February is my boyfriend’s birth month and I wanted to make the whole month special for him. Since I can’t afford to bring him to some luxurious place, I decided that we might as well visit places that are fun and enjoyable for the both of us.
So, I checked the site MetroDeal to find offers that are cheap but at the same time I know that my boyfriend will enjoy. One of those deals is for Yexel’s Museum in Manila Ocean Park. I bought the voucher for 99 php for each person rather than the regular price of 500 php(per person), which is such a huge discount.
We went on a Saturday, we already knew that there would be tons of people there but the volume of people once we got there was overwhelming. There were school field trips and other group of friends, but that did not stop me and my boyfriend to have fun.
This beautiful light fixture will welcome you at the lobby of Manila Ocean Park. This is were people usually hang out while waiting or resting. There are a few food stalls and trinket stores near this area you can check out.
It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t able to take a photo of what the museum looks like outside since students, parents and other people visiting the place were blocking the view.
But once you enter one of the first things you’ll see is this Eco-Marathon race cart. My boyfriend is interested with anything that has wheels, so we did spend a solid 5 minutes just looking at it. He even pointed out that one of the tires were flat which he thinks they did intentionally. We got to stay longer looking at it because there weren’t really many people who seemed interested with it since right in front of the race carts were the minions.
So this is where most people were taking photos of, they are such popular characters that everyone just wants to jump in that area. But I did get a few lucky shots were there weren’t too much crowd.
This was a very interesting room, but as you can see it was really crowded. But honestly it was fun watching people trying out their best poses in this room. Wait, I think that sounded a bit creepy but we were watching them because we were looking for a place that would get vacant so that we could take our turn. But sadly we never got the chance.
There were a few more things to see near this room like the wall where you can take pictures with a life size Spiderman, also life size figures of Batman, Superman, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Past all this figurines, you enter the world of the Lord of the Rings. The first thing you see is the council place (I really don’t know what its called. But its the one were they all first met to talked about what they will be doing with the Ring.) It has this beautiful view of Manila Bay when you seat on one of the chairs. It has to be my favorite place in the whole museum.
Aside from the council area, there wasn’t much interest in this area of the museum. A fun trivia, the swords that were use in the Lord of the Rings movie were forged here in the Philippines.
Then pass the Lord of the rings was a line, because the throne from Game of Throne was there and everyone just wanted to take a photo seated on it.
But right beside it, in a small corner was this miniature figurine of the house from the animated movie UP and also one of Cinderella’s glass slipper.
Then in the same area, you find this life size Storm Troopers. To get in and have your photos taken you have to pay a fee so that a professional photographer will take one for you. So there were people taking photos outside the red velvet rope, and I was one of them.
Then there is the Ironman room. They have a display of life size figured of Ironman’s armor from the oldest to latest and yes it is a very popular photo op place so I couldn’t take a proper photo.
Of course at the end of the museum is a toy shop or a souvenir shop. We also found out that Yexel has another museum in Las Pinas with all his bigger toys like the replica of Optimus Primer’s bust. From what I’ve gathered the entrance is around 300 php a lot cheaper than the one in Manila Ocean Park (500 php if you don’t have a voucher). They are open Monday to Sundays at 10 am – 8 pm.
After our long walk, we were lucky to catch the sunset from an open space near the museum. It was our first sunset together and it may not be the most romantic place but the thought that we were together made it very special.
Then it was time to eat. We tried a few of the stalls but because there were so many visitors that day, most of the food stores had nothing to sell. Even the Korean ice cream store was sold out, we did find one in front of the theater. After which we headed home.
We both enjoyed it even though we did struggle with the amount of people there. I’m excited for the other activities we have for February.