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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!



Fun Family Weekend with Monde Mamon-It-Yourself

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I am constantly trying to look for fun activities Bryce can do to keep his computer time to a minimum. His cousins are not usually around so he often ends up playing by himself. Despite his numerous toys, he still opts to play interactive games in the computer or watch videos in YouTube. (Since he already knows how to spell, he now searches for Angry Birds, Play Doh and Peppa Pig videos and can watch for hours!) I know it is not healthy to spend hours in front of the computer, but since I work at home and am constantly on Kenya’s call, I have no choice but to let him entertain himself with the computer.

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So I was really grateful when my whole family was invited to the Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself event held at Yardstick in Makati last Saturday, April 5. Even though it took us two hours just to get to Makati from Quezon City, I was glad to make it to the event and so was the whole family (I don’t know about Kenya, though. Hehe).  The event gave me lots of ideas on how my husband and me can spend more fun time with Bryce.

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I love baking and Bryce is always eager to help out but his enthusiasm ends when I turn on the oven to bake the goodies. When it is time for the fun part—decorating or adding the toppings, he already lost interest and had found another activity he thought is fun enough. With Mamon-It-Yourself, he can do everything to his heart’s content, from start to finish.

Normally, I prefer to make things from scratch especially when it comes to baked goodies. I want to be sure of that only the best and freshest ingredients are used. However, with the birth of our second child, I rarely have time to bake. The good thing is Monde Special Mamon uses only fresh and premium ingredients, real fresh eggs, imported wheat flour and milk, and is baked to baked to be delicious and healthy.  Now, I can make snacks and desserts again for the family without compromising the quality, and of course, include Bryce in the preparation too!

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Using Monde’s Special Mamon and a variety of spreads and toppings (like peanut butter, coco jam, nuts, candy sprinkles, choco chips, corn flakes, etc.) he can create his own unique snack and practice creativity as well. It’s a fun weekend family activity that even dads who aren’t too keen on baking, can enjoy (like my husband! Haha!)

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It was our first time to use frosting piping and look what a beautiful mess we have created! See that cookie tower with an orange smiley? That’s my hubby’s creation. So proud of him! And look what Bryce did for me–Monde choco-filled mamon with blue frosting and candy sprinkles! Yummy! Thank you, Bryce!

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We were asked to create six “masterpieces” and I was only able to do one because I had to feed Kenya. The other 5 were Bryce’s and Daddy’s. I’m not quite proud of my spiky green and orange frosting but Kenya thought it was yummy so I guess it’s good enough.

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And because the generous people of Monde gave each family a kit, I cannot wait to make my own mamon and use the frosting piping. There’s a very long weekend coming and this is a perfect way to bond with my family. I’m even planning to invite Bryce’s friends for a mamon decorating afternoon. I know the kids will definitely enjoy this!

By the way, check out this really cool video from the event… Aww, am I really the prettiest mom, Bryce? Hehe!

Try making your own decorated mamon this weekend with your family and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #MamonItYourself. For more MIY ideas, you can visit Monde’s website.

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Bryce and Kenya’s Fun Day at Active Fun, BGC

Last January 30, a Thursday, I commuted alone to BGC where Nuffnang’s office is, to get the invite for Johnson’s Baby Play Factory event. I actually didn’t want to go because I was buried with design projects but decided to anyway, thinking I could use a break after almost two weeks straight of being stuck at home. I left the house at 11:30am with plans to have nice, unhurried and uninterrupted lunch by myself then try Cold Stone, spend an hour lounging in Fully Booked, go window shopping, maybe spend the afternoon at The Spa and be home by at least 7pm. Just a blissful day out for me, a break from round the clock breastfeeding and a chance for my achy muscles to be relieved.

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Look how cool the invite is! Thanks Johnson’s!

Well, this is what happened. I got in BGC at almost 12:30 and had to walk quickly to Fully Booked to avoid getting drenched by the rain. I browsed around the Arts section, waiting for the rain to stop. Time seemed to move so slowly. I had my plans but all I could think about is how I wish Bryce was here with me in the bookstore, and my husband here to have lunch with me. I was itching to go home, worrying about Kenya because she goes on a hunger strike whenever I am out. So by 1:30, I picked up the package and headed to Conti’s for lunch.

This was supposed to be my day of solitude which was a must for me (well, at least before I had kids.) It hit me then that I have changed. When I was younger, I used to enjoy my time alone. This was when I can really relax and think. I actually preferred being by myself than being with people. But having a family can really change a person. I no longer wish to detach myself to people but rather attach myself to my kids and husband. I don’t need to take a break from them because living with them is not tiring at all. Taking care of them is not a chore but something that gives me joy and fulfillment. Seeing them smile and hearing them laugh are enough to recharge me. So right after finishing my lunch, I went home yearning to be back to my family… Cheesy, I know, but I guess, one changes when she becomes a mother.

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Bryce was not in the mood to have his picture taken, and so was Kenya. 🙁

The event was on Saturday, February 1 at Active Fun. We came a bit late and the program has already started. Actually, Cha Cha had almost finished her awesome rendition of “Let It Go” from Frozen. But at least we were in time for the snack (hehe!) which consisted of spaghetti, chicken lollipop, brownies (yum!) and flavored popcorn!

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“Yey, I’m tall enough for the giant slide!”

All invited kids were given complimentary 1-hour pass at Active Fun. Although Kenya had a pass, it was only Bryce and Daddy who got in. I just waited while Kenya took her afternoon nap. So, no evidence of me being in the event. I am always the photographer who never get in the pictures. 🙁Play Factory43

At least, Bryce had a lot of fun and thanks to Johnson’s and Nuffnang for inviting us to this wonderful event.

Johnson’s shares some ideas on how you can make powder time into fun play time. It’s also a chance for moms and kids to bond with each other, using powder creatively. Watch the video below for ideas. 🙂

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