Posted by: katlea611 | August 22, 2014

Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue

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We watched this movie yesterday, me and the boys.  It was truly a kid movie.  Very Disney I might add.  A tad disappointing for me but as long as the boys were entertained and had fun, that was all that mattered.  Anyway, the story still revolves around Dusty and in this film, his character experiences a crisis and he had to deal with it.  There were very minimal laughs (not as much as let’s say, Wreck-It Ralph), a touch of romance and action scenes that involved putting out fires.  It was a good movie in that it taught kids many things, mainly:

1. We should take care of nature because even if it’s not directly our fault (like when lightning starts forest fires), we still lose a lot when forests are damaged.

2. When we are experiencing a crisis, big or small, we should be brave, face it headlong and ask help when necessary.

3. Family and friends (true ones) will always have your back.

4. Just because you are trying something new doesn’t mean you will fail at it.

5. Sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone can give you a different perspective in life. Who knows, you might enjoy it. :)

So, if you want a spectacular movie that moves mountains, don’t watch this.  But if you want to bond with your kids over a cartoon, then this will do.  I give it a 3/5 rating just because I can. :)

Posted by: katlea611 | August 20, 2014

Some Activites We Do

We do some pretty random things at home.  We just always make it a point to have fun activities.  We are starting to introduce Enzo to writing so we got him this Kindergarten Activities book and he seemed to like it. He can now read color names (which took me by surprise, let me tell ya) and he has a lunchbox with his own crayons and safety scissors.  I love it when he would suddenly tell me, “Mommy, I want to study!”  Music to my ears. :)

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We like to do recycled crafts and activities.  I think it’s good to teach the boys to be conscious of their carbon footprint and how everyone’s purchases and lifestyle affect the world (whether they want to or not). So we segregate our trash, try our best to follow the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) and think twice before making unnecessary purchases.

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The good thing about having more than one child is that they can pretend play with others.  I got this kitchen play set for Enzo as an early birthday present and he loved it!  He and Ethan would cook and make pizza and just be imaginative.  Some may say “Kitchen play set for boys?!” Well, why not?  Chefs can be males or females.

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Posted by: katlea611 | August 18, 2014

35th Manila International Book Fair

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Happening next month! I’m sooo excited!  If you did not know yet, books are my weakness.  When I was in college, I used to buy whatever caught my fancy.  Now, I’m more discerning but i still love books.  Not e-books, not Kindle… I would very much prefer holding a book, inhaling the scent of paper and flipping pages.

Anyway, this event is happening on September 17-21, 2014 at SM MOA.  Last time we went, the boys were with us and I had difficulty going around and checking books out.  So next month, I’m planning on going alone during a weekday when it’s less crowded and I would have ample time to check every stall and every book.  Hopefully, I will get really great books for me and the boys. :)

 

Posted by: katlea611 | August 18, 2014

Science Experiment: Rock/Sugar Crystals

We did this experiment a month ago.  It’s quite easy to do.  Anyway, you can find so many websites on making rock candy or sugar crystals.  Just take your pick.  Remember though that true to science, experiments are always a trial and error thing.  So, if it doesn’t work the first time, don’t be discouraged.  Talk to your kids about what might have gone wrong then try it again. You may get better results the second time. :)

Anyway, for our experiment, this is what we did.  First, we mixed some white sugar with very hot (adult supervision needed!) water and stirred until all sugar crystals were dissolved.  Then, we divided the solution into 3 parts and put them in glass jars.  We then put different colored dyes (we used food dyes) to make the crystals colorful.  After that, we put barbeque sticks into the solution and secured them with clothespins (you can see this in the photos).  Then, we left them on the shelf.  The instructions we got said that we should leave them for a few days but we didn’t notice any crystals formed at this time so we decided to leave them for 2 weeks and voila! we got crystals!  And they were beautiful!

Some problems we encountered during the experiment were: 1. the sugar crystals did not stick to our bbq sticks (I suppose we should have roughened the sticks more so the crystals would adhere to them but it was no biggie) and 2. we should have added more food dye to the solution so the crystals would have been more colorful.

