#23 All Time Favorite Post- A Risk Worth Taking

Revisited… 

I was so nervous, I thought, I’m not gonna make it alive!

Scuba Diving in depths of the ocean

I like to learn new skill and somehow I like to see the world under water so I thought scuba diving would be very interesting. I enrolled in the Open Sea Course even I am not a good swimmer. I’m only good at floating. Hahaha.

I was glad I did it! I was able to enjoy the world under the sea!

It’s worth taking!

February, 2009, Red Sea

Open Sea Dive, October 2008

Open sea dive, June 2008, during the course training

Well, I am looking forward to dive again in the future.  The last time I did it was last April of 2010 and I was already halfway down when I signaled my buddy that I wanted to come up already.  I just didn’t feel right to go for it.  I felt something it was not good that I have to trust my gut about it.  I nearly panicked, I got blocked out I did not even know which button I would push so that I could start my way up!  Thank God my buddy was quick enough to understand me, he pushed the button for me.  Good Lord I reached the shore safe. Hahahaha

But the next time I will dive, I make sure I know that I can really swim, I mean really know how to swim and not just float…  hahaha 🙂

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A Risk Worth Taking

I was so nervous, I thought, I’m not gonna make it alive!

Scuba Diving in depths of the ocean

I like to learn new skill and somehow I like to see the world under water so I thought scuba diving would be very interesting. I enrolled in the Open Sea Course even I am not a good swimmer. I’m only good at floating. Hahaha.

I was glad I did it! I was able to enjoy the world under the sea!

It’s worth taking!

February, 2009, Red Sea

Open Sea Dive, October 2008

Open sea dive, June 2008, during the course training

Well, I am looking forward to dive again in the future.  The last time I did it was last April of 2010 and I was already halfway down when I signaled my buddy that I wanted to come up already.  I just didn’t feel right to go for it.  I felt something it was not good that I have to trust my gut about it.  I nearly panicked, I got blocked out I did not even know which button I would push so that I could start my way up!  Thank God my buddy was quick enough to understand me, he pushed the button for me.  Good Lord I reached the shore safe. Hahahaha

But the next time I will dive, I make sure I know that I can really swim, I mean really know how to swim and not just float…  hahaha 🙂

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Jeddah is a nice city where you can meet a lot of nice people too!

A Beautiful Sunset View In Jeddah

In this Private beach, you see a lot of foreigners from different countries, like Canada, France, Norway, Italy, Australia, Japan, Philippines. All are enjoying the privilege to swim freely and have fun.

Private beach in Jeddah where you can freely swim and scuba dive!

I work as an Orthodontist and live in the City of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for about almost 4 years now. I would never have thought to coming here at all, to think that I got my Residency Research Fellowship at the USIID in N.Y. 

This photo was taken sometimes November of 1996 at Dr. Weiss' Tower Dental suite 69/F of The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York City. My colleague took this shot to capture the sunset with the Empire Tower and me by the window. It was amazing shot! You can spot my dental chair though reflected on my glass window... hahahaha... anyway we can understand that he is a tooth doctor like me and not a professional photographer, right? Right! Thank you 🙂

So everyone usually ask me why not I stayed in the US

Good thing I had this chance to have this pose with The Twin Towers as my background, 1996, five years before the September 11 Attacks.

 instead of coming to Jeddah?

Every time I go in public I must wear my black uniform known as "abaya". I asked my dental nurse to take this shot while posing like I was picking up the Mosque. Then after a few minutes a Saudi lady came to ask us to show her the photo we just took because she got so curious what we were doing. I asked my nurse who is a Muslim, "did we do something bad, is she gonna report us or something?" Then we showed her the shots we took. And she was happy and amazed how we came up with that idea like we're holding the mosque tower. Hahahaha... funny.

Well it was a long story. But for sure it’s all about the package they offered to me so I took the job.
Anyways I get to visit my birth country Philippines

The Hundred Islands, Philippines, Alaminus Pangasinan

and Paris

Eiffel Tower at Night, Paris France

every 6 months and spend my holidays with my love ones.

With my kids

with my French family...

So far I am already adjusted to it at the moment but it won’t be forever though, hehehehe because I look forward to live in France for good.

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