Feb 28, 2013

Things to Do At Paradizoo Farm #1-3


 In this part of the world, it's summer once again. And summer means field trips, family vacations and outings. One of the more popular destinations for people living in Manila and surrounding provinces is Tagaytay for its cool, crisp, clean air and breathtaking view of the Taal Lake.

Near Tagaytay is the town of Mendez which is home to Paradizoo Farm. Paradizoo Farm is one of the theme farms of the Zoomanity group (Zoobic Zafari is one of the other theme farms), and as the name implies, it is a mini-zoo and a farm in one. It has vegetable gardens, lots of farm animals, a honeybee house, a pet columbarium called Noah's Ark, a butterfly garden and lots and lots of trees and flowers. We are fortunate to be able to visit the farm during my eldest's field trip last November. It's a good place for kids to learn more about animals and nature. So, if you're in Manila and just a few hours drive away, why not drop by. 

What are the things you can do at the Paradizoo Farm?

#1: Milk the goats. 

You can find many breeds of goats and sheeps at Paradizoo Farm. They're in an separate enclosures with their breed names posted on the wall together with their description. 

If you've lived in the city all your life and your kid has never seen farm animals except in pictures, in TV, movies and on the net, he/she will have an awesome time milking the goats. Just take a look at these happy faces. Don't forget to wash hands and bring alcohol.

#2: Visit the Butterfly Garden. 

The  butterfly garden is not that large, but you'll see the butterflies all right. The kids were given a lecture on the life cycle and metamorphosis of the butterfly. I love butterflies and I love this part of the Paradizoo Farm but I have nothing to show for it except for this photo below, because my camera failed me again. :( Lesson learned.

#3. Check out the veggies at their Vegetable Garden

My heart skipped a beat seeing their vegetable garden.  As far as I know, they do organic farming. At their website, it is said that visitors can pick vegetables from the garden, but we're not able to do that because of the time limitations, I guess, of the field trip. And even if we're allowed, the veggies are not yet fully grown that time, not ready for picking. I borrowed these photos from my other blog. :)

Fresh produce from the farm:

We'll do a second post of things to do at Paradizoo Farm next week. I'm a certified farm girl so that's why I love this place. I've always dreamt of having my own farm in my father's hometown. 

I also would like to commend the staff at Paradizoo Farm who gave me meds for migraine while I was there. I was merely asking if they had some meds for sale at the store  and she took me to the office and gave me some meds for free. Great customer service.

Feb 22, 2013

A Glimpse of Me: Longing for Paris

When I was in high school, we had a project on World History. We were asked to report, complete with pictures and graphics, about the history and geography of France. And so, that was the start of my lifelong dream of visiting Paris and of living in one of those luxury paris apartments, to see The Louvre and its glass pyramid and all of its paintings, to visit the Notre Dame of Paris and the Museum of Natural History. I worked hard on that project so that my classmates would see the beauty that I was only seeing in pictures. I rummaged through my older brother's stash of National Geographic magazines and travel magazines. Yeah, I cut all of the pages up with images of Paris and pasted them on a cartolina to make a very large poster. Our team got the highest grade and I almost got a beating from my brother. But it was so worth it. What can I say, I was young and foolish.

Now that I'm older, I am still fascinated with the city of Paris. I haven't lost hope that someday, in this lifetime, I'll be able to set foot on of the most romantic city in the world. Someday, when the kids are older and hubby and I have retired, who knows, we'll find our way to Paris. 

Feb 17, 2013

Face Masks, Foil and Feathers on Field Demo Day


It had been a totally busy week for me. I was not able to post anything at all on this blog and missed my favorite memes. I'm not gonna try to catch up because it's already Sunday now. What I'll do is dedicate this post for next week's edition of all of these memes. And, of course, this post is also for Color connection. 

Happy thoughts, first! Eldest's Field Demo Day was Monday of last week (Sorry, I said field day the last time, that created a confusion). The other moms and I stayed awake overnight Sunday morning through Monday morning making costumes for the kids. I got a massive migraine all throughout those 24 hours and was barely functioning before the end of it. Foil and double-sided tapes were the tools of that day.

