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Dive Monsters Dive

 

That’s where the Name comes from !

What else should they do?

Dive Monster Sr. and Dive Monster Jr exploring the Wonders of the Ocean, where no Clownfish is safe from Jr and no Nudibranch too nude for Sr,

Dive Monsters Diving in Apo Island

As many people by now know, Apo Island is one of the best diving sites in the world! I personally think it is indeed a great place to go diving. Whether you are a beginner or a well-experienced diver looking for adventure, Apo Island has 12 dive sites to go diving. Since Buglasan Festival 2018 of Negros Oriental just ended, what better way to “treat-yourself” than go diving? Buglasan Festival 2018 is Over! The celebration of the Buglasan Festival 2018 aka the “Festival of Festivals” in Negros...

Dive Monsters in Action!

Every day is all about creating memories. But for someone like me who is turning 18 years old, every second of the day is about creating precious memories. For the first time in my life, I had the privilege to dive with the Dive Monster Senior aka my Papa. With both of us having a busy schedule ahead, Dive Monster Senior and Dive Monster Jr. only had one dive. One dive that motivated us to dive more! Dive Monster Senior Back Underwater The Dive Monster is back! It has been about three or four...

The Dive Monster is back

It has been forever and a bit more, since I was under water. The reasons are manifold and I don’t wanna go into details, but the Dive Monster was on the dry. However, after my little one became Dive Monster Jr., I simply got highly motivated to get back on track, somehow. Search and Rescue - My Equipment, that is… We searched the house from head to toe and saw what was still in order. Surprisingly, a lot of stuff was in great shape. Of course, an Apeks regulator is just one of that brilliant...

PADI Advanced Open Water Course – Daisy the Dive Monster Jr.

I actually got my PADI Advanced Open Water Course already since last week, but I had so many things going on and I couldn’t find the time to write about the awesome experience. It has been almost a week since I finished the course with the special courses of Navigation, Night Dive, Enriched Air Nitrox, Deep Dive and Drift Dive. Day 1 - Navigation Dive & Night Dive After the knowledge review and paperwork, I had my first physical class on Navigation. I was busy that morning so I started my...

My First Scuba Diving in Apo Island

Apo Island is known for the hundreds of marine creatures, especially the turtles in the Philippines. It is located just about 7 kilometers from the nearest shores of Negros Oriental. After my three confined water lessons and four open water training with Sea Explorers and my instructors Chris Heim & Vanela Grace Torres, I was ready for my first scuba diving in Apo Island’s underwater paradise.   Living in Dumaguete City, I had to wake up as early as five in the morning to make my final...

Dr. Guy Garman died on deep dive world record attempt

Dr. Guy Garman – also known as “Doc Deep” did not return from his world record attempt to dive to a depth of 1,200 feet (365 meters) in the waters of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. 38 minutes after he descended he was supposed to be on his way back and meet his deep support divers in about 360 feet (110 meters) where he should have made his first stop. He never made it there. My heartfelt sympathy for the family and friends of Dr. Guy Garman While there are no further details about the death of...

Fluoro Dive – What is a Fluorescence Night Dive

A Fluoro Dive is the latest and probably fanciest addition in Scuba Diving. A Fluorescence Night Dive is like being live in Avatar. Maybe it is a fancy thing which goes away as quickly as it came, nevertheless for those who have the options, they should give it a try, it is pretty cool. While most Advanced Open Water Diver who did the night dive got shown the Bioluminescence by their instructor, or just saw that glowing star-like plankton glowing around the fins of another diver, the Fluoro...

PADI Scuba Diver at Mikes Resort

Just had a call the other day from Mike of the Adventure Diveshop if I can help out to teach some PADI Scuba Diver Course or Open Water Course at his Resort, Mikes Dauin Beach Resort. He had a group from China and some enrolled into the Advanced Course, while others did a discover Scuba Diving Experience. One of then, Shiu, decided to go on with the Open Water Course and became my “victim”. When arriving at the Resort in Dauin, Mike introduced me to my Student and her Boyfriend “Miller” who...

Medic First Aid – CPR Instruction Video

I am the opinion that each and every individual should have basic Medic First Aid skills. This includes CPR ( Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). While in some countries a MFA (Medic First Aid) course is required for even getting a driving license, in others nobody cares. Living in the Philippines since quite a while, I saw horrible scenarios when people try to help with some simple cuts or burns. Small injuries here are normal and you rarely see a young person without any wounds or scares which...

Divemonster Rhoody – The Beginning 2nd part

… well, there Rudi (at that time I was far away from being Rhoody, but that story later) and Lissy walked on a sunny morning in Senggigi/ Lombok – Indonesia along the mainstreet to Astrid and Gerd’s Dream Divers at god-forbidden 7:30 am to start their first theory and pool lessons on their way to become certified Open Water Diver. Of course we did not finish our assignment completely but went a good way through it. At the dive-shop we met our instructor and another couple who were (like we)...

 

Dive Monsters Travel

 

Travelling is one major activity the dive-monsters do aside from diving

Did you expect them to dive in one place?

Dive Monsters don’t do too well with “settling” so they travel! May it be at the a** of the world, lowest of seas or highest of mountains…dive monsters will travel them.

Hong Kong Trip (Part 3: Lantau Island & Peak Experience)

Can’t relate to the story? Read Hong Kong Trip (Part 1: Packing & Flying) & (Part 2: Getting Around Kowloon) here!   The reason why we had to sleep early was that we had a long day ahead of us. We planned to go to Lantau Island, another island a little bit further from Hong Kong Island. The day was not as sunny as the preview’s day; however, we made the most of it. After waking up and having just a cup of coffee, we took a subway, train, MTR (whatever you guys call it) to the Central....

Hong Kong Trip (Part 2: Getting Around Kowloon)

We finally arrived in Hong Kong! Did you miss the first part of the story? Read Part 1: Packing & Flying here. Compared to the Philippine’s International Airport, Hong Kong’s Airport is way bigger and impressive. It is true, I haven’t been to many airports in the world but so far Hong Kong is on my top list. We arrived in Hong Kong late in the afternoon (around 5:30 pm). Still on the plane, we saw the sun setting across the horizon. It was a beautiful sight to see.  Airport - Hotel - Food...

Hong Kong Trip (Part 1: Packing & Flying)

For a Filipina who has never been outside the Philippines, a trip to any destination can be both super exciting and nerve-racking. A friend of my mother offered to pay for our accommodation and food while we pay for our plane tickets back and forth to Hong Kong. Without a doubt, I wanted to join the “ladies-trip” to Hong Kong. I mean who would let go of the opportunity, right? Our rather short Hong Kong Trip only consisted of 4 days and 3 days but we were able to visit Kowloon and Lantau...

My trip to the Kapaw Festival 2018 in Basay

I go since a few years to the municipality of Basay to celebrate their annual fiesta there. Of course, this year was not different and I made it just in time for the Kapaw Festival 2018. Our friends from the tourism office there booked us like the last years into the Cañamaque Royal Suites 2 which is at a very convenient location and everything is within walking distance. One can’t expect a 5-Star accommodation in Basay, but the place has almost all one needs for a few days of stay. The rooms...

Trip from Dumaguete to Bayawan

Like the last years, we decided to go on a trip from Dumaguete to Bayawan City to enjoy the annual Tawo Tawo Festival. I went there in the past 4 years and always had a great time. This year was no different. My trip from Dumaguete to Bayawan started early in the morning with packing and heading to the Ceres Bus Terminal, where I caught a bus right away heading for my destination. You can get from Dumaguete to Bayawan in different ways. If you are not driving with your own vehicle you can jump...

My Kids on Siquijor in 1 Day

Some of you may know by now that my Missus has 2 lovely kids. While they are physically not mine, they are my absolute pride. They both developed into great young adults with each of them developing a great personality. On a little bit quieter the other one a little bit showier. They start living their own life and it is awesome to watch that they get along more than fine. My boy is working as a young chef at the moment in a resort in Siquijor, the first time he is for weeks away from home....

Thanks for the Blisters, Google Maps

Just went on a quick trip to KL in Malaysia. My purpose was actually to find some electronic stuff for my camera which is either not available in the Philippines or simply incredibly expensive. It is actually cheaper to fly out, buy the stuff and come back than buying it in the Philippines. I only had 2 days to find and get my stuff. Additional I wanted to see some places. I booked a Hotel in a great location at Bukit Bintang which is somehow the central shopping district. After arriving at...

3 Days in Singapore

After the first day in the Marina Bay area and a more or less good night of sleep, we got up around 7am to have a shower and hit the road again. Breakfast was at one of the many Indian street kitchens in the neighborhood. I simply love some different kind of their breads and as many dips as possible. I struggle a bit with their sweet coffee, However, it is a nice companion to the spicy dips. Singapore Itinerary – Day 2 Today we put a bit culture on the schedule. Around 9am we were at the MRT...

Singapore in 3 days

  It was time to pack my Missus after a year of hard work and go somewhere for a few days simply to get out to a place where things are actually working, where there is no “Sorry, maybe next week” and without stupid excuses day-in and day-out. Well, there are not many places in the world, where things run as smooth and flawless as in Singapore. We had only 3 days in Singapore to explore some of the countless tourist attractions. However, it was not our first visit and therefore we knew already...

