Thursday, August 31, 2006

What Do You Mean By This?.....

What do you mean that I can only take it 3 times per year? This is just BS! If this is the case, I would not need to maintain such a long list for the others.

Is there some kind of double standards?

I am starting to get a bit sick for this kind of treatment I have to go through whenever I applied for one. JUST VERY SICK!


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Why Was The Anemone Following Me?.....

I will tell you why later. So you see, I went diving at Pulau Hantu this morning.

First dive, the vis was good. We went down to about 13m and HP spotted a nudibranch that was a first sighting for me. But the pics were OOF. Anyway, here it is. And the other nudibranch saw was the usual Blue Dragon nudibranch.

The seabed was littered with baby Icon Sea Stars. They are so CUTE! Here’s one:

And we saw lots of corals with their polyps out and here’s an assortment of them

Second dive, we went to the patched reefs. However, the vis was less than a meter at 10m depth and I lost my buddy, Ivy, after descending. We managed to meet at the surface and went down again. Then, I saw this;

It’s an Anemone Shrimp and this female is really big. After taking a few pics of it. I tried to signal to Ivy about it but somehow she was not responding to my tank banging. So, I decided to swim to her to get her attention. And guess what? As I turned back to look to my left, I saw the Anemone following me. So, the answer to the question is, to my horror, I realized that my console’s hose had somehow dislodged the poor animal (together with its commensal Anemone Shrimps) from the rubbles! Ahhhh…….

Fortunately, I managed to get hold of it and brought it back to the rubbles. But it took some times for the poor animal and the Shrimps (they must have been stressed out by the accident) to settle down again. We only left it after we were sure that it had secured itself again. I felt so guilty! It was basically my fault for not tucking the hose close to my body and I should have back off a bit before I swam away.

I am so so sorry. :O/

Friday, August 25, 2006

Time To Catch Up.....

Time to catch up with some Uni friends whom I have not seen for a long time in town tonight. Wonder how have they been?

But will try not to stay out late as I need to attend a NYE Forum at NUS early Saturday morning.

And on Sunday, DIVING at Pulau Hantu! :O) It has been more than 2 months since I dive there. And will be diving there again on the second week of September.

God! I think I am addicted to diving local water. :O)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Ole Ole Ole.....

After almost 3 years of absence from the Premiership due to injuries, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (OGS) is still doing what he does best; scoring late late goals.

He did it once again against Charlton this morning by scoring at stoppage time. Welcome back, OGS!

Didn’t catch the 1st half but from the highlights, it seen that Giggs had quite a number of misses. :O/

But I switched on the TV just at the right time cos within minutes, Man Utd scored. By Darren Fletcher some more! Okay, even though I still think that he is not a good player, but I have nothing to say about the way he executed the goal except BRILLIANT. On the other hand, Saha also managed to get his second goal in two matches.

And the BEST thing this morning is that Chelsea got beaten. Yes the mighty Chelsea LOST!

Ole….Ole….Ole….! :O)

Monday, August 21, 2006

What A Great Start.....

Man Utd 5 Fulham 1

Need I say more? I am one HAPPY supporter yesterday. :O) :O) :O) :O) :O)

Just hoped that they would still perform without Rooney & Scholes in the next three matches.
*Fingers crossed*

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Two More Days.....

Two more days to the start of the new EPL season. Yes, the cycle of catching football matches every weekends will start on this Saturday. :O)

Just hoped that Man Utd will do better this season.

*Get the title back, Red Devils*

Monday, August 14, 2006

Pre-Dawn Trips Ended.....

Yesterday was the last pre-dawn trip of this year for Wildfilms. No more pre-dawn trip until next year.

We ended our last morning trip at Pulau Jong. An island that we have tried so hard to get onto over a year. There's lots of Soft Corals and saw quite a few Sea Slugs (in season glossodoris atromarginata, phyllidia sp including a phyllidia ocellata, chromodoris lineolata, armina sp and a Blue Dragon nudibranch), Flatworms and a Cushion Seastar. However, it was a short trip so did not explore much.

Now with the evening trips only starting in October, I know I am going to have some withdrawal symptoms soon. So what I can do is to look forwards for some diving trips and go for some terrestrial stuff.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

At Sudong Wreck.....

On Sunday afternoon, I joined the Localdivers for a dive trip to Sudong Wreck. The trip started with huge storm clouds looming above us when we left the marina. Fortunately, the sky cleared when we reached the dive site.

First dive, even though the sky was cleared, the water was still choppy. I had a hard time fighting the surface currents to get to the buoy.

We descended to about 15m and explored the seabed around the wreck. There were plentiful of Sea Fans, Sea Whips and Crinoids. Saw a phyllidia sp and a Icon Seastar. Then, HP spotted a toadfish but it sneaked back into its hole when I moved closer to get a shot.

We continued to the bow and that where I lost Ivy and HP after making the turn. I did a buddy search but I still cannot find them. So I tried to head back to the descent line. But somehow, I just could not find it (later I realised that I did not take notice of the depth where the line was tied when I descended). As I was running low on air, I decided to abort the plan to continue searching for the line and made a free ascent. As I was really in the OPEN sea, I tried for the FIRST time, to deploy my surface marker but sad to say I need more practices. I was having trouble with the marker's line and it doesn't help either with surges that was rocking me about. Thus, decided to abort the deployment and all I can do was to pray that no boat/ship passes above me when I surface. Which of course, the prayer was answered for I am here typing away.

When Ivy and HP surfaced, they told us that they spotted a Tigertail Seahorse while searching for me. Everyone was excited about the find and asked for details about the depth and spot that they found it. So finding the Seahorse was on everyone's second dive agenda.

After surface interval, the water was much calmer and I made it to the buoy effortlessly. We went to search for the Seahorse again but instead we saw this nudibranch along the way. It's a glossodoris atromarginata.

HP managed to find the Tigertail Seahorse again. Took some pics but only this one is presentable. The rests are all OOF.

The rest of the divers also managed to see the Seahorse. It was so popular that I heard a group of divers hogged it for nearly 20 minutes to take pics. Just hope that it is still okay after being thrown into the limelights for being the STAR of the day.