Category Archives: The Philippines

Journey to Mactan

To learn more about the emerging market diving community of Korea, Jula and I traveled to Mactan, AKA the little Korea of the Philippines. The SCUBA School International (SSI) office for Region VII – central Visayas hosted us, offering to … Continue reading

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Blue-Ringed Octopus

Days off as a ZEP means more diving of course! I suppose you don’t usually dedicate eight weeks to marine conservation if you’re not obsessed with the ocean and underwater world. And yet, after four weeks of placement in Panglao, … Continue reading

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Panglao at Dusk

This first week and a half of Green Fins volunteer placement has flown by in a whirlwind of meetings, greetings, assessments, training, letdowns, and feel good moments. All in all, you know you’ve made the right life choices when you … Continue reading

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Gecko Song

The rhythmic rocking of the hammock lulls me to sleep as I contemplate these last two weeks. The gecko sings. It’s a song that is ever present at Marine Conservation Philippines, set atop a hill in Antulang, Negros Oriental far … Continue reading

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How to build successful stakeholder relationships – Secrets to success

At rather a young age, as a shy and awkward preteen, I read a book called ‘How to talk to anyone.’ It was aimed at adults, obviously, but I learnt things reading that book that I still use today. Developing … Continue reading

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Marine Monitoring: Basing conservation on reliable science

“if [the science] is difficult to understand or contains errors/loopholes eventually someone will be unable to replicate your success or will find that error and everything the conservation is based on will crumble.” Continue reading

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Moving on…

It’s hard to believe it has been seven months already since I left Puerto Galera at the end of my Zoox Experience Programme – with lovely memories and a renewed sense of direction. The nine weeks working and living the … Continue reading

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Five reasons why we love the Philippines

As many of you know, we run the majority of our courses on a few of the 7,107 (at high tide) islands of the Philippines. SE Asia is home to many beautiful countries and diverse cultures, but this archipelago holds a … Continue reading

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Sleepless in Beijing

As I sit here in Beijing Airport waiting for my final flight to take me to rainy Heathrow, my head can’t decide whether I’m coming or going. My body, especially my knees, is just happy to be out of the … Continue reading

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Final Week in Panglao… Where did the time go!!!

So I start my blog for the last time looking back at how far I have come in just over eight weeks, having been introduced to the ZEP and the Green fins initiative back at our original base of Marine … Continue reading

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