Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

Vet for a Day

Last weekend, Aki accidentally hurt a butterfly. I know it was an accident because he was only trying to show it the way out of our house. I told Aki that to show that he is really sorry, he needs to be a veterinary for a day. I asked him what sick animals need. He said they need food. I remembered from our trip to Lost Eden that butterflies like watermelon slices which we had in the ref.

We placed the injured butterfly on top of the watermelon cube and watched it feed. Aki sang for the butterfly and played sleepy music.

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Family Field Trips · Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy · Photoshoots · Playdates

Playdate at the Fun Farm at Santa Elena

When we went to the Fun Farm last August, we went with friends. We were with the families of Faye of Chronicles of Maia, Rachel of Mommy Mama Rat and Erlaine of Glamma Momma. I think the reason why our pictures turned out so well is because we genuinely had great time at the Fun Farm. Going there is a such a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of city living. How I wish there is a nearby farm here in Paranaque.

Some of the things that we did

Carabao Caritela ride. As you can see in the pictures, only the mommies enjoyed this part of the trip. Hehe. This is one of the first things we did together. The kids were still warming up to the place and to each other.

Horseback riding

Fishing. I so looked forward to this because Aki has not tried fishing before. All the little fishies were returned to the pond by the way.

Potluck lunch. We had peanut butter sandwishes, fresh fruits, barbeque and Spanish sardines pasta. I finally got to use the colorful plates, utensils, bowls and cups from Ikea. My tita got them on sale, 1 pound or 60 pesos for a pack of six items (bowls, plates and cups).

Boat ride in the mini pond.

Animal feeding. We fed the fish, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Indoor playground and sandbox.

Rope Crossing.

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Food · Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

Buttered Veggies ala Aki, Scatterbrain-ness ala Maqui

Hello world! Thanks for reading my boring blog. There are so many things that I want to blog about. For one, I have not even blogged about our 6 day stay in Asian Hospital and the post traumatic depression that I had after Aki was discharged. Non-stop crying, feeling insecure and inadequate and sleepless nights. It was terrible.

Why haven’t I  been blogging? I have been sleeping well lately. Which is a good thing. I normally blog between 5-6AM. When I wake up at 5:40ish, I don’t go online anymore else I might not catch the first or second trip of the shuttles going to Ortigas. Today, I can’t sleep again (hay just when I thought I am back to my old self) because I think I made a booboo at work yesterday. I was supposed to come in late today because of this meeting in the evening. I will probably leave the house early because the suspense is killing me.

How I wish I know how to live in the the now. When I am at work, I think about Christmas tree that we don’t have yet, the missing paper lanterns, the can of chickpeas that will expire soon, Ate Dorina’s SSS and all the unfinished and yet-to-be started projects for the house and for Aki’s party. When I am home, like this morning, I think about the email that I forgot to send out, what I need to do to get more Vietnamese applicants and other things at work. My  hyperactive brain is at its worse during the commute. The 30 minute to two hour trip to or from the office (depending on the traffic) is supposed to be my quiet time but I just can’t stop myself from thinking. I wish there is a hibernate button so I can just sit and think of nothing.

Anyhoo, how’s that for a segue?

Last month, when we were in the hospital, we missed the Nutrition Week in Aki’s school. It would have been such a fun and interesting week for Aki. His classmates made sandwiches, cooked buttered veggies and tried different healthy foods. Since we have both butter and veggies in the freezer, I thought of replicating the activity at home.

To make butter veggies ( please get a pen and a paper so you won’t forget), you will need butter and veggies. Itlog ng pugo (what are they called in English? edit – THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO ANSWERED! I FEEL SILLY FOR EVEN ASKING) or what Aki calls Baby Eggs, are optional but definitely makes the dish more fun.

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Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

Best friend

I would like to introduce y’all to Aki’s bestfriend.

Say hi to Uod. Aki and Uod used to play in the garden all the time. Now, they play inside the house.

Aki likes to make houses out of pillows and plastic boxes for his friend.

