All the smiling faces

So the boys have spent the week helping the construction repainting our rooms before the next group arrived. They have been so helpful and have done a great job.

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A little busy this week serving this super friendly divers from main land China. Priscilla and Joyce are friends to us here at KBR bring with them this wonderful people to dive with us. Some have short list to see, some want to see everything.

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We had rain in early morning but it clear up before noon. Water temperature is 28. Fian gave the briefing for one group going to Aerprang.

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With smiling dive masters get excited every dive to show our guests all the most rare critters in the world, working long hours is just a number.

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The little things in life

When we get too busy with all the big things, there are little things in life we miss out sometimes. Diving in Lembeh Straith teaches us to appreciate all those little things and get excited about them.

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Tick all in the list

We have a group of very nice divers with us this week. They have been enjoying seeing all those critters and did not miss anything on the list.

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With all the bad things happens in the world, all the bad reports from the news, how we wish we could hide just for a moment and pause from all those sadness.

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And we grief with  you all who lost the love one. We like to take a moment to let you know that our prayers is you see the light and made it out of this dark time.

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When staff got creative

Have you seen our staff being a little creative? One of the boy made good use of coconut leaf.

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On to diving, we have been blessed with great weather, and amazing dives.

With some imagination, I will say this one special critter has a head of a clown. Check out his neck looking like the clown collar. Or was it just my imagination.

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While this tiny octopus took residence of this sea shell.  Slowly grab them while did not take his eyes of us, squeeze his tiny body in between, and just comfortably wrap his arms around.

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Unexpected guest

Once in a while we have this unexpected guest at the dive center.This time, he was more making himself at home, sitting in the briefing bench. He was making all this moves to be sure we noticed him.

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While underwater, this bright Ambon scorpion fish migrating somewhere.

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Spread his wing arms wide to lift up his body and push as hard as he can that he looked like an aeroplane wreck.

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In the other side, we saw Mr Crab trying to intimidate us.  Never try to go near him.

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The Hunting day

Someone was on the way hunting when we met him. Walked calmly toward his prey with super fast move getting them into his mouth. He was not trying to run away from us, in fact he was walking toward us for another prey.

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While this one just out on the walk had the gut trying to intimidate us.

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And on the way up at 3 meters we just have to stop for this cutie. How could we resist this look.

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The Summer Trip

Someone has said it does not matter where you are going in the summer, it matters who you are going with. Make sure you are on the trip with the people you love.

Underwater, this seemed to be a family trip ….

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And does it really matter what you are doing in the summer? Maybe it does.

For these two, mating early afternoon would be one to do.

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Or you can just do nothing watching people goes by.

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Whatever you do, we hope you make the most of the season.

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Team comes to rescue

The Rescue training is done every six months, it’s about time to do it again so we did. Everyone remembered what to do, and they all did a great job.

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And what’s up with the diving?

Here are some beauty in action at Bianca ….

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The characters underwater

I think the most amazing about diving is the characters of every living critter underwater are no different than ones above water. Every one critter is very special, even the one who won’t be in everyone’s wish list. They are so unpredictable sometimes.

Ms Nudi here took her afternoon walk when little crab met her on the top to say hi.

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Mr Crab here must have thought the palm leaf must have worth something, that he wanted to do the hard work carrying one along the journey.

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And here is when the blue eyes curiously watching us as we passed her by.

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Or the old folk here just out of curiosity peeking from his dark hole while Mrs Shrimp up on the ceiling teasing him.

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We have been retraining our guides to treat critters with more respect and a lot gentle.  It is not easy to break old habits as to start a new one, but they are trying really hard, and getting a lot better.

The fact is, most of the time the critters will pose nice for photographers if we approach them gently and slowly and calmly. If we do not get a good picture of them this time, we can always come back, maybe they are more approachable the next time. For there is always the next time.

We have a request for blue ring this week. It sometimes happens we found blue ring on the day the guests left. Madelaine and Geoffrey had one critter left to see, the legendary blue ring. We have looked and looked and looked every where and had no luck seeing any.  The day they left, Beary and I decided to join the second dive. And sure Beary, with his brilliant eyes, found this 7 cm tall blue ring at 12 metters dept in Aerbajo.

The spot blue rings appear when the octopus agitated or provoked. In this picture you will not see much of the rings appeared on his body, but it’s a good thing, it means he was not feeling threatened.

This poisonous beauty had his head out from his hole with the rest of his body inside . He was checking around for a second.

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The next second he slowly pulled the rest of his body out, and there he stood straight like a warrior.

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Then artistically took his dance steps, swimming from one spot to another, and just letting us admire his friendly pose.

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What a dive!!!