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Whale Shark Attraction in Oslob, Cebu

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Okay, so I’m getting mixed feelings about writing this one.Β  I guess this is how you feel when you don’t exactly know the point of your story? Should I make you feel like this one is a MUST-GO-TO attraction? or the other way around? (I’m afraid I might start something here but whatever this is just my opinion so I guess anything goes) PS : but please tell me what you think of this..

Okay so before this mixed feeling happened I was just so psyched about having Oslob in our itinerary for Cebu. I mean, swimming with whale sharks? that’s a big check in my bucket list! πŸ™‚

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But upon arriving in Barangay Tan-awan, I was not expecting a line of resorts to choose from so we just opted for the one in front of where our bus stopped. We immediately inquired for the prices and other things to do like rentals, food and stuff.

P3000 Scuba Diving with the whale sharks
P1000 Snorkeling with the whale sharks
P500 Watching the whale sharks from a boat
P500 Underwater Camera (It’s a FUJIFILM FinePix XP70 for those who doesn’t haveΒ  an underwater cam or want another source for your group photos then you can rent this)
We rented one and will show you the quality of the photo later.

After a short briefing, we went to our bangka. On the way to the snorkeling spot I saw a line of boats waiting for the whale sharks (maybe), I had this feeling that we were at those usual zoo’s where animals are only kept for the purpose of gaining profit. (Well, that’s how I felt)

Well, anyway we were only given 30 minutes to do whatever, part of that was waiting for the whale shark to come close so we could have our photo taken with them. I never expected the water to be that salty, we were floating up in seconds! (In this body, I could barely stay down. I felt like a buoy! Hah!) So it was a bit challenging for the photo part! All of us wore rash guards that was constantly trying to remove itself from our body, so eventually 50% of the photos were 50% nude. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Seeing and being close to a whale shark felt amazing! but why do I feel a bit sad about this? I saw how the fisherman would feed them a bucket of fish to get them closer to where they wanted them but doesn’t this feel wrong? I mean, aren’t they overfeeding them in that way? Are the nutrients in the fish that they feed equivalent to the fishes that they normally eat andΒ  supposed to be eating?

It’s a bit amazing how the whale sharks would just go up and eat those fishes near the bangka, but don’t they get hit by the bangka sometimes?Β  Is this really okay? I’ve seen & read blogs of people where they talk about how enchanting it is to be swimming and “touching” the whale sharks Β  –to– Β  blogs that says that this might break migration cycles, breeding and the natural ways of the whale sharks.

Sample photo of the OLYMPUS rented camera
Sample photo of the FUJIFILM FinePix XP70 camera that we rented. This wasΒ  taken by our guide. He held the rented camera the whole time. So that he could take our photos without borrowing the cam from us anymore. Though most of the shots were also blurry. PS: I am really hoping that the guys foot here isn’t stepping on the whale shark’s skin. (-__-)

Gaaah, this is confusing me but what do you guys think? (Opinions and facts about whale sharks are welcome) There will be no fighting in this page. Thank you so very very mucho. πŸ™‚

Okay, so that aside, I’ll let youΒ  see the rest of the photos πŸ™‚

30 mins was so damn fast to get those perfect shots that you wanted! I never felt so rushed in taking photos.Β  Even if we had 2 GOPROs w/ us (one was mine and the other was Bianca’s) plus 1 underwater FUJIFILM FinePix XP70 camera that we rented for our group shots was still stressful enough to take good photos because of the salty water that was lifting us up! So here’s what I’ve managed to save and enhance.

Out of a hundred photos here’s 2 of the only ‘good’ group photo I enhanced and could show you from the FUJIFILM FinePix XP70 that we rented from the resort.

The rest are from Kanjie my GOPRO HERO 4 SILVER.

Oslob, Cebu
Oslob, Cebu
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Off to Aguinid Falls. See link here later —> (content unavailable, come back later)

Camera used: GoPro Hero 4 Silver & FUJIFILM FinePix XP70

Thanks for checking out this post!

AENRI (Aah-Yen-Ree)

My Levitational Fails

Here’s another late upload! Somewhere in Cantil, Janiuay. πŸ™‚
Because… sometimes, I believe that my frog face just gets in the way of a good photo… Here are some of the photos that I was talking about in my previous post about Damires Hills

RON

RON

RON
RON, FEATHERWEIGHT

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While Ron had decent shots.. Here’s what I had.. (-__-)

FAIL
FAIL, This would have been OKAY if it wasn’t for that darn stiff look. (T__T)
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FAIL face.. FAIL… FAIL.. FAIL!
FAIL
FAIL, Cropped my face. Couldn’t even explain how my face looked like. Hahahah.

