Watch Out Ocean Critters! Newly Certified PADI Open Water Diver Here!

Please, please you can stop clapping. Just kidding. The hubby and I got our Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Dive certification the first weekend in February in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines after:

  • Reading a 250 page manual and remember how not to get myself killed in the ocean
  • A few hours of classroom lecture
  • Four quizzes (10 questions on each quiz)
  • Final test (50 questions)
  • Float and/or tread water for 1o minutes
  • 30 laps in the pool
  • Four Confined water dives in the pool at Dive Buddies in Makati (consists of skills tests)
  • Four Ocean dives in Anilao (consists of skills tests)

So after all of the above what does obtaining a PADI Open Water Dive Certification mean? Well it basically means we are certified to go scuba diving without an instructor up to 60 feet deep. The certification is recognized globally and is good for life.

I never realized how AMAZING diving would be. It is literally like swimming in an aquarium. The beautiful fishes, coral, clams, ocean floor, etc. It’s hard to explain. You just have to experience it yourself. Check out some of the photos for a glimpse into how our experience was.

The Manual and Dive Log

The Manual and Dive Log

PADI

PADI

Before our confined water dive

Before our confined water dive

The pool at Dive Buddies in Makati

The pool at Dive Buddies in Makati

I think the barb wire is used to keep people from jumping over the fence and using the pool in the middle of the night. I hope :)

I think the barb wire is used to keep people from jumping over the fence and using the pool in the middle of the night. I hope 🙂

Our gear

Our gear

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Just got on the boat that will take us to Dive & Trek

Just got on the boat that will take us to Dive & Trek

On the way to Dive & Trek

On the way to Dive & Trek

Dive & Trek - Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

Dive & Trek – Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

Dive & Trek - Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

Dive & Trek – Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

Dive & Trek - Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

Dive & Trek – Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

Dive & Trek - Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

Dive & Trek – Anilao, Batangas, Philippines (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

Preparing for the ocean dive at Dive & Trek in Batangas, Philippines. (Photo Credi - Mich Calma)

Preparing for the ocean dive at Dive & Trek in Batangas, Philippines. (Photo Credi – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

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(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

Exhaling so I won't float to the top (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

Exhaling so I won’t float to the top (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

Me and the hubby (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

Me and the hubby (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

The hubby and I diving together (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

The hubby and I diving together (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

(Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

Parrot Fish Photo Bomb! (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

Parrot Fish Photo Bomb! (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

60 Feet Dive (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

60 Feet Dive (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

The hubbies ghetto wet suit with the hole (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

The hubbies ghetto wet suit with the hole (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

After the final dive on the way back to Dive & Trek (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

After the final dive on the way back to Dive & Trek (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

Me getting my temporary (it takes a few weeks to get the real one in the mail)  PADI Certification from my instructor Sean Calma (Photo Credit - Mich Calma)

Me getting my temporary (it takes a few weeks to get the real one in the mail) PADI Certification from my instructor Sean Calma (Photo Credit – Mich Calma)

The graduates!(Photo Credit: Mich Calma)

The graduates!
(Photo Credit: Mich Calma)

Thanks to Sean Calma, our instructor, and his wife Mich Calma, the photographer. Check them out if you are either in the Philippines or will be at either their website http://divers.ph or Facebook page or their https://www.facebook.com/divers.ph Sean is really good at responding quickly if you have questions.

To learn more about PADI and the different certifications you can visit their website:

http://www.padi.com/scuba/

~Today’s Thoughts…

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Discovering Tikoy – Happy Chinese New Year!

Niángāo, Year cake, or Tikoy as it is called here in the Philippines is a glutinous rice that is normally consumed during Chinese New Year. I’m not going to go into all that history smishtory stuff, but in general eating this sticky rice cake is supposed to bring me good luck. Hey I’m always down for some more luck.

This Tikoy was given to me by my co-worker. I wasn’t sure what it was and my other co-worker had to teach me how to cook it. For all my friends and family out there they know I don’t cook. But this was simple just like cooking eggs, which is one thing that I can cook oh and is one of my favorite foods by the way. Just in case you wanted to know 🙂

The cake is very sweet but super yummy. Soon as it hits your tongue it reminds me of french toast but when you take a bite it is anything but. Definitely will be eating this again!

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

~Today’s Thoughts…