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.
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.
There is nothing better than to get through the night full of culture shows.
And good to know after long hectic hard working day, we still can get a laugh about our job.
Marcus and Sally did the last dive in our house reef. Just doing the shallow dives, but this favorite site of ours is only a few steps away from their room. The corals and marine life are improving in this site, the last time we dove we saw the relaxing young crocodile fish about 30 cm long sit right on our concrete where we planted our corals.
While they were underwater diving, above the water, Mariska was taking lunch order from this group of very nice divers. We got to serve their favorite fresh fish every day. Beary was explaining to them different kind of sauces they can order with the fish.
Diving has been great. You can’t complain the weather.
Rolf and Karin have been very nice to share the critters images with us.
Here we like to share them with you.
One of the sweetest couple who treats everyone of us here at KBR like family. Never hesitate to offer us very supportive and comforting talks when we needed here at KBR. Their action shows just how much they care about the people here. And we are grateful for them. Meet John and Pat.
It’s John Bday this week. We had the plan to celebrate and let him know how special they both are to KBR. Pat said John will be embarrassed to be the center of attention, but he will forgive us because he loves us. We proceed with our plan.
So, a Bday cake and big crowd of people sing Happy Bday to a special man who is family at heart to us at KBR and a big party to celebrate the special day.
Nina made it safe to KBR. Due to weather, her plane had to make a turn to Philipine, and came back to Manado when the weather clear out. One of the nicest lady who happened to meet our sweet couple John and Pat who after they talked they found out that they live just a few miles away from her home in England.
Weather has been really friendly with us. No raining. Everyone is happy with the dives. We do not always get to see everything on the list, but we are okay to get to see most in the list. It’s really nice to see Martin and Kate, they are just really nice to us here at KBR.
Beary and Ais are doing wonderful job to be sure we take good care of our divers.
The guides are just amazingly excited going on every dive. Everyone just working hard and you can still see them smiling at the end of the day. We couldn’t have asked for a better team.
Heading to Aerprang 2, one of the best dive site where octopus species make their home in this large, spread-out gradual sand slope. Dave was very kind to let Enal taking the shoots from his camera.
First found was the Coconut Octopus taking resident in a coffee cup, exactly his colours.
Long arm octopus and the Mototi Octopus surprisingly friendly.
But the Frecklet Frogfish was a star with his bright blue eyes staring wondering about us.
Eggshell shrimp hardly recognized. Golden Mantis Shrimp and the green shrimp watching us from a distance.
We were amazed of how this nudi got this beautiful spoted not far from the sea slug.
Not a bad dive after all.