Amanda's already a veteran in Jollibee birthday parties. I think she was just 6 months then when she attended get first Jollibee party. I could still remember that it was a very lively party with gay hosts. I was very cautious though since I was anticipating some jokes that might not be suitable for general patronage. And true enough, sometimes there were inappropriate jokes but Amanda was only an infant way back then.
On Amanda's second birthday, we gave her a Jollibee birthday party since she was able to pronounce Jabee already and that she's becam a fan of this big jolly mascot, Jollibee. See her photobooth below provided by the best photo services company in the world (www.peeknclick.com ahem for your event photography and photobooth needs feel free to visit the site) We chose the pioneer branch as we found a very child-friendly and fun host plus their Jollibee mascots are hyper active... living up to Jollibee's fun-loving spirit.
So two weeks ago we went to another Jollibee birthday party. After a day, a brilliant question came from Amanda... she asked, "Why is Jollibee red? Bees are supposedly yellow and black" with a frowning face, seemingly upset why Jollibee is red... And so I thought about it.
Kids surprise adults on some questions they ask. This one in particular is something I didn't think of when I was the three. Was it a good thing? Are kids today more analytical? Or was I just me who's too introvert not to ask questions when I was small :)
For me, it was a good thing as I discovered her ability to analyze things and be able to express it freely to spark a discussion. It's a skill that I developed or got serious when I was working already. I realized that maybe parents today are more encouraging and open for kids to speak up and reason out. This promotes new ideas to be discussed. And as they grow up, this would lead to more advanced discussions maybe on microbiology or biotechnology or any deeper ideas that are big enough to move the world towards progress. A word of caution though, that as far as allowing kids to speak up their ideas, respect must always be present. We maybe raising super intellectual children needed to move the Philippines to a first world country but without respect on other's ideas, we would be creating a society full of brilliant people without heart thus resulting to a non sustainable growth strategy.
Amanda's favorite past time which started few weeks ago was the "What's that sign?" game. I think this is the stage where she learned how to use the "What". So here's the mechanics of the game... everytime she sees a traffic sign, she's going to ask Mommy and Daddy, what's that sign? Cute isn't it? (like Amanda's Daddy :) )
So what are the things me and my wife observed:
Today, I got a surprise from Amanda. She made a personalized greeting card for me. Their original plan was to give it to me on my birthday but she was too excited to show her work to me so here it is:
They said that the best surprise is the one that would come at the least time you expect. This one hit it right since my birthday is still next week and was totally not expecting a gift today. Much more than that, I didn't know that Amanda can now write big and small letters and can even draw.
Priceless... this is how I could describe this birthday gift.
Amanda was so excited to give it to me. It's only from a child where you can see unconditional love to its truest sense. She worked hard and was exhausted after making this, that's why she was so excited to give it to me. Mommy Cali told me that it took her about an hour to do it and was so tired when writing the last letters.
Despite all the stress at work and the business, this washed them all away :)
Sa nagdaang buwan ng wika (Agosto) nais ko lang na gumawa ng isang sanaysay tungkol sa kalagayan ng kultura at wikang Filipino sa ating mga kabataan. Gagamitin ko rin ang salitang balbal at kolokyal sa aking paglalahad ng mga napansin ko.
Sa makabagong mundo, wish ko lang na sana ay wag mawala yung identity natin bilang Pinoy sa kabila ng globalization. Maraming nagkukwentong mga magulang sa kin na nahihirapan sa Filipino at Social Studies ang mga anak nila dahil nagiging second language na lang ang Filipino. Sabi sa Filipino 101 ko nung college, ang wika ay repleksyon ng kultura. Habang patuloy na humihina sa Filipino ang mga susunod na henerasyon, pangitain na rin kaya ito nang paghina ng kulturang Pinoy natin?
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