Sunday, December 27, 2009

disney on ice

I initially didn't have any plans at all for Christmas Day, except laze around the house in my house dress. But Ted was telling me that Christmas is not for me, but for the kids. So, we should be thinking of activities for the kids.

I mentioned last time that we've been to almost all the places in Metro Manila, and there seems to be really nowhere new to visit. Good thing that every now and then, something new happens.

The latest visitors in town is Disney's Holiday on Ice, at the Araneta Center running from December 25 till about the first week of January. I have caught Disney on Ice about 2x in my life. One, when I was a kid, and Second, when Ted and I were new parents to Hans (who was then about 2 years old) and we were all excited to show him everything, which expectedly, Hans can't remember anything now. (I will wring his neck, if he will not be able to remember our US Trip when he was 4 year old)

Anyway, the latest Disney installment is a bit lackluster for me, or has it always been that way? Is it just my taste and standard that has improved? I guess, if you're watching the show in the eye of a 6yo (Hans) and a 3yo (Ivan) I'll looking at it in awe, excitement and delight. Squeal Superflagilisticexpealidaceous!

I didn't get the lower box seats, it's a bit above our budget. I'm starting to feel the weight of having more than 1 kid. You have to budget!! Imagine if we need to buy tickets for all three kids, and then the 2 of us. That's x5 for every cost.
So, Upper box seats this time.

Every generation has it's own Disney Star character. In my generation, except of course, for the classics like Mickey/Minnie, Donald/Daisy, Goofy/ Pluto, the biggies were Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. In Hans' time (that's only about 3 years ago), the favorites were Ariel & Flounder (Little Mermaid), Simba & Mufasa (Lion King). Today, all of them have their appearances, but the stars of the show, who gets longer time in the limelight were The Incredibles, Stitch, even the prostitutes of the Pirates of the Carribean, wearing fabulous versions of the corset had equal airtime.

Here are some photos of the event. We had a new SLR camera but my hubby is still grappling how to use it, that should explain the quality of the shots.

Will not be complete without souvenirs toys right? (mahal na madaling masira)

Till 2020 again, disney on ice, please!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

cosmic christmas eve

Enchanted Kingdom, Starcity, Fun Ranch, Avilon Zoo, Ark Avilon, Manila Zoo, Luneta Park, Marikina Science Centrum, Museo Pambata, UP Campus, Serendra, the Fort, watch shows at Araneta Center, shop at major malls (megamall, glorietta, trinoma, shangrila) If you have been to all of these places, chances are, you will think, Metro Manila is so limiting! Where else can we go? Where else can we take the kids?

I chance upon Cosmic Kidz, in one of my favorite the blogs, and we decided to bring the kids there last December 24. We don't have big family gatherings on Christmas Eve, anyway, so i didn't plan on cooking up a storm. Besides, one of the househelps asked for a day-off. So, it makes sense of just go out, and take the kids somewhere.

It's better pala to go out on christmas eve on these kind of establishments. Since most will be at their respective homes, there were very few people. Hans and Ivan almost had the plaground for themselves.

Cosmic Kidz is inside a section at the Mall of Asia called Kids Universe. Kids Universe, on the side of MOA SMX Convention Center, is a wing devoted to kids stuff like toy stores, botiques, ice cream parlor etc. It's a 4storey playground where kids can play with new, and safe play equipment.

The entrance fee is 250 Php per one hour of play. There's an option for half an hour. You can leave the kids on their own while you go shopping. Kids under 3, like Ivan, must have a companion. The fee for adult companion is 120 Php. Socks is compulsary. They sell cheap socks for 30 Php if the kids or the yaya needs one.

At the start, Ted went in the kids to take their photos, after a few minutes he swapped with the yaya. It's allowed naman, since Ted and I had to go shopping pa for Rania's new stroller.

Here are some more photos of the place: