So you want to Scuba Dive?

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Open Water Dive

I’ve kinda never really thought about it, until some really awesome videos hit my Facebook feed. After that, it was constantly at the back of my mind until ADEX (Asia Dive Expo) rolled around and I saw SimplyScuba’s PADI Open Water Dive Package retailing at $370+. Yea… before I knew it, I had a registration sheet on hand and the rest was history.

The knowledge development (theory lessons) and confined water (pool session) were done with Simply Scuba, but because I ended up doing my actual dives in Singapore (Pulau Hantu), they attached me to Marlin Divers. Don’t get me wrong, Simply Scuba was nice … but Marlin Divers were fantastic and professional.

It hasn’t been exactly easy – but for sure, most of it is psychological. Some tips that I would have found REALLY helpful:

  1. You know how instructors say think about what you got to do (especially during the dives)? Well here’s a little bit more. After you’ve visualized what you need to do, STOP thinking about it. Next, focus on your breathing. In, out, in, out. As long as you’re breathing, things will be fine. Then just take your mask off or regulator out (or whatever you need to do). I thank my yoga classes for this. Despite everything, I just kept breathing!
  2. When it comes to full mask removal underwater, what happens to most divers is that the bubbles emerging from their regulator sends water up their nose. A good way to avoid this is to tilt your head slightly while removing your mask.
  3. A few times during one dive I almost wanted to give up because I had so much trouble equalizing my ears (probably because of the evil alcohol from the night before!). Again, just stay calm and ascend a few meters – and try to equalize again. My dive group ended up having to wait for me for a bit – but I was glad that I didn’t give up in the end.
  4. In your logbook, record the weights, wetsuit type, and cylinder type you used as well as in what conditions (salt or freshwater). It will come in handy for future dives.
  5. Did I mention, stay calm? Cos yeah, Keep Calm and Scuba On.

Last but not least – remember, if you gotta go, you gotta go (try to do it somewhat discreetly and not announce it to the whole world, though…).

And that’s one more off the bucket list, folks!

Pulau Hantu

Pulau Hantu

Have You Met Miss Jones?

In South Korea, 1 in 5 women have gone under the knife. Some as young as when they were in high school, as a reward for achieving good grades. I’m not going to be holier than thou about this – I always felt that I would be (even) more amazing with double eyelids and fuller eyelashes. However, when I heard of Renee Zellweger’s transformation (and saw the photos), there’s no escaping it – I was pretty upset.

This is the star who played Bridget Jones, of Bridget Jones’s Diary. True, I do realise she’s just playing a role. But in my subconsciousness, Renee Zellweger is synonymous with Bridget Jones, from which I learnt of acceptance of self and to stay true to your dreams because sometimes even in this modern screwed up world, fairytales do come true.

And then – this happens.

Jadedness at humanity +1.

after hours; a series of unfortunate events

Committed to bringing someone out around Singapore on Friday night / Saturday morning. And naturally, when it rains, it pours. So….

#1. Mit messaged; it’s his wife’s birthday, let’s go out! (i was sincerely sad to miss this)

#2. Suz messaged; it’s Altimate’s Oooh La La!’s launch! support me! (felt bad that I wasn’t there to support her too)

#3. Cancelled a date on a nice boy

And that was just the start.

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When I’d finally met the Couchsurfer (Let’s call him DT), we hit Tiong Bahru, Level 33 (which is my usual go to place – love the view), followed by Clarke Quay.

Not sure what there is to say, there wasn’t that click between us so it was somewhat difficult to talk with DT. Furthermore, my mind was preoccupied with the fact that I was missing Mit’s wifey’s birthday + I was so tired on 2 hours of sleep.

Either way – dropped him at the airport at 2 a.m. That’s when I realised

#4. I brought out the wrong set of house keys.

#5. I lost my bank card (how to withdraw cash to take a cab home? HOW?)

#6. My phone was out of battery (how to call home to let me in? Uhhh….)

I had resigned myself to my fate of spending another 4 hours at the airport with DT until public transport starts (thank god I had my travel card).

Until

#7. A lovely barista (Hafik) at Starbucks Changi Airport T2 offered to charge my phone for me (I love you).10542008_10152293705667633_5485827741183429219_n

#8. One of my best guy friends (JT) whom I messaged (and was awake) offered to drive ALL the way from Bukit Timah (big favour!) to come pick me up. He also fed me and let me crash in his house (You are the best friend a girl could ask for.)

#9. I got up at 9.30 to make an appointment at 11. And I was quite happy with what I saw. Anyway. It was a definite positive turn after the night before.

#10. I realised I should have just cut my losses and said no from the very start when flags started going up in my brain.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t a very positive CS experience. Thank goodness for the kindness of some random stranger and my best friend, otherwise I would have had just a horrid day and this would have affected my weekend. I’d also known that DT was somewhat different to the personalities I would have clicked with, and I should have trusted my gut instincts from the very start.

Here’s to hoping I learn from this lesson.

Sunny Singaporean Saturdays

Afternoon light turned into dusk. And there were a good 21 people sitting on a large picnic mat at Fort Canning Park. And it was the 16th of August, the day we decided to celebrate LY’s belated birthday of a month.

No one would expect that YT would have made a cake for me. That’s a good few weeks before my birthday after all.

I didn’t want to make a thing out of it, especially when there were strangers I didn’t even know there. Touched? Yes, that LY and YT had gone the extra mile. But it was also not me. I think I’m a little over birthdays.

Bangkok Birthday

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Yes that’s right. It’s a Bangkok Birthday.

Just me and a few close friends, staying at the lebua State Tower (I’ll be at the Sky Bar getting my cool on in the evenings).

It’s going to be amazing.

To Do’s for Bangkok

  1. Complete my updating of this blog.
  2. Update my travelog.
  3. Plan for Europe this December.
  4. Go crazy.
  5. Escape Singapore.