Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dino Facts

    Dinasours Alive, an exhibit of ten moving dinasours with sound and light effects, has been in Davao City for a few days now, particularly at the Matina Town Square. I knew I had to take my boys because they love dinasours. They can name dinasours from A to Z having memorized from Dinasour ABC book. 

    We finally braved the heat today and took the boys to see the dinasours. Having read from Ira's blog that there is a family promo of 4+1, we also took my ten-year old cousin, Vince. The entrance fee is P250.00 and I only paid a thousand pesos for the five of us.

     The dinasours were fine. The sound effects were okay. We didn't witness any light effects as we were there at around two in the afternoon. The sound effects were kalat and loud. The boys got a bit scared.

     Here are some pictures of the dinasours on display. Sorry, I can't name them all. I will ask Aliq tomorrow and I shall edit.

Eto kilala ko, T-Rex. 

I know this one too. Velociraptor. 

I know this one. Triceratops.
       I am not really into dinasours so I busied myself with the dino facts that were all over the place. Am never too old to learn.They have fact sheets on each dinasour that is on display. Here's two. 

General Fact Sheets that I couldn't read. 
They were too far.

"Did You Know" posters all over the exhibit area. 

I hope some of them were PINK !

There's this silly sign. Takot sila mag-short circuit ang mga dino. 

       The exhibit is still on until tomorrow, April 29. If your kids love dinasours like mine, then go take them to this place because they will surely enjoy it. If your kids are not afraid of the dark, it's better to take them at night because they have light effect. The exhibit is open until 12MN. 

See yah!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Family Congress 2012

      You all know from here that I follow the blog of Kaye Catral named First Wives Club. I read from her blog that a group of women ( Maribel Dionisio, Rowie Matti and Fides Reyes )  has organized a marriage and parenting congress. It's called Family Congress 2012. How interesting. 

     The line up of talks, speakers and activities during this whole-day affair are as follows:

Morning : 
* Migrating and Managing the Digital World by Queena Lee-Chua, Ph.D.
* Handling the Bully and the Bullied by Honey Carandang, Ph.D.
* Built for Forever: Preparing Singles for a Lifetime Relationship by Rissa Singson-Kawpeng
* Teen Talk about Love, Sex, and Dating by Dan and Nabelle Caballes
* From Wellness to Wholeness (for adults 21 & up) by Harriet Hormillosa, M.A.   

* Being Friends Forever in Marriage: Learning the Art of Fighting by Allan Dionisio, M.D. and Maribel Dionisio, M.A.
* Teaching Parents to Talk to Kids & Teens about Crushes, Sex & Relationship by Michelle Alignay. M.A. and Aiza Tabayoyong
* Managing Teen Emotions by Obet Cabrillas
* Career, Relationship, and Life Plan for Singles by Pia Nazareno-Acevedo 
* Beyond the Tears: Griefwork by Cathy Babao-Guballa

     All registered participants get to choose one session in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Plus, all guests will also get to hear inspirational messages from Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle and motivational speaker, Francis Kong.

     Of course, I won't be able to attend this event because I am way down here in the South but I do wish that something like this would be organized here in Davao City. 

Note : Info and photos were grabbed from First Wives Club

LSS : All I Ask Of You

       Driving to work today, I decided not to turn on the radio and just sang the first song that comes to my head. Yes, I sing while driving ... but only when I am alone in the car. I love it. I live a good thirty-minutes away from where I work and I have a mini-concert. 

      This morning, I had a Broadway concert. I grew up with cassette tapes and cds of broadway musical soundtracks in my house so I am quite familiar with the songs.  The last song in my repertoire was All I Ask Of You from The Phantom Of The Opera. It's already mid-morning and I have long been in my desk but I cannot get the song out of my head. 

      Could this be a sign that I should watch Phantom of the Opera when they come to the Philippines this year?

       According to a recent article in The Philippine Star , "the world’s most successful and popular musical, and the longest-running show on Broadway will be staged in Manila for a strictly limited season from Aug. 25 to Oct. 14, at the CCP Main Theater."

     "Andrew Lloyd Webber’s critically-acclaimed masterpiece celebrated its 25th anniversary on the West End Stage last year, and continues to play to full houses nightly in London, New York and around the world. The Phantom Of The Opera has been seen by over 130 million people worldwide, in more than 27 countries, has won over 50 major theater awards, and has grossed more than $5.6B."

