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photo of the day // hca liveaboard

photo of the day // hca

Canon S95 in Recsea Housing, 6mm, F4.5, 1/160sec, ISO 100
Location: Sulu Sea, Philippines // Ranger Station, Tubbataha Reef
Date: May 7 2011, 2:04pm

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Ashik - Thats such a cool picture. Glad to see you guys are having a great time!

photo of the day // sardines

photo of the day // sardines

Canon S95 in Recsea Housing, 6mm, F4.0, 1/640sec, ISO 100
Location: Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines // Dive Site: Pescador Island
Date: May 2 2011, 10:46am

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Patrik - Awesome photos Amish. The sardines look amazing. I really need to get back into the water again. :)

Smita Galbraith - That’s amazing and scary at the same time….

Jen LeBlanc - WOW! Ami your underwater photography is AMAZING!!!!!! I love snow globe of fish!

Mike - Came over from ScubaBoard. Great work!


When the kids in the village are bad, their parents make them stay inside and watch TV. They cry. They want to play in the jungle and waters, to run on the reef and catch crabs.

Excerpt from “Flow State – tapping the subconscious grace of Palau”
Sport Diver Magazine, June 2009

I came across the above quote while reading up on the diving while in the Republic of Palau last week. It’s so true. Not just in Palau, but nearly everywhere we’ve travelled this trip – Java and Bali in Indonesia, Gujarat and Kerala in India, and here in Moalboal, Philippines. The kids we’ve met seem to have youthful energy combined with necessary independence.

In Diu, we watched a couple boys playing in the hot summer heat, chasing tires with sticks, as their parents worked in the shipyards building boats.

Throughout the rest of India, cricket fever was apparent – spent rice paddies, empty parking lots, and dirt fields were transformed by children into cricket pitches.

We met young Ifan and his two sisters in the searing desert of Little Rann of Kutch. He kept peeking out curiously at us from the weathered fabric of his home where he was helping his mother pack mud.

This isn’t to say that children at home aren’t energetic or indepent. Not at all. I know this because I’m married to someone who was and still is a very active “kid”. And while I was more of a bookworm when I was young, my siblings like to remind me that I was irritatingly “mature” and independent even then.

But admittedly back at home, most kids don’t view TV as punishment.

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Lesley - Love this post! I remember thinking a very similar thing when I traveled to Mexico, kids would rather be playing outside with what we would think is rubbish then inside watching TV. :)

Amn Johal - I remember playing streethockey outside until the streetlights came on

….unless it there was a new episode of Ducktales! Never wanted to miss that!