Inside the Mind Museum

Like many people, I was excited to see the Mind Museum, hopefully before everyone else does.
I had already bought entrance tickets to the Mind Museum for its opening day (March 16) when I thought of asking my friend Ginggay if she had connections inside. Her mom does, so Ginggay brought a bunch of us in last Saturday for a preview.
The Mind Museum is called the “first world class museum in the Philippines” with over 250 inter-active “minds-on” and hands-on exhibits. Because of the ultra-modern building design (by Architect Ed Calma) and all the people behind it, we had high expectations—we don’t usually see things like these opening in Manila, ever.
But maybe I’m not the market. I never liked science in school, I also got bored with the Singapore Science Centre.
The tickets I paid for on opening day cost me Php 750 each for an unlimited day pass, but after the tour, I felt it was worth only Php 500 tops.
Let me digress for a bit. I was given an Olympus F1.8 camera to test, so all the pictures in this entry were taken by this camera.


Here’s a summary of what we saw: This female voiced-robot will greet you at the entrance, but the voice isn’t robotic at all.


The next thing we saw was this uninteresting giant candy bar with a giant fly on top of it.
Lucky if you can get one of these tour guides to explain everything



There were giant test tubes (don’t know what they’re for).
Actually there were a lot of things there that appeared more decorative than interesting.


Here’s a cilia


Noel was looking at some 3D stuff


Very Ed Calmic, if you ask me


Everyone was taking pictures everywhere and it’s allowed. Thank you security guards for being friendly.


Here comes the cool stuff: a giant T-rex skeleton that looked very realistic


You can climb some stairs for a better view, but the carpeted stairs were falling apart, even before opening date


Apart from the giant T-rex, the star of the show was this giant butanding, where everyone had the same idea of taking a picture with their head inside the mouth (kind of like everyone has the same idea when taking a picture at the Leaning Tower of Pisa)


I really liked the 3-D Periodic Table of Elements


Each capsule had an object inside which had the featured element


Walking through this tunnel


Love the Margielic giant brain with neon lights


Very cool: Electrostatic ball, which makes your hair stand




I’m afraid for my boys’ comments/imagination when they see this evolution of man chuchu


Especially the small creature on the right


This one is so creepy


A very cool hand with Penny (L) and Grace


Ok, I really love this moon. Wish I had one on our roofdeck. Can I buy this?


There’s this enclosed dome you can enter with a starry show inside. You have to take off your shoes when you enter. I did not enter because it smelled of cachichas. May I recommend Air & Odor Management?


I’m glad to say the restrooms are Singapore-standard. How I wish Ed Calma would be hired to fix NAIA.



Toilet paper, complete water closet with cover, and decent trash bin


This beautiful shot reminds me of a scene from Logan’s Run, my favorite ’70s sci-fi movie.


If they would screen movies here, they should show Logan’s Run. Here’s the auditorium


Going up and down the escalator, I realized the Olympus camera has no movie setting, so I guess I’m going back to Canon


Here’s one of my favorite rooms—it’s a function room. It made me wish for an empty room in my house, so I’m gonna get rid of so many things hopefully next week.


There’s a cool X-ray machine that wasn’t working yet. Guess which one’s my bag?


I understand there were many sponsors for this project, I just don’t think it’s necessary to give them a booth. Here’s the American Standard display on the second floor. I certainly hope it’s not a permanent exhibition

Noel's trying to ask Chloe to sit on the toilet

Spotted: Ed Calma checking out the premises.

Ed Calma

He did a really good job design-wise. But the building design and structure are far more superior to the actual features of the museum. For example, the 2nd floor was a complete waste of space. They even had arcade games in there (space filler much?).
I’ll bring my kids back on opening day and see how they like it. Maybe it really is for kids and I expected too much, but most of the adults I spoke to were also underwhelmed.
Well, there’s always room and time for improvement.

To buy advance tickets and know more about the Mind Museum, go to

Repertory Philippines’ Jekyll & Hyde opens March 16th

Back in the day (early ’80s for me and my classmates) there was no Internet, no digital cameras, and all those gadgets that keep kids occupied today.
My high school classmates and I actually dressed up and went to the theater—in our case, Repertory Philippines. We had silly crushes on actors like Audie Gemora and Raymond Lauchengco (before he went mainstream and joined the cast of Bagets).

Forty-five years ago two women dreamed of giving Filipinos a chance to watch world-standard plays in their own country. Armed with this passionate desire, Zeneida Amador and Baby Barredo performed Miss Julie in front of seven people.
Thus began Repertory Philippines Foundation, Inc. which marks its 75th season this 2012.
To celebrate, Repertory Philippines mounts the Broadway and West End hit musical, Jekyll and Hyde, top billed by theater stalwart Michael Williams and rock icon Jet Pangan alternating in the lead role.

Jekyll & Hyde

An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart.
Convinced that the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of Man’s evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.

