Monday, August 22, 2016

Bintan OWD (20 & 21 Aug 16)

5th teaching trip of 2016, 18th teaching trip

Dive #1
Location: Nikoi
Max depth: 6.0m
Average depth: 3.4m
Bottom time: 45min (1224G - 1309G)

Dive #2
Location: Nikoi
Max depth: 6.1m
Average depth: 3.2m
Bottom time: 35min (1424G - 1459G)

Dive #3
Location: KM40
Max depth: 10.3m
Average depth: 6.5m
Bottom time: 29min (0916G - 0945G)

Dive #4
Location: KM40
Max depth: 10.8m
Average depth: 6.9m
Bottom time: 20min (1032G - 1052G)


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Layang Layang diving trip and Kota Kinabalu (4 - 10 Aug 2016)

Diving package: SGD$1,780
BCD and regulator rental: RM300
SGD to MYR rate: $1 = RM298

Airasia flight cost - SGD$195.01


Flight 1: Singapore to Kota Kinabalu
AK 1792Singapore (SIN)
Changi Airport (T1)
Thu 04 Aug 2016
1740 hrs (5:40PM)

Kota Kinabalu (BKI)
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (T1)
Thu 04 Aug 2016
2000 hrs (8:00PM)
Flight 2: Kota Kinabalu to Singapore
AK 1791Kota Kinabalu (BKI)
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (T1)
Wed 10 Aug 2016
1445 hrs (2:45PM)

Singapore (SIN)
Changi Airport (T1)
Wed 10 Aug 2016
1710 hrs (5:10PM)
All times shown are local

4 Aug 16

One night stay at Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu

Welcome Seafood Restaurant



4 dishes at only RM164 (SGD$55)


5 Aug 16

My bag versus others'

The dive centre


The dive boat

Nothing in my training has prepared me for the fear and danger I've faced today.
It was already 30m, and it kept drawing me down deeper into the impending hazard. The school of trevally formed a natural tornado and sharks were just swimming through it.
NDL time is short, air is limited, I had to fight very hard against the temptation of losing myself into the captivating sight. I wasn't sure if I was getting high from narcosis or just being seduced. I really wanted to go under the tornado to get "the shot".
And the name of this danger is called "Nature's Beauty"

Hermit crab

The runway at night


6 Aug 16


Turtle towel

Postbox at 40m







7 Aug 16

Eagle ray

I've seen this cute girlish regulator setup online before, but this is the first time seeing it up close. The LPI is not on the left shoulder and the inflator switch is actually on the lower side of the BCD.

Manta Ray towel

pygmy seahorse

Avillion Layang Layang - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

The Avillion Layang Layang resort 360

Layang Layang 360 #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Layang Layang runway 360



8 Aug 16


Gear washing and drying area


Layang Layang Bird island - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Bird island 360


9 Aug 16


Shuttle bus to town is RM5

Breakfast RM14.40

Nice design

Atkinson Clock Tower

Local market

Fishing boats alongside the port


Sorting the fishes

Jesselton Point

Bak kut teh at Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh for RM22 and another RM4 for coconut pudding
一个人吃肉骨茶最大的难题是很难叫多样; 还好这家的 BKT 每分都小小的。加起来才 RM22,外加 RM4 的椰子布丁

Route up to the Signal Hill Observatory Tower

Marlin statue

Night market - seafood stall


Locals waiting for ferry services on sampans

A common sight of people providing sewing/mending services

Tugu Peringatan Malaysia

Getting quite at night

Kuta Bistro

B.E.D (Best Entertainment Destination)


One night stay at Kinabalu Backpackers Lodge (MYR18.00)
Very basic location, free breakfast, wifi, hot water shower available.


10 Aug 16



More pictures:
- Layang Layang diving trip (4 - 9 Aug 2016)
- Kota Kinabalu (9 Aug 2016)