Category Archives: Geoff

Week 32 – Sweet Smile

It took this long before I can post an update. I have been having sharing issues with Geoff over the phone. Just the same, he made it a habit to delete photos and videos to annoy me.

Anyway, it makes me more motivated to improve on my baking skills as Geoff is my number 1 suki (next to Jeff, I think!).

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Cutie with his cupcake šŸ™‚

Ouchies

Last month, it was a bruise on Geoff’s face that was caused by roughhousing with Tofu. The other day, it was a wound near his eye because he was busy exploring in the grocery store and was not looking at where he was going. Today, it was another wound below his lip dahil nasobrahan sa pag dance to his hi5 show.

I find it unnerving to see these ouches that we call, mostly because I failed to prevent it. On the other hand, I also find it a bit educational for Geoff because without these minor mishaps, he would not learn how to be careful. Yes, I feel guilty for not being able to prevent it, but at the same time, I am grateful that it is nothing too serious.

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Selfie taken by Geoff. No assistance here from meemee!

Of course, judging eyes areĀ also inevitable, especially when they say something like “pinababayaan ang bata”. I just let it pass. I don’t have time to deal with such.

I think these incidents are all part of growing up. All children go through this phase in order to learn. So, in Geoff’s case, he’ll fall, he’ll cry, once he manages his pain, he will come to me and I’ll remind him to be careful. Let’s face it, 2 year olds will always look at everything as play, and sometimes with baby boys, most of them enjoy playing rough. No need to put the blame on anything or anybody. An assurance that his ouchies will go away soon is all that he needs (and first aid too, in case of scratches and wounds!).

Kid’s Workshop – Place to be for Kids in Greenhills

One place that we never considered bringing Geoff is in Greenhills. I always thought that the place isĀ not for toddlers, thinking that it iss usually crowded. I did not think that there is a place for him except for the small arcade near the foodcourt in V Mall. This thought changed when I received an invite from Kid’s Workshop.

We received the invite back in AugustĀ . Since the place was kind of far from where I am residing, I kind of put it off at the last minute. I was glad I did decide to bring Geoff. I will let the pictures do the talking (with a few narratives, of course!)

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The entrance. It is located in the second floor of Shoppesville, you have to look for it a bit as you have to turn to an alley.

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There is a treats store where the kids can grab food when they get hungry. The amount taken will just be added to your bill when you log out.

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Stroller parking for younger kids.

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Waiting area. This is also where the kids can eat or drink milk if they need to do so.

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Rates and rules. A bit on the steeper side, but you should know why I think the price is reasonable in a bit.

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This is a shot I took from the entrance.

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There is a second floor/ loft area

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Colorful ceiling

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Geoff having fun at the spiral slide, with an ate to assist him.

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Opposite of the spiral slide is a mini hanging bridge connected to another slide, a ship’s anchor, and a rock climbing wall

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Geoff in action.

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On the second floor, there are bookshelves and computers that the children can use.

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Book case with an assortment of titles favored by kids

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An area where kids can read or play. According to some of the ates, there is a cctv in the area since it is covered.

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Computer games can be played here. Too bad, Geoff is too young to really pay attention to this area.

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Busy exploring

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View from the top, there are rocking horses, an activity area for the kids, the brown area is a canopy where a baby was sleeping

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Underneath the slides are toys of various kinds. On this side, there are wooden blocks, tools set, and toy animals

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Geoff loved scattering the toys, which I had to put back. Nakakahiya naman kasi.

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On the other side is Geoff’s favorite: pool of balls!

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Geoff was also engrossed with this puzzle game

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On the girly side of the area, there is another bookshelf

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A kitchen area with a big pantry of toy fruits and vegetables

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A cozy seat with dolls

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Gas for them broom brooms

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During this time, they were doing a song and dance activity. Geoff decided that he does not want to join

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Another angle for the loft

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Busy cooking fruits

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Picnic time

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Arts and crafts area

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Geoff with the props they used for the song and dance activity

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Finally, Geoff relented to do his arts activity. He was happy with the glue and confetti

The arts and crafts material are not included in the fee, however, you can choose the activity you or your kid want to do with prices ranging from 70-150 pesos. This, I think is one of the things that sets other play places apart because the kids are not just there to play, but also to do arts and learn.

Kid’s Workshop also offers the Fun Club. Fee is P550 per child, for 1 year membership. By being a member, you can get to enjoy the following:

  1. Discount coupons which you can use for KidsPlay, KidsArt, KidsParties, KidsPlayDates and the renewal of membership. These coupons are are also transferable except for 2.
  2. 1 free Unlimited KidsPlay coupon which you may use any day during your kid’s birth month.
  3. An additional 5% off when you celebrate your child’s birthday with them. This is on top of the 15% off that you get. You can choose from PlayParty or Play + Art Party. Should you wish to extend, 30 minutes is free if you hold it between 10AM -12:30PM.
  4. Early bird discounts and priority booking for KidsEvents (current event is Fiesta! Kanta, Laro, Saya!)
  5. 75% off on the annual KidsFUNClub Get2Gether (guests will get 50% off)
Coupons and a temporary ID for membership

Coupons and a temporary ID for membership

Discovering that there is a place for kids in Greenhills is such a treat. You can have fun shopping without the worry if your child is bored and tired while you tag them along. With Kid’s Workshop, you can just let them play and learn and have fun.

