Friday, September 28, 2012

Why My Toddler Loves Disney School Skills' Shapes/ Patterns & Lowercase Letters ♪♪♪♪

What's great about the Disney School Skills Workbooks is that my toddler doesn't mind answering so many pages in one sitting. Care to find out why?

LET'S LEARN Shapes and Patterns

Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Shapes and Patterns for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

For starters, this particular workbook contains the same high-quality pictures present in the Handy Manny video with an added incentive- the presence of a short written story. That means, even though my toddler can't read yet, the story itself helped heighten his interest in reading.

But if your son is already a reader, he would definitely love how the story progresses regardless on whether he is familiar with Handy Manny or not. In fact, it was the workbook that spurred my son to watch the video. Funny, but true.

       Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Shapes and Patterns for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

Although my son already learned shapes and colors from his favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse videos, the workbook helped solidify his learning in a fun way. It also encouraged him to polish his coloring which I can tell you is not his most favorite thing in the world, well, not  until recently.

         Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Shapes and Patterns for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

My son loved looking for and making patterns which any educational expert will tell you is a good foundation for geometry.

          Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Shapes and Patterns for Nursery (Ages 3-4)


                                                   Tutapel is lovin' pattern making!

I for one love the fact that there's an assortment of games found in the workbook. All I really need to do is to cut, cut cut-and the game is ready to be played!

                                           How To Make Mini-Book of Shapes for Your Toddler

LET'S LEARN Lowercase Letters

            Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Lowercase Letters for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

This particular workbook opens with some tips on how to help any toddler hold the pencil properly. It also lists down some guidelines on how to write on the "three-line writing pad" provided in the workbook. I know it can be a struggle for our little ones who have just started writing, but in time, they will surely get it.

Quite interestingly, LET'S LEARN Lowercase Letters also features a short written story that revolves around the central theme. All I can say is that the pictures look life-like! 

Sample Story From  
Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Lowercase Letters for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

                                                         Sample Worksheets From 
        Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Lowercase Letters for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

But before my toddler proceeded to the writing part, he needed to do some vertical, horizontal, circular and curved strokes first to prepare him to the next featured letter. That means, if the letter requires a vertical line, say l, i or t, the workbook has a page before that zeroes in on vertical strokes. That same principle is utilized in the whole workbook.

Tutapel practices on his vertical strokes

He also works on his circle strokes but with some difficulty

Despite the challenge, he continues making curved strokes 

Aside from the cool pictures and worksheets, Disney School Skills Workbooks really thrive on several wonderful  stickers which are integral in several worksheets. 

                                                                      Cool Stickers from
         Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Lowercase Letters for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

Tutapel pasting the letter "t" on the "t" block

Connecting the l's, i's and t's!

After every worksheet, Tutapel earns a star on his skills list. Cool, huh?

Good job!

The workbook is rife with awesome games like Letter Bingo which enhances a child's ability to recognize small case letters in a super fun way.

                                                                  Letter Bingo from
     Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Lowercase Letters for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

As expected, the workbook offers a certificate at the end of the workbook, to culminate our little ones' hard work.

                                                          Completion Certificate from 
        Disney School Skills: LET'S LEARN Lowercase Letters for Nursery (Ages 3-4)

Disney School Skills: Shapes and Patterns
& Lowercase Letters (Nursery Level)
♪♪♪♪ Excellent! Highly-recommended.

Stay tuned for more reviews in future posts!

Disney School Skills Workbooks are sold at all National Bookstore outlets 
for Php 195 each.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Musings: Up Close Van Gogh's Famed Starry Night Over the Rhone at the National Museum of Singapore

From October 26, 2011 to February 3, 2012, Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone was part of the Dreams & Reality Exhibit from the Musee D'Orsay Paris Collection held at the National Museum of Singapore.

Dreams & Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing & Photography from Musee D'Orsay Paris at the National Museum of Singapore

By now, Starry Night Over the Rhone has been enjoying its much awaited comeback to Musee d'Orsay Paris ever since the Dreams & Reality Exhibit wrapped up in early February.

Musee D'Orsay Photo 
Taken by my bro-in-law/ fellow blogger Roland Luistro
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My family and I got a glimpse of Van Gogh's famous work when we visited the National Museum of Singapore late last year. Thanks to the power of digital technology, I can take a look at the famed panting whenever I want to and get to experience the same rush of excitement I felt the first time I laid eyes on it.

Van Gogh's Famed Starry Night Over the Rhone 
@ the National Museum of Singapore

Although overshadowed by its more famous sibling, The Starry Night, on display at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, Starry Night Over the Rhone reveals Van Gogh's innate brilliance as well as his tormented spirit. 