Rock in Vienna – Day 1

  If two of your three favorite bands are headlining a 3-day festival like it happened at Rock in Vienna 2016, there is no other reason needed to fly around the half world to see them.  The three days had a cool line-up which fitted me perfect. Headliners of Rock in Vienna 2016 were Rammstein, Iggy Pop and Iron Maiden.  As I could not care less about Iggy Pop and actually all the other Bands on the second day, I had a great day of sightseeing. I arrived early Thursday morning after a long...

 

Dive Monsters are Crazy

 

Beauty and Brains….

Guess who is who?

Dive Monsters are born as good looking and intelligent species. To survive in this earthly environment, they adjust very well to their surroundings using their born talents to their advantage!

Having a Birth-Month-Sickness!!!

For some, the idea of reaching your legality may be exciting, scary and maybe even both.  As I approach my birthday I feel more and more scared than exciting. Being 18 years old means you are more or less free to do whatever you like. But being 18 years old also means having responsibilities and taking care of one’s self. The “Birth Month Sickness” I call it the birth-month-sickness because unlike the other months of the year, my birth months usually tend to freak me out in so many emotional...

Rush Sale vs Lowest Price

I am struggling to understand some prices and announcements here. I am aware that one does not need to pay the prices announced at most places other than groceries and supermarkets. Many times you simply say that the other job has it cheaper, and the salesperson goes down with the price... at least when the person somehow does his/her job. That has to be said, because many here need a job, but they actually don't do the job. Of course the employer is the bad person when firing them. However, I...

52 Minutes for a Sorry Siiiirrr

It is not really a secret that many people in this country I reside at present are overwhelmed with the challenges every day puts in their path.  And let’s be honest, with an average IQ of only 86 it is 3rd grader math that half of the population is in the area what was in the 1980th still considered something like “borderline retard”. Of course, that is a term which is not politically correct nowadays, so let’s call them people with special needs or people who need special attention. While...

The lost life of Mary Antoniette Acedo

Sometimes I am sitting in front of my box and are supposed to work for a few hours but a headline pops up in my newsfeed and I am disturbed, unable to focus on my work. Exactly that happened this morning. An one month old headline came up again. As I was just about to start modifying pictures of a beauty contest it was a weird coincident. The headline was about Mary Antoniette Acedo who died in a hospital from an overdose of slimming pills just before the coronation night of Miss Dapitan 2015....

Vegetarian Chicharon

Chicharon - an awesome, unhealthy spanish snack which goes along perfectly with a lot of alcohol and a bad-ass movie on the sofa at home. Now it wouldn't be the Philippines if they would not try to invent something new. The Vegetarian Chicheron No more greasy fingers, the taste of old fat which need to be washed away with beer or rim 'n coke. Just a boring crunchy chew without any taste. I run into it at Manila Airport when coming back from Germany. My intention was to get into my pinoy-mood...

Ignorant Alien Asholes – We put you in your place

Another great chapter of Dumaguete Journalism at its best and the level of intelligence you can expect here everywhere. Real World scenario: Two people have a small traffic accident but with rather costly damage and it is not clear whose fault it is. So police is called takes some pictures and other evidence, then clears the street and usually insurances taking over the costs (at least partially). Dumaguete scenario: Two people have a small traffic accident and it is not clear whose fault it...

Women are better driver

I know that I don't tell you anything new. I just wanted to make that statement after some breath-taking experience with the female gender in Dumaguete driving cars. A global study over a long term just proved  that women have only 23 % of the accident-rate of men. I think that tells enough. To underline the statement I copied the final video-documentation in the frame below... no questions shall be asked... ... the study also said, that women drive only 9% of the kilometers/miles men do. So...

Performance reviews

I am pretty sure many of you who managed employees needed to write a recommodation letter. But what if that guy was a total waste of time? I found some quotes on another board and needed to steal that. Enjoy...   1. "Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and has started to dig." 2. "I would not allow this employee to breed." 3. "This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definite won't be." 4. "Works well when under constant supervision and cornered...

Watch that closely – thinking about hurts

Maybe "It hurts" is not the right description. I stumbled over a video which I just had to share. It gave me goose bumps and all my hair in my neck went straight up while watching it. A guy named Steve Gass developed a Table Saw which stops when you put your finger into it. Yeah man, right, maybe he has steel bones, that would stop the blade ripping of his finger, I thought. Well Steve, the inventor got a visit from Discovery TV and demonstrated his table saw. I was watching that video now 3...

amazing stuff of old mails-off topic

I found that in an old mail a good friend sent to me. I think it's pretty amazing, so I just want to share it with you guys. First is the : ALZHEIMER'S EYE TEST Count every ' F ' in the following text: FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS... (SEE BELOW) HOW MANY ? WRONG, THERE ARE 6 -- no joke. READ IT AGAIN ! Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F's before you scroll down. The reasoning behind is further down. The brain cannot...

 

Dive Monsters Eat

 

How do you think they stay in awesome Shape !

So… Let’s Eat?

