Day at the (Mind) Museum

My friend (and Raviv’s Ninang) Light Manuel took Raviv to The Mind Museum a day before Mother’s Day. Randy and I have long planned to go to The Mind Museum. I (as MomsterTeacher) have received invitations to go there, but my schedule always gets in the way.

Then months ago, Light told me about being excited to “spoil Raviv for a whole day”, and that included a trip to The Mind Museum.

When I realized I’d be busy in May, I realized I’d take Light’s offer so that Ravivo could enjoy even if his parents were busy. And so finally it happened on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. I had classes at McKinley Hill in Taguig that day, and the plan was that our driver would bring Raviv to The Mind Museum (just at BGC) where Raviv would meet his Ninang Light.

Across The Mind Museum

On that day, I woke up really early. It was Yaya Beth’s dayoff, so I had to bathe and dress up Raviv by myself. Eh 6:30 dapat umalis na kami, because we were coming from Sta. Rosa and our classes start at 8. So at 5 a.m., I woke Raviv up—he has to bathe first before I do because if I bathed before he did, mababasa lang ako.

I: Raviv, wake-up na!
Raviv, easily waking up: Are we going to The Mind Museum today?
I: Yes it’s today!
Raviv, suddenly jumping up: Yehey, yehey, yehey!

Bathing and dressing him up were a breeze, because he was really looking forward to this day!

While I was teaching, Light contacted our driver and gave him instructions where to drop off Raviv.

During lunch break, I started to worry—pa’ano kung mapa-jebs si Raviv? Can Light handle it? Pa’ano sa escalator (because Light was planning to take Raviv to SM Aura as well)—kaya kaya ni Light si Raviv? Baka mahulog!!! And what if they cross a street and Raviv runs?!? Homaygahd!!!

But of course, I kept these things to myself and calmly texted Light.

Reading this, I didn’t calm down—I got giddy with excitement to hear about their day!

Raviv arrived just in time after my class. I hurried to the van to hear about his day.  Ito ang nadatnan ko:

Knocked-out ang bagets! I really, really wanted to wake him up, but I knew he must be sooo tired…he had been up since 5 a.m.!

Good thing that later that night, Ninang Light uploaded their photos while at The Mind Museum. With matching captions pa!

Here they are:

Raviv must have really loved this—recently, he has been obsessed with the solar system! I was really surprised when he recited all the planets from the Sun—in order! Promise!!! We didn’t ask him to memorize the planets—he’s just that passionate about them that’s why he memorized! And he even knows little facts and some trivia about each planet!

And of course, I could only imagine how amazed he was upon seeing these:

Since he was one, he has loved animals! He never tires of playing with his cheapipay rubber and plastic animal toys. And his most favorite among them all are dinosaurs! That’s why as young as two years old, he knew what fossils were! I guess that’s why he spent so much time here:

Ninang Light’s caption: “How I managed to end up with sand in my left shoe, was all thanks to explorer Raviv and his fossil digging frenzy.”

But my favorite posts of Ninang Light were these:

Read Ninang Light’s caption:

‘Di baaa? Remember when I shared with you my sadness over Raviv’s shyness? Well, he was in a strange place with several strangers, with a ninang he sees very rarely. But my oh my oh my! Apparently, my nerdy boy loses his inhibitions when it comes to science! #ManaSaTatay #PeterParkerAllTheWay Oh how I wish I were there to have seen the fire in his eyes (ooops, pun not intended. Seriously!)

Ninang Light’s caption: “Our little scientist is so serious, LOL.”

So I guess he also enjoyed these other science-y stuff:

But because he’s still a kid, he also had to explore the playground at The Mind Museum:

…and apparently made his Ninang enjoy the playground, too!

But Raviv isn’t all Randy—like his Nanay, he also likes giving names!

Ninang Light’s caption: “He named the fishes he caught Rusty, Dusty, and Melvin. I do not know where those names came from, LOL.

By the way, here’s another amusing kwento by Ninang Light:

Kaya pala when I saw him sleeping in the van, the bracelet was still intact:

Perhaps our toddler boy figured that Nanay & Tatay also want to go to The Mind Museum, and that we won’t have to worry about buying his ticket. LOL!

(But seriously, I hope Randy and I could also go there!)

And to further spoil Raviv, Ninang Light brought him to SM Aura…

Ninang Light’s caption: “Raviv pretending to play piano. He was amazed at the piano with keys moving but no piano player.”