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I’m done, I need to lose weight in order for me to carry myself.
This year, I wanna be FEATHERWEIGHT! Hahaha. πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!
AENRI (Aah-Yen-Ree)

Damires Hills @ Their 4th Anniversary

Gaah.. It’s really nice to see this resort improve as we visit! πŸ™‚
Last time, while I was fixing photos and Ron was doing his layers for the resort’s 4th anniversary poster we saw old photos of the resort and may I say that the place has really improved! From just the cottages to 2 big pools to (Kiddie&Adult) ziplines and trampolines! And this year.. they had just finished their ATV route!

This was supposed to be posted last year but due to some “weird events” this IS a super late upload. πŸ™‚
The last food that we tried last year was their Calamares and Lawas.
The Calamares was good but the LAWAS was the best! At first I didn’t know what it was because in our dialect LAWAS means BODY and I for one wasn’t comfortable eating a BODY (Hahaha) but joking aside… This was beyond my expectations!
This tasted like nilaga or bulalo but wasn’t nilaga or bulalo! (I have no idea how to explain it) When you go to Damires please do try this…

Since we were so full we decided to take a walk and see the view in one of the open cottages …

While we waited for all the Damires peeps to prepare for their get-together party we decided to.. TAKE OVER DAMIRES HILLS. (Nah, I’m just kidding, wahaha) We went around and saw this log near the pool and decided to have our picture taken with that log (I have no idea how to say this but yes a bit vain but not insane) but basically we just sat on the log. (Thanks a log! Log! ) Get it? (PUN INTENDED, so punny!) πŸ˜€ Anyway…

After our little photo shoot we saw some of the Damires crew setting up long tables and placing banana leaves on top of the tables. They told us that this was for tonight’s boodle fight. (PS. I have never seen a boodle fight table this long! Haha) πŸ™‚

Ron & I then accompanied Khlea to her place for her to change (see some of my failed jump shots *weight issues* here, later!) Back to our topic… Aah!…
So we went back to Damires and was just in time for the crew’s last game before dinner… “PALO-SEBO.
(Palo-Sebo: commonly played during Fiestas)
(Objective: to be the first person to reach the prize at the top of the pole)

It was really fun watching them, but what If girls were made to play this game? Hah! That would even be more exciting! Hahaha! πŸ˜€

Nothing beats eating with your bare hands! πŸ™‚
Belated Happy 4th Anniversary Damires Hills! πŸ™‚

Thank you Pao, Tita Arlene and Tito Louie πŸ™‚


For more deets about Damires Hills Tierra Verde..
You could check my other post DAMIRES HILLS TIERRA VERDE
or DIRECTIONS TO DAMIRES HILLS TIERRA VERDE

Camera used: Canon 600D

Thanks for reading!
Aenri (Aah-Yen-Ree)

Flew more than 15K Lanterns for Guinness World Record!

“Inaugural Light of Peace Event in the Philippines: World Peace through Inner Peace”

On ze 24th of May, I went to the University of the Philippine Visayas campus in Miagao City.

Since this was just my 2nd time flying a lantern, I have never seen lanterns this many “lit and set free” at the same time. Well, Talk about Mind F*ck (Excuse me) πŸ˜€
(For more details about the Event: ( Inquirer Visayas , World Record Academy )

Anywhoo, I brought Enrique (canon 10d) along w/ me, but thoseΒ  “ERROR 99”Β  just won’t stop plus the fact that the mirror inside keeps on getting stuck and closing.Β  I even brought my film cameras which I had later realized that the event would start at around 6PM it would be fine if I had those high ISO rolls with me..
All I had were ze 200’s and one B&W 400..Β  This was such a huge BUMMER..

So in the end I borrowed my friend’s (Kat) dslrΒ  and volunteered to take their pictures.. Thanks KAT! πŸ˜€
I have taken too many blurry pictures, too many of my friends’ pictures..Β  and I have even reached the point of forgetting the feeling of being there.. 😦
But the fact that I was there and being one of the “15thousand” who helped break the record was enough. (Hihihi)

Camera Used: (Canon EOS Rebel T1i/Canon500D)

I hope you enjoy a few of my photos on that day.. πŸ™‚
Aenri (Aah-Yen-Ree)