Woke at 7:30, as my first dive was at 8:30. Four of us were diving, and I buddied up with a German woman called Constina. The dive site eas very close to shore, with a maximum depth of 25m, so it was an easy first dive back for me after a year out of the water. My last dive was on Bunaken Island. the dive at Apo was nice, the corals were beautiful, but visiblilty was poor. I realized on the 2 dives I took that I’m more of a big-fish diver. Nudibranches and tiny crabs just don’t rock my boat. I watched the sunset, even more beautiful than last night’s due to some cloud. I had a simple fish curry washed down with a San Miguel.
Later in the evening, I walked outside my room and into the bar next door. The sounds of a guitar and much merryment drew me out. I got talking to the nice couple i met on today’s dives; they were freindly, and we had a nice chat. Soon enough, i was drawn to Jonny’s guitar. He’s been playing songs ranging from Guns+Roses to the Beatles all night. He had a good voice, and was handy on the guitar. As you would be living on a tiny island with nothing else to do. I borrowed his guitar and belted out my speciality: U2’s One. An evening of much joviality then began, with Jonny and I swappin the guitar and the tunes back and forth to the appreciative ears of the barstaff. the highlight of the evening was when everybody sang the song ‘Apo Island’, a beautiful, simple song about the beauty of the island, its people, its sunsets, and its corals. Somehow, it touched me, and i felt glad to be here and to be witness to these proud, happy, simple people having fun. To think people grow up having never left Apo. Such different, simple, stress-free lives they lead. I was most impressed.