It's a pretty good life

Trip Start Feb 18, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Kookoo's Nest

Flag of Philippines  , Negros Oriental,
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Over the next 5 days and nights we relax and read between "school".  Days start to blur together as Jamie teaches us all the basic things we need to know about scuba diving through videos, books, and confined water dives.  These confined water dives are supposed to be in a pool, but since there is no real pool here, we are doing it in the "shallows" of the housereef.  Just in the "pool" there are big fat blue starfish, lionfish, puffers, nudibranches, and clownfish hiding in sea anenomes.  It is very peaceful below the surface of the water where everything moves just a little bit slower.  Unfortunately after the first 4 confined water dives, Jons sinuses become congested and he is unable to go underwater because it is impossible for him to equalize (pinching the nose and gently blowing air through the ears) the pressure in his head.  We finish the lessons together and I go on to do the open-water dives with Jamie.  I am now a certified open water Scuba diver and Jon has a referral for the work he has already completed and as soon as hes cleared up and does his dives, he will be certified too!

We go on walks and collect beautiful shells from the beach.  The sand is actually very coarse ground-up coral with some patches of jet black stone-sand splashed about.  We watch the fisherman pull ropes around the surface from their boats to scare fish into the nets, then jump in and out of the water from their bangkas, all the while splashing and hollering to get those fish.  Its an amazing process that I guess is tried and true.

Every night we sit and watch the sunset dip behind the horizon line into the water. (I am pretty sure it is a sin here to miss it). I go for a swim in the purple and pink stained water.  The moon is becoming fuller and fuller each night and casts perfect moon shadows all over the beach.  The wonderfully sweet and cute dogs, Barney, Bella and Sally, lounge around the beach all day taking dips in the water as they please.  Widget the cat can be found sleeping on beds or tormenting the dogs at meal time.

Hermit crabs of all shells and sizes roam around the beach, (and kitchen and dive area) all day and night long..  Small house lizards walk on the walls and ceilings catching bugs.  The geckos make their very audible "geck-o, geck-o" sound.  The spiders build their webs everywhere and wait patiently.

Everyone seems to have a pretty good life here.

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