Saturday, September 01, 2012

Manila Ocean Park, a converging zone

At the entrance gate
My Urban Manila Series, was actually a travel together with my son, Little James. 

As part of my motivation, in order for them to strive hard on their studies, I always have to stand with my promise, that once they've got good grades, I will treat them days of vacation in Manila. Even if  they're not in the honor's list, at least, good grades is enough.  Especially if they did it by their own effort and they're not under pressure.

That's it. And one of our itineraries on that day was the Manila Ocean Park. We arrived at the NAIA airport on schedule and we were both excited to see the Oceanarium.
At the Lobby, covered walk and before the entrance gate.

I can see in his eyes the real kiddy excitement. But it was not obvious to him that I was so excited too, not only to see the Manila Ocean Park, but also to witness his real emotion to see the place.
Entrance to the Building
 


I've seen lots of families, young and old couples together with their kids, when we got inside. I may say that this big sanctuary of marine life, is also a family converging zone. A unique venue for a family outing and bonding

There's no place like Oceanarium here in the Philippines, but only in Manila. 

We have to take our chances. The only chance is now. Joining my kids for this rare bonding moments, while I am still in a state that I can still afford to walk farther distances, is a worthwhile experience. 

As an able person, I had to take my son in a place where we will leave a trail of memories.  On the next travel, it would be with my daughter or much better if the whole family will be on a vacation together.
We got a promo ticket of P1,000 pesos ($100) for the two of us, for three spots package-- the Sea Lion Show, Oceanarium and the Jellies.

The smile of real joy in
their eyes and expression
"A visit of  Manila Ocean Park Oceanarium, is a must to do list once you are in Manila", I overheard a couple who sat beside us and uttered this statement. They further told us that they were from Davao and they're having a convention in Manila and Oceanarium is just their side trip.

They asked us where we came from, and I replied, "we are from Bukidnon and we're having a vacation trip in Manila together with my son".

Then after almost an hour, the sea lion show has ended and we were advised to proceed to the Oceanarium.
As a parent, I cannot gauge the level of joy that my Little James had, especially that he was  in a momentum where he had an immense level of excitement, but we can only feel and see it in their eyes and action as shown in the above photo. That was when we entered the Oceanarium.
Especially that it was their first time to see  real sea horses and other different marine species inside. He even asked me on what specie that I should photograph. With that actuation, I  sensed that he enjoyed so much of his time in the park.
The excitement was heightened when he saw the real clown fish, or popularly known as "Nemo" in a movie, "Finding Nemo". His joy blown-up to the extent that he jumped for joy when he saw the clown fish "Nemo". 
The joy and experience of my son he had on that day was real and authentic and unrivaled with monetary consideration.
The only chance is now. Joining my kids for this rare bonding moments, while I am still in a state that I can still afford to walk farther distances, is a worthwhile experience. 
Sharks Specie
Jellies
 Our Photos inside the Oceanarium 

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