Its been everywhere. Every country has this kind of attraction. Well, I’m talking about Ocean Park.
Here in the Philippines, Manila Ocean Park opened its door to the public last March 1, 2008. People got excited because for the first time, we’ll have our own version of Ocean Park though not as wonderful compared to other countries especially to Hong Kong.
I only got a chance to explore this wonderful world last September 2014. Yes, I know I’m so outdated, but I believe age doesn’t matter when we’re talking about the word “fun.”
I’m not really a huge fan of animals that’s why I’m not interested in going to Manila Ocean Park. The only reason why I did insist to visit this place: Penguins. Yes, I’m crazily in-love with penguins. I’m actually addicted to it. Knowing that it is impossible to pet a penguin here(Philippines) since it is a tropical country, I really got excited and delighted when I heard the news that Manila Ocean Park added real penguins in Trails to Antartica last 2011. Yes, cold weather and a bit of snow of course. (Expectations).
I’m so blessed, that my parents and sister agreed to accompany me in Manila Ocean Park. Well, I think they also said yes because we bought our ticket online (promo in one site). Honestly, I won’t buy 4 tickets in their original price because we’re not lovers of under the sea creatures.
So, let me take you to our adventure.
We purchased our tickets at a discounted price. Luckily, we did because we got disappointed to some… no, 10 out of 12 attractions to be exact.
We left at 9am and arrived at the said place around 11am. We missed the sea lion show( the first showing) the one where Mr. Sunshine is not yet dominating the whole area.
Almost all attractions are open until 5pm.
Since we missed the first Sea Lion Show, we immediately proceed to the Oceanarium. Expectations: a long trail of aquarium while walking with varieties of sea creatures. Reality: almost 15 or 20 steps only is the Aquarium overhead with almost empty species. Lesson: Don’t expect too much. Well, I really felt betrayed because when I visited the website of the said theme park, I easily got excited of this attraction because of the long trail I can walk through. Eventually, they only posted one area with a view from different angle which will give it a “fake long trail”. (Technology effect, I guess). I’m so dissatisfied as well because there are people who are inside the aquarium having a face-to-face interaction with the sea animals. Selfie wasted! 😦
Once we exited the area, we went to my most awaited attraction: Trails to Antartica. Upon entering the said place, I was so shocked because I’m expecting to see sea of penguins, but was hundred percent disappointed when I only saw a small aquarium housing maybe 10 penguins or less. Fine. Thank you for ruining my dream fantasy. My sister and I just went inside the Snow Village. Yes, the perfect place to cool down and forget all the disappointments. We’re the only persons who stayed there for almost 20minutes or more. Imagine, we fought the artificial Mr. Winter for so long. Luckily, I got a chance to have a picture with Mr. Flumble(that’s the name I want for my penguin if ever it’s possible) for free, though he is only a display. Before ending our trip in Trails of Antartica, I tried their Slide O-Fun which is a real five thumbs-up. After that exciting Trails to Antartica experience, I went to the souvenir shop to buy a small penguin stuff toy. Yes, I’m one of those people who will buy a remarkable item to keepsake the memories I had during my stay in that certain place.
After two attractions, we ate lunch at Gerry’s Grill. What an epic one. I’m really in-love with their food. It melts in your mouth which is good because all my regrets were washed out and I felt revitalized by this new kind of aura and overflowing happiness. A positive start to our second half.
Immediately after we had a fantastic lunch, we checked-in at hotel H2O. We got the Park View room where you can view from its windows the place where the Sea Lion Show was being held. What an awesome one. And you know what’s great? We got this for free! Yes, it’s a freebies from my Mom’s health voucher. Super gallatic awesomeness! I love everything about our room. The only problem: our room is in the far end of the hotel. Yes, the walked we had is far longer from the ones we had to the Oceanarium experience. (If you know what I mean).
After having some retouched, we’re headed to the next attraction.
The Penguin Interactive show. Yes, there’s this penguin who will interact with the audience. The voice over of this said penguin is a Filipino staff, of course. It was kind of cool though I don’t get the point of having that attraction.
We tried our luck to the Jellyfish attraction. Yes, I’m quite happy with this one, though I’m not thrilled.
Next, Sea Lion Show. Want to know what time we’ve watched? Well, 1:30 in the afternoon. Yes, when Mr. Sunshine is the king of the whole area, we still managed to watch the show. I will not elaborate this one since I did not concentrate the whole time.
Next, we went to the Birds of Prey aka Philippine Eagle. I’ll give this one a 4 thumbs up since I enjoyed the part where you will stand in the center with your left arm open wide, then once the handler of the eagle whistled, it will get the food attached in your arm (of course, you will wear a safety gear here).
At around 3:30 in the afternoon, we went to the Bird Show. Yes, we’re back at the heat of that scorching sun. And, same with the Sea Lion Show, I won’t elaborate this experience as well.
For our final attraction, we went to the Manteray. Yes, we’ve got a chance to touch one, though there were no sharks that time. Still, a good one.
Finally, dinner time. We ordered in this restaurant inside Ocean Park as well. And I swear, don’t eat there. I just forgot the said place but it’s the one beside Gerry’s Grill if I’m not mistaking. It was not worth it.
Yehey, back to our hotel room now. My sister and I tried to rest for an hour then at exactly 8pm, we went to Zenyu Spa to have our hot bath. Disclaimer: this one is also free since it is included with our Mom’s voucher. I felt so revitalized with this one. The best ending to an exhausting day. We’re the only ones who stayed in that heated room for almost 35minutes. While inside there, we were given water and wine to avoid dehydration. Their wine is a must try. A “Die-to-Experience.” This is what we’ve done there: We lie down in the towel that is laid upon the floor which gave heat to your whole body.
Disclaimer: This is a must try especially to those who are stressed or toxic to their daily lives. Upon entering the said area, just minimize your movement and talking so you can relax your whole body which later on will coincide with the whole process. You will be lost in time and will be surprised that you’ve been there already for 45minutes (that’s the maximum time that you can stay there).
Woke up at 6:30am and immediately proceed to the breakfast area.
We ate at Makan-Makan. This is also included in my Mom’s voucher though it’s only available for ala carte. I ordered porridge and my sister ordered American breakfast. What a heavy one. The meal of this said place is one of the best. ever. I love it.
Since the Fountain Show is not yet in order, we just stayed in our room. At exactly 1pm, time to end our magical weekend. Bye!
Before heading home, we ate at McDonald’s Eastwood (I mean the one near that said place). We ordered BFF Bundle (the one with burgers which is good for 4 persons).
And that’s to sum up our weekend.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post and you learned something.
Hi Mr. Shark 🙂 #Oceanarium
Sea of fish 🙂 #Oceanarium
Upside Down Jellyfish #Jellyfishattraction
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Park View Room #HotelH2O #Goodmorning
Watching Planes #HotelH2O #ManilaOceanPark
Coffee Bar #HotelH2O #ManilaOceanPark
View from our Hotel Room #Photography #HotelH2O #ParkViewRoom #ManilaOceanPark