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Cabilao, Philippines

Two Tickets to Paradise

Cabilao, Philippines

This is what January feels like in the Philippines, I thought, as our  boat motored across a perfect expanse of blue toward the little island of Cabilao.  The January place we had just left with its grey and ice and bundled clothing literally melted away.

Blue sky, blue water, warm skin, a thousand dancing diamonds stretched out before me. Continue reading

Lara Scuba Diving

Travel Scuba Gear: How We Get Down on Vacation

Lara Scuba Diving

Lara during a dive in the Philippines

The first time I put my head under water and took a deep breath from that rental regulator I knew I was hooked. I wanted to go deep, explore wrecks, navigate underwater caves, dive with sharks, and see the world’s greatest reefs. I bought all my own gear, and my wife’s, as soon as we got our open water certifications.

I sought out people who had similar interests, finally finding a far more experienced, and knowledgable diver to mentor me. (Thanks Jay!)

Then, I went through the painful experience of replacing almost every piece of equipment I had purchased. Continue reading