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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,

What’s Down There? – Yellow Edged Moray Eel

Philippines is a great country to go diving all year round. Many will find both big and small things in the ocean. One day during the Dive Monsters’ dive in Dauin, we say a “peeping Tom” on a coral. The yellow edged moral eel perked up it’s head to see if the reef was safe…well..not from us and the camera!!! Yellow Edged Moray Eel(Gymnothorax flavimarginatus) The yellow edged moray eel is a moray eel of the family Muraenidae. They are mostly found in the Indo-Pacific Oceans at depths to...

What’s Down There? – Green Sea Turtle

A dive with a turtle is always great! While scuba diving at Apo Island (also known as the Turtle Island by some locals), we bumped into a green sea turtle minding his healthy lunch. It was too precious not take a video of. IT munched away his seaweed and algae (Caulerpa lentillifera) while we, the Dive Monsters, just watched. Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Did you know that the green sea turtles can live up to 80 years…and maybe more?! Even though they can live that long, the green sea...

What’s Down There? – Saddleback Clownfish (with Eggs)

While diving the golden sands Dauin, the Dive Monsters came upon a very cute family of clownfish a.k.a. “Nemo”. In the middle of the sandy bottom of about 10 meters deep, a small anemone (Stichodactyla) stood tall protecting a family of saddleback clownfish and their baby eggs. We approached them as gently as possible and watched for the next 10 minutes how wonderful these funny fish are. Saddleback Clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus) One can never get enough of a clownfish! But, did you know...

Our First Underwater Video Lights (Sea Dragon 2500 F)

Who turned the lights on? Who? We did! The Dive Monsters recently purchased some brand-new SeaLife Video Lights (Sea Dragon 2500 F) to brighten up the underwater realm we love to dive into. From the first few minutes we held it around our arms after unboxing till the very first few hours we had it while diving was amazing! All our video just turned out brighter and better than we even expected ! While Daisy the Dive Monster Junior’s boyfriend was for a summer vacation in America, we took...

Pool Session (Testing My New Cressi Start Pro 2.0 BCD)

I finally have my very own BCD (buoyancy control device)! My new Cressi Start Pro 2.0 has everything I need to explore the underwater world in a comfortable way. Having your own BCD makes every diving trip much easier because you are familiar with your equipment and know how to operate it. But getting used to your BCD takes a little practice. So, I went to test my new BCD.Testing My New BCD After Unpacking my BCD Delivery last April, it’s time to test my new BCD. Dive Monster Junior and...

My Very Own BCD! (Cressi Start Pro 2.0)

One of the essential gears for scuba diving is a BCD. After weeks of searching and waiting I have finally purchased my own. Want to know what a BCD is? Wanna watch me receive and unpack? Continue reading… What is a BCD? For non-diver readers, a BCD or Buoyancy Control Device is what keeps you buoyant underwater. Buoyancy is the what makes this float, sink or stay in the middle (positively, negatively, and neutrally). In basic terms, it is a device that helps you go underwater and helps you...

Diving in Dumaguete – Masaplod Sanctuary

Diving in Dumaguete is just awesome. There is so much to see, that one needs to go to each dive-site multiple times, that you even see remotely a little bit, what these wonderful dive-sites have to offer. This time we went to the Marine Sanctuary of Masaplod.  As we recently just bought a new Nokia 3110, which is supposed to be waterproof and perfect for our undertaking, we were ready to go. As a safety back/up, we wrapped the Nokia in some cling-film and secured that with some duct tape. We...

Monsters Diving in Dauin

The Dive Monster Senior and I actually did this Dauin dive last year (back in October 04, 2018) but I completely forgot about it since I didn’t transfer the pictures from my other small camera. Just after my recent beach date last Sunday, I found the pictures and transferred them right away. So, knock yourself out for a Throwback Tuesday 😉! Diving in Dauin – Negros Oriental There are plenty of dive sites in the municipality of Dauin. The sites we dived were Masaplod and Luca....

Dive Monsters Diving in Apo Island

As many people by now know, Apo Island is one of the best diving sites in the world (well...). 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 offers 12 dive sites to go explore. Since Buglasan Festival 2018 of Negros Oriental just ended, what better way to “treat-yourself” than to go diving? Buglasan Festival 2018 is Over! The celebration of the Buglasan Festival 2018 a.k.a. the “Festival...

Dive Monsters in Action!

Every day is all about creating memories. But for someone who is turning 18 years old, every second of the day is all about creating precious memories. For the first time in my life, I had the privilege to dive with the Dive Monster Senior a.k.a. 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...

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.

