Summer vacation is almost here! Being a mom, I am starting to look for different activities that Zeeka can do this coming summer vacation. Aside from the occasional trips to Kidzoona, Kidzania and the Mind Museum, and aside from the dance classes with Teacher Mia Cabalfin that she has joined (HipHop Hooray), I’ve been looking for other cool things that she can do.
One of the activities that we stumbled upon was the VR+ Next Generation Virtual Reality place at S. Maison. It’s located on level 2.
What happens is that you are led to a small room, given weapons and the headset (with really clear graphics and audio). Their games are powered by OMAS Entertainment and ONIK Entertainment. Aside from that, their are moving floors and rumbling sounds that make it seem more realistic.
The game that’s most popular from VR+ Next Generation Virtual Reality are their zombie games. Since we had Zeeka with us though, we had to choose Box Man, a game that is more fit for kids like Zeeka.
Each game is around Php 400 to Php 450 pesos per person for the Zombie games. Here are the updated prices (2020 rates) from their FB page:
Being the OC parent that I am, I asked if they clean the equipment. They said that they disinfect equipment every time after a game is played.
Check out our experience in this video!
Verdict: We really liked it. If it were a bit closer to where we live, we would probably be there more often. What we like about it is it is definitely more immersive than that ride in Glorietta with the VR glasses. This has better graphics, sounds and weapons.
I’ve been seeing lot of pretty pictures on Instagram of the Dessert Museum. I always thought that the Dessert Museum was made for teens and young professionals; never really thought that young kids or moms like me would appreciate it (EJ would probably appreciate it though because of the free dessert). I was so wrong.
Zeeka, EJ and I enjoyed and loved every single minute of the experience at the Dessert Museum. It wasn’t just for people who loved taking amazing pictures, but even for those who love doing and learning new things.
What is the Dessert Museum?
This museum is located in the Philippines. It’s specifically located at the Ground Floor of S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
It’s composed of around 8 different rooms that you can visit in the span of 2 hours.
The different rooms are:
Room of Ten Thousand Marshmallows!
Gum Ball Room
Macarons Tea Party
Cake Pops Carnival
What I like about the place?
You can take really great photos at every corner of every room. There is not one part of the room that they did not think about. I love the fact that you can also learn something new.
Most of the rooms have cool information presented, like this wall that I took a picture of. Do you remember the brand “chiclets”? Guess where it came from? 😎
I also love the desserts that were given. They were all so yummy! There were also different activities that the entire family will enjoy.
The money that we spent for two hours was worth it! There are the rates for going inside the Dessert Museum.
We got in for Php 550 pesos each person, because we each have Maxicare cards. I also saw this deal from Klook: Klook Dessert Museum. You can get a ticket for Php 529. Those who are 0-3 years old can come in free of charge.
Check out our video here, and please show me you watched it (really watched it! haha 😄) by commenting on my YouTube video!
Have you visited the Dessert Museum? What did you think? Did you like it or did you not like it? Leave your comments on the comment section below. 🙂
The Veráge Skin Care line is created by doTERRA. These are essential oil-based products.
As a blogger, I have to try out a lot of products. Check this link for my past skin care reviews. And since I sincerely enjoy reviewing skin care products, it takes a toll on my skin. Testing different products on my face stresses out my skin. I would really love for it to “breathe” and just relax sometimes.
And having the ash fall recently really didn’t encourage me to go through my skin care routine at all this entire week. I just feel that if I place other stuff, it would feel icky (thinking that the product would attract ashes to stick on my face). But of course, haha, these are all thoughts.
But anyway, lucky for me, I met Jyl Johnson Pattee and she introduced to me to doTERRA. Just to give you a little information about doTERRA (I’ll tell you more in another post), it officially launched last November 2019 here in the Philippines. doTERRA produces essential oils and essential oil based products. It’s uses a direct selling approach to distribute its products everywhere in the world, and the distributors are called Wellness Advocates. It’s available in 19 countries all around the world.
So moving on, I got to try out the Veráge Skin Care products of doTERRA. The one on the left is the Veráge Cleanser and the one on the right is the Veráge Toner.