In September 1888, three months before his psychotic breakdown resulting to his eventual hospitalization, Van Gogh painted Starry Night Over the Rhone despite great difficulty, based on a letter to his brother Theo.

It might be hard to fully understand his sentiments at the time, but what we do know for a fact is that this particular painting became one of the leading examples of Expressionism.

Many regard this particular technique avant-garde because artists usually paint from a subjective point of view, that is to evoke moods, feelings or ideas rather than present life through rose-colored glasses. 

Van Gogh was one of those rare breed of artists who experimented with this particular technique because he too, became discontented with Impressionism.

Reproduction of Van Gogh's Self-Portrait 
available at the National Museum of Singapore

In Starry Night Over the Rhone for instance, Van Gogh made complementary colors appear two to three notches brighter than its impressionist counterparts.  

National Museum of Singapore
Starry Night  Over the Rhone (1888-1889) by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) 
© RMN (Musee d"Orsay)/ Herve Lewandowski

To add to the drama, Van Gogh applied divisionism in his artwork to produce patch-like brushstrokes that give the illusion of intense radiation light. 


And isn't it ingenious how Van Gogh presented the night sky with stars, gas lighting and their reflection appear flawlessly in the glimmering blue water? 

Truly epic!

Before leaving this one-of-a-kind exhibit, I made sure that my toddler Tutapel had his picture taken with this epic painting.Smiling Smiley Face

Although quite blurry, I still consider it a classic shot!

My toddler Tutapel with Van Gogh's Starry Night
@ the National Museum of Singapore

Back home, I began sharing with my son tidbits of information about Van Gogh, his life and art through Don Mclean's timeless composition, "Vincent."

The song bursts with colorful allusions to Van Gogh's paintings which will make just about anyone fall in love with the lyrics and the painter himself.

Vincent Mini Magnets (SGD 12) available at the Banyan Tree Museum Shop 
inside the National Museum of Singapore
Van Gogh Samplers:
Branch of Almond Tree in Flower
Les Iris
Cafe Terrace at Night
Wheatfield with Cypresses
Vase with Twelve Sunflowers
First Steps
Church at Auvers

On the contrary, Van Gogh remained unappreciated by the public back in the day, which somehow explained why there was only a single painting sold in his lifetime.  On a more touching note, Mclean's song also dealt with Van Gogh's tortured spirit plagued with mental disorders and eventual suicide.

As a fitting end to this blogpost, allow me to share with you Vincent in this deeply moving interpretation by Josh Groban.

Courtesy of PhilipCaruso on Youtube  
"For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)


A Virtual Tour of Dreams & Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing & Photography from the Musee d'Orsay Paris Exhibit

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Newest Happy Lemon Is Sandwiched Between Forever 21 & Uniqlo at SM North The Block!

Good news to all Happy Lemon fans in the Quezon City area!

The newest Happy Lemon branch has just opened early this month at SM North The Block. 

Nestled in between two fashion retail giants, Forever 21 and Uniqlo, Happy Lemon is set to lure more customers along this prime fashion walk most especially when Uniqlo opens its doors come November.

The New Happy Lemon at SM North The Block

For me, it simply boils down to getting my Happy Lemon Rock Salt and Cheese Cocoa fix whenever.

 Happy Lemon Rock Salt and Cheese Cocoa

Or maybe, I can even explore Happy Lemon's other Rock Salt & Cheese concoctions too?

Hmmm.... Sounds like a wonderful plan to me! Smiling Smiley Face

Happy Lemon's Bestselling Rock Salt & Cheese Drinks

Planning a visit to Happy Lemon soon? 

Do check out their menu to help you get the drink you want within your prescribed budget.  

Happy Lemon Philippines' Diverse Drinks

Happy Lemon
2nd Floor, SM North The Block
In Between Uniqlo & Forever 21

Caught Up In The Bonchon & Happy Lemon Craze at Trinoma

Uniqlo Philippines Opens Its Second Branch at SM North The Block!

Forever 21 SM North The Block Is Now Open

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Skycable Offers Its Newest Korean Bundles For Fans of Everything Korean

Have you surfed for your favorite Arirang channel recently but can't find it no matter how hard you try?

No, it's not your digibox that's malfunctioning.

Korean Bundles by Skycable

It's Skycable itself that has placed it on Channel 146 just beside other Korean channels to lure you into subscribing for more.

Skycable now offers its newest Korean Bundles to fans of everything Korean.

Choose from two available packages:

KOREAN BUNDLE 1 (Php 199/month)

KOREAN BUNDLE 2 (PHP 999/month)
inclusive of:

For more information, call the Skycable hotline at 381-0000.