Ocean Park Penguin Show

I was so excited to go to Manila Ocean Park.  It was timely that I saw a discounted offer on one of those coupon sites, so I bought some.  We waited for a Holiday so that we could go with less traffic.

A penguin show was included in the voucher/coupon I bought.  I was thinking it would be tricks of penguins.  But no!  To our surprise, it was just a wall projection of a penguin!  If you’re familiar with Talking Tom on the iPad, it looks something like that.  I mean that’s how the penguin moves.

So if you’re expecting a real penguin in this show, it’s not!  Don’t keep your hopes up.  But in fairness, the kids in the audience were laughing so hard coz their nannies really laughing and appreciating the jokes.  But if you’re not into the slapstick type  of jokes, maybe this show isn’t for you.

Just to give you an idea, check out the photo below.


Penguin show.  It’s very interactive coz there’s a CCTV pointing towards the audience.  Then the penguin would talk to the audience since he could see everyone through the CCTV.  Although there were some jokes that were not appropriate for kids.


There you have it, our first penguin show experience 🙂

Extra Curricular Activities in Kinder – Too Soon???

My toddler wanted to try out gymnastics in her school so we attended a trial session.  To my surprise, it was no joke.  Nothing like what I expected at all.  It was the real thing and not like the kiddie gymnastics you have at Little Gym.

The session was 2 hours (which I thought was only an hour), first hour was basically stretching and warming up, then the 2nd hour was more on the bars, beam, trampoline, and floor exercises.

Stretching/warming up.  Just watching them doing these exercises made me tired.  Poor Chesca, she also didn’t know it was gonna be like this.  She kept running to me saying “mommy, I’m tired”, “Mommy, I’m hungry”, and “Mommy, I’m really tired.”

The first thing the coach made them do was run around the gym 6x.  On the 4th round, Chesca was slowing down and could see her tired.  This was right after her class which was  normally her nap time.  But then, she still finished it.  Was so proud she didn’t quit!

When it was time for the bars, she got excited.  It was what she liked about gymnastics.  Hanging on the bars, balancing on the beams, and doing forward rolls.  During this trial session, she actually already experienced hanging upside down, turning around the bars, and doing backward rolls.   So these people really mean business!  They’re not wasting any time!

So as I was observing the entire 2 hour trial session, I was asking myself if it would be good for Chesca to do this 1-2x a week, or if it was too early for her and just wait another year.  I wanted her to enjoy playing first and was even thinking of enrolling her in Little Gym again.

But when I asked her if she wanted to join this club or Little Gym, she chose her school’s gymnastics club.  Then I ask her, “But didn’t you say you got so tired? You can just do Little Gym on weekends”…and guess what she answered:  “But Mommy, you gotta try and try until you can do it, right?”

Oh My!  My baby is growing up too fast!!!

I have 3 more days to decide whether I’ll enroll her or not.  It’s good for her to do so coz she’ll learn discipline but then again, I’m thinking she might be too young for this kind of serious activity.

I guess I’ll just have to do more probing with her…wish me luck 🙂



Mommy Duties – Do your “homework”.

In teaching Chesca how to be independent, I had to make sure I was doing my part to help her achieve this.  Being in a big school, I learned she couldn’t depend on the teacher aides/manangs to help her in the comfort room all the time like she did in her pre-school.  There are times when students go to the comfort room together and there’s only 1 teacher aide to help all of them.  Of course in this scenario, not all kids are attended to.

So I decided to teach her to do things on her own even if she’s just 3 years old.

During our first PTC, I took advantage of knowing the parts of the classroom where she normally sits during eating time or  stays during activities (just to visualize whenever she tells me stories).  Then I also checked out their comfort room to see if it would be easy for a 3 year old to go inside by themselves.  I took pictures of different angles so that I could explain to her some reminders.

By checking out the bathroom, I learned that the sink on the other wall was higher than the others. So, I told Chesca not to use that when she washes her hands so she doesn’t have a difficult time reaching it and she won’t end up having water drip to her elbows and wetting her uniform.
Checked out the cubicles, locks, toilets, bidet, if they were child friendly. Tissue was only outside on top of the table so I had to tell Chesca that the first thing she’d do is to get tissue before she enters the cubicles and never to lock the door in case of an emergency.

After the reminders via pictures, we had the chance to actually practice the next day after school.

She showed me she had to get tissue first before entering the cubicle.


And how she could reach the sink and properly wash her hands.  She even said she won’t use the sink at the far end coz it’s too high for her and that it was for bigger kids.  I was so happy she remembered everything I said.

We as parents can only do so much.  But these little things do help a lot.

Till my next “big-school parent” discovery 🙂 …

Trying out the Sky Lantern

Happy New Year!!!  I know it’s so delayed but then again, it’s just in time for Chinese New Year!!! So, Kung Hei Fat Choi!!! 🙂

It’s been quite a while since I last posted anything.  So this 2012, I’ll try to post regularly regarding our so called Little Experiences 🙂


Anyway, let me move on to our Sky Lantern experience.  Since we’re not into fireworks, we decided to try out having sky lanterns fly last new year.  It was our first time to even try it out.  My brother helped us out as I din’t want to risk burning myself!

Best to have 2 people light the lantern to avoid any accidents. One to hold the lantern from the top, the other to hold and light the candle at the bottom.

You’ll need to hold the lantern for a few minutes until it gets hot before you could actually let go of it and let it fly on its own.

It was so interesting to actually see the lantern fly.  The kids had a great time watching it.

Close up of how the lantern looks inside.
The Lantern goes way up into the sky!
Kids trying to follow the Lantern...
You can actually see the lantern go way up for around 10 minutes.

I loved the kids’ reaction, which made me buy MORE lanterns!!!  Was able to buy them at cash cash pinoy for 375Php for 5 pieces.

Cheap thrills 🙂

Where did we go? – A Barbie fashion show Birthday Party

One Saturday, we went to our first Barbie Party.  Main event of the party was the fashion show and our little princess was able to participate.  The girls were so cute doing their walk on the runway.

Here are snaps of Chesca doing her thing.  (sorry, some blurry camera phone pics)

Kudos to the parents (Al & Tricia) of the celebrant (Caitlin). They organized such a one-of-a-kind, fun-filled (fun even for parents), creative birthday party.  They did it in their own home, I must applaud them for that…imagine, setting up and cleaning up after the party!?  Most parents I know would rather have it somewhere else so their house won’t be a mess.

The runway was done by Al (took him around 2 weeks and 2-3kPhp).  That’s what I call labor of love…such a supportive Papi (as Caitlin calls him).  Not all dads support all the “kakikayan” of their daughters.  And the decors, wow!…Tricia really put a lot of effort  filling her house with lovely decors and even made disco/mirror balls (check out pic#2).   Loved it!  Really sets the mood.

It suddenly made me think…Oh, no! when my girls turn 6, would they be as kikay as 6 year olds now or worse?  Guess I’ll just have to find out for myself.

We had a fabulous time.  Thanks to the Tan family for letting us experience this 🙂