Maldives: Adventure Trip

Day 3 – Adventure Trip

Day 3 is no different from the past 2 days. The only thing is that we don’t stand by in an island; instead we are offshore 80% of the trip. They call it Adventure trip because it allows you to do snorkeling, jumping from the 3-storey boat, and dolphin watching + a short stop over at Himmafushi Island where you find the cheapest souvenir shops in the island compared to the shops in the capital.
We started at the same time at 10 am and road a small boat to our Tourist/Adventure 3-storey boat. Stayed on the 3rd floor and went our way to the middle of the sea. Seeing different islands around with a bluer sea because this time it is sunny makes me feel blessed to actually see Maldives in its best form. Right in the middle of the sea we stopped and did snorkeling, more fishes and corals, beautiful under water scene.
Snorkeling was fun, we had new comers who are doing their first day with us in this trip, 3 couples who are unlikely adventurous; Shirley spent much time to teach them snorkeling.  Kokobear jumps his way from the 3rdfloor – but as for me since the current is too strong, I just go directly to the sea.
Dolphin show was on when in fact we didn’t expect for it anymore because we spent much time in the Himmafushi and were amazed with all the souvenirs. But we’re too blessed to see the dolphins even if a rain is coming. There were a lot! Our tour guide & boat crew even said that for the longest time they have not seen this number of dolphins considering the weather.
Going back was a rough sea, from afar we can see Hulhumale with a big black cloud ready to give in any time. We were happy and we enjoyed the day. A sumptuous lunch, not as expensive as the past 2 days in a 5* hotel but the chef was good! Tried coconut, coffee and some Maldivian delicacy made of flower.


————— This package is for 110$ per person ————

Dinner? Well we had grilled fish and a very good spicy vinegar + soy sauce! Happy tummy again!



Today is a long day, OT and a very loaded, stressful week for me. After work I headed to a restaurant to fill my hunger tummy and regenerate energy. Taxi was rare, I waited for some time – some overtake and took the cab which should be mine. But I stay calm and finally it arrived.

Me: Hamdan boss

Driver: Where exactly…

I gave the location but he didn’t know. So I asked:

Me: Are you new?
Driver: Yes. Yes in Abu Dhabi but not in the UAE.

So I told him to drive to Hamdan & I will teach him where the location is. In a minute; he noticed that I was blank – gazing from afar without anything on my head. He asked:

Driver: Madam, how are you? How’s work?

Me: I’m Okay, work — is … hmmm not ok (bluntly said that because I was really tired)

Driver : Ohhh, madam! Work should be good! It is the source of our life, especially financial aspect.

Me: But not at all times, work is good if you don’t work like a carabao, when you work for 3-4 people on your shoulder. (Sigh!)

Driver: But Madam, just think that it is a challenge from God. It is actually an opportunity to test your patience. It is making you strong… (I was intently listening & felt a pang on my heart!)  To make you realize that you can do more than what you think you can. In the end you will succeed.

I was out of word, I totally agreed to everything He said. All I did was nod and say yes.
When we arrived at the location, we were talking about another topic related to faith & religion, but it was cut short…  While I was waiting for my food – I can’t control the emotion inside me and got teary-eyed. It’s a wake-up call!  

On my head: Oh God! You always have your way to remind me about how blessed I am; and you even use simple people to knock on my head and heart.


It is actually a blessing and I thank the Lord for that!

Trivia – The driver is from Nigeria & his name is FrobicherSsegomja (maybe you get a chance to ride with him, tell him thank you! He was used by God!) – 14 October 2015

FIBA 3×3 World Tour (in Abu Dhabi)

FIBA 3×3 Wolrd Tour 2015

It’s a date! Early this week Koko and I have set this day for a basketball game date! J See the photos below…








































We never expect that the venue will be full packed; while we were still on the taxi my hopes went low seeing a lot of people outside. We toured around looking for a space but none. We almost gave up, until I realized that at one side where they displayed the car has a chance…

