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where-to-weekend: yexel’s toy museum, las piñas city

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What: One-Day Trial Opening of Yexel’s Toy Museum

When: 26 August 2012, 1-8PM

Where: 52 Sampaguita Road, Pilar Village, Las Piñas City

Admission: Php 300

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We’ve been waiting for this cool toy museum to open so I can tag along the little man + see the life size Lightning McQueen they have so you can probably imagine my delight when I found out that they will be open to the public for one day on 26 August! Unfortunately we have to be somewhere else the same day so I guess we just might have to wait for its formal opening next month.

I bet my little man will definitely enjoy the place, especially now that he’s getting to know more + more characters that can be found in this awesome toy museum, including Batman, Spiderman, Woody + Buzz, + the Incredibles! 🙂

I have always dreamed of bringing Jared abroad one day so he can see the life size McQueen in the US, but can you believe my luck? All I need now is to bring him to Las Piñas to see one! 😉

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For more information, do visit the Yexel’s Toy Museum Facebook Page + no, I wasn’t compensated for this post 😉

images are from Yexel’s Toy Museum

where-to-weekend: 23rd philippine travel mart, smx convention center

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If you have yet to go on that much-needed vacation + explore more of the Philippines, now is definitely the best time to do so.

Let the upcoming 23rd Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) on August 10 to 12 at the SMX convention Center in Pasay City help you decide on that destination, transportation + accommodation + make that dream meandering adventure a reality.

Read this short press release for more information:

Now bigger than ever, the Philippine Travel Mart (PTM)—the longest-running travel trade show in the country—is set to showcase the Philippines in the upcoming Sale ng Bayan. Featuring heritage and eco-adventure tours from all over the Philippines, the 23rd PTM is the result of various familiarization and exploration trips that bring new tour products into the market every year.
 
The annual event is organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism. With almost 250 exhibitors presenting their tour products through colorful pavilions and booths, the Sale ng Bayan will also launch “Philippine Island Fun Caravan Getaways”—joint group tours that cover various locations from all over the Philippines. These 4-day to 8-day tours pool local, balikbayan, and foreign tourists together to avail of special packages that would have otherwise cost a lot of money if done individually. Featured tours include the Batanes-Cagayan Northern-scape, Cordilleras Cultural Weekend Warrior Caravan,Central Visayas Backdoor tour, and the Tuna-T’Boli trail, among others.
 
“It has always been our goal to outdo ourselves every year,” says PHILTOA President Cesar Cruz, who is also the chairman of the upcoming PTM. “Innovation is key. We’ve been working closely with tour operators and government agencies alike to offer newer, better products yearly.”
 
Like most trade shows, the PTM will still feature classic destinations such as Bohol, Boracay, Cebu and Palawan. Also not to be missed are the individual tour packages that have anywhere from 70 to 80% discounted prices, such as “Kulinarya” (Binondo food trip for as low as P648), “Health and Wellness” (Tagaytay Wellness trip for as low as P2900), “Festivals” (Panagbenga trip for as low as P5500), and many more. Aside from the endless array of tour products in the country’s biggest gathering of tour operators, the PTM will also provide informative seminars for students dubbed as Byahe-info. Also scheduled is an Eco Chorale Competition, a Folk Dance Competition, and even a Tourism Quiz Bee—ensuring educational activities for everyone in attendance.
 
Traveling is more fun in the Philippines!

For more information on the 23rd Philippine Travel Mart + The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Inc. ~  is a non-stock and non-profit organization of tour operators and allied members actively involved in the advocacy of responsible tourism. The membership includes travel agencies, hotel, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores, and other tourism-oriented establishments and associations ~ visit the PHILTOA Website.

fun family bonding at the robot zoo

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We had the chance to spend a wonderful afternoon two Saturdays ago at the Robot Zoo, which is located at the 2nd Level of the NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center. My sister Isabel accompanied me + the little man for this early evening event at the Mall of Asia.

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We arrived at the Robot Zoo a wee bit late due to a little emergency, the program has already started when we showed up to register for the event. Many familiar friendly faces are present in the occasion, most of whom are mum blogger friends with their little one in tow. Refreshments were served by Big Chill {I love their refreshing watermelon shake}  along with tasty doughnuts from Krispy Kreme + pizza from Yellow Cab.

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Not long after we arrived, the kiddos + grown ups alike are asked to queue so that  we can finally check out The Robot Zoo! The little man looked really excited as he grabbed another mommy blogger friend’s hand to get in line!

