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Boardgame Cafes: Snacks & Ladders, Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe, and Laruan Atbp Cafe

A relatively new development is giving us hope that mankind is not doomed to a world where people, even if sitting on the same table, are not talking to each other but are staring on their gadget screens. Ok, we may have stretched that too far. Too optimistic; we can’t really save mankind from doom. It’s more of the hope that kids will start enjoying games with actual physical interaction. No one knows what happens in the next generation, but at least there’s hope that we don’t grow couch potatoes. At least not too soon. We’re talking of boardgames, those games that don’t require electronics to run (the kind that the older generation used to enjoy). These boardgames are served, together with food, in cafes that have sprouted in the metro. Continue reading Boardgame Cafes: Snacks & Ladders, Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe, and Laruan Atbp Cafe

When in Boracay: Be a Mermaid!

Beach, sun and sand — the perfect combination of these elements makes Boracay a world-famous beach destination. And if the beach is not enough, Boracay boasts of endless activities to occupy each precious second tourists spend on the island-paradise. Diving and parasailing are only a few of these activities, some of which you could see in our post on why we still love Boracay. But don’t you know that you can live your childhood dream of becoming a mermaid? Continue reading When in Boracay: Be a Mermaid!

Revisiting Museo Pambata (Manila City)

The world is confusing, no doubt about it. Sometimes we want places to stay the same. Other times we want something new in the places that we visit again. The first time we visited Museo Pambata, the kids had fun. A couple of visits to this kid-friendly establishment in Manila City, it stayed the same. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised to see new additions when we revisited the Museong Pambata over the long holy week weekend. Continue reading Revisiting Museo Pambata (Manila City)

Dinosaurs Island in Clark, Pampanga

Name three dinosaurs that you know. Quick! Let me guess — you named some of the common dinosaurs: T.Rex, Triceratops and the Velociraptor. These dinosaurs have been popularized by that amazing 1993 movie, Jurassic Park. Imagine these dinosaurs (and more) are moving, roaring at the top of their lungs, and you can interact with them, face to face, in an enclosed location that resembles Jurassic Park? If that’s a tad difficult to imagine, then better visit the Dinosaurs Island. Continue reading Dinosaurs Island in Clark, Pampanga

Feed your Brain at The Mind Museum

A museum, for you, evokes what kind of images and what kind of emotions? Allow us to start off with the following guesses. A museum is a place where really old artifacts are kept and displayed. It’s a place where you can only view these artifacts, cordoned or sealed for protection, from a distance. It’s a boring place, except to those who have a deep love for the subject (or pretend to do so). These things may true of other museums, but definitely not The Mind Museum. Continue reading Feed your Brain at The Mind Museum

Kiddie Fun at Active Fun (The Annex, SM City North EDSA)

There are a number of reasons why parents bring their children to fun places. Places like Active Fun. One is the genuine desire to allow their children to have fun. Another is to have an excuse to go shopping, with the kids safely tucked in Active Fun. Still another is for a bargaining tool — if you behave I’ll bring you to Active Fun this weekend. Continue reading Kiddie Fun at Active Fun (The Annex, SM City North EDSA)

Mall of Asia Revisited and the Science Discovery Center

In the original text of the previous article on SM Mall of Asia, we mentioned something about not going back to the SM Mall of Asia again, ever. It has something to do with being lost in a huge place, the chaotic parking area and the fact that the Mall of Asia, or oftentimes called MOA, had just opened. I came back to the MOA many times since then, I must confess, and each visit has its pleasant surprises. Continue reading Mall of Asia Revisited and the Science Discovery Center

Avilon Zoo (Rodriguez, Rizal)

What is a zoo? Could we consider Calauit Island Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary (Palawan) a zoo? Is the best zoo in the Philippines? My choice? That’s pretty obvious from the title of this post. But I’m not talking about Ark Avilon Zoo, located beside Tiendesitas, Ortigas. I’m talking about it’s sister zoo, the bigger Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal. Continue reading Avilon Zoo (Rodriguez, Rizal)

Blue Lagoon at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

One yardstick of a great destination, in my book, is when it’s somewhere I don’t mind driving straight for hours, get immersed in the splendor of the place for an hour or so, pack up then go home. Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte) definitely fits that standard, although the beauty of this destination is not limited to the wide open and smooth country roads, the nice views along the way, or the compelling history of the place and its people. Continue reading Blue Lagoon at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Museong Pambata (Manila City)

It’s funny how parents would go far and wide just to bring their kids to some place magical. Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Splash Island in Binan, Laguna. Ocean Adventure in Subic Bay. But at the heart of Metro Manila, just beside the Manila Ocean Park and opposite the Luneta Park, is a place specifically created primarily for kids — the Museo Pambata. Continue reading Museong Pambata (Manila City)