Things to Consider When Planning Your Trip to the Maldives

A holiday in the Maldives is almost every couple’s dream especially those who are on honeymoon or celebrating their wedding anniversaries. Though nowadays, Maldives is becoming a family destination too.

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Kandima Resort – #MyKindOfPlace in the Maldives

There are so many resorts in the Maldives and each one of them have a different vibe. Some have a rustic feel, some luxurious and some, modern and casual. Kandima Resort is one of the latest additions to the continuously increasing number of resorts in the Maldives. A combination of modern and luxurious vibe.

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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:

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.

Maldivian Colors of Serenity

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.

ok, that’s my colleague Jihad and he kinda liked that part of the boat and he almost didn’t leave that place so I had to include him in this picture

Our catch for the night, I was able to catch 3 ha ha – image stolen from my colleague’s fb account

 

and this is me…

 

and this is me again

Postcards from Maldives

I’ve read somewhere, that photography is not about taking photos of what everyone can see daily. It is about looking for angles that everyone fails to see, unless you point it out to them – by taking photos (these aren’t the exact words but, something along these lines).

I have mentioned several times here already that I live in a small island and you can walk around it for 15mins. Sometimes I ask myself what other angle of the island have I not taken photo of. The trees and the flowers and the beach have been there for the last 6months and though I am not a photographer, sometimes my hands itch to click the camera.

However, a few days ago, I have kept my camera close to me and tried to catch moments that are out of the ordinary (or as I thought so) and here are some of the photos.

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Seaplane landing while the sun is setting
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A couple taking photos of the sunset while on the boat
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Seaplane on air
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Look at the sun rays and the clouds, so majestic
windsrufing
I saw one of our colleagues wind surfing 
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Can’t think of a caption
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Again, just look at the clouds
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I am really jealous. I want to learn how to wind surf ha ha

Resort Visit – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef

It is not easy to island hop here, hence in my 6months here in the Maldives, I’ve never visited any other resort except ours (the company that I work for I mean) till last week.

Our department decided to visit a resort nearby, Sun Aqua Vilu Reef to hold our farewell dinner for one of our colleagues. Since that was my first time to visit a resort, I have requested for a site visit as I want to see the rooms and facilities and they willingly obliged.

We arrived at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef via speedboat (gone are my Uber days, we are talking about speedboat now) just after sunset and were warmly welcomed by the General Manager.

He led us to the bar where a long table awaited us and served us their welcome drink. Fresh coconut or Kurumba in local language.

kurumba

After drinking the Kurumba water, a resort host conducted the resort tour and led us to their restaurants first.  He showed us their fine dining restaurant with  a pool-like area where live lobsters chill near the rocks before they get caught and grilled.

What caught my attention is their wine cellar. It looks stunning (at least for me) with the blue lights and glass walls.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef wine-cellar

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Sorry for the random photos, I easily get distracted with small things like this magic-ball center piece.

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The resort has 2 bars and 2 restaurants but I only took photos of what caught my attention. Maybe because I am not a travel blogger, so I am not so into taking pictures just like the photo below of the spa treatment room.

I was amazed by the wooden tray with those powders, hence this is the only photo that I took.

Sun Aqua Viu Reef treatment-room

The resort host showed us their rooms and this is how they look like.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Room

They have a lot of pink touches every where as that is their brand color. Each of their rooms has direct access to the beach, and the bed is facing this glass door. The view could be stunning during daytime.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Room

And this, is my favorite part of their room. I can imagine myself, reading a book here.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Villa

Again, my dear friends, I was distracted by the wall behind the tub. Forgive my photos.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Villa

It is sad that we arrived after sunset, we could have seen the hotel in a different light if we came earlier while the sun was still up. I could have taken better photos as well of their water villas. But who knows, there could be a next time. (Hello Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, I can write for free meals! I am one email away! **insert shame here**)

After the resort visit, we headed to the buffet restaurant for dinner and guess what? I don’t have a single photo of the food, but as you can see below, I have a photo of the magic-ball centerpiece.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Restaurant

We wrapped up the evening with a few drinks at the bar while we waited for our speedboat to arrive.

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Just another centerpiece

There was a live performance that night at the bar, Bodu Beru – Maldivian cultural music composed of drumbeats, voices and some sort of tribal dance.

Bodu Beru

And before I end this post, I’ll share our group picture, taken upon our arrival at the resort. In group photos, I can easily be spotted for I am always the wacky one.

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PS: I think I need a training on travel photography so next time I’ll know how and what are the things I should be taking note and photos of, instead of walls and centerpieces.

Puto-grapiya

Hindi pala madaling maging photographer ‘no?

Sinubukan namin magphotography session kahapon. Syempre ako lang yung camera man.

CAMERA MAN. (or woman?) oo pero di ko tatawagin ang sarili kong photographer. Camera man lang kasi ako lang yung may hawak ng camera.

Minsan akala natin madali lang ang mga bagay-bagay unless masubukan natin. Kala ko basta marunong ka kumuha ng anggulo at maganda camera mo eh pwede ka na sa larangan ng photographia.

Una ay nakakapagod pala. Naka isang oras at kalahati din kami kakahanap ng magandang background at anggulo. Bilang hindi kami propesyonal, wala pang mga props at make up and retouches and all. So palagay ko kung kasama yun, mahina ang 3 hours sa isang photo session.

Hindi din ako marunong gumamit ng mga photoshop at kung anu-ano pang programa para sa pageedit ng mga litrato. I don’t know photoshopping coz I only know shopping.

Ang sakit din na sa halos 300++ shots eh kaunti lang yung magugustuhan mong kuha bandang huli. Pero masaya yung mowdel ko kasi sa dami ng litrato, kahit everyday for the next 365 days ay makakapagpalit siya ng profile picture.

Kaya eto ang aking munting handog, mga litratong sariling sikap sa pagkuha at pag anggulo at pag-edit sa paint, LOL. Joke lang yung paint.

Saludo ako sa mga photographers. Taas ng respeto ko sa inyo mga ser at mam. 

Yung last two shots ang pinaka paborito ko sa lahat. Feeling ko ang pro ko. LOL

Cameraman: aysabaw

Mowdel: Mama Maria

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The Ocean is Calling

Day 2 ko na sa Maldives. Di pa ako nakakaget-over sa fact na dito na ako magtatrabaho. Feeling ko turista lang ako.

Pinag-stay ako as guest dito sa hotel dahil kailangan daw maexperience ng mga staff kung paano maging guest. Siyempre ako masunurin lang naman na empleyado. Naka-stay sa isa sa mga villas dito, kumakain sa resto, yung buffet breakfast may champagne. Diba? Altasushudad talaga ang datingan. May champagne sa breakfast buffet. Tapos yung pag dinner, diba sanay lang tayo sa mga soup and salad or appetizer pero naka Amuse Bouche pa ako. Kaya kahit na melon lang na binudburan ng mint leaves eh sushal talaga ang dating kasi Amuse Bouche ang tawag.

Villa

Hammock

Kaninang hapon, paglabas ko sa office para mag coffee break, naririnig ko talaga yung alon ng dagat. Hindi ako makatiis. Gusto ko talaga tumalon sa dagat. Pero may work ako. Pero kating-kati talaga akong madampian ng tubig dagat. Kaya nagpaalam ako. Kako, ma’am may I go out? Mag-c-cr lang kako ako. Tapos 2 hours ako bago bumalik, nagsnorkeling muna ako. ha ha. Siyempre joke lang yan. Nagpaalam talaga ako na magiisnorkeling lang saglit tapos babalik din sa office later. Pwede naman pala yung ganon ha ha.

Bench

Kaso mag-isa lang ako nagiisnorkeling kaya natatakot ako. Ang yabang ko kasing hindi mag life jacket kaya takot akong maanod pag biglang lumakas yung alon. Kaya naghanap ako ng mga ibang snorklers. May nakita ako, isang chekwang kuya. Pasimple akong nagpunta kung nasaan si kuya tapos dun din ako nagsnorkeling. Pero hindi ako lumapit masyado sa kanya. Baka sabihin niya pa eh…. Pero hanggang ngayon, ayaw ko pa rin na nilalapitan ako ng mga isda. Gusto ko lang sila tingnan from afar kasi ewwweee pa rin ang feeling pag nasasagi nila ako. Isa pa may mga isdang nanghahabol at nanunugod. Siyempre lugi ako. Mabilis sila sa tubig. Ha ha ha. Tapos ang ewwweee din pag may naapakan akong sea cucumber.

Cottage

Chameleon

Tapos speaking of altashushudad, may nakasabay akong isang Pinoy family sa speedboat papunta dito sa isla. Yun talaga alam kong altashushudad ha, kutis pa lang. Bale, yung lalake ah, Congressman ang datingan. Kasi yung itsura niya, para bang yung makikita mo sa mga posters ng tumatakbong Congressman, mistisuhin tapos may manipis na bigote. Tapos sputing talaga. Pero yung pormang alam mong hindi trying hard? Ganun daw talaga pag mayaman. Kahit simple ang suot malalaman mong mayaman talaga. Naka top sider na shoes, plain white top tapos shorts na khaki. Bale si Cong saka yung anak niyang binata, maganda talaga ang lahi. Behave lang sila sa speedboat di gaya ng asawa ni Cong. Sobrang likot at panay ang selfie. Hindi kami nagkikibuan sa speedboat. Kala ata nila hindi ako Pinoy. Pero sila pinapakiramdaman ko lang. Bisaya usapan nila eh. Pero susyal pa rin pakinggan. May conyong Bisaya ba?

Anyway, nung malaman ni Cong na Pinoy ako, nakipagkamay silang mag-ama sa akin pero yung asawa ni Cong, busy pa rin kaka selfie.

Tapos kanina nung nagpipiktyur-piktyur ako ng sunset, nakita ko sila Cong at kumaway ako. Kumaway din siya.  Pero di ako lumapit kasi nahihiya ako. Yung totoo, iba talaga ang aura pag mayaman. Kahit makapal na ang mukha ko sa dami ng altashushudad na nakasalamuha ko, nakakaramdam ako ng kaunting inferiority sa mga talagang mayaman. Basta, iba lang ang feels.

Anyway, ayoko na magkwento ng madami. Pictures lang naman ang titingnan niyo. LOL

Sunset 1
Sunset 2

Sunset 3

Sunset with Curtains

Curtains
trip na trip ko ang epekto ng sunset sa  kurtina or vice versa. ito ang paborito kong litrato for today

Reflection

May Forever
yung mga wala pang forever diyan, sorry kayo at sila eh meron na

PS: Mahirap pag walang photographer, but as I said in one of my previous posts, may timer ang camera.

Kulamboserye.

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