What encouraged me to try Veráge is that it is a natural skin care line. It uses natural ingredients. The advanced plant technology used in Veráge promotes the appearance of an optimal lipid balance—the same balance found in healthy, youthful-looking skin. These products nourish and hydrate skin and reduce the visible signs of aging.
What do the products contain?
The Verage line contains plant extracts, pure and potent CPTG® essential oils, and select natural ingredients. The doTERRA Veráge Skin Care Collection delivers results you can see and feel, naturally.
For the Verage Cleanser, the essential oils that they used are Wild Orange, Melaleuca and Basil.
The ingredients are:
As for the Verage Toner, the essential oils that they used for this are Ylang Ylang, Coriander, Palmarosa and Cypress.
What I have to say about Verage Cleanser and Toner
I have been using the Veráge Cleanser and Toner for a week already. What I’ve noticed about the product is that the scent is not that strong — it was actually just right. I guess my fear was that since it’s an essential oil-based product, I thought it would be have a strong scent. I really didn’t want products that I would use for my face to have strong scents (just my own personal “feeling” that products with strong scents are harsh and should not be used for the face).
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was so light and gentle on the face. The consistency of the cleanser is not foamy, but just a small amount of the product can go a long way. How to apply the Verage Cleanser is to spread it on a damp face and neck in circular motions.
For the Veráge Toner, you can use a cotton pad and spread the product all over your face and neck. The product is very light on the skin (feels like water really more than alcohol).
I use both products in the morning and in the evening. So just to share, this is how my skin looked on the 7th morning of using the product.
I usually have have little bumps all over my face, but in this picture (I hope you see), most of it are gone. I’ve also been very conscious about my sun spots on my cheeks. I loved going to the beach to have a tan during my twenties and yes, now, I see the repercussions of not wearing sunscreen. I noticed that some of the spots have lightened.
The most noticeable change that I have seen is that glow and the dark circles around my eyes have lessened.
So overall, it’s good to try out these two products at least once, and see if these work for you.
The Verage Cleanser is at Php 2150 and the Verage Toner is at Php 1950.
Their outside-the-box approach ensures highly-interactive and fun ways of teaching and learning reading, writing, and comprehension.
The program combines the best strategies and practices from traditional teaching methods and updated approaches.
Each level of the program comes with its own workbook that kids can use as they progress except in Kids Can Read, where the creative educator (teacher) reads a book to everyone which inspires them to do art, interactive games, and more. It also assures your children’s mastery of the language in preparation for achieving their dreams of becoming a successful author.
The Four Levels of Language Mastery According to UEC Philippines
Unique English Classroom is focused on nurturing your child’s interest in the English language, specifically in reading and writing.
Because of this, they have developed different levels in the program that will help nurture your child’s curiosity and match it with their current abilities.
Learning through Stories with Kids Can Read
This is the program’s basic level. It’s a fun-filled and engaging program where kids get to learn to love reading through phonics and storytelling. It is like a play group based on one book per month. Kindly rephrase.
This level highlights the creativity and sparks children’s imagination through drama and acting.
For the advanced level books in KCR, kids get to share their stories, play a role, and act it out. The participation required in the storytelling helps strengthen their vocabulary, expression, and comprehension as well.
Listening, Speaking, and Constructing Sentences through Alphabet Learners
Alphabet Learners is the second level in the UEC program.
Creative Educators or UEC teachers help kids improve their vocabulary and strengthen reading comprehension and learn how to identify things around them through various stories and the Alpha Learners Workbook.
Through the program, children develop cognitive abilities through understanding letters, numbers and stories.
They also get to improve their comprehension of the functions of daily activities. This helps them get better at constructing sentences and writing them in the proper order.
It also helps children talk and express themselves better and improve their language concepts.
Learning to love English Rules and Grammar with Alpha Authors
This level helps children visualize and create their own stories by listening to others.
The stories featured in this level were penned by young authors aged 10 to 16. It also includes poetry, drama, and writing and encourages kids to write their own. It encourages kids to create stories, develop characters and imagine scenarios. It’s basically writing and storytelling 101 for young authors.