This one’s amusing:

Hahaha! Actually, up to now, he’s convinced that Superman is inside that telephone box!


…to go to Toy Kingdom where he was made to choose any toy he liked! Light ended up buying him two toys that IMHO were both expensive!

Pero teka, ano itong hanash ni Ravivo?!? Look:

Until now, I have the same reaction…Whaaaat?!?!? Kaloka ang “no new clothes” mo, Anak! Just the day before that I shopped lots of new clothes for you!!!


Randy and I were truly touched by Light’s generosity. Neither Randy nor I am the “Marami ka nang utang sa inaanak mo” or “Pasalubong Ninang, ha.” type. Kahit pa-joke, we don’t say that. Honestly, we find it tacky. And we feel that’s an insult to Raviv’s natural charm (hehe). We don’t want Raviv’s godparents to ever feel they’re obligated to love our son, or to give him gifts. But when they do, we are super duper ultra mega grateful and happy. #ILoveEveryoneWhoLovesMySon

So, thank you Light for making Raviv very happy! I’ll make sure that Raviv never forgets your goodness to him. And I’ll make him promise he’ll take care of you when you grow old and alone.

JOKE LANG!!! You’re going to be cool mom, Light, I can tell. 😉  And a good wife, too! 😉

Familia Ladaga in Hong Kong Day 3: I Love Disneyland!!!

I sound like happy kid, no?

We spent two days on the “happiest place on Earth”, or in Hong Kong, for that matter.  I decided on this because I was told that one day was not enough to fully enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland.

On our third day in Hong Kong, we checked out of our hotel (Residence G) in Tsim Sha Tsui to go to Disneyland Hollywood Hotel where were supposed to spend our last night in Hong Kong.  We got a taxi to bring us there, because we could not afford to walk and transfer vehicles with our heavy luggage.


Disney’s Hollywood Hotel

When we arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, Randy was clearly overjoyed, because he hated our hotel at Tsim Sha Tsui (even though it’s Rank #20 out of 667 hotel in Hong Kong on Trip Advisor).



Pag pasok pa lang, positive na positive na ang ambiance!  The lobby smelled really good and has this happy and friendly atmosphere.



It’s unlike other high end hotels we’ve been that are either too “cold-looking” or too intimidating.  This one’s really grand yet cozy!  It was so nice that while I was checking us in, Randy was already taking pictures!



Hahaha!  Raviv was so happy that he was posing even when eating!


When we entered our bedroom, it was even more “WOW!”, because I got us the sea view room:



I’ll post more photos in later a post when I feature the hotels we stayed in.  But in case you miss it, I tell you:  Disneyland Hotel is in a league of its own, and definitely a must for families!
Anyway, after resting a bit and eating, we boarded a shuttle to Disneyland.  The free shuttle goes to the hotel every 5-15 minutes or so.



Here we were by the entrance:



Main Street USA

It was raining when we arrived at Disneyland.  Good thing I borrowed an umbrella from the concierge. 😉  But the rain failed to dampen the spirits of the people in Disneyland.  We arrived just a few minutes before the parade of Disney characters.  While waiting for the parade, I can’t help but marvel at the little, quaint town that looked as though it were lifted straight out of my fairy tale book!  I just loved, loved it!


Medieval village, cobblestone roads, quaint village shops and friendly people!
Things got even more exciting when everyone’s favourite Disney characters paraded!



After the parade, we went to see the other attractions.



Here are some of our photos at Tomorrowland:



Our first “ride” was at the Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters.  It’s a roller coaster ride where the thrill was not the fear of falling (thank God!) but was to help Buzz save the universe!  Hehe. I can’t really explain it, but what sets Disneyland apart are these “indoor” rides that are a feast for the eyes!



Buzz Lightyear, the endearing space ranger who refuses to believe that he is actually a toy, is out to save the universe, and he needs your help! Team up with Buzz Lightyear and spin your Star Cruisers 360 degrees while you fire hand-held laser cannons. Blast enemy targets and amass points. Compare your high score with other Space Rangers or go for a personal best. Climb up the Space Ranger ranks as your scores soar to astronomical heights each time you play. Save the galaxy from the Evil Emperor Zurg and wow your friends and family.…inspired by Disney‧Pixar’s Toy Story 2

It’s like being inside a video game!



Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #27: Raviv in Hong Kong (Sept. 22, 2014)

Walang kwenta ang title ko ‘no?  Hindi pangmatalino, LOL!

