Zoo, Ranch, or a Yard?

Want to treat your kids for an adventure? Check out these kid-friendly locations in Frontera Verde, Ortigas:

Ark Avilon Zoo (P300 each for adults and P200 for kids)

This indoor zoo offers attractions that expose kids to the wonders of nature and wild life, which include exotic animals, like the white tigers, “Tyson” the Burmese python, Palawan bear cats, and birds of prey. Kids can also interact with kid-friendly animals, such as the lambs, turtles, and rabbits.

Fun Ranch (P350 for a ride-all-you-can ticket)

If your kid is into rides, then bring them here! Fun Ranch features rides especially for three to five-year-old kids including bumper boats and cars, a mini Ferris wheel, and carousels. They also have padded play spaces.

Jump Yard (P350 for a ride-all-you-can ticket)

With its 2,000 sq. meter of space, Jump Yard is truly one of the largest trampoline parks in the Philippines! Here, kids (and adults!) can jump into foam pits as high as they can, slam dunk basketballs using the trampolines, and enjoy their obstacle course!

So which among these would you want your kids to experience?



Just two months more and its Christmas again! If you’re thinking of what to gift your kids, try to veer away from the usual toys by giving them robots! Our friends over Zip HD presented five best robots that kids could have, which include Chip, Kamigami, Robot Wunderkid, Vortex, and Ringo. Want to know more about them? Watch the video below!

Now, which robots would you give your kids on Dec 25th?

What is PHP?



We’ve learned about C++, Python, and Java the other days, let’s find out today what PHP is!

PHP, which originally meant Personal Home Page that later on changed to Hypertext Preprocessor, was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, which is now produced by The PHP Development Team. This is a server-side scripting language that is designed primarily for web development, yet this is also used as a general-purpose programming language pretty much like C++, Python, and Java. This may be embedded into HTML code or in in combination with various web template systems, web content management systems, and web frameworks. PHP interpreter implemented as a module in the web server or as a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) executable normally processes PHP code. Then, web server combines the results of the interpreted and executed PHP code, which may be any type of data, including images, with the generated web page. Additionally, PHP code may be completed via command-line interface (CLI) and can be castoff in making independent graphical applications.

Some of its prominent uses are in e-commerce, advanced coders, project management tools, GUI, online community, Facebook applications, PDF files generation, XML Files analysis, list mail, graphs and charts generation, content management systems, PHP photo gallery creation, dynamic website templates creation, WordPress plugins creation, and Flash creation.

IT In The Philippines

What’s the current state of the country when it comes to IT? Despite the efforts exerted both by the government and the private sectors, it is a sad fact that the Philippines is still far behind when compared with the other countries when it comes to programming. In fact, Silicon Valley-trained Filipino software experts said only 10 percent of information technology or computer science graduates are “hireable” (source)

Thus, for the country to ensure its spot in the growing field of coding, the Philippines must produce more “hireable” graduates. The 0.25 percent participation of the country in the global industry could be reversed given the number of potential talents that the country can hone.

This honing could be done by teaching kids about coding early on, such as by integrating computer programming courses in high school (or even elementary) or sending kids to coding schools during summer breaks.

Learning to program is a long and intricate journey, yet being honed in it could benefit not just the coder but also the entire country.

Coding and Robotics

A major reason why learning coding is fun is because it lets you create tons of new things, such as apps, programs, and robots. When making the latter, programming is normally the final step. After the planning and research done, it is finally time to make that robot come into life.

In our quest to find helpful articles for you, we came across this blog written by Nick Mccrea, a professional software engineer. Here, he offered good insights about the robot programming. One of these is the idea that “robot can only guess the state of the real world based on measurements returned by its sensors.” Sounds interesting, right?


If you want to read the full blog, click this.

What is Java?


We often hear Java when learning or talking about coding, but what is Java really?

Originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems and released in 1995 as a core component of Sun Microsystems’ Java platform, Java, which was derived from C and C++ but with low-level facilities, is a general-purpose computer programming language that is parallel, class-based, object-oriented, and purposely devised to have as few execution needs as possible. Its general idea is to “write once, run anywhere,” which suggests that all Java code can run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation.

Reportedly, there are 9 million developers using Java in their programming, and some of these are for desktop GUI applications, Android Software Development Kit, Blu-ray disc players, web applications, such as eCommerce web applications using open-source eCommerce platforms like Broadleaf, web servers and application servers, enterprise applications, and scientific applications.





Coding Myths


Photo from Microsoft

Coding is for nerds. Saying that coding is for nerds is the same as saying that singing are just for birds. It doesn’t make sense. Everyone can code! It only takes a matter of practice and dedication, and coding could be done.

Coding takes place in dark basements. Have you seen Google’s office? How about Facebook’s? If not, then I have a video showing Google’s office below for you:

I know the video already says a lot about debunking this second myth, so let’s move on to the third one.

Coding is just for males. In this era when women empowerment is becoming more and more prominent, saying that coding is just for males is a hasty generalisation because there are a lot of women that are capable of coding just as men! For instance, did you know that the person who did the code for the Apollo Guide Computer was a female? Yes! She’s Margaret Hamilton! There’s also Susan Kare, who helped bring the Apple computer to life with her sophisticated typography and iconic graphic design skills!


What Is Python Programming Language?


We’ve learned about C++ last week, so today, it’s all about Python programming language.

Conceived in the late 1980s, Python programming language is the simpler version of C++ or Java. However, it was only in December 1989 when it was first used by Guido van Rossum as the successor to the ABC language interfacing with the Amoeba operating system.

Python programming language is a commonly used high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, and dynamic programming language with design philosophy emphasising code readability using fewer lines of code.  It highlights the edit-test-debug function cycle, which makes coding faster. And because of this speed,  costs of program maintenance are often reduced when using Python.

Some of the known programs, applications, or companies that use the Python programming language are Corel: PaintShop Pro, D-Link, Eve-Online, ForecastWatch.com,  Frequentis, Honeywell, HP, Industrial Light and Magic, Philips, and United Space Alliance.




Why Coding?

Our friends over TheRaspberryPiGuy shared an interesting video about why we should learn how to code and its benefits to us. The video is reportedly for an online coding academy, code.org, and it features noteworthy ideas about coding from Bill Gates of Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Gabe Newell of Valve Steam. I could blab a lot about the video, but it would be better if you would watch it yourself:

While code.org is an international coding academy, there are local coding academies in the country that are strategically located in cities, like Quezon City. Learning from Gates, Zuckerberg, and Newell, are you now ready to dive in the world of coding?

New Hobbies!

Quezon City and Ortigas are two of the fastest growing cities in the country, and with this growth come changes, which everyone, especially the kids, experiences.

Some time ago, kids were used to playing outside with sticks and stones or running around with their pals. However, the changes in technology have spurred new hobbies for kids, such as Internet surfing, chatting, and coding.

Kids learn to surf the Internet from merely watching their older peers do it. From searching their favorite cartoons, to listening to their choice of music, and even watching videos on Youtube, kids can do these all!

Moreover, chatting has been one of the most used forms of communication for them. The ability to use emoticons, GIF, and fun abbreviations make the dreary idea of talking more fun for them!

Coding for kids are often done in schools where they are taught how to make certain commands using texts, which the computer follows. In some cases, this hobby of coding has lead many kids to be recognized for making codes that run exceptional applications or power interesting robots.

With Internet surfing, chatting, and coding, kids in growing cities, like Quezon City and Ortigas, sure know how to adapt to the changes!