Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tips for Your Kid’s Kidzania Manila Visit

Neo was so fortunate to be able to visit Kidzania Manila during his educational tour.  As most people know, Kidzania is like a mini town that kids can work and earn.  They can also spend their earning in leisurely activities and training. 

Neo wearing Kidzania’s badge.

Kidzania is a place that parents would love to bring their kids to.  This place will teach little kids responsibility and perseverance.  We only visited Kidzania twice already (we visited again after the educational tour), and I am really sure we would go back again because my little boy was just so happy with our visit.

Now, let me share some tips to make your kid’s Kidzania visit more worthwhile.

·         If you will visit Kidzania frequently, apply for a Pazzport.  It cost Php250, but your kid will earn more Kidzoos if they “work” and use less Kidzoos if they “spend”.  Kidzoos is Kidzania’s currency.  Also, don’t forget to have your kids open a BPI Savings Account to save their Kidzoos.  This teaches them how to save. 

·         Only kids are allowed to fall in line to try the activities.  Parents or guardians are not allowed to fall in line or reserve a spot for their kids.  So ask your kids to try the activities with shorter line first, to maximize the visit.  But ensure that your kid try the activity they like most.  This will make the visit more meaningful for them.

·         Kidzania is huge.  It sits in a 14 hectare land at BGC, Taguig.  Get a map of Kidzania prior to entering as it can help you locate the activities you like to try.  The map can be quite confusing, so don’t forget to ask for directions.  Staffs of Kidzania are very helpful.

·         Eat before going inside.  Bringing food and drinks inside are not allowed at Kidzania Manila.  There are a lot of food kiosks inside, but just to be sure, eat before going in.  Some sell food pricier than they would sell it outside of Kidzania. 

·         Bring extra cash.  Parents are not allowed inside activity areas, though some activity areas allow parents to sit-in during some days.  You can take pictures of your kids doing the activity if the area has a glass wall, but otherwise, there are official photographers who take nice photos.  But the nice photos cost Php250 per print (and digital copies are free online within 7 days).

·         Don’t feel bad if your kids weren’t able to try all the activities.  Kidzania has more than 50 activities (the most I can calculate), and you will not be able to try them all in 4 hours as one activity can take up almost 30 minutes including waiting in line.  You can always go back, so don’t feel pressured to try every activity in one visit.

·         Let your kids enjoy the visit as much as they can during their visit.  Don’t push them into doing the activities you as a parent will enjoy.  This make-believe town is for them.  Some kids may not be fortunate to go back again because let’s face it; Kidzania’s entrance fee is not at all cheap.  So let your little ones enjoy every minute of the visit.

Parents, I encourage you to bring your kids to Kidzania.  Your kids will be happy, I assure you.  Create memories with them as you teach them how it is in the big world.  As a popular tagline says: Minsan lang sila maging bata.

Friday, February 17, 2017

My First Educational Tour As A Chaperone

When I was still studying, one of the highlights of any school year I attended is the Field Trip (or Educational Trip as it is called now).  This is the time when kids go out of the school ground and bond with their classmates.  I remember being excited as I count down the days remaining for the Field Trip.  I remember packing a lot of essentials, and non-essentials, like extra clothes and snacks.  I remember waking up so early on the Field Trip day (because I wasn’t able to sleep properly due to excitement).  Those whole day trips brought so many memories.

Our little Neo is already on his third academic year.  This year marks his second time to attend an Educational Trip.  His first time was last year and it was his Papa who accompanied him.  We didn’t allow him to join the Educational Trip on his first school  year at the Barangay Day Care.

When his school administrator announced that they were going to Kidzania for this year’s Educational Trip, I volunteered to join him.  I was more excited than Neo! J  All those things I remembered during my own Field Trip: counting the days, packing essentials, and waking up early for the day, are the things I did because I was just so excited.

