F R E E D I V I N G – Day 3

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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

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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

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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?

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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

116 pages of cuteness

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When Walt Disney and Pixar released the animation movie “Finding Nemo” in 2003 clownfish had been around already for centuries. Many of the characters from the movie have become “well-known” in the sense that people (snorkelers and divers) now better recognize the species. The clownfish, however, has made a huge entrée. Especially new divers, but also snorkelers, find those “Nemo fish” super cute. And sure they are. What most people don’t know, is that the clownfish is part of a much larger family, the Anemonefish (Amphiprioninae). Anemonefish All members of…read more

The sweet euphoria of nitrogen narcosis

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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

The wondrous beauty of underwater

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We write a lot about beauty and feelings. Most of them are parables, and relate to inner balance, feel-good and well-being. Whereas my “newly” discovered passion of diving and underwater photography is a very physical activity, it’s -to me- also equally meditative. I’ve done a number of dives alone, all by myself. Nothing spectacular, nothing deep or risky; just off the beach in Camiguin at around 5-6 meters, and I can just float around there in complete silence, just me and my camera and all the beautiful, funky, silly, weird,…read more

Did I mention funky looking?

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Like I said before, there are a lot of funky looking creatures out there. I’m going all nerd on you now, so if you’re not into that kind of stuff, do page on 😉 One of the most colorful, weirdest looking, and one of my favorites (together with nudibranchs) is the Mantis Peacock Shrimp. It’s a very appropriate name, I think. It rears up like a praying mantis when it feels threatened and it’s got the fastest strike in the animal kingdom. The speed of its strike has been reported…read more

Myth busters

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If you’re a diver, you’ve probably encountered this one during one of your dives. And probably you’ve been told that Yes, this is one of the most venomous creatures on the planet, and that one of its nick names is the 8-minute snake, and you’ll be screwed if it bites you. The story I was told (and which I’ve heard several times in other places as well, and which I’ve told other people in turn), is that this snake doesn’t have a dislocating jaw, so it can only eat prey…read more

That little pearl…

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A lot of times you see things and wonder: why? Or: how? Most of the times it stays with that. For a variety of reasons. You know why or how, but lack the knowledge to change it. You know why or how, and you have the knowledge to change it, but the means to change it are beyond your reach. Most of the times. But not always. I am a visual artist. A graphic designer. A photographer. (A perfectionist as well, and that’s very annoying at times.) And then I…read more

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