Anyway, I would have wanted the title to go something like it’s nice to be young and not know all the troubles hounding your parents, because as you may already know, boggang kamalasan ang inabot namin sa Hong Kong (whaaaat you haven’t heard yet?!?  HERE!)  But since it’s too wordy and I can’t think of a way for that to sound witty, I decided to stick to the boring title above.

Anywho, I realized that it’s been such long time since I last featured Raviv’s outfitey!  The last one was in April pa!  I guess it’s because RAviv really has no penchant to mowdel-mowdel, much to his nanny’s dismay.  Although I console myself with the fact that:

  1. Magkaka-baby girl din ako, and when that time comes, maghanda ang SM Kids’ Fashion, Gingersnaps, etc…at ang bank account namin.  Hehehe
  2. In the recesses of my mind, I don’t want Raviv to grow up vain or a metrosexual.  I honestly want him to be nonchalant about his natural good looks and natural flair in dressing up.  I want him to care more about manly (sports) and intellectual (books, debates) things.

But because he is still my baby and I still do not have a baby girl, wala siyang choice but to be my baby mow-del.

Here’s Raviv’s outfit of the day/wardrobe diary last week on our first day in Hong Kong:


  • polo shirt: Guess Kids
  • striped shorts: Levi’s
  • shoes: Florsheim Kids
  • hat: from a store at Festival Mall

I am very proud of my boy because despite that he woke up very early on this day (I just shook him and said, “Anak, wake up na because we’re now going to Hong Kong”, he sprang up and even allowed me to bathe him…at 3:30 a.m. ito ha!) and even if he somehow sensed how stressed we were, he was behaved.  Behaved, as in he was not throwing tantrums (but not behaved as in he does not move…asa pa tayo kay Raviv!)  He just bore and grinned when we were running circles looking for places.  Anyway, part of his being relaxed I guess is the fact that he was in his stroller.  I tell you, a stroller in Hong Kong is a must!  Imagine na lang if Raviv was also walking during the two hours we were looking for that darn “Citybus Service Centre” ‘di ba?!?

Lemme show you more of his pictures at Madame Tussuads.  You would notice that it isn’t that many—that’s because at first, he was scared of the wax figures.  I would have wanted him to stand between and against the Brangelina wax figure para kunwari anak soya hung dalawa, but he was scared.

Later, however, we persuaded him to get “inside this Rembrandt painting”:

Look at that smile!  There was even another Chinese tourist who took photo of him and Randy, and in her rusty English, told me that Raviv was so cute.


Then little by little, we were able to remove his fear of the wax figures.  Pa’ano?  By checking out the wax figures’…

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Wardrobe Diary #61 (Hong Kong Trip Day 1): Hobnobbing With Celebrities (Sept. 22, 2014)

If you have read my previous post, you already know how depressing this day went.  But since I’ve already poured out my emotions on that blog post, I want to focus on the good side of this day.

Because on this day, I hobnobbed with my fellow celebrities.  Take note:  celebritiES, plural.  And not just starlets but true-blue celebrities.  So buti na lang hindi masyadong halata ang pagka-haggardous versoza and stressed drilon ko!
Here’s my outfit of the day/wardrobe diary on our first day in Hong Kong when I met celebs:
  • white dress: ukay
  • gold ballet flats: Yosi Samra 
  • red leather bag:  Balenciaga City

At NAIA, I already saw a reporter with a cameraman…inaabangan ata ako, LOL!  Later, I saw Marian Rivera and her posse in the same terminal as we were.  She’s really pretty and her skin was immaculate.  I took photos of her using my smartphone, pero alam naman natin kung among nangyari sa smartphone ko ‘di ba?  Hayst.  Normally, I’d feel super ugly whenever I see celebs in the flesh, but on that day, I didn’t.  Of course, Marian was drop dead gorgeous but I must say I didn’t look so bad, partida at puyat pa ako n’yan!  In fact, look at what my normally later BFF commented on my photo:


  Zoom natin ha?



So anyway, after Marian Rivera, I advanced on to Hollywood superstars, icons and sports stars in the afternoon.  I literally rubbed elbows with them.  Don’t wanna believe me?
MomsterTeacher giving Prince Charles pointers on how to improve the economic situation of UK… 😉
Then I told Führer Hitler how bad the Holocaust was, but if he insists on being a Nazi, there was a good kind of Nazi…a grammar Nazi!
Heil good grammar!!!!