Uod likes riding Aki’s cars while Aki likes pushing the cars for Uod.

Come! Come! Come!

Aki even taught his best friend how to use the potty!

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Family Field Trips · Memoirs of a Mummy

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show this September

I am so excited for Aki! In a few weeks, we are going to see our favorite mouse.  Seeing Mickey Mouse for the first time last January was the best way to kickoff 2012. Seeing Mickey again would for sure bring out the biggest smiles.


Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, Feld Entertainment’s all-new live stage production starring Mickey Mouse in a fun-filled road trip and talent search adventure, performs at Smart Araneta Coliseum from September 15 to 15, 2012!  Spotlighting favorite Disney characters such as the ever-lovable Tigger; Cinderella and her comical stepsisters; and Buzz Lightyear, Woody and friends from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story; Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show unfolds through an original, laugh-out-loud storyline that whisks audiences away on a wacky journey.


Produced by Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, the show revolves around a one-of-a-kind, unpredictable road trip as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald spontaneously attempt to round up amazing acts for their talent show. Thanks to Mickey’s fantastical bus, they are able to soar over mountains and plunge underwater to complete their search for performers. Through the incorporation of a giant video screen and multiple scenic projection panels, audiences are able to enjoy a truly visual experience as the scenic backdrop takes them through country hillsides, a cactus-filled desert, a royal village and other picturesque locales.

“What really sets Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show apart is that it incorporates classic Disney characters into a set of silly ‘cartoon rules’ where anything can happen and fun knows no boundaries,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “Families get to create lasting memories as they embark on a thrilling, high-energy, theatrical excursion with their favorite Disney friends, right in their hometown.”

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show spotlights beloved characters performing a variety of talents as they sing and dance to a mix of hip Disney tunes. Audiences can join Cinderella as she performs “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”; hoot and holler at a hoedown with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear;and bounce along with Tigger to “The Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce.”

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Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

Old School Fun

The simplest and not to mention, cost-free, things indeed bring out the biggest smiles and cutest giggles.

Do you remember doing the Oishi every time someone asks for a high five?

How about playing sawsaw suka? Aki and I made a twist to this classic Pinoy game. Instead of saying “mahuli taya” at the end, we change the last word.  Taya has become window, dog, stairs etc. Aki thinks it is sooo funny!

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Arts and Crafts · Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

Homemade Liquid Sidewalk Chalk

These are the pictures I used for the slideshow I made for the Show and Tell for Aki’s Science Open House today. Unfortunately, I won’t be there to show Aki’s teachers and classmates how much fun it was to make the liquid sidewalk chalk. I need to be in the office because I have not one, not two but three job offers with Latin American candidates. God knows how difficult it is to source for one. The only thing I have not done for this critical requirement is to accept the invitation to go salsa dancing. So if you are from Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Honduras or any Spanish-speaking Latin American country, and are looking for work opportunities here in Manila, Philippines, drop me a line!! I NEED YOU!

So where was I? Oh, too bad I am going to miss Aki’s Show and Tell. My father in law will be there later to present with him and document the activity.

I made the slideshow using Moviemaker. I was surprised that my laptop has that program installed. I don’t have Word nor Excel so it was a surprise that I can make a slideshow. The background music is Hall and Oates’ Make My Dreams Come True from Franco’s favorite movie, 500 Days of Summer.


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Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy

Sorting with the Avengers

Franco and I have an agreement that we will not be buying any toys for now for Aki. He has a lot already. Plus, the less toys that he has, the more he will be able to use his imagination. I thought that was crystal clear. Oh well, I can alway count on dear husband to break the rules. A few weeks ago, he came home with a surprise for his son – Avengers toy and cup sets from Petron. 

I was irritated, yes, but Aki showed me that even highly commercialized toys can be somewhat educational.

Here is how he packed away his toys.

First, put the characters inside their respective cups.

Next, match the covers with the cups. The covers have two dots. The one with green dots goes to the Hulk cup. The one with red is Iron Man’s. Blue for Captain America and black for Thor.

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