Even though it’s still more than one month from Christmas, but I’m glad because I can feel the Christmas spirit everywhere (our church is going to have a Christmas carnival and we already bought the vouchers, we will be participating as volunteers in one of the Christmas event), and even at the malls. Most of the malls have already decorated themselves with Christmas ornaments and big and small Christmas trees. We were surprised when we went to Downtown East and found that this year Christmas theme is Doraemon.
I grew up watching Doraemon for years. Back then, there weren’t really many good choices of TV programs for kids (in my opinion), especially girls. There were Power Rangers, Google V, Megaloman, etc, but my sisters and I just never liked those kind of “boys power shows”. So Doraemon was really the best alternative to spend our Sunday morning (if I’m not mistaken I always watched Doraemon on Sunday morning before going to Sunday School). I liked Dorameon so much back then and always laughed at the characters’ funny and also naughty behavior. I hated Giant and Suneo for being so naughty and Nobita for being so lazy, and even envied Shizuka for being so pretty and likable……yes…..I even had feelings and connections with all those cartoon characters, hahaha…….
We all wished that we had all the gadgets that Doraemon had, especially his magic pocket which had so many magnificent tools to solve all your problems in the world. We hoped we had his magic door that was functioning like a time machine and could bring us to travel back in time. We sometimes shared stories of where we wanted to go if we had that magic door. Our imagination wasn’t so high back then. Sometimes we only wished that the door could take us immediately to school so we wouldn’t be late for school, hahaha………….we hadn’t dreamed of travelling around the world at that age.Sometimes I wished I had his magic paint that could correct my homework and exams so I wouldn’t have to study so hard…….
Let’s not forgetting the legendary bamboo-copter that Doraemon and his friends always used in the movie. Hey, we wanted to have that too…………In fact, the words “baling-baling bambu” (bamboo-copter in Indonesia) had become something that we used to say in our conversations with friends, especially when we were trapped in Jakarta’s super hilarious traffic jam. So yes, Doraemon had become parts of my life for many many years, and I know that I will always like his cuteness, funny sides, and good heart. Doraemon was not just a comedy series, but also they were also full of lessons and life values such as friendship, honesty, courage, respect, and perseverance. They were simple stories but last in our memories for years.
My son doesn’t live in Doraemon era and he never watched any Doraemon movies, so he doesn’t share the feeling as I do. He just didn’t like Doraemon, and maybe found it a bit silly or strange. He never showed any interest on Doraemon, including the pictures, the stories, the toys, etc.
Well, that’s changed now……….thanks to the one and only Happy Meal Toys Collection from McDonald! When we saw this toy for the first time in Mc’D KKH, he didn’t show interest and just passed by. He said he would be waiting for another toy collection from Happy Meal (this happened after the “smurf toys hunting for weeks”). I assumed it was simply because he doesn’t like Doraemon.
Few days after that, it just happened that we went to Mc’D near our home and I asked him whether he wanted the Happy Meal with Doraemon toy. Surprisingly, he said yes and that was how he got Doraemon Sticker Dispenser (on the right picture). I don’t know how, after that he went crazy for Doraemon and asked for another Doraemon hunting in Mc’D. Too bad the promotion was almost over and the restaurants didn’t have many left. So we went from one restaurant and another to find Doraemon Air Cannon which result in disappointment. There was no stock left for Air Cannon. Then this week, one of his teacher gave him a present for showing good behavior in class, and that was another Doraemon toy!. He was sooo…..happy and that makes Doraemon number two in the house (left picture).
That was how he started to “fall in love” with Doraemon. So when we found out about Doraemon Christmas, we were very glad, and of course he showed no hesitation on taking pictures with Doraemon.
I do hope we all can go to Doraemon Museum in Japan one day.
Happy Early Christmas everyone………….