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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On May 31, 2018

apologize for not updating lately with my activities. As expected from my previous updates, I'd be taking my Instructor Development Course on May, but unfortunately, it went south as I was sent to a special mission in Cabilao, Bohol. I was requested by the head office assist to guide and help out the shop. Little upset in the beginning but the company's task is a priority.

But I HAVE GREAT news for you!

FIRST: THE EVENT

Objecitf Atlantide together with Department of Tourism organized an underwater investigation competition were they selected random divers from France to go here in Philippines and look for certain marine species and solve a particular case. Role played with a Policeman, Marine Biologist, Narrator and 20 volunteers to search for clues. The team who had the most species identified and find most clues wins. It was one of a kind experience. Different from the usual dive guiding that we do. Broaden my knowledge on marine species and its activities and of course, it was hella fun hanging out with French People! I appreciate our team for doing an excellent job. Waking up early in the morning and carrying tanks and making sure everyone is safe while having fun. What's the word? TEAMWORK! I learned a lot from the event and I hoped to organize our own underwater investigation with Sea Explorers. Read more of the event on this article: https://www.facebook.com/H2OVOYAGE/photos/a.173580...

P.S. It was the first underwater investigation event in the Philippines! Thank you for choosing Sea Explorers! Cabilao is indeed a paradise.

SECOND: WAR ON WASTE NEGROS ORIENTAL PETITION WAS SUCCESS!

Yes, the Municipality of Dumaguete heard us and they will implement of banning of plastics in the Public Market of Dumaguete to sellers and consumers starting on the first of June. I look forward to reach out other municipalities especially DAUIN! :D I hope for the cooperation of the community. Yey! It’s a milestone! Thank you signing the petition! We did it!

THIRD: Department of Environment and Natural Resources will organize ECOTOURISM ACTIVITIES in Apo Island

Apo Island is one of the must-visit tourist spot in the Province of Negros Oriental. Well known for Sea Turtles, group of Jacks, Sea Snake and beautiful coral landscape.

Recently, the DENR called the attention of stakeholders of Apo Island that includes the existing People’s Organization, Local Government Unit, Provincial Tourism Office, Dive Shop operators and other members of the community for a Focal Group Discussion on Natural Resources and Social Demographic Surveys and ended with a fruitful and diverse discussion of challenges and possible solutions. I am happy that the DENR Regional Office will take part on community based projects for the betterment of the island and its people. Dive shops emphasized promoting the island on its Protection not Mass Tourism Promotion. Oh yeah! I will keep you posted on this one. ;)

A lot of things happened, even if I was not able take the IDC this month, I still look forward to do it before 2018 ends. The universe is up to something and I know that if it’s the time of my IDC, I will be armored and ready. Yes, my Paypal is still open for donations! ;D

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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On Mar 04, 2018

Group of people initiate to create a petition for the Mayor of Daumaguete for re-implementing the ordinance No. 231 for the usage of plastics of establishments and vendors around the city and hopefully it be caught the attention of many. Not just leaders of the government but also individuals. I started collection signatures today and I observed the positive response of the people. :)


Kindly sign the petition on this link : https://www.change.org/p/mayor-felipe-remollo-duma...


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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On Jan 25, 2018

Its good to be back in Dauin after a 10 day off to visit Aklan province. Got a lot of realization after I left.

First!

Everyone’s approval.

The biggest prison you will likely ever live in is your fear of what other people think.

You cannot let other people tell you who you are or what you want. You have to decide that for yourself. When you’re making big decisions, remember, what you think of yourself and your life is more important than what people think of you. Don’t let others make you feel guilty for living your life. It’s YOUR life. As long as you’re not hurting anyone else, live it YOUR way. Choose happiness, always.

It's also official that im a Dauin Dive Master since i finished my Mayor's Permit and paid taxes for the dive shop's activities. I also received my Dive Master Card and starting to read a book. A good friend of mine from New York gave it to me!

I've been really exciting going home and now its finally over. Feels great to be back in Dauin and do more diving!

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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On Jan 12, 2018

It was the first time to do a dive clean up. Two typhoons passed by from the month of December and January and the impact of trash to our House Reef from the currents are visible. I feel guilty and ashamed whenever I guide divers to a dive site that is full of trash. On my opinion, filthy dive sites describes its people so me and Celine decided to clean up.

We used nitrox and collected trash up to 27 meters. As we found chain of trash were able to collect one sack of rubbishes estimated to be 20 kgs composed of single used plastics, wrappers, fishing lines, clothes, slippers, empty bottles, bottle caps, plastic utensils, toothbrush, diapers, lighters, cigarette butts, rice sacks and other items.

Two dives, 60 minutes, three mesh, 27 meters, Nitrox, one dive site.
Its just the tip of the iceberg. Heads up to my fellow divers Les Sharp and Céline Gouëllo. 🌏
Thanks to the management for supporting this initiative.

