February 7, 2012

MOA Eye

Sunday was a date to remember. On that said date, I set foot on the tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines knows as MOA (Mall of Asia) Eye. Others says it's 160 ft. tall but according to Wikipedia it's  180 ft. tall. I didn't have the time to verify which one is correct because there was no manager on sight and I was all set to be up high so I took my line on the long queue of people.

Riding the MOA Eye is not in my plan as I was in the Mall of Asia for another reason which I will clarify on  another post. Right now, I am all ecstatic to share this momentous event. When I say momentous it means rare and extraordinary for me as I have a love and hate relationship with towering heights. Didn't I mention you that? Well, now that you know, be kind to me - okay. 

At first, I was torn between riding or not. But my urge to overcome my fear and to experience the ride won. I thought it would be kind of a roller coaster ride but it wasn't. I was disappointed at first because I thought I would scream to death but I didn't. It's moving slowly and would take about 10 to 15 minutes in full turn. You will go up and down the gondolas while they're moving. It's so wrong of me to anticipate for a roller coaster ride for what did it offered was a nice view while on top. The famous Manila Bay sunset and the whole Mall of Asia.

There was an awkward story which made this experience unforgettable. If you want to know, scroll down on the last part. But without further ado, ladies and gentlemen the MOA Eye:

KIDDING! hahaha. this is a kiddie Ferris wheel inside the mall

Below are the pictures of the MOA Eye
If I counted it right, there are 36 air conditioned gondola 
(I based my count on the picture)

San Miguel By the Bay

Up close. this is the point where I was torn between risking my life or not

under the MOA Eye

while on the queue

you spot the difference? yes there are tinted gondolas 
especially made for those who want to have a date overlooking Manila Bay
romantic or torture?

up and up and up

one last look

Awkward Moment:
Each ticket for the MOA eye costs 150 Php minimum of 4 person. If you'll ride in tandem you have to purchase 4 tickets which in turn cost 2 person 300 Php each. And no matter which you avail, you will be paired to another tandem when it's your turn (that's what we witnessed).

We're only two (me and my niece) so we waited for another pair to make the team four. Unfortunately we've paired to a couple who were so shy and with the duration of the ride, it's only I and my niece who did the talking admiring the view while the two of them stayed quiet and murmuring with each other.
IT FEELS LIKE WE RUINED THEIR DATE folks! THEY WANNA BE LEFT ALONE. 
PRIVACY hello. But it's not our fault! Blame it to the crew.

60 comments:

  1. you did it sis! Yay =)
    It's the same experience that you'll get with the London Eye, though one revolution of that would take half an hour coz it's bigger (could hold 25 passengers per gondola).
    Haha, natawa naman ako sa nagdate na yun. Hayaan mo sila sis, if they wanted privacy dapat ni-rent nila yung gondola ng solo! Haha! =)

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    1. Sis, half an hour would somehow kill me, hahaha. BAka pag nasa taas na ako ng London eye hindi ko mapigilang sumigay, thinking na mas mataas yun.

      When I took the pictures, I was thinking of you. Sabi ko matutuwa ka na malaman na nakasakay na ako. hahaha.

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    2. And yes I am happy sis. Kasi alam ko na takot ka sa heights pero you did it anyway. Naku, sa London eye you wouldn't even realize that you're moving kasi busy ka i-absorb ang view. =)

      I think it's cool that they have this sa MOA =)

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  2. Yay! Congrats sis....hmmmnn I want to ride MOA eye too! :( when kaya pwede? hehehe....anyway, the kiddie ferris wheel looks more fun, I wanna ride that one too kaso lang baka bumagsak lols! Too bad for the couple they should've joined your and your niece baka mas naging FUN pa ang date nila :)

    HUgs♥

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    1. I felt bad for them too. Though wala kami magawa, sana nga na-pair na lang kami with tandems na hindi couple para less awkward. I had fun staring at that kiddie wheel.

