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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…. It was a wonderful trip that was cooked up by my dive pals. We had already been

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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 and glaring whenever someone coughed or sneezed near them.

It was no different on the plane. There was man who half way through the flight suddenly remembered he had a mask with him, and put it on … however he took it off again as we disembarked! Kind of pointless, don’t you think?

We filed off, went through numerous scanners and had to fill declarations saying we were/not ill and/or had travelled to other countries …. sigh … is this a sign of the times, where traveling across borders, on planes pose not just dangers from terrorists but also biological dangers?

Bastianos Resort Bus
The Bastianos Resort Bus

We were met by Bastianos Resort crew members who hailed us like old friends … that was so nice. The bus we were to continue our journey (another hour by land)  was so colourfuly painted it was such a delight to take the first photos of the group.

Then it was a half hour boat ride to Bastianos Resort and dinner. It was a late night for us as we had to set up the cameras for the next day’s diving. This time I’ve added a strobe to the camera … ugh! it’s heavy on land and looks like a huge insect too.

It was an early morning dive at 8am. We got on the boat and geared up under the watchful eyes of the divemaster, Agus. As always my buddies, Zainal and Sam, and I were raring to try out our newly outfitted cameras.

We did 4 dives today, including a night dive. Boy… I’m tired! My highlight of the day was when we saw the flamboyant squid that had the most exotic colours.

No wonder my friends say that I am a workaholic … even my vacations are exhausting!

I tried to upload the photos but it’s just too, too slow…. maybe tomorrow.

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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Waheeda’s new smile

Waheeda’s new smile

Waheeda had an appointment for a bleaching. As I treated her sister, Farhana, I began to realize that she not only was extremely nervous, her ‘discoloured’ teeth were really because of her prominent canines which are naturally yellowish, hence her overall smile looked ‘discoloured’. I

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