Don’t we all love a clean slate—
It’s like getting a brand new notebook to write on, a new pair of shoes to trudge with, a spanking new camera to take with you to places.
Sometimes, it’s like getting one of these new plastic cards too:
Our ticket to sea turtles and sharks and mantas in the wild.
And this is how our first month’s notebook for this year looks like so far (and no, our handwriting, at least mine, is not this nice):
License to see SHAAAAARKS.
Owen and I got licensed late last year, but we didn’t get our IDs until early this month. This means we can now go on dive trips on our own (but the ID is just a meager part of it; the dive fund—THAT is the big question). Now all we can think of are sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and how to fund this hobby that’s probably going to strip us bare of cash even before it warms up on our hands.
Free dive trip!
And just like that, the Universe decided to play Santa this early: Thursday this week I received news that I won an online photo contest by a scuba diving website, earning me a three-night stay at El Galleon Resort in Puerto Galera and two fun dives! JACKPOT!!! Thank you Universe! Keep all the good things coming!!! :-)
My photo of Calaguas with those two kids won me a free dive trip this year!
January is always a great time to travel around the country because of the four big festivals Dinagyang, Sinulog, Ati-Atihan, and the Feast of the Black Nazarene. And since all this traveling preoccupation started with Dinagyang in 2011, we’ve made it a point to attend as many fiestas as we can from then on.
Nazarene 2013. Read more here.
And after seeing Sinulog last year and Dinagyang the past two years, we’re finally ticking off the other two: the Feast of the Black Nazarene
just this week and Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan
next week! Ati-Atihan is the Philippines’ oldest festival and is said to have a very different vibe from Sinulog and Dinagyang. We can’t wait to see it for yourselves!
We decided to forego our Dinagyang plans this year to make room (i.e., save money) for a dive trip to Apo Island in Negros Oriental, where we’re going right after Kalibo (and on that note, Universe, please give us the camera we’ve been wanting to use on this trip but for some reason is out of stock in every freaking camera store in the Philippines).
Apo Island is one of the best dive sites in the Philippines and the world, but frankly I’d be very happy with just a sea turtle. I’ve always wanted to see one but I haven’t been very lucky. Hopefully on this trip, I will (fine, Owen will) manage to take a photo of our big shelled friends in the wild.
That said, do we have any New Year’s Resolutions?
Uh, we’ll cross the bridge when we get there. Hope it’s not some bridge with a hole that can swallow a whole motorcycle though.
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