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An awesome trip to the (Mind) Museum!

(NOTE: FIRST POSTED IN “THE ADVENTURES OF KAMIKAZEEGIRL”)

I love museums. Being the history buff that I am, there’s something about museums that I find blatantly creepy yet oddly comforting. I don’t know about you but I love the sweet smell of old clothes slowly disintegrating through time, the aged books and the little manuscripts bearing a past hero’s secret.

That is why history museums bring an old nostalgia each time I step foot, anywhere they may be. Sadly in Manila, there’s only a few historical museums and I pretty much seen almost all of them during elementary field trips.

Imagine my excitement when I started planning our activities for the media event (which turned out to be successful yet proved to be exhausting) and found out that we will be going to the newly-opened The Mind Museum, located in Burgos Circle Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, a nice developing commercial area a few minutes away from Makati City, the country’s business district.

The Mind Museum, is the first science museum of its scale and scope currently in the Philippines. With displays that entice students to learn on their own and through active questioning on the roving “mind movers” — the Mind Museum allows kids to play and learn from the impressive displays in the area. Currently, the museum accepts limited people in every three-hour time block, from 9AM to 12NN, 12NN to 3PM and 3PM to 6PM.

After reading some of the blogs about The Mind Museum, my attention definitely zeroed in on one distinct display:

Say hello to my new friend, Rexy!

I love dinosaurs! Being a history buff — it also follows that I am crazy about geology and paleontology. As long as it is featured on The History Channel and The National Geographic, you can be sure that I am also extremely interested.

Too small, in the grand scheme of things

Comparing both my shoe sizes against a single T-Rex footprint gave me an epiphany. (Yes, I find meaning during random times of the day): Sometimes, I worry too much about the little things. But when you actually look at it on a bigger perspective…my worries are too minuscule compared to the worries of the world. In this great universe, I am nothing but a speck of dust. Now, I am thinking of printing above photo and hanging it somewhere in my office cube so that I’ll always be reminded not to worry too much on small things.

Say hello to the crew!

This display, showing prehistoric men, is one of the interesting ones on its side of the museum. However, I was also freaked out taking this picture because of one thing:

Can you spell creepy?

Maybe I watched too many “Shutter” (Ananda Everingham!!!) reruns but I kept thinking that this lady will slowly turn its head to look directly at the lens while I was shooting her pictures. It didn’t help that we chose the last time block and were the only guys inside the museum by closing time. Anyway, after taking this picture, I immediately went over to the next gallery. Classic wuss, I know.

this looks like a cute and unique name for a blog

After looking at the third species of insect, I’ve began to lose interest. Maybe because science was never my strong subject even while I was studying and I was failing miserably in Chemistry. Finally, after another quick tour of the second floor, I called it quits and decided to just sit near the museum entrance to wait for my companions.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen kids inside the museum and they were ecstatic, and simply loved everything they could get their hands into. Kids will love the interactive games and even the 4D film showing detailing the history of civilization.

The Mind Museum is not just a place to keep the kids entertained. It’s also an opportunity to teach kids that well, learning can also be fun.

The Mind Museum
www.themindmuseum.org
Entrance: PHP600 for adults; PHP450 for kids; PHP150 for public elementary school students

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“We got it all for you…including a passport, too!”

If you’re Filipino and you’re old enough to remember the old process of getting a passport on the rickety old Department of Foreign Affairs building, you do know it’s not a pretty sight. (Wrote about it here) The old process of getting a Philippine passport is almost similar to a walking on a tiny gangplank while sharks circle the waters beneath you.

Philippine passport

You are prone to incompetence, discomfort and emotional distress. I knew it’s all I managed to think about when I got my first passport almost six years ago. When it was time to renew my passport and change my maiden name to my married name, I was lucky enough to experience the new streamlines and much improved process on the new DFA Consular office in Diosdado Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.

