Thursday, August 21, 2008

Advance Open Water Course

030808 the day when I was certified as the Advance Open Water Diver (AOWD). Still with the same dive centre, Bali Hai Divers, Panuba, Tioman Island. Love the area and the dive boat, Bali Haitec.

The Haitec Boat

The trip consists of quite a big group, there are 17 of us. 5 are taking the Open Water Course and another 4 are taking the Advance course. The rest are only enjoying the island holiday.

The instructor for AOWD is a also a Germany, a freelance and veteran instructor, Miriam Beck. Very strict, however quite a nice lady. The AOWD syllabus consists of 5 open sea dives with different types and disciplines of diving. Two compulsory dives, Deep Diving and Navigation Dive. The other three dives are a selection from varieties of specialty dives. We opt for Wreck Diving, Search and Recovery and Peak Performance Buoyancy.

Three of the dives were carried out at Panuba house reef, deep diving at Chebeh and wreck diving at Soyak Wreck. Apart from that I manage to do another 4 fun dives at Fan Canyon, Coral Island, Renggis and Soyak (but the coral part not the wreck).

With the advance certification, I am certified to carry out my diving at the 30 m depth. That is the main reason why I took the AOWD course. This is also to suit with my objectives of more fun dive in future and taking another step in diving.

The dives were very enjoyable, with more marine aquatic been explored and seen, especially when we did the wreck diving. Really love the scene, especially with a lot of fish around you surrounding the wreck. From the dives, I also saw a lot of improvement in my diving skills, in terms of swimming following the terrain, fin kicking, buoyancy control, level of confidence and etc.

Plan more dives after this. Maybe the nearest dives will be at my hometown, Miri, Sarawak during the Hari Raya holiday. Balik Kampung !!!

Myself with my owned gear

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Open Water Diving Course

Alhamdulillah, I have completed my PADI Open Water Diving course at Bali Hai Dive Centre, Tioman Island, Malaysia on 25th May 2008. What an amazing experience having the skills and ability to do SCUBA diving. Previously what I did to discover the underwater world is through snorkeling and now I am certified to go deep into the ocean to discover the underwater world.

Went to Tioman on the Friday night of 23d May 2008 for a 4 days and 3 nights trips at Tioman Island. Went there with the other 4 colleagues, Norzahid, Faiz, Zam Erwani & Sharifuddin. We stay at Panuba Inn, near Ayer Batang Village.

I was trained by Sonja Konrad, a lovely and beautiful Germans. On the arrival day I have started my confined water lesson, learning various basic skills i.e. mask clearing, alternate air source, etc can't really remember them.

The next day we experience some open water swimming at Panuba House Reef. This is the real SCUBA diving. At the depth of around 12 meters the experience is really exhilarating. Seeing more marine lives and beautiful corals.

In the late afternoon we are tested with the pre-requisite test for OWD course, 200m swimming and 10 minutes floating without any aid.

The last day is the best part of the course, the open sea swimming. We swim at two of the many dive sites around Tioman, Chebeh & Batu Malang. Both dive sites offers and give a different types of dives. At Chebeh I met with a school of batfish and of course the turtle. This steep sloping reef formation has a vast coverage of Fan Corals (Gorgonians) and many other soft corals. The water seem to be very deep and as an OWD certification, we are only allowed to dive up to 18m.

All of us with the our lovely instructor

Batu Malang consists of a small rock collection located in front of the white sandy beach of Coral Island. This place makes a perfect second dive site with an average depth of only 10 meters. Batu Malang is blessed with an abundance of hard coral such as Staghorn Coral, Tabletop Coral, Potato Coral, Flower Coral and Bommies. Abundance of nudibranch are also spotted. The best part of diving here is you experience maneuvering yourself between the rocks. The visibility is also very clear.

Well can't wait for another dive trip.

Monday, March 31, 2008

4WD Drive Adventure and Whitewater Rafting

Haven't got the time to update. A lot of things happen after the March 8 election day. The day that saw BN lost 5+1 states and eat its 2/3 majority in Parliament.

