App Review: Mobizen Screen Recording for Android Kitkat

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Today, I decided to make a simple tutorial for desperate mothers out there who wanted to help their children in their pursuit of being a Youtube star.

A few months ago, we got our son a new tablet – Xiaomi Mipad 2. For the basic specs, I am already quite impressed for a price of 299AED(Php 4000) – memory is 64 GB with a 2 GB ram running on Quad Core 2.2.4 Ghz. This tablet is worth every penny. He is an avid gamer and likes to record his gaming sessions in his tablet using AZ Screen Recorder. However, we realized that with the new tablet which is running on Kitkat version(Android 4.4), the AZ Screen Recorder and so are the other recording apps in Google Playstore are not compatible with it. He has searched far and low for a screen recording app and was frustrated enough to finally ask me for help.

I am an average techy mom, but I can read instructions. So one day, after trying out so many apps and failed, I went to the forums for some ‘professional’ help. I should have exercised extra caution when I tried out one of the advice. But I was out of time, thinking about preparing dinner and so desperate to get it done with. One of the advice was an instruction to root the tablet and install a zip file to update the software. I must have done something wrong along the way that I ended up crashing my son’s tablet. It would no longer boot the launcher, android process and the rest of its operating system.

I thought about my son and the disappointment he will get after he will realize that to bring his tablet back to life, his 60+ apps needs to go. I was a bit surprised with his reaction, ‘That’s OK Mom. I love you more than my tablet’. Such a good kid.

So the ultimate rule when things go bad when you tweak your android device, you need to restore it to factory settings. I have done this so many times, so this time I know what I am doing. So you need to do it using the Volume + & – buttons and the power button. This will vary from device to device. But for our Mipad 2, simultaneously hold down the Volume + button with the power button and wait for the Mi logo and the recovery options to appear. Here’s a video below for the complete tutorial.

 

After I have restored the tablet to its fresh version, I headed back to playstore and downloaded the Mobizen Screen Recorder.  You need to connect your Android phone or tablet on a PC  and the on-screen instructions will guide you along the way. First, you need to go to the Mobizen website and download the Screen Recorder Booster file so that you can run it on Adroid 4.4(Kitkat). Once you are successful with downloading the file, you can now proceed with the installation. Then, voila! Problem solved! Sharing below is a  short video tutorial on how to use the app.

 

This is a valuable learning experience. As a parent, I realized that I could not put limits on myself when it comes to helping our kids. As a mom, I realized I have raised a well-mannered eight year old who is quite adept at handling frustrations and disappointments. It has eaten at least three hours to sort out this predicament. But all in all, it was all worth it.

Toddler Wonderland

Play is my toddler’s full-time job. Among all types of play, her most favorite is Pretend Play. As much as possible, I would like to document all the personas my 3-year old daughter wanted me to characterize. I am always her accomplice in her trips to Wonderland.

One day, she got so fond of Mario that she wanted me to be Princess Peach. She would cutely say it like this, “I yam Mario, you Mom is, Princess Peach!”. So I asked her if her brothers were any part of these escapade which she would fondly reply, “Kuya Tatan is Bowser. Kuya Kiki is Luigi and Papa is Dragon.”

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Other than Mario, sometimes she would want me to be Maui and she would let me shout at the top of my lungs, “It’s MAUI time!”. Then she would belt-out, ” I am MOANA!”. This normally happens at least 4 to 5 times a day.

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If you are familiar with ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’, then we are on the same page on this. She likes to be ‘Foxy’ and me, her ‘Mangle’. There is a song that she likes to incessantly play on her tablet and for most of the time we need to act it out. OK, I am not really talking about a 3-minute song, it is like a darn play.

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If you are familiar of the movie ‘Coraline’ then take a wild guess who she decided me to be. Hhhmmmm… I think you guessed it right. She always wanted me to be the ‘Other Mother’. She always want to go to sleep as ‘Coraline’ uttering these specific lines every night:

Majika(as Coraline) : Goodnight, Other Mother!

Me: Good night, Coraline! Seeee you soooon!

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Her pretend play is firing up in all cylinders but I am not complaining. This is a significant milestone for her and we as a family is very supportmaxresdefaultive. I will never get tired of being ‘Maria’ from the ‘Book of Life’ and she as the galant young ‘Manolo’. Nor  would I ever get tired of being the ‘ Little Red Hair Girl’ in ‘Peanuts’ with my little munchkin acting out as the awkward ‘Charlie Brown’.

 

As many as she wants me to characterize, she will always play the best lead in the acting role — and me will forever be with all-out support, her Best Supporting Actor/Actress.

May you read this when you grow up munchkin. We love you.

 

What my Kids think of Me?

I saw a post on social media about “What your child thinks about you?”. So, I got my 2 boys to answer the questions about me. I didn’t realize that I have been such an amazing Mom to them. Here are their replies:

*What is something I say a lot?
Tristan:Tan, are you finish with your work?

Aki: Aki, eat! Aki, eat!

*What makes me happy?
Tristan: When I finish my work.

Aki: hugs and kisses

*What makes me sad?
Tristan: When I’m naughty

Aki: not listening to mom

*How tall am I?
Tristan: I don’t know

Aki: 7

*What’s my favorite thing to do?
Tristan: Write in OneNote

Aki: clean

*What is my favorite food?
Tristan: Tempura

Aki: mushrooms

*What is my favorite drink?
Tristan: Coke

Aki: Starbucks Coffee

*If I could go anywhere, where would I go?
Tristan: Paris

Aki: USA

*Do you think you could live without me?
Tristan: NO!

Aki: NOOO!

*How do I annoy you?
Tristan: I don’t know

Aki: The silent treatment

*What is my favorite TV show?
Tristan: News

Aki: MTV

*What is my favorite music to listen to?
Tristan: River Flows In You – Yiruma

Aki: Canon D

*What is my job?
Tristan: work, work, work, work

Aki: You don’t have a job anymore

*How old am I?
Tristan: 32

Aki: 32

*What’s my favorite color?
Tristan: Pink

Aki: Blue

*How much do you love me?
Tristan: 700 %

Aki: Infinity percent

You can try this out with your kids to know how much they know you. It will be such an eye-opener.