sorry i havent posted a lot but I have been busy adjusting to life in southern mindanao (in the municipality of malalag if you know where that is). it's been great and, since i don't have a car, my photography has been on shorted 'leash' than usual, but I found a new outlet (and you'll have to excuse that I'm using a Canon G-12...at least for now to explore that new outlet). I met another american when i was at Phils Immigration extending my visa. He is a partner in the ownership of the biggest dive shop on the Santa Ana Wharf in Davao City (second largest city here...a little over a million people). Long story short I now have my "open water" scuba certification and the Advanced Adventure Diver certifiBtwcation (a step towards "advanced open water certification) as well. Btw, diving is dirt cheap here (less than $20 for two tanks of air and about a six hour round trip boat ride out into the 85F davao gulf). It may not be the clearest water in the world, but 80 to 100 ft visibility is common. I'll try to post a pic of two here (go easy folks, I have about 5 dives experience with the little canon so far).