From The Toy Box: Dinosaur Excavation Kit

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How is your summer so far? Are you bored or have you found some interesting ways to pass your time. I sure hope I can squeeze in a few more activities before summer is over. I would love to learn how to play one of those 60s guitars, but I am not sure if mum can find an affordable music tutor nearby.

Anyway, it was another one of those lazy summer afternoons when mum unearthed this National Geographic Channel Dinosaur Excavation Kit so I can play with it. I’ve had it for a while now but have not found the time to play with it. I was also down with coughs and colds when we received it that mum kept it until I am well and free from the sniffles. The educational toy kit include this small grey block, a small brush, + a chisel. The goal is to dig into the small block until you find the remains of a dinosaur buried somewhere underneath.

played adventurers for a day + found this seismosaurus! #jaredslittlecorner #weekend #fms_photoaday #fms_neutrals

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Mum set up my chairs outside + unboxed this toy. I dug the afternoon away, searching for a sign of a dinosaur in between the dust and the rubble. With a little help from mum, I finally managed to dig up this cool seismosaurus from the block. Don’t you think he was cool? It was also an awesome idea to be a little adventurer for a day, searching for this buried treasure. I think dinosaurs are very awesome creatures + I also currently like the film, The Good Dinosaur, which we saw at the cinema a few months back. Mum downloaded a copy + I’ve watched it several times at home.

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What is your current favorite toy? I will be featuring my new Hot Wheels Speedtropolis Playset next and I hope you stay tuned for that. Cheers!

 

A battle for supremacy like no other

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It was indeed a clash for supremacy between two of the world’s greatest super heroes, a monumental collision to gain the trust and confidence of the people of the world as to who will be their ultimate savior.

But the night belonged to guests of Devant, makers of the most technologically advanced and smart TVs in the country today, for the special block screening of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the posh Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 in Makati City.

Devant’s corporate partners, bloggers and other VIPs all showed up in an exciting evening to be among the first to watch the thrilling and most anticipated movie event of the year, where Batman and Superman clash in an epic collision for supremacy and power.

And that’s not all as premium loot bags and exciting raffles prizes were given away by Devant for lucky moviegoers prior to the screening, much to their delight.

Devant also reminded their guests that the “Battle for Supremacy” promo is still ongoing. For every purchase of Devant’s big-screen TVs like the 65-inch UHD200 Ultra HD TV, the 55 and 50-inch UHV200 Ultra HD TVs, the 58 and 50-inch DTV700 Smart TVs, customers can enjoy quality home entertainment by pairing them with equally impressive home entertainment accessories, all offered at special add-on prices.

Enjoy clear and distinct audio of your favorite movies, concerts or sporting events with the DV-5270 Devant 5.1 Channel multimedia speaker (270W), DV-280 Devant 2.1 Channel multimedia speaker (80W), and DV-5160 Devant 5.1 Channel multimedia speaker (160W). (more…)

 

Hi-5 Philippines Season 2: double the learning, twice the fun

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I love watching Hi-5 on the telly + I will never forget meeting all the cast members last year, along with Fely from the Australian version {you can check out mum’s post for details about that awesome day!}. They are up for their second season this year + I will surely catch it whenever I can, especially during weekends or when there is no school on weekdays.

Our friends from Hi-5 Philippines shares the following press release on what to look forward to this season, read on:

After debuting last year as the first and only all-Filipino cast for the local franchise of the award-winning Australian edutainment show, Hi-5 Philippines’ first season has been a one-of-a-kind ride for the cast and its young viewers. Philippine television witnessed the birth of the edutainment program of this generation, and the new icons of today’s youngsters in its maiden season.

And a new round of catchy songs, exhilarating dances and learning adventures await fans as the show returns for a second season. The vibrant gang of Hi-5 Philippines, composed of Fred, Rissey, Aira, Alex and Gerard, is sure to captivate kids and kids-at-heart once more with their irresistible charm, especially now that they’ve learned the ropes and have more to bring to the table.

The cast took time to reminisce about experiences during the show’s first run, look back at how much they’ve grown, and share their thrill for the new season. The group revealed that they have just as much fun as their viewers when doing the show.

“My segments usually involve food and eating. One time, I had to eat bread and jam. It took several takes, that when our director requested for another one, I had to take a break because I ended up finishing the loaf, and was too full already,” Aira fondly recalls.

Meanwhile, Rissey reveals what an amusing challenge her Body Move segment is, with her mimicking different animals during storytelling. “I’ve been all kinds of animals already that I feel like I can create a ‘Rissey Zoo’ now,” she said.

However challenging, everyone recognizes how Hi-5 contributed to their growth as performers and as individuals. “It really stretched us as performers. The role requires being childlike, and doing this really helped me get in touch with the child within me,” Rissey said.

“The bonding sessions with the group are the best thing about the first season for me. Clinging to each other through all the tapings and shows, and just doing everything else together was definitely unforgettable,” said Fred, adding that that made a huge contribution to them becoming more comfortable with their roles.

