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diving in the philippines

I had the opportunity to revisit one of my favourite countries, the Philippines earlier this year. It was a shorter trip, only approx 2 weeks, which I spent most of my time underwater testing out a new underwater camera housing. Some of the best SCUBA diving I’ve done is in the Philippines and this trip proved it once again.

I have a longer writeup and information for the video on the Vimeo link.

driven to explore

During our travels, we’ve captured a lot of images that you’ve seen. We’ve always captured a lot of video as well. Above is a short trailer on some of the places we’ve been.

We have a longer writeup and information for the video on our Vimeo link.

dubai aquarium – shark dive

Natisha and I are back in Canada. We had an amazing trip to Africa and capped it off with a week of R&R in Dubai before heading home.

So one of the great things about traveling is the people you meet and the friends you make along the way. During our first “backpacking” trip to Thailand in 2010, we were lucky enough to meet Stefan and Breda. Our friendship started on a boat – a scuba liveaboard that is. It was 5 days of  “eat, sleep, dive”. Repeat. 4 times a day. For 5 days. We were able to chill in Bangkok together for a day (during protests!) before we parted ways.

Fast forward 2.5 years! While we’ve kept in touch online, we made a last minute booking from our hostel room in Addis Abbas to fly to Dubai for the last week of our travel. Getting our visa on such short notice was tough – we weren’t sure we would even get it in time. But thankfully we did and we enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with our friends in their current home/city.

No trip to Dubai is complete without visiting the largest mall in the work – Dubai Mall. I don’t normally enjoy shopping (and hence malls) but Dubai Mall had one particular attraction that I had to admit was pretty cool – the Dubai Aquarium and Under Water Zoo. It is simply amazing! The main acrylic viewing panel is the largest in the world, the tank holds approximately 10 million liters of water and it is home to over 33,000 marine animals!

I spent quite a bit of time just watching the scene unfold in the aquarium (Natisha was happy to leave me there while she shopped!). I particularly enjoy watching sharks – and I counted maybe 8-10 sharks. When I discovered that you can actually arrange to go “diving” inside the aquarium, I knew I had dive it. I managed to persuade Stefan to join me (this was not a very affordable diving experience!) and we had an amazing dive. Completely different than diving in the ocean. What made it spectacular? Well those 8-10 sharks I counted – hah! During our dive briefing, we were informed that there were 80 sharks. 80 sharks!!!

Unfortunately, I was not allowed to bring my underwater camera with me despite my Divemaster rating – because of the number of sharks and the electronics of the camera, a separate (and very expensive) underwater course in their tank in required. But Natisha managed to pull herself away from her shopping to take the following pics which definitely show a different perspective than most underwater diving shots.

dubai mall aquarium1212_dubaiaqua_0021212_dubaiaqua_001Gotta go Psand tiger sharkwatching

Kilimanjaro, a preview

Decent wifi. Always a reason to update the blog (along with days of rain). We spent our first three weeks in Tanzania and just recently arrived in Kenya, on Lamu Island.

Below is a preview of our first week’ish in Africa, spent hiking Kilimanjaro. 8 days, 8 frames.

More coming soon, I promise;)

baggagekili from our tentkili at nighttents lit by the moonstinky socks, stinky tentsunsetwater for washingsunrise on summit day

Where in the world are we… again?

Seems like only a few months ago I was writing a post about where in the world are we.

And now here I am writing it all over again.

At the moment Natisha and I are still here in Richmond, BC. Yesterday we made a visit to the travel clinic to be injected with a live virus, yellow fever vaccine. In the world, there are generally two places you need to be vaccinated for yellow fever, South America, and Africa.

And Africa it is. East Africa to be exact! And we leave in 14 days. Scratch that 13. With a handful of weddings to edit still on our plate, NOT to mention we are moving out of our apartment completely this time, we have a stack of things to do (which is why this blog post better be short)!

Our plan is to travel for 2.5 months throughout Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. And we start with bang, hiking up Kilimanjaro with our friend Adam and his dad. We return back to Canada in December into Toronto for a few weeks prior to coming back to Vancouver for New Years.

Because a blog post is never complete with any images, I leave you with a few from our trek to Everest Base Camp last year in October.

Tenzing Hillary Airport, LuklaYak CrossingTemplesRest before ascend to Gorak ShepAma DablamYes thatHelicopter Evac

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lesley - that everest photo should be printed large on canvas for your walls, simply breath taking. looking forward to another adventure on another continent with you guys! :)

Amish - There are so many images that I want to plant on my walls from our travel. Once we ‘ever’ settle down, our walls will forever be plastered with images from our travel.

Danielle - these photos are amazing! 13 days! OMG.

Riyad - Keep the blog updated along the way!