Diving deep when it’s wet outside

first_imgThe magical kelp forest exhibit at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium. Image: Two Oceans Aquarium By Lorraine Kearney11 June 2014The cold and wet weather has finally settled over the peninsula, and Capetonians have bedded down for their annual hibernation. In summer, the days are gloriously long, and families eat dinner after eight, children stay up til after nine – because the sun hasn’t set yet.But come winter, with its short, wet and cold days, and the town catches up on its zzzz’s. Dinner by 6.30pm, in bed before eight, and the drive to school in the morning is in the dark. Seaside towns are always dreary in the rain.But for those few hours of daylight, finding fun when it is pouring outside heads the list of important things to do in my family. Top draw is the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront – and it never gets tired.First stop has always got to be the giant spider crabs, where we spend ages trying to spy the faces of the samurai warriors on their bellies.Legend tells of a great Japanese sea battle, in which a young emperor, seeing that his army was defeated, threw himself into the water with his samurai warriors. The emperor and his soldiers turned into crabs and have been wandering the floor of the ocean ever since.Spider crabs are the largest crustaceans in the world; males grow to about 1m in length with a 4m leg stretch. They live about 400m under water that is pretty cool – between 11°C and 14°C. Very little is known about giant spider crabs. It is virtually impossible to determine their age and we do not know when they reach sexual maturity. They have to moult when they grow, shuffling off their old exo-skeletons. This is a complicated and potentially life-threatening process which can take up to two days. A crab can become entrapped in its old shell and die, but even if the moult is successful, the sheer effort is sometimes so exhausting, that the crab dies soon afterwards.Other favourite stops are the touch and feel tidal pools and the microscope displays. But really, the highlight every time is the penguins – they are irresistible, waddling around in their tuxedos. Check when you arrive to make sure you get there for feeding time. You’ll be glad you did.And if you’re game, you can even go scuba diving with the ragged tooth sharks – without a cage.After strolling around the aquarium, we highly recommend the short trip to the V&A Market on the Wharf. There’s a whole world of food on offer, from Hungarian street food to fried chicken, vegetarian curries to cakes and muffins, really good coffee to freshly juiced fruit and veggie drinks. It’s open every day except Christmas and New Year’s, meaning you can always get something delicious to eat.Outside the market – for that gap in the rain when fresh air is needed – is Nobel Square. Four larger-than-life bronzed statues stand in a row, all of them South African Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. Home happy and tired; job done.Read more about what to do in Cape Town on SouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

Ysa Jimenez emerges as reliable 3rd option for UST vs UE

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Golden Tigresses such as Dimdim Pacres and Caitlyn Viray who have stepped up to provide offensive lift and UST has found another one willing to take the jump in Ysa Jimenez.UST easily handled University of the East in straight sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16, on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum and it was a game that saw Jimenez show up as a capable third fiddle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Every game I’m always there to back the starters up and if ever the team needs me I just think to myself that I have to contribute, if coach (Kung Fu Reyes)  gives me a chance then I don’t want to break that trust,” said Jimenez in Filipino.Jimenez, who usually comes in as a substitute for Pacres in the opposite hitter role, had a career game with 10 points and was instrumental in sparking UST’s run in the third set. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas has a couple of offensive constants in Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure but that doesn’t meant that the star duo would always be the team’s focal point.There have been several players that have risen as the team’s third option in offense especially when Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini suffered a knee injury four games into the Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Quarters duel vs KaTropa not about Terrence vs TNT, says Romeo View comments The rookie tied the set at 11 with a block then followed it up with a well-placed attack for UST’s 13-11 lead and it was from there that the other Golden Tigresses started to wrap things up.Jimenez said it’s important for the other players in the team to support Rondina and Laure especially on the offensive aspect since the two stars shouldn’t always carry UST.“It’s important for us role players to always be there so that it’s not just Eya and Ate Sisi who’s carrying the load and that they should know that we’re always here,” said Jimenez. “If somebody has to step up we’re always here. It’s not just me because my other teammates should also contribute, especially my co-rookies.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more