“Being part of Hi-5 requires presenting a heightened version of ourselves. And in the course of doing that, we somehow embody our roles that it’s no longer just a character, it becomes us,” Gerard said.

They also recognized and acknowledged how amazing it is to be a role model that kids look up to. Although they admitted that being a role model comes with a great deal of responsibility as well.

“It’s a lot of pressure to be a good role model to kids but it also gives you a really good feeling. A kind of warm rushing light fills you especially when you get feedback from the kids on how much impact you’re making in their lives,” Alex shared.

They said that the positive reception that they get from kids and parents during their live shows, in schools and malls, is overwhelming and very fulfilling.

“It’s the best feeling when a kid comes up to us and tells us that we are their inspiration, or that they always look forward to watching our show,” Aira said. Gerard added that interacting with the kids in their live shows is when they feel most acknowledged for what they do.

In this regard, the Hi-5 barkada cannot contain their excitement for the new season. They’ll be bringing their learnings from season one and are hoping that fans will show them more love.

“We hope everybody tunes in to Hi-5 Season 2 and see how much we’ve grown together. They can expect new songs and new adventures, as well as more of the good kind of craziness with the gang,” Rissey said. Fred spills that long-awaited songs will be part of season 2, including the group’s personal favorite “Wish Upon a Star.”

Join Fred, Rissey, Aira, Alex and Gerard for another Hi-5 season of fun, singing, dancing and active learning beginning February 22. Hi-5 airs Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., Saturday at 9:30am and Sunday at 9:00 am, only on TV5.

 

Google Doodle: Leap Year 2016

Look at how cute the Google Doodle is for today, 29th of February, or what most people call leap day or leap year. According to our lesson in school, the month of February usually only has 28 days but during leap year, an extra day was added, the 29th. This happens every 4 years according to mum. It would both be awesome + a bummer to celebrate your birthday on the 29th, don’t you think?

In this fun doodle, the bunnies with 28 and 1 in their bodies made way so bunny 29 can hop right in! Yes, it is one of those animated Google Doodle + I’ll suggest you check it out if you haven’t already, a great way to celebrate the leap day!  Approve

 

Pose like a Kung Fu master to see the advance screening of Kung Fu Panda 3

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Be among the first ones to join Po and the rest of the Kung Fu masters as they explore asecret panda paradise in the advanced screening of Kung Fu Panda 3. The fast-talking panda with a huge appetite is on a big mission again to unleash the Dragon Warrior in him, and Nickelodeon is giving everyone the chance to score exclusive seats to the special screening of the posse’s third fun and action-filled adventure on March 6.

Po and the Furious Five’s latest quest is one that can’t be missed, so Nickelodeon is giving away premiere screening tickets to 35 kids who can lock in their best martial arts pose, worthy for the Kung Fu masters.For a chance to be one of the lucky 35 to win tickets, one simply has to take a photo of them doing their best Kung Fu pose at any McDonald’s branch, which they can submit online by logging on to nick-asia.com.

The 35 kids with the best pictures will win four tickets each to the screening party and the chance to have fun as big as the comedy adventure, with the exciting activities that Nickelodeon prepared, in line with the advance screening.

Prior to the showing of the feature length film, kids get to enjoy games inspired by the movie such as Po’s Dumpling Transfer, which is a twist on the classic lemon relay. There’s also the modified version of the newspaper dance in the form of a game called Crane to Victory, among others.

There are a whole lot of other Kung Fu Panda-games, product samplings and mascot appearances in store on the day of the screening, that kids should definitely watch out for!

The promo will only run from February 14 to March 2, 2016, so hurry to the nearest McDonald’s, strut your best Kung Fu pose, and log on to nick-asia.com for a chance to win tickets to the advance screening of Kung Fu Panda 3, happening on March 6 at the SM Megamall Cinema 6.

The Kung Fu Panda 3 Screening Party is presented by McDonalds. Co-sponsored by Chooey, Dream Play City of Dreams, and Milkita.

 

Get Your Free E-Book Copy Of Shy Shelly And A Missing Book

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Trust mum to know where to get free e-books online. Yesterday she chanced upon this free e-book download from the Omf Literature Facebook Page. Of course, she cannot simply let a free e-book pass, + add the fact that she was totally smitten by the book cover. She downloaded the book + finished reading it today. She said it was a good story + I cannot wait to read it with her. Did I mention it is a children’s book? 😀

Claim your free Shy Shelly And A Missing Book penned by Justine Hail by clicking on the book image above. Don’t forget to let us know if you enjoy reading it, right? Happy reading! 😉

 

i got peanutized!

