Today was great. I was really exhausted from yesterday’s protest coverage at Ayala and I was so happy to be able to do something different from hard news. Went out to shoot the soft opening of the Manila Ocean Park over at Luneta. Dragged Tammy’s lazy ass again once more and met up with Pat, Rolex and Rem at the place.
The visit didn’t start out well. Tammy and I were refused entry when we got there. And being the tired, stressed ass that I was earlier today, I really got irritated with the security guard. It was great that Armi, one of the marketing managers was kind and nice enough to accommodate us. Another instance was when I almost got into a fight with this dad. I accidentally tripped on his kid as I was chasing sting-rays for photos. I apologized immediately but he started to curse me and even shouted at me in front of everybody. I mean I know I was wrong and he had all the reasons to get mad, but not to put up a scene like that. We almost fought if Tammy didn’t break us off. That particular incident really threw me off. I was so pissed that my mind wasn’t working right. Was getting frustrated because I couldn’t seem to get good photos that I wanted. Eventually Tams calmed me down and pushed me to work my ass off. I really love her for that. She may be the bluntest knife in the drawer but she is a really good friend. I eventually got some pix that I was happy with.
The place was packed. As in sardinas packed. But everybody looked so happy and fascinated. Especially the kids. Loved this photo but I wish the Lion fishes were more pronounced. I guess their camouflage works well. Reuters put this out on the editor’s choice slideshow. Scenes were this were common. It was really a warm sight.One of the most popular attractions there were the sting-rays. I loved the area where the Groupers were at as well. Silhouttes were aplenty.
I must say that it was quite an experience. To see different species of fishes up close is something that everybody should try. The Ocean Park’s still not completely finished and their crowd management should be improved. It’s a must see but be prepared to be hassled on the way in.