Play schedules are as follows:

Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Kid’s Workshop
2/F Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City
Telephone: 723-09-32
Mobile: +63-917-599-5324
Email: kidsworkshopghills@gmail.com

Official website: http://www.kidsworkshopghills.com/


 

Geoff’s First Fun Ranch Experience

It has been Babe and my plan to bring Geoff over to Fun Ranch, however, the plan did not materialize due to time constraints. Even when Babe left, the topic would come up during one of our conversations. That was how badly we want Geoff to experience Fun Ranch.

The plan materialized one Sunday afternoon when Ate Jen sent me a message to meet them there. I immediately said yes because 1) We miss them! We haven’t seen each other in months and I’m pretty sure Geoff misses them too! and 2) Geoff would finally experience Fun Ranch!

So, I will let the photos talk. Please note that this is not an actual review of the place, and more of documenting one item off our bucket list.

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This was lunch when we got to Tiendesitas to meet up. I’m not sure of the food prices, but everything seems to be affordable (I think!)

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The baby could not help not to ride the red dog near the entrance. It costs P10 per ride.

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Dragon roller coaster. Geoff was accompanied by his Tita Lady. These are Geoff’s cousins, Ate Danielle and Kuya Cyv.

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Before the ride. Geoff kept his eyes covered throughout.

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Happy smile before the ride started.

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A hopscotch area.

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Hanging bridge. Geoff loved the bouncy feeling while crossing, my brave little boy.

This is how fun the bridge was for Geoff:

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Choo choo train area, bump car ride just beside it. This is located on the second floor.

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A view while waiting for Geoff’s bump car ride to finish. There is a carousel below, as well as a few other rides. Ticket prices differ if you prefer to get the ride all you can, or per piece.

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Teacup ride inside.

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Another picture with Tita. This time, Geoff was identifying the animals placed everywhere in Fun Ranch.

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Mini bowling alley. There is also a mini golf course. These are not included on the all you can ride tag, the price is P100 per game/ per player each.

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Teacup ride and mini golf sign.

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While waiting for his turn to try the mini golf club.

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Airplane ride. This was what Geoff and I first rode together, which is why I don’t have a picture of us together.

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Fishing game. Geoff wanted more to annoy his cousins and splash around.

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Family, sans babe and the grand parents.

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Cousins up close.

By the way, fee for Playdium is not included in the all you can ride tag (P350, I think). Ate availed of the 30 minute play for Geoff which costs P120. Geoff enjoyed the experience, me, not so much. I find running, climbing, sliding, and running after Geoff some more quite exhausting, especially that the place is quite big for a playplace.

Overall, it was a fun day, not just for Geoff, but for everyone. Special thanks again to my lovely sisters, Ate Jen and Ate Lady.

Week 32 – Hiyaah!

So on this week, I was surprised when I received some sort of nudge in my shins. When I looked, the baby was kicking me, at the same time, shouting, “hiyaah!” (Yes, I was so engrossed with what I was reading that time, I did not notice his antics!)

Dunno where he got it, maybe some of the commercials, maybe even Disney, but it was adorable!

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Shouting

Almost all parenting blogs and articles that I have read are not into shouting. They have cited the negative impact on the children who experiences this. Earlier on in my adventures with being a mom, I tried my best to practice positive reinforcements and phrasing in order to give Geoff the best experience growing up.

You see, I grew up in a traditional environment. Naranasan ko yung mapalo, masigawan, mapagalitan, kapag sumobra kami ng kapatid ko. Name it, I think I may have experienced it, thus I really wanted to give progressive parenting a try, knowing that the environment today is way too different that before. After all, I grew up well grounded naman, so I want to see the difference myself.

Unfortunately, as much as I want to eliminate shouting in the house, this may be an area that I can’t seem to uphold in our household. Geoff is currently in his “terrible two” phase. He would climb, run, jump, hit, and even hurt himself in the process and most of the times, my initial reaction is to yell, sometimes curse, and even spank his little hands kapag sumosobra.

Naughty and playful. Such a handful.

Naughty and playful. Such a handful.

Am I proud of it? Of course not. I hate myself whenever I do so, knowing that I have the option not to yell or shout, or worse, hit. I sense a lot of will within Geoff, that whenever I try to ask him nicely, firmly, even explain to make him understand that he is also testing my authority at such an early age.

Did the type of discipline I opted for work? Maybe. At this point, in all honestly, I cannot tell. Mas madaling kausapin and pasunurin sa instructions si Geoff if he hears a threat than an explanation outright whenever he is in his naughty mood. I find him very agreeable when he is in the mood, thus, the explanation part works better during this phase.

Bottom line, anybody and everybody can choose to follow a particular parenting style, just always remember to tailor fit it to your child. After all, you as a mother would know your child best. Whatever it is that will or will not work.

 

Week 30 – A Song For You

It took me a while to sort out photos. And another while to realize that I don’t have any for this particular week. Anyway, let me post a video instead.

It took me a while to understand what this baby was singing. To be precise, it took me a whole week to understand that he was singing “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Haha! Enjoy!