But we were happy with the result. We made the upper and lower Egyptian garments made out gold, red, silver and green foil. We did not make the face masks. Each child made one of his/her own. And that's good because each mask was unique. And their dance number was really colorful.

 the banner for their "grand entrance". 

 The kids while their preparing to go center stage. 

The dance number
 That's Basti. The white face mask was no more. I covered the whole mask with double-sided tape and sprinkled gold glitters on one side and red glitters on the other side, and put those feathers on the side using glue stick and glue gun.

they got the FIRST place!

Now some additional not-so-happy thoughts:
I've missed ABC Wednesday Letter E edition. So, let me segue briefly and make a confession here. I think, consciously, I Evaded the letter E post. It's been a week now since I finally got the EEG Exam result and the ECG exam result of my eldest. The ECG result was good. The EEG result was not. I wish I can share with you what it's about but the news is still so fresh and I'm still hurting from the knowledge, that I can't even write about it yet. Ironic, isn't it? I can make a whole long post about something that starts with the letter E but didn't. Can't. I could have written about all the photos I took at the hospital of the Elevator and the Entrance and Exit signs and Emergency section, but those seems so irrelevant and so unimportant compared to the big E that we're facing right now. Don't worry guys, whatever it is, we can face it and we can endure - me as a mom and us as a family. Everything's still great, no matter what. 

I hope everyone's having a great week!

Choosing The Right Guitar

The plan for getting Basti a guitar is becoming more and more of a possibility as summer draws near. My goal this summer is to introduce the kids to new activities that do not include a remote or a mouse. :D Good luck to me. As much as I want to, I cannot enroll them to a sports clinic this summer. First, because of  budget constraint and second, because Basti's shouldn't engage so much in physical activities, as per doctor's advice. Why? Uhm, that would be another topic on another post. Can't talk about that now.

 Anyway, this summer, I'm thinking of starting him on reading mystery books. Right now, he's only reading comic books and his favorite K-Zone from cover to cover. Also, I'd have to research online for art projects and science projects that we can do. The two younger tots are showing great interest in this kind of things.

And of course, I'd like Basti to be able to learn how to play the guitar. But the thing is, I don't know how to pick a good guitar for someone who's just starting out. Of course, I would want something durable, because I'm sure the two younger ones would want to play with it also. I want something with durable strings, like those exquisite Martin guitar strings on it. Another factor that I need to look at is the fit, it has to be something that would be comfortable to use. Color and design would be another consideration. The more beautiful your guitar, the cooler you look, and the more inspired you get to learn, right? As for the price, well, it had to be something that's affordable, of course. I saw some really cool guitars on sale at the mall a few months ago. I have to check them out before school ends, maybe they'd be on sale again. Or I could look online.

He doesn't know all this yet, he doesn't read this blog but I'm sure he'll be thrilled when he gets one. As for the two younger boys, I know they'll be so happy when they see the new guitar. I'm sure. Just look at how thrilled they were with all these guitars. This photo was taken a couple of months ago.

 There's one other thing, who would teach him guitar lessons? That's another thing I have to look into. Meanwhile, let's all have a happy Sunday, everyone! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Feb 9, 2013

Pink Plushies

One day, I'm gonna get you, you pink cuteness you! :)

Yeah, and you too!

You and your legion of plushie friends 

 And sleepy Mickey Mouse look-alikes 

I'm gonna get all of you...

If only I could master this toy picker claw machine.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Feb 8, 2013

In Search of A Good Sound System

I've written here a few weeks back about hubby's love for music and his family's love for videoke and how my sisters-in-law are trying to find a new sound system. It's not only because the neighbors' are much louder than theirs (haha) but it's because their sound system is not working anymore. I just found that out recently. They have ordered a home theater system from brother who sells gadgets and stuff but then my brother said that it's out of stock. Of course, price is a consideration and my brother is giving them a good discount. If  my brother still wouldn't have the product available by next week, I would advice my sisters-in-law to just search for good quality audio system online and to check on new shure mixers for the wireless microphones also to get the most out of their videoke experience. There are many sites online now where you can get quality and affordable audio systems and some are even deliver to the customer's doorsteps. 

