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Diving Day 2

Day 2 was also our last day of diving!  We got to see super interesting things, that deserve a post of their own, but I still had to share the other still pretty (but not as cool!) things we saw…

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Did you know these are “feather stars” – related to starfish?  They have bottom legs that move them around, and I caught one on video, totally weird!

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I think parrotfish are so cool!

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Don’t they look like little bees?

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Here’s another look at a feather star!  They were EVERYWHERE in El Nido.  Usually you always see some, but there they were every place you looked.

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Christmas Tree Worms…

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And a puffer fish!

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El Nido was definitely a great place for diving!  And the best part is that we would stop for lunch at one of the beautiful white sandy beaches!

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El Nido: The Diving Pictures!

It’s been a while since I posted pictures of us diving, after all, after diving for a month straight getting 21 dives under our belt, we spent almost 3 months away from it, taking trips to non-diving locations.

In El Nido, I was able to get another 6 dives under my belt when I convinced my friend Liz to go diving with me.  She was a diver, but hasn’t done anything for over 10 years and was quite nervous about it, since it’s been so long.  But the dive master pulled her aside on our first dive, and after 5 minutes of a reminder, she was back in diving shape and ready to go!

Here are some of our pictures from day 1. I had a really hard time, as I forgot my camera thingy that absorbs moisture, so my lens kept fogging up.  I had to delete a ton of pictures that just didn’t come out nice enough…

Crocodile Fish.  Can you spot it? (Click to enlarge)

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Tube-dwelling Anemone (yes, I had to look that up!)

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A worm!  No, really!

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Pretty coral…

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A cute little ray!!!

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A juvenile Rockmover Wrasse (you can click to enlarge both pictures)

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I love these sponge that look like vases…

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Back by popular demand, the blue starfish!

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Bubble coral!  (I think it’s my favorite coral!)

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Another ray!

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Can you see the little see-through shrimp?  (You can click to enlarge)

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Another HUGE sponge

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Nemo!  In an anemone that sort of looks like a bunch of little boobs with long nipples, no?

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Sea cucumber

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Another anemone (love them!)

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A baby turtle!

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Pretty clam

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We even went diving inside a cave!

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HUGE puffer fish.  No, really, it must have been 3 feet long

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A crab!

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Tomorrow, pictures from our second day of diving (we saw another turtle, a school of yellow snapper and a mantis shrimp)!  And we saw SO MANY nudibranch on these dives, that those deserve a post of their own…

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Back from El Nido!

And have lots and lots of pictures to share!  We did 1 day of island hopping, and 2 days of diving (saw turtles! rays! mantis shrimp! pipefish!).

El Nido?  Definitely paradise!  It was hard going over to Puerto Princesa after that, since El Nido was so incredible.  I will have to go back again with Karl.

It’s super expensive to fly there, but it’s worth it.  We took the smallest commercial plane I’ve ever been in…

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Had my first tricycle/tuk-tuk ride…

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Stayed in a beach front cottage at Golden Monkey Cottages…

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And yes, they have monkeys too!

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Saw amazing limestone rocks and clear blue water from our many boat rides…

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Visited salt water lagoons we could snorkel in…

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Explored little beaches…

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Spent a lot of time in the water enjoying the ocean and appreciating the view…

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Visited sandy white beaches that reminded me of Brazil…

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Had the smallest lizard/gecko (I never know which is which – in Brazil we have different names for every type!)  I’ve ever seen visit me in our room… Please ignore the wrinkly hands and unpainted nails…

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Walked around El Nido town…

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Saw cute pigs!  (And tried not to think that they were being kept as future dinner.)

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Enjoyed daily walks through here…  (Though my friend wasn’t a fan of the 10 minute walk to town every day, I loved it.  So relaxing!)

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And enjoyed beautiful sunsets from the balcony of our room…

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I still believe the Philippines are one of those “secret” places that Americans don’t know about.  My friend visited me from the US and admitted that until I was posted here, this was never on her list of places to visit.  Then she googled it, and knew she would HAVE to come.

After El Nido, we took a 6 hour van ride to Puerto Princesa – that was hell.  Packed to the brim traveling on winding roads.  I think it’s worth paying for the expensive ticket back to Manila.

Tomorrow:  Pictures of our dives!

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One Year Ago Today…

…I was in Rio with our family and friends marrying the most amazing man I’ve ever met.

Though I wish today we could have gathered back all our friends and family to celebrate the one year mark in Rio (how cool would that be?), we instead celebrated with a wonderful champagne brunch at the Sofitel hotel in Manila.

Since our wedding Karl has changed jobs, I quit my job, we adopted a puppy, moved across the world, visited 6 countries/territories and picked up a new hobby (scuba diving!).  Can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us!  (A little preview:  I’ll be getting my US Citizenship in just a couple of weeks, we already have trips to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Palau booked, and we’ll find out where we will move to next.)

Happy Anniversary, Karl!  Here’s to many many many more!

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