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The weekend preparing for the dive trip.

The weekend preparing for the dive trip.

At last it’s the weekend! I can hang up my wand for a bit and relax …. and this Sunday is the day I locate my dive gear starting with my regulator, chase out any spiders that may be residing in the mouthpiece (yuck!), clean

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A Gift for the New Graduate

A Gift for the New Graduate

This morning a patient of mine came in to have her makeover checked (see Makeovers, makeovers Sept 26). Accompanying her was her daughter,  who  had fallen down on her face at the age of 12, causing her front tooth to die and discolour. Iman came

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A diving I will go!

A diving I will go!

In two weeks it’s confirmed …. I shall be trading my magic wand for a regulator and my underwater camera!

Yipee yay! An old diving buddy of mine, Yanni of Borneo Turtle Divers, dropped by my house recently and offered me a dive trip I just could not refuse …. a liveaboard dive trip in the Komodo Islands in East Flores, Indonesia!

When I told my family I was going diving in the Komodo Islands, my dad said the Giant Komodo were flesh eaters and were as big as cars! I had to reassure him I didn’t have any intention to dive where they grazed, thank you very much!

So here I am, excited like it’s Christmas come early and dreaming of doing a giant stride off the dive boat into the deep blue to photograph some different type of coral for a sweet change!

It has been too long since I donned my wet suit, strapped my bouyancy compensator on, stuck the regulator in my mouth and breathe compressed air again. Far too long!

Much to my embarrassment, I will need to do a check out dive in the shallows before venturing into the deep blue but so what! My last dive was ages ago during a Redang Island PADI Clean-up Dive Fest with 30-something other SCUBA Instructors and divers. 

Another dive instructor buddy of mine actually sms-ed Yanni and asked her to look after me, when I told him where I was going. Sigh. I did say it’s been too long.

With a little bit of luck and given my camera casing doesn’t spring a leak, I shall post some underwater pictures of Manta Rays, Leopard Sharks and other flora and fauna of the region when I get back!

Next year? Well it just HAS to be Layang Layang, Sabah, to see the Hammerhead Sharks in May!

Wreck dive years ago  
A wreck dive years ago

 

Hammerheads in Layang Layang, Sabah
Hammerheads in Layang Layang, Sabah
A 13 year old with new smile

A 13 year old with new smile

On Saturday, just before the week-long holiday, this 13 year old girl came in with her mum. She is at a  boarding school and could not come back on a regular basis for the necessary adjustments if she opted for braces, so that mode of

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Makeovers, makeovers.

Makeovers, makeovers.

Yesterday’s makeover was dramatic and oh so rewarding!      She came in sceptical that her smile could  be improved.         I just love playing Fairy Godmother and giving people the smile they always longed for. The best part is, it’s truly

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