Jekyll & Hyde

Jett Pangan plays the lead role on opening night: March 16, 2012 at 8 PM.
Ticket prices:
Orchestra Center – Php 1,500
Orchestra Side – Php 1,000
Balcony – Php 500

For opening night tickets, call CARMEN at (0917) 528-8085
A portion of the proceeds from the OPENING NIGHT will be given to the Assumption Class ’64 and ’68 School Supplies Project that will benefit a number of Assumption Mission Schools, namely Sta. Rita Academy (Sibalom, Antique), St. Martin School (Crystal Cave, Baguio), San Juan Nepomuceno School (Malibay, Pasay City), Xavier de Kibangay High School (Lantapan, Bukidnon), and St. Vincent’s Academy (Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte).

Was Taylor Kitsch harassed in the Philippines or Indonesia?

I got numerous tweets and comments from last night’s entry, I-Cringe: Taylor Kitsch Tells NAIA Experience To Letterman.

Some of the valid points raised:
1) “Think everything twice first people. If the great Oliver Stone indeed was filming Savages, with an ensemble cast, in the Philippines, it should have made bigger news than The Bourne Legacy. This is Oliver Stone we’re talking about!
I heard Savages is being filmed in Indonesia, where there is an equally problematic corruption situation. Maybe Letterman confused our country with Indonesia and Taylor had no opportunity to correct him. But then again of course, this does not avert the fact that Philippine Customs has a very bad track record when it comes to transparency and good governance (read: KURAKOT!).” — Comment from a reader

My note: I wish these commenters would write their real names so I can give them credit. Pero oo nga naman. If these people were anywhere near the islands, all the stalkers and starf*ckers in town would’ve tweeted it already.


2) Check out all these Bali pics from the filming of Savages:

Taylor Kitsch (Chon), Oliver Stone, Aaron Johnson (Ben) and Moritz Borman (Producer)
L-R: Taylor Kitsch, Oliver Stone, Aaron Johnson, and Moritz Borman

Take note the airport signs behind Taylor Kitsch—so not Filipino

Taylor Kitsch in Bali

Take note, cast member Aaron Johnson with the locals—they don’t look Filipino to me
(P.S. No offence, mas maganda tayo ng slight)

Aaron Johnson with locals

3) Commissioner of Customs Ruffy Biazon certainly did his homework. Read his blog entry which should put the matter to rest. CLICK!

P.S. I don’t think it’s necessary to demand an apology. I think we should just stop talking about it. And you?

Nutrilite invites you to a weight loss challenge

Depending on your lifestyle, summer can either make you lose or gain weight. One summer was so hot, I gained a few inches because of Coke and ice cream (it was the only way to cope!).
My son Markus loses weight during summer due to basketball, and my niece trims down nicely from gymnastics.
Most people I know desire to lose weight but adults really have a tougher time.
What about a convenient weight loss package to help you jumpstart your diet?

NUTRILITE’s Trim Down Showdown pack includes four basic products:
Product Pack
1) Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar
Is it a candy bar or a protein bar? With 22 grams of protein, no doubt it’s a protein bar. But its taste makes all the difference. The delicious bars are full of ready-to-go energy and packed with all the right nutrients for an active lifestyle. Each bar contains only 250 calories and is sugar-free.


Chronium helps your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. It plays an important role in activating key enzymes involved in fat metabolism. This unique blend combines the minerals chromium and vanadium with a special blend of herbs to help your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein.
Give your weight management program some extra help. Chrompic Extra is the support you need!


3) Nutrilite Positrim Drink Mix (Dutch Cocoa Flavor)
Substitute your meal with one packet—just add water and shake up a glassful of energy and good nutrition.
Each packet makes a complete nutritious meal that provides a carefully considered formula of fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.


4) Nutrilite Carb Blocker
The first and only supplement that provides an exclusive blend of natural plants extracts that blocks both sugars and starches which can help you lose weight. Lab tests show that a three-tablet serving of Carb Blocker taken with a high-carb meal, can help block up to 500 carbohydrate calories—without depriving your body of vitamins, minerals and fibers. Lose calories, not nutrients.


Each NUTRILITE’s Trim Down Showdown package also includes a free Nutrilite tape measure and meal planner. Php 6,840.
To purchase, call Amway Philippines at (02) 814-8181.

Nutrilite Trim Down Showdown: The Weight Loss Challenge

Nutrilite, renowned brand of nutritional supplements, presents an exciting contest that promotes living a healthy, colorful lifestyle just in time for the summer.
Nutrilite Trim Down Showdown is an ongoing challenge open to independent business owners (IBOs) of Amway Philippines who would like to achieve their ideal physique.

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1) IBOs who are interested to join need to first show their single receipt purchase of any of the two official Trim Down Showdown! Product Packs, in order to qualify for the pre-contest weigh-in.
2) The weigh-in sessions are currently ongoing at all Amway Distribution Centers (ADCs) in Makati, Shaw, Urdaneta, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.
3) All contestants per ADC must commit themselves to the diet and fitness recommendations as written on the meal planner provided in the official product pack. Monthly weigh-ins and free nutrition consultations will be done from February 1 to April 30, 2012 at all ADCs.
4) The grand prize winner is the Top 1 IBO with the most number of pounds shed off after the contest period, who will receive gift certificates worth PhP 5,000 from Nike/Adidas.
5) The top 5 IBOs per ADC will receive cash coupons worth PhP 10,000 that are redeemable on Nutrilite products of their choice.

To learn more about the challenge or other Amway products and business opportunities, call Amway Philippines at (02) 814-8181.

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