anilao dive video

here it is! my latest dive video i made in anilao, philippines last month. it was my first attempt at shooting underwater HD with my new Panasonic Lumix P&S. the video above is not in HD but i hope you can still get a feel of the fantastic marine life we encountered on my last dive. enjoy!



been having some neck and shoulder problems since i got back from my last dive. i think hauling the heavy dive gear along with some poor-form exercising tore some of my muscles and soft tissue 😦 just to be safe the doc took an x-ray of my neck to make sure it wasn’t a neck/bone problem. yes, that’s my head.  as you can see,  my iMac can double as an x-ray viewing light table! the result: everything looks normal! you can clearly see the alignment of the 7 neck bones of the cervical vertebrae. (did you know giraffe’s have the same number in their long necks too!) the space between the neck where the discs lay (Point A) you can see are evenly spaced apart. the normal curve of the neck, called the cervical curve, can be seen by (Point B). someone with a stiff neck or other problems would have a straight “curve” – so the cervical curve is normal. the neck bones are properly aligned, one block sitting atop the other, none out of alignment, as seen by (Point C). everything looks normal and in place. so my pain in the neck is really just probably inflamed muscle, soft tissue damage. that being said, it hurts so much i can’t even work and can barely turn my head. too bad i can’t dive either for the time being. oh well. off to my next physio appointment. so how many of you have seen what YOUR neck looks like?!

anilao muck – octo’s & nemo

what is the plural for octopus? is it octopuses, octopi, or octopodes? just got back from another dive trip in anilao (batangas, philippines – just a 2 hour drive from downtown manila) over the weekend of 28-30 may. the dive favourite always ended up being at a site called “toros” (also known as “mainit muck” or “secret bay” to others). this is macro haven and a great place to spot all sorts of sea life in the ‘muck.’ (sand). flat, shallow, sandy bottom – perfect for those sea creatures who are masters of camouflage. one of the most famous of course, the elusive but curiously intelligent octopus. we spotted two of them within a foot of each other hiding in the sand. got them to come out and play – then they started getting friendly with each other and began mating! i have it all on video (see video above). 30 deg C water temperature all day, clear blue seas…it was a great day to go diving. here is a pic of me capturing nemo on film as well as one i snapped of our 8-armed friend during the muck dive. the bottom octo shot was taken with my canon G10 camera but by my cousin, Behn. p.s. and in case you were wondering, the plural of ‘octopus’ is any of the 3 above mentioned.

me and nemo.

i found this 8-legged friend burried in the sand but coaxed him out for this shot.

this shot was by my cousin.