As year 2015 comes to a close, I can not help but look back on what this year has been to us. For me, it has been a year of milestones, achievements, adventures and new beginnings.
Disneyland was our major destination when we traveled to Hong Kong briefly. It was an adventure exclusively for me and EA. Today I will gladly share our experience and some helpful tips to make your Disneyland trip more exciting.
For our Sunday family activity, we decided to visit Dreamplay, an educational amusement center by Dream Works, located at City of Dreams in Manila. The amusement center mainly features well loved characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Dinotrux. Unlike most theme parks, Dreamplay does not have exciting rides or thrilling booths. But rather, they have different activities to awaken the mind and body of the kids and the kids-at-heart.
Below are some tidbits about our family experience, and some tips on how to make the most of your visit to Dreamplay.
A day in which it is both a holiday and a rainy day can both mean ultimate boredom for my kids. As a mom, it is a challenge for me on how to keep them off gadgets like Ipad or game consoles. This week, I decided to engage my son into baking! No, I am definitely not a pro when it comes to baking. We just bought some ready made brownie mix from the grocery store. The good thing about these ready made boxes is that you can be 75% sure of the taste. The 25% will depend on how you will strictly follow the remaining instructions and ingredients.
It is so easy to get EA excited into baking, and I guess most kids are. Why? Because it is something new. As soon as I told him that we will baking our snack for the day, he can hardly wait. He prepared the ingredients himself!
From the time EA was in preschool until now that he is in big school, I am often asked by fellow parents who live in our area as to whether his school, Creative Explorers School for Children, is a good (progressive) pre-school. EA started at the age of 3, and for me, that is relatively young because in my time I took preschool when I was 6. Given his young age, it was important for me that he will be in a school where he will be guided in all aspects and not just in academics. EA was with them for 3 years and I have nothing but good words for the school. Here are my major reasons why we love Creative Explorers (CE).
“Oh my congratulations! That’s great! I wish I can be a stay at home mom too!”
This is what I constantly hear whenever I confirm that I am indeed quitting my job to be a full time mom. I know that not a lot of moms are given this as an option, and thus, I know that I am a lucky one. But still, the decision did not come easy, and my struggle made me feel guilty.
But please do not get me wrong. I love my kids. I adore them and I have always been a hands on mom. I call my kids from the office to check on them, ask about their assignments or just to simply say “hi”. I render absences (a lot) to accompany them to school activities or doctor’s checkups and therapies. Weekend seems so short to spend whole days with them. So it confused me as well when I got so restless with the idea of quitting my job. I mean, I should be excited, right? This is a dream for a lot of working moms, so how come I am not exactly jumping with glee? It was a year of deciding and then backing out because I had cold feet one too many times.
It is my second time to go on a detox program. The first one was last year (read about my post here), after the holidays. This time I detox prior to our family vacation. Since it was no longer my first time, I considered not blogging about it anymore, but since many of you are still interested in the whole experience, here I compiled (and answered) the most frequently asked questions:
“Paano Ba Ito” , written by Filipino Celebrity, Biance Gonzalez, is a book that aims to serve as a guide for teenagers up to young adults on how to handle growing up issues. From the time it was released and even up to now, it remains to be among the best selling books in the country written by a Filipino author.
For my sheer love for books, I bought one and was surprised on how much I like it. It is a given that the book is for the younger generations, but for a parent, here are my reasons why you need to have it too: