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.
Today we visited the island called Mheedoo in Dhaalu Atoll. We went to a school and got a chance to meet some cute kids. Of course I took photos of them and of the island as well. Continue reading “This Little Island Girl”
Yesterday, I had a chance to visit Bandidhoo Island. It was my 2nd time to visit this island but on my first visit, I never got the chance to take pictures earlier so this time, I seized the opportunity.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
One of the perks of working here in the Maldives is that whenever you get stressed from your daily tasks or routine, you can just go out of your office and look at the stunning view and you’ll be so relaxed when you get back to the office.
And if the view is not enough, you can swim or snorkel or go for cruise or night fishing.
Yesterday, me and my colleagues went out for a fishing trip. The water was so still, the color combination of the sea and the sky and the sunset, oh, I just can’t put into words the magnificence of the view so I just took photos and you decide how you are going to describe these images.