One of the highlights of my family’s recent trip to Manila Ocean Park was the Sea Lion Show. We were at the area 15 minutes before the show, giving us time to choose the best seats. While waiting, we were able to check out the poster outlining the difference between sea lions and seals.
When the show started, I felt like a curious 9-year old Girl Scout trapped in a 39-year old body. Relishing every moment of the show, I almost forgot I was with my mother, my husband and my aunt-in-law. Good thing I remembered to capture moments like this…
When the host looked for a volunteer from the audience to be on stage with the sea lions and their trainers, I seized the opportunity. Out of curiosity, I raised my hand and shouted at the top of my lungs before anyone in the audience can make up his mind. Right after, dozens of spectators were screaming for the spot. I aggressively screamed louder, eagerly wanting the chance to be up close and personal with the adorable sea creatures. I was chosen!
On my way to the stage, I was directed by the staff to carefully follow instructions. I reminded myself not to do anything crazy on stage, aware that it was not my turf. I was shaking when I was introduced to Vincent. I masked my momentary tension with a steady smile.
The the amiable Korean trainer directed me do things with ease and confidence. The scenes that ensued proved how much I enjoyed meeting the sea lion up close and personal.
And the unexpected kiss came!
It was not a smack because Vincent’s thick lips lingered on my cheeks for more than five seconds. The kiss lasted like eternity!
I was so relieved when he finally backed off upon the Korean trainer’s signal! The kiss left me smelling like fish but smiling like crazy.
The enriching experience made me commit to the line that captures National Geographic’s shared spirit: Live Curious.
How about you, dear readers? Have you experienced something exciting out of curiosity? I am eager to know your story, too! Go ahead and share…