flights of fancy

By: kichi kenterong

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Sunday, 5-Feb-2006 04:36 Email | Share | | Bookmark
perhentian trips

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it would be something i looked forward to on the weekends, when i was still based at kota bharu. waking up really early in the morning, around five-thirty, wasn't easy at all, but the cold water would soon get my senses reeling. the night before would be spent packing my equipment and checking my underwater camera housing. i'd be out by 6.30 latest, to be sure that i managed to get the earliest boat out to the island. the first time i arrived after 7.30, i had to wait close to two hours for the next boat.

at the jetty, i'd search out for pok ya. he'd always make sure that everything was in order. i would be on my way soon enough, and anticipating the morning dive upon arrival.

the people at flora bay were always friendly, and would wave when they see me trudging across the beach towards them. i would always hope that i'd get hari, my instructor, to be the divemaster for my dives, but that never happened. nonetheless, mark was just as capable, although he's a bit more rigid about rules.

putting on the wetsuit (even though only halfway) was always a hassle, especially when it's already wet. then, there'd be the pre-dive briefing and pairing up with someone. after that, we'd be on the boat to the dive spot, hoping to sight a whale shark or two hehe. and for good visibility too. but of course, even if we didn't see a whale shark, we were almost always assured that we'd see interesting things. perhentian is just like that.

a minute before reaching the spot, we'd start prepping ourselves for the dive: zipping up the wetsuits, spitting into our masks, putting on the weight belt (three weights for me). the rest of the equipment go on when the boat is stationary. then, we'd backroll into the water and wait for everyone.

it all begins as soon as the divemaster gives the okay sign to go down.

Wednesday, 1-Feb-2006 15:32 Email | Share | | Bookmark
all good things come to an end

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dear friends,

i guess we had a pretty good time, although some of the classes bored us out of our skulls. but we persevered. that in itself can be construed as quite an accomplishment maybe? and i think we capped it all off with a splendid performance(angkat bakul sendiri ni hehe), even though it was mostly ourselves being the audience.

hope you enjoy(s) the pictures. tak banyak pun. malas bergerak la hari tu.

Thursday, 12-Jan-2006 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
radiant faces

previously known as #2
previously known as #3
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it's amazing what a little attention can do.

update - i've taken out some pictures, thanks to moque's suggestion (19/1/06).

Saturday, 7-Jan-2006 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
the drill

the long march
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"dude, go look out the window."

"okay. hold on."

"do you see the area near the lobby cordoned off?"



a day after this conversation with my colleague over the phone, my knees were wobbly for the next few days, after climbing down all those steps.

Wednesday, 4-Jan-2006 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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make lemonade, as they say, when life gives you a lemon.

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