The crowd was almost all Filipinos, I would say 90% of it! Well, thats how much we love the game! I just though the venue is too small, because there are still a lot of people outside, hoping to have a glimpse of the game. I was hoping a big screen outside can be set up for those who are not able to watch it inside.
Koko and I pressed to the crowd, patiently waiting for some people to give up and go out from their post… and yes, some did!!! We worked our self up, still pressing to the crowd until we landed in the first bench and got a better view of the games. We’ve waited more than an hour until 9:30+ when Manila North comprising Troy Rosario, Karl Dehesa, Vic “Muscle Man” Manuel and Calvin “The Beast” Abueva played against Slovenia, they lost 21-17. The crowd got disappointed; some left early, others got their chance. We stayed in the same location but in a more comfy seat. The hosts tried to convince the crowd by announcing that Manila North has yet another game at 11 pm. Break time had Dunking Devils dunk show and some show girls dancing… the second Pinoy crowd is a bit low in energy not like the first game where everyone were standing and shouting, and cheering.
Slam Dunk competition was also held, The Beast, Calvin Abueva was one of the contender, but he missed his first round chance and eventually lost to the other player.

Game 2 was against Qatar, fun and physical game, this time Pinas won with a score of 16 – 14. This makes them 1 loss – 1 win for the semifinal run today, 16 Oct. 2015. For those who are interested to watch, try to be early to reserve your seat! Show time starts at 6 pm. 

Over-all I enjoyed the experience, I thank Abu Dhabi Sports for bringing in this game and makes the Filipino people show how well-loved the sports is! Way to go Basketball fans! 

#Fiba3x3WT #InAbuDhabi #TeamManilaNorth #TroyVicKarlCalvin 

Maldives: Chaya

Maldives Day 2 is another cloudy day – not sunny but cloudy, based on the weather forecast another rain is about to come at around 4:00 pm. Meeting place at Eve’s once again, then headed to another Ferry site going to Chaya Island. This time we have a 12-seater speed boat! We had a bumpy & fun ride as the speed boat maneuver into the sea jumping/leaping into big waves. I can hear my tourist-mate enjoying the ride… with Ohhhh~~~ woooow~~~ Oppsss… water splashing in and out! It took us 15-20 minutes to land Chaya’s dock. We were greeted with a very nice view – a pre-entrance view and a few walk to the concierge.
Briefing done, went to the PADI Diving shop to rent our fins/floaters/mask etc. Then by pair we went our way to whichever part we would want to visit in this lovely island. Popular in many Maldivian island is a water bungalow or villas. So Kokobear and I first headed to that area and enjoyed the open sea and its view. Picture here, picture there, picture everywhere! Of course we’ve done Chaya 360 which will soon be featured in the video that Koko and I are creating.
Lunch was ready at 12:30 – this time, they are not ready –instead you have to ask the chef to cook for you! Salads, sweets, pasta, bundles of bread, burger, and a steak! I had a blast. Forgotten any word that says diet! Hehehe
Time to dip down the water! You would never believe what we’ve seen just few meters away from the beach front! A school of fish!!! Orange fishes and the like! Shirley gave us some bread and headed to that are which is definitely as snorkeling haven! Sadly go-pro’s memory went full! But we realize that those encounters with such big number of fishes were meant to be felt and not just seen – that means try to take this trip too! I think the island was bigger than bandos, it has 2 sides of water villas and we conquer just one side. The beach was a bit rocky but for me it’s a good resort for families. We’ve seen in-house guests couples & family & we even saw 2 sets of wedding, I mean groom & bride who were doing their shoots.
After snorkeling, we have few more minutes to chill and stayed into the water. Looking from the horizon and relaxed.
This time, I start to feel the sun-burned on my skin.

Before the imminent rain – we made our way with the speed boat and reach Hulhumale in no time. Tired but still with so much energy!

