Summer vacation means bored children at home. I have joined the horde of parents who want their children to avoid using the gadgets for hours and hours. These devices are addicting and children have a hard time controlling themselves. If they are to use their eyes for something, I would rather they read books. My eldest, Ella, said that reading books without illustrations or pictures is boring... Until, she read Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series. She finished the five books this … [Read more...]
Autumn in South Africa, Cymplified!
South Africa Although the lion and the elephant are two of my favorite animals, it's one country that I never imagined myself going. But, I am glad I grabbed the opportunity, despite the hindrances. Like the airport accidents going to South Africa and coming home. I'll gladly tell you about those incidents if you send me a message. :-) Traveling makes me realize that we are foreigners in other countries but we are all citizens of the same world. Because we all live on the same Earth, … [Read more...]
Family Getaway: Summer on Balesin Island, Cymplified!
Holy Week in the Philippines sometimes mean traveling with the family. This year was a local trip to Balesin Island. We still had to ride an airplane though. We were at the hangar before sunrise. With this post, I am taking you on a short video-heavy tour of some of the places in Balesin we have set foot on. There were more themed villages to see, like Bali, Phuket, Costa Del Sol and Balesin Village. There were fruit and flower farms, fish and aviary to visit, too. En route to Balesin … [Read more...]
Family Day Out: Quezon Memorial Circle, Cymplified!
Quezon Memorial Circle Several families had the same idea as ours. That is to bring the kids to Quezon Memorial Circle on Sunday. The last time I went there, my hubby and I bought plants for his hydroponic garden. The first time I went there was on a date with him as a boyfriend. We bought a pack of chicharon that had human-like hairs. 8-O It's surprising to learn of the many activities families could enjoy inside. This link take you to a closer look at the place. Who knew that this … [Read more...]
Exploring Tagaytay With Children, Cymplified!
On Family Getaways When going on family getaways, my husband and I make sure they're fun and somewhat educational for the kids. It's one of the ways that we can bond with each other and with the little ones. Another perk is that we get to see, experience and learn about a different city or province. It's wonderful! Being four years old and above, they could still remember their adventures and talk about them for months. Hence, looking at photos could trigger memories. We have … [Read more...]
Family Getaway: Why I Like Traveling with Children 4 to 9 Years Old, Cymplified!
My family and I recently came from a trip to Tagaytay. It was a last-minute getaway. I just packed the morning before leaving! Thankfully, we still got a room at Taal Vista Hotel. Even so, family getaways always excite me. When they were still babies, though, excursions like this need a list first of all. Impromptu ones? A no-no! I would have preferred to stay home than lug the whole nursery to the beach. Think of all the onesies, diapers, burp cloths, towels, bottles, bottle sterilizer, … [Read more...]
Before we go away on vacation… Cymplified!
Although intermittent downpours have been happening in my part of the world, I am not ready to give up summer just yet. I am still holding out hope that we would hit the beach. :-) When we do include it in our plans, I have to drag out our luggage. Aside from changes of clothes, underwear and pajamas; there must be swimming clothes, plus the kids' goggles and kickboards. They love frolicking in water! When all that's prepared, save for the vitamins and toothbrushes that I leave until the … [Read more...]
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