When we finally got our tickets, I gave a sigh of relief. First stop was the Marine Life Show that featured South American Sea Lions. The sea lions were ok I suppose. They were not really as big as the ones I have seen in Florida's Sea World and Hong Kong's Ocean Park. Maybe they are still young. Furthermore, it was very hot in the venue since the canopy that is supposed to shield us from the heat is not yet constructed. In addition to that, I did not bring an umbrella or fan so it was really scorching hot. We therefore decided not to finish the show, took a quick lunch, and then proceeded to our next venue, the Oceanarium.
I probably had the most fun here at this next venue.
It had a rainforest feel at first. Water could be heard flowing and the air was misty/dewy. I didn't want to leave this place if I were just alone. Unfortunately, there were a lot of local tourists and a few foreigners who were lining up to see the various attractions the place had to offer.
another view of this spectacular place
my mom "Vicky" with my son "Niko"
Fish were here and there as we went to this specific place. The next venue we went to was the main area of the marine life exhibit with more than 5,000 varieties of marine creatures.
I honestly had fun watching this part of the exhibit although I'm not the type who is in the habit of reading the different descriptions in the aquariums, I just loved the feel of the place. It was very calming and serene seeing all the fish in the waters.
My dad "Henry" with my daughter "Sophia"
|Ang Kalaliman - - The Deep|
|Makes me want to stare all day...so graceful|
|The flash of my camera can easily be seen in this aquarium|
Our last stop was Trails to Antartica. According to its press release, it is the only penguin attraction in the country. Well, the museum looked attractive and there were lots of photo opportunities. However, when we went to the actual site where the penguins were, they were pretty much just situated in a aquarium-like container that was really cold. Nobody was around to explain the lives of these penguins. It seemed pretty drab considering that they should be the highlight of the visit to this site. Instead, the main feature here was really its winter-inspired mini Christmas Village that is super cold. The time we had in the ice/snow was about 5 minutes but the waiting time to actually get there was around 30 to 40 minutes. Basically, we first went to the museum, then went in line to enter the Christmas Village while seeing the penguins on the other side of the line. Others who wanted to glide in this ride that mimicked a sled got to do this as well. This is where I pretty much got annoyed (again!) because not only did we wait so long, I also got ran over by some guy in the second area where we were placed while waiting to enter the Christmas Village since it was so cramped. I actually thought I broke my nose. The impact was that hard.
Adam looks funny in the photo above. Niko on the other hand wanted to take his picture in almost all the places where there were slots to put your head in. This is one photo where he looked good.
|Exhibit on Penguins|
|Still part of the Exhibit|
|My mom and Adam in the Christmas Village|
The place itself is actually nice. The winter experience is also interesting especially if you haven't gone outside the Philippines to physically see and feel snow. Its just a matter of organizing the attractions in such a way that tourists will not have to wait too long to visit these various places.
In truth, the Manila Ocean Park is actually a very good place to visit. I suppose once this gets more organized, it will be the spot to be. I just hope it is not one of those places that looks nice only in the beginning. It is no joke to operate and manage such a huge theme park and its definitely comparable to its foreign counterparts.
|My two sons enjoying the cold weather|
I'm very excited to see that our country is improving bit by bit. Of course when I say something negative, I don't mean to bring this theme park down. I just hope that someone somewhere out there would actually get to read this and become instrumental in fixing some organization issues in this awesome place. That wraps it up for my Manila Ocean Park Encounter.