Friday, August 1, 2014

Tioman, Malaysia (26 July 2014 - 27 July 2014).

Under the sea

It's a whole new world

The 2 songs that kept playing in my head on repeat. Those who know me know I've a ridiculous fear of fishes. Today is the second night of our stay in Tioman, I'm sitting here in the lobby, alive, and pleased. 

We've completed 3 dives, 2 of which were skills related, and the last was a leisure dive. 

I recalled the first dip, feeling extremely uncertain, not knowing what to expect under the surface of the water. Knowing that there's schools of fishes passing by us made me freaked out. However as the dives go by, and as I got distracted with the skills we were needed to perform (& the natural instinctive fear of drowning), the anxiety wore itself out. 

Finally, I kind of got used to them swimming all around, although I must say I still DO NOT wish to touch any of them. 

Today I've conquered my fear, for that I'm pleased. But it also felt like..

I've always enjoyed visiting new places, exploring the ends of the earth no matter the danger. Roamed the land, soared the sky. After 3 years, there was only one other land purely left untouched. The seabed. 

Roaming the bottom of the sea, though only 8m (up to 18m for open water dives), there were moments where I felt extremely accomplished. I can now say I've been to the ends of the earth, dramatically.

*****

By the time this blogpost is up, I'm back in the comfort of my own home. I now leave you with the pictures that holds those dear memories. (:

Island Reef Resort

Day 1



Preparing for our first ever dive.


Jia Shi


Debbie



Happy girls!



Rachael


& Tons of camwhoring! ^^


Girl time! :D


Handy dandy GoPro!



Under the sea
(Debbie)


(& I)






Loving the sea breeze & golden sunset, I wished time could stand still.


So Rachael said: "Let me try! Splash cold water on your armpits!"
Don't ask me what inspired her -.- , but nevertheless.. haha
Dammit!


It was a lot of fun chilling on the roof of the boat, and it was filled with tons of genuine laughter. It has definitely been a while.




& The camwhoring never ends.


Day 2


Bread stuffing for fish feeding later!



Floating dive master.


(Debbie & I)
& In case you haven't already figured it out, Debbie's my dive buddy!


Fishies!


Feeding time! OH GAWD.




This looks like dinner, honestly.




& The camwhoring goes on.





So, without me knowing, our dive instructor stuffed the bottle of bread in my gear. Imagine the surprise when he reached for me and whipped it out for the feeding time! :O

I also brought an egg along for our last dive. Basically, we cracked an egg underwater. It was so much fun and the yolk was like a ping pong ball! 

To think of it, I almost could have made breakfast underwater with all those food! :|


Spot the yolk! Haha!



Sea urchins! Always looking out for those deadly spikes! :O


Nemo!


Final journey back home.

*****

Day 2 of diving, dive number 4 & 5. 

Heading back on the little rocking ferry while I'm typing this. Gonna be the last time sun tanning on the roof of a boat in a long long time. Salt water hair, sea breeze in my tangles, shades, and sun kissed skin. What life should be. 

The vast ocean, as cliches as may sound, meets the sky at the horizon on my right. The mountain peaks kiss the white fluffy clouds on my left. Forward!

The girlfriends deeply engaged in the stories the American dude has to share, his numerous travels and impressive sights. "14 foot hammerhead shark", I overheard. 

I enjoyed the last dive the most. Leisure diving, hovering above the bed of corals that stretched across the entire seabed, or as far as my vision allowed. Though the water was not as clear as those in magazines or 5 star dive locations, it was amazing for a start. 

Something about being free in the sea caught my heart. I always wondered what flying in the sky would feel like, and I'm pretty sure this comes close in comparison. You go wherever you want. Free. Suspended in mid water. 

The last few minutes before ascending, I kicked off in a spin floated upright body fully stretched, and soaked in the last few immensely pleasurable moments of not having my feet touch the ground. 

I truly enjoyed diving. Much much more than I ever thought I would. Although fishes are still not quite my thing, looking at them in their habitat was a worthy experience on it's own.  Swimming beside them somehow seemed, fine now. 

We will be back for our advanced classes, till then! 

I'm at the jetty! 

*****

More miscellaneous pictures!










Crazy hair!






xx
me.