Archery at Gandiva Archery Range

My nephew is visiting from the US and I wanted the kids to have a unique activity. I had heard of Gandiva Archery from a friend whose kids had gone. I asked the kids if they wanted to try archery and they said yes. I made reservations for a weekday slot, just to make sure the three of them would be able to go together.

The Gandiva Archery Range is located on the 7th floor of One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas corner Meralco Avenues. The range was empty when we got there, it being a weekday early afternoon. I got them one hour sessions each, which included a set of archery equipment, target face, and safety gears, plus the instructor.

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The kids had fun channelling their inner Katniss, Legolas and Hawkeye. Their arms felt sore afterwards, but they had a lot of fun.

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Trixi, by Caitlin

Trixi and her classmate Caitlin teamed up for their school’s photo challenge. Caitlin took this photo of Trixi that day. I love how it shows Trixi’s playfulness and interest in the things around her. I love how it shows how innocent she still is. I know it won’t be long now before she grows up into a young lady. So I will enjoy moments like this while I still can. Thank you, Caitlin, for this photo.

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Mother-Daughter Bonding Night

Ever since the school year began, Trixi and I had been looking forward to the Mother-Daughter Bonding Night in her school. It’s finally here! We were both so excited to have this chance to be together, just the two of us.

Our first task was to put up our tent. Trixi chose a spot and she soon got started. Her friend Sabrina helped her set it up. For a while it looked like it was going to rain. But the skies cleared up and the weather was just perfect. The wind was cool and the stars were out.

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There were different activities lined up. There were talks given by other AA moms regarding their experiences. A movie about a mother’s love was shown after dinner. To go with the movie, there was free popcorn and hotdogs for everybody. We laid out a mat and sat on the soccer field to watch the movie.

That's our Plants vs. Zombies mat :-)

That’s our Plants vs. Zombies mat 🙂

It was the first time for both of us to sleep in a tent. It was quite cold at night. It felt so good to snuggle under our blanket.

The next day, we were made to go through different Bonding Stations. Each station had a different theme. Our first station was named “Playtime Memories”, where we played different childhood games like jackstones, pick-up-sticks, jump rope, and hula hoops. Next up was the “What If” Station. Both of us were given a set of questions to ask the other. It was a chance to ask questions which, ordinarily, might be difficult to ask.

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In the “This I Promise You” Station, we took turns writing down our promises to each other.

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The next station was the “Kodak Moment”. We had our picture taken by a professional photographer in the school garden.  After that, we went to the “Believe in Me” Station. In this station, the daughters were made to undergo different challenges while blindfolded. This represents the difficulties that may arise during adolescence.

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The mothers’ task was to guide the girls and make sure they reach the end safely. In life, we parents try to guide and protect our children as they navigate the world. I hope that my daughter realizes that she can trust us always.

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Our last station was “You Are Wonderful”. The introduction to the station said: “Because of the ‘busyness’ of our lives, we forget to pay attention to what is essential. We forget to say affirming words, to say words of encouragement or to give a pat on the back for a job well done. This station will give you an opportunity to look into what is beautiful and good in one another.” We were given 16 cut-out hearts where we wrote words of affirmation and pinned them to each other.

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I am really grateful that Trixi and I were given this wonderful opportunity. We had a great time doing things together. I hope that we continue to be open to each other, even as she grows older. May this only be the start of more bonding activities together.

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Our Math Champion

Last month, Trixi was chosen to represent her school in the Regional Division of the MathScore Quiz Bee. The school fielded one contestant per grade level from Grade 3 to Grade 9. She was the Grade 6 representative. Two of them, Trixi and the Grade 7 contestant, placed in the top three in their field and went on to the Nationals.

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I had mixed feelings about going to the competition with her. I wanted to provide moral support for her but I didn’t know if my presence would distract her. We ended up asking her if she wanted me there and she said yes. So I accompanied her to the Nationals. We met up with her Math coach and the other contestant from her school. She was cool the whole time, just trying to answer the questions in the other grade levels.

When it was her turn to compete, I was a nervous wreck. I tried to focus on the questions but I couldn’t think of anything. I was just looking at her and admiring how cool she still was. If she was nervous, she sure didn’t show it. After a couple of mistakes in the easy round, she was on a roll. She aced the average and difficult rounds, where correct answers carried more weight. She won first place in her division! I couldn’t believe it, and for a while, neither could she. So proud of you, our Math Champion!

Our Math Champion

Our Math Champion

Grateful Project Day 208: No Gender Stereotypes

Having both a son and a daughter, I am very much conscious of trying to raise them without regard for stereotypes. They shared the same books and toys – blocks, construction sets, trucks, stuffed toys, balls. They both took up karate and violin. The preschool they went to had blue uniforms on certain days and pink uniforms on others. We always tell them that they can be anything they want to be. And for rules, what goes for one goes for the other as well. I remember growing up, my brothers were given more leniency “because they were boys”. I am determined not to let that happen with my kids. It is not easy – for one thing, my daughter has been labelled as “boyish” simply because she prefers to play with Legos rather than dolls. But we keep at it:-)