If you have a son like mine who’s got dreams of becoming a ninja, then you better work to make them come true!
In Manila, we’ve got Ninja Academy to help you manifest these for them. The dutiful mom in me decided to take my son and his friend for a trial class because I secretly also have the very same Ninja goals.
Coach Habi was assigned to lead us through our very first session. He explained to us what parkour meant. “Parkour is the functional and creative movement of a person attempting to overcome an obstacle in a given environment. It consists of natural, human movement such as running, jumping, climbing, rolling, swinging and for advanced freerunners, tumbling or flips”, as stated on their official website.
Then, he proceeded to teach us some warm ups (which we thought was so very challenging already! Phew!)
More exercises we did together certainly exceeded my expectations of what we were capable of doing for our very first session!
I am so pleased with how hands-on coach Habi was on the kids!
Here is proof that parents can definitely join in the fun, too!
Find their classes and rates here.
Ninja Academy Philippines
#155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City
Follow them on Instagram @NinjaAcademyPH and on Facebook Ninja Academy PH
Because tomorrow is my son’s last day in school, I’m all over the internet planning out our summer vacations. Of course, Hong Kong is already mapped out for his 9th birthday which thankfully falls within our summer months. (Read about his 8th birthday celebration in Hong Kong here.)
And what great timing it is for us because I just got the most amazing news for you from the Hong Kong Tourism Board! Woohoo!
In its largest scale yet, HKTB collaborates with 10 Hong Kong popular attractions and over 80 Hong Kong hotels to welcome Filipino travellers to Hong Kong for the school holidays. Well, don’t we feel special already?!
Special Family Promotion of Hong Kong Attractions
Family Package inclusive of 2 adults and 1 child admission tickets
1 Child free for every 2 paying adults’ admission tickets
1 Child free for every paying adult’s admission ticket
Up to 4 children free for every paying adult’s ticket fare
Hong Kong Tramways’ TramOramic Tour
Harbour City: Present your passport and redeem a kid’s limited-edition raincoat and box of chocolates with minimum spending.
Times Square: Present your passport and redeem a locally designed gift.
These jaw-dropping family deals are available for family stays from now until May 31, 2016.
Hong Kong Family Fun Participating Hotels
Hong Kong Island
- BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Hong Kong
- City Garden Hotel
- Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong
- Cosmopolitian Hotel Hong Kong
- Courtyard by Mariott Hong Kong
- EAST, Hong Kong
- Gloucester Luk Kwok Hong Kong
- Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
- Harbour Grand Hong Kong
- Hotel Bonaparte by Rhombus
- Hotel Jen Hong Kong
- Hotel LKF by Rhombus
- Hotel Pennington by Rhombus
- ibis Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan
- iclub Sheung Wan Hotel
- iclub Wan Chai Hotel
- Island Pacific Hotel
- Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
- Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong
- L’hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View
- Novotel Century Hong Kong
- Regal HongKong Hotel
- Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong
- The Emperor (Happy Valley) Hotel
- The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel
- The Pottinger Hong Kong
- The South China Hotel
- BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel
- Butterfly on Prat
- Cordis, Hong Kong at Langham Place
- Dorsett Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
- Dorsett Mongkok, Hong Kong
- Eaton, Hong Kong
- Gateway Hotel
- Harbour Grand Kowloon
- Harbour Plaza Metropolis
- Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees
- Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong
- Hotel ICON
- Hotel Panorama by Rhombus
- Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
- InterContinental Grand Standord Hong Kong
- Kowloon Harbourfront Hotel
- Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
- Metropark Hotel Kowloon
- Nathan Hotel
- New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel
- Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong
- Park Hotel Hong Kong
- Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon
- Prince Hotel
- Regal Kowloon Hotel
- Regal Oriental Hotel
- Shamrock Hotel
- Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
- Silka Seaview, Hong Kong
- Silka West Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Stanford Hillview Hotel
- Standord Hotel
- The Cityview
- The Imperial Hotel
- The Kimberley Hotel
- The Kowloon Hotel
- The Langham Hong Kong
- The Mira Hong Kong
- The Peninsula Hong Kong
- The Royal Garden
- The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers
- W Hong Kong
- Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin
- Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East
- Dorsett Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
- Harbour Plaza Resort City Hong Kong
- Holidy Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East
- Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel
- L’hotel Nina et Convention Centre
- Novotel Citygate Hong Kong
- Panda Hotel
- Regal Airport Hotel
- Regal Riverside Hotel
- Royal Park Hotel
- Royal View Hotel
- Silka Far East, Hong Kong
For more information on the Hong Kong Family Fun promos please visit DiscoverHongKong.com . And see you in Hong Kong this summer!