At nagpaka-deep din ako with Gandhi…we were talking about…life.  Hehe

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Familia Ladaga in Hong Kong Day 1: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Helllloooooo! I’m really excited to blog again, yet also sad because I would have to relieve the kamalasan that we had in Hong Kong. 🙁

Pre-Departure Jitters

The night before our flight to Hong Kong, I was not able to sleep well because I was panicking about our itinerary.  I was looking for more places to visit aside from what I had in mind (The Peak, Disneyland, Ocean Park & Avenue of Stars).  Actually, ganyan talaga ako when I know I need to be up early—mas napupuyat ako being stressed that I need to wake up early!

I am still up. Good luck sa paggising ng 3am at sa busy day. Waaah!!!

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As I explored where to go and how to go about places in Hong Kong, I saw a promo on the website of Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong:

Since it was cheaper, gow gow gow agad ako!  I also saw that the The Peak Tram will be under maintenance on the 23rd of September.  That means we have to be there on our first day in HK, since the 24th and the 25th were off limits because I have already reserved a room and a two-day pass to Disneyland.  Again, I felt like it was a moment of victory for me.  Kebs na that I was only able to rest at 12:30 am and that I had to be up at 3:30 a.m. —basta nakatipid ako at makakasakay kami ng The Peak Tram!

At 4:30 we were already in our van and leaving.  Then about a kilometer from our house, I said:  “Aaaaaaack ang cellphone ko!”  I left my phone on our bed because I was supposed to charge it while I was taking a bath, because I used up its battery the previous night researching about Hong Kong (kasi naman nawala pa ang iPad ko…).  So we returned for it.  That was the first kamalasan (but this was supposedly a blessing in disguise…you’ll find out later).

Imbyerna 1:  Excess Baggage?!?

When we checked in our baggage, the Philippine Airlines ground stewardess said that our baggage was overweight because it weighed 24 kilos.  What the?!?  E tig-20 kaming tatlo, so 60 kilos dapat ang limit namin.  I told the stewardess that, and she insisted 20 raw talaga.  Hindi ako pumayag.  Then she told me that each luggage should not exceed 20 kilos, so if I wanted to fight for my 60 kilos baggage allowance, our family must have more than one bag.  Good thing I was a Girl Scout (from elementary to first year high school), I came prepared:  I packed empty weekend totes in our trolley maleta!  So I just got one of them and threw in some of our stuff there, and voila, no more excess baggage!  I just hoped that the ground stewardess mentioned/clarified/suggested that I stash our other stuff into another bag to avoid excess baggage at the onset.  If I were not outspoken and was just timid, I might have paid for the “excess baggage”.

An Encounter with Marian Rivera!!!

While at the airport, I saw a familiar face.

I: Uy, parang nanay ‘yan ni Marian Rivera.
Randy:  Pati ba naman nanay ni Marian kilala mo?
I:  Kasi ‘di ba fina-follow ko si Marian sa IG?  Eh pino-post niya picture ng Nanay n’ya.

 And then after just a while, I saw Marian in all her glory.  Tunay siyang maganda, in fairness. 🙂

During boarding, we joined the long queue.  We were almost at the tail of the line because we did not line up right away.  Then, a nice man told us that there is a separate line for babies/toddlers on a stroller and their companions.  We thanked the man and left.  Ang Randy, nagkamali ng siningitan na linya.  At alam ninyo sino’ng ni-cut sa line?  Si Marian!  I excused us and apologized, but Marian said it was OK (though I said that we will really go to the kids’ line).  So ladies and gentlemen, I officially declare that Marian is nice.  She and her entourage were in front of us in the tube, and I took photos of her walking.  Asan ang pictures?  Mamaya na. 😉

We were on the same flight as Marian and her entourage…apparently bridal shower niya pala sa Hong Kong


Imbyerna 2: The Cab Drivergrrrrrrrr

We arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport at around 10 a.m.

