After a year, we've finally come back to Manila Ocean Park --and, man, has the place changed! Restaurants, novelty shops, gift shops just about every turn. Toys, clothes, people here, people there. Why, this aquatic park has transformed into a mall!
I was just about to blare out my outrage through carefully chosen profanities when a poster of promo packages caught my eye. Ah, nothing tames a scorned woman than the Godsent vision of a sale. Apparently, other than these additions to the place, there were also relevant, brand new attractions that made it into the set-up. And they were all on extended holiday discounts! Allelujah!
The Jellies Exhibit was in a small corner. It almost looked like an afterthought. Specially when we found out that you buy your tickets from a cashier under the escalator.
But the surprise lies inside.
Overall, the exhibit was small. It only seemed huge because of its mesmerizing overload of visual joy; loud, hypnotic music; and strategic mirror trickery.
But when they say you're going to see dancing fairies here, they weren't kidding. It was like being transported to another world. A magical world. A lovely, 'Whoooa, duuude!'-trippy, happy pill-induced kind of world. And for Php150 per head, who am I to complain?
I have to wonder though... exactly how do these sea creatures feel about being treated like lava lamps?