However my focus in this article is not about politics, but about another program that I organized last weekend. As per the title 4WD Adventure & Whitewater Rafting. This time around the rafting part at Jeram Besu, Pahang.

Participants of the Adventure Trip

The program start with participants met at Bentong Petronas Station around 9:30 am. From there we head straight to Balai Polis Raub, Pahang where we were met by the Countryview Recreation Park (CRP) Manager, the event organizer. He heads us to the 4WD centre at Sungai Klau.

At the 4WD center we were given a short safety briefing before we took a group photography. We were divided into three 4WD vehicles with per vehicle around 5 - 6 people. Form the start we could feel the bumpy rides that we will experience for the rest of the 45 minutes journey to our final destination at Lata Berembun.

Lata Berembun located 38kms from Raub near Kampung Baru China Cungai Chalit. The picturesque waterfall is ideal for camping and picnics. It is only accessible by 4X4 that takes the participant past verdant fruit orchards and plantations growing guava, durian and cocoa. Located almost 1000m above sea level and surrounded by thick forests, the water is icy cold. Lata Berembun is located halfway up the slopes of the massive 2000m Gunung Benom which is still mostly unexplored and has seen only few climbers.

In the 4X4 journey, we hang at the specially designed deck of the vehicle.

Compare to my previous rafting ttrip at Sungai Kampar, the rapid

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Election Results

Well the rakyat's has spoken. They give a very clear message to the present govt to rejuvenate and change. Their deaf and ignorance has been given a lesson by the people.

As everyone know for the first time ever BN lost its 2/3 majority in Parliament with 5 states come under control by the non BN parties. Only almost 2 am in the morning BN manage to form the government with a simple majority. Penang, Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Kelantan now have new opposition i.e. BN.

Without further deep analysis, the cause because we have incompetent government lead by the tidurlah Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi. Now everyone has spoken. He should listen and step down. If not worst ever BN will not ruling the country in the near future.

Well nothing untoward incident happen so far. Live is still as usual. People still going to wedding and holidaying as planned. Later today will go to Othman wedding.

No celebration by the opposition and transition of power at certain states seems to be smooth. Hope the results will bring a better Malaysia.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Election Day

After 13 days of campaign, today is the day to decide. Nice date 080308. Manage to exercise my duty and responsibility as a Malaysian to decide my government.

Went to the polling station at 11:30 am and was in and out less than 15 minutes. Not much hype at Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary contest. The ambient is just okay and nice no aggressive last minutes campaign or so called lobbied by any parties.

It is a straight fight between Parti Keadilan Rakyat (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) and MCA - BN (Datuk Tan Chai Ho).

All polling stations have been close at 5 pm and now they still counting. The earliest result is expected at 7pm and the Govt shall be formed at 11 pm depending on the smoothen process of the vote counting. That is what the Election Commission told us.

Hope today's election will give the government an ear of people's power.

However live is as usual. Still manage to go shopping at Low Yat.

Friday, March 7, 2008

J Card Day

Following are J Card Day Schedule for 2008:

06 March - Metro Prima
17 April - Wangsa Maju
30 April - Queensbay
08 May - Bandar Puchong Jaya and Tebrau
15 May - Taman Maluri
10 July - Melaka & Taman Universiti
17 July - Bandar Utama & Seremban 2
29 Sep - Ipoh & Taman Equine
22 Oct - Mid Valley & Cheras Selatan

Those who look forward for a shopping spree do not miss the boat.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Horse Riding

Saturday, Feb 16, 2008

Got a chance trying the horse riding trail at Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Malaysia last Saturday. Lovely exercise and a nice outing.
I went there with Faiz and we got a chance to ride with Indiana and Penelope. Indiana is a male horse age around 11 years old, while Penelope is a female age around 8 years old.
Might be Indiana hate me, cause he is so stubborn and lazy to move although I always give him a kick. Or maybe it relates to my nature, not so lovely to animals.