This is my first time to be a chaperone in an Educational Trip.  We only went to three (3) locations within the Metro:  Pasig Rain Forest at Pasig, Philippines Science Centrum at Marikina, and Kidzania at Taguig.  But it was a whole day of fun.  Neo and I bonded during that day and I want to be able to join him in all his succeeding educational trips. 

As a chaperone and as a mom of course, I need to take charge.  I need to make sure to bring a lot of the following.

Food and Water – I initially didn’t want to bring packed lunch as I was thinking of eating at a fastfood restaurant.  The hubby and Ate Espie contradicted as it would mean Neo and I will have to beat the crowd for food, so Ate Espie packed lunch for us.  And good thing she did as during the trip we took lunch on the bus.  Our packed lunch and water didn’t go amiss.

Money – As this trip is already paid in advance, I didn’t expect to spend but I still did.  At Kidzania, Neo wanted to buy his photo taken by the official photographer.  As I don’t want to say no, my pocket money didn’t go amiss.

Extra Clothes and Towels – Extra clothes and towels are always handy.  And extra plastic bags for emergencies. 

Identifications and Health Cards – Once out, chaperones need to be extra vigilant.  Kids tend to be extra active when they are with each other.  Don’t forget to bring identification for you and your kid.  It is also advisable to put a small piece of paper in your kid’s pocket that has your name and contact details.  Health cards are also advisable.

Patience and Energy – Bring as much patience and energy as you can with you as a chaperone.  You will need it.

These are some of the things I bought with me as a chaperone.  All of them came in handy.  Hope it helps you if you’re planning to be a chaperone the educational trip of your kid.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Celebrate Love Month at The Manila Hotel

It’s the time of the year again when people are reminded to celebrate love.  Yes folks, it’s the love month again.  Do you have anything planned for your special someone?  If not, let me share to you what The Manila Hotel is offering this month of romance and maybe you may want to experience it for your own.

The Presidential Suite of The Manila Hotel.  Photo from The Manila Hotel.

The Manila Hotel is one of the country’s most prestigious hotels.  It took up the challenge to help make the love month even more exciting and more memorable by launching special offerings that will enable you to create beautiful memories with your love ones.  The Manila Hotel has partnered with different luxury brands such as Rolls-Royce, Airtaxi.ph, Jewelmer, Victoria's Secret, Christian Dior, Calligraffi Novelties, Jo Rubio, and Rachy Cuna in this endeavor.

There are several packages offered by The Manila Hotel for this month which can be seen here.  During the press launch, I was lucky enough to experience some of the things lovers can experience by booking the “Sky’s the Limit” package.  Let me show it to you.

The “Sky’s the Limit” package includes an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite of The Manila Hotel with His and Hers 24-hour butler attendant.

Presidential Suite Master’s Bedroom. 

The receiving area.  The Victoria’s Secret is part of the package. 

Jacuzzi overlooking Manila Bay. 

Hotel toiletries c/o Bvlgari. 

The package also includes a 15-minute helicopter ride around Manila Bay.  Where you can pop the question as this makes a perfect proposal setting. 

A five-course Chef’s table diner for two and His and Hers personalized wine glasses.  A harpist will also serenade you while dining.

Enjoy one-hour couple’s massage at the comforts of your own spa room inside the Presidential Suite.

Your very own spa room.

As a gift, the couple will receive the following: His and Hers cufflinks and stud earrings from Jewelmer, bespoke perfumes from Dior Parfums, made-to-measure His and Hers modern barong from Jo Rubio, romantic turn-down amenities from our skilled chocolatiers and a bouquet of Ecuadorian roses, and a photo opportunity with the Rolls-Royce car. 

Furthermore, a chauffeur-driven luxury car will be at the couple’s disposal and will take them to the hotel and to their home.

Now, you may be asking how much this package cost.  It’s Php1,000,000.00 nett per night from February 1 to 28, 2017.  But if this package is a little bit pricey for you, The Manila Hotel has come up with several packages for the love month.  You may visit their website for more information.

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