Manila Ocean Park

It was a field trip day for our family! Time for some hands on learning.  Last Friday, we braved the traffic and went to Manila Ocean Park. It was our first time and as we entered the venue, there were many people visiting as well.

We visited several of their attractions but I personally liked the Oceanarium as it featured many different sea creatures and showed the diverse corals that can be found in the our reefs.

They also have unique insects and crawling animals  in the World of Creepy Crawlies. There were many poisonous  frogs too!

We visited the Bird House and the Birds of Prey Kingdom where you can have a close encounter with the Lawin.

There were several other attractions that we visited like the Trails to Antartica where we saw penguins, the Shark and Ray Encouter where we were allowed to touch the Sting Rays. We also watched the Sea Lion Show before we went home.

This trip showed us the wonders of the ocean and the animals around us – a reminder that we need to be responsible users of the world’s resources as we share this earth with them.


For information about the rates and more details about Manila Ocean Park, check the Manila Ocean Park website.

Our Boracay Getaway at Fairways and Bluewater

I’ve been to Boracay but that was 16 years ago so I was pretty excited to go back. I was finally able to go back last month with my husband and my children.

Upon arriving at Kalibo, I immediately noticed that there were so many tourists in the province. We got a taxi from Southwest Travels that will bring us to the Caticlan port and shuttle towards Fairways and Bluewater. It took us an hour and a half to get to the port.  When we arrived at the Caticlan port, it was filled with tourists! But thankfully, the line didn’t take too long and we were able to ride our ferry soon. The ferry ride only took 10 minutes and we were finally in Boracay.

We rode a shuttle that took us to Fairways and Bluewater. Fairways and Bluewater has its own beach front and is found beyond station one. It is in Newcoast, Boracay.

When we got to Fairways, we were taken to Terraza Front Office to check-in. Fairways and Bluewater is a huge property, so getting familiar with the area is really a must. We were checked in to a junior suite in Margarita building and the room was truly spacious. We even had the golf course as the view of our own veranda!

The staff in Fairways and Bluewater are very courteous and helpful too. Every time we needed a shuttle to get from one place to the other, they were efficient and courteous to assist us.

We were able to dine at their different restaurants inside the resort which included La Terraza, Laguna Cafe and Veranda. The food was delicious and appetizing.

As for their amenities, we were satisfied with the 3 pools that we were able to visit out of the 6 pools inside the resort. The pools were clean and well maintained.

Our favorite was the infinity pool. It was truly breath-taking! We spent most of our time in that pool.

There was even a cabana where you can stay and order drinks and food. Truly relaxing!

We spent most of our time at the beach. It  was the family favorite.

The other amenities included golf, wellness facilities, cable car and zipline, water activities, non-motorized activities and motorized activities. If you want to go to D-Mall, they have hourly shuttle which will take you there and back to the resort too.

We went to D-Mall a couple of times to eat and to go to the beachfront and watch the sunset. Though the beach was filled with people, the sunset was absolutely amazing.

We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights at Fairways and Bluewater. We enjoyed our short getaway immensely. Though the place was fully booked, we didn’t really feel that it was.  It was refreshing to be by the beach and to be away from the usual activities that you need to do.  Can’t wait for our next getaway at Fairways & Bluewater in Boracay again.

Using Travel to Teach Life Lessons: Key Reasons to Take Your Kids with You on Trips

Traveling is not only a great way for kids to learn life lessons, it’s also a good way for them to pick up new skills, develop an appreciation for other people and other cultures and to expand their horizons.

An important thing to remember when you’re traveling with kids, make sure you have enough money to cover your expenses, even those unexpected ones. If you’re looking for a good value %APR credit card, consider the Citi Double Cash card. It is one of the few cards that offers cash back. What that means is that for every dollar you spend, you get 1 percent cash back. You can also get another 1 percent cash back on every dollar you pay off each month. This can be a great way to save money when you’re traveling.

The Importance of Travel for Kids

Here’s a rundown on why traveling the world is beneficial for young people.

  • Overcoming shyness: Travel encourages kids to question, meet new people and try new things whether it’s talking to other children in a new language, trying a new type of food or exploring a historic building, travel will bring shy kids out of their shell.


  • Boosting smartness: Get your kids involved in the planning of your trip, not only will this get them excited about the adventure, they will learn how to discuss and deduce facts as you go along. Let them explore maps and travel guides so they get a feel for your destination.


