Before we left for our vacation in Mindanao, we were already chewing on the idea of going to Hong Kong Disneyland next year for Dindin’s fourth birthday. It may not fall on her exact birthday, but we can always present it as her present or her birthday celebration.
We might have to let go of having a party for her but this is going to be something better. The experiences and the learning will be much more worth it. After all, we are homeschooling in Bacolod and part of the lessons would have to come from travel and exposure trips like these.
Picturing Out Your Dream
So today, I showed her pictures of Hong Kong Disneyland. I told her that it is a resort in a country called Hong Kong and it is where Mickey, Minnie, and all the Disney princesses lived. I pointed out Cinderella’s castle and so she looked for Cinderella.
I wanted to let her know that there is a place like that in a different country but that it is far and it will take a lot of money to go there. To emphasize the point, I gave her a couple of coin banks to fill. She said, “Oh, I’m so excited!”
I am not sure if that comment was for the coin bank or for the trip, nevertheless, she really mentioned about her coin banks being so big. I told her that is because it will take a lot of money to go there. She understood and began asking for money. haha At least she got the idea.
We wanted Dindin to understand that these things are not just given for free by Mama and Papa. They need to be spent upon. So that means, one needs to earn money and then save in order to get them. Well, she might not completely understand the concept, but we are getting there.
We hope to go in March when it is not so hot yet and no longer so cold either. I was able to go to Hong Kong by end of March several years back and I liked the weather then. We just have to bring jackets though. But well, it may also depend on our savings. It could also be April.
We are thinking of staying there for maybe three nights and visit at least two parks–Ocean Park and HK Disneyland. Then maybe, we will just have a city tour. Whatever, depending on how long our coin bank will take us. haha As long as we are together and happy, and the princess is happy, that’s what matters.
Update: We were able to go to Hong Kong but not on the year that we saved up for. It happened five years later because our second daughter came. But it made our family trip more meaningful.
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: