My First Scuba Diving Experience :)

I have always believed in the age old adage that life begins at the end of your comfort zone and that sometimes we have to veer out from the ordinary to experience the extraordinary things in life which give us much more meaning. 

So finally just last week I was able to tick off another item in my list which was Scuba Diving! 🙂 Yey! 🙂 Cheers to more new adventures and experiences. Been planning to do this for some time now but I wasn’t really keen on pursuing it that much until just recently wherein I messaged my friend from school Rykiel who also happens to be a licensed scuba diver already and is very much involved in this sport since she finds it calming under the sea when the only thing you can hear is the sound of your breathing. It’s like meditating in a whole new world underwater! 🙂 

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Our Diving Site that day 🙂 

It almost didn’t push through due to some unforeseeable circumstances like my friend backing out last minute and when me and my friends Jay, Fey and two of her officemates from Nestle decided to go on a spur of the moment road trip to the chilly mountains of Tagaytay to help ourselves to some hot bulalo and tawilis which can only be caught in the Taal lake.

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Our Midnight Dinner 
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Hot and Soupy Bulalo from Tagaytay perfectly compliments the chilly weather 

We went there after finding out that Music 21 in Makati had been closed and we have nowhere to go to since we were supposed to unwind and belt out tunes from our favorite hits after the Forum in school. So just like that Fey said that we should go to Tagaytay and we got back here in Manila at around 3:30am already.

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Team Sawi Gang 🙂 

A was supposed to pick me up  by 5am but I messaged him if we can move it to around 6am since I would be coming home late due to my random Tagaytay road trip with some friends. I woke up at 6:30am and briskly prepared for the long drive ahead.

After surviving the horrendous traffic that we encountered  along the way we finally arrived in Casa Escondida wherein Rykiel was already there waiting for us. We had lunch first since it was part of the package that we paid for and then we were instructed to change to our wetsuits soon after for the briefing.

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The view from the Balcony. This was where we were supposed to train first before diving off into the sea 

We were supposed to be instructed and trained first in their indoor pool before submerging ourselves into the deep blue waters however Dong (The Owner of Casa Escondida and also an avid Scuba Diver ) advised us to already proceed to the sea since the current would get stronger the longer we prolong our dive.

We were accompanied by Rykiel, Dong and Andrew (His Singaporean friend) and 2 diving instructors as well as the boatman navigating the sea. Rykiel, Andrew and Dong being already licensed divers already dived into the waters as we were left in the boat trying to understand the basics of scuba diving 101. After a couple of minutes, they finally decided it was time for us to go down under the sea! 🙂 Yey! 🙂 So here goes..

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Me and A during our intro dive! 🙂 
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Me trying to discover the aquatic wonders of the Anilao deep waters
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Me and Rykiel having an underwater selfie during the dive 🙂 Thanks for taking the photos dear 🙂 It was truly worth the experience! 🙂 
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Me trying to signal with my hands. 🙂 

We resurfaced after around 30 to 45 minutes. My ears almost popped a couple of times underwater due to the pressure! But they told us to stay calm and remember to pinch our noses so that the air would somehow escape from our ears. haha.

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My adventure buddies! 🙂 Thanks for doing this with me 🙂 

We then returned back to the casa to wash off and clean ourselves after the dive. Everything was provided for to us like the diving boots, the wetsuit, towels and in the comfort room shampoo and body wash were also available along with some lockers where you can safely store your belongings away. We then had pancit and some iced tea for our afternoon snacks and I waited for the sun to set so I could take more photos of the place. 🙂

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Their rooms were kept neat and the view outside was nothing short of splendid

Their suite room was even inclusive of a jacuzzi! How cool is that? Plus the room size could make you feel like a princess due to it’s amenities and space! 🙂 Unfortunately for us we had to go back to Manila that same day since we still had a lot to do for Sunday so after paying the bill which amounted to around 4,300 plus per head we then left for Manila once again. It was definitely a fulfilling experience and it was true that the only sound you could hear underwater was the sound of your own breathing since you had to master breathing through your mouth the whole time and making sure that water doesn’t seep through your goggles or else you would have a hard time seeing the view from down under.

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Our sunset view! 🙂 

 

Another item ticked off my list for this year! 🙂 Looking forward to more awesome adventures ahead like flying a plane and trekking to the Georeserve place wherein the view up above the mountains is just as spectacular! 🙂 From the mountains, to the air, to the deep blue seas. Truly life is such an adventure! 🙂

 

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