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.

My Left Eye

My left eye has been bothering me for some time now. Last year, I went to get a pair of glasses hoping that it would improve my vision. Sadly, my vision became worse. I went to an ophthalmologist early May this year and was diagnosed as having posterior capsular cataract on my left eye.  I was stunned since I knew cataracts usually develop in the 60s but it is what it is. I went for a second opinion and the next ophthalmologist gave me the same diagnosis. So I scheduled the procedure and prayed that the Lord will be with me through out the procedure. Financially, I was relieved that our medical insurance will cover the expenses except for the lens. Grateful also that Philhealth approved and gave a certain amount as well.

During the entire procedure, I was awake. The doctor instructed me where to look and I just followed his instructions. While the procedure was on-going, sometimes, I get nervous and a bit hazy but I just kept repeating my favorite memory verses in my head. I was still nervous but knowing that the Lord was with me helped me calm down until the procedure was finished. 

It has been a week since my eye procedure and I can now see clearly with my left eye. I never realized that my eyesight was that bad until it was fixed. I remember telling my children that it’s like I’m looking at them through HD now when I was so used to looking at them through low definition images.

This experience has allowed me to understand what it means to look at things clearly – both literally and figuratively. Grateful that I went through the ordeal with the presence of the Lord in my life and my family’s support all the way.

International Museum Day @ Yuchengco Museum

May 18 is International Museum Day. For the past couple of years, we haven’t been able to visit any museums on this day but this year, we took advantage of the free entrance in celebration to this day.

We went to Yuchengco Museum in Makati City. We have been to Yuchengco a few years back but the children were quite young and don’t remember much from that trip.

From our recent trip, I learned that it is important to take our children to museums from time to time, even if it is the same museum. Here are some reasons:

  1. The perception of the children changes through the years. The way they think and appreciate art and history differs depending on their age.
  2. Museums give our children a glimpse of the past and give them opportunities to reflect on the past and the present and how the future could look like.
  3. Museum trips present an opportunity for our children to know that there is more to life than themselves. In our self-absorbed world, it is crucial to let our children know that they are a part of a big world and all that is happening around us.

    Here are some photos of our favorite paintings from the gallery.

There are many more museums that we should visit as a family and I am looking forward to more field trips with the family!

Mother’s Day Thoughts

This year marks my 14th year as a mom and it has been a journey filled with ups and downs but overall, I wouldn’t want it any other way. My heart is full and blessed with so many memories of my kids growing up right in front of me.

As I celebrate another mother’s day with my family, I would like to share with you these 2 important words about motherhood that has brought meaning and helped me navigate through this journey.

SURRENDER. Only when we surrender our children to God, will we ever mother them the best possible way. Our children are not ours and we are just assigned to nurture, love and guide them to become the person that God has created them to be.

SEASONS. Our journey as a mother will vary in the different seasons in life. Each season is as special as the other. Let us enjoy each one and make the most out of it. While the children are young, it might be physically tiring but as they grow, the challenges will differ and we might realize that it can become more emotionally draining. Each stage has its own beauty and difficulties – we need to have a perspective that embraces each season.

Praying for us all. May we continue to be the moms our children needs us to be.

My Artist

It has been awhile since I last posted art works of my daughter here. Kyla has been attending art classes under Teacher Lerma Julian of Life n Arts for the past 6 weeks. This is not new to her as she underwent training last year with her also for 6 sessions. But this time, she is receiving one on one instruction. She started with oil pastels, did self portrait using acrylic and now, she is doing oil painting.

I am blessed to see my daughter develop her passion for the arts, and also to have a mentor who believes in her talent. I pray that she will continue to use God’s gift in her life all for His glory!

photo source: Teacher Lerma Julian from Life n Arts