In 27C water, with truly warm guests, working this week is heaven. Meet Terence, Doris and Katsuko who have been really nice to serve, and great people to take diving to.
June our guide gave the briefing, we were heading to Makawide # 2, a site named after the nearby village, the home of the pigmy seahorses and many other critters. Beny was responsible to get all cameras to the boat.
Diving has been amazing. Weather is really hot, humid, but just perfect for us divers. I know you have been enjoying all those images posting in facebook by Terence and Doris. We are grateful for their kindness to share all those critter images with us.
Katsuko has been here so many times that we feel her like a family. Either Jenly joked with her to piggyback her around or Jeff teasing her for only wanting to see nudibranch in every dive, it’s always nice to have her back here at KBR.
The feeling is nice to serve our guests like family.
Sometimes during world war II, it was told that the Snapping shrimp was once studied as the sounds interfered with the detection of hostile submarines.
The snapping sound came from a high-speed jet of water shoots out of the socket due to extremely rapid compression as the ‘finger’ plunges into the socket. Snapping shrimp has pincer with a moveable ‘finger’ held at right angles to a matching ‘socket’ on the opposite side. When the ‘finger’ is released, it plunges rapidly into the socket which result an explosive sound. It’s amazing how such a small critter did really interfered with its sound.
But I don’t think this particular one would make so much noise. This one special Crinoid snapping shrimp is expecting. With tummy full of eggs moving heavily making a way out.
In the other side, one did not hesitate taking a fast and steady walk to a destination.
And to some, stay still and quite are just what needed.
Merdeka in Malay Language means independent or free. In Tagalog the term was Maharlika. It was from the word of Maharddhika from the Sanskrit means rich, prosperous and powerful. In Malay, this term used in the meaning of a freed slave. Dutch used the similar term Mardijker refer to free the slaves from India in the East Indies.
Over 71 years ago, the word “Merdeka” is one word of encouragement, one word of unity, one word of brotherhood, one word of hope for the new nation, one word of faith for a freedom and Liberty, being cried out with great feeling of patriotism by our great heroes of this country as greetings. It was the most sacred word during the fight when they gave their life to fight for the Independence of this country. It was the word used by our First President Mr Soekarno on his speech after we declared our independence:
“Since today we will cry out loud, “Merdeka!” Continue on that loud battle cry, as the soul calls out loud for freedom! A soul of freedom, one of fighting and working spirit! TO FIGHT AND TO WORK! Prove it!”
So, to our great heroes for their sacrifices in the past and ones who are still fighting for the better Indonesia today, here at KBR we say “Merdeka”. Merdeka to a hope for a better nation of “Unity in Diversity”.
We have a little easier week to go through after all the fun we had. We did get Priscilla out to the pool after the party.
Back to the busy life in the kitchen. Flora was in charge on cleaning our fresh fish. While Holy smoked our bacon this week.
Once a week we like to bring our very own homemade pizza to the table. Someone made a comment that it was not traditional, well, I think we are allowed not to be traditional sometime.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Known as Asian Seabass, the name Barramundi in Australia aboriginal language means “river fish scale.” A little hard to photograph them because they don’t stay still, they mostly run away and find a place to hide from divers. We encountered with this beautiful fish when she was resting in a beer bottle she makes a home. She looked curiously peaking with her big eyes staring at the lights wondering what was at the door. She was in and out moving so gracefully like she was dancing.
The Barramundi Cod grows to 70 cm in length or rarely reach up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft) long. Early at monsoon, men migrate downstream to meet the female which lay very large amount of egg up to several millions. Begin the life as female then at one stage in life many of them changing to male which categorized them as Protogynous hermaphrodite. This fish is listed as endanger in the Australia water due to over fishing.