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Belize-Snorkeling-Silk Cayes

So today was our last full day in Belize and we went snorkeling again. When I woke up my sunburn on my arms felt better and it wasn’t really red but the back of my thighs hurt like crazy! It was such a weird sunburn, none of it is very red. Maybe the medication I’m taking for Malaria prevention is making me sensitive to sun.

We were able to eat breakfast because Splash Diving wasn’t picking us up until 8. They had even called to see if we wanted to cancel because it was going to be rainy off and on. I’m so glad we didn’t cancel. The guy who picked us up was really cool. We talked to him a bit and found out he used to live in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

I thought the dive shop was a lot better looking than Avadon’s. It seemed newer and bigger. The boat we took today was much smaller though. The seats were a lot more comfortable though. The group we went with was also smaller, probably because of the weather. There were only 2 divers and 3 other snorkelers besides us. Everyone was from Spain also.

The weather was very stormy looking while we on the boat ride there. When we got to the island it was clearing up a little but still pretty overcast. This made me happy though because I didn’t know how much more sun I could take. The island was like nothing I’ve ever seen in real life. It was very small, like maybe 100 feet long…it was very picturesque. White sand, palm trees, a few picnic tables, one grill and one bathroom. That’s all.

We saw a lemon shark in the water off the shore immediately when we got off the boat. That was so cool. I love sharks but have only seen them on TV or in the aquarium. We got ready for our first snorkel of the day with our guide Brian. We saw a lot of sea life. Tons of different kinds of coral and fish, a lot more than the day before. We saw one sting ray that was pretty cool looking. It was light brown with black spots. We also saw little squid that looked like cuttlefish. We even saw jellyfish that didn’t sting and we could hold them in our hands.

Then we got out and I was applying sunscreen like crazy. The sun was hurting me so I was also trying to stay covered up. While we were waiting for lunch to be made Don got in the water and tried to get a picture of the lemon shark that kept coming close to shore. He never got a good shot though, but all throughout lunch we could see the shark. That was very cool. Lunch was bbq chicken, cole slaw, augratin potatoes and watermelon. It was much better than the lunch Avadon served us the day before.

We saw a bunch of the cutest hermit crabs on the island. I love hermit crabs! We stayed on shore for about an hour and then we got back in for our second snorkel. We saw more fish, but the highlight of the snorkel was seeing a nurse shark. It was so fast so we chased it for awhile. Finally we got close and it turned around. It was coming right at me from about 8 feet below. I got a picture of it. I thought I was taking a video of it swimming below me. It would have been such a cool video…but I guess in the excitement of it all I didn’t hit the record button. So then we went back to shore so we could get back on the boat.

We took the boat out a little ways to where another boat was throwing bait into the sea to attract turtles, rays, and sharks. When I jumped in the water I couldn’t believe what I saw! A huge sea turtle right next to me and about 8 nurse sharks all around. I was so excited! It was the coolest thing I have ever seen or done. When I went to the other side of the boat I could see there were about 4 sea turtles, 6 rays and maybe about a dozen nurse sharks total. We took a bunch of videos and pictures. It was amazing. The rays were giant. They were mostly Spotted Eagle Rays, there was a gray one there also that I didn’t catch the name of. We swam right next to the turtles and over the sharks. One of the coolest days ever!

When we got back we prepared for our last dinner in Belize. We couldn’t decide where to go but eventually decided on Mangos. We walked the beach there. I got a cheeseburger, it was very good. Don got the fried chicken and rice. It was a much better experience than last time at Mangos because there were hardly any fries. I love the waitress at Mangos she was so nice and cool. We decided to walk the beach back, it was pitch black. So Don used his flashlight on his phone. I have to admit it was a bit scary not knowing where you were putting your feet. We saw a ton of crabs! It was pretty cool. And there were so many stars in the sky. I’m glad we took the beach walk back to the hotel even though I was a little scared. It was a good end to our vacation.

Getting our Scuba certification. Open water diving!

Andi and Don’s PADI Open Water Scuba Certification Dive

Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL, July 2012

Yup so we got our scuba certifications. Pretty awesome. This is us on our final certification dive at Haigh Quarry in Kankakee Illinois. We went with Scuba Systems Skokie IL. We recommend using them. Message us if you want some info.

My Interview with my Grandfather, Part 2

This is part 2 of my interview with my grandfather, Bonifacio Silvano Arzadon Sr. For part 1 Click Here,

In part 1 we briefly talked about my Grandfather’s service in the military during World War 2. Towards the end of the war my grandfather had been placed in a Japanese concentration camp. He experienced several hardships during this time. When he was finally released from the camp he and his comrades were processed by The Department of Social Work. Call it fate, destiny, or just following the path that God laid out for him. After all he had been through with the war, the woman that was to take down his information and process him along with the other prisoners of war turned out to be the love of his life. My grandmother. He says it was “love at first sight”. In part 2 we discuss his courtship and marriage. Along with his career/employment following the war.


A quote from my cousin RJ:
“You’ve always been there when we needed you…you gave us advice and tried to show us the better path to live our lives…you never showed weakness until the end…

A role model and a hero…

You will forever be missed and always be loved Lolo…!!!”

Bonifacio Silvano Arzadon Sr. – June 5th 1916 – April 3rd 2012.

My Interview with my Grandfather, Part 1

In June of 2010 my family on my mother’s side had a family reunion in the Philippines. The reunion was to celebrate my grandfather’s 94th birthday. When my grandfather and I had some down time together I decided to sit down with him and record an interview with him. For the first time ever, I learned things about my grandparents that I never knew. Though the entire session only lasted about an hour and a half, it is something that I will keep and remember forever. I only wish I could have done more.

On April 3rd, 2012 my grandfather passed away. As I write this it is only 9 days since his passing. I miss him terribly as everyone in my family does. My grandfather was a leader, a patriarch, the paterfamilias of his family. Some of my cousins called him the General. Things didn’t happen unless my grandfather made the decision to make them happen.

A quote from my cousin RJ:
“You’ve always been there when we needed you…you gave us advice and tried to show us the better path to live our lives…you never showed weakness until the end…

A role model and a hero…

You will forever be missed and always be loved Lolo…!!!”

Bonifacio Silvano Arzadon Sr. – June 5th 1916 – April 3rd 2012.

(The above video is part 1 of what I believe will be a 3 part video. I will try to get the other parts edited and uploaded soon)

Woo Hoo Episode 1 of the Amontillado Group

Alright! Finally got some videos uploaded. One of many!

This first Episode of the Amontillado Group is about online dating. It’s about a 30 minute conversation. Figure this is a good amount of time for these. Hopefully these videos aren’t that bad; it’s a learning experience right? Gotta start somewhere.

Amontillado Group, for those that do not know, is simply the name that Valmonuni and I came up with to represent ourselves. There’s a bit of back story behind the name, but that’s not too important.

So yeah, hopefully this will turn into an ongoing thing. And maybe just maybe people will like it and watch more of it.

Oh well.


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3