Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Trial Dive with Borneo Divers Sabah in Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu

Weeks ago ,
 a couple of us bloggers and Instagrammers were invited by Borneo Divers Sabah to Mamutik Island for a trial dive.
Super excited and very VERY nervous because as some of you may know, I am not the biggest fan when it comes to the sea.
I like going to the islands but not for the water part. I enjoy being on land, on the beach, soaking up the rays and playing a game of Ultimate Frisbee
and getting tanned while I'm at it. 

An opportunity came and of course I wouldn't turn down the offer.
I have heard many things about Borneo Divers Sabah and not only that, my late dad used to be a diver with them.
I always hear him talk bout deep sea diving, night dives, leisure dives and many more. 

So, being me, I would always want to try everything so I decided to give it a go.
Many people have invited for a dive but I was just not mentally prepared for it but this time, I am ready.
I needed to cross this out of my bucket list so here I am, with everyone , diving!

Meitzeu, Alex , Charlotte and I decided to meet up for breakfast at Tanjung Aru before our trip.
Its been a while since I had the Kon Lou Mee at this place. Packed as always.

A trio photo is a must!

So, we were told to gather up in Star Marina Jetty in Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa.
6 of us bloggers and Instagrammers were selected to participate in the trial dive activity for the weekend.

We had to register ourselves at 9am before heading off to Mamutik Island.
It takes 10-15 minutes by boat to the island and thank God weather was awesome!

We had to pay for the conservation fee upon arrival on the island.

After settling the conservation fee and other registration paperwork, we're off to explore Borneo Divers Sabah building and around the island.
We had a table prepared for us by our host, Charlene. Very friendly and sweet lady and she brought us on a small tour
around the island and everywhere else.

This is Philip. He's the Sales and Marketing executive based in Mamutik Island.
He was the one in charge of our diving activity for that day and also for us drowning.
(I'm kidding.)

Just to let you guys know that we are doing a trial dive which is run by Borneo Divers Sabah and NOT DSD
(aka Discover Scuba Diving). Its two completely different thing.
For DSD, you are required to take a proper class and go through an orientation while as for the Trial Dive,
its a much shorter course which only involves a quick and simple briefing on safety and diving.

We were asked to suit up, fin up and get ready for a short briefing before proceeding with the activity.
Now, at this point I was SUPER excited. Like so excited that I was sweating a lot.
Can't believe this was happening to me!

Group photo of us in our wet suits and to be honest, THE SUITS MAKE ME LOOK PUFFY!
Very comfy but so thick that it made me feel like I had extra fats everywhere but it's all good.

Philip facepalming us because we were noobs showing us some sign languages to use while diving.
This facepalm sign is basically when u feel your mask is flooded, inhale through the regulator,
and exhale through your nose while pressing your mask on the forehead area to push the water out.
(Sound so pro right! Alright, Im gonna stop now)

Also, we learnt how to communicate when there is a problem or if everything was okay.
One thing I found out from this activity, if you cant swim...thats the best.
Why? Because for a person who knows how to swim (like yours truly),
I find it VERY hard to sink and dive because you tend to paddle with your feet a lot which causes you to float.
So, for those who can't swim, this will be good for you because it will be easier for you to sink and slowly swim underwater
and not worrying bout floating too much.

Here I am with my dive buddy, Lucas!
Another thing to keep in mind, when going diving, you must ALWAYS have a dive buddy/partner.
This is for safety purposes in case something happens to you or someone else and they need help so do keep that in mind as well.

The funniest thing about gearing up, we had to carry our tank and I thought it was light.
IT WAS HEAVY! I almost toppled backwards but it was all good.


Here we are getting briefed on how to clean our mask and also put on our fins.
At least with the sea water, the tank don't feel so heavy and it was a lot easier to stand straight.
Took me quite a while to submerge my head as I was pretty scared.

Just so you know, I am not a fan of the sea.
Not a fan of being underwater but I will still give this a chance.
I always wanted to try diving but just too scared to try it out alone so having this opportunity to try it with my friends,
I feel a lot safer.

Proof of me being underwater!
Such a fun and exciting experience for me and I would definitely be back for another go if another opportunity does come up.
I highly recommend this for beginners!

The depth of the dive was around 8-10 meters so its pretty safe for those who are new and scared to dive like me.
I seriously didn't feel that we went that deep but I know my ears were about to pop a lot so I guess we were quite deep.

