Dive El Nido (part 2)

Also known as Entry to Ailsa’s “Oceans” Challenge Part 2. Here are three more photos from the past week of diving we did. I can finally sleep now!

The classic shot of the South Miniloc dive site in El Nido. “South Mini” is known for the field of foliose Turbinaria corals (AKA cabbage corals) and the school of yellow-lined snapper (Lutjanus lutjanus) hovering over it.
The yellow-lined snapper (Lutjanus lutjanus). They’re the main stars of South Mini. I wanted to change the white balance of this photo but unfortunately, the dial on my camera housing wasn’t working πŸ™
Edu picked up a friend during the dive! This little golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) followed us from 20 meters depth all the way back to the boat!

Hawksbill sea turtle in El Nido!

Today’s post was going to be one long entry for Ailsa’s “Oceans” photo challenge in honor of World Oceans Day. However, it’s going to take me some time to sort through my favorite photos taken during the past week so I figured I’d be better off making it a series of posts instead πŸ™‚ Presenting the super friendly hawksbill sea turtle I met this morning in Abdeens Reef!

Diving. It’s awesome πŸ˜€

More photos will be up by tomorrow! (I hope. Haha.)

Dive El Nido (part 1)

So. The reason behind the lack of decent posts for the past week is because I’ve been accompanying an underwater videographer during his dives here in El Nido. It may not look it but diving three times a day is exhausting, made especially so by strong currents in the dive sites. The upside? I took some pretty nice photos, I think πŸ™‚

A feather star! Those arm tips are really sticky so don’t get too close.
I swapped out MSI’s tide gauge and temperature sensor and replaced it with my own temperature and light sensor. I programmed the sensor to record the water temperature every 15 minutes.
A sea cucumber! My former college professor (he’s now with the National University of Singapore) tentatively identified it as Bohadschia graeffei.

More photos to come!

Travel Challenge: Manila’s music

Here we go again with another photo challenge from Ailsa, this time for the rhythm of travel. (Dear Ailsa, keep giving out these challenges. They’re fun :D) I’m going to cheat a bit here and keep my “travels” close to home because frankly, I don’t need to go far to experience great music.

Filipinos are known the world over for our musicality. Heck, fellow Pinoys look at you weirdly if you say that you can’t sing nor dance. This expectation gets my siblings and I in trouble every Christmas during our family reunions. I have two brothers and a sister and trufax: none of us can carry a tune nor dance properly (my brother’s high score in Dance Central doesn’t count). We do a stand-up comedy routine instead. Yes, I am 27 years old and I still have to do this every year.

Anyway, enough about my crazy family. On to the photos! All four photos were taken during the launch of Taken By Cars’ albumΒ Dualist last April 25, 2011 at Amber Lounge. Listen to them. They’re awesome.

Camille Besinga, Techy Romantics

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Flying high

The view from the window of a 19-seater Dornier 228-212 aircraft as it makes its way to El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Even though I fly in and out of El Nido once a month, I rarely get to take photos from the aircraft window because I almost always fall asleep after takeoff and wake up once the plane’s tires hit the runway again.

Manila from the air

Dear Metro Manila,

I have a love/hate relationship with you.

Well, that was a quick 10 days. Haha. Quick but full of activities. Strangely enough, I don’t get to actually rest on my days off. I spend each day running around doing errands, going out with friends, working on my thesis (really now?), and basically trying to fit in as much fun as I can in the few days that I’m home.

My accomplishments:

  • finishing the photo book for my Australia trip last 2010 with Rima (it looks so pretty!)
  • taught my parents and sister how to use the photo book software so that they could organize their own photos (yay!)
  • attended Meet Manila’s Tertulia Night
  • attended iBlog 8 and learned a lot of fun stuff
  • joined Geekfight’s comics night and contributed nothing unique to the team (curses!)
  • did the preliminary statistics work for my thesis (yay!) and met up with my adviser

And now, I am back in El Nido. Maybe I’ll post more of those photos that everybody likes to see πŸ˜› I leave you with the new trailer for “The Bourne Legacy”, featuring some of the scenes they shot in Manila. I’m still waiting to see the scenes they shot here in El Nido πŸ™‚ A shirtless Jeremy Renner, oh yeah!

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Travel Challenge: the street markets of Tai O, Hong Kong

Today’s post comes courtesy of Ailsa and her weekly photo challenge. This week’s challenge? Street markets! These photos were taken during our anniversary trip to Hong Kong last October.

Tai O is a village in Lantau Island, an island that is also home to Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Disneyland, and the Po Lin monastery.

I will never understand why people need these things to remember a trip to the beach πŸ™ Please note the triton shell that’s really NOT supposed to be there. Be a responsible tourist: don’t buy shells and starfish as souvenirs!
And these too! Who in their right mind would want a wall hanging made from pufferfish? πŸ™
The non-depressing part of our rounds through Tai O: freshly grilled oysters and prawns with cheese. Gawd they were so good but so expensive as well.