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  3. In one anime,Honey and Clover,they say the thing called ferris wheel is here so you can peacefully sit with the person you like and traverse the sky.
    Eto siguro yung ini-expect na ma-experience ng couple na nakasabay niyo. Haha. It's a good thing that you've conquered your fear. Congrats for being so brave,dear!:)

    gusto kong itry someday yung Singapore Flyer in Singapore,it's the tallest one in the world.:)

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    1. Talaga, wow thanks for letting me know. I'll take note of that. They have a point. I was somehow closer to heaven.

      I was dreaming of riding the Singapore flyer too, but for the meantime MOA eye muna. Someday, we will.

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  4. Di-yos-ko ! ! !
    Nakikita ko palang sa picture nanginginig na mga daliri ko. Ikaw na Sey. Ikaw na talaga! Haha. I remember sa EK, mangiyak-ngiyak talaga ko sa Ferris Wheel. Haha.

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    1. Actually mas natakot ako sa Ferris Wheel ng EK, I don't know why. Siguro dahil open siya. Ang MOA eye kasi closed and super locked ang mga Gondola.

      Ako na talaga babe. hahaha.

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  5. That looks terrifying! You are far braver than I, my friend.

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    1. It is really terrifying. I give it a try because the gondolas where locked, but if the seats were open, I wouldn't dare.

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  6. I totally should try that! I love heights!!!!

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    1. You should. I'm afraid of height.

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  7. wow! i thought i never want to set foot in MOA again hahaha... the mall is so huge i get lost all the time... but with this attraction, i should go back!

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    1. Maybe you can go straight to San Miguel by the Bay for the ferris wheel and ignore the mall. Whenever I go there, I was satisfied with one section only so I won't get lost.

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  8. ay di mo naman pala masosolo in the end edi dun ka na lang sa 150php anyway..gusto ko tong matry kaso wala pa akong kasama hihihi ang romantic siguro nito.

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    1. Sa couples siguro romantic kasi mabagal siya as in super, hindi mo halos mamalayan na nasa mataas ka na.

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  9. sakay tayo dyan sey... pag uwi ko... treat kita dyan... tapos punta tayo star city... sakay tayo cylone.. yung roller coaster version nila... ehehhehe

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    1. suportahan na lang kita sa cyclone. hehehe, di ko talaga carry yun Al kasi madali akong mahilo. hehe

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    2. ahahaha... patay tayo dyan... yahoooo.....

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    3. oo talagang patay ako pag sumakay ako sa cyclone.

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  10. i'm planning to visit MOA eye soon and maybe London's eye someday! haha thanks for sharing the info!

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  11. may ganyan na sa MOA?? wooaaahh...pero buong buhay ko isang beses lang ako nakasakay ng ferris wheel at hindi ko alam kung mauulit pa..haha..

    Hello sweetie pie.

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    1. Gawin mo ng 2 beses try mo ang MOA eye.

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  12. Wow!!! Ang laki! Huling punta ko ng MOA, nung November, last EB from Baguio bago ako umuwi ng Iloilo... Ginagawa palang yang MOA Eye.. Akala nga namin, gagawing slide padiretso ng Manila Bay. haarhar.. joke.

    Ang saya naman, gusto ko ring makasakay dyan. Sulit naman siguro ang Php150.. Eh kung bibilhin mo naman ang 4seats, pwede din diba? Solohin mo, basta magbayad ka lang ng Php600. :D

    Sinira nyo nga ang date nila.. haha.. :p

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    1. Sabi ko nga Ms. Leah mas masaya sana kung roller coaster na ang half niya nasa Manila BAy. hehehe.

      Sakay tayo pagbalik mo dito. hehe

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  13. Whoa, wait so this is higher/taller than the ferris wheel in Enchanted Kingdom? If so, I'd want to try!! (Even if I also have a fear of heights). It's like when I ride ferris wheels, I enjoy the ascend, but the descend scares the heck out of me. :))

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    1. Yes it is. We have the same feeling. I love the ascend but not the descend. It feels like I'll gonna puke.

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  14. I'm sure they were too wrapped up in each other to notice!

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    1. just holding hands. Maybe they're shy to do that.

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  15. I'm glad you enjoyed your ride on the eye, even if it did spoil the ride for the couple that wanted to be left alone. That is a very large Ferris wheel. I like the pictures you got while waiting in the queue.

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    1. I feel sorry for the couple though.

