Weekly Photo Challenge : Hidden

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Camera: Epiphany
Full blog entry: [TRIP] Manila Ocean Park 2011 . . .


Weekly Photo Challenge : Opportunity

“There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on the one you love. When the time comes -- seize it, don't miss it!” - Max Lucado

CARPE DIEM!!! Opportunities are seldom seen so it’s best that we seize them the moment they present themselves — whether in a form of a gift or a challenge.

[Gift] Love stories are often cheesy but they’re always passionate and honest. I met my boyfriend through an online game. It may be shallow to some, but I am proud to say that I love him even before we met IRL. I do not regret meeting up with him when the opportunity arose either. We’ve been together for almost eight years now. Our houses are too far from one another so our dates are always planned ahead of time. Not a moment is wasted whenever we go out. We only meet up once a week so we see to it that these rare opportunities are always treated as special.

[Challenge] My work has been stressful from day one up to now. The tasks may look the same but I handle them differently, individually — every single day. On top of that, I frequently cross paths with the people I loathe. It mostly drains my energy and my colleagues would even tell me how awful I look when I am stressed out.  Still, I wouldn’t put up with the hardships if I do not love my job. Aside from the good pay, I also love the recognition from my bosses. All those tiring moments disappear when they tell me that they need me. “I know there is a lot of pressure and I understand that but I won’t depend on you if I don’t see your potential. You have been doing an excellent job.” (These are the exact words from my boss’s email. Tee-hee!)

Photo Info:
I am unsure what kind of jellyfish this is but it’s so pretty, swimming around in a tank. This is one of the highlights of Manila Ocean Park [link]. Notice that its head formed a heart shape from this angle. It was really difficult and it took me several shots before I got it right! This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge [link].

Weekly Photo Challenge : Sunset

Sunset in Manila Bay Feb 2011

Sunset in Manila Bay Feb 2011

Sunset in Manila Bay November 2008

Manila Bay serves as the gateway to commerce and trading between the Philippines and abroad. A lot of cargo ships cross these waters on a daily basis. Watching the sunset from there is truly breath-taking and relaxing at the same time.

Both photos were taken beside Manila Ocean Park on separate occasions. I took the first photo using Epiphany whereas the second photo was taken using my defunct Nokia N70.

Sunset in Bolinao

My first time to take Epiphany away from Manila was during the Bolinao Trip with my colleagues. There were plenty of sea urchins in the shallow waters thus I couldn’t really swim nor wander off too far. Even so, I still enjoyed looking at the view and breathing the fresh air. It took away much of the stress I was getting from work. LoL!

Prison with a Great View . . .

This shot was taken in the 37th floor pantry of our office, one of the few that we took.  I dubbed it “Prison with a Great View” because work is like a prison during stressful times and looking out the window shows me a breath-taking view of the city. It also reminds me so much of the movie “I Am Legend” … It’s beautiful yet it’s creepy.

This is my entry for this week’s photo challenge [link]

[TRIP] Manila Ocean Park 2011 . . .

First time I went to Manila Ocean Park was in 2008, during my youngest sibling’s field trip. We only stayed there for an hour. This time, I made sure that our stay would be worth it.

My younger sister and I passed by Quiapo en route to MOP. It was the first time I saw the famous church housing the Black Nazarene. We stayed there briefly then we rode a taxi going to MOP.

Ironically, this contains the fins of a Whale Shark. We never saw a whale shark there.

Kung hei Fat Choi!

This is the lobby where the souvenir shops and restaurants are.

Sunset in Manila Bay Feb 2011

Sunset in Manila Bay Feb 2011

The package we got was worth P600. It includes the Jellies: Dancing Sea Fairies, Marine Life Habitat, Marine Life Show, Oceanarium, Fish Spa and the Musical Fountain Show. In total, we spent about P3000 for this trip, including the travel fare and food.

Jellies: Dancing Sea Fairies. There were so many jellyfishes on display although most of them are swimming inversely — possibly due to the current produced by the water pumps.

These tubes are filled with transparent jellyfishes. The tubes' lights gradually change.

Transparent Jellies

This looks like Spongebob's favorite jellyfish.

They swim inversely due to the current.

Pretty ... Poisonous?

Marine Life Habitat & Marine Life Show. This showcases a few witty sea lions who were so fond of swimming and loitering around. We got to see two of them perform and they were very entertaining. They are like trained dogs — less the fur and barking sound.

One of the young sea lions emerged while a diver cleans their pen.

Vincent and Isabel with their trainers.

Isabel is trying to locate the toy gun that was submerged in the pool.

Oceanarium. This houses a wide variety of marine life. Looking at the colorful sea creatures was very entertaining but it was so challenging taking photos of them. Flash photography is forbidden as it will startle the fish so I had to constantly change Epiphany‘s settings in order to take the shots I like.

A school of fish swimming around this water plant.

Garden Eels

A fish just got out of the sea anemone

Blacktip Reef Shark

These remind me of a Shin Seiki Evangelion "angel" ☻

I don't know what this is called.

Swimming freely -- Sea Horse

Fish Spa. We dipped our feet in a shallow pool containing a lot of “doctorfish.” These fishes nibbled on our dead skin cells allowing the softer skin to grow. i felt ticklish at first but once I got used to it, the experience was great. LoL! ☺

Plenty of doctorfish = Plenty of dead skin cells! LoL!

Musical Fountain Show. This is a more extravagant version of the Water Plaza during the World Light Expo 2007.  I enjoyed it, except for the dancing stars.

Lights + Fountain + Fireworks!

Lights + Fountain + Fireworks!

Manila Ocean Park is a great place for marine life lovers such as myself, but it still needs a lot of improvement. We didn’t see much during my first trip here and until now, some portions of MOP are still closed or unfinished. I’ll probably pass by here again after a couple of years. ☺