Go Bananas!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Two Sundays ago, we finally had the chance to visit this nice entertainment site for kids: Go Bananas! A few days into my new job last March, my friend, G, and I started browsing the website for future plans out of boredom because we didn't have our systems yet. G showed me this place which she think would be a good place to visit for the kids. I looked at the website and it was this big area with jumping castles, huge slides, nice and roomy with tables where the parents could sit and chat while looking after the kids. I knew the kids would love to go there. After a while, I forgot about the plans because I have short and long term memory loss haha. I was just reminded about it when one day, Demi came home with a voucher for family of 2 adults and 2 kids for guess what? Go Bananas! What a coincidence. It was just a matter of grabbing the free time which was 2 Sundays ago. It was a delightful place! It's very close to where we live as well but we have to ride 2 buses. We went there a little after 11 in the morning and the minute the kids stepped in, they were unstoppable. There's just a few rules though: must wear socks and no bringing in of foods. There was a menu on every tables and when I looked at it, I was like, uh, no thanks, we're fine. :) So my husband and I stationed at a corner where we could have a good overview of the entire place. Not that we needed to. The place was designed with enormous safety for the kids. They have a separate area for the babies and toddlers too. Demi enjoyed climbing the big play equipment and going down the slides. Daisy however preferred the jumping castles and anything that doesn't involve heights. After a couple of hours, the kids were starting to get drained so I decided they could have a bit of snacks even though I find their food exorbitant. Good thing though, we've got a voucher for a cup of coffee plus the babycinnos were not that expensive so we got 2 of that for them, a cup of coffee for me (husband prefers a certain coffee) and some chips and calamari. Soon as they have eaten, they were back to the play area in no time perked up and energized. Overall, I rate the place as 4 out of 5 stars. It could get a kid going on for practically a whole day which means time for parents to get in touch with each other just sitting around and chatting. I would add 1 more star but I found one part missing in comparison to the play rooms we used to go to in the Philippines. They didn't have toys like kitchen miniatures, legos, balls or plush toys. It was all rugged hard core playing climbing and physical activities which I think is alright but a diversion would be fine too especially when the kids start to get tired. There must be a reason behind that though I am not sure. What matters most is that the kids definitely enjoyed Going Bananas. Finally by 4pm, it was time to Go Home! :) and would we like to Go Back? Definitely, God willing. :)
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My 31st Year of Existence

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My 31st year of experience can't be any more special than it is now. And I didn't expect it to be this way. Thanks be to God again for the nice surprises! :)

First of all, when I was about to leave home to go to work this morning, my husband produced out of nowhere a surprise gift. It was a beautiful shoulder bag which I immediately used as soon as I received it hehe. I used to rate my husband as very poor when it comes to the element of surprise like the time he bought me the book I wanted but it was screaming itself off from where he hid it. But this year, I was totally caught off guard. Of course, the bag wasn't gift wrapped hehe but I am so happy he has improved greatly at this craft!

Next surprise was a call from a prospective employer. The interview outcome was positive and although there are still a few processes to undergo, or even if the employer changed his mind after all, the fact that they called me to offer the position is good enough for me as of the moment.

Thirdly, I got an email regarding the overall results of our tax course: I passed with a grade more than what was required plus the prospect of getting a part time job with them! This is a great relief for I have struggled with this course over the 17 week period it lasted. Midway through the course, I was about to give up and settled myself to expect no more than the certificate of attendance. It was tough juggling my time with studying and looking for jobs (and at the moment looking for a new house to rent too). There was hardly any time to relax or spend with family alone without having to worry about the outcome of this or that. Finally, I am at the last stage. Thank God.

And then lastly, the bags I ordered online for the kids finally came after more than 2 months of waiting! I thought I lost the money and kept my mind from thinking about it because I get stressed and disappointed. I have been nagging the seller non-stop cause he won't give me a definite response about the status of my order. Just when I was about to charge it to experience, voila! The bags came.

It was a stressful busy day at work today nevertheless it was a day full of nice surprises. And coming home to find your husband cooked my favourite pasta for dinner and the kids with their lovely thougtful handmade cards is just an amazing feeling. Plus there's nothing like loved ones and true friends greeting you and sending you messages to make your heart melt. Indeed, I appreciated all of these.

What a wonderful way to spend my 31st year of existence! Thanks be to God! :)
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