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.
and just loved diving with Benny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Pera, with cousins and aunty who are excited to meet the little one on the way
These are cousins
Mother and daughter, and father and son, make a great team.
Father, son and brother
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.
We had nice weather today.
With all the happy divers came back from TK.
Jerry brought with him this artificial critters he carried every dive. He tried to get the boys to trick us underwater.
It was a good dive today.
This is the time of the year when we start decorating our restaurant for Christmas.
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.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
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.