Baby Sea Turtles of Bali

I, Dive Monster Sr, was just recently with Monster-Mama in Bali for a short vacation. One day we went to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center, which was just located next to our Hotel. We learned, that there will be the chance, that we can release some Baby Sea Turtles just before Sunset into the Ocean. Of course, we took the chance and got back in time to participate in that little event.  Sea Turtle Conservation Center at Kuta Beach I had the chance to talk a few minutes to Ngurah Tresana,...

Getting High at 5GX Bali – Reverse Bungy

Dive Monsters are crazy indeed. That is certainly one of the reasons why nothing can hold Dive Monster Senior back to drag MamaMonster to the 5GX Bali. That is a Reverse Bungy tower. This means one does not jump down from a platform but gets fired in a cage high into the air. I did that before, some 20 years back, so it was time to refresh my memory.5GX Reverse Bungy Bali - In the heart of Kuta During our Bali vacation we passed the 5GX Bali a few times. It is really in the heart of Kuta....

Batuan Temple Bali – Indonesia

One of the Temples MamaMonster and I visited on our Trip to Bali was the Batuan Temple, locally know as Pura Puseh. It is one of the more touristy ones and if you are not there early enough, you will be met by a huge crowd. The Temple is some 15 Kilometers outside northeast of Denpasar. It is more than 1.000 years old.Make the Batuan Temple a part of a Day Trip I would advise for a first timer in Bali to go on a day trip. They are pretty good organized and affordable. If you get a driver on...

Dive Monster Sr & Mamma Monster on a Vacation in Bali

I, Dive Monster Sr., am really bad when it comes to Christmas, Birthdays and stuff like that. Buying presents is a nightmare and being in Dumaguete limits the options to buy anything nice to start with. Local department-shops simply cater the low income of the population. An easy solution is, to bring your loved one to a nice trip. As Mamma Monster is most of the time a really nice person (when she sleeps, cooks, or eats newborns), I decided to take her to a little holiday for her birthday to...

Day Trip – Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park

Summer time came a little early here in the Philippines. So…we decided to go on a trip and not waste the blue skies and bright sun for a picture-perfect trip at Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park. Locally known as Twin Lakes, this tourist destination is famous in Negros Oriental and is located after the town of Sibulan and before the town of San Jose. Getting to the Twin Lakes The Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park is located about 28 kilometers from Dumaguete City. My mom (Mamamonster)...

Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves just outside Kuala Lumpur Malaysia are a fascinating place, which I like to visit. The cave is probably the most famous and popular Tamil shrine outside India. I have been there a few times. The Gods know I am not religious, but I am interested in cultures, their roots and history. I can sit in a church the same way and meditate as I can enjoy the glory of a mosque, the Buddhist monasteries I visited and the fascinating statues of an Indian Temple. These are places like a lonely...

New Terminal at Mactan Cebu International Airport

On my way to Kuala Lumpur, I was flying from Dumaguete to Cebu, where my flight to Kuala Lumpur departed from the New Terminal at Mactan International Airport, which is officially called Terminal 2. It opened just a few weeks ago. All international flights departing now from the new terminal while domestic flights arrive and depart from the old terminal at the airport in Cebu. Terminal 2 is just next to it and maybe a 5-minute walk. However, first things first, I am still in Dumaguete....

4 Days in Kuala Lumpur – Part 1 – The Planning

It was mid-November, where one of that typical local Know-It-All (*KNIA) really got so on my nerves with her back-stabbing, lying, and generally talking bullshit, that I decided in a split second, that I needed a break from the IQ-monsters here, to get in contact with some humans which have a few brain cells more than the average outside temperature at the north pole. Where to go was answered in 5 seconds. Kuala Lumpur was the target. I just recently bought a new GoPro Hero7 Black and needed...

Hong Kong Trip (Part 4: Savoring Hong Kong)

Did you miss the rest of the story? Read Hong Kong Trip (Part 1: Packing & Flying) & (Part 2: Getting Around Kowloon) & (Part 3: Lantau Island & Peak Experience) here After a long day of traveling to Lantau Island to see Buddha and going up the Peak of Hong Kong Island, we were tired as hell. After getting down from the Peak, we took a taxi to our hotel and immediately started packing our things for tomorrow’s flight.  We made sure all our shampoos, lotions and creams...

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 other 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....

 

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!

Family Rescuer & Daisy the Cat Whisperer

We sadly haven’t been out diving much this last few days and week since our dear old friend had a little accident. He already had his surgery and is now undergoing physical therapy and recovery. While he stays in the hospital for recovery, being a good friend, I took on the responsibilities of taking care of his house and his three cats. But first, let’s get an overview of the situation.The Rescue!!! It was a normal Wednesday morning for us all in the office. Dive Monster Senior was on...

