So many exciting news!

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Has it been 6 days since my last blog entry??
Boy, time is flying way too fast.
I have been busy with my training, diving everyday, studying, and planning my next trip to Japan. I am often so exhausted, I haven't had the time or energy to update this blog ;)

First exciting news: I celebrated my 6-month anniversary since leaving NYC for this life-altering journey. I can't believe it's been half a year! When I look back at my stops in Philippines, Laos, and Thailand, they seem like yesterday, yet they seem like a distant past.
While there are many things I miss about home like high speed internet, NY bagel, properly brewed coffee and just the conveniences of having my own bed and kitchen, I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. This trip is most definitely the BEST decision I have ever made in my life :)

News #2: Today I was officially certified as a deep diver! This means I can now dive at 40m, as opposed to the conventional 30m maximum depth. Diving at such depth requires knowledge about gas narcosis, impact of time and pressure on oxygen inhaled, and many safety and medical ramifications. Yay me!

News #3: Yesterday I saw a wobbegone shark, which is extremely rare in this area. My instructor Sarah, who has been diving here for several years, has never seen it! And today, I spotted my first orangutan crab! It's easy to see animals that are pointed out to you by a dive guide. It's much harder to find one on your own, which eventually comes with experience and knowing where to look. So today was an accomplishment for me as a dive master in training!

In this area, we have about 4 types of nudibranch that we see all the time. Nudibranch is a small slug-looking creature that could range from about .25 - 2 inches long. These creatures come in SO many different beautiful colors, textures and decorations. I LOVE nudies. They are my favorite things to see underwater.
Today we saw a brand new nudie that we have never seen in this area. Again, Sarah, who has dived here for years, claims it was her first sighting. It is SO exciting to discover new creatures! I think this is why people dive. Ocean always has surprises!

News #4: I received my very first trip advisor review! Sarah and I recently worked together with Dave in his Open Water certification We had a blast with Dave over 4 days of the course before he returned home to Australia. This morning, when I got to work Sarah said "I have something to show you!" It absolutely made my day to see my name mentioned in the review! It's such an acknowledgment when someone takes the time to leave a review and mentions me personally. I'm flattered and humbled.

Ok that's all the updates for now!
I must go study for my final exam tomorrow.
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Janel on

Yeah!!!! Congrats, you will do GREAT on your exam your joy radiates through your blog so happy for you!!! study hard

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