Manila Ocean Park
October 6, 2010
We get the Ultimate Experience package, P800 (includes 5 attractions)
Marine Life Show (P150) featuring South American sea lions. It's an unenclosed arena so the sun is free to coil its stingy, fiery, metaphoric hands around a spectator's body.
We head to the Marine Life Habitat after the show. This is where the six sea lions live.
At first sight of these fantastic animals, facial muscles work to form a smile that could lift a building.
It doesn't last long because one can't help but be reminded of that scene from Happy Feet.
How did they get here? Imagine waking up around fake boulders and finding out you're no longer with your family.
And then you're forced to learn things to entertain people. Are they doing this for educational purposes or financial gain?
(The kid looks like Ellen de Generes, no?)
Being a firm animal lover I sometimes question myself why I keep going to wildlife prisons. But you know, there's nowhere else that I can see them because there's no way I can afford an African safari or a Great Barrier Reef dive. It's too selfish of me.
Lunch at Makansutra
Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa, Eggplant ground beef casserole
Next stop: Jellies, Dancing Sea Fairies (P150)
The tanks' lights change colors so the jellyfish look trippy.
All tangled up
Like jizz in water, Wifey said.
Like a set from an alien movie
The Oceanarium (P400)
First section: Agos
Wifey's favorite: Giant Arowana
Uma-art yung photo
Fuck You daw
Second section: Bahura (corals)
These oddly shaped cuties are too fadorable! Talk about yellow submarine!
This one smiled for the camera.
Found Nemo yet?
A baby bottom dwelling shark
Unfiltered water from Manila Bay
Third section: Laot
It's a dream to see this critter turn into a spiked balloon.
Fourth Section: Buhay na Karagatan
The Aquanaut Voyage (P995), an up-close encounter with the aquarium's 5,000 marine creatures.
We meet the diving master who gives us guidelines before going into the aquarium like how to take care of ear pressure, simple hand signals for communication, "you don't touch the fish, only the fish can touch you," and how to walk carefully on a floor of pebbles. We brought underwater disposable cameras for photo ops and he said he'd be happy to do it for us. We change into our wet suits and we're ready to go. I tell Wifey to go first so I can have time to pluck chicken feathers that grew on the back of my neck. Then it's my turn. I go down the stairs until the water's up to my shoulders. The assistant puts the really heavy helmet on my head and I go three steps down. No ear pressure and no panic attacks. I give the diving master the ok signal. I go four more steps down. I give the ok signal. I go to the bottom and give the ok signal. I wave at the kids watching us from behind the glass. I can only hear the oxygen machine. It's hard to maneuver my legs and walk to a certain point because it's disorienting at first. Whenever I want to look at Wifey and mouth "I love you," the diver would give us certain directions or take our photo.
It's indeed a magical experience. I want to do it in a real ocean!
(We were too excited to see the photos but then we found out that the films were blank when we had them developed the next day! NGEK! Sayang!)
Ice cream at San Mig Cafe while waiting for sunset
We spotted a persistent ripple from afar. It's a school of jumping fish!
We head back to the arena for the Musical Fountain Show (P300)
more photos of Manila Ocean Park after the jump!