I fall under the bracket of parents with children who are simply NOT used to car seats. You might be just like me, too! So, here is a post dedicated to parents needing advice on how to manage children resisting this safety transport invention a.k.a miniature torture chamber (Just kidding, but if you are reading this, you get what I mean right?!)
In my family’s recent epic American road trip, we obviously needed to buckle up for safety and so I had to train my 1 year old daughter pronto to sit in a Graco car seat which we had purchased in the neighborhood Target. Yes, there was wailing for about 20 minutes, and then she realized I meant business and she wasn’t going anywhere so she eventually stopped. Want to know what kept her happy in her seat for the rest for the rest of the trip?
MY PERSONAL TIPS FOR A PEACEFUL CAR RIDE WITH BABIES NOT USED TO CAR SEATS
- Depending on how long your itinerary will be, prepare appropriate healthy snacks and drinks to keep them munching and hydrated. Tummies of kids are much smaller than adults so they do get hungry and thirsty faster than us! (If we remember this we wouldn’t have as many cranky meltdowns…do I hear an AHA moment?!)
- Expect them to make a mess so keep a pack of wipes in the vehicle for easy clean up.
- Make sure that you also have a bag of entertaining toys and crafts close to your child in the backseat. I personally am not a fan of electronic media so I packed up small books, crayons, paper, small stuffed toys and the likes to keep my daughter busy for our 6 hour car ride!
4. List down games that will keep young minds busy. I like “I SPY” a lot! And so do my kids!
5. Have a kid-friendly music playlist ready that can easily distract. Break into dance and song yourself when needed (LOL!). It works like a charm, I tell you!
Have you got any more tips for me so to apply in my next road trip? Please do share!
The Philippines has over 7,100 islands to explore. Last weekend, we had a short and sweet trip to Puerto Galera, one of the many thousands of islands in our tropical home country.
WHERE TO HANG OUT: Now, I’m going to tell you where it is best to hang out and swim: right across Mountain Beach Resort or better yet, Infinity Resort and Spa. While we stayed in a roadside inn, we chose the best spots to sunbathe!
Thanks Lagu for the beach blacket! This is truly essential for every beach trip!
WHERE TO EAT: Then the place where we had most of our meals was Luca’s Cucina Italian which also has lodging if you prefer to be at the very end of the cove. It is nice and more private (although very rocky!). Here I am with my little ones walking to Luca’s.
Dining by the base of the hill overlooking the sea. I’m missing the view already!
Now, the real reason we were there (aside from enjoying the white sand beach, sun and salt water!) was for the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival. We were there early because…we’ve got kids who sleep at night!
Again, we took out our Lagu and chose to picnic underneath a tree sipping our coconuts and just chilling with our kids.
The Manila Symphony Orchestra serenaded us while they did their sound check. The sound check proved to be our “mini-concert” given that we accepted the fact we couldn’t come back at night when the kids were sleeping. (I knew I should’ve brought a nanny!)
For this trip, my family lucked out and rode a Trevally Boat from Anilao to Puerto Galera. What would normally take 1 hour and 30 mins by ferry from the Batangas pier, only took 30 minutes with the speed boat. These are the same boats used in the Skipper Charters tours in Palawan.
Hope your weekend was as rad as ours! Happy work week ahead!