Wednesday, February 03, 2010
What we do when we're not diving
Making fools out of ourselves, having fun and snapping lots of photos of course.
I wonder if the word Bandit has something to do with Bandana.
Gerald looks scary when he squints his eyes.
Well actually when we're not diving, we sleep.
Or suffer from severe seasickness.
Well, not really.
We (particularly I) do get seasick a lot of the times when we get out of the sea, but that's just one part of the journey. No big~
*though I did cry one time after surfacing* @_@
No la, actually when we're on land, we took the chance to snap lots of photos around islands. It's actually quite amazing what three cameras can do combined together.
But before that, just to prove that we were there at Sipadan, here are some classic photos with the ol' Sipadan sign.
Which, btw, has been moved from the wood platform at the resthouse to the sand.
A photo of me and Gerald in Sipadan in 2008.
Gerald failed his open water hence he wasn't diving *holds breath from laughing*
Then this was us in Sipadan in 2009.
I had to do a weird heel because there's no more platform for me to sit on.
Don't think we've changed much. Heh~
Though this time we were there with more friends.
(the girl of our group at that point was still taking her open water license :p)
Now to just photos alone.
These are pretty amazing. They're not taken by me.
So sit back, relax, feel the breeze.
Enjoy the scroll.
oh look it's me.
This particular set of photos are all credit of Raymond. I didn't realise he was such a great photographer till I went through these photos. Wow!
So what do one do when one is taking a break between dives. Plenty, and nothing really.
Normally out here there's no signal whatsoever, so you can't do your callings, sms-ing, internet-ing, etc. Hence it's the nature, you and your camera alone. oh, and your curiousity.
On one particular trip, we were dropped off at this secluded inter-connecting islands.
There was NOTHING on this island, all we could find were sand and trees on it.
So what I did was that I sat down on the beach, waddled around in shallow water, and watched a couple of starfish mated.
No actually I put them there that way. LOL. I don't know how starfish mate.
The top one then got irritated and not knowing what to do (obvioussly a virgin), it slowly moved away.
So I picked it up again.
"ma can I bring this home? "
And found that there are a lot of mini tentacles wiggling underneath that seemingly hard shell on top.
Seemingly hard because when I put it on my hand, after a while, the starfish just kinda slumped down.
You know, all its little tube feet sagged towards gravity.
I better put it back into the sea before Raymond eats it.
Meanwhile, Gerald was doing a funky ninja while me and Westley continue exploring the sea.
Then I started exploring taking different kinds of photography with our underwater camera.
You know the sort of photos that's between air and water.
Well, found out that it's kinda hard when the camera lens is a tiny lens from a compact digital.
This was the closest to the possible effect I wanted it to turn out.
Be cautious when you're out there, you know that darn sun can be vicious on your mind when you expose yourself under it for too long.
Look what it did to Gerald.
Gerald pretending to be a floating log. Westley wetting his burnt head in the back.
Look what it did to us.
When you find yourself doing pointless things after taking a break from diving for too long. Get out of the sun!!!
Raymond caught us doing funky pose in action
"Hi Raymond!!" Waving frantically from a distance
Other places we had breaks was Sipadan island itself, which was nice because there's a shelter where you can have lunch (bring your own la).
Or just hanging about at sea (in the boat la).
Right. End of my on land documentaries. Time to head back to the boat,
and continue my ninja action underwater