Window Fishing at Manila Ocean Park

 

Manila Ocean Park is located at the heart of Manila, Philippines. As its official website says, ” An integrated resort facility with marine life attractions, themed hotel with entertainment and lifestyle  facilities, the park can now be considered as an all-season, all-weather holiday destination for locals and tourists. Definitely a venue for all ages to enjoy.”

I was 6 months pregnant then with Baby Fourth. We went there November 20, 2010, Saturday.  It was a weekend so we expected the place will be filled with lots of tourists. As envisioned, there were lots of students from different schools who held their field trip at Manila Ocean Park. It didn’t stop us from coming in. There are variety of scenic spots and activities available for adults and kids. We looked for packages and promos. It was not yet fully developed by that time. We went ahead and paid the package we preferred.

And that’s when the adventure of our daughter started. My husband and I enjoyed too, just like we were kids. We always have a child in us even when we grow older. While we were waiting for the Sea Lion Show we wandered to the Marine Life Habitat. We watched the South American Sea Lions as they swim, walk and interact with each other not to mention showing their little tricks to the children. We met Icis, Ira, Sandra, Isabel, Yeni, and the only male sea lion, Vincent! Do you know that Sea Lions are very interesting animals that can end up being extremely large.

The Sea Lion Show started! Everyone got amazed including us. The audience applauded a lot of times. We’ve seen happy faces with big smiles. Children and their companions were so glad of the Sea Lion Show. The Sea Lions have 2 trainers on stage that lead them on what to do. They stomped their feet, went in circles, danced, dived to the pool, rolled over, lifted their flippers, and slid through the floor. It was really fun watching them!

After the show we went to Jellies Dancing Sea Fairies. It’s like they are inside several tubes that has different colors lighting effects. Jellies are free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate for locomotion, while stinging tentacles can be used to capture prey. They looked so gracious and elegant as they moved from one point to another on water. It was quiet relaxing to the eyes with the sounds being played inside the exhibit.

There’s also an area with books for kids. Tables and chairs provided in case you want to spend a little time reading. As we had a long time walking, we got tired and wanted some rest. I found a Fish-shaped table on that area with books on top of it. Cheska chose one book (forgot the title) and read it with her. Outside the exhibit area is a big Memorabilia shop known as Sunset Quay Mall area where you can purchase marine creature stuffed toys, shirts and other souvenir items. There are also dining spots where you can enjoy the relaxing bayside view and the Manila Bay sunset! Hotel H2o can also be found here with hotel accommodations, dining and spa. As it’s official site stated: Hotel H2O takes its inspiration from the waters of the Philippines. It’s location, perched atop Manila Bay; its marine-themed rooms and suites that allow you to “sleep with fishes”; and its easy access to Manila Ocean Park all combine to make Hotel H2O a hotel like no other.

Manila Ocean Park as the first marine-themed park in the Philippines has a collection of underwater creatures from around 300 species, all indigenous to the Philippines and the Southeast Asia. The underwater viewing tunnel is 25 meters long and curved at 220 degrees. Witness as they interact and show us the beauty from underwater we may have never seen before.

 

My Birthday Celebration 2012 (Gone Historical)

 

The special day of the year for me is every June 21st. It’s one special day that I feel the world is mine.

Now that I have a family, I want to devote my day to my kids. This year I felt so proud being a Filipino. I even had a Philippine flag nail art polish before the Independence Day.

We started the celebration by having lunch at Shakey’s Centris-Quezon Avenue. Then we went to our National Park – Luneta. We rode on Calesa (Mamang Kuchero brought us to Intramuros), we took pictures, play and ran like kids, walked around and a simple snack.

Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park or colloquially Luneta, is a historical urban park located at the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines, adjacent to the old walled city of Manila, now Intramuros. Since the Spanish Colonial Era, the park has been a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing, an urban oasis for family picnics on Sundays and holidays. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.

Located along Manila Bay, Luneta has been the site of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history. The execution of pacifist Dr. José Rizal on December 30, 1896, sparked the fire of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonizers, elevating the martyr as the national hero of the country. The park was officially renamed Rizal Park in his honor and his monument serves as the symbolic focal point of the park. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule was held here on July 4, 1946 as well as the political rallies of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that led to the EDSA Revolution that deposed Marcos ending his dictatorial government. (excerpt from Wikipedia)

After few days, as we continued being Historical and Nationalistic, we went to Barasoain Church located at Malolos, Bulacan.

It is also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. It is a Roman Catholic church built in 1630. The church recorded some of the important events occurred in the country. While it has been a temporary residence of General Aguinaldo, three major events in Philippine History happened in this church: the convening of the First Philippine Congress (September 15, 1898), the drafting of the Malolos Constitution (September 29, 1898 to January 21, 1899), and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic (January 23, 1899). By Presidential Decree No. 260, the church was proclaimed as a National Shrine by President Ferdinand Marcos on August 1, 1973. Unusual for newly elected presidents in the Philippines, the church has been a venue in an inaugural affairs. General Emilio Aguinaldo and former president Joseph Estrada were the only two who have been inaugurated in the place. (excerpt from Wikipedia)

We took pictures inside and outside the church. Of course we prayed together as a family. These are our captured moments.

On our way home I saw afar off, I took a picture of Manila Hotel.

The Manila Hotel is a 570-room, five-star hotel in Manila, Philippines, located in the heart of the Manila Bay area. The Manila Hotel is the oldest premiere hotel in the Philippines, built in 1909 to rival Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines, and opened in 1912. It was built on an area of 35,000 square metres (380,000 sq ft) along Roxas Boulevard. It was the residence of General Douglas MacArthur from 1935 to 1941.

Way back my college graduation we celebrated over dinner at Manila Hotel. One of the 3 restaurants is Cafe Ilang-Ilang. The new Café Ilang-Ilang is a renaissance of chic casual dining which brings together a vast array of cuisines from across all continents. Designed artfully to satisfy the distinguishing palate, the spacious restaurant features an extensive selection of buffet delights with a fresh spin on its various open kitchens and a delectable desserts space that highlights its tradition of unique and excellent dining. Its eight live cooking stations offer Asian, Mediterranean, European, and Western dishes. Café Ilang-Ilang also has a stunning open Pan-Asian kitchen, Churrasco station, decadent dessert station, and an Italian kitchen with a wood fired pizza oven for a truly unique gastronomic adventure. A la carte dishes are also available. (from Manila Hotel Official Site)