May 31, 2014
Before May ended, my siblings and I planned touring nearby museums in Manila. But because we woke up late and due to certain sched glitches, we ended up visiting only one-- Museong Pambata. And yes, we're all in our late teens and early twenties. We enjoyed the whole tour nonetheless.
I remembered the last time we walked the halls of this building-- a decade or more ago, perhaps. During those days, kids would always have Museong Pambata as one of the stops for whole-day field trips. This plus food factories and Intramuros or Manila Zoo.
When we went that day, it was like field trip all over again, except that we're reading more and playing more too. Snapping photos of our own too. Haha! Also, we get to tour our cousins and their kids in Manila.
We spent so much time exploring the History area and the Human Anatomy exhibit. Their interactive displays were good enough to capture our attentions. I was particularly amused with the "Noises Our Bodies Make" display (My eight year-old nephew and I took turns hitting the giant butt to hear the farting sound. Hahaha).
There was also a "pamayanan" exhibit at the second floor. It resembles a typical Filipino community-- there's the barbershop, sari-sari store, talipapa stalls which sells seafoods, fruits, vegetables and different kinds of meat. There's also a newspaper stand, a pharmacy and a fire station. We had fun trying out firemen costumes and riding the big fire truck in the middle of the hall.
The bell rang at 12 noon signalling lunch break for museum staff. We would have wanted to visit the rest of the exhibits at the other side of the building but time would not permit. That small time we spent at Museo brought back a lot of fun childhood memories. Because we're all big and burly now, it's nice to remember those days when we're just wearing our PE uniforms and prancing around the room to have our pictures taken by our eager mothers and fathers. It took us a long time to go back but what's wonderful is that the childlike wonder never left us. We still loved to learn, re-learn and try on something different. It was one of the enjoyable half-days I had.
Labels: 2014, experiences, family kemelars, manila, museong pambata