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  16. and where was that ferris wheel when i went there last year? hehe..

    im afraid of heights and i can't forget my ferris wheel experience when i was young - i almost vomitted up there.

    anyway, the browser is playing tricks on me. can't find the comment box awhile ago, but it suddenly appeared when i shifted to IE. :)

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    1. maybe it was under construction then. Other bloggers have the same problem too. I'll figure out what's the problem.

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  17. Hindi pa ako nakakasakay ng periswel. Myged. :)

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  18. nakarelate ako dun...hahahahaha.
    ang kulet talaga lalo na kapag dalawang nagdedate yung saktong nagsama...super awkward! :))))

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  19. I admire you for being so brave Sey. Got fear of heights but I still hope to ride MOA eye. :)

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    1. conquer your fear. Let me know if you want to ride it. I'll accompany you.

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  20. hehe.. natawa ako twin sis sa unang ferris wheel. sa isip-isip, nagkamali ka.. haha.. nag-work ang joke mo sa akin. Sabi nga ni hailee, hindi daw yan scary. hehe.. At si hailee talaga nagbalita sa akin. I told her kasi na ayoko sumakay dyan remember? Anyway, I think I can handle that, I'm not afraid of heights ayoko lang lula factor. hehe.. I miss you twin sis. Kita na tayo.. hehe..

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    1. Twin sis, sayo lang nag-work and joke ko. hehehe. HIndi naman siya masyadong nakakalula twin sis kasi mae-enjoy mo ng bongga ang view up there. Kung ayaw mo talaga si Hailee na lang sama ko. hehehe

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  21. hahaha! they should have just paid for the whole gondola. ! duh.

    Pero nakaka.inggit! i want to ride this ferries wheel too! bahala na sino kasama! :)

    why didn't you take pictures from the top?

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    1. I did took some pictures kaso hindi maayos. Sana nga nagpari kami sa hindi couple para hindi awkward

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  22. This would scare me too. Congrats for conquering your fear, Sey, and embracing a new experience.

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  23. i didn't know something like this existed in MOA. tagal ko na palang di nakakapunta dun. and your story is both funny and awkward. pero ang importante, enjoy pa rin. :D

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    1. it is really awkward. you should try it. punta na.

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  24. Naku di ko yata kayang sumakay dyan at ang taas. May fear of heights ako. Siguro kung gusto ng privacy talaga ng couple e magbayad sila ng 600. Pero ang mahal no!

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    1. oo ang mahal nga. Pwede din dun sila da tinted na gondola.

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  25. Eek! That sounds lame. My boyfriend and I are planning to try the MOA eye, but upon hearing about the fare and the need to actually pair up with another tandem sucks. I dunno. No privacy thing-o whatsoever.

    Besides, what's the point of actually having to ride the 'tinted' gandolas if you'll be paired up with another people? Hihi.

    Anyway, congrats for conquering your fear! :3

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    1. if you'll ride with the tinted gondola, you'll have it alone. Paired lang yung ayaw sa transparent.

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  26. Oh wow, good for you! It looks AMAZING!!!

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  27. congrats Sey....you've conquered your fear!!! I was able to ride the MOA eye last new year but we did not enjoyed it much because it was evening when we take the ride, so we can't see much view of Manila Bay.

    Unlike you, I was not afraid of heights, in fact I loved taking rides tha will really make me scream, but this MOA eye unfortunately bored me...hahahah sayang ang P150 namin ;-) but its nice to experience it though.

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    1. boring nga siya kasi bagal ng takbo. pero yung fear of heights factor na conquer ko naman kaya ayos lang. hehehe

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  28. Congrats on conquering your fear, dearie! :)

    I should try this soon! :)

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  29. Wow me ganito pala sa MOA. maganda sana matry yan kung wala akong fear of heights. meron din akong fear of rotating things kaya double whammy. :P

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  30. Glad we were able to try this when we visited Pinas! I didn't know the gondolas are airconditioned :-O I also didn't notice that there are tinted windows haha... we went ther at night plus you see, if you are with a super hyperactive toddler, you'll really miss a lot of details as your focus is only on how to make your toddler safe from all her going about like a crazy rat in the street!

    Spanish Pinay

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