Alpha Authors also enable students to focus on imagery, describing people, places, and events.
Imagery helps readers get a mental picture of what’s going on in the scene you’re writing. It’s a sensory detail that helps bring the readers to the world you are building as a writer.
It’s a valuable skill for any writer because it helps you connect with the reader and makes the story come alive.
The focus of this level is to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and writing skills.
It also helps children construct coherent sentence structures that focus on the story’s imagery.
But most importantly, children learn how to develop creativity, logical reasoning, and sequencing. These are the skills children need to achieve their dream of becoming successful, young authors and creating their future bestsellers. What makes it unique is the stories they create. It encourages them transform their stories into something tangible.
Why Reading Comprehension is More Important Than Ever
If you’ve been one of my followers for the past years, you’d know how passionate I am when it comes to Zeeka’s learning.
I want her to do great in life, like every parent out there. That’s why I’ve been looking for different ways for her to learn habits that will ensure her love for learning.
And as you know, I believe that learning goes beyond the borders of the classroom. That’s how I got started with different ventures like Manila Workshops.
According to the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Philippines had an average reading score of 340. This is 200 points below that of China, which scored highest, and 100 points lower than the overall average point of 487.
The Philippines also ranked second to the lowest in Mathematics and Science.
The most alarming part of all is that the scores were based on 15-year old students.
It is indeed sad because if we want our country to evolve and grow, we would need thinkers and doers. We need young people who have a strong vision of the future and concrete steps on how to get there.
It’s alarming for me as a parent and business owner.
It worries me because we are technically training the kids of today to be future leaders.
So if we’re getting these kinds of low results in our current system, how are we supposed to expect better, brighter days for those who are next?
Start a Movement through Boosting Reading Comprehension Levels in the Youth
UEC Philippines understands the need for helping our children do better for their future.
They believe that every child has a story to tell. And every kid should be given the right to dream and express themselves through their own stories.
Unique English Classroom has a vision of breaking the boundaries of education by becoming a premier creative educational portal.
By empowering the creative process and becoming a platform where children’s voices are heard, they help build the child’s confidence.
UEC Philippines focuses on its G.R.E.A.T. core values.
Creative Educators or UEC teachers teach their students a different kind of English program where they learn gratitude every day.
They also continue to listen and connect with people, focusing on making them feel relevant and boost their self-esteem.
They conduct themselves in the highest level of ethics to preserve unity, peace, and harmony among peers and the community.
They also value accountability and ensure that each member of the organization stays true to their word and actions.
And last but not least, they teach kids the importance of tenacity and determination so they could be successful in the classroom and in real life.
Let us help build and prepare a better future for our children through the love of learning!
Have you ever heard of TotallyAwesome? It’s the leading kids digital media company in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching over 170 million kids monthly across desktop, mobile and online video. The company operates a kid-safe and compliant content and advertising platform, so you need not worry about what ads your children are seeing. TotallyAwesome makes sure brand engagement with the youth market is safe, effective and entertaining.
Recently, TotallyAwesome has announced a collaboration with WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks in the Philippines.
This is great news for advertisers who care about bringing safe content to children. This collaboration between the two companies give access to both companies’ advertising platforms through a unified kids-safe advertising proposition. They give kids’ brands a platform where they can talk to kids safely.
In the Philippines, WarnerMedia sees that there is an increasing number of children creating and consuming content online. Warner Media commits to providing kids-safe content through its own platforms, as well as through this collaboration.
Awantika Sood, WarnerMedia’s Kids and Entertainment ad-sales lead in Southeast Asia, added, “As children consume more and more digital content, the need to present an omni-channel, brand-safe solution to our advertising partners is very important to us. Adding to WarnerMedia’s own capabilities, our collaboration with TotallyAwesome platforms is a strategic move as it provides advertisers in the Philippines a one-stop shop to reach kids in quality and safe environments across linear, digital and social platforms. We look forward to a fantastic collaboration with TotallyAwesome.”
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