Tuesday, August 25, 2009

exercise & fats

Oh yay!

Exercise makes you fat!

Now all I need is to go have my fats re-programmed.

Thank god I haven't started the gym membership yet.

Posted by Doreen at 11:08 am


Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Best news this week!

"Are you free tonight?" asked my Course Director when he called.

"Tonight cannot lah. Tomorrow also cannot. But we're OK for Thursday and Friday," I said to him.

"Cannot, Thursday to the weekend I'm not free, then I leave to Tioman on Sunday," he said.

My heart suddenly felt so light, and I smiled to myself.

"Oh lucky you, get to go to Tioman!"

He mumbled something about nobody wanting to go; therefore he has to do it.

"Then I'll see you all next week lah!" he said.

I smiled to myself and went 'YAY!!!!!' under my breath.

"OK lorr...." I told him, trying to sound disappointed.

"Promise me you all will study ah!"

"Yes Richard, we promise to study".


I've only had one teacher who scared me so much.

My tuition teacher from my primary school days, she was so fierce she made my mom look like a kitten.

And now, after all these years, the second one is in the form of my Course Director.

Posted by Doreen at 5:44 pm


Friday, August 14, 2009


Glimpses of this and that.

Of immense satisfaction when a newly certified diver asks me questions about equipment, upcoming trips, and the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Of hurt and heartache when a friend hurled at me words of injustice.

Of glee when the said diver told me, "During our last dive, I finally got buoyancy figured out lah! Felt so comfortable underwater!"

Of disappointment at self because I wanted everyone to have a memorable and kickass Open Water trip, like the one I had.

Of happiness of being in the water every single time. Visibility may suck, sun may not be up, but daaaaamn, it's so good being underwater.

Of anger because some people refuse to understand that when it comes to diving, fun and safety go hand in hand.

Of determination because I am not giving up.

Posted by Doreen at 11:25 am


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

photo log

For lack of proper update, here is a (narcissistic) photo-log of the recent SWV trip.

Full compilation of pictures here.

Posted by Doreen at 3:20 pm


Tuesday, August 04, 2009


During our recent trip, we dived at Si Amil and Denawan islands.

Both these islands are nearby each other, but a 45 minutes boat ride from Mabul, where we were staying at.

The beautiful Denawan

Like Sipadan, these islands have a "security post" at the jetty, where the Tentara Laut DiRaja Malaysia are based to protect us, and our waters from alien invasion.
While doing our surface interval at Denawan, a military boat docked.

We soon found ourselves on it! Of course we asked Mr. Army Men for permission first lah!

It was hillarious! I mean, it's not everyday you find yourself riding on a military boat, no?

The seats, we had to straddle as though horseback riding. And there are even stirrups where we can slide our foot into!

Some people even went to try out the "driver's seat".

Alas, that wasn't allowed.

And he was gunned down.

Question - what does RIB 7K stand for?

We thought it might mean Rubber Inflatable Boat.

Posted by Doreen at 12:14 pm