Swimming with Whale Sharks!

YES!  Tomorrow, we’re off to Donsol to swim with these guys:


See that little scuba diver out there?  That’s how big whale sharks (or “butandings” as they’re called here in the Philippines) are!

Sadly for us (but good for them), they’re protected so we can’t actually scuba dive with them, but we get to snorkel while swimming a few feet from them, which may be terrifying enough (just kidding, I’m super-duper excited actually!).

Other things that happened around these parts this week?

We got our bidlist for our next post, but due to timing of when we leave Manila, and when language classes are available, we can technically only bid in one post (only one “perfect” bid), but the rules are that we must bid in 30 (with a maximum of 8 “imperfect” – meaning timing is off by a month), so we’ll see how that goes. 

On facebook people are telling me I should be grateful for options, but they are ignoring the fact that if timing doesn’t work, it is NOT an option (timing is NOT determined by us or by our preferences, but solely by the State Department – Karl MUST take language classes prior to the next post, but those classes are only offered at certain times of year, which don’t coincide with when we leave Manila). 

The good news?  A couple of the “imperfect bids” are in Brazil (pleasepleasepleaseplease let us have that, I miss my country and family so much it hurts).  The bad news?  Lots of the “imperfect bids” are Mexico border posts which, safety aside, to me it doesn’t really translate to “exciting life overseas.”  (I think if you can drive to the US and back on the same day, with no need to rush, you’re not really much overseas, are you?)  It would definitely be a change compared to Manila, that’s for sure!

And lastly…  I officially applied for a job at the embassy today.  Nothing too exciting or high paying (specially since it’s part time), but it’s only 2-3 days a week, so I thought, why not?  We can use the extra cash, since all these trips we’ve been taking = no savings.  Whether I’ll get the job is a whole other story…  Plus I need to get a secret clearance, and that can take ages, so I might be back in DC when it finally comes through.  But at least I’m trying!


Filed under Asia, Foreign Service, Philippines, Trips!

2 responses to “Swimming with Whale Sharks!

  1. Well IFFFFFFFF you got a Mexico border post… you could meet me in Huntsville for a trail race! 😉 Or Houston or whatever!

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