We will start to do this activity every month!!! yey!

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Great Job Vanela, Les and Céline !!! Keep up the good work!

Arthur Hauser

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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On Jan 01, 2018

Gaga, Raymund and I collected these trash in front of the resort. Lines, slippers, plastic wrappers, Styrofoam, plastic bottles to unfinished beers and rum. Its actually oddly satisfying to pulling the lines and finding more rubbish that was buried in the sand. We were happy that we're able to collect these items instead be flown away in the ocean.

Finally, 2017 is over. This 2018 would be a great start to change practices at the shop about the plastic consumption mostly especially with the usage of straws, providing reusable water bottles and water stations. We are finalizing the schedules about the coastal and dive clean up dives too. I hope you can join the campaign!

Let's be more productive in eco-friendly way this year. Aside from the divers that'll be diving with a smile, nature has the right to smile too.

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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On Dec 23, 2017

We have an average of 25 typhoons every year in the Philippines. Somehow, we are trying our best to be resilient and kept our hopes afloat.

I was able to collect 52 slippers and 33 lighters in one walk from the resort to secret corner. I was half a kilometer and clearly, whatever we thrown in the ocean will be thrown right back to us.

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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On Dec 11, 2017

Recently, the resort just organized a pageant/ misogyny. I was representing the dive shop to win the crown. I was challenging since I was also busy doing my Dive Master Course. My time was divided by class and rehearsals, creating my costume themed Goddess of Nature, thinking of a talent and everyone was very excited for us, especially for me since im the first candidate representing Sea Explorers.

The day has come and everyone cheered for the girls. I've never thought that pageantry could be that exciting most especially presenting yourself to people. There was a question and answer portion and I was asked about my ambition "to have meaningful encounters to the planet and its people, then the host said elaborate " and I only answered a few because of the mixed feelings that im experiencing from getting excited and stage fright.

But if I have to answer it again, it would be:

" Meaningful encounters with the planet and its people, this is why Im here in Dauin, im working to be a great scuba instructor in order to teach not only the tourist but most especially the children and the locals. Philippines is a hot spot for tourism and educating them the importance of our ocean could change their minds with over fishing and irresponsible waste management. Im looking forward to divert their minds into protecting the environment while earning from tourism. People come here from all parts of the world because they know that we have the finest beaches, diverse seas and warm hospitable people." :)


As the event ended, I was awarded as Darling of the Crowd (thanks to my fellow divers who screamed their lungs out that gave me the confidence and energy) and Miss Photogenic. (Well, I don't usually wear make up in the office, that might been the trick)

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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On Dec 05, 2017

December 4,2016 was our final dive. Each of the candidates have to guide and lead dive. Our course director Tim instructed us to give problems to fellow candidates. The craziest problems that we could ever give without hurting any marine life. From assisting lost fins, hiding divers, annoying banging of tanks because you want to show something interesting, controlling the group, spotting stuffs and staying close, like, waaaaaaay too close to the dive guides, it was fun and exciting! There were moments where no one is moving at all and you can not even tell if its part of the task, is someone needs a rescue or they are just observing and appreciating the frog fish and the blue spotted sting rays that we saw a long the way! HAHAHA

After our three dives today, we did our snorkeler test! Tim made the craziest mix i ever tasted! my stomach wanted to hurl! The incredible part was after 5 minutes, everyone was drunk! It was an unforgettable experience!

Our course Director was very professional and approachable. He's always open to sharing stories and you can feel that he's very passionate on teaching! Im looking forward that he'll still be my course director on our IDC!

Finally, Sea Explorers really helped me out to reach my goal this year!!! Hard work pays off! Thank you Universe! One more step to be an Instructor. Hopes are up!

Let me be your dive guide when you come visit Philippines especially with Sea Explorers!


Meet our batch! (Left to right)

Celine from Switzerland, yours truly, Tim Bradley & Yaneil!

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Update posted by Vanela Grace Torres On Nov 26, 2017

Dive Master course is the introduction to become a dive professional. Most of the people I talked to wanted their IDC right after the dive master course. That is why I wanted to do it as soon as possible as the theories are fresh in the brain cells.

We are three in the class, Celine who's from Switzerland, Niel who's also my co employee and Tim Bradley, our course director. With Gopro with a smile, its rest assure that all the things that we need are being taught.

We will be able to finish the course on the first of the December and we are planning to do the snorkeler test right after the pageant of our Christmas Party. Im a candidate with for the pageant, the first representative of the dive shop, its part of the job. Wish me luck. Winning and graduating would be nice. ;)

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Keep up the positive attitude, and keep working towards your goals!

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Dear Vanela, it is a hugh pleasure to help you and we, me and Chris, wish you all the best for your future.

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I wish you well in what you do and with your friendly nature I am sure that you have a great future.

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