Other than these very minor problems, our experiment was I should say, a success.  The boys were fascinated with the crystals and we looked at them close up.  We tried the sugar crystals too.  Not bad.  Maybe next time we’ll add some mint flavor. :)

See the boys in action:

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Posted by: katlea611 | August 13, 2014

How I Made Nikki’s Buwan ng Wika Costume

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Many people have been PMing me about Nikki’s Linggo ng Wika costume.  It’s the one I made for him last 2012. Here’s what it looked like on him:

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And this is what it looked like without a model:

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Okay, what I basically did was to make a base or support for the costume.  I used cardboard from a carton (box) and made the chestplate, and 2 rectangles for the bottom.  Then, using white glue, I decoupaged it with newspapers.  I did 2 layers but 1 layer would suffice.  For the headdress, I used a Zesto box which I trimmed because it looked too tall.  A friend gave me the coconut fibers and the leaves and I bought a walis ting-ting to add some details to the headdress.  We had red spray paint at home so I spray painted the decoupaged base.  Didn’t have to do a thick coat because I wanted the newspaper print to be visible just so the judges would KNOW that it was made from paper. After that, I added the gold border on the bahag and spray painted some of the leaves.  When everything was dry, I hot glued the coconut fibers and stapled them on the base. I just decorated as I saw fit.  I’m sure you can find coconut fibers in your neighborhood or somewhere close by.  

Anyway, for the headdress, I cut those rectangles on top and folded them.  Then I painted them dark brown.  Using those gold pins (bought those at National Bookstore) I used those to pin them down.  The gold added a lot of flair don’t you say?  The headdress was pretty heavy, according to Nikki. But it was snug he said and even if he shook his head, it wouldn’t come off.

For the bahag, I folded the top parts and secured them with staples so I could insert a belt through it.  Then Nikki wore black shorts inside. I decided (at the last minute) to make those calf coverings.  I think it completed the look.

For the shield, I did the same thing: decoupage the base, spray paint, then glued/stapled the leaves and coconut fabric. I made the staff from a metal curtain rod that we no longer needed.

Well, there you go. Our DIY Linggo/Buwan ng Wika costume.

P.S. Nikki, won second place for this costume and we all felt it was totally unfair because the winners only had feathers on their costumes and there was no creativity involved. Really. NO sourgraping here.  But Nikki was just as happy with his second place.  After Nikki wore it, I didn’t want to throw the costume away so I decided to sell it and a family from Cavite bought it.  I was delighted when the mom texted me and told me that her son won first place for the costume I made!! So I was proud and happy. :)

Posted by: katlea611 | August 11, 2014

Museo Pambata Revisited

We visited Museo Pambata last August 7 and we had loads of fun!  No kids around, place all to ourselves, fair day… it was quite enjoyable.  We were just a bit disappointed when the exhibit My Body Works was closed.  Anyway, here’s the link to Museo Pambata and here are some of our photos.. :)

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Posted by: katlea611 | August 10, 2014

Our Linggo ng Wika Costumes

Because of the fine weather we were having the past few days, we made it to Museo Pambata! Yay! It was a lot of fun for the boys especially Enzo because he was less than a year old the last time we went there. We really got to enjoy the museum because there were no other students/people around! So we had a blast taking everything in, reading information, taking photos and learning learning learning… I have a lot of photos to sort through for the Museo Pambata post/album, but for now, here are my boys with their borrowed Linggo ng Wika costumes. :)

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Posted by: katlea611 | August 8, 2014

More Buwan ng Wika Activities

Still wondering what to do with your kids this month?  I noticed that Buwan ng Wika is usually a school affair but why let it be?  Homeschoolers can do their own thing too. Maybe these ideas will help you out.

1. Cinamalaya – so many interesting films to choose from.  This activity might be for older kids who will better understand and appreciate the theme of the films.  Click here to go to the Cinemalaya site.

2. Get to know Manila, the Old Manila – Old Manila Walks gives tours right here in the metro.  Take your pick from Intramuros, Binondo, San Miguel, FEU or the Chinese Cemetery. Old Manila Walks has their site here.

3. Watch a Filipino flick – I know there are a lot of cheesy Tagalog movies but there are great ones as well.  Anak (starring Vilma Santos) is a great one. Jose Rizal (starring Cesar Montano) is very historical and educational. Indie films 100 (starring Mylene Dizon) and Boses (Ricky Davao) are very powerful and inspiring.

4. Historical or heritage tour – There are so many tours now, as near as Cavite and as far as Ilocos.  Just pick one that will interest the whole family, will fit your budget and will be educational for thirsty minds.  Here’s an article from philstar.com on a heritage tour in Cavite and a travel journal of a blogger who did a heritage tour in Bulacan.

5. Check out Tagalog websites – tagalog para sa mga bata and digital dialects are a couple of sites. Can’t seem to find other educational sites in Filipino which is so sad and disappointing.

6. Visit the National Museum – If only to see the famous Spoliarium of Juan Luna.  Check the exhibits and collections. Then take a stroll at Rizal Park and come dusk, watch the dancing fountains.  National Museum website here.

Anyway, these are some activities I could think of and find. If you have other ideas, feel free to share!

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