Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kib’s Mc Donald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop Experience

I have already heard of this workshop before, but it was too late for me to register Kib then.  This year, I have seen lots of posts about this summer event for kids as early as March so I didn’t waste time in checking that on Mc Donald’s website.  I checked the possible schedule at Mc Donald’s SM Taytay and good thing that there are still slots on its second week (March 31-April 4).  I immediately signed him up for the morning session.  I paid P595.00 for the workshop.  The fee includes the kit, the daily snacks, and even the fee for the grand graduation in World Trade Center.  For me, the fee is worth it.

The orientation for the workshop was set the weekend before the start of the workshop week.  There, we were informed about the expectations for the workshop and the do’s and the don’ts.  The kit was also distributed during the workshop.  The kit includes a messenger bag, a shirt, a cap, ID, apron, chef’s hat and fetcher’s ID. 

On the first day of the workshop, the kids were given a chance to assist in the counter.  Kib experienced putting sundae on the cone, greeting customers as they enter Mc Donald’s, punching orders on the POS machine, and giving out the orders of the customers.  They also practiced the workshop song, “Make It Happen”.   Having a competitive spirit, Kib won a Mc Donald’s toy during the review of what happened during the day.

DAY 1 Photos



Kib's Kiddie Crew workshop uniform



Teacher AL teaching them basic Mc Donald's work ethics


Now ready to serve!


Kib at the dessert counter


Trying to put sundae on the cup


Now it's Kib's turn to greet customers as they enter Mc Donalds...Welcome to Mc Donald's!


Kib punching out orders on POS machine


Kib being assisted by the manager in giving out the customer's orders...'Here's your order, enjoy your meal!'


Kib learning the song, 'Make It Happen'


Kib won a prize!


On the second day, Kib learned about the safety guidelines to observe in Mc Donald’s.  They also had a tour inside Mc Donald’s giant freezer.  They also painted their aprons which they will use when they make their cheeseburgers.  They also learned the Mc Donald’s dance.

DAY 2 Photos


On the way to the giant freezer. Parents are not allowed beyond the counter.


Kib painting his apron


Finished product


Kib learning the dance steps of the Ronald Mc Donald dance


On the third day, Kib learned bussing the tables.  I can hear Kib asking the customers courteously if they are done with their trays so he can pack them away. 

DAY 3 Photos



On the fourth day, Kib learned how to make a cheeseburger, but before the cheeseburger-making activity, Teacher AL asked them to write down what they have learned from the workshop. They also practiced the song and the dance that they will perform on graduation day.  Kib even volunteered to sing in graduation day so his teacher asked me to bring an accompaniment for his performance.

DAY 4 Photos


This is what Kib wrote on what he learned from the workshop


Now ready to make cheeseburger!


Reading the step-by-step process on making cheeseburger


They are now starting to put the ingredients one by one


Almost done! Last thing to do is to wrap the cheeseburger


Kib wrapping the cheeseburger


Ready to eat!


On the fifth day and graduation day, both the AM and PM sessions joined together.  There were games and the kids showcased what they have learned during the whole week.  Kib sang ‘Let It Go’ during the graduation party.  All participants were awarded with buttons and certificate of completion. 

DAY 5 Photos


Kib rendering a song, "Let It Go"


The AM class singing 'Make It Happen'


Congratulations!


Kib showing his workshop certificate, buttons, and special lootbag from Mc Donald's


With Teacher AL


Photo op with Grimace



The whole experience was fun.  At an early age, the kids was given a chance on having a job and how it is to work with other people.  They were also taught good work ethics and values. What I also liked about the experience is that Kib made new friendships.  The mom of the kids was also fond of Kib that she even invited Kib on the birthday celebration of her son.  The kids had playdates even after the Kiddie Crew workshop. 


Kib's new friends, brothers Enzo and Ezra



These three met again during the pre-Easter activity of SM Taytay


Showing off their painted Easter eggs


Movie date!


If Kib still likes to attend Kiddie Crew workshop next year, I’ll let him do it again, but maybe on a different Mc Donald’s branch.  I want him to have an experience in the drive-thru area.



A Close Encounter with the Sea Turtles

It was my first time to drive going to Bataan last February.  I felt so accomplished!  This accomplishment inspired me to take it to the next level.  After a few hours of resting to our ancestral home in Bataan, I drove again going to Morong, Bataan to go to the Pawikan Conservation Center.  It is an hour drive from my mom’s hometown (Samal, Bataan).  The place is not so difficult to find as there were lots of directional signs going there.

When we arrived at the area, we paid P20 entrance fee.  We saw a sea turtle-shaped pond and there are two young sea turtles there.  One turtle can’t be released in the open sea because it has a hump.  It will remain afloat in the water which will make it susceptible to predators and poachers.  Good thing that we went there during the mating season so we saw baby sea turtles and eggs waiting to be hatched.  The Center releases baby turtles as soon as they hatch.  We were given an opportunity to release baby sea turtles that day.  Kib was so delighted to touch baby sea turtles!



Me driving on our way to Bataan


Welcome signage outside the Pawikan Conservation Center


Kib touching the sea turtle in captivity. Before, this turtle-shaped pond doesn't have a net, but visitors tend to carry the sea turtles which caused stress for them.


These are the two sea turtles in captivity, if I'm not mistaken, one is Olive Ridley and the other is the green sea turtle.  They are still young, around 5 years old.


This is the turtle that has a hump which can't be released in the open sea because it is always afloat.


The hatchery.  There were numbers written on the markers, I can't understand them, haha.  A relative of mine was lucky to see an adult sea turtle laying eggs on the seashore!  I wish I can see one too


These are the eggs that were hatched


Baby sea turtles!  They will be released the same day they hatched, usually at nighttime


3D illustration of the life cycle of a sea turtle


Poster showing different kinds of sea turtles


The beachfront



We were given instructions on how to release baby sea turtles.  We should release baby sea turtles at least four meters away from the shoreline.  This gives the baby sea turtles an opportunity to remember where they were born so that they will go back to the same place after 25 years.  As we walk towards the beach, Kib suddenly cries.  He felt sad for the moment that the baby sea turtles will be alone by themselves in the open sea.  He cried louder when he already released the baby sea turtles.  He just can’t stop crying while seeing the baby sea turtles walk towards the sea.  I just told Kib to pray to God to guide the baby sea turtles on their journey in the open sea. 


Kib still displaying his smile as he first held these two little sea turtles


As we approach the beachfront, Kib started crying


Just released the two baby sea turtles


Kib can't stop crying....


crying...


crying...


The baby sea turtles are now almost on the start of their journey in the open sea


I felt so happy for my son that he has sensitivity towards the things around him. I really want him to be exposed to animals so that he will grow up having a great love and concern for animals.