Manila Ocean Park Adventure


A day before our Singapore trip, my husband and I decided to make our Auntie Susan’s birthday week special by going to Manila Ocean Park. We were glad to find out in the park’s official website that there are special treats for the season. We unanimously decided to avail of the Sun Up Special Mid-year Savers promo at PhP600 per person.

Since we had more than two hours before the Sea Lion Show, we decided to proceed to the Oceanarium. The diverse species of marine creatures in the giant aquariums made us gasp in amazement.

We were surrounded with fishes of different colors, shapes and sizes. Since no flash photography was allowed inside the facility, my husband and I captured some images by maximizing the available light using 50mm/1.8 lens.

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General Joana Meets the Rainbow Warrior


Rainbow Warrior challenged General Joana to be a Greenpeace Cyberactivist

I was like a kindergarten student who was so eager to go on a field trip. Together with the SOX Bloggers, Paul and I went to the Makar Wharf one Sunday morning to meet Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace flagship.

With the SOX Bloggers

Early on, I made a choice to set aside lofty expectations about the trip and the ship. When we arrived, there were other eager “trippers” lining up for their turn. The SOX Bloggers were ushered by Leah Guerrero, Greenpeace Communication officer, to the ship’s upper deck. I just allowed the curiosity in me to savor every information that was dished out to us by the accommodating crew.

My eagerness showed. I was like a 7-year old Girl Scout trapped in a 38-year old body.

Aboard the Rainbow Warrior, interesting stories were told.

Little did I know that the General in me would be awakened by the Warrior as I listen to her stories of courage and determination. The Rainbow Warrior reminded me that we can do something about our environment.

With my inspiration and mentor in blogging, Sir Avel Manansala of Bariles Republic

The Rainbow Warrior sails around Southeast Asia to “urge governments to take immediate and decisive action to combat climate change.” I could not ignore the call “to help make positive change happen.”  (Find out more at www.greenpeace.org/seasia)

There are a lot  of practical things that we can do.

We can research on necessary, beneficial and practicable steps that we can implement.

We can start at home.

We can influence others.

If we come together in unity, we can surely turn the tide!

We can turn the tide!

I made a commitment to do my part in saving our planet. How about you?

Photos courtesy of Mosler Paul Lapore.

Thank you, my Piao, for capturing the moments!