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Hope to see you again, Palau!

So far this is the only video I have uploaded from our trip.  This is a short video from Ulong Channel, Palau – stick around to see a turtle, shark and a humongous (and super friendly) Napoleon Wrasse.  (If you go to vimeo you can watch it with HD on, as the video lost a ton of quality after the upload – how can I avoid that?  Other people’s videos online don’t turn to crap after uploading!)

So yeah, we’re back in Manila.  After the clusterf**k of NAIA Terminal 1 yesterday night we managed to get home about 2.5 hours after landing (no, there was no traffic coming home – 2 hours was just to get OUT of the airport!).  Why, oh why, if you know there are planes coming from a location (like UAE) that brings thousands of overseas workers, can’t you make those airlines spread out their arrival throughout the day instead of everyone arriving at once?  The line at immigration was far from a proper line and looked like exit doors after a baseball game when everyone is trying to go through the same door at the same time.

We were able to push our way through to get to the diplomatic line, but it was another 45 minutes before the baggage for our flight even started showing up on the carrousel – all 5 carrousels were taking care of 3 flights each and because so many people were stuck at the immigration line, the bags weren’t being picked up, airport personnel were not removing bags from the carrousel, so instead they would pause the damn thing, and wait until it had space to start up again.

That was definitely my idea of hell, and though we were miserable after only a 2.5 hour trip, I can’t even imagine what all the OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Workers) feel like after being in flights much longer than ours, eager to see their family members (who most haven’t seen in years), but instead they get stuck in a small terminal that just can’t handle the crowd (and the crowd outside the terminal was just as crazy).

The Terminal 1 at NAIA was voted the worst airport in the world, and I wish I had the sense of mind to pull off my camera and take pictures – words do no justice to the ridiculous mess that terminal was yesterday.  And yes, traffic to the airport was backed up for miles.

Right now I’m sorting through the tons of pictures I took (which ones to keep?  Which ones to delete?  Way too many of them!), and I also have to do something about the loads of videos – do I put all the shark videos in one go, instead of having 10 separate videos for sharks?  And if yes, how the hell do I do that as I have no clues about video editing?

Anyway, keep posted for more.  Palau was amazing, and if you haven’t been, you must go.

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Diving Day 2: Favorites!

Seriously, we saw some pretty cool things on the second day of diving, and though they’re not necessarily the best pictures, they are definitely the coolest animals!

Starting with…  A ghost pipefish! (You can click to enlarge the first picture.)  Can you believe this thing is real?  How cool is that?  (Pipefish are in the same family as seahorses, so though I haven’t been lucky enough to see a seahorse, I’ve seen a few pipefish and they’re totally cool!)

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Then a school of bumphead parrotfish passed by.  They are not small fish, and were all scavenging for food.

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And then, a school of yellow snapper!  So pretty!

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And another pipefish!  Couldn’t figure out what type this is, so if anyone knows, please help!

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To my friend’s Liz’s delight, we then saw a mantis shrimp.  I had never heard of them, and it was totally cool.  The eyes moving around were so weird!  (You can click to enlarge.)

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And then we saw an old turtle, “the grandfather” as our divemaster called it.  The picture does not do it justice, it was the size of a smart car.

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And lastly, an eel!

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I’m totally looking forward to diving again – hope we don’t have to wait until April for our Palau trip, and can get some dives in before then!

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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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