We started the afternoon with 1/2 hour riding lesson than followed with the 1 1/2 hrs trail rides. Our instructor is Edie and he bring us around exploring some parts of Bukit Tinggi area. From the Horse Trail Center we ride the horse to cover at the Golf Club area and later to the jungle next to the Paintball arena. Then we proceed for an off road trail. The best experience is when we ride the horse in the jungle trail especially passing the small stream and pass over the bushes.
Horse riding is not that hard, beginners and inexperience like both of us found that it is really exciting, interesting and a healthy exercise. I encourage everyone to try,
There are not many places offer the horse trail package in Malaysia, I found one in Bukit Tinggi, Sedenak and Port Dickson. For the price do check-out their websites.
Since the last experience, I am looking forward to enroll myself to a serious riding class at Bukit Kiara Equestrian.

Hope you enjoy the riding footage!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Perak Adventure 2007

Cave Adventure & White-water Rafting
Sunday, April 15, 2007


In middle April 2007, twenty two people from Gas Malaysia looking for a round of adventure during the weekend ended up at Gopeng, Perak, where they had the opportunity to spend a day white water rafting and caving. Despite having their rafts capsize several times, slipping as they lost their footing while in the cave, and several bum-bruising lorry rides to and from the activity locations, they emerged with satisfied smiles, and more than eager to recount the exciting tales.
The journey start from various locations based on participants based. 5 cars depart from Klang Valley and one car direct from Perak. Those from Klang Valley met at Rawang R&R around 7:30 am and final meeting point at Gopeng toll plaza at 9:30 am. There, we met with the trip organiser - Nomad Adventure. The lead instructor was Mr. Claude Farlen, a Canadian that had seven years of experience in outdoor activities.

Gua Kandu Exploration

Gua Kandu is a multi-level and multi chambered wild cave that was a communist hideout during the Emergency. No crawling is involved, but participants will be challenged with scrambling though this little-visited cave. The highlight of the caving is to experience the one-of-a-kind 80m flying fox (developed by the experts) in the cave which gives an exhilarating bird's eye view of the main chamber.

The flying fox zip line cave is a complex, multi-level system of large chambers with ancillary passages. Most of the formations seemed to be dead, but dropping water all around proves that they are really just damaged or polluted from human contact. However, in several areas inside, one can find not only live formations, but beautiful white calcite flows that are as ancient and pure as the ones found in pristine caverns. You might have to look around a bit to find them. There was also at least one rimstone dam pool with clear water surrounded by several columns. Bats were definitely present on the ceiling, barely visible in small patches. Didn't see any in flight. Surprisingly there was little or no guano on the cave floor, and no nasty guano smell either.

Whitewater Rafting at Sg . Kampar

The river component of the program is on Sungai Kampar, one of the only rivers in Peninsular Malaysia where whitewater rafting is viable. This river trip has it all. From the excitement of tackling large rapids, to enjoying the serene beauty of a gentle paddle through lush rainforest, this will be an invigorating day spent at one with nature while learning some challenging skills.
The river journey had plenty of fun rapids to keep you busy, it was a well-chosen route with minimal flats to paddle through. Although recent rains brought questions of safety, the course was well clear and posed no hazards. I was impressed with the extensive safety procedures and pre-trip floating and rope rescue training exercise. Other outfits often do this after or during the trip - it makes more sense to do it right before put-in. There was capsizing incident, but it actually made the rafting a lot more fun, and since we had been briefed on raft safety, no one was alarmed, we just enjoyed the water !

Friday, February 8, 2008

Introduction of 'The Journey'

Awangku Faizulemari, that's my name. Just created the blog to share some of my memorable moments in my life.

Maybe I start a little bit late in blogging. But better late than never. Plan to create my own blog quite some time ago, but no will power to do it.

Well a lot of things that I would like to posted in my own personal blog, This is especially events, moments and things that directly related to myself. In previous year, 2007, a lot of moments and beautiful experience happens that I will share with the rest the world.

To all who happens to bump in this blog, welcome and hope we could share and benefits from the posting that I made.

However for now, I take a rest and till we meet again.