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Adventures at the end of the earth

Getting to Raja Ampat in Indonesia was a task, but it provided exceptional wildlife sightings and experiences.

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Tightly wound at the Thousand Islands

I was having a stressful business trip in Jakarta. The client was pushing back meetings; meetings that were not pushed back were getting delayed with alarming regularity; my work outside of Jakarta was getting negatively affected. I had to extend my trip into the next week so I decided to check out the nearby Thousand […]

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Scenery and service in El Nido and Coron

I visited The Philippines with my friend Pablo during one Chinese New Year holiday in Hong Kong. Trips to the Philippines, as with some other South East Asian countries, are usually a mixed bag. One can expect breathtaking scenery along with various bizarre disappointments in how travel arrangements are conducted. This trip was no exception. […]

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Muck diving in Lembeh

I was on a scuba diving trip in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The first part of the trip was spent on the island of Bunaken, including my best New Year celebrations ever. Part 2 was to be spent on the island of Lembeh, known for its muck diving. At the port of Bitung, I found myself a […]

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The Spirit of Freedom – Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Diving The Great Barrier Reef is one of the ‘bucket list’ items for adventure-seekers everywhere. It is possible to dive from Cairns or Townsville on Australia’s eastern coast, but the GBR stretches 2300 Km along that coast. The best way to experience a variety of dive sites along the reef is to do it by […]

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Rescue Diver: Part 2

A dive boat being loaded. Day 1Following my theory and pool training for PADI’s rescue diver certification I proceeded to the open water training over the Christmas weekend. A bunch of us boarded a morning ferry from Singapore to the Indonesian resort island of Bintan on Saturday. The group consisted of five rescue diver trainees, fifteen or so open water trainees, dive masters, instructors and DM trainees.We headed out on two launches to the dive site, Kelong. The rescue divers kitt […]

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Rescue Diver: Part 1

Performing CPR on a dummy with with assistance of a training Automated Emergency Defibrillator (AED) I have been doing a lot of scuba diving this year. I took my advanced open water diver (AOWD) certification in January and had clocked 43 dives in total by December. It was time for the next step. PADI’s rescue diver certification teaches scuba divers to handle emergencies in the water and to an extent, out of the water. I decided to go for it.One has to be a certified AOWD to take th […]