We were in Brunei last month. It was a very short (overnight) trip so, I wasn’t really able to go around and take a lot of photos. Brunei is a very clean, quiet and beautiful place. I like being a ‘tourist’ there but I’m not so sure if I can live in such a quiet and lonely place. We were just in the town area and I even didn’t get a chance to go in their malls. That’s why I’m so sad and why it feels my trip was incomplete.
I also didn’t get a chance to shop (except to buy some souvenirs at the airport) so, I wouldn’t now if they sell cajun accordions or not. Anyways, hopefully we can visit Brunei again and maybe stay longer there to truly experience the place and their culture. Until next time, Brunei! * Sorry for low quality photos.. these are the ones I took from my phone. I got better ones in my other camera but the files are too big, I can’t upload them here. Sorry.
I’ve been planning for months to post about all the fun places we’ve been here in Manila, but at the end of the day, I forget about it and then I get too lazy to write about it.
Anyways, since we’ve just been to the Future Park last Sunday and everything’s so fresh on my mind, I’ll write a short post about our experience there. It was my daughter’s birthday and so I thought we could celebrate her birthday there. Thank God for Metrodeal vouchers, we got 50% off the original price. Future Park is an interactive digital playground. It has six experiences, namely the Gravity Balls, Sketch City, Head Rush, Social Floor, Body Paint and Room Racers.
When we registered and entered the play area, my kids were immediately impressed with the ‘invisible’ tag on their wrist. They played the Head Rush first and my son got stuck playing Room Racers for a long time while my daughter enjoyed the Sketch City. The thing that I love about Future Park is that everything is hi tech but without the wires and rca cords dangling around. It’s so neat and well organized. Their staff were also so friendly and helpful. The kids loved their time there because everything was new to them. All in all, it was a good play experience for us ( especially for the kids), but I honestly expected the place to be a bit bigger and with more stuff to play and tinker with. With the 50% Metrodeal voucher that we got, I feel it was still worth it. But, if I had to pay a full price of 550 pesos/person, then I think it’s a bit expensive for a small space like that. Even if we were not in a hurry and tried to spend more time there, we only spent a total of 2 hours and then the kids already want to go home as they already tried everything. But it was still a fun experience for us and as we went home my daughter thanked me many times for such a fun birthday she had at Future Park.
Last May 1st was the final showing of the world’s longest running musical Les Miserables at The Theater at Solair Resort. I really wanted to watch it but I just didn’t have the extra budget for it. I’m not sure though if there’s a next time but it’s okay. I would just have to console myself.
Anyways, as we’re here in Manila, there’s a lot of concerts, musicals and plays that we can watch. We haven’t watched one yet, but we’re planning to watch a concert from the Citipointe Band this June. Oh, I’m sure it’ll be a fun concert to watch with all their contemporary Christian music complete with hi tech musical instruments and sound effects with hot tubes . My daughter is excited for this event. And this reminds me to check out other concerts and plays we might be able to watch while we’re here.
There’s no better way to learn about a country’s history and art than to go to the National Museum, and that’s what we did for our homeschool field trip with my kids. The Philippine National Museum is located at the heart of Manila and it’s very easy to go there.
I always love to go to Museums, there’s something about looking at art, painting and artifacts that makes me relax and inspired. I think it has something to do with the fact that I’m an ‘artist wannabe’.
Anyways, an entrance fee of 50 Pesos for Students ( must present IDs) and 150 Pesos for Adults entitles you to visit the National Art Gallery ( the main museum), Museum of the Filipino People ( walking distance from the main museum) and the Planetarium. Since we arrived there after lunch and spent more than 3 hours in the main gallery, we didn’t have time to go to the other buildings. So, if you plan to go there, be there early so you can visit the 3 museums.
Here are some of the photos that I took inside the main museum. And I highly recommend you to visit them museum and see for yourself the magnificent works of our national artists.
NATIONAL MUSEUM of the Philippines Admission Fees ( taken from their website)
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We’ve been here in Manila for 6 months now, we have another 5 months before we move again. This actually reminds me check out our to-go- to the places in our ‘homeschool field trips’ list. I haven’t listed a lot of places, but maybe as time goes on, I will add on a few more places to the list.
Oh, 5 more months…. means we have to pack our things once a again from clothes to pl200 and move to a different place.