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Bryce’s Day at Kidzania Manila

Yesterday, we had a chance to visit Kidzania Manila before it officially opens to the public on Friday (and for a discounted price) since my highschool bestfriend works there. Bryce was excited and so we read the Awesome Planet’s blog about Kidzania the night before and checked out their website just so we could plan what “jobs” he would take.

We got there at 3:30pm and the parking in Park Triangle was already full and so were the open parking nearest to the building. We parked in Serendra instead and walked to Kidzania since we were going to ROX after anyway. You can park in Market Market, but I think Serendra is much closer.

From the outside, you can clearly see the Cebu Pacifc check-in counters where visitors can buy their tickets. My husband jokingly asked if there were people who would think that it was an actual Cebu Pacific booking center. Hehe! entranceOnce “checked-in”/paid, we were given a map and receipts that look like a boarding pass.mapEach one of us were also given a Kidzania RFID (radio frequency identification) security bracelet. Bryce’s bracelet was linked to us, his registered accompanying adults. I really love this feature because there is no way Bryce could leave the premises without alerting the security and us, thus no kidnap paranoia on our side. Haha!rfid tagUpon registration, Bryce was given a check worth 50 KidZos, Kidzania’s own currency. He should go to a bank (BPI) and have it “encashed” so he can use it to pay for products and services. He can also earn more KidZos by working in establishments in the play city! He can also opt to open a bank account and he will be given an ATM card. ATMs are available all around the city so kids can withdraw cash whenever necessary. It’s a good way to teach kids about banking.kidzosFIRST JOB: Courier   Earnings: 8 KidZos

We were walking aimlessly for more 10 minutes because we were kinda overwhelmed with the miniature city and we actually didn’t know where to start. Good thing, a lady from LBC approached Bryce and asked him if he wanted to deliver packages in exchange for 8 KidZos. firstjob1And so Bryce went off to his first ever job as a courier! I think he was a checker here. Parents are not allowed inside the establishments so we didn’t know what they were discussing.firstjob3They were to deliver two packages, one to a pharmacy and one to a newspaper office before they could go back to LBC’s office to get their hard-earned salaries. Didn’t they look cute?driving schoolFor the second activity, he wanted to drive, but before he could, he had to have a driver’s license. It costed him 15 KidZos. driving school2Driving the streets costs him another 15 KidZos but if he would to work as a gasoline boy, he could earn 6 KidZos.

Second Job: Construction Worker  Earnings: 8 KidZos

The night before, he already planned that he would work in a construction company so he was really excited to be here. I wish they would do more than brick laying, It was kinda boring. Haha!constructionThird Job: Urban Farmer  Earnings: 10 KidZos

His third job, a farmer in the Farm House was his favorite. He even went back here again but we told him to try another one since we’re leaving at 7. He said they planted giant seeds, but didn’t harvest them. farmhouse1farmhouse2I had no idea what they were doing but it sure looked nice inside. I even wanted to copy the pallet vertical garden on the left. Haha!

Fourth Job: Pharmacist   Earnings: 10 KidZos

His fourth job was a pharmacist in Mercury Drug. And this was the point where I was starting to feel so I tired, I really wanted to go home. :( But Bryce seemed to enjoy his job in Mercury drug. According to him, they were taught how to measure and mix medicines. I think the use of thermometer was also explained. I just wanted somewhere to sit and put my feet up. Haha!pharmacyPart our plan was to try being a pilot. As it was already past 6, this was our last activity for the day. There was a line but fortunately, Bryce made the cut off. Hubby went off to Sky’s lounge (or parents’ getaway room. 0-14 years old are not allowed inside) and had McCafe’s latte which, according to him, was surprisingly good. I would have wanted one but it was for P115. I’d rather wait for dinner. pilotAfter the Aviation Academy experience, we asked Bryce if he loved being a pilot. I didn’t know if he was just tired but that was his least favorite part. Probably because they were left alone “in the cockpit navigating the air” with just a monitor showing the aerial view of places. He loved the farm house, though and the drugstore because things and processes were explained to them. He loves it when he learns new terms and mere physical activities with no further information shared were just a bit boring for him. Oh, well, all kids are different. I wonder what Kenya would be like here…

theaterKnowing Bryce, I know the theater would be the last in his list, maybe not even in the list! But I just find this cute. When Kenya turns four, I’ll bring her here and I know she would be more than willing to perform up there.

For almost four hours, Bryce was only able to do 4 jobs and try 3 activities. He wanted to try pizza making in Yellow Cab Pizza but it wasn’t open yet and so was McDonald’s. The fire station was the most in-demand establishment. If your kids want to try being a fire fighter, I suggest you go in early and go to the fire house immediately before the line starts filling up.

