If a psychic ever foretold I’d be doing this, I would’ve laughed the incredulous thought off, until about two weeks ago. Me, dive? The only time I’m ever near the ocean is when I cover beachfront events for magazines or produce summer segments for a TV show. I can swim only in waters shallow…
So happy that my friends were able to experience the joys of diving :)
I haven’t gone underwater for more than a month now and it is sad. I miss the smell of neoprene, the taste of salt water, and the feeling of breathing compressed air. Then I suddenly found this almost year-old photo of my first diving experience that made me feel all kilig inside. ♥
Updates, updates. So work has been keeping me really busy since the week started. I know it’s only Wednesday, but it feels as though the entire week has already passed and it’s already Friday (Friday, gotta get down on Friday~). I have been going overtime since Monday, and I will again tonight, mainly because of a huge launch event that one of our clients is having. I hope things work out okay. Everyone has been toiling for this for months on end already, so I pray that this launch will be a success.
ANYWAY. The photos above!
I finally went back in the ocean after missing two weekends of diving, and it still feels as awesome as I first tried it. This weekend, though, I was going for my Advanced Open Water Certification (with specialties in Deep Diving, Night and Limited Visibility, Enriched Air Nitrox, and Navigation).
Took my Advanced Course dives in Anilao Beach Club. See how pretty it is?? It’s one of the headquarters of Scuba Schools International (SSI) in the Philippines. The place is really cool. The owner, Matt Mulligan, implanted artificial reefs to preserve the marine life in the area. Though the corals are not as “WOW”-pretty as in other resorts, the reef is slowly cultivating (there are underwater bamboo shoots growing from about 100++ feet deep), plus the abundance of marine critters make for exciting evening dives.
The place has one of the cleanest, safest air, too. While most resorts only filter the air once, Anilao Beach Club lets their air pass through FIVE FILTERS before they fill the tanks.
The black, pipe-like things are the filters. Air passes through those to filter the air from the source. Safe air is safe, indeed.
After a deep dive, 2 Nitrox, 2 Navigation, and a night dive (already did a deep dive and night dive before), I am finally a certified Advanced Open Water Diver, with 32 logged dives.
LALALA More ocean adventures soon!!!
Photos from the reel c/o: Vince Garrucho and James Omac
Marie Angela * Magel * quarter-life crisis-ing * Leo * Archer-Eagle * hardcore FRIENDS geek * Advanced Open Water Diver * EAN Certified Diver * small petite * my iPod's stuck in the 90s * middle child * violinist * likes looking at pretty pictures (cue: googly eyes) * TV nut * movie lover * has movie-making fantasies * crazy over John Mayer * happy and in luuuuurve with this boy ♥