Manta

Last week, we had been to Florida and for the first time I took the plunge into those scary roller-coasters. The two rides were surprisingly at Sea World, where you wouldn’t expect them. Manta was amazing. Once you sit, the seat turns on its horizontal axis so that your are looking down and your body/trunk is horizontal. It was exhilirating when the ride twists and you suddenly are facing the blue skies. We rode that ride twice.

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Kraken was another wild ride – you can see the whole ride in the picture. This is longer and with more loops. We enjoyed Shamu and more so, the dolphins show. The music in both kept the whole stadium going.

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This trip was a way of using the Westgate timeshares and we stayed at a WG property. The property was very nice to say the least. The room was excellent with a kitchenette,the bedroom was very well lit and the bathroom was phenomenol. After staying in the resort, we felt we will never go back to a hotel again. Of course, staying at a resort comes with some pressure. The welcome ‘committee’ invited us to a free breakfast for a 90-min ‘update’.This update turned out to be a sales activity for us to invest more so that we could rent our timeshares, etc. We politely bowed out of it as we didn’t want any more from the timeshares apart from using it on vacations.

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The property itself had a putt-n-chip course, a late with paddle boats, a huge theater with movies daily, a market place. They have plans for a top-of-the-class spa, a mini-beach with water activities, etc. So in a few years time, it will be a greater fun place to go back to. Thanks for the info, Mr. Carlos!Next time, skip the free breakfast and head straight to the parks or the beach.The sales team initially were very friendly; but towards the end when they saw we weren’t making a deal, they showed the real colors. The lead guy literally walked away. When we first bought the timeshare, we had a through-good experience beacuse we actually bought the deal. I recall in Aruba, the Marriott sales team was a lot more professional as we said we already had one timeshare and didn’t need another, the sales guy politely acknowledged the fact and wished us well.

We visited the Hollywood studios the next day. The tower of terror is always fun; Aerosmith is too addicting we did it twice. The stunts show is always awesome. Lunch food was pizza during the two days we visited the parks. Good thing is we burn away the cheese. Other days we visited Ashirwad – a fine restaurant for both lunch and dinner; Woodlands was a disappointment after reading good reviews. The day we landed we went to the Arabian Knights dinner show, which had a mediocre dinner along with it; but the price at $21 per head was unbeatable. Someone later suggested we should go see the Medieval Times.

On the visit I tried out my Rebel and the pictures were pretty satisfying, I should say. I had ordered the Canon 50mm/f1.8 lens as it cost a meagre $99 compared to its optics. I ordered it before I left hoping I will get it the next day in Florida. But that wasn’t the case. I had to make many phone calls to UPS who delivered it on the second day, though I paid for 1-day shipping. The lens is very light and does an amazing job is shooting in low light. The picture you see with the horsemen was in the Arabian Knights show, with no flash. As I dig myself into photography, first and foremost lesson I am learning is not to use the flash.

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