ScubaWorld Clean-Up Dive Event Pictures

The Scubaworld clean-up dive was full of fun! We had free dives, free boat rides and of course, free-flowing beer! Thank you to all the sponsors and to all those who participated! Thank you, Jun Reynales for the photos as well! It was a great, fun weekend! Here are some of the pictures of the event:

This event wont be possible without the organizer. Thank you so much!

This event won't be possible without the organizer. Thank you so much!

The drop-dead gorgeous miss Karin Timmel!

The drop-dead gorgeous miss Karin Timmel!

Karin: All eyes on me

Karin: "All eyes on me"

Checking my BCD - BWRAF

Checking my BCD - BWRAF

The ScubaWorld clean-up scuba divers!

The ScubaWorld clean-up scuba divers!

Ready to dive! W/Richmond

Ready to dive! W/Richmond

Diving in a short while...

Diving in a short while...

Ready to rock n roll!

Ready to rock 'n roll!

Water visibility was much better this time

Water visibility was much better this time

Rudi dives for it

Rudi dives for it

Collecting our Trash

Collecting our Trash

Me and my buddy lookin for more trash

Me and my buddy lookin' for more trash

Karins Junk

Karin's Junk

She got the heaviest trashbag

She got the heaviest trashbag

Rudi and Mark looking for trash

Rudi and Mark looking for trash

Thats some heavy junk (take note of the big can on Marks net)

That's some heavy junk (take note of the big can on Mark's net)

Yeah, you can keep that

Yeah, you can keep that

Counting our Trash

Counting our Trash

Of course the winner of weirdest trash found were the ones who got the Christmas lights. Wonder if they still work?

Of course the winner of weirdest trash found were the ones who got the Christmas lights. Wonder if they still work?

Marks winning trash

Mark's winning trash

Afterwards, we went for fun dives! Me, Karin and Divemaster Rommel on a boat ride to Ligpo island

Afterwards, we went for fun dives! Me, Karin and Divemaster Rommel on a boat ride to Ligpo island

Found a big Pawikan turtle!

Found a big Pawikan turtle!

Beautiful Nudibranch

Beautiful Nudibranch

Clownfishes on one of the most beautiful Anemone Ive ever seen

Clownfishes on one of the most beautiful Anemone I've ever seen

There were lots and lots of fish!

There were lots and lots of fish!

Me and Karin on the boat ride for a fun dive

Me and Karin on the boat ride for a fun dive

Had a wonderful, wonderful dive!

Had a wonderful, wonderful dive!

Debriefing and Raffle!

Debriefing and Raffle!

The ExpeditionFleet Blog team Pose

The ExpeditionFleet Blog team Pose

Karin and the Girls from Singapore!

Karin and the Girls from Singapore!

To all those who joined us: Had a great time with you guys! ‘Til next time! Look forward to diving with you guys again!

You can look at all the rest of the  pictures here:

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Outrigger Resort: Scuba diving in Batangas

Went out scuba diving in Batangas again with Richmond, Karin and her other students. Had a great time out in the deep – just gracing through the reefs and watching the fishes and other marine life move and mind their own business.

Got the chance to see a blue octopus during our night dive too! Glad it wasn’t a Blue Ring Octopus though else I would have panicked.

The pictures weren’t too good though because of the water visibility. The swells of the waves were bigger than usual and so sand and other particles were all over the water. I’m sorry to say that I couldn’t show you guys some good underwater pictures today. Sad.

Sean Driving

Drove to Outrigger early morning. And yes, that’s a map on my lap. I’m forgetful when it comes to roads.

My New Wetsuit

First time to use my new Wetsuit! I bought it for a really good price too!

Excited to scuba dive

I know I don’t look it – but inside I’m boiling with excitement!

The drop dead gorgeous miss Karin Timmel

The drop-dead-gorgeous miss Karin Timmel – she was about to gear up too!

First Dive of the day

Weight belts, Check! Diving mask, Check! Snorkel, Check! Now let’s put on the BCD’s…

Read to scuba Dive

All geared up and ready to go deep!

Scuba Diver

So in we went and I immediately headed to the coral reefs to see some marine life

Lots of marine life

Sometimes I wonder if I should buy a full face scuba diving mask to get a full face smile on my pictures

After scuba diving

So our first dive ended – albeit too soon! But we had to go and wait for the surface interval to expire before going to our next one…

Hungry after scuba Diving

A BIG dinner after our first day diving. I was hungry as a bear!

Karin and her cake

And of course, Karin was having fun with her Cake. So much so that she had icing on her nose. Haha! Peace Karin!

Me and Karin

Of course, we MUST have a picture together as the bloggers of Expeditionfleet

Scuba Diving Group

Our group had fun the whole day! We had Susan and Pam with us too! They’re from Germany and the US.

Scuba Diving Day two

Day two! And the excitement keeps on building up! My finger nail was painted red by Karin. Color changes when you’re down deep

Scuba Diving groupies

Me, Karin and the group. We were just about to descend

I look so chinese

Water visibility was so bad for photos. Even so, my Chinese-ness cannot be hidden in this photo

Karin and the group

After the dive, group pic! Of course, the ever beautiful Karin is always the center-stage.

A fist pump

So we finished the dives and rode the boat-ride back to Outrigger Resort. Looked forward to a great, big lunch!

It was another great scuba diving experience for me. The dive sites near outrigger can be really astonishing. The marine life is rich and the hospitality of the resort is really homey. I’ll surely be back before I go scuba diving in Tubbataha and Palau. And yes, if you still don’t know – our Palau promo still holds. And the contest is still on-going too! I definitely invite you guys to join us! See you in our next liveaboard trip!