After our trial dive, we head back for lunch. Our lunch was a lunch buffet.
Charlene brought us around for another quick tour as soon as we finished our lunch.
She brought us to see the new dormitory that was built to accommodate 14 pax at the moment but the upcoming ones will be
able to accommodate up to 80 pax.

Here we have the very first Borneo Divers Sabah shack which was also their class and office.
Such a cool shack! I'm very happy that they didn't have to cramp up in such a small place now to run their courses
and also storing up their gears and equipments.

We were given a chance to kayak as part of our day trip activity and WHO WOULD SAY NO TO KAYAKING!
Let's go!

FYI , it cost RM70 to kayak for 30 minutes.
The best part about kayaking on Mamutik island is that the waters are really REALLY clear.
The kayak that we used were see through as well!

Here I am with my partner Duncan. Funny thing happened.
We were trying to paddle forward but we ended up getting twirled around on the water because of the wind and waves. 
It took us 5 minutes to get out of that mess and when we were out, heading towards our friends, we ended up twirling around again. 
So at the end of the day, we ended up trying to get our of the twirling situation rather than a peaceful kayak around . 
Now Duncan calls me his twirling buddy. 

We went trekking around the island to find a nice spot to take some photos.
Had so much fun but sadly we had to leave really soon because a storm was heading towards to island.

Love this panaromic shot that Charlene took for us!
Hardly get to spend time on the islands with my friends so I am very thankful for the short and beautiful weather!

Group photo from L-R :
Ken, Charlotte, Meitzeu, Me, Lukas and Duncan.

We decided to leave by 3pm as you can see the clouds behind us, weather turned gloomy within 30minutes.
As soon as we touch down at Star Marina Jetty, It started drizzling.
So , that's the end of our day trip as some of us headed off to INCH Coffee for a quick bite cause' I was starving!

During our coffee session , it started pouring outside.
When I say pour, it literally poured and flooded everywhere and I almost couldn't get home.
And that ends our awesome day!

So here are the details for the Trial Dive rates and Day Trip Package :

Day Trip
Adult : Rm150 per pax
Child : Rm105 per pax (3-11 years old)
Validity : 1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018

Includes :
- Return boat transfer from Star Marina Jetty, Tanjung Aru
- Jetty fee
- Welcoming drink
- Buffet Lunch
- Free usage of mask, snorkel & life jacket.
- Free usage of toilet and shower facility

Excludes : 
- Sabah Park Conservation Fee
- 6% GST
- Kayak
- Trial Dive

Trial Dive Rates
Price : Rm280 per pax
(E.g : Day trip package ( Rm150) + Trial Dive (Rm280) = Rm 330)

Would like to thank Borneo Divers Sabah for the opportunity to spend the day at Mamutik Island with everyone 
and also giving the trial dive a go. Definitely a wonderful experience for everyone of us especially me! 

(Photo credits to KenCharlotteMeitzeu, Charlene and Duncan.)

For more info on Borneo Divers Sabah, click here!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mountain - Outdoor Medical First Responder Course (MOMFR) in CUCMS

Back in May,
a bunch of us climbers have signed up to be a part of the Mountain Marshals and we decided to get medically certified
 to be a part of the rescue team. In case you wanna know more about the Mountain Marshals, you can just drop me an email.

The course we attended was conducted in Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science (CUCMS).
Super excited about this course and we spent a week in KL.
(Don't mind the chubby face!)

We stayed in Cyberjaya area for the first 5 nights and also managed to grab a nice place via Air B&B with our friends
and the place was dope! It was such a nice place and really close to the University. It could fit about 10 people in that place.
Will tell more bout the house later on but now here are the photos of what we were up to in Uni!
(Sorry for the blurry and low quality photos because we only had our phones most of the time.)

Learnt a lot from this course and definitely worth the sleepless nights and all that money spent on this trip!
One of the most awesome experience was knowing that now we could save lives and at least be there to assist
and manage the situation when help is needed.

During this trip,
we also made a stop over at Verticale to pay a friend a visit and also to do some shopping for some climbing equipments.
This shop is located at Gombak.

I'm in heaven!! Check out everything!
I wish I could have them all but then I would have to sell my house and car to buy everything.

Then headed over to MINISO which is my FAVOURITE place to visit everytime I go to KL.
Everything they sell in there is just too cute!

I bought this cute rabbit/cat looking neck pillow for me to use on the plane. It was only Rm15.00 if I'm not wrong.
Forgotten how much it cost but I remembered it being cheap and its so soft and fluffy!

