I am a son of Poseidon.
Well, not literally.
For years, when my dislike for sunburns resulted from a week long of fever after a day out in the sun, I kind of avoided the sea, which used to be my playground. For a decade or so, I kept the raging sea-son inside me chained, until last week.
YES. I jumped on the shark, and it feels amazing!
I blogged last January of my plans to visit the whale sharks in Oslob Cebu; this is the dream coming true, people! My team and I booked a visit to the gentle creatures last Sunday and what I liked about the place, even with lots of cars and people everywhere, is its laid back atmosphere. The type where you can just chillax and be yourself.
Shark Encounter 101
After a brief briefing (with the lady not caring if some of us, I to be specific, couldn't follow her in Cebuano), we put on our lifejacket and smiled our excitement to the cameras. The little boat, while decent, does not have a cover, so you'd better bring an umbrella to avoid the painful sunburn.
You can't put on your sun block as it will poison the only thing that gives livelihood and tourism to the people of Oslob. You're not that cruel, right? To avoid the sun, wear a light round hat. For boys, put on your long sleeved shirts or rush guards. For girls, cover your hides with a towel.
We paddled our way to the shore. I want to scream or something just to let out all the emotions building up in my chest, but I couldn't. I need to respect the people in my boat. When I saw the dorsal fin emerging subtlety on the water's surface, I screamed.