I’m Officially a Diver!

I’m Officially a Diver!

I received my diving license just last week and I am overwhelmed with excitement. Unfortunately it came just a week after the DRT Expo (where I could have gotten 50% discount on the ticket) but that doesn’t really matter now.

My SCUBA diving training was provided by Sabang Inn Dive Resort (in Puerto Galera) under the International Aquanautic Club and sponsored by our MDRRMO. This is a part of the program to train local rescuers (where I am a volunteer) and if I am not mistaken, we are the first municipality to have this training for rescuers so that’s a really cool thing.

The training was exciting and it helped that I have been snorkeling and skindiving for the longest time. A piece of advice for those who are interested to undergo SCUBA diving training: learn how to snorkel comfortably first; it will go a long way. We trained in a pool first to practice and master the basic skills in operating the equipment as well as troubleshooting and resolving basic issues that divers encounter underwater. The really exciting parts were, of course, the actual open water dives where we got to explore a shipwreck in our last dive.

Going forward, I want to log as many dives as I can and hopefully be able to proceed to Advanced Open Water Diving so I can become a proper rescue diver. There’s actually a lot of opportunities for trained and experienced divers so the future looks really exciting.

Wordcamp Manila 2018

Wordcamp Manila 2018

I recently attended the 2018 Wordcamp Manila. It was my first time to attend since tickets were sold out last year before I could purchase. I actually had mixed emotions about it. I was hesitant since I didn’t know anyone who would attend but the topics were interesting and I really, really wanted to go, so I purchased a ticket and booked a hostel.

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Resurrected by Death

Resurrected by Death

It’s kind of ironic that my reason for reviving my blog is because of the death of a family friend.

This year, death has claimed more friends and relatives than what is – if I may use the word – acceptable. Acceptable could be 1 in 3, 5 or 10 years, but this year alone, I have had 5 dead friends or relatives. It’s starting to get disturbing.

One death can be rattling, especially when it’s a tragic one, so 5 can really get me thinking lots of weird shit. Even weirder than usual. It makes me anticipate death at every turn. It projects possible future death scenarios that I know will definitely happen but just not ready to face yet. It makes me realize how life can be both priceless and insignificant at the same time. It’s a tug-of-war of emotions.

Since I’m leaning towards the positive, for the sake of my new family, I’m trying my best to use it to be more appreciative of the often taken-for-granted moments, whether alone or with other people.

Adulting in 2017

The past couple of years has been mostly about traveling and exploring places far away from home. I’ve enjoyed it quite a lot; it has become one of the best sources of fun and excitement for me. I’ve also acquired a few other hobbies and interests from it such as free diving, drone flying, taking pictures, and most importantly, socializing and meeting new people.

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