On one fine Saturday last month, oh no, not last month, this was last April, we spent one whole day in Manila Ocean Park. Special thanks to Franco’s brother and to Smart for the free tickets. I have always wanted to go there but found the tickets too pricey. Franco, who has BJJ training every Saturday and Sunday morning, dropped off Aki and me about an hour before the opening. Because there wasn’t anything to do, I just took pictures of the view.
While waiting for the opening, we also stayed in one of the function rooms. The function room has a giant aquarium, making it the perfect venue for any under-the-sea themed parties.
If there is something more difficult to take pictures of than Aki, that would be the sea animals in MOP.
Even without nice pictures, we really enjoyed hanging out there.
Special thanks to the dad who took our pictures. I am always on a look out for families and couples who are taking selfie group pictures. I offer to take their picture so they can take ours. hehe.
Our first stop was the jellyfish showroom.
Honestly, I was a bit bored here. It only got exciting when a net came out of nowhere and caught several jellies. On the next window, we saw a hand drop a what seemed to be chopped jellyfish. Aki asked the guy what happened and the staff confirmed that some jellyfish are carnivores and eat other jellyfish.
Next stop was the Fish Spa.
We dipped our legs in a knee-deep pool of doctor fish. The fish scrambled towards our legs and feet and ate our dead skin. Aki was hesitant at first but eventually enjoyed the ticklish experience of being “eaten”. Again, thanks to the couple who sat beside us and took our picture after I offered to take theirs.
The sea lion show was next. Although Aki and I were one of the last to get to the venue, we got the best seats in the house, right in front, in the very middle because we chose to sit in the stairs.
After a quick lunch in Henlin’s, we went to the Trails to the Antartic room. We queued for what felt like 30 minutes. If you have an impatient toddler, you’d know that patiently waiting in line is not fun for both toddler and mommy. When it was finally our turn, I had Aki wear the jacket but he refushed to go in.
It took a lot of begging and probably 3-4 batches of MOP guests before he finally agreed to go inside the very cold room. When we got in, he happily carefully explored the “snow”. Warm thanks to the couple who took our picture.
Aki did not want to leave but I could stand the cold anymore so he had no choice.
Inside MOP is Seriland. There are several attractions but we only chose 2 – Mirror Maze and a 3D museum.
The reason why Aki wanted to go to the museum is because he thought there would be other dinosaur paintings. When we got in and he realized that the only dino is the one outside the museum, he insisted that we leave.
By the enscalator is a 5D ride. Aki recently tried this ride in Timezone and loved it. Since we had a lot of Smart money the spend, thanks again Smart, I followed the little boy’s lead.
As you can see in his eyes, he was already very tired. We transferred to the function room to rest but the view of the fishies just got Aki excited again. Soon, our daddy came and it was finally my time to rest.
Stay tuned for the part 2 of our fun fun day at Manila Ocean Park