Had yogurt and an apple for breakfast before heading out to look for Chinese breakfast.
Where we stayed, there were no chinese restaurants or coffee shops around and we were desperate.
We planned to climb in Camp 5, 1Utama after breakfast and do a little shopping there so quick stop at Sunway Pyramid first before anything else.
Its been ages since I've been to Sunway Pyramid. Gave Charlotte a ring and decided to meet up and have ramen together!

I forgot what this place is called but I know its the ramen shop located inside of Asian Avenue and it was SO GOOD! 
Roy already had breakfast but he couldn't resist himself and had some too!

Pork Char Siew Ramen (Price N/A)

Charlotte ordered the pork char siew ramen and to be honest I cant remember the actual name of this ramen but the soup was so tasty! 
Must be from all that MSG pork bone that they used to make the broth.

Roy's tiny bowl of my chicken teriyaki ramen and look how pretty it looks after I garnished it for him!
Just had to take a photo of this!

We even paid a visit to Suria KLCC and we just had to take a photo together here.
Hot and sunny day and there were people like EVERYWHERE!

Still manage to get a nice photo of us and we left after that.
Nothing much we could buy there because everything there was just too expensive.
(Again, don't mind the chubby face. Its the angle!)

Oh , remember I mentioned bout our Air B&B place?
We didn't manage to take many pictures of the house because we got too excited and forgotten.
Immediately settled down and unpacked.
We stayed for 3 nights and after we checked out, we all found out that the place we stayed in was haunted!

Two people in the house saw something and the other person felt like she's being watched all the time,
Roy had a weird feeling in the lower ground living room which we don't use and I was constantly disturbed in my room with doors
knocking while everyone was downstairs and my shower kept turning on by itself.

This was our room and it was a really nice room with a nice bathroom as well but the bed was just sh*t.
I could feel every single spring piercing through that bed and I'm glad we only stayed for 3 nights
and we were out of that place for good!

Also, the bathroom was so nice but the only problem was the shower.
The water pressure was just sad. JUST SAD!
The amount of pressure was like a drizzling rain. Not your regular rain, not heavy rain but a drizzle/sprinkler.

Our very awesome living room that has a beautiful porch!
Very bright and airy place and it was really comfortable just chilling in the living room.

Our place was a semi-detached house with 2 living rooms, a dining room, a kitchen, a porch, 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
We booked the whole place for RM 769.00 for 3 nights and split among 6 people which means it only cost RM 128.00 per person.
How cheap is that!

Group study at night and I won't forget how stressed out I was during that time.
I was so scared I would fail and also being me, I always have trouble sleeping at night if i'm staying in a new place with a new environment.

Also not forgetting that I paid a visit to Summit USJ Mall to visit my all time favourite shop, Fabric Fanatics.
Met up with Kelly, the owner of Fabric Fanatics and she was so full of energy! Very friendly and very down-to-earth. A very independent woman who started this business which initially started out as just a part time hobby on Etsy now a successful business that sells varieties of stuff you need for crafting, sewing, DIY-ing... you name it! So inspirational!

I have been shopping with Fabric Fanatics since the first year of online/ blogshopping started and also when she first started off her business online.
I stumbled across her online shop I think back in 2009 via a shopping directory called Shopping Roll which has stopped publishing for years now.

Anyways, I also stumbled across Family Mart which I have been dying to visit.
Its a Japanese convenience store and I heard they serve really good Matcha Ice Cream and also tidbits.
I tried their ice cream and it was really good! Not too sweet and I love how creamy it was. Definitely getting it again when I head back to KL.

I also picked up some onigiris to try out and its pretty good but just that the filling inside was just TOO LITTLE. 
Like it only had 1 chunk of meat which was almost close to no-meat-at-all size and the rest was all sauce. 
That was it. Not happy bout that but the ice cream was good!

Managed to make a quick stop at the famous Kamal Medical Book Supplies to check out some stethoscopes. 
I'm still deciding which colour to get because these were all too pretty to choose from. 

At the end of the day, 
I'm just happy to say I'm a qualified Outdoor Medical First Responder and I can't wait to make KK a better place.
Hoping to see Mountain Marshals grow and help make KK a safer place especially for those up in Mount Kinabalu.

Group photo with our lecturers and instructors.

(Photo credits to Roy & Selva)

For more photos, click here!
For those who want to know more about Fabric Fanatics , click here!