Dive Monster Sr. and Dive Monster Jr. are hungry creatures. But they are also a picky breed. You serve them Roadkills and you will regret. But don’t worry, You are not alone…

DACA – Oh Blessed be His Noodlness

While I am on an everlasting diet, I also work hardly on excuses why to interrupt it. This time my excuse is DACA, the Dumaguete Academy for Culinary Arts. While I was sitting in Casablanca teaching German, Culinary Instructor saw me and asked, if I would be willing to be one of the judges. I asked when, and she said in an hour. That would be 11.00 in the morning, and perfect, as by accident I started the German lesson earlier as usual and therefore was perfectly in time to judge some food. It...

Mooon Cafe- How low can you go

Mooon Cafe- How Low Can You Go So I went to a place I didn't go for a while due to not that good experience last time: Mooon Cafe in Silliman Avenue. They have a new menu, raised the prices (fair enough, things just get more expensive) and lowered the quality. Food was already quite low cheap-shit quality since a while that I didn't think it could get lower. US beef my ass..That is cheap local crap I would not feed my dog.  The tripple-O place definitely became a real lousy hole... but I guess...

Food Trip to Allegre Dos in Dumaguete

Facebook jumped in the way of my Missus and Miss Daisy and I were somehow sidelined at home as it appeared that no dinner was to be in sight. Surely, we understand that an “important” “Let’s eat”-Chat makes for some more sense than actually doing it. However, being a kind of conservative, I still go for the real thing and prefer to stuff some food in my mouth instead of just texting it. So Miss Daisy an I changed quickly. Considering Miss D is a 17-year-old Teenage Girl, she must have been...

Soban Korean Restaurant in Dumaguete

Our boy who is at the moment working in a resort in Siquijor as a Chef came for a surprise visit the other day. This are the pleasant surprises which make the whole house including our old lazy dog smile. As we didn’t have much bonding time during the day, we decided to go for a family dinner and let him choose. As he decided to have Korean food, we headed around 6pm to Soban Korean restaurant in Dumaguete. Getting to Soban Restaurant in Dumaguete City Soban is located across the Negros...

Food Rehab in Dumaguete

Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t have ulcer and need a kind of special diet or need to recover from food-poisoning due to some horrible stuff some people offer here in this City and call it  food. Food Rehab is the rather clever name of a kind of Fast Food Outlet/Burger Joint. As I saw some pictures of their stuff a few weeks back -and it didn’t look bad- I wanted to grace the place with my body odor to make a critical analysis which you are about to read. My two ladies and I were at the Rizal...

Let’s eat Japanese in Dumaguete

Nah, I am joking…. There is no real Japanese Restaurant in Dumaguete, at least not if you actually did eat Japanese Food in Japan or in Japanese Restaurant which has access to the ingredients and the chef appropriate training. Some actually had once the original Sauces. They still kept the little bottles and filled it with the local available stuff which makes all taste like Adobo anyway. However, I was with my D-Monster downtown to record some footage about the Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete as...

Pasta King Dumaguete – Bring your own Beer

After 2 years or so and a not so good experience at this place, my missus asked to give it another chance. Back then their Gnocchi was the only dish I really liked. However, it appeared that the cook there (certainly can’t call it chef) is on the lazy side of the employee scale, as miraculously they “just served the last portion” and are out of stock. I even called Pasta King multiple times. Even 30 minutes after opening: “sorry, out of stock”. Pasta King Dumaguete – My Re-visit experience...

La Bella Pizza Bistro Dumaguete

Italian Pizza at the Boulevard in, that was what we were hoping for when entering La Bella Pizza Bistro in Dumaguete. It appears to be a franchise of the Cebu's Origin “La Bella Napoli”. The Bistro is just across Bethel Guest House at the southern part of the boulevard. The building was some years empty and after a few month renovations the new Pizza Bistro was announced already a few months back. The spacious veranda offers a nice view of the boulevard. However, due to the stinking trucks and...

Awesome Desserts Dumaguete Boulevard

So there has a new place opened at the boulevard in Dumaguete called Awesome Desserts. Like with each new place opening it appears that the friends of the house are asked, or volunteer to spam each related website and internet forum or facebook page to write down their one line “wow, best thing since sliced bread, you need to try their…”. Well, anyway, not knowing the owner or anybody involved I believe that he/she/they certainly didn’t do any kind of market research to see if a place for...

Dumaguete – Mifune Japanese Restaurant – Revisit

Last Sunday I went with my Family to Mifune, a Japanese Restaurant in Dumaguete for a revisit. I have been there a couple of times, but I think this was the second time, or so, we went together. They adjusted the interior a little bit and it is more “Japanese”, although the seats and benches are a kind of “cheap-ish” hammered together. Nevertheless a big improvement to our former visit… We arrived around 6pm and were the first guests. First positive note, the aircon is working !!! For a fat,...