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doesn’t even know what a color looks like to begin with?
blind, you really wouldn’t have an idea how visually impaired people perceive
things, how they go through everyday living – unless you experience
The folks at Residence Inn had a solid idea on how we, 20-20 vision-blessed beings, can take in that experience. They asked us to dine in the dark.
sight of log burning from afar. We were absolutely blind; blindfolded
then led to a pitch-black room with zero lighting. We can’t even see our
seatmate’s teeth even if he/she grinned and we had already removed the eye patch.
The walls were painted a non-reflective flat black finish, so there were absolutely no visible
reflections in the visual field.
played a blind man. In that space where sight is nil, everything is heightened.
Sound, the scent of food, the feel of fabric – things often forgotten
in this check-in-then-out life. I have never appreciated fish fillet, chicken
roll and vegetables better in my life (and also, the food was REALLY awesome,
especially the killer tartar sauce).
Philippines all throughout. Sauce at 1 o’clock. Meat at 12 o’clock. Rice at 6
o’clock. Utensils at 3. Mineral bottle water at 11 , and dessert just right
beside it. It’s amazing, being guided to see by people who
|This was basically the dinner we had. We had no idea how beautifully presented it was till afterwards.|
It’s no breeze, this life the blind is living. Directions have to be precise, and steps always taken cautiously. There’s no room for haste, only for awareness of your other senses. It’s easy to get frustrated when you can’t even locate your own mouth. Half of us just gave up after five minutes of food spills and being unable to chuck anything down our throats, and decided to eat with bare hands (I know. We’re cheats) .
oneself not to make the smallest mistake. Like, spilling chicharo on
your seatmate’s lap (whoever you are, sorry! LOL).
to aid in the medical needs and livelihood of visually impaired Filipinos. Not
such a bad takeaway, right?
eye or cornea to be transplanted to a visually impaired person when you pass
away (which I did. Pledging is free, and what would you need your eye for when
you’re dead anyway?).
person. But at least I know how to describe how mealtime is like for one.
parks. It is held every Saturday of October till November 1, alternately in
each theme park, as part of the company’s “O”wesome October Black Safari
The schedule is as follows:
Safari -Zoobic Safari, Subic
Night Safari features an animal parade, Poi dance, Aeta’s tibal fire show and a
recycle recital show, plus the night tiger safari ride.
Magic Show – Resident Inn, Tagaytay
of this horror play and they did a fantastic job with the makeup, the lighting
and sound effects. Spooky especially for kids and those who scare easy.
Month – Paradizoo, Mendez, Cavite
zombies, an animal parade and pumpkin carving activity for kids.
Ex-Fear-ience – Zoocolate Thrills, Loboc, Bohol
show, the biggest Burmese python in the country, and various barn and wild
animals housed in Chocolate Hill-looking enclosures.
Christopher Cross Tickets get free entrance to any of these parks.
www.zoomanity.com.ph, or contact them at 899-9595/ 899-9824/ 847-0413.