Thursday, June 17, 2010

Reese's First Day Of School

June 15 (Tue) marked the first day of school for Reese. It was only a month ago that Gani and I decided to send her to school, we felt it might be too early for her since she will only be turning 3 by July. But now, we both feel that it would much better for her to spend few hours each day to meet new friends/playmates and continue learning through the guidance of a teacher. Now, Reese is officially a Nursery student in one of the preschools here in San Juan.

No doubt, I took my leave on that day as I cannot afford to miss this opportunity of seing my little one finally in school. Reese was sooo excited! She pulled her favorite Hello Kitty trolley bag and posed for some pictures. (Taken few minutes before we left going to school)

We arrived 15-minutes early and waited for the class to start. At first she was quite shy and did not want to let go, but good thing she was not crying like the other kids. I led her inside the classroom and stayed there until she got comfortable sitting in the rubbermat to play with the other kids. There were 17 kids in the class composed of 11 girls and 6 boys. They have 1 main teacher and 3 assistant teachers to take care of all of those little tots.

The kids spent their first day playing, listening to stories, identifying objects in flash cards, reciting phrases, singing and dancing. Reese’s favorites were the first 2 activities, she made sure she was seated in front of the teacher. But for the last 2 activities, she positioned herself at the back, it seems like she was not yet comfortable singing and dancing in their class. And lastly, they were also taught how to pray. At home, Reese already had her own version of prayer, thanking Jesus for each one of us (mommy, daddy, herself, and even her ate Len)

The highlights of that day for me was first when teacher held a stamp, Reese immediately stood up from Indian seat position, raised her hand, and told teacher, “Star si Reese, star?”. Everybody in the room found it cute and had a good laugh. She was excited to get a star too, like her cousin Edlan. Another thing was when teacher asked “Who wears socks?”, Reese stood fast, approached her teacher and removed her shoes right away to prove that she wore socks. Haha!

back home, tired, but still in the mood to show off her star

Parents like me were all beaming with joy seeing their kids exploring their new environment and being in school. We were all observing how the kids interact with each other and follow teacher’s instructions. Reese is growing up too fast, and I am having a hard time catching up. If only she can be like this forever, uncomplicated and pure. :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Get Together at Agatha Resort

I so heart long weekend which gives me time to blog instantly!  

Okay, so here's my story.  Yesterday, we went to Bulacan to visit my mom and have a get together swimming with relatives.  It was a farewell party to Kuya Jojit who will be going back soon to Dubai with his wife and 3 kids.  After lunch, we all went to Agatha Resort in Sta. Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan.  Nice place, not too crowded for a weekend, pools were clean, and the best part, it has a wave pool! 

with Kuya Jojit & Rafael

Reese enjoying the water with her dad

mom requested for this solo shot, nice! :-)

We had a hard time getting Reese off the water, she surely enjoyed herself.  But the problem was she didn't mind starving, as long as she stayed in the pool. I am pretty sure that we have to deal with this issue again when we headed to the beach by end of July.  Oh well!  Kids really have minds of their own!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Potipot Island Getaway

Together with my office friends, all 13 of us went to Potipot Island last weekend. Left from office at 15 minutes past midnight of Friday and arrived in Candelaria, Zambales market before 5 am. With very little sleep, we waited for the eatery to open and ate “arrozcaldo” for our breakfast.

Arrozcaldo, anyone?

Next stop was at Dawal Resort to prepare for the boat transfer to Potipot Island. Boat transfer cost Php 400, good for 6 persons. Normally, it would only take about 5 minutes to get to the island, but unfortunately our boat had an engine problem along the way and got us stucked at the middle of the waters for 20 minutes!

Finally, we reached the island. Aside from being it my first time to go there, it was also the first time I’ve been to a very small island. Its shape was a bit round (oval), and would only take approximately 30-minute walk to go around it. The beach sand was cream while the waters were clearer (less sea weeds) at the farther side of the island. One need to be careful though since the ocean floor had pointy rocks & corals on it so it would be better to wear aqua shoes to keep your feet protected.

Being a virgin island, there was no establishment at Potipot so we had to bring food from Dawal for our lunch (simple adobo & grilled milkfish). We spent time in the island doing games (relay), playing cards, swimming, picture taking (of course!), and dozing off to regain our energies!

At 4 pm, we took the boat back to Dawal Resort for our check-in. The room we got was nice, (like a dormitory) with 7 beds at one side and 8 on the other side. The room rate was only Php 6,000 which (in my opinion) was quite cheap for its capacity and setup.

After dinner, as early as 7 pm most of us fell asleep. I guess, we’ve pushed our limits from the start of our travel and our bodies were telling us that we had enough for that day. We already left the next day, had lunch along the way, and stopped over at Subic Duty Free for quick shopping. Too bad, we didn’t have enough time left for shopping…. :-( If only I knew we were going in that direction, I have insisted shopping in the itinerary! Haha!

Back to Manila by 6:30 pm of Sunday, went home to rest, and we’re all back to office by Monday. The next item in our get together plan is to go to Pansol in Laguna by September. Looking forward to it!