Battle of Manila Exhibit at Ayala Museum

My 5th grade student is currently studying about Philippine history particularly the Battle of Manila which happened 70 years ago. When I heard that Ayala Museum has a free exhibit at the 2nd floor until March 3, I tried to pass by last weekend while we were in Makati City already.

 

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Thank you to Ayala Museum for opening that 2nd floor to everyone so more people can appreciate and remember what has happened 70 years ago.

It was very informative and seeing all those pictures and exhibits made the war more real and made us appreciate the freedom we are enjoying now even more — than just by reading about it from the books.

 

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Raising Wise Dads, Moms and Kids Book Review

One of the books I read a few months back is Raising Wise Dads, Moms and Kids by Grace Shangkuan Koo published by Church Strengthening Ministry.

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It was one of those books which helps you reflect and evaluate your role as a parent and help you develop good habits to be a better and wiser parent to your children. It is a good book to revisit once in a while and to help assess your relationships with your family members.

The book is packed with wisdom and I would like to share 3 lessons I learned from this book.

1. Honoring your children means placing parenting as a top priority. As stated in the book: “Family crisis is a result of parenting by default, when parents do whatever comes naturally to themselves, influenced by cultural norms and traditions.” Instead of letting things just happen, we should treat parenting as a way to honor God and the lives he has entrusted us with. We should be intentional in our parenting, setting goals and action plans.

2. Parents who combine warmth and support with reinforcement of rules and use of sanctions when necessary are the ones who raise children who knows how to obey, become self-reliant and has internalized moral standards. Parents need to model obedience and consistency inside the house.

3. Parenting does not take away from us; it makes us better persons. Parenting is a commitment and the parents need to grow in order to lead their children in the right direction.

Questionnaires can be found at the end of each chapter to help you assess yourself and your children as well. Practical tips for every topic and personalized prayer to help you start your parenting journey.

There are many more truths you can discover from this book. Go and get your copy from Church Strengthening Minsitry and leading bookstores.

 

 

 

Zoomanity Group Christmas Gift Giving 2014 at Zoobic Safari and Zoocobia

We’ve been to Zoobic Safari a few years back. We enjoyed our family trip to this place. Naturally, children loves animals and I believe that they should be provided with a  safe and clean habitat. I am glad that the Zoomanity Group is taking this seriously. This is one of the reasons we loved our visit!

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This December 13, 2014, Zoomanity Group, is inviting everyone to experience and visit once again the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines.Experience the thrill of a close Tiger and Lion encounter, crocodile feeding, Zip Line, 4D realto and many more! There are new activities which will be launched by the end of 2014 or early 2015 that will surely amaze the youngsters and those young at heart.

As part of its advocacy, Zoomanity Group has a Christmas gift giving activity to indigent children. The upcoming event is a way of giving back to children who are not fortunate to visit zoos throughout the year. The gift giving activity will happen in four locations: Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zambales, Zoocobia in Clark, Pampanga, Residence Inn in Tagaytay & at Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite.

Make your Christmas season a memorable one! Visit any of the Zoomanity Group Zoos and enjoy the experience !

 

 

Babypalooza Bazaar

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I’ve featured Babypalooza Bazaar in the past and I am excited to let you know that on November 29, from 10 to 7pm,  there will be another Babypalooza Bazaar happening at the Walter Hogan Center in Ateneo de Manila University! This bazaar brings together a diverse group of sellers who will be showcasing unique and indispensable products, clothing and gear for babies, young kids and parents. The items include pre-loved (gently used) as well as brand new items. Visitors will also get a chance to bring home goodies and prizes from our event partners, like Huggies, Lactacyd Toddlertubs, Guard and Momble.

Sticking to their goal of being a family-friendly affair, Babypalooza will also provide special areas for play, relaxation, learning, diaper changing and fun. Mothers can nurse their babies at the Uyayi Philippines Breastfeeding Station, kids can have fun at the Little Bambushka Play Area.

The Great Leap Academy will once again join the festivities with more international programs to share with bazaar-goers and their families. Visit the Great Leap team at the Babypalooza Family Room to try out three of the best programs in the country! Babypalooza shoppers and trial class participants will also get a chance to win gift certificates and scholarships for the program of their choice! For inquiries, please send an email to thegreatleapacademy@gmail.com or call them at (0922) 883-0442.

Choose your preferred activity/ies below and send your details using this link: http://eepurl.com/7ADz1 on or before the 26th of November:

Mommy and Me by Little Ballet: This beginner Little Ballet class aims to teach young children to appreciate ballet with the help of one parent. Filled with half an hour of nursery rhymes and fun exercises, the Mommy and Me class is a class which both mom and child will surely enjoy!

Music Together by The Great Leap Academy: Music Together is the leading music and movement program in the US. Each 45-minute class is filled with musical experiences the whole family can enjoy and learn from.

Helen O’ Grady Developmental Drama: This unique program uses drama exercises and acting techniques to build creative thinking, performing arts skills and literary skills.  It also teaches students positive social skills, including effective team interaction, leadership, confidence and public speaking.

Since Christmas is just a few weeks away, Santa and his elf will be there from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to greet the kids, do photo sessions and listen to your Christmas wishes!

Entrance is FREE!

For more information, check out  www.facebook.com/babypalooza.com.ph.

 

KaHone, Discover the World in a Box

For our family, learning doesn’t just come from worksheets and textbooks but from experiments, researches and projects. That is why I am always on the lookout for fun and educational activities. I heard of KaHone  from The Learning Basket awhile back and have been fascinated with their monthly themed activity box!  Every box that one subscribes to already contains all the needed materials for 3-4 activities that a parent and child can do together!

KaHone turned 1 year old this month and they are celebrating with us with their November theme of “November’s Birthday and Me!” If you are wondering what sort of projects are included, check out the list :

Design your own birthday cake –

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Create your own growth chart –

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Assemble your personal time capsule

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A Balloon experiment –

A birthday surprise! –

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Isn’t it exciting? To double the fun, KaHone in partnership with Kesz and C3, brings to you a 1 for 1 birthday and Christmas giveaway!

Championing Community Children (C3) was borne out of an eight year old’s dream of creating change among street children.  And Kesz Valdez is our hero — at a young age, he has already committed himself to reaching out and empowering street children. He is Filipino awardee of the 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize, the first southeast Asian to receive such honor.

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During his birthday every December 26, Kesz gives out Hope Gifts to street kids.  These Hope Gifts are composed on slippers, toys, candies, clothing and basic personal hygiene items. This year, as KaHone celebrates their 1st birthday,  the KaHone team is joining Kesz and other C3 volunteers in giving out gifts to the street kids.

For every full priced single KaHone order (full or lite)* this November and December 2014, they will give a street child a KaHone of their own containing sanitary kit, school supplies, and a Jepoy Dyip book.
* including previous boxes

So if you are still thinking of fun Christmas gifts, why not order a Kahone box? With every box that you buy, you are making 2 children happy!!!

Note: This is not a sponsored post.