Posts Tagged ‘equipment’

Precious precipitation pouring over Pulau Perhentian

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Deserted beachI’ve been in the Perhentians almost two weeks,ย  and I’m still hanging around waiting for equipment, boat, compressor and stuff. It’s been mostly lazy days, beach time, socializing and chilling, but we’ve also had some longed-for rain! The fresh water supply was dwindling, and for a few days we were almost without water for showers and washing. The downpour this week was therefore very welcome, at least for those of us who have more than a few days here!

Rumours are running wild up and down the beach about what’s happening with Sunlight Divers this year, so it’ll be good to get back in business, and settle all the speculation. ๐Ÿ™‚ As for the diving, I’ve reached the point where I’m about readyย  to go and pay to get in the water…ย  Luckily Moonlight has this year invested in wifi, so I don’t have to go anywhere to get online. The drawback is that the ISP is a bit unstable, so while I sometimes get a near perfect connection, at other times it switches on and off like the old fashioned flickering disco lights in the beach bars. Someone told me today that they’ll be doing maintainance on the underwater cable in mid May, and that they’re hoping that’ll sort everything out, but mid May on Malaysian time I’d say is probably closer to September… ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, as my days are pretty much divided between eating, trying to go online and socializing, any more regularity in my updates would get rather repetitive. Mike is back on the island, and is trying to get a job at Spice divers, but has a job with Arwana on the big island lined up if that doesn’t work out.

Coconut 2On a final note, here’s me with a coconut and a straw. Recipe: take one coconut that falls out of a tree, hack it open, drink a little of the juice, fill up with ice, stick a straw in it, then sit down and enjoy a cold refreshing drink. ๐Ÿ™‚

$850 shopping spree

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Today I finally managed to find time to go shopping for diving equipment. It took an hour, and it meant me sitting in the class room preparing for my knowledge development presentation on Peak Performance Buoyancy till nine this evening, but it had to be done, and I’m eager to try it out!

*Warning, this paragraph is pure equipment talk* I bought the AquaLung Micron regulator, with a standard LPI hose, Calypso Titan Octopus, and SPG with integrated compass. That deal set me back a total of about $735. A pair of off-the-shelf booties cost another $35, and a safety sausage, pointer, writing slate and clips account for the rest. Originally this was almost $1000, but luckily Blue Season Bali, the dive centre I’m training with has a deal with the dive shop, that gave me a discount. I still haven’t looked everything up on the web to see how much it would’ve cost to buy online, and I’m not sure I want to, in case I find out I could’ve gotten it half as expensive if I’d gone web-shopping…

A couple of days ago we had our first session in the sea since I got here, and we’ve had a couple of pool sessions, but I really miss diving! I was prepared to not dive overly much when I got here, but one dive in over a week, and that one a pure skill training dive, is a bit on the tough side for the part of me that aches to explore the local dive sites a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