28 February 2007

Diving fever.. i feel it coming

Yessssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!! The longest wait is over! The friggin' rain is finally behind us now, giving way to clearer skies and more dive adventures. Say hello to frizzy and bleached hair, sun-tanned skin, strap marks, coral cuts, jellyfish stings, eye infections and my dad's unrelenting reminder/nagging everytime he sees me cleaning my camera's housing; "you're so o-chap-chap... becareful when you dive...what's so fun about diving... dont dive at night lah, it's so dangerous confused"... hrmm.. i'm beginning to question my sanity. Why do i spend time and money to dive and then spend another bundle on sunblocks, whitening lotions, hair repair serum, optho visits, stinging eye drops to reverse the pitfalls of diving. I must be I.N.S.A.N.E!

But i love diving, more than crosswords.. no, hang on.. i take it back. It's two different thing, dont ever ask me which one i love more. It's like one of those ridiculous 'who wld you save' kinda question. Diving gives me a certain kind of euphoria. I once described diving as my Zahir in my old dive blog. Zahir, in Arabic, means visible, present, incapable of going unnoticed. It is someone or something which, once we have come into contact with them or it, gradually occupies our every thought, until we can think of nothing else. This can be considered either a state of holiness or of madness. That was when i could do 8 dives in a week. The feeling of calmness, wonder and exhilaration when one dives is indescribable. It is another world altogether underwater. And one of the main reasons why i dive is my immense love for nudibranchs, the jewels of the sea.
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Besides that, you gotto love the back-breaking boat rides, feast during surface intervals, company of people who share the same passion for diving, sunsets, lunch and cough-happyhour-cough breaks at Kuraman Island and many more.

Dive trips planned for this week:
Friday: Blue Water Wreck
Sunday: Mel's Reef/Brunei Patches


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