m.dominico m.dominico

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Mikhael Dominico  water lover | freediving instructor @apneaculture |

I decided to go to this comp 2 years ago and a lot of things happened since then. I gained 13kg, had several breakdowns, packed schedules, and got side-tracked on other things, that gave me excuses not to do what I needed to do: training.
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Long story short, I did a so-so performances here in Pan Pacific 2018: 3’51” STA, 84m DNF, and 108m DYN. There’s nothing to be proud of really. .
However, I still consider this comp a successful one on my own term. Why? Because I managed to discover things that I need to improve (go and lose some weight, Mike!!).
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If I saw success through a narrow point of view such as PBs or winning a comp or get a billion of dollars, I think I’d kill myself long time ago out of frustration because I’ve failed too many times that way..
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Thankfully I was taught that success is a process of reaching the best of who I could be. Goals are check points/pit stops to tune up and equip myself for the next leg of the race. Friends and family are my jet-fuel that motivate and keep me moving forward. Those are what keep me going until now. .
Thank you Shiro, Aya, Kanae and all the organiser team who work really hard to make this event happen again (I know how hard it is.. 🙏🏼 highest respect to all of you.), all judges and safety team who make sure we are properly cared for, all athletes from all over the world, documentation team who took great moments like this picture, old and new friends, my teammates: @windybello @audreyjiwajenie , my family members (thank you Dad and sister for supporting me!), and everyone involved directly and indirectly. A special thanks to my newly found friend and mentor @daniel.layarda that instills me with nothing but positivity.
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Otsukaresama~! Ja mata ne!
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By the way, we’re laughing not becaus I did well, but because Windy let my head hit the wall when I was about to start the dive. “Bad coach, bad coach.” - said @instajpf .
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A friend of mine said that her life isn’t as interesting as mine. She said that she envy me because I can work on something I’m passionate about..
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First of all, we don’t need to work in the area of our passion to have an interesting life, because passion is something that fuels you to be excited and be happy. It is something that you can do once or twice a year and make you excited waiting what you’ll do next. You don’t need to do it everyday.. 😊
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Second, you need to make an effort to discover what your passion is. Some people already know what their passion is, yet they didn’t do or work on it because they think it isn’t worth spending or they have other important priorities to work on (you need to make time for it). Sometimes they are too afraid to chase or find their passion because they are afraid to leave our comfort zone.
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I’d say we all should chase and find what our passion is.. sometimes work can be our passion, quality time could be our passion, photography could be another one.. sometimes it is as simple as having a pleasant meal or arranging our collections of toys or books. It could be something odd for others that you really like such as insects, reptiles, holding-breath (ha-ha), DIY projects, stamps, postcards, sweats (gym session anyone?)..
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I think passion is not an object, or an activity.. it is a drive.. a force that keep you alive and able to keep you going. I am sure it will make your life interesting, so find yours. 😊
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In frame: @victoryuslih with his cool camera gear ascending from a dive.
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Sony A7RII | 16mm (FE 16-35mm) | 1/200sec | f/4.0 | ISO 200 | Subal UW Housing for Sony A7Mk2
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Have you ever dream of swimming like a fish or dreaming to be the little mermaid?
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The majority of people took freediving course because they want to dive freely while they are travelling. The second highest reason is to try something new or explore ourselves. But, I found other interesting reasons why people took freediving course and one of them is to be a mermaid.
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I’m not kidding here.. Our childhood dream often has a special spot in our heart and I find it quite lovely. Being a mermaid also allows you to be an ambassador of the sea to deliver messages about ocean and empowering children to dream big.
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I believe it is not limited to girls.. Boys often have their superhero dream, such as Batman, Superman, Aquaman, the Flash, Ironman, Thor, Naruto, and the list will go on..
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Water gives us the ability to defy gravity. We could “fly”, glide, float, suspended, sink, do a super jump, move in slo-mo.. so, it will be attractive for little Timmy as well. :)
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In frame: Nadia at @bubblesdivers with photo bomber @ferryrusli 😅 cc: @asokaremadja
Taken with @sonyalpha @subal_underwater_housing .
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Freediving is not just about your personal dive, it is also about togetherness.
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There are things that you can enjoy on your own, such as the sweetness of an enjoyable dive, a personal best, the moment of knowing that you can equalise without any problem.. but, there are things that you can’t enjoy alone.. evening talk with your dive buddies, warm heart to heart talk, bonding time while you are diving, messing around each other dives.. or bubble rings.. 😊
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Sometimes, you can draw energy from your surrounding as well and knowing that your friends are around will allow you to feel more confident and relaxed. It makes you feel safe because they are there. It makes your training time flies unnoticed. You can have them to take a picture of yours as well! =)
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Hope to see you again somewhere underwater! 😊
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In frame: @monikaharyanto @yuujifujito @aswinpajli @verdesaja @dgoreinnamah @banggawan @xtovester @dhila_akib @connynoveria and others who are not in frame from Course+Trip Bali. :)
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I often say to my friends and students, in freediving, we move mainly using our legs. What about our arms and hands? Well.. right hand for holding your GoPro and left hand for posing..
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It is not difficult to learn how to hold your breath. It is not difficult to enjoy the ocean with your newly learned freediving technique. It is super easy to fall in love with freediving for it is simple and practical.
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However, it takes time to build your confidence down there. It takes time to master your equalisation technique. It takes time to be able to feel the water; how it moves, how it behaves, how to utilise it’s power.
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I personally believe that freediving is not “A” goal, it is not the finish line. Freediving is a growth, a process, a journey, which we take up bits by bits. A path that leads to both the inside and the outside of ourselves.
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So, enjoy your growth process, take snippets of your freediving journey, and fill you heart with wonderful memories underwater.
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In frame: @jagil01 at tulamben #usatliberty wreck
Taken by @gjprog using #goprohero5
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It’s always fun to dive at @bubblesdivers . The crews are welcoming and helpful, facilities are well-maintained, it is homy and conducive for teaching and practicing our freediving activities. It has been a pleasure to be able to work with him for all these years. 😊
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Me, personally and all @apneaculture team members feel humbled to be able to work with lots of people; individuals, businesses, agencies, institutions.. It includes you all: my friends, family, students, fellow instructors, and we hope to continue this relationship for as long as possible. I won’t be the person I am today without all of your support, and so does @apneaculture . .
Hope that this year will be merrier, happier, full of exciting and positive stuff! See you underwater, peeps! Keep diving, keep loving our ocean!
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In frame: @marischkaprue at @bubblesdivers . Dress, model, camera, lighting, and water are interesting variables for a photo. 😁.
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2017 has been an interesting year for me and my family. There’s been high, low, joy, tears, but most importantly we feel blessed to be able to celebrate another Christmas and New Year with our beloved ones. 😊
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We believe that Christmas is a day of joy, a day full of hope. So, we wish you have a joyful day and hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones.
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Have a happy and jolly day, people! 🍻
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- Mike & Family -

