Bento 48: Swimming Squids

Did you know that squids can change colors? Rockets were repurposed into squids. It’s neat to figure out new ways to use a tool or a shape.

Bento 47: Dolphins at Play

Bento 47: Dolphins at Play

Last Friday, MoWabbit’s teacher told me that kiddo has become really good at drawing dolphins and was teaching other little kids how to draw dolphins. Proud mama here as I have spent time teaching MoWabbit how to draw and she is now doing the same with her friends, and she is barely four years old!

The UX of Bento Lunches

Back in May, my kid started a new school and it was a school that required each kid to bring his/her own lunch every day. The old school provided lunch and her daily report from school indicated that she ate all or most of her food consistently. But since I started packing her a lunch everyday, I also started seeing that she wasn’t eating much food at all at her new school. Upon investigating, her teachers told me that kiddo is very social and often favored chatting and playing over eating. Hmmmmm…

The Challenge:
How do you get a 3-year old social butterfly eat at least 80% of her lunch during lunchtime/social hour?

The Solution:
Improve kiddo’s lunching experience by making super cute lunches that she’ll be proud to show her friends and that she’ll want to eat 🙂

Real-Life Outcome:
Bento #26 (Love is On Your Side) Before:
#Bento 26: Love Is On Your Side. <3

Bento #26 After:
What's left of today's lunch #Bento 26

Time Investment:
I’ve optimized my bento making process to about 20 minutes. The more complicated designs take much longer. If my memory serves me right, Bento 26 took at least 40 minutes.

Planning Ahead:
Grocery shopping needs to be well planned ahead. I need to buy food in terms of color, texture, shape, size, and variety, in order to be creative and make sure that I have what I need to turn an idea into an edible reality.

Tried and True:
Improve the UX and you’ll improve the outcome!

Tonight I created Bento #46. I’ll be posting new bentos on this blog from now on and will need to take some time to back-post all the previous bentos. Love and thanks to my friends who have encouraged me to blog about my bentos. ❤

A laser pointer is what’s missing from the Apple Watch

Once upon a time, wearing a watch on my wrist was a part of my daily routine. It was a habit that was formed when I received my first Seiko time piece for my 8th birthday. I loved owning watches because they served a real purpose of informing me the current time and they are also served as fashion statements. Remember Swatch watches? Um, yah… I still have a few of those laying around somewhere, plus a handful of wrist watches that I’ve collected over the years.

In 2008, I got my first iPhone. Within the first month of owning this new gadget, I stopped wearing wrist watches altogether. The iPhone did a lot more than tell time. It was aesthetically pleasing, and it became my new fashion statement piece. I no longer had a use for watches.

Fast forward to 2015, I kept contemplating on whether I should get an Apple Watch or not. I’m all about efficiency and traveling light, so the lesser the amount of items that I have to keep track of, the better.  At the same time, I was evaluating health trackers, e.g., FitBit, and found out that the Apple Watch has a heart monitor and does track some health and exercise related data. ALL RIGHT, FINE. I’ll use this excuse to get an Apple Watch! After all, I design product user experience for a living and it’s a good practice to study new design trends and learn from them.

I received my Apple Watch just a few days before speaking at the UX Strategies Summit in San Francisco in June. This was an unexpected but welcomed early arrival by about one week, thanks Apple! I thought how slick it would be to be on stage and use my Apple Watch to advance my slides as the Keynote app on the watch enables you to do that! But because it was missing a laser pointer, I ended up using a Logitech Wireless Presenter (has laser) instead (which does work on a Mac, FYI). So, Dear Apple, please add “laser” to the feature request list, which will probably increase Keynote app usage (at least +1 here). It’s also really fun to pretend, errr… I mean, to present like Buzz Lightyear! Buzz Lightyear Laser Beam