How to fiesta like a Pinoy

Posted by in fiesta, Travel

When it comes to having a party, Filipinos know how to enjoy life. The month of May here in Camiguin is always a festive month, and this year was no exception. There was one fiesta after the other, festivities traveling through the island one community at a time. During the fiesta the streets are filled with tiny shops during the day, there are most likely basketball games ongoing, small gatherings here and there, and the evenings are marked with loud, pop-up discos which are built on the basketball courts. You know…read more

The three most deceptively named dive sites in Camiguin

Posted by in Diving, Outdoors

You see it all the time. People have gone all out to come up with a fantastic name for a dive site. And whereas some may be very appropriate, others may be completely deceptive. A “manta point” where there are no (longer) any mantas to be found. A “nudi corner” where you would be thankful to see two or three nudibranchs, or similar instances. We have a few like those in Camiguin as well. Not so much in terms of suggesting there would be marine life which in reality there…read more

Why you should try the five finger shoes!

Posted by in Outdoors, Running, Travel

Holidays. Ah, the perfect time to take it easy, be lazy, drink fruit shakes and hang in hammocks. However, sometimes you do want to include some movement and exercise into your holidays, especially if you are traveling for a longer period. One of our favorite on-the-road form of exercise is running. It’s easy, flexible and a lot of fun for so many reasons! And now that we have found the perfect shoe to match our adventures, it all fits together so snuggly. Have you ever tried the barefoot shoes? There…read more

Underwater Photography – 10 tips to shoot like a pro!

Posted by in Diving, Outdoors, Photography, Underwater photography

Underwater life is a world of its own, and different rules apply to underwater photography. Not only do you need to have specialized gear for that, you need some new skills to be able to capture the lively creatures of the deep blue sea. The other half of Reconnect Discover, Arno Enzerink, is a professional photographer, and an experienced underwater photographer. Here are ten things he recommends for underwater photography: 1) Make sure you are comfortable under water Before you start your underwater photography journey, make sure you have enough dives under…read more

F R E E D I V I N G – Day 3

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freediving, Meditation, Travel, Yoga

All is well that ends well. All is well that ends in smiles. But I did not know that when Day 3 came around. I really just had two choices. Either to give into my fear, start crying and paddle back to the shore, or I could toughen up and go through the very thing I wanted least in world (at that moment). There is always a choice… HOMEWORK The night before the last day we did our homework in the form of a carbon dioxide table. You take an…read more

F R E E D I V I N G – Day 2

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freediving, Travel

As I stare down into the blue and watch the orange rope disappear into the darkness, I wonder what I was doing there, hanging out in the ocean when I could have been just about anywhere else. What had I gotten myself into? Again! Why must one live outside of comfort, why cannot one simply lay in a hammock and read a book on a sunny day? But no. Not me. This chicken has to try to be brave. “Btw, I dislike snorkeling, and I certainly hate the deep blue,…read more

F R E E D I V I N G – Day 1

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freediving, Outdoors

This week is all about FREEDIVING. In capitals, because we are very excited about it! Have you ever considered it? To be honest, I never did. I thought scuba diving was a sport enough for me, and Freediving seemed somehow very macho. Something about it never really attracted me. That is, until we actually met some Freedivers. Contrary to my limited beliefs, these guys were very down to earth, calm and spiritual even. After all, there are many common elements with yoga and Freediving. After seeing this, I was intrigued. I…read more

Passion or party?

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Life

Let me state as a first thing here, that there are exceptions to the proverbial “rules” mentioned here. There ARE also “good guys”. And the “rules” I’m talking about aren’t really rules, but my personal, subjective observations. The scuba diving community is one with many faces, many stereotypes, and many generalizations. I’d like to pick out one, one which I’ve been pondering about ever since I got into scuba diving, which has only been a brief period, really. The partying kind For the young it seems to have the reputation…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

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