Surviving Our First Week Back To School

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I got a thumbs up from my first grader! :)

Today marks the little one’s first week back to school. If truth be told, I cannot believe how quickly time zoomed by and I now have a first grader! Half of me cannot wait to witness all the beautiful things that are about to happen to my first-born, while the other half wanted to freeze time and cocoon my little one so he can stay small for just a bit longer or until mum is ready to let him out into the great big world!

And as if the inner turmoil is not enough, Jared went to school and back home after class on his own for the first time today, too. As I kiss him to send him off for what seemed to be the longest day of my life, thoughts are careening in my head one after another ~ can he manage to travel on his own? Is it okay to let him go alone? But he was too young to be alone? The internal monologue enumerating the pros and cons of letting him on his own continued until it is time for mum to wait for the school boy’s arrival early in the afternoon. I quickly checked how his travel and ride went and if he was behaving while traveling. He answered that everything went well and asked if he can travel to and from school alone from now on.

So, yeah, I guess it is safe to assume that my little one is slowly maturing and that he is starting to gain more independence and would soon be needing mum less. Although I welcome the change, as well as the longer hours of peace and quiet at home leaving me with more time to do chores, work, rest, or whatever it is that I love to do at a given time, the house and I felt like an empty nest without the flurry of activities and the cacophony of Jared-related noise. Yeah, it is easy to tell that I am emotional at some point at this sudden turn of events.

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The Little Man’s Field Trip To #KidZaniaManila + 3 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Visit

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the little man with his 50 KidZos

If you read my previous KidZania Manila post, I am sure you know exactly how excited I am to go there again, with the little man this time. We planned to visit on Jared’s birthday but I had second thoughts about reserving our tickets online as they cannot be refunded should we cancel in case of bad weather and since tickets sell like hot cakes, the Kidzania Manila management is discouraging walk-ins especially during weekends. In the end, I had to bring the little one to a play place that have also just opened here in our city and promised to bring him to Kidzania some other time. Meanwhile, he carefully scrutinized the map and planned on the activities he would do once he got there.

I guess the stars must’ve aligned for the little one to visit KidZania sooner as it was one of the places in their school field trip itinerary. It was Jared’s very first school field trip and this mums is way too excited, I woke up at 3am to prepare.

KidZania Manila is the first place to visit in the afternoon after we have taken our lunch at Rizal Park. Good thing traffic was not so bad at the time and we were in The Fort just a little after the scheduled time of arrival. It took a bit longer for us to get in but it was well worth the wait.

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mum’s RFID {Radio Frequency Identification} security bracelets

We went and checked in at the airport to have our RFID {Radio Frequency Identification} security bracelets. Before entering the premises, the kids were also issued with 50 KidZos each.

As usual, the place is packed with children raring to give each activity a go. It was a good thing that there was a very short queue when we lined up for the Aviation Academy. As I have previously known, mums and dads will not be allowed to accompany the children inside the activity areas, and while our little man trained to be a pilot, we excitedly waited for him outside, hoping to get some decent photos while he enjoys his first KidZania activity. 

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Learning Made Fun + Interactive At Museo Pambata

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Visiting museums is one of the things that I absolutely enjoy doing with the little man. Not only that there is so much to be learned from each nook and cranny, but there are also lots of new and interesting stuff to see for the little one’s entertainment and amazement. This is the reason why I readily said yes when we were invited to join the Museo Pambata Blogger’s Day held not too long ago. I have been meaning to bring my little trooper there but we did not get the opportunity to do so.


Of course, Jared was way too excited to explore that he was off as soon as we were done with registration.

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Jared vs. the telephone

The first exhibit he checked out was Kalikasan as it was the nearest to the entrance. After a bit of exploring the nearby exhibits, guests were requested to gather at the Old Manila exhibit for a short program. The people from Museo Pambata prepared story telling activities for the kiddos, as well as riveting song and dance number. My little explorer was not too keen on the program as he cannot wait to explore the rest of the museum. He was also very smitten with an old telephone he found in the room.

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After the short program, everyone was treated to a Filipino-style snack. The buffet table was teeming with well-loved Filipino specialties, including pancit bihon and pandesal. To end our lovely meal, we were all enjoyed Carmen’s Best soft served ice cream. 

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