If you can, go on a weekday which is cheaper and has longer shift (7 hours). Weekends only have 4-hour shift which, like us, would probably leave your kids with just 5-8 activities depending on the number of visitors.

There are more than a hundred role playing activities for your kids to try and so, definitely, a single visit is not enough. It may be quite pricey but I think it is an excellent way to supplement a child’s education. I find it especially helpful for homeschooling families like us.

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Looking forward to our next visit. But we will make sure to bring older kids with us so we can just stay in the Sky Lounge. The kids will definitely last for seven hours, but I don’t think I can. Maybe they should include a spa in the play city. Hehe!



Home Factory Outlets Grand Opening Sale!

11780657_10204925856889047_810970512_nLooking for the perfect place that provides quality yet affordable home furniture and furnishings? Head over to the Grand Opening Sale of the Home Factory Outlets, and save up to 60% off on over 3,000 sqm of items. Sale is from August 7 until August 16, 2015.

Get great deals at the BLIMS Fine Furniture Outlet Store, Sogo Home and Office Clearance Outlet, Elba Outlet Store and the Collins Clearance Outlet that carries a wide array of brands including Dowell appliances, Thermos and Eglo Lifestyle Lighting.

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Visit the Home Factory Outlets at #14 Williams Street, Highway hills, Mandaluyong City (between Sheridan and Pioneer street, behind UNILAB), open from Mondays to Sundays 11 am – 8pm.

Grab your chance to own the last piece of amazing items from the BLIMS Outlet Store which offers products that would bring class and beauty to any home.

For furniture packages fit for the budget, the Sogo Home and Office Clearance Outlet carries numerous designs that would surely suit your preference and budget.

11778110_10204951643413694_1047455871_nAnd where else can you find ovens and microwaves that combine the factors of functionality and design? The ELBA Outlet Store guarantees to provide great value that would surely entice you to spend more time in the kitchen.

Lastly, don’t miss out the opportunity to avail of discounted prices from renowned brands like Dowell, Thermos and Eglo at the Collins Clearance Outlet to complete your home furnishing needs.

Visit us to enjoy these amazing deals! Plus! Be one of the first 100 customers to come in to the store on our Grand Opening Day on August 7 and get a free Php 500 Home Factory Outlets Gift Certificate. So line up early! Store opens at 11am. (Terms & Conditions apply)

Going Crazy Over Patterned Tiles: A Glimpse of How Baldoza Tiles Are Made

I have known these Spanish-looking patterned tiles ever since I was young because my grand aunt used to have them in her house where I was a constant dweller. I really didn’t have much appreciation for old-fashioned materials until I became interested in decorating. So when my client showed me a photo of a kitchen with colorful patterned backsplash, I told her that it was Machuca tiles that she wanted. I was hesitant at first, but immediately searched online, found their website and inquired about the tiles. It turned out that these tiles are made-to-order and I need at least 100 pcs to get a good price. (I only needed about 84 pcs but I planned to frame the others for the bathroom.) The price was waaaay beyond our budget but the client really wanted to push for it and so I ordered. Unfortunately, it will take 21 working days to fabricate the tiles or 14 days for rush job. We’re already done with our first week in construction and even if I had them rushed, we would be almost done with the construction. I asked another company but the best they could do was 10 days.

We were ready to find another alternative when she learned somewhere online that Machuca Tiles sells overrun/rejected pieces for P60 each (almost 75% off the design she wanted). Pretty good deal, right? The catch? You have to go through this lot to find the ones you can use. Good thing I had my anti-histamine the night before. Hehe!machuca-tiles8Since I was already in their factory, I decided to just take a mini educational field trip for myself and for everyone interested in how these tiles are made. I found out that Machuca is actually the surname of the owner who pioneered in making these tiles here in the Philippines. The correct term is baldoza tiles.

These hand-made tiles are made from compressed cement that is about 3/4″ thick. There are steel plates and molds to begin with as seen the pictures below.machuca-tiles3First, special pigments are poured into the steel mold followed by the cement.machuca-tiles4The tile is then pressed by the huge rotating machine and the tiles are left to cure for 9-15 days.machuca-tiles5For more information, you can visit Machuca Tiles FAQ page.

machuca-tiles7What I love about these tiles is that the colors don’t fade easily since they pigment is about a quarter of an inch thick. The can be polished like regular cement flooring too using wax and your good old polisher.

Here are some ideas where you can use assorted Machuca tiles in your home.louisville-tile-Eclectic-Bathroom-Designs-London-660x600 a60926c0f6b5ddcc85b8c2d7ac34f665

What do you think? Are patterned tiles old fashioned or modern quirky?

For more ideas, you can visit my Pinterest board. :)



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