  • Improving independence: Even though young people’s independence is still limited, travel can teach them to be responsible for things like their luggage and their belongings. Let them pack their things (with your supervision), and choose which things are essential and which things they need for entertainment.


  • Accepting difference: When kids travel and are introduced to different cultural styles and people of different ethnicity, they begin to embrace difference rather than being prejudiced or maintaining cultural stereotypes. This makes them much more well-rounded individuals.


  • Understanding different beliefs: Travel allows children to understand and accept other religions and belief systems from an early age. It means that they are not afraid to ask questions and you can visit temples and churches of many different types wherever you travel.


  • Building relationships: One of the important things about traveling with your family is that it strengthens relationships. It encourages communication within the family group and facilitates discussions of new subjects.


  • Keeping the inner child alive: Kids grow up too fast these days. Traveling is a great ongoing adventure. That keeps the inner child alive. Forget the latest cell phone or video games, build sand castles on the beach, watch tigers on safari, go swimming with whales, and ride on the back of a camel. These are priceless experiences that will never be forgotten.

Take your kids traveling as often and to as many different places as you can. They will love you for it and will pass the travel bug on to their own families.

Anna Duffy writes about travel; from solo backpacking in your 20s, traveling with kids to help broaden their horizons, or seniors going on a first-time cruise.

Tiny Travellers: Helpful Tips for Taking Your Kids All Around Europe

Brexit looms over everything these days, but (apart from the exchange rate) there’s no reason why it should stop us taking our children to enjoy Europe. Indeed with an apparent rise in ‘staycations’ it may be a very good time to explore the riches that the continent has to offer.

Do the Homework

Europe is packed full of cultural riches. It is also a continent of many cultures and languages. Engage the children in choosing where you will go. It’s a great weapon against the ‘I never wanted to come here’ moan.

Once you’ve agreed where you are going, involve everyone in doing the research. If there are films or books set in your location, get watching and reading: the Charioteer’s Son for Rome, the exciting bits of the Odyssey for Greece, or whatever is age appropriate. There are great stories set in most of the countries of Europe. Then get planning what you would like to see in each location.

Manage the Money

Most of Europe uses the Euro, so your children can get used to the money easily – they may turn out better than you at doing the currency conversion sums.

Save money where possible on accommodation by self-catering, or even more by camping. European campsites can be very comfortable. If moving around a lot, try using hostels which often have family rooms.

Buy and prepare your own food as much as possible – experience the markets which are such a feature of life on the continent. Picnics are a great way to absorb the atmosphere while eating local food.

You don’t need to go to all the expensive sites. People watching is a major occupation for continentals, so get with the locals and do the same.

Adjust the Pace

Travelling with your children will be frustrating, so build the frustrations into the programme. Allow plenty of days with nothing much on, then if you miss a day you can take up the slack.

Indeed, frustrations can start on the first day at the airport, and airlines can be very bad at handling their disappointed flyers, as solicitors Bott & Co, who specialise in airline compensation cases, found in their recent care and assistance survey. So be prepared to adapt.

Face the fact that for a few years you are going to holiday at your children’s pace. Accept that you will not get to see all the art galleries and don’t feel guilty about it. So, you went to Parish and didn’t see the Mona Lisa – it will still be there next time.

A good idea is to allow each member of the family to set the agenda for the day. Today we go with Dad to the Archaeological Museum, tomorrow Sophie will take us to the Asterix Park. That way everyone gets to be both a driver and a passenger.


The more you engage all the family in planning the trip, the more they will all commit to sharing the enjoyment. The memories that you will bring back will be topics of mealtime conversations well into their adult years.

Daniel Lee has always had a passion for travel so when a job at his local travel agents came up, he jumped at the chance! A Dad himself with 2 boy’s and another on the way, he enjoys writing family related travel articles.

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A Glass of the Sea Exhibit

Recently, we saw A Glass of the Sea exhibit by The Mind Museum in Ayala Malls Solenad Nuvali. It is based on an expedition of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) in an effort to discover new marine life in the Verde Island Passage (VIP).


It is an interactive exhibit, where there are informative videos, educational games and hands on learning at certain times.

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I liked this game Sustainable Seafood Market game because I learned which seafood I should choose to buy in the market to protect Marine life.

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I also liked this shadow exhibit — it speaks so much of our trash has been doing to our ocean.

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This exhibit began February 1 and will last for 2 weeks. So if you are in the Nuvali area, don’t forget to drop by and let the children experience this exhibit!