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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I first learned to swim from my dad as a kid .....
    My wife can't swim at all.....it always made me wonder, "You grew up on an island, but you can't swim?"

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    ^Csffan's wife is a Filipina and I assume she's Christian.

    As mentioned by others, the inability of most Filipinos to swim is due to lack of access to swimming pools/lessons and poverty. Not everyone lives near the sea or bodies of water, and not everyone has parents who have the time, inclination or skill to reach their kids to swim. Some parents were too busy earning a living - either within the country or abroad. I had many classmates whose parents were in Saudi or Middle East (we were the Saudi generation). I was somehow lucky that I grew up in a town with swimming pools (some small towns don't), and was admitted to a high school with swim classes. Many of my friends and colleagues now can't swim.

    Thanks to snubby & switch for sharing your stories.
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    Back to the pics...

    Sunset Beach, lunch venue for Day 2
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    thanks to anyone who will repost the pics!

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    Lunch for Day 2

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    ^After lunch, we swam a bit and took pics. I saw this lil girl having tantrums - prolly wanted to stay more in the water but parents said that they had to go.

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    Onward to the next destination - Sunken Skeleton Ship (SSS). Accdg to the guide, there's an old Chinese ship which sank there.

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    ^the area with many ppl - that's where the sunken ship was. We snorkelled around this area and I was a bit saddened to see the effects of human-induced climate change - some of the corals were bleached.

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    Last destination for Day 2: Twin Lagoon. The first lagoon is where boats dock. The 2nd lagoon, you'll have to climb some stairs to reach it. An alternative was to swim/dive under the rocks, since it was high tide. According to a friend who swam under, it was a short dive, 2-3 meters.

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    thanks to anyone who will repost the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Back to the pics...

    Sunset Beach, lunch venue for Day 2




    thanks to anyone who will repost the pics!
    Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Lunch for Day 2





    ^After lunch, we swam a bit and took pics. I saw this lil girl having tantrums - prolly wanted to stay more in the water but parents said that they had to go.
    These are broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Onward to the next destination - Sunken Skeleton Ship (SSS). Accdg to the guide, there's an old Chinese ship which sank there.





    ^the area with many ppl - that's where the sunken ship was. We snorkelled around this area and I was a bit saddened to see the effects of human-induced climate change - some of the corals were bleached.
    Yes coral is dying all over the pacific sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Last destination for Day 2: Twin Lagoon. The first lagoon is where boats dock. The 2nd lagoon, you'll have to climb some stairs to reach it. An alternative was to swim/dive under the rocks, since it was high tide. According to a friend who swam under, it was a short dive, 2-3 meters.





    thanks to anyone who will repost the pics.
    Love it!

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    Damn that looks nice. If only it could be free of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    My wife can't swim at all.....it always made me wonder, "You grew up on an island, but you can't swim?"
    I think much of it, other than what Katie has pointed out, comes from "white is good, dark means poor" sun aversion. Flippers hate going out in the sun for fear of getting darker, which happens very quickly. We have a beautiful, Olympic pool here in the complex. Empty until the sun starts going down - I am often the ony person there during the day. I took the twins there for swimming lessons when they were young - a hour or two with goggles on and they'd look like raccoons for a day or two. Around 5:30, folks start to appear on the streets here - walking dogs, visiting - streets are empty during the day other than maids. My wife and kids can swim, but going to the pool just isn't on their list.

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    My GF could swim when we met, but not very well.

    We have a 25 metre pool here in our condo, so we swim lunch time 4 days per week (pool is closed for cleaning on Monday, and just too many kids on Saturday & Sunday)

    She has improved immensely over the last couple of months.
    As well as asking me for advice, she also watches a lot of YouTube videos that demonstrate stroke improvement.

    depending on how much time we have, I swim somewhere between 20 and 50 laps usually and she'll do between 15 & 30.

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    ^Interesting. I have never seen a Filipino swimming laps.

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    ^that's kinda limiting, Davis. I have some friends who swim laps, and my sis and I do too, when we're in a pool.

    Re: the aversion to darker skin, yes I agree. I have many friends and colleagues who don't want to get dark. So they put lots of sunblock or wear long sleeved shirts or swimming attire.

    When I was younger, I used to be bothered by my brown skin - everyone wanted to be light skinned. I even used papaya soaps to lighten my skin for a time. I learned to love myself and my skin, when I lived in farangland and my friends admired my skin because I got tanned easily.

    Now I'm a bit darker than before because of the Coron trip, but I don't care. I have more melanin and it's protection against the sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post

    ^that's kinda limiting, Davis. I have some friends who swim laps, and my sis and I do too, when we're in a pool.

    Wasn't meant to be, Katie. I've just never seen it here other than during the kids' summer swimming school lessons.

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    The funny thing is that in America women spend a fortune to go to the tanning salon to get the skin tone that flippers have naturally. Funny how it is reversed there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    The funny thing is that in America women spend a fortune to go to the tanning salon to get the skin tone that flippers have naturally. Funny how it is reversed there.
    There, the time and money to obtain a good tan generally means a certain amount of money and leisure time. Here, dark skin means the opposite.

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    ^ Ya I got that. But I tend to think that most of the women who frequent the tanning salons are more shallow and less intelligent in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    ^ Ya I got that. But I tend to think that most of the women who frequent the tanning salons are more shallow and less intelligent in general.
    Wouldn't know......never seen a tanning salon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Interesting. I have never seen a Filipino swimming laps.
    Quite a few of the Filipinos that I work with are very fit, competing in both Triathlons and the recent Philippines Ironman competition.
    Thats way more laps in training than I do.

    Many of the others swim as part of keeping fit, without the competitions.

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    ^Might just be the demographics of my 300+ home development.....lot of older, retired folks.

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