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My Weekend

What people do, why and where As told to sharon cheah
Dec 3, 2016 5:50 AM


Consultant for a legal firm

"As much as I can, I'll be off to dive during the weekends. Cebu is close by, easily accessible, dive sites generally have good visibility, and they have accommodation that suits all budgets. Silkair and Cebu Pacific both have daily flights.

Cebu is protected by surrounding islands which makes diving available around the year. I can be in my dive gear and in the water within one hour of landing. I usually do about three dives per day, sometimes four dives, so the pricing in Cebu really helps.

I started diving in my 20s when I used to go to Tioman. Then work and family life took over and diving was suspended. Now that the kids are grown, there is more "me" time and I am back to my diving.

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Diving is so much about nature. Being away from your iPad and Internet. It is totally relaxing. It is watching National Geographic without the TV.

I always dive with @DecoStopCebu (on Facebook). They offer a bespoke and personalised diving service. I just have to jump into the water. This is why I prefer to dive in Philippines and Indonesia. In Mexico and Iceland, they told me to carry the (very heavy) tank!

The Korean food is also great in Cebu. You can take me out of Singapore, but you cannot take the Singaporean out of me - I always pack my chocolate and nuts, and yes, sometimes bak kwa, when I go diving.

If you can only do one dive there, Malapascua in Cebu is a must and it's listed as one of the top dive sites in the world. I've dived twice to see the world famous thresher sharks. Nothing compares to a majestic thresher gliding past you, plus it's especially comforting when you know they only eat sardines."