Diving & More in Cebu & Beyond:
The craziest, most fulfilling, most smile and head shake-inducing two weeks of my life that almost didn’t happen
[Photos clockwise from top left: Yours truly with Tiny the dog at Hale Manna Beach Resort & Coastal Gardens in Moalboal; With Divelink Operations Manager Dennis Bryan Bait-it and Dive Instructor Seth Bacalso in Malapascua, Cebu; With Medel Silvosa of Thresher Shark Project & GUE in Malapascua, Cebu; With the members of Dive Ta Bai, a Cebu-based recreational freediving group after a dive in Mactan; With my ISDA Training Dive group mates after skindiving in Anilao, Batangas (because I have no picture taken on the day of our skills test); With new cultural creative friends from the Muni Cebu HOHOL at Handuraw Pizza in Cebu; With fellow Aquaholic Divers of Club Serena Resort in Moalboal]
I have no words to aptly describe the unbelievably barrier-breaking, stupid smile & head shake-inducing epic epicness of life in the past 2 weeks alone (September 1-15, 2013).
When you go and do a long-ish term trip (2.5 months vs. average 3- to 5-day holiday) around Asia like I did last July 1 to September 15, 2012, some people think it would be hard to “top” unless one goes away for the same amount of time or longer, and goes and visits the same number of places or more.
And contrary to popular belief, ever since I got back from that trip last year, I’ve actually been convinced that one need not be away too long, or go too far to experience similar life-changing, mind-opening things that I experienced back then. One just needs to take some time off (1 week is my minimum recommendation), and really just be where one is, and not have one’s mind on work or other such obligations.
And everything that has happened in the last two weeks is indeed indicative of that truth that I’ve held on to since then and haven’t found sufficient proof of ‘til now.
My recently concluded 2-week trip to Cebu, immediately followed by mentally and physically exhausting ISDA skin-diving tests the day after my return have really opened up a whole new set of life experiences — in diving, traveling, meeting and interacting with a whole lot of amazing people — divers and non-divers alike, and stretched me in more ways than one.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some of these experiences, introducing you to some of the amazing people I’ve had the privilege of meeting, sharing some tipid tips / lifehacking, some with the word vomit (yes, my feelings and insights) that I so love to do on this blog sometimes…because I don’t really care about word count here. 😛
I’m still on a high, and I don’t know how long this feeling will last but I will bask in it, soak it in, every last bit of it. 🙂
Loving life (and ironically, feeling ready to die),