Monday, January 5, 2015

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Magnolia, Disney and Araneta Coliseum

I find it amusing that sometimes while doing stuff that I think will make my son happy, I end up as the one more excited about them.

One example I can think of right now: I was the one who introduced my 5-year old child to play Lego, Tomica trains and Matchbox/ Hotwheels diecast cars. In the long run, I found myself the one collecting  those toys and have hoarded quite a number of them in my room and in our attic.

Last January 4, I did it again. I brought my wife and our little Charles to the amazing show Disney on Ice at Araneta Coliseum through the help of our friends from Magnolia Chocolait.

Dare to Dream... that's the theme of the latest ice-skating spectacle that we watch annually. While waiting for the show to start, I can't help but daydream for a moment and walk down memory because I was surrounded by things that reminds me of my younger years.

Just being back inside the Big Dome gives me the chill of those classic Ginebra-Purefoods basketball games that I witnessed live more than two decades ago. For a die-hard Robert Jaworski fan like me, I will forever cherish the good times of winning and even the lessons learned of loosing. Err, let's forget the loosing part.

This time, I did not watch action-packed hardcourt action but the excitement inside the coliseum was equally awesome not to mention that majority of screaming fans were not even born when I saw my first basketball game there.
Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Feld Entertainment's Dare to Dream whisked audiences away on wonderful journeys where dreams really do come true. From the lighting and scenery to the music, choreography and costumes, each element of Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream magically combined to mesmerize the entire family. Of course, Mickey Mouse and the gang composed of Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and other well-loved Disney characters were also there to make it more memorable for kids of all ages.

My wife and I grew up watching Walt Disney cartoons and to see them come to life in an ice-skating extravaganza with our son is truly magical. The experience made us feel like kids again.

After the show, I saw a booth of  Magnolia Chocolait with a display of their products in tetra packs at the entrance of the Big Dome. Back in the days, we had this choco drink delight delivered right to our door step... in bottles. I asked my son if I can try his drink just a little sip. Ahhh... the sweet taste of childhood is still there, indeed.

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After the show, we went home happy with a lot of stories to tell our friends and relatives. I'm pretty sure that years from now, my toddler will have his own tales and wonderful memories to share to the world.

Have a bigger and better 2015, everyone! Let's drink (for kids, it's definitely Magnolia Chocolait) to that!

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