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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 

Big Al finally gets to use his scuba certification

So I finally was able to put my scuba certification on Tuesday. I did 2 dives off the shore of Anilao, Batangas City in the Philippines. Here I am with my guide Bebot:

(Big Al and Bebot before going under. It's a good thing that I didn't need him to save me. It would have been a pretty big task for him to pull me out of the water given our size.)

So the name "Bebot" is kinda' weird for guy's name. For those that are familiar with the Black Eyed Peas should know this, but the term "Bebot" in Tagalog means "hotty" or a word that you would refer to a good-looking girl. When told that I would be diving with "Bebot" it kinda' got me stoked until I met him. Oh well.

So the dive was great. This site is a protected place by the Philippine's government so that hunters cannot grab coral or fish for resale so it made it a lot more spectacular. I don't have an underwater camera yet (but Christmas is coming up just in case you're wondering what to get me), so I couldn't take any pictures underwater. I saw a lot of trigger fish, clown fish (Nemo's) in their anemones, trumpet fish, giant clams and coral of all sorts. This dive will be hard to top. Thailand was awesome, but the Philippines was awesome too.