For our first major excursion in Manila we decided to go to the zoo. Everyone loves a zoo, right? And this one is actually pretty close to our condo. Seriously, we can see it from our living room window.
The zoo itself is inexpensive, so we paid the extra fee for the “Kinder Zoo”, an interactive area. This turned out to be a great decision since the main attraction was pictures with a baby crocodile and a giant snake! The kids were equal parts nervous and excited about it. Big thanks to our nanny for taking the pictures, even though she’s terrified of snakes!
After thoroughly exploring the Kinder zoo, which included pony rides, petting turtles, and crossing a cool, though probably unsafe, bridge, we headed out to meet the rest of the animals.
We were able to get a good look at the monkeys and tigers, and they had a great selection of snakes (our nanny didn’t join us in the snake house). We managed to catch the elephant during feeding time too. I felt like the animals that are native to this climate, like the monkeys and tigers were more active here than in the zoos I’ve been to in the U.S.
Of course the kids liked the playground as much as any of the animals. Go figure.
When we were ready to go home I started looking for a cab, but Jake and our nanny
convinced me to go with the cheaper tricy, a motorcycle with a covered sidecar. I was definitely nervous about loading up our whole family in that thing. In the end we managed it with our nanny on the back of the motorcycle, and me holding onto my kids for dear life.
I was not reassured when, as soon as we hit heavy traffic, the driver started going the wrong way on a one-way street. Turns out he did that on purpose. We crawled along the edge of the backed up cars until we could get off the busy road and finish the short drive home. In the end, we all made it back in one piece!
All in all, it was a great day with fun new experiences. It wasn’t the biggest or cleanest zoo I’ve ever been to, but it was a fun excursion to get us out of the house. And the tricy was definitely an interesting Filipino experience.