Month: February 2017

I’m Keeping Birds Again!

For those of you who know me, this is big news! The decision to keep African lovebirds was a particularly carefully made one. I had almost a month of careful thinking and reading before finally deciding to make time for a pair. Even if I love birds and have been reading about them for as long as I can remember, I actually killed my first pair of birds that I purchased. I killed my first pair of birds…accidentally I used to keep birds back when I was just a teenager. I was desperate to keep birds in the house that one time I bought a pair of budgeriars (1200php) from SM City Cebu and that was overpriced that time. Bird-keeping was not allowed at home so I had to smuggle the birds in my room. I had no bird cage (yes I’m a genius) so I kept them in a shoebox (I’m a real genius) and finally, I placed the box on the balcony where the sun baked the birds alive (my genius levels are …

Dipolog boulevard sunset

Time Slows Down in Dipolog City

Zamboanga: a lot of Filipinos considered this place dangerous because of the insurgence that frequently happen in these parts of Mindanao. Dipolog City is actually the capital of the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Contrary to the fear that was reached my eyes and ears way back in my student days, Dipolog showed to me a far more peaceful city than a lot of cities I know of in the country. The Unplanned Trip to Dipolog City I honestly did not know what to expect because days before this trip I had nothing planned. Absolutely nothing. I had only one thing to set to do and that was a little mission to visit a coffee shop in the city as part of a 12-challenges mission that I was set to complete that year. Thankfully, at the last minute a friend of mine, who I have had not connected with for the past five years, replied to my message. From there experiencing Dipolog completely changed. Locals know their place best and you get some pretty interesting …

Why I Freedive and not do SCUBA?

If I ever get a 10 peso coin for every person who would ask “why not do scuba?” when I explain freediving, I think I can get pretty rich. There still are a lot of people who don’t understand what freediving is so you can head on over to this article: What is Freediving and why is Freediving Popular? To give you a quick glimpse, freediving is a form of diving that does not involve any form of breathing apparatus regardless of whatever form of diving that takes place as long as it is done in one single breath. The practice goes way back to our ancestors of the sea such as the Sama Badjaos (Sea nomads in the Philippines) and many other diving societies like the lady pearl divers of Japan. Don’t you want to breathe underwater? Well if we had gills for doing so, then yes it’ll be awesome. However SCUBA, which involves a breathing apparatus, demands a certain level of safety and precaution while you are diving. There are rules that apply …

What is Freediving and Why is it so Popular?

  Despite all the youtube videos, articles online and discussions in groups and threads, I still encounter this question and it’s not a big deal since I know not a lot of people are exposed to this term. When it comes to diving, most people associate it with SCUBA diving which requires the use of an underwater breathing apparatus. With Freediving it’s simply put: diving with just a single breath of air.   Snorkeling vs Freediving There are those who might confuse freediving with snorkeling. We can go crazy over the semantics and other things but it is generally understood that snorkelers are merely limited to the surface. When a snorkeler decides to go deeper than the confines of the surface then one becomes a freediver. Who is a freediver and who isn’t? Basically anyone who decides to dive deeper than the surface is a freediver. A freediver is not determined by the depth of their dive or even the duration of their dive. You can have someone with a 20 second dive time diving …