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Sabaruddin finally closes the gap

Sabaruddin finally closes the gap

I have known Sabaruddin for at least 15 years. He used to sublet an office premise from me in the Taman Melawati clinic together with his partner Mustafa. Yesterday Sabaruddin came in as a result of a call inviting him to return for a check

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Steven’s Makeover.

Steven’s Makeover.

Steven had written to me on the blog before I left for Manado and sent me a photo of himself by email. We set up the appointment for Friday to either do the makeover, if I had the time, or just discuss his options. When

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Lembeh Straits and Bunaken, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Lembeh Straits and Bunaken, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Well I am back … safe and sound and raring to go in the newly renovated, expanded and updated clinic in KL central.

But first the dive trip….

Bouyancy control is a must when shooting something over fine sand
Bouyancy control is a must when shooting something over fine sand

It was a wonderful trip that was cooked up by my dive pals. We had already been to Lembeh in January and did some ‘muck’ diving (that is, diving in what appears to be barren sand, but actually is something like a treasure hunt as the critters are so well camouflaged they look like rubbish or sand … so you got to have really good eyesight for macro and/or have a really good divemaster!)

The photo on the right is of Zainal and Sam both trying to get a shot of a Leaf Fish in the sand … I took the photo of them instead!

Macro shots take a lot of skill and patience … that’s probably why the three of us usually end up diving together because we move so slow and take so long in one spot. I am no where as good as Sam or Zainal though!….

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A colourful nudibranch

We moved on after three nights and 9 dives to Bunaken for some wall dives. This meant getting back on the flamboyant bus and another boat ride to Bunaken Island which is just off Manado itself.IMG_2794

We were met on the jetty by Franz, the former GM of Bastianos Lembeh who now is teaching full time Marine Eco Tourism in the community college in Manado. Franz had dived with us before on our earlier trip and hailed us like old friends.

I loved the sunsets and got some great photos.

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We had some spectacular wall dives here.

Unfortunately, my camera drowned … yes! my Canon G10 died! … as the underwater casing got flooded during the night dive when we were out looking for the elusive Mandarin Fish. Sigh…

Before it drowned, I got some spectacular shots which fortunately I uploaded before the fateful night dive.

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My next dive trip? Bali in November!!! Well I now am in the market for another G10 before I go!

Diving in Lembeh, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Diving in Lembeh, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

At last we got to Sam Ratulangi, in the Lembeh Straits! It was close to 10 at night. The trip to get there started at 1:30 to the airport. What a long day it had been… the airport was full of people, some wearing masks

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A diving I will go …

A diving I will go …

Yes! The day has finally come … I am leaving for Manado for week of diving in the Lembeh Straits and Bunaken! I haven’t let myself think about today for the past few weeks … in fact I both dreaded and looked forward to today!

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