* * * * * * * * * * * This package is at 100 $ per person * * * * * * * * * *
Dinner this time is from Airport Beach Hotel, Finally we found the Pinoy chef! For only 25$ we had a sumptuous, really happy tummy dinner of a rice & a fresh fish sinigang! Ohhh my! While writing I can still savour it! 🙂 Worth its price indeed!
Blog post by : JM Kayne

IELTS Speaking Test

It was scheduled 1 day before the other 3 modules (Reading, Writing & Listening).

11 Sept 2015
JM– @ 10:40 pm (Koko – @ 1:00 pm)
Syscom College, Airport Road
First small paper (white) is the small sheet given for my room assignment for the IELTS Speaking interview.
The yellow slip below is the one on my table during my Listening, Reading & writing test – the next day.

The Experience:

I came on time & the cue for registration was short. Syscom College managed it well. They requested for my passport and Emirates ID took a photo and scanned my index finger 4 times. The whole bag was kept in one corner; you are not allowed to bring anything except yourself, a small room assignment sheet & your Emirates ID. Watches of all kind, big and obvious accessories are being taken out.
So I enter into a small cubicle, around 2.5 by 3 meters. I found a table, 2 chairs; 1 for the interviewer and 1 for me. A regular greeting “good morning” and I see him sipping his coffee with 2 biscuits on the table. He asked me to take a sit and confirm my registration number and name. At that moment alone, I feel that the test is “mechanical”. I say mechanical because the normal life conversation seemed not to exist. It’s like timed conversation. So he played the recorder and introduced himself. His name was Michael B – (can’t get the exact family name) and his examiner number. He also mentioned my details and the time and location of the test.
Intro, so he started the basic questions:
Part 1
·          What is your name
·          Where are you from
·          Do you work or Study? Tell me more about your job.
Part 2
He gave the instructions: that 1 minute is given to prepare, he gave me a pencil & a paper to write key words. And he gave the questionnaire.
My Question: “What childhood indoor games did you play and enjoy”
Kokobear’s Q: I don’t; know the exact question, but it was about Tourism.
So I prepared. Although I find the question easy I struggle to think of the games. I thought of jackstone and inside the house “hides and seeks”.
1 minute is up!
He asked me to start… I tried my best to stretch my sentences but I guess I didn’t have enough – inside me was a struggle I was trying to overcome. Although at first I find the examiner a bit stiff, but I can see him moving his hand like telling me to “go on, continue speaking, try more”… I feel sad! Personally, although the topic was easy, I thought that I took it for granted. Didn’t have enough vocabularies to add, maybe because I thought of it for granted.
Part 3
While I struggle and compose myself discreetly, I found my senses back on track when he started making follow up questions. Some of those I remember are:
·         When you talk about competition, do you think it is a good one?
·         Are you completive? Additional follow up questions related to my personal work…
·   You mentioned about IPad and IPhone – what do you think is its effects to today’s children?
·         What is the negativity of today’s technology?
·         How do you think it affects the children’s behavior?
For Part 3 – I think I nailed it! Hehehe
He closed by saying “This is the end of the test. Thank you.”
I said thank you and he turned off the recorder.
And that’s it. He didn’t say good bye or anything… I stood up and go directly to the door, tried to make a quick convo asking him if I should keep the door open…
Just close it, he replied.
I went back to the registration, took my bag and the staff said, thanks and bye. Pretty mechanical isn’t it?!?
Have you taken this test? How did it go? Share it on the comment below 🙂
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2017 | 2 Years Later | 06 Oct 2017

We have to retake for an updated score. Scheduled on a Friday; Koko and I are assgined to the same location: Al Ain University of Sciencce & Technology – Abu Dhabi Campus.

Kokobear @ 10:30 AM

Mine @ 3:10 PM

My question was about someone I know whom I think he/she knows a lot of things. Somehow I was able to expand my 2 minute talk and so I talked over the limit time, after that the 2 way conversation went pretty smooth… I have to say though that I missed the words credible and reliable as I describe news, internet, blogger and information platform… But still I am hopeful I got a better score.

#IELTSTest2017 #IELTSSpeakingTestExperience #BritishCouncilUAE #BCAbuDhabi