     "The Phantom Of The Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius known only as The Phantom who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerized by the talents and beauty of a young soprano — Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide."

     I truly hope that I get to watch this musical when they get here. For now, I shall content myself of watching the 2004 film version again. 

     I leave you with the lyrics of the song that's been in my head all morning. 

No more talk of darkness
Forget these wide-eyed fears
I'm here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you
Let me be your freedom
Let daylight dry your tears
I'm here, with you, beside you
To guard you and to guide you
Say you'll love me every waking moment
Turn my head with talk of summer time
Say you need me with you now and always
Promise me that all you say is true
That's all I ask of you
Let me be your shelter
Let me be your light
You're safe, no one will find you
Your fears are far behind you
All I want is freedom
A world with no more night
And you, always beside me
                       To hold me and to hide me[ Lyrics from: 
Then say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime
Let me lead you from your solitude
Say you need me with you here, beside you
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Christine, that's all I ask of you
Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime
Say the word and I will follow you
Share each day with me, each night, each morning
Say you love me
You know I do
Love me, that's all I ask of you.
(They kiss. Raoul lifts Christine off her feet, into his arms and holds her)
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Love me, that's all I ask of you


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

MV Logos Hope

         My two children and I are crazy about books. We consider National Bookstore our mall-heaven. It was such a lucky coincidence that MV Logos Hope, the world's largest floating book fair, was at berth in Subic during the time that we would be there. I just had to include a visit to the boat as part of our vacation itinerary. 

          The only concern I had about boarding the ship was that it was a book fair run and owned by the Christian charity organization GBA Ships and that the requisite 15-minute video upon entry to the ship may have evangelical tone. I don't want to confuse the little ones as they are ... well ... still little. 

          My good friend Maya has already visited the ship when it was in Manila and she assured me that  the video is no reason for worry and that while there are plenty of Christian books for sale, there are a whole lot of other books for me and my boys. According to a news article, the ship boasts of more than 5,000 titles. 

          Soon after arriving in Subic (even before we could go to our rented house), we went to the Pier and walked under the scorching heat of the summer sun from our cars to the ship.

My grandparents tagged along.

            Zayeed refused to walk and kept on saying "Baba, Baba", so the husband had to carry the little boy on his back. 

       Aliq was a bit hesitant at first because he was scared to go on-board. I had to carry him up and into the ship. Once inside, he forgot about his fears and went crazy over the books. 

Aliq chose sticker books and animal books.
Zayeed prefers alphabet and picture books.
Both my sisters swear they spent more than they should have. =)

           We had a wonderful time on board MV Logos Hope. The two boys went home with so much books. I don't know how much we spent because the husband paid for our purchases. Aliq, being the smart aleck that he is, would also put his books of choice in my Mom's and my sister's baskets. But as soon as his purchases were paid, he threw a tantrum and wanted to go down, excited to work on his sticker books. The play area distracted him while waiting for my mom and my sisters finish up with their book-shopping. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Home Away From Home

        Booking for a place to stay for a three-day two-night vacation in Subic during the peak season is not an easy task, especially that it's for a party of 9 adults and 2 toddlers and it's only a month away. 

         Lucky me, I found Ms. Ruby Jane P. Grueso of Subic Bahay in Olx. Transacting with her was a breeze, I give my full recommendation. I knew what I wanted, I wanted to rent a house in Subic, not hotel rooms but a fully-furnished house. As I was booking a bit late for my dates of choice, Ms. Ruby gave me only two options : a newly-renovated house that's nearer to the pool area or  one in a more quiet part of the neighborhood. I chose the latter as I was scared the former would still reek of paint. I was not disappointed. 

         Ms. Ruby emailed me the following photos of the house in Mindoro Loop, El Kabayo, SBMA, Subic :

House @ Mindoro Loop. Three Bedrooms. Two Bathrooms.

           I like the lay-out of the house. I am a fan of how Americans make efficient use of space. I am in love with the kitchen of this house. 

          Here are our pictures inside and outside the house, enjoying our home away from home:

I am in love with the red chair in the living room. 

            The houses in Mindoro Loop, unlike in other areas, are still in one color - white. They look spartan against the green background provided by the forest at the back. It's very reminiscent of the time when they were houses of American soldiers. It actually felt like I was in the set of the series The Unit.  

            And even if Mindoro Loop is at the end of the housing area, we felt very safe. We kept the doors tightly locked at night though. We're scared of monkeys. 

            Contact Ms. Ruby at Nos. 09175359188.