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The tall robot giraffe welcomes everyone to this electronic menagerie upon entrance, promising only beautiful + interesting things to come! Everyone is excited to see everything that is on display, so we went on to check out the first thing that caught our eyes! Big installations of robot animals, including the platypus, the giant squid, the larger-than-life fly + ant, the enchanting chameleon, the rhino, + the grasshopper, will surely catch everyone’s attention, especially those of the little ones. My son was all over the place in no time, checking out one display after another. I love the idea that this place is really interactive + there are loads of wonderful stuff to get little chubby hands busy! Jared was checking out dials, knobs + bolts. He even had a go at this little racetrack for tortoises, too bad he ran out of turtle shells at the time! 😉

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Apart from being totally fun + enjoyable, I also love that this place is also educational + that kids + adults alike will learn loads of new things. The little ones get to check out how chameleon moves his body + head, as well as try to be chameleons for the day, too! The children also discovered how to see using a fly’s vision {I cannot help but try this out myself!}, as well as discover a whole lot of new + interesting things about these animals + how they go about in their daily lives.

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The fun + interactive installations of tablets + pads here + there, along with the educational applications + programs found in them, also added another thrill to this place. Even though his little hands can barely reach one of the pads, Jared cannot help but try some of them out. There were educational alphabet, puzzles + number games. There was even an interactive chessboard shown in one of the bigger monitors. I’d say the Php200 admission fee is well worth it!

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After we’ve checked out the entire place + took photos of almost everything found in it, including one beside Astroboy, we made a beeline back to where the program was held + while eating + resting our feet, the children are treated to a round of games + prizes, too! The little man particularly had fun seeing all these many kids at one place {you can check out his post, to see for yourself! ;)}. He posed with a lot of other kiddos + tried to participate in the games, too. + even though our group {of course the mums had to pitch in afterwards} did not win, the little man was able to take home a Nickelodeon gift pack, that contains an eco-bag {yey!}, a roller band, and a number of stationery, after all!

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Truly a day at The Robot Zoo is a perfect bonding activity for the family. Thank you Geri + Geiser Maclang for inviting us to take part in this wonderful experience! 😉

For more information about the Robot Zoo, you may check out this post or follow the NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center Facebook Page

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If the weather clears up over the weekend, then we shall be heading to the SM Mall of Asia to check out the Robot Zoo. I know it can be quite a long travel but we have never been there + it shall be well worth it as I know the little man will absolutely love the experience + will enjoy everything that he sees there.

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The Robot Zoo Giraffe, one of the main attractions of the newly opened Robot Zoo Exhibit in the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center Exhibit Hall located on the 2nd Level South Side Entertainment Mall SM Mall of Asia, is what greets the guests upon entering

The Robot Zoo, located at the 2nd Level of the NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center, aims to give kids + kids-at-heart a closer look at how the marvelous critters do their amazing feats, through their larger-than-life robotic installations that showcase how these animals do wonders. Developed by Evergreen Exhibits, The Robot Zoo is also based on the book with the same name.

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The Robot Zoo Platypus

“In keeping with our mission to celebrate the love for learning, we will be revamping our exhibits with fresh new material for everyone to enjoy. The Robot Zoo is first among the new walk-through galleries we’re about to present to the Filipino audience.” enthused Arturo Carballo, the Senior Operations Manager of NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center

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The Robot Zoo Grasshopper

Included in the exhibit are a colorful assortment of animals including a giraffe, a platypus, a chameleon, a grasshopper, a bat, a giant squid with 18-foot tentacles, to name a few. The Robot Zoo also features interactive activities that are sure to give visitors hands-on fun and excitement.

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The Robot Zoo Squid

A visit to The NIDO  FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center located on the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center Exhibit Hall 2nd Level South Side Entertainment Mall SM Mall of Asia will be such a welcome treat for your little ones. Take them to The Robot Zoo—where the magic of nature comes to life in the coolest way possible.  

Oh, by the way, NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center is giving away 2 complimentary passes to our readers who will give us the best answer to this question, “I want to visit the Robot Zoo in SM Mall of Asia because…” The winners shall be announced on Friday, 06 July at 5PM. The zoo visits begins on 09 July, 2012

For more information, you may visit NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center’s YouTube channel, and check The Robot Zoo’s promotional video or like their Facebook Page.