Randy asked how to get to our hotel, Residence G (Hotel G) at Tsim Sha Tsui.  We could take the bus or the MTR (train), but either of them would entail lots of walking.  In the end, Randy opted to get a taxi.  We were told that taxi from airport to the Tsim Sha Tsui area would be around HK$ 215 (about Php1,200).  It was a lot more expensive than if we ride a bus or MTR, but Randy thought it was worth it.  There was a dispatcher in the airport who got us a cab and gave us a slip of paper.  Randy handed the piece of paper to the taxi driver when we rode without reading what was written on it.  Honestly, hindi ko bet ‘yung driver kasi puro tattoo.  Call me judgmental (and yeah, I know wala sa tattoo ang ugali ng tao, blah blah), but that’s what I felt.  But because hindi ko pinairal in an obvious manner ang pagka-judgmental ko, gora lang.  My distrust for our tattooed driver heightened when it seemed like he was tinkering his mobile phone while driving.  And then I noticed that at the back of the passenger seat was an octopus USB cable.  I was delighted because my phone battery was running low.  I asked the cab driver whether I could charge my phone, and he said it was OK.  Natuwa naman ako.

Then we arrived at our hotel.  The taxi meter read  HK$ 200+++, but the taxi driver was asking for HK$390+++ because of the toll fee. OK fine.

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A Weekend in Cebu

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I’m down with a serious case of coughs, and the only consolation I’m looking forward to is that the “explosions” would be like crunches to help tighten my ever expanding midsection.  In short, I hope that in its own teeny, tiny way, my coughing would help me lose weight.  Because, my goodness, I’m gaining so much weight again.  Waaah!

Anyway, as you may already know, I was in Cebu during the weekend sans my boys.  Irvin and I went there for Brain Train’s Intensive ACET and DLSUCET Review.

We left on Friday morning, because prior to going to the airport, I took care of two more tasks.  First, I went to White Label Bridal on Yakal St. in Makati.  My friend Irvin is getting married in November and I am one of the bride’s maids (I have just emailed them my gown pegs and I’m so excited about them!  Thus I really need to lose weight!)  Next, I went to the office of Maid Provider to return a yaya and get a new one.  Raviv’s most previous yaya (Yaya Gigi has already left…it’s a bit saddening, but I’m more thankful because, gravity, sumasakit talaga ang ulo namin sa pagiging malilimutin n’ya!)  The first yaya I got was OK at first, but after a few days she started to get weird.  I heard from our other new helpers and Yaya Isay that they saw her hitting and shouting at Raviv.  Of course, I can’t have that.  So I called the maid agency and told them I’ll be replacing the yaya.  Thankfully, the new yaya I got seems nice.  She speaks English a lot (o diva?!)  and used to work as a teacher’s aid at a toddler school.  Raviv seems keen on her.  That’s great, of course.

Anyway, Irvin and I arrived in Cebu at around 3 p.m.  Irvin’s friend picked us up from the airport and brought us to our hotel.  We rested a bit and then proceeded to Ayala Mall at 6 p.m., because Allan and Karen Medalla—Brain Train Cebu’s franchisees—treated us to dinner.  We had a nice chat over a delectable set of food at Chikaan.

Dinner at Chikaan sa Cebu in Ayala Mall

After dinner with the Medallas, we were picked up Jessie.  Jessie was a colleague when both of us worked at Tanggol Kalikasan, an environmental law office.  He was one of my closest friends there, even though he was assigned in Pangasinan while I was assigned in Quezon Province and Quezon City.  He and Atty. Nelia Lagura (now Prieto) would graciously host my stay in Pangasinan whenever I was there.  The last time I saw him was in 2005 pa—almost a decade ago.  So when we saw each other again, it was chikahan galore.  We greeted each other with shouts of “Mama Jessie!!!” and “Oy Mama Dewmaine!!!”

And then kumustahan.

I:  San ka na work ngayon, Jess?
Jessie: Provincial Manager ako ni Cong. *****
I:  E si Mama Nelia, saan na?
Jessie:  Hay ang lola mo, lawyer sa Office of the Ombudsman ditto sa Cebu!
I:  Ano sya dun?
Jessie:  Aba ang Lola Nelia natin ay Graft Investigator na!!!  Sabi ko nga sa kanya, “Huy Nels, ‘wag mo kaming imbestigahan ha!”


LOLS!  Typical Jessie.  We further our chika over coffee and green tea latte at Starbucks at IT Park.



The following day was Day 1 of the Brain Train Intensive ACET and DLSUCET Review in Cebu.  Our host school was Sacred Heart – Ateneo de Cebu.  That same day was card giving at this school, and there were lotsa parents.  One thing I noticed was that there were so many fashionable moms carrying to-die-for bags.  If only I were not shy, I’d have taken snapshots of the fasyon moms. 😉

Anyway, most of the Cebu kids were sweet, and gwapo ug gwapa pud!

