I hope each and everyone´s fine! I have embarked into a three week hiatus to see my family, relatives and friends in the Philippines. The weekend before I left, I spent the afternoon with my weed girls, defoliating, cutting, watering and feeding them with nutrients.
They were all good looking green leaves and plants so I am happy to see them healthy at least.
Had been a hot afternoon that day that I decided to have a cold Apple cider wine and puffed a J out of 420 Haze for the last time before leaving home.
I gave hubby instructions on how to water and feed them ( I had to excuse him , he´s not a gardener!!!) and my thoughts were always...."what if". Well, I thought to take the risk and let it be.
And so I went ..... and my vacay started!
In my last post, I have mentioned my intention of snorkeling to see the whalesharks. The area is in Oslob, Cebu, a three-hour ride from Cebu City by bus or by car. My family comes from Cebu City, I was born there but my family moved to Manila when I was a baby. I finally got to see my relatives after some years of separation.
Watching/Swimming With WhaleSharks called Butanding
The creatures I am talking about here are harmless big fishes called Butanding (whalesharks) ..they come to Oslob daily when the feeding begins at . 6:00 - 11:00 AM. They are free to swim and are not held captive. So when boats and people (tourists) come, it means food for them. There is no guarantee that the fishes would come during these feeding time... in some occasions the fishes might be somewhere else and tourists might not find their luck to see them.
They are being fed with shrimps. Funnily, they prefer to eat those shrimps more than fishes....the water in the area where tourists get to dip or swim to see the sharks stinks. One needs to make a shower, otherwise the stink stays on the skin and hair.
There are rules to follow when you dip, dive or swim in Oslob with the whales. These creatures are well protected by the philippine animal protection law and by no means be touched. If you do and get caught, a huge penalty and long imprisonment awaits those abusive ones.
Feeding time Source
Some say that this is animal abuse because these fishes are becoming dependent on the daily feeds and they do not tend to hunt for their own food anymore. The vicinities in and around Oslob are healthy and marine biologists are on the go and see to it that tourist abide by the rules. Even the use of cameras with flash are prohibited.
Post Drafted On Air
This post had been drafted on board the plane to Doha but am just posting it today as I feel better from the colds I suffered due to intercontinental changing climates. As I was chatting with hubby over the phone, he said that my girls grew so tall and even growing past my shoulders already.... and so I got more excited to see them in reality and he didn´t fail me with those infos.