Mister Kabab -West Avenue

After spending an afternoon of shopping, uploading songs on my ipod, and enjoying the sight of gadgets, toys, and clothes in Greenhills, Jr (my brother), Cy (my sister-in-law) and I decided to have dinner somewhere along Timog.

mister kebab

It was a Friday night…Timog and Morato area was undeniably packed so we headed to West Ave. instead. The huge signage of Mister Kabab caught our attention; the place is much bigger and better compared to the old one. The much improved Mister Kabab has nice interiors, with bricks, lamps, and decor’ to have that Persian ambiance. I’m glad they have very good ventilation, you need not worry about smelling like shawarma.

Once we were seated, the waitress rushed to get our order. We ordered 2 special Chelo Kabab, 1 extra rice, 1 Persian Shawarma, 1 Kabab Sandwich, 1 7-up in can, 2 Mountain Dew,and 1 Iced tea… all for only 530 pesos.

chelokebab

Chelo Kebab with 2 roasted tomatoes and buttered rice

The beef was tender and savory, with or without the garlic white sauce or the red hot and spicy sauce. The generous serving of buttered rice complimented the flavor of the beef and roasted tomato. I drowned the meat with the white sauce with a bit of hot sauce, it was good though we wanted some more garlic taste.

shawarma

Persian Shawarma

A very tasty shawarma, warm pita bread loaded with beef, cucumber, tomato and onion. The flavor of the juicy and tender beef blends well with the diced tomato, cucumber and onion.

chelosandwich

Kebab Sandwich

Sorry about the photo, well this is all they’ve got in the sandwich…Chelo kebab with tomato and cucumber slices. Seemed "bitin" but the taste of the kebab is all that mattered. 

Mister Kebab surely satisfied my always hungry stomach. I’ll definitely go back for more Persian chow experience. Their extensive yet budget-friendly menu (note: nothing in the menu exceeded 150) is yet to be conquered. I want to try the Keema with egglplant, Beryani rice, and yoghurt.  

simot

simot…

 

Mister Kabab

95 A West Ave., Quezon City

(02) 373-5941

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Manila Ocean Park

I haven’t seen a real shark in my entire life…as in yung  face to face.  The thought of it scares me…really! Well, the time came that I had to face my fear. It was April 2008 when a friend and I went to The Manila Ocean Park .


rainforest


Upon entering the oceanarium, a calming rainforest welcomed us. The sound of the water falling and the freshwater fishes made us feel far from the busy Manila. This section is called AGOS (Flow).


There was this area with baby sharks and starfish in a wide tank. Nagtataka ako bakit madami tao dun sa area na yun. I found out that people are allowed to touch the starfish but not the sharks. Umpisa pa lang challenge na ito. My friend was pushing me…insisting me to touch the starfish. Paano? May mga sharks kaya na nakapaligid. It took me 15 minutes or so just to touch the starfish with my fingertip. I remember I was screeching and jumping…maybe hyperventilating just to do that while kids around me had no fuss.


 starfish


 Next was the BAHURA (The Reef). Colorful corals can be seen in this area. I was looking closely to check if the corals were real…I found out that artificial lang pala. Anyways, it looked good and majestic. There I found creatures new to my eyes. Iba’t ibang klase! May giant crab, fish na steady lang at hindi gumagalaw, fish na mukhang worm, at madami pa. Pambihira ang Bahura!


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Sumunod naman ang Laot (Fishing Ground).  Habang tumatagal mas dumidilim, mas lumalaki ang fish tanks, mas natatakot na ako. The Closer I Get To You ang drama ko, the closer I get to the sharks, the more bumibilis mag work ang imagination ko. Paano kung mabasag ang tank? Ang dami daming isda na ito!


aquarium


I found the 25 meter walkway tunnel as the best section in the park. It may be shorter than the tunnel in Singapore, yet it is unique because of the 220-degree curve not found in other oceanariums.  It was like every creature put in one place. Halo halo na silang lahat. Rambulan na sa BUHAY NG KARAGATAN (The Living Ocean)!


 stingray


Natuwa ako at panandaliang nawala ang pagkatakot sa shark. Sa KALALIMAN (The Deep), mas marami pa akong nakita na nakakatuwa. Nang mapatingin sa itaas, may kakaibang aquarium na nakita.  Ito ang PAGI (Stingray) na nasa Overhang Tank. Aaah…stingray…aaaah…ayoko nyan. Yan diba yung nakapatay dun sa Crocodile Hunter..si ano… i Steve Irwin! They were not so scary after all. You can go close and feed them pa nga. Hingang malalim… ok naman pala.


 LAST… ang PATING (Shark)… ang dakilang pating. I pretended not to see but the tank was huge not to see. Again, my friend pushed me closer to the tank and waited until a shark passed by in front of me… inches away…separated by the glass na I imagined na mababasag.  Happy to find myself safe…I stared and got used to seeing the sharks. HAAAY!!!Finally!!! I was relieved.


 


sharks


More attractions awaited us as we went to the 2nd level… such as the fish/foot spa area and the  glass- bottom boat ride that made us appreciate the beauty of the Philippine marine life. Restaurants and a marine- themed mall can also be found in the Manila Ocean Park.


I’m happy I’ve faced my fear.


Tickets are 400 pesos for Adults and 350 pesos for Kids 4 ½ feet and below.


The Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand Luneta, Manila, Philippines.


Check on their website for the operating hours and schedule of shows: www.manilaoceanpark.com