – A eulogy for a mentor, a friend and confidante.

What it means to be East African – A list of things that struck me when I was volunteering in Tanzania.

Not to say I have given up on writing. I haven’t. I have been popping out Guest Posts like a machine, a machine I tell you. This is just to nudge you in the right direction and tell you that I have created a new page called Digital Footprints that lists all the places I do manage to write in.

Just know that I’m not ignoring you. I will try to write at least one post a day. Promise.

Hope you are well.

I am speaking the Kween’s Anglish!

So, I have to do an IELTS exam because I need to be born in an English speaking First World nation to be considered a native speaker. Even though a LOT of native English speakers say things like “Me and Andy” and “She’s married with a dentist.” I wonder how many “native speakers” actually score a 6 and above, as stipulated by every English Speaking border security. Anyway, that’s my rant of the day done. And to show you that I also look at big picture, here is a series of photos I’ve taken on my rides to and from work.

Race
“Mom Says No Race. Dad Says No Grace” Poor guy’s caught between a rock and a hard place.
Pancher
A far cry from the usual signs that read puncher instead of puncture. I think they were just – tyred! Haha, get it? Okay, I’ll stop now!
Logic
Unbeatable Logic
Carromance
Woah – caught in a car romance?
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Last Christmas, I gave you my heart! Ouch, it hurts!
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The back of the auto is a famous Bollywood quote said by a villain and yes, that is an actual coffin in the seat!
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Guess Jesus is never going to take the wheel!
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WARE your helmet and save your head.
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We’ll wait till he’s under alcohol.
Better hurry to the nearest dictionary and see what the 'burry' is about. Seriously though, Hurry Burry is one of my most favourite Anglo India phrases of ALL TIME!
Better hurry to the nearest dictionary and see what the ‘burry’ is about. Seriously though, Hurry Burry is one of my most favourite Anglo India phrases of ALL TIME!

I LOVE ENGLISH!

Valentines Day Fiesta – 14 Ways to Show Your Love

Long time readers will know of the series – The BEST Valentines EVER – that I did last year on ways in which you can show your loved one just how much you love them. I got tonnes of emails after that about how much of a success it was and how I should be a love guru. Therefore, I’m going to put out another set here because, well, you know, I love and care for you. Here’s my 2014 list!

 

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Nothing says “I love you” like loo roll that reads “My love for you is like diarrhea, I just can’t hold it in!”. Don’t forget the giant red heart!
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Use one of your neighbour’s children’s broken Barbie/Mindy toys to handmake a love note for your special someone. It’ll mean even more to them if you don’t get caught doing it!
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Thank you, 50 shades of Grey!
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Teach your pet to wink just as creepily as you. Your loved one will not be able to resist this tag teaming!
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How can anyone say no to you after this card?
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Vintage Valentines cards are the BEST!
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This card should ideally be followed by a date in the gym!
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Don’t let your wife see this card you’re giving to your Valentine!
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Cleaniless is Godliness!
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This is the outside of the BEST card in this series

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This is my personal favourite and I’m going to use it this year. Nothing is more desirous than the hint of getting dirty!
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No words. No words!
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Racism is the best way to your lover’s heart!
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For all you men out there, please make your partner’s dream come true by taking this sort of selfie!
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And for those of you who are blessed with good hair growth. An alternative would be to shave out little heart shapes on your chest and back.
KITTY!
KITTY!

10 Lies Parents Tell You

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We’ve all been told little white lies growing up. It’s not just a cultural thing, I find. Some of the lies are so universal. And inevitable – you’ll realise this when you start using them yourself. Before we begin though, I HAVE to share this Indian parent meme I found online. Go ahead, laugh!

Indian Parents

1. Change your appearance – Make a silly face and it will get stuck that way. I tried for so long all these “poses” Calvin is so good at and failed miserably. Led me to the conclusion that I must not be doing it right. Damn my lack of play dough consistency face.

Making Faces
2. Every ache has a reason – My mum was our resident doctor. Whenever I was ill, I’d hear her say “Oh, you have a headache in the middle of your forehead? It means you’re dehydrated. Drink water” “Oh, your little finger hurts? It means you aren’t eating enough vegetables”
3. Pet Adventures – I used to idolize my pets because they would always “run away” and go off on adventures. Usually for love. My parents once showed me a newspaper clipping of a cat that looked like ours our cat who had just been married to the love of her life. They had garlands around them. A proper Indian wedding!

Cat Marriage
4. Parents know everything – They are the true all knowing superheroes who not only manage to provide you with everything you need, they also know EVERYTHING. Where we came from, where we’re going, what is our purpose, why Mr. Neighbour was yelling at his wife (he was practicing for a play).
5. Chewing Gum Trees – Mum used to say that if you swallowed gum, it would stay in your system for 7 years. And in that 7 years, if you swallow a seed and god forbid it gets stuck in gum, you could grow a tree. I feel like I have many bonsai’s in me right now. I’m my own environmentalist.

Stomach Trees

6. Beauty Tips – These aren’t what my parents have said. On a list of priorities, appearance was the last thing. But these are lines I have heard other parents use “If you eat meat, you’ll become dark”, “If you eat too much chocolate, your hair will fall out”, “If you drink coffee, you’ll get pimples”. If you want to be fair, with luscious hair and flawless skin, STAY AWAY from meat, chocolate and coffee. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.
7. Saving the world – Every time we fussed about food (which was fairly rare in comparison considering aid worker parents) we’d get the standard “Do you know how many people are starving?” Before we were old enough to understand the true lesson, we assumed that if you ate without wasting anything, those starving multitudes would be hungry no more!

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Totally legit selfie of me saving the world!

8. Yummy in the Tummy – Noodles Worms, Pasta Intestines , Chicken Wings Frog Legs were the TASTIEST meals we’ve ever had in our lives. The more disgusting, the better tasting.
9. Distance – We’re always “almost there” whenever we were on a road trip. They’re make us start singing countdown songs like those green bottles, 12 days of Christmas and local equivalents. Then we’d start counting backwards from 10,000. Then we’d start counting red cars. No matter how long the destination, we would almost always just be 5 minutes away.
10 The Afterlife – Tales of the afterlife always changed based on my favourite story. As far as I’ve figured out, the afterlife is a place on the moon that is paved in gold and buildings are made out of candy. The hills are made out of chocolate and the snowcaps are vanilla icecream. Everything is free and you never have to work a day in your life. You can read all the books you want, watch all the tv you want.

P.S. Santa is a real person and I don’t care what you say.