Muck diving

Posted by in Diving, Freedom, Photography, Underwater photography

You either love it, or you hate it. There’s not really much room for half-way sentiments here. We’ve met a good amount of divers, even experienced ones, who’d never even heard of the term “muck diving”, and when asked if they’d like to try, had no idea what it was. So what is Muck Diving? The word muck diving comes from the place the dives are done in. Primarily sandy or muddy bottom composition without much corals, but potentially with garbage, or other (smaller) objects that are either brought in…read more

Yoga and Diving in the Philippines – 2 week schedule

Posted by in Diving, Travel, Yoga, Yoga & Diving Retreat, Yoga retreat

Yoga, Diving and Philippines go together like no other! In this article series we are giving you some tips and recommendations on what to do in the Philippines if you have one week or two weeks time planned, and especially – where to go if you want both Diving & Yoga on your daily schedule. Make sure you read also our guide for Yoga & Diving in the Philippines – 1 week schedule. So you have two weeks in the Philippines, this is a great amount of time to see…read more

Yoga and Diving in the Philippines – 1 week schedule

Posted by in Diving, Travel, Yoga, Yoga & Diving Retreat, Yoga retreat

Yoga and diving make a great pair! Yoga calms you down and brings your focus back to your body and breath. Diving benefits from just these qualities – while diving, it’s important to breathe deeply and to live purely in the moment without a monkey-brain to distract you with its chatter. So why not combine both during your next holiday? Philippines is a great spot for both diving and yoga. The thousands and thousands of islands give you plenty of choice, but we all know that sometimes too many choices can also feel…read more

Our conditioned mind…

Posted by in Challenge, Change, Diving, Freedom

The other day a fellow photographer posted a random post on her wall. In it a box with sour cream and onion flavored crickets, and the question “who’s in?” It was followed by series of responses ranging from “Eew” to “That’s gross” to “Disgusting” and then some. And it got me thinking. Have you ACTUALLY tried them? Or are you basing your opinions on what you’re used to, and how things look on the outside…? This, of course, is not a new concept. Everyone knows that our mind is preset…read more

A Natural Way to Clean Your Yoga Mat

Posted by in essential oils, Yoga

Cleaning your yoga mat is an important matter for all practicing yogis. Whilst there are many ready-made solutions out there, they might be expensive, hard to get and full of chemicals. Luckily it is very easy to make the solution yourself! Here in the tropics we are not only limited in our supply of ready-made solutions, but also always looking to have simple and natural solutions to everyday challenges. Like how to keep your mat clean, hygienic and smelling fresh. We have recently started working with essential oils (doTERRA oils,…read more

Conquering your fears… a story with a twist

Posted by in Challenge, Change, Diving, Freedom, Life

The last thing I wrote was about conquering your fears. It was about a great guy, who’d been wanting to dive already for a very long time, and last year finally put up the courage to take the plunge. Literally. When we got to the water with all the gear, and we went under, he almost immediately came up, big eyes, a hint of panic, and he said “Arno, I don’t think I can do this”. But he could, and he did. You can read about it in the blog…read more

Conquering your fears

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freedom

There are millions of scuba divers out there. Everyone was a beginner once, and although some people are naturally more comfortable with doing “crazy” things than others, we’ve all faced the same challenges while going through the skills that are required to become a scuba diver. The fast and the hesitant I’ve had students fly through the course without blinking (figuratively speaking of course, try a mask clear without blinking 😉 ). I’ve had students abort the course because they simply couldn’t overcome the fear of putting your life in the…read more

Searching for the Real World

Posted by in Life, Rules of life

This is so far from the real world! I heard someone say recently when touring around our small island here in the Philippines. The way people live, what they do for a living, how they pass their time, they way things are. It was all so far from the real world. It really made such perfect sense. It is another world out here, and the laws and ways of the west do not apply. But ask any of the fishermen preparing their boats for their morning trips what they think the real…read more

Anemonefish – A wolf in sheep’s clothes

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Outdoors

I guess it’s safe to say that most of us have seen, or at least heard of, Pixar’s movie ”Finding Nemo”. It tells about a young clownfish, which gets caught by divers to be sold as an aquarium fish. Daddy clownfish comes to the rescue and after countless threatening and funny adventures they are reunited and they live happily ever after. We tend to see these little orange fish as cute, harmless little … well, Nemos. But in fact, they are quite the opposite. The “sheep”-part of the sheep Clownfish…read more

Why you should give diving a go

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freedom, Outdoors

(first published on Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort blog) I call myself the Chicken-Diver. The kind who is easily spooked by strong currents and who passionately hates triggerfish. The kind who cried all the way from the boat to the shore after her first open water dive, and swore never to dive again. And yet somehow this Chicken-Diver made it to Advanced Open Water Diver and just recently celebrated her 100th dive with Camiguin Action Geckos. I have come a long way! During my diving journey I had…read more

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