Yes, sir Jack!

Less sunshine sometimes good for diving. The rain kept the water cold, so we got to see more critters coming up shallow. We saw blue rings came out from their hiding hunting for food.  Lembeh Sea Dragon still there hanging in there. We recently saw more mandarin fishes in our house reef. As much as we like the rain, sunshine brings joy in the morning.

Equal to the joy Kevin brought to the village children when he presented them a gift of real football. He saw them playing with fake ball by the beach, so he went to get them a real one.

We have many of our repeaters staying with us this month, one in particular, Sir Jack we call him now, enjoyed being spoiled.

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This amazing week!!!!

We had enough rain already, let’s say hello to the sunshine.

Majority of our guests are not first time at KBR. For us here, it’s like to welcome home members of our family for a short stay. To celebrate them, we got everyone together for a party.

First little step to save Bianca

Many of you who follow us on facebook have seen our latest post about Bianca. Bianca is a dive site in Lembeh Strait where our divers go to see the mating of Mandarin fish (credit images to Constantinos Petrinos). This site has more Mandarin fish than any other site in Lembeh Strait. Dive deeper into 22 Metter you can see more such ghost pipe fish, painted frog fish, even blue ring, and many more nudibranch.

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The end of December 2016, the government planned to build a jetty on that site. So, Ais sent a letter to express our concern. The second step we took was to post this issue on facebook. With all of your support reading and share our post, the post catch the attention of the Vice Mayor of Bitung.

Today, we had the opportunity to meet Mr Maurits Mantiri, our Vice Mayor, who has officially and personally notified us that the government has moved the location of the jetty to the village nearby. He has as well ordered the chief of Tandurusa, Mr Patrick, to get everyone to go to the beach and clean the garbage on land. Kungkungan Bay Resort and guides have participated to collect garbage underwater and load to the garbage boat prepared by the Government of Bitung.

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We have invited Mr Maurits Mantiri also to visit one of the dive sites we have lost, Pulau Abadi. Pulau Abadi was a great site to see hairy octopus, Lembeh Sea Dragon, and many other rare critters. We have lost the site after a shipping company turned the site to a ship yard. Of the ship traffic, the site was just too dangerous to dive into for our divers. We have many more dive sites, but losing one is sad. Ian and Sarah were so nice join our trip to show support, and had given the Vice Mayor their input.

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This won’t be the last step for Kungkungan Bay Resort to speak up about preserving dive site in this beautiful and very special Lembeh Strait. But, today, we have seen “hope”, that there are people like Mr Maurits Mantiri who listen and care enough to take the necessary steps to protect and preserve.

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Here at KBR we do our rescue training a couple times a year to keep us all refreshed on this important part of our training program. The boys were near exhausted from the week of hard work, but they realized the important of this program and have made it all the way to the end. We did a lot more physical practices included in the training.

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With a little competition. Irfin won the first place.

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We are very proud of them making it to the end of the course. And as always they slip humor and laughs in between breaks.

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And we did not forget to thank Windy for thoughtfully bring us some drinks.

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Closing 2016, welcome 2017

2016 was a little tough, but with lots of prayers we made it. We have faith that 2017 will be far better year for us at KBR. With excitement to welcome the new year, we celebrated with a party.

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And we got Ben to dance …

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The day when the sun hides

The weather was not as nice as yesterday, we got light rain shower early in the morning for a short hour. Ade got everyone in the list to dive tomorrow.

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Benjamin met a new friend.

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Dives have been really great. We hope tomorrow the weather improves, and we can do a party by the pool.

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Christmas Eve Dinner

Perfect roast beef, Roast potatoes with sage & orange, Black forest with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, complete with stuffing and ketupat, Indonesia traditional rice packed inside a diamond-shaped container of woven palm leaf pouch, are part of our menu for Christmas eve. Great compliments from everyone, served by all these beautiful people of KBR.

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Christmas in this land of smiling people is one reason to celebrate families. North Sulawesi is the only province of Indonesia where majority of the people are Christians, and the Christmas celebration is merrier than anywhere in Indonesia.

Here in this beautiful resort where many of us call second home, our family of KBR all in good spirit. And when we call family, we mean family. This big family of KBR contains a lot of small relatives who work hand in hand from one department to another to be sure we give all our best to serve our guests. And here are the relatives serving at KBR:

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Pera, with cousins and aunty who are excited to meet the little one on the way

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These are cousins

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Mother and daughter, and father and son, make a great team.

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Father, son and brother

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How nice it is for Beary to have a chef brother.

So, there we are, a bunch of family. More of us are family by hearts.

Dive The TK

We had nice weather today.

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With all the happy divers came back from TK.

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Jerry brought with him this artificial critters he carried every dive. He tried to get the boys to trick us underwater.

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It was a good dive today.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas!!!

This is the time of the year when we start decorating our restaurant for Christmas.

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Beary got the boys helped with the trees and the rest of the ornaments. And he can mostly do it from the air while taking call.

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We wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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And to you, special people, who are away from your family serving your country in this special day, we join your family, friends and all of the wonderful people in this world to say a prayer for you today. Merry Christmas, and God bless you always.