Unlike its predecessor, the new system has streamlined and expedited the process, removing the need for touts and hustlers preying on unsuspecting passport applicants.

the new passport application center (picture not my property)

And now, more than 3 years after the opening of the Consular and Passport application center, DFA is providing Filipinos with a more accessible means to get their passports.

The succeeding article is republished from Yahoo.com:

Metro Manila residents may shop and dine while queuing for passports as the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) opens its new consular office at SM Megamall.

The DFA-NCR East consular office, located at the 7th floor of the Mandaluyong City mall’s newly constructed Building C, is first of several passport offices the government is planning to open in shopping malls nationwide, the DFA said Monday.

“The opening of DFA-NCR East is the continuing fruition of the President and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs’ commitment to bringing world class and convenient service to the public,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Refael Seguis said in the statement.

The new passport office will accept 1,000 applicants daily and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for both processing and releasing Mondays to Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for releasing only on Sundays.

“Only applicants with scheduled appointments and senior citizens with valid proof of age shall be accommodated,” the DFA said.

The DFA in January signed a memorandum of agreement with mall operator SM Prime Holdings for five consular offices in SM malls in the country.

Aside from the Megamall passport office, the agreement also involves the transfer consular offices in Davao, Baguio and Batangas to SM Malls in the areas, and the opening of an extension offices at SM City in Manila.

The initiative is expected to result in over P1 billion in government savings while “achieving its objective of bringing consular services closer to the public,” the DFA said.

SOURCE: Yahoo News

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A Walking Tour of Bonifacio Global City

When people say that Manila is a place that is not conducive to walking, I have to agree.
Our weather is not cut out for it: at times scorching hot like as if you were right at hell’s door and at times insanely flooded you would require the yellow submarine to go from point A to point B. I haven’t even begun on the traffic, the dust and grime and sadly, the threats to safety present while going on a quest on foot on the cement jungle of Manila.

In short, it’s exactly an ordeal that I wouldn’t wish on anyone, even my enemies.

But following a very short ocular last Saturday, I was suddenly inspired to go around Bonifacio Global City on foot, tracing our way from the Mind Museum in Burgos Circle to the Bonifacio High Street.

Tour begins at The Mind Museum, Burgos Circle

If you don’t feel like walking, you can take the Hop On, Hop Off bus

Bonifacio Global City, stands in patch of land in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City and are slowly growing to be a business and commercial hub, with more and more companies setting up in the area. Unlike the country’s business capital, Makati City — the allure of Bonifacio Global City is that it’s not yet crowded and filled with public transportation. On a very good Saturday, one can pretty much be left alone walking along the wide sidewalk. Without too much emissions from vehicles, BGC is not as dusty compared to other business hubs in the Metro.

step by step

Good thing the sun wasn’t shining as much, which made the walk a pleasure. There were minimal trash in the streets, the sidewalk was wide and made for walking and there were a lot of nice attractions in the area. DH and I noticed that there are a lot of new developments within the vicinity of Burgos Circle, leading to Bonifacio High Street. While it definitely spelled progress, we were a bit sad thinking that this also spells the possibility that the peace and quiet of the place will lessen once all the new condo units are operational.

But last Saturday was pure peace and quiet, and a nice bonding moment for DH and I — just walking and chatting about life and stuff.

Trees surround the new Boni High Street Central

nice community

After the walking tour and the impromptu field trip, DH and I ended up at Jamba Juice for a much needed drink. I ordered a Berry Banana smoothie while the hubby opted for a Coldbuster — both tasted so good that we had to take our time, taking in the interiors of the shop and people watching at the same time.

Ja-ja-ja-ja-Jamba!

This is one of our most laid-back Saturdays and one that both DH and I tremendously enjoyed. Bonifacio Global City is the kind of city that you wanted to live in. Aside from cabs, there are also public buses which you can take on their designated stops.

Directions:
Bonifacio Global City is fifteen minutes away from Makati.
To go to Bonifacio High Street, you can take the cab and have the driver bring you to Boni High Street.
There are also public transportation available at Market! Market!, a mall that is two blocks away from High Street.

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