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Familia Brain Train Goes to Punta Fuego!

Hallooo!  I am excited for this post, because this would rekindle the memories I have in this fun outing with people dear to me.  This is also some sort of a review of Club Punta Fuego.

Recently, our post-summer outing pushed through.  It was a very special outing, because we all thought it was never gonna happen, what with our internal problems.  But as I said on a previous post, thank God things were resolved.

At first, we were targeting Amansinaya Mountain Resort.  But because of the negative reviews on Trip Advisor, we hurriedly looked for a new destination a few days before the outing.

amansinaya negative review

amansinaya bad reviewThe fact that the toilets are untidy and that water is scarce is a big turn-off!

And wouldn’t you know it, Punta Fuego was available! The entrance fee (inclusive of welcome drinks, lunch, and use of swimming pools) to this exclusive resort was also affordable.

Before heading to Punta Fuego, we first had our annual/traditional photo ops in front of the latest Brain Train UPCAT Passers tarp:


Travel to Punta Fuego from Los Banos took more then two hours.  But we almost did not notice the time because with us in the van were the Clingy Friends: Pau, Patty, Sargei, Mark, Abe and their “amuyong”, Jhabs.  On the road we played Taboo (you can download an app on Android!  Ang fun!) and other mind games.

20140624_062406You just gotta love the Clingy Friends!

And finally after two hours, we have arrived!

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Of course, the first activity waspicture-taking!

Familia Brain Train 2014sayang may mga hindi nakapunta!

After registering, we got a cabana and each clique did their thing muna.

20140624_101258The Clingy Friends “shadow-bathing” at Punta Fuego Winking smile

For Randy and me, that meant family time…

Happiness. ♥

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Raviv was soooo excited about playing by the shorelines of Punta Fuego!  Of course, Randy was ever so supportive.

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After some time, we congregated by the shoreline and had more photo ops.  First, we had a group jumpshot:



Then, we had picture-taking by “department”.

Here’s the Science Department:

Demure-demure ang Science Department!

Now here’s the Math Department:

The Math Departmentat ang abs ni Engr. Marco Lao.  LOL!

Aaaaaaaaaanddd!!!  Of course, here’s the English Department.  Take a look at how bongga our department photos are:

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Raviv Turns Two in Subic! (Part 3: Ocean Adventure Secrets Revealed + Review)

continued from Raviv Turns Two in Subic Part 2

If you’re planning to visit Ocean Adventure and get the most out of it, read this.  Fully.  I regret not researching before going.

Ocean Adventure

Ocean Adventure

Where to go?

The lady who gave us tickets failed to give us the piece of paper containing the itinerary and schedules of the four main shows.  So when we entered, we didn’t know where to go.  We were told that there were two ongoing shows–Walk on the Wild Side and Sea Lion Marine Patrol–and were berated why we didn’t have the itinerary.  Since we were nearer the venue where the Walk on the Wild Side was being shown, we literally ran to the amphitheater.  The show was already ongoing, and an Aeta was on stage teaching jungle survival.  We figured the kids won’t like it, so we left the place and decided to watch the sea lion show.  Again, we ran like crazy because the two venues were far apart.

The secret of the Sea Lion Marine Patrol “volunteer”

When we got to the Sea Lion Theater where the Sea Lion Marine Patrol was being shown, it was super full.  We were seated at the topmost, back-most portion.  Kung sine ang pinapanood namin, we got the best seats.  Kaso hindi eh.  🙁  These were the least coveted seats.

Sealion Show at Ocean Adventure

Sealion Show at Ocean Adventure

The show was entertaining.  They even asked a volunteer.  I was egging Randy to volunteer (I would have if not for the fact that I was wearing heels and a dress).  Then they chose one male from the audience.  Which we later found out was not really a guest but an employee of Ocean Adventure.  So don’t get your hopes up that you’ll be chosen.  Luto ang laban!

After the show you could have your photo taken with the sea lion for a fee (note; for a fee and  NOT for fRee).  We wanted to but we would have been 5th in line, eh we wanted to get good seats to the Dolphin Friends Show.  We said we’ll just return.  And so we ran again to the amphitheater where we could watch the Dolphin Friends Show.  Dad even put Raviv on his shoulders so we could hurry, and we sent Yaya Margie to go ahead to reserve us good seats.

I love dolphins!