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I just recently discovered the awesome + colorful world of Peanuts thanks to the Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanut Movie which I have seen a couple dozen times already! I fell in love with Charlie Brown’s colorful world + his awesome friends. It was good that they also launched Happy Meal Peanuts toys in time for the film + even when I was not able to collect all the toys, I am very happy with those that we got in our collection {although if you will be kind enough to send us the Schoeder + Sally toys, it will be most appreciated ^_^}. I will share my Peantus happy Meal Toys

A few days back mum showed me this cool Peanutize Me website, where you can turn yourself into one of those cool Peanuts characters. I chose among the many different options and this is what the Peanut version of me looks like! I love wearing shades + watch so I included that in my Peanut self. I thought he was cool, what do you think? This Peanutize photos can be downloaded as profile picture or a wall paper. We downloaded the profile photo version so we can easily share it here.

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Mum also did a peanutized version of herself, what do you think?

Did you make a Peanut version of yourself, too? I wonder how you looked like.

 

From The Mailbox: Avengers Postcards

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It has been a while since I last shared about my postcard collection. Mum + i were not as active in postcrossing as we are the previous years, but we did manage to have a number of awesome swaps, including these avengers postcards sent to us from China.

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I may not have told you before, but I am a big fan of Avengers and I have seen their films on the telly loads of times! They are all my faves and it sure was a treat to receive their postcards in the mail.

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The guy mum swapped with had numerous Avengers cards + we are glad he agreed to swap with a lot of them, so I can have a bunch of Avengers characters in my collection. I received Ironman, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow, + Hawkeye. I was not able to take photos of the Ironman + Hulk cards, but I will make sure to share them with you next time.  (more…)

 

Encouraging Your Little Sports Fan

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wearing my red basketball jersey for our PreSchool Musical program last year

When it comes to sports teams, kids tend to follow family traditions. For example, if a family has a long history of rooting for the local professional baseball team, then children born into that family will usually get caught up in the fan mania as well. Parents who are also sports fans like to encourage their little ones to have as much team spirit as possible, and there are plenty of ways to inspire a love of the home team in your littlest fan.

Dress Them In The Proper Apparel

If you are an NFL family, then you should be investing in NFL baby clothes for your little ones. It is never too early to get a fan started on that lifelong journey with their team, and being seen in team apparel is a great way to help your little fan show some team spirit.

Take Them To A Game

A live sporting event can be a loud and lively event, which means that it is not ideal for the very young fans. But as your child gets a little older, you can create exciting memories by taking them to their first real game. When you get your little fan decked out in their own team gear and take them to see the team play in person, you are creating a day your child will never forget.

Dress Up Their Bedroom

A good place to allow your child to show their fan allegiance is in their bedroom. You can do something as simple as getting your child a set of bed sheets with the team’s logo and colors on them, or you can get involved in elaborate painting projects that turn their entire room into a fan’s dream. There are also large, removable decals you can get of your child’s favorite players that would look perfect on their bedroom walls.

Being a sports fan is usually something that children get directly from their families. A child might start to follow their parents’ favorite team, or it could be granddad’s favorite college football team that creates dreams for the little fan to follow. You can encourage your little fan to cheer on their team, and enjoy the up and down ride of being a true and passionate sports fan, by providing them with the tools they need to put their sports allegiance on display wherever they go.

Jared Quips

Mum + dad are not huge sports fans but we do enjoy watching a basketball game from time to time. They also recently bought me this cute basketball jersey, which I also wore for a school activity. I though being interested in sports is really cool. My fave at the moment is swimming + I cannot wait for my summer swimming class to start. I also enjoy a friendly game of basketball with my parents in our garage whenever we can + this year I am re-starting to learn how to bike +looking forward to use my new Avengers bike everyday!

 

Happy New Year!

Before mum turns off the laptop to take a break from work + welcome 2016, allow me to greet everyone a blessed + prosperous new year! This year has been an awesome adventure + we look forward to another great year this 2016.

Some of the highlights of our year is my very first commencement activity in March, where I got a number of medals for the efforts i put in for studying, my very fun swimming lessons last summer, my 6th birthday when we went to Kidzoona, our visit to Art In Island, my very first field trip in October and our very first visit to Kidzania Manila {you can read all about the experience in mum’s post here}, my first apple bite {yes, i am not fond of fruits + hopefully i’d be able to eat more of them this new year!}, and a hosts of weekend trips we made to my grandparents’ house to visit + play with my cousins! We also got to visit Museo Pambata twice this year. Of course, I won’t forget the time when we got to watch Mickey Mouse + his gang when they had a show in Manila. I definitely enjoyed each and everyone of these experiences!

Here’s to making more wonderful memories this coming year + hopefully, mum will get to have more time to make more updates around here. Can you believe she has yet to blog about most of the things we did this year? I do hope she will find more time to blog around here next year, or who knows, I might just be making my “official” first post in this corner very soon!

We’ll be off to my grandparents’ house to welcome 2016 just like we did last Christmas which I absolutely enjoyed. We stayed there for 3 days! I hope we can stay longer this time around so I can catch up with my ate + my kuya. Also, tito Ken said he would buy some sparklers for our New Year celebration so I am all excited.

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