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

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

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

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

Leave! (so you can come back)

Posted by in Freedom, Life, Travel

Sometimes the best thing about leaving, is arriving back. Going away just so you can come back again. We landed back on Camiguin island few days ago. Or more accurately, we dropped out of the sky with a pump so hard it almost gave me a whiplash. But I still adore those small planes that feel light and agile compared to their bigger brothers. As soon as we landed, I realized I had almost forgotten about the paradise we get to call home. It’s amazing how fast we humans get used…read more

The Incredible Lightness of Being (Homeless)

Posted by in Change, Freedom, Life, Travel

One of the biggest fears people have is losing their home, their possessions and losing their financial security (or should I say, financial predictability). This is not strange, since one of the basic needs we have is all about certainty and comfort. As long as we can predict the future, all is kinda well in the world. Yet when we challenge this fear, strange things happen. During one of the many times I moved countries, I decided to get rid of most of my stuff. I sold what I could…read more

The sweet euphoria of nitrogen narcosis

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freedom, Life

The other day I went diving for the first time in a week, after sitting out a pretty rough cold (in the tropics, I know, right??). I wanted to go already the day before, but I didn’t feel 100% yet, so I postponed a day. It was better, but I did notice that even now it still wasn’t completely ok. There was still something in my nose and sinuses. I inhaled a bit of salt water through my nose and cleared it, before putting on the mask and going down,…read more

How we are different

Posted by in Challenge, Change, Freedom, Life

Awhile ago, when it was quiet in the evening and there weren’t so many guests in the resort, I had a very interesting conversation with a few people from our staff. For me it was a great reflection on what I used to have and what I have now. On what kind of society I left and into what kind of society I had arrived. The western society, and especially the Finnish, is a very individualistic society. Everyone basically is “introvert” and busy with their own life, their own career,…read more

The inspirationals

Posted by in Change, Freedom, Life, Travel

You meet a lot of those here. Inspirational people with their fantastic stories. My favorite is the one when we ask “how long are you staying in Philippines?” and they say “I don’t really know, I don’t have a plan.” It makes me smile every time I hear it. I love it, because I know there is an interesting story waiting to be told. Last week we had a gentleman in his early 60’s. He traveled the world with his backpack in his early twenties, after which he decided that he…read more

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