I hope they'll be able to get a new sound system soon. My mother-in-law's house is not the same without the sounds of music and melodic voices  (grin) during  weekends. 

Feb 7, 2013

Face Masks


Monday would be Kuya Basti's Field Day and parents and students alike are busy preparing costumes and practicing dance presentations. This year, Basti's class opted to have face masks as part of their costumes. Some parents bought their children's face mask but we made Basti's face mask instead.

Here's what it partially looks like. Sorry if it doesn't look clean, we still need to put the finishing touches on this.We're still going to paint the white part with gold glitters and red glitters. We used glue gun and stick and double sided tapes on this. It's plastic so glue would not work on this.

Meanwhile, the our youngest man who doesn't want to be called a baby anymore, wanted to have his own Batman face mask. So we made him a face mask out of a left-over illustration board.

It's crudely cut and made, but for the little man, it was perfect! As you can see the Batman mask became almost like a Catwoman mask because we had to cut the nose part that way because his nose wouldn't fit. :D After some time, seeing all the other crafty items on the craft box, he decided to add in additional sequins and those feathers and the mask turned into something like a Mardigras mask. He kept it on for a whole night and just took it off before we went to sleep.

I'm happy that my kids still find simple joys in things like this.  I'm excited for Basti's field day because I'm excited to see and photograph more than 50 children wearing colorful masks and waving ruby and golden-colored  fans in the air.

Feb 6, 2013

Painting of Dolphins

One thing that I like about the hospital where we had my son's EEG and ECG done is that everywhere we looked there are paintings of different sizes, colors and themes hanging on the walls. These paintings surely brighten up the place.

This is a painting of dolphins by a certain Amor Bondoc. I tried to Google her name but I was unsuccessful to get any result of her other works. This painting hangs in the NeuroDevelopmental Center of the University of Perpetual Help-Delta.

There must be a reason why they chose this painting of dolphins for this particular department. I'd look into that later. Right now, the busy mom's gotta go.

And of course, as always, here's a delightful D monogram from the awesome digital kit designer Misty Allen.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!  

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Feb 2, 2013

Clinics, Children and Cards

I'm late for my ABC Wednesday post. This week's letter is C. C is for Color Connection too! C defines our week, actually. All this week, I feel that I've been in so many Clinics attending to my Children, one of which got sick middle of the week. Let me tell you our last week of January in pictures. 

1 - Exactly seven days ago, that's Saturday of last week, we went to the hospital to have the sutures/thread of my eldest removed. He tripped the week before that Saturday and had cuts and bruises all over the body, the biggest Cut was on the Chin and so, we had it sutured. He got two stitches on the Chin. Thank God, he did not get infected. The doctor told me that cuts have what they call golden age golden period, they need to be treated and sutured within 24 hours to avoid infection. 

2 -After our visit to the hospital, we went to Church to say a thanksgiving prayer. 

3 - Then, my youngest got sick middle of week. And off we go to another clinic to have him checked. He's better now but still taking antibiotics. You can see in the picture that he's still lively and ready for the camera although he was feverish. 

4 - Over the week, I found this card that was given by an old friend of mine more than 20 years ago. Wow, I suddenly realized how good I am at keeping things. 

To follow are photos of: 

5 - the cake hubby brought home for my birthday.

6 - Today, I went to the hospital again with my eldest. The doctor ordered an EEG and ECG done to him. She was concerned that my eldest falls a lot and trips a lot. And I'm noticing that, too. The last fall he had while playing was pretty nasty. I hope it's nothing, but we have to make sure.

7 - After these two tests, I took him to KFC for his favorite chicken meal. 

I'm tired, drained physically and emotionally. And I'm glad this week is over and that I have time today to write this post. 

And I cannot end this post without saying I'm grateful for something. And for this week, I'm really grateful and thankful for hubby's health Card on which all the health bills were charged . 

Hope next week would be a better one. Thanks a lot for reading and enjoy the rest of the week!