First Time Voting in the Philippines

Falling in line for hours, bruised nails and empty stomach…that’s what I got during my first time voting in the Philippines. Well, I’m eighteen years old now and one of my rights and obligations as a legal aged young lady is voting. The Philippine Senate Election 2019 was held on May 13, 2019. Voting in the Philippines - Election 2019 Voting is somehow exciting since you get to feel like you are part of the community. It makes you know you have a voice and a choice. A little excited to...

Celebrating Palm Sunday 2019

What a great Palm Sunday 2019! From waking up, taking a shower, eating breakfast, buying a lightsaber, going to Tanjay City, eating a huge burger and ending the day with desserts and sweet kisses. The Dive Monsters (along with their beloved) celebrated Palm Sunday with a lot of turns. Continue reading to find out how many times I had to change in one day. 😉 Palm Sunday – Holy Week 2019 So…for those who don’t know what Holy Week is (or for those who were not listening during...

Boyfriend Alert!

Grab your shotguns, shovel, and your alibi because I have a boyfriend! That’s right folks. As part of my adaptation and “blending in”, Dive Monster Jr. is officially in a relationship. (intense sound effect) The very first question most people would think of would probably be “Why?”. Well, after years of observing and trying new things, I felt like I was still missing a piece of my jigsaw puzzle in me. When is a better day to reveal it to you lovely folks, than the month of love and the day...

Miss D & The Japanese Face Mask

There is stuff one has to put up on a day-by-day basis, when living with up to three females under one roof. They come up with the weirdest ideas. This time Miss D found in a Chinese second hand discounter some Japanese toilet paper, with the wrong wrapping, declaring it as Japanese Face Mask which is cleansing the skin, and maybe also works as a skin whitener. However, that is not really certain, as all prints are in Japanese and nobody here can read it.Well, as long she believes it is good...

Welcome 2019!!!

Another year has passed and yet everything feels like just another day. I would like to call it a “Happy New Year”, but then that would be a lie. Don’t take it badly or anything…this year was very eventful and such a blast and I enjoyed it. However, the fact that I am now 18 makes me feel more responsible for things (or very irresponsible of things). Hopefully, I can somehow pull off the “New Year, New Me”. To all who made my 2018… Thank you! I am sure that I have not given you the...

Christmas in the Philippines 2018

(Family Christmas Photo of 2018) HO HO HO! Merry Christmas! Yes, it’s that time of the year again where people decorate the tree, bake cookies, buy presents and wrap gifts with red ribbons😉. I have to be honest that I am not the most religious person and I don’t believe that going to church and praising statues will save you from hell. (Add to that is…is there really such thing as hell? Or is it just an imaginary place with people fear about?) However, Christmas is still something...

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 excited. 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...

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,...

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...

 

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…

Tropini Pizza at Why Not Dumaguete

When Tropini Pizza just outside the Why Not Deli in Dumaguete opened, it was a pleasant surprise. While the Pizza there is certainly not cheap, it is worth each cent. Of course we went there a few times. We even did some great video, just to figure out, that the microphone was not working. Well, at least it was a welcome reason to visit there multiple times.Why Not? Tropini Pizza in Dumaguete Before we take you to tropini I want to explain what the food scene in this city looks like....

Dinner with Mamamonster for Mother’s Day 2019

Over the past few months, I have not written much about our beloved Mamamonster. She plays a very important role in Dive Monster Senior and Dive Monster Jr.’s lives. Without her, we would only be half insane. Okay, not really…but she does keep us even more insane in her own little ways. Aside from carrying me inside her body for nine months and pushing me out to this world, she is a super woman that deserves the best things in life. Mamamonster’s Role As I said earlier, our beloved mother is...

Under Water Snack Time at Apo Island

On my journey to become a more stable character, a vegan and an outstanding positive asset to mankind on our wonderful planet, we are allowed to stay for a short while, many people are so kind to support me. All afront the Monster-Mother and Dive Monster Junior. The first gave Junior and me the permit to join a group of divers to venture out for another trip to Apo Island with Mike’ s Beah Resort. Another Trip to Apo Island Our bags were packed and we were ready to go at just past 6.30 in...

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....

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 triple-O place definitely became a real lousy hole… but I guess that goes along with a lot...

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...

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. Selfie time!!! 📷 Getting to Soban Restaurant in Dumaguete City Soban is...

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...

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 locally available stuff which makes all taste like Adobo anyway. Quick Japanese Bite However, I was with my D-Monster downtown to record some footage about the Rizal...

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...