A Scuba Diving Experience in Outrigger Resort

So I had the chance to go to Outrigger resort today. It’s located in Anilao Batangas. We left Manila at around 6am and zoomed off to our destination – not even knowing the way. As Richmond drove along, I was studying the road towards Outrigger resort in the saved Google map session in the laptop.

This is my first time to go scuba diving in Outrigger Resort. Karin was the one who pulled up the idea and invited me to tag along. How can I refuse? Haha!

And so of course I was sooooo excited and looked forward to this day. Scuba diving in Anilao, Batangas was one of the best things to look forward to in my work-laden, bloody busy schedule. And taking this opportunity was a no-brainer for me.

As you all know, as a full-time blogger, I have to always update on my readers. For this entry, I would prefer to let the pictures paint my thousand words for you.

Had Bear Brand Milk for breakfast – yep, that’s breakfast for the both of us

As you can see, we were THRILLED to get there

The place was a fabulous getaway from the city stress – especially from the corporate world

The rooms looked really beachy not a five star hotel kinda room but it does the job

Oh yeah! A banana boat! Too bad we didn’t get to ride it

The dining area – arguably my most favorite place. Not because of the food. It’s because it’s the only place with wifi. But yep, the food is also a factor. Haha! They serve great dishes here! I’m sure to gain a few pounds when I’m back in Manila

The bar – yep, they have a bar to boot your scuba diving experience. But don’t go drunk diving

The view is simply awesome. Not me – the ocean and the mountains. Haha!

All this was Karin’s idea. Thank you soooo much Karin!

I look calm but inside I was shouting “OH YEAH I’M GOING SCUBA DIVING TODAAAAAYYYY!”

These kids caught a lot of fish – albeit for dinner. They could’ve sold those in a petshop for some moolah

If you’re wondering who that is, it’s the resort manager. Hi Jet!

I Looooooooove the seashore. It’s like my second home. After my first home. Yeah.

I just had to post this pic because… Well just because 😀

This is the conference room. Where we had the chance to have a karaoke party here during nighttime

Don’t you just love Karin’s big smile?

Getting ready to dive. Ohhh Yeah!

All geared up

So we went in – the water felt great especially when you’re wearing a thick wetsuit

Large clams! Too bad there’s no pearl inside

We sure had a lot of fun – and pictures

Had to show that everything was alright with me underwater

Yes and no. Yes, I was trying to flex underwater for the camera. And no, it apparently didn’t work out for me. Haha!

You could feel the fishes nibble gently at you – multitudes of ’em

We had to get up after the dive for a surface interval. Yep, I was looking at the skies. There’s something about lying on your back and looking skyward in a small boat with the sound of the rushing waves and the strong sea breeze passing through your ears.

But of course, like everything, our trip had to end

But, unlike everything, this is definitely an experience that I will never forget.

We had soooo much fun! Scuba diving in this time of the year can’t be better – especially with the intensely heated summer that we have. Got to see a lot of marine life – clown fishes (little nemo?) sea anemones, lots and lots of sea urchins, and lots and lots of other schools of fishes swimming around.

Had a great time scuba diving in Anilao. I’ll be blogging an entry soon about Outrigger resort, how to get here, what other water activities they offer, the rates and how to book a reservation.

My verdict: Definitely recommended!

I’ll even promote this in my own personal blog just because it’s sooooo good!

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Sharks are Overrated

I’ve been to many different dive sites and I dove with a lot of different dive shops and organizers – but I’ve learned, more or less, one important observation: scuba divers love to see sharks!

Reproducing nudibranches on one of my dives from the Big Blue Explore

Reproducing nudibranches on one of my dives from the Big Blue Explore

If you get the chance to dive with an organization which care about the desires of their customers, one of the DMs will ask you or the group about their preferences. And if you’re lucky enough, all the other guests share the same interests. Unfortunately my luck barely clicks on, because I love to see the small stuff, while all the other scuba divers are praying for sharks.

I don’t like sharks that much. No, to be honest: I don’t like them at all. Yes, they are fascinating creatures, yes it’s impressing that they evolved first some million years ago – even before the dinosaurs – and yes it’s amazing how easily they drift against a current, while we are struggling not to get washed away. But is it worth to miss a pygmy seahorse hiding on a soft coral or a cleaner shrimp waiting in an anemone?  Not for me!

While the shark-fans are waiting somewhere on 30 meters or anywhere in the blue, using 2/3 of their air just  to catch one short sight of the shadow of a white tip some 50 meters away I’m just thinking of all the small stuff I miss there in the coral garden.

hat’s why I love liveaboard diving: plenty of time to watch the small stuff!

hat’s why I love liveaboard diving: plenty of time to watch the small stuff!

O.k., I don’t mind to see some manta rays passing by while I hang around on 5m doing my safety stop – like I experienced on the last trip on one of our Liveaboards in Palau. And I also turn around to have a glance at a hammerhead when my buddy is banging on his tank. But nothing can top the experience of witnessing nudibranches loving each other on a soft coral J or watching a coral hawkfish defending his shelter.

And that’s why I enjoyed diving in Palau that much! While we were hooked on a reef, facing the current and letting the sharks – with their creepy eyes – come as close as 30cm, I explored the sponge next to me with all its residents in detail.

But don’t get me wrong: I absolutely respect and adore sharks. And I would never ever even think about having a shark for dinner or trying a shark fin soup! And I really hope you’re thinking the same way!

But still, I think sharks are overrated. Don’t you think so?

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