Thank you for the cool shot and video, buddy. 🙏🏼 #Repost @imajiair
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Imaji Air's first post! I dedicate this page just to post my own work of freediving photos & videos 😃

This is @m.dominico, a good friend of mine. He was doing Constant No Fins, one discipline of freediving, where a diver going down without any assistance; not using fins nor pulling the rope.

I took a video of his CNF dive, and this was a screen capture from the @GoPro footage. Not bad I guess for a capture, hehe 😉

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Are you the type of traveller who search for information; like an explorer, seeking detailed information about the location that you’re about to visit or one that let everything fold out one by one on its own like an adventurer and be thrilled and excited as you discover each places?
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I think every traveller has different ways to enjoy their journey. I personally not the planner type and often got hyped if I need to improvised on the spot, which in travelling term means got lost often or deprived (not a really good travelling companion, yes?).. but, to me.. getting lost and/or stuck in a pinched situation has it’s own charm.. you are forced to interact with people, you get to know them, see the true-self of everyone involved, and somehow bring you closer (or in a really bad situation, know who’s your friend and those to keep a distance from).. Also, you make new friends through those incidents, have story to tell, and have a chance to discover the bad and good things about humanity.
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I didn’t do much research when @marischkaprue and @ferryrusli invited me to join this trip. I only knew the time fit with my schedule, I was told about some location that we would visit, and we would play around water. :) that’s enough for me.
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I’m happy with that trip because I met new people, made new friends, realised that I have a fear of hight (if there’s no safety support system available), and.. discovered the beauty of our homeland, Indonesia.
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Recycling another old photo of our trip to #misool #rajaampat we spent some time in the #stinglessjellyfish #lake .
In frame is @marischkaprue enjoying her time surrounded by jellyfish. I believe it was taken using @sony #nex5n with @nauticamhousings .
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The general opinion that I often came across: “How can you enjoy the view down there if you only have a few minutes/seconds there? And you’re holding your breath! Must be unpleasant..” .
It is true that freedivers only have minutes or maybe seconds to enjoy our time underwater. But, we can go back to the same site or object as many times as we want until we are satisfied before we switch place or end the dive.
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We are not exploring dive sites like a guided tour in which we follow a specific route from start to finish. It’s more like a.. date! You might have planned to go here and there, but the time you spent in a particular location can change and vary depending on how cozy the place is, how interesting it is, and how fun your interaction with your date is. (I never thought I would say freediving is like dating.. 🤔)
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Also, since we don’t have a time limit, let’s say.. we were about to end our dive and then “BOOM” a blue whale appears! Well, for us, the fun has just begun. And believe me, this happened many times.. like.. many many times.. not the blue whale, but the concept of it. 😁
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The beauty and excitement of freediving is something that can be hard to express through words. It might not be for everyone, it might be too hard to understand/accept, but for those who can relate and find the connection.. it’s like a magnet that will draw you in constantly.
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Recycling another old photo: cool pose of @gjprog at #pemuteran #biorock dive site..
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Canon 5D Mk III | 17mm (EF 17-40mm) | 1/200sec | f/8.0 | ISO 320 | Ikelite Housing for Canon 5D Mk3 (owned by @ferryrusli 😁)
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I’m looking forward to a time when freediving is no longer viewed as an oddity. A time when people sees freediving as a mean to enjoy the ocean.
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In frame: @antondonats and the tank
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Sony A7RII | 16mm (FE 16-35mm) | 1/125sec | f/4.0 | ISO 400 | Subal UW Housing for Sony A7Mk2
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It was started from a random chit chat about conservation that deepened into personal perspective discussion and sharing session. :)
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He’s been travelling for 2 years backpacking and hitch-hiking all the way.. He has met good people, bad people, got tricked, got helped, made friends, families, and got enlightened (maybe?), but most importantly that journey shaped his way of thinking - making him one interesting friend to have and to talk to.
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I learned a lot of things from him: human behaviour, green movement, social-political dilemma, nature, life, concept of a higher being, and many other things that you wouldn’t think possible to discuss with him in the first place (when you meet and see his behaviour, you wouldn’t think that it is possible.. 😝) but you’ll be surprised when you know him more.
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In frame is @agushong checking out the tank wreck in Gapang beach
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Sony A7RII | 16mm (FE 16-35mm) | 1/200sec | f/4.0 | ISO 200 | Subal UW Housing for Sony A7Mk2
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