It was Ax’s fifth birthday and we had a simple get-together at SM Mall of Asia. My cutie nephew and his cousins craved for pizza. We took a long table in Shakey’s Restaurant. Gradually, memories of the past came back to me. Our parents would bring us here to celebrate special occasions. Now it’s our turn to bring them here… but this time, it’s with our kids… time flew so fast.
What we love at Shakey’s is the all-time favorite, mojo potatoes. It’s quite amusing that my children love it too. The delectable carbonara was so yummy. Can’t help to pounce for it hungrily. hehehe. The kids, Shen, Magnus, and Ax were munching the crunchy, juicy fried chicken and spaghetti.
After a hearty meal, we headed to the bayside. It was getting dark now. As we were walking on the bridge, all passers-by were amazed looking at the newest attraction, the MOA Eye. Miko and Pao were so eager to try it, so they sweetly coerced their Tito Choy for a courtesy ride. And when my brother said yes, Isha, me, and my hubby did the same thing with a wide grin. The little kids were left for they were enjoying the Carousel and Bumble Bee.
MOA Eye was opened on December 17, 2011. It stands 160 feet in height and spans 55 meters in diameter. It is considered the tallest and biggest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines with 36 regular gondolas (P150) and 6 VIP gondolas (P250). All are air-conditioned with nice seats. It can accommodate five to six passengers, ideal for one whole family or group of friends.
As we queued up for our turn, we were amazed gazing up at the gigantic attraction as it slowly spins above us. The revolving lights which change from blue, red, green, red, and white were so wonderful to watch.
I just can’t help to reminisce our younger years as we frolicked riding to those heart-stopping attractions in various Christmas carnivals in Metro Manila such as Fiesta Carnival (Cubao), Star City, Boom na Boom, Payanig sa Pasig, and Big Bang Alabang. Riding on Ferris Wheel is always included in our list. We’ve tried the Wheel of Fortune in the Enchanted Kingdom and the last was in Marimar Department Store in Taiwan. And now, we were all so excited to try the MOA Eye.
As the gondola stopped, the crew assisted us graciously until we all took our seats. The door closed and there we go!
It was cool inside and we were spinning slowly. We enjoyed watching the panoramic view of bayside in gleaming lights. It wasn’t scary, only that you will get bored if you will not make your eyes busy. After ten minutes of one complete round, the ride ended. Bitin!
It was a bit pricey, but riding in the newest, largest and biggest Ferris Wheel in the country is quite a worthwhile experience.
The best time to see and ride is at night so you can enjoy watching its colorful lighting. And I hope you could catch the fireworks too!
Enjoy the ride!
P150 on Regular Gondola.
P250 for the VIP Gondola.
Location: SM By the Bay Amusement Park at SM Mall of Asia near the Seaside Bay.