i came back from a 5-day trip to boracay, philippines last night. it was very nice to head out to someplace tropical for once since i haven't been anyplace like that in three years. stress at work and a strong desire to go scuba diving again led me to go to. if you haven't heard of boracay, it's a small island south of manila. i had to fly into manila, take a charter plane (passengers either take a 2 or 4 engine turboprop plane) to the closest airport (caticlan) and then take a 20 minute boatride to the island. beautiful blue water, super fine white sand beaches. although it was more expensive than i anticipated, i had a great time (although going alone made things a bit lonely at times). unfortunately, weather turned bad, and choppy waves limited me to only dive 6 out of an anticipated 9 times. but the tropical weather seems to have cleared my nose (refer to stuffy nose thread in softer side). but if i want to go diving again, i'd probably head out somewhere else; i heard neighboring palawan is better for diving. hopefully i have enough money to go to palau in late january or early february so i can dive with some sharks and manta rays.
here's me and some guys heading out for a dive:
by the way, the philippine bear "red horse" is pretty dang strong and tastes nasty and the manila international airport (ninoy aquino international) is the biggest dump of an airport i've ever seen. bah.