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More smiles

More smiles

Today I met a lovely lady who had her own unit trust agency and wrote wills too. She came in for a makeover and I was only too happy to oblige. We spoke at length about everything under the sun as I worked. That’s one

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New smiles all around!

New smiles all around!

Since I came back from the Lembeh dive trip I have been inundated with work (which is great! I can’t complain!) I have begun to long to go off again. The next trip will be back to Lembeh and the gang is planning to go

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Back to work after a superb dive trip.

Back to work after a superb dive trip.

 

Azidah and I
Azidah and I

 So it’s back to work after the dive trip. The clinic manageress in the Taman Melawati clinic called to say one of the aquariums there had emptied itself onto the Persian Carpet over the weekend. Yikes! Fortunately the fish still had enough water to survive so are now temporarily housed in the other aquarium whilst we wait for our Fish Specialist to come back from her holiday in Thailand. The persian carpet was an effective, albiet expensive sponge for the spillage!

Let's go dive
Let's go dive

The KL clinic was packed and I had to skip the lunch break. It’s amazing how many people get into trouble with their teeth during long holidays.

Do they need a dentist?
Do they need a dentist?

Anyway ….. the Lembeh Straits was just awesome! My friends and I took plenty of photos both above water and below. We managed to squeeze in 12 dives in all, and they all were more than an hour long too! In fact amazingly, one dive was a record length for me … 88 minutes! With no decompression time too, as I kept a close eye on my depth and the dive computer. There’s no wonder though, that I now have blocked sinuses due to being immersed for such lengths of time … I usually came up shivering with crinkly finger tips! But it was well worth it …

The photos we got were awesome. Imagine trying to keep as steady as possible, when every time you breathe in you start to rise, and at the same time focusing on the tiny fish who try their best to camouflage themselves from predators. I got so frustrated at first, as I stupidly left my camera flash diffuser at home, so had to make a makeshift one out of part of a plastic bag which I taped onto the housing (many thanks to Sam for the brilliant idea!).

Can you spot the pygmy seahorse?
Can you spot the pygmy seahorse?

We couldn’t  dive 24 hours before our flight back to avoid getting decompression sickness, so whilst a group of us went to the National Park, some friends and I opted to walk around Bitung and look for the real Nasi Padang experience. That’s when we found an Ahli Bikin Gigi (which translates to ‘Maker of Teeth’ for those who don’t get it! )

The juvenile scorpion fish
The juvenile scorpion fish

The amazing finds in Lembeh included a juvenile scorpion fish, a leafy sea dragon, the pygmy sea horse … as I was busy taking a photo of a particularly active (and sassy) black and white spotted sweetlips, a morray eel attacked me! It wasn’t very big so I wasn’t too worried, though having it trying to take nips at my camera and my fingers was kind of irritating. I guess it was just trying to protect its turf.

 We had so much fun but there were many dive sites we hadn’t time to go to, so we’re thinking of going back in July and this time dive Bunaken as well. 

 Photo credits are to Din, Sam and yours truly!

Beautiful Seahorse
A beautiful seahorse
Clown fish
Clown fish
Crab
Crab in anemone
Diving in Lembeh Straits, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Diving in Lembeh Straits, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

   What a long but happy day it’s been. The flight was at 6:10 am which meant leaving the house at 4:30 am to catch the flight to Sam Ratu Langi, North Sulawesi. This time there were 19 of us, some old friends from the

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The Changing of Guard in a Distant Country

The Changing of Guard in a Distant Country

It was with great interest that I watched and listened to Barack Obama’s inaugural address as he was sworn into the most powerful position in the world, the President of The United States of America. To me it was a historic moment in time which

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