Henry's Mom, M.D.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Our Afternoon at Adventure Zone in Shangri-La at the Fort

We decided to celebrate my birthday last December by having a staycation in Shangri-La at the Fort. One of the reasons why I chose this hotel was to check out Adventure Zone. 

Adventure Zone is a 1000-square meter indoor playground inside Shangri-la at the Fort that I thought Henry might enjoy. And, I thought right! As soon as we got there, his eyes sparkled with excitement. It’s a great place for toddlers, big kids and even for parents. 

There’s a small play gym and slides for the little ones.

Adventure Zone in Shangri-La at the Fort, A review by Henry's Mom

And, an even BIGGER one for the big kids.

Adventure Zone in Shangri-La at the Fort, A review by Henry's Mom

Their slides are not for the faint of heart as they are up to 18 and 24 feet tall, 2 of which are vertical drops. You may have seen them on my IG stories last month if you follow me on Instagram. They looked so fun that they might help you get over your fear of heights. Even some parents took their turns down the slides.

A small hidden village which encourages pretend play is also available. Henry think he’s too old for it though. 

Adventure Zone in Shangri-La at the Fort, A review by Henry's Mom

They have three party rooms. I got lucky and had the chance to take a shot of this room before a birthday party began.

Adventure Zone in Shangri-La at the Fort, A review by Henry's Mom

It's not just a playground and a party place. There are different scheduled activities for every day of the week which includes wushu classes for kids. Adventure Zone is a place that everyone would enjoy. It is for kids of all sizes and those kids at heart. 

Adventure Zone is exclusively for Kerry Sports Manila members and guests of Shangri-la at the Fort.  If you are looking for a place to go on your next family staycation then I would recommend this hotel. The exclusive access to Adventure Zone is worth it.

For more information, you can visit their website.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

How To Throw An Unforgettable Birthday Party For Your Kids - The Do’s and The Don'ts

There are wonderful ideas for throwing your kid an awesome birthday party on the internet. Unfortunately, some of the writers of these ideas either never had a child, or never threw their kid a birthday party.

As with everything in a parents universe, a party is only fun if it is functional. If you have to use phrases like “Don’t touch that!” or “Here, let me reach that for you.” you are either a glutton for punishment or you have missed the mark. Your child's birthday party is for your child. It is designed for a child's skill level. It should be cute and fun, but not to impress the adults. With that in mind, we are going to give you some ideas that will let you be the envy of other parents and make your child feel like he is king for a day.

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The Child-Friendly Candy Buffet

If you want a party that thrills the kids, and is easy for you to set up, and clean up, get rid of the cake and put up a candy buffet. Select two or three colors to use, and stay in those hues. Both boys and girls love blue so purchase bulk blue candy and add two colors to complement your theme.

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Mom Tips
  • Do not set up your candy buffet on adult tables. This is a recipe for disaster. Children on step stools trying to reach inside jars of candy with tongs. Need I say more? Use low tables like activity tables, or place wood planks on lower steps of a step ladder on each side. Decorated, this is an awesome look.
  • Buy individually wrapped candy so the kids can use their hands. Use plastic jars or vases or even children’s pails for candy holders.
  • Have selections that are sugar-free, gluten free, and allergy friendly and mark them for parents.
  • Do not set up your candy buffet in the sun. Use a patio umbrella for decor and to keep the sun off the candy.

Making An Awesome Party

What is a “Best Party”? It is a party that keeps the kids busy and having fun and allows the adults to provide minimal supervision. Watching the kids wear themselves out while mom sips iced tea is a win-win in my book. So what can accomplish this elusive deed? Graffiti! No, we are not suggesting you hand your kids spray paint cans and drop them at a subway entrance.

If your party is outside, hang chalk posters the length of the fence. If you are having the party indoors you can use posters or easy peel and stick contact paper (it is easy to remove these from the walls) and provide a basket full of chalk markers. Chalk markers are bright and beautiful, easy to hold, and they do not make a mess. Let the kids use their imagination and design graffiti posters and leave birthday messages for your child.

DIY candy bags

When the kids are ready to go home, you want each of them to take a bag full of candy with them. You can add an extra treat by using chalkboard gift bags or use paper bags with chalkboard stickers. Let them use the chalk markers to decorate their candy bag. This is a fun way to thank them for coming and unloading all the candy too.

At the end of the day, your kid had a unique and fun day and all of his friends went home happy. Clean up is easy. Return leftover candy to the boxes and put away your candy table and you can let your child decide which posters he wants to put in his room. You can hold on to them and let him display one at a time if you want to.

The best kids party is one they are actively involved with. That is what makes this party a winner. Let the kids be creative and you might be surprised at what they come up with. One thing for sure, it will be fun. And that is all that matters.

Our Guest Author: Wendy Dessler
Wendy is a super-connector with Sweet Services who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. A happy mom herself, Wendy frequently writes about the family life, healthy habits, and parenting.

Monday, January 8, 2018

#5YearsLater : Life Goals Achieved

Happy New Year everyone! I have to admit that this blog has been neglected for a long period of time. I started this blog a long time ago when I was still a wee medical student and I wanted to document my life as I struggled between med school and motherhood. Looking at my sidebar profile, I realized that a lot has changed since then.  

For starters, I am not a twenty-something anymore. I now belong to the Thirtysomething Gang (Gilmore girl reference). Aside from my age, I hope that those added years gave me more wisdom.  

I’m proud to say that the lawyer-in-making has finally achieved his ultimate goal last year. The results of the bar exam came out on the 2nd quarter of last year and he passed it on his first take.  

And my little boy, well, he’s not so little anymore. He grew an average of 1/2 an inch per month in 2017.  
May 2017 when the husband signed the rolls of attorneys
December 2017

He’s turning 10 years old this month and almost a tween. From making homemade playdoh, he now loves playing Roblox on his laptop. But, he’s still as sweet and ever.
As for me, I am now licensed to heal. I passed the medical boards 3 years ago. It seems like only yesterday when I was picking out my clothes for my first day of internship

After the boards, I went straight into residency. This is why I haven't been updating the blog. I am now training to be an OB-GYN. I still have years left before I am done with it but I know that with the grace of God, he will allow me to finish this and guide me on this new journey. 

How has your life changed from 5 years ago? I would love to hear about your story in the comments section. 


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