Despite our maximum speed sprint to the amphitheater, we still ended up at the topmost portion–parang ‘yung sa Sealion Show seats din.  🙁  Nevertheless, I had so much fun watching the ah-mah-zing marine mammals’ show!  Sobrang kakatuwa when these marine mammals do backflips, or when they suddenly shoot from out of the water!  I tell you, it’s a sight to see!

dolphin and whale show at ocean adventure

dolphin and whale show at ocean adventure

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Another EKsiting Evening at Enchanted Kingdom

I had another magical time at the Enchanted Kingdom one Sunday early this year.  Remember when I swore to return to EK with my man and my boy?  Well it has already happened!  Familia Ladaga was joined by some Brain Train teachers and staff.  Too bad the others had emergencies and were not able to come with us.

Team Brain Train at Enchanted Kingdom parking

Team Brain Train at Enchanted Kingdom parking

Of course, group picture muna sa parking lot. J

Raviv’s entrance was no longer free.  On the positive side, it’s because he’s tall.

Raviv is a big boy now!

Raviv is a big boy now!

As soon as we entered the park we saw Eldar and Princess.  Of course, I joined the mob so Raviv would have a picture beside them.  Raviv was saying Eldar was Santa Claus, hehe.

with eldar and the EK princess

with eldar and the EK princess

…and some characters

team BT in Enchanted Kingdom

Cue in the queues!

On a sad and disappointing note, there were too many people in the park that day.  Super!  It took our companions (Raviv’s Nonong Irvin, Tito Pau and Tito Sargei) more or less an hour (I may exaggerate  things a bit sometimes but not this time) just to be able to ride the Space Shuttle!  After their ride they have already memorized the continuous chant spiel coming from the nearby Eldar’s Tent (again, no exag).

The same fate happened to my mag-ama in their quest to ride the Swan Lake.  So when, FINALLY!!! they were aboard, I took pictures like crazy.

swan lake

swan lake

3D vs 4D:  And the winner is….

Afterward we went around looking for an attraction where there was no queue.  And then we saw the 4D Theater.  There was no line because an additional P50(?) had to be paid on top of the ticket one has to buy to gain admission (but our tickets were free so OK lang).

Showing on 4D was a Looney Tune cartoon featuring Wil E. Coyote and Roadrunner.  Raviv came with us and got scared or irritated with the air that was part of the 4D experience.  Haha.

inside the 4D theater

inside the 4D theater

Next we went to Rialto.  We had to fall in line and wait for 20 minutes or so because entrance to Rialto was free.  Sadly, Raviv cannot come with us.  Since Yaya Isay has already experienced Rialto, she volunteered to take Raviv with her to go to the kiddie rides while we enjoyed Rialto.

Rialto (3D)

Rialto (3D)

Rialto, although only 3D, was definitely better than the 4D.  Clips from The Polar Express were shown, and Randy and the other first-timers immensely enjoyed.  Nonong Irvin and I, however, were a tad disappointed because we saw clips from Journey to the Center of the Earth on our previous EK visit and it was waaaaay more exciting.  I really had to take off my glasses because I got scared like crazy and I wanted to remind myself I was just sitting on a moving chair.

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Raviv Turns Two in Subic! (Part 1: Zoobic Safari Review + Kwento)

Another jungle birthday for Raviv!

Last year, Raviv celebrated his first birthday with a full blast jungle safari-themed party.  This year, he had a simple circus-themed pre-birthday bash at school.  Pre-birthday because his real birthday falls the day after Christmas when most people are still on vacation.  Thus Randy and I decided to celebrate our unico hijo‘s birthday in Subic.  Subic was perfect because my parents came over for the holidays, and they still haven’t really toured Subic.  Even more perfect because Raviv loooooves animals so so so much, and Subic has both land and marine animal showcases!  Ergo parang jungle birthday uli, ‘yun nga lang real animals na this time!

Stopover at WIN

When we arrived in Subic in the morning of December 26, we had a quick stopover at the Wildlife in Need (WIN) headquarters.  We did because Randy was nostalgic–one of his first jobs was to catalogue the fauna in the forests of Subic.  The present headquarters of WIN was once his team’s headquarters.  The WIN HQ had some animals around, which the kids enjoyed looking at.

Wildlife in Need HQ

Wildlife in Need HQ

Then we proceeded to Zoobic Safari.

on the road to zoobic safari

on the road to Zoobic Safari

zoobic safari attractions and activities

Zoobic safari attractions and activities

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