Lessons I’ve Learned From My Free Diving Lessons

*Redundancy found*

I’ve always wanted to go for Free Diving Lessons and I have been searching for sessions here in the Maldives but I guess it isn’t a trend yet. Most dive centers only offer Scuba Diving Certification. Maybe because almost all the Maldivians who can swim (take note, not every Maldivian can swim given the type of location the country is in)  can also free dive and even beat those who take lessons.

They can easily reach 38 meters even though the maximum depth to be certified is just 20 meters. Continue reading “Lessons I’ve Learned From My Free Diving Lessons”

Weekend in Hulhumale’ (Palaboy sa Hulhumale’)

*This post is with translation

I had a chance to spend an amazing weekend in Hulhumale’ and this is just another addition to my happy list.

Ansaya-saya ko dahil nakapaglagalag ako. Continue reading “Weekend in Hulhumale’ (Palaboy sa Hulhumale’)”

Finding Peace In Chaos: 9 Hours in Velana International Airport

A few days ago, I was in Velana International Airport for my flight to Manila. I arrived at the airport at 11:30am and my flight is, still, at 8:55pm.

I’m good at wasting spending time alone however, 9 hours is quite long for an airport as small as Velana Int’l Airport.

Continue reading “Finding Peace In Chaos: 9 Hours in Velana International Airport”

Dolphin Cruise

Today, I was lucky enough to have an amazing encounter with the playful dolphins. I’ve never seen this much and this close. However, I found it hard to get nice pictures of them because they were very fast.

So here are some pictures that I have taken, no (dolphin) jump shots though, I’m such an amateur.


like, can you spot the dolphin? LOL

As you can see on this picture, the struggle (of yours truly) is real.

Though the shots aren’t the best ones, I still have to pat myself on the back for the effort and tell myself that I did like some of the photos and here are my favorite shots:

A Day Trip to Kudahuvhadoo Island

Yesterday, I got a chance to visit Kudahuvhadoo Island, though not for a leisure trip. Me and my 15 expat colleagues went there for medical as our work permits are due for renewal.

But even though it wasn’t a leisure trip, I made sure I’ll have photos to bring home.

Kudahuvhadoo Island is located in Dhaalu Atoll and it is way bigger than other islands. When I say bigger, it means you can’t walk around the island – actually you can but it will be a long walk. So there were motorbikes everywhere and I saw a few cars too. This island has bigger medical facilities than the other local islands, I saw an ATM and a bank, and a domestic airport will be opening soon.

I’ve taken some photos which will show you a different side of Maldives, the one that is far different from the usual impression about the country – luxurious resorts, beach vibes, snorkeling, under water restaurants, etc.

A Banyan Tree a.k.a. Balete

My colleagues on cue, this house apparently is a photo studio and we went there for photo shoot (just ID picture)

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My colleague climbed a Macopa Tree

There was a small cafe where we had our lunch. It looked like a carinderia with monobloc chairs and tables with plastic mantle on. I had Bami Goreng for lunch which really looked just like an instant fried noodles mixed with some beef and chicken slices and sausages

But never mind the plastic chairs and tables and the menu with only 15 dishes on it because just look at the amazing view.

View from the small cafe

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I like the color combination of the wall and the flowers ha ha

A phone booth?!

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My colleagues

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I found the color of this so cute

From Russia with Love

One of my tasks here is to take care of Media guests, Bloggers and Travel Agents visiting our resort.

Over the last 10 months of doing so, I’ve met a lot of different people from different countries with different agendas. Most of them are nice but there are some ungrateful bloody b@$=^*s!

Anyway, my recent Russian group was quite different from all the other Russian guests I met earlier. They were a group of 10 people, all well-behaved and a little bit jolly.

I don’t have anything against the Russians here (*disclaimer*disclaimer*disclaimer). It’s just that when you’ve watched too much movies with Russian spies or hardcore mafias (ex. Angelina Jolie’s Salt) you’ll always generalize them as such specially when your imagination goes beyond your control.

I have really met a few rude Russians but I’ve met a lot of friendly people from that part of the planet. They just seem rude because of the way they speak.

So this Russian Group that I was talking about is really a nice bunch and they even gave me a lot of gifts (I really never expect to receive any). And here you go, I’m happily showing them off to you right now!

Matryoshka Doll – Russian National Handcraft

The iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral on the cover of a mirror
and of course, lots of chocolates and Russian sweets

Melancholia

I was browsing through my folders today and saw the photos I took last December when I stayed in Male’ for a day prior to my flight to Manila.

I stayed in a guest house and took some photos of the room while letting the time pass.

I am so used to being alone without feeling lonely, however, the room where I stayed has this melancholic air in it.

Not so sure if the feeling was brought about by the color of the wall paper or the effect of the sun rays dimmed by the curtain.

Sometimes I wonder why I take photos of curtains and windows and wall paper and pillow and other trivial stuff.

But then when I look at these pictures again a few months after taking them, not only do they bring back memories of the day but they also stir up certain feelings, known and unknown.