Funfest 2007

Waiting for the helicopter to drop candies

As years went by, Halloween is being celebrated more in the Philippines with much of western influence. The preparations and decorations in malls and even in villages are some of the evidence. Parents are busy dressing their children with the most creative and unique costumes. Even ordinary barangay residents prepare for children who will do trick or treat.

As a family we don’t celebrate Halloween (derived from All Hallows Eve). We don’t agree that kids are nice to see dressed in a witch or devil costumes. It’s like identifying kids with those characters which of course parents would not want.

With the commercialism and gaining popularity of Halloween celebration, our kids were not left somewhat “deprived” of celebration that other kids enjoy. Kids Church had treated kids with fun, activities, games and show. For 2 years now, at the Fort Every Nation vicinity, booths, play areas, food stalls, and many more treats were there for children and families.

There were many families who attended with kids wearing their favorite superhero costumes. The little girl wearing Amihan costume of Encantada caught our eyes. She was so cute but it was not easy to wear costume because of the humidity. I know that my kids would also like to wear costumes but we chose not to at this time to avoid discomfort. Anyway, we had a picture with superheroes (Supergirl, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Incredible Hulk).

We missed some interesting things like the alpaca who is a relative of lamas. We missed Esther’s spa too, where little girls are given massage and parlor treatment.

Our funfest day was just a completion of our family day celebrating Adrian’s 8th birthday. We started our day with kids playing at Market Market with their cousins from Mindoro. Adrian enjoyed a play all you can treat at The Little Martian with his Dad.

It was a day full of fun, treat and eat for Ad, Mich, Tin and Mac (who happened to be a first-timer in Manila).

Field Trip to Singapore Science Center




Adrian’ head only? How was that? Quasi oh Quasi!

Mechanical works. The nose knows. Egg-hunter Mich.
One of our 7 days in Singapore was spent in Singapore Science Center. It was worth the time and travel. Our eyes and mind were filled with awesome things about science. From the optical illusions to nanotechnology to robotics and high tech house, we were delighted to see numerous exhibits of how science and scientific studies are used.
Not only that kids enjoyed talking with a 3 year old robot named Quasi, but we loved it as well. We were not satisfied talking with him just once but we went back to his station. Kids and adults love Quasi. Mich even asked Quasi to dance and Adrian taught Quasi some Filipino words like “paalam at salamat“.
While father and son went to experience the movie “Dinosaur”, Mich and mom toured the souvenir store and Mcdonald’s for some refreshment.

Swimming Class

Adrian attends swimming class for beginners every Saturday at Makati Aquatic Sports Arena. Though his P.E. is soccer, we took the momentum gained from last summer’s breakthrough for him to enjoy swimming and be confident with water. This also paved the way for all the members of our family to swim while waiting for Ad.

Field Trip to Singapore Zoo 2007

Satisfaction guaranteed. After taking a bath in the fountain, relaxation time for Mich.

Refreshing!!!

Aussie Outback! Yippee!!!

Dad made sure that this time, she will not get hurt with this slide.

Thirsty and hungry!

Seals anyone?

Giant ferns!
Refreshed Adrian!
She loves Kanga!
Happy kids!
Tram ride… Michelle’s favorite
Shortest to Tallest + One
It was our second time to visit Singapore Zoo and we love it! I have never been so fond of animals but when we visited the zoo in 2005, I was convinced that this is a place that visitors in Singapore should not miss. Not only that we saw animals that we don’t see in the Philippines but we were amazed at the zoo in general.

 

Our recent trip was more memorable with Nanay’s presence. It was her first international trip. We are so sure that she will not remember her vacation with us.
It’s true that the more the merrier. We enjoyed touring the zoo where we saw giant ferns, penguins, sea lions, of course the polar bear show. We waited for the feeding time of Sheba and Inuka, the very adorable polar bears.
Michelle’s favorites were the giraffes (where she danced to the tribal song), kangaroos, tram and playground at the zoo. This time our kids were able to take a bath in the playground fountain even if they don’t have swimsuits and some clothes for changing.
After exhausting all our energies, we rode the tram for another whole tour of the zoo before saying goodbye to the zoo. At the end of our journey, we ended up hungry, thirsty and tired but happy.

Earthworms! Experiments!

I can’t stand looking at earthworms. I can feel the hair on my skin standing. Whenever I see previews of documentaries about earthworms, I really would change the channel or close my eyes. And yaiks, other people took the challenge of eating earthworms alive! Well, people are created with different characteristics. I’m one of those who would not even touch any worm or else I would faint. If all the people in the world would have a phobia of some sort, phobia of worms and snakes, I belong to that group. Maybe I would take other challenges like sky diving than to have a photo with a snake on my neck or holding earthworms in my hands.

It’s true that when you are fearful of something, that fear would paralyze you in some ways. I remember when I was a child, I saw a small earthworm, as thin as a needle, passing my foot. I did not feel it but it made me freeze for minutes. I did not have the courage to remove it from my foot. I just let it pass. It was the longest 2 minutes ever!

Another encounter with earthworms was during one of the strongest typhoons, Laurence and I were walking along Ortigas, because of the heavy rains, earthworms were sliding down the road. Wheew! I screamed and I looked like dancing tinikling.

Well, homeschooling forced me to work with earthworms. I have no other choice but to do our experiment. Of course, with the assistance of other people. Thanks to my helper for digging the soil to get some worms. Again, wheew! the earthworms she got were so big and fat. With the help of Laurence (thanks Dad!), inspite of his busy hour (he has a meeting at 10am), the first trial was successful. We were supposed to do 10 trials but we were not successful in finishing it. Even if we just did 2 trials, we were convinced that God is really a great creator.

What we just want to prove in our experiment was that God created living things and He placed them in suitable environment best for them. Plants and animals they will grow and multiply in cold places, Others would be best suited in warm places. Like the earthworms, they don’t need much light, they would be more comfortable underground. When we put the earthworms on top of the soil, we timed how fast would they go underneath. They were fast. It’s their comfort zone!

Earthworms are useful in making plants healthy by what they do to the soil. They contribute in the balance of nature. That’s what Adrian contributed upon reading books about earthworms. So I said to myself, ‘Ok, fine.”

Since we were working on worms, my son cut the worms into two. Maybe he was just curious if the book is true that one way to reproduce worms is through regeneration. I just said to myself, Oh no! another worm. There will be more experiments to come but good thing my husband is very supportive.

 

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