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Truth about underwater photographer…

Today, I received a phone call from one of my fellow underwater photographer in Kuching, Malaysia. Sad news,a fellow diver drowned his Nikon D3 due to improper cleaning on his housing seal. The cost of clean up and re-investing his camera would take around 2-3 months of his paycheck.

But all these can be survived. As some of you have purchase Canon housing. Due care is important. Especially clean up procedures must be consistence with extra care. Even a spec of sand or hair around the seals would compromise the whole housing! That is how delicate it is for underwater photography.

The truth is, there are ways in surviving a leaking underwater housing. Better to have some chances than 0%. Well most men might think this is crazy but even well known divers do use the same tactic. The trick is, Sanitary Pads/Napkins! What a miracle.. Yes, I use them every time I go for a dive. Just cause you can’t see it doesnt mean that its not there.

And quit complaining about sanitary pads/napkins. They do absorb water well and prevents water moving about. For less than a couple of cents, it would save your couple of hundreds or thousand dollars equipment. And you think as men, you never use it in your life. If you decide to think ALTERNATIVE, well diapers could be use however, fitting it into your underwater camera housing could prove very challenging! Especially compact sizes.

I use around 4 pcs each month during peak diving season (I wonder if my wife found out) whenever I pull my dslr housing out. It works for Canon Underwater Housing too.

At least the chances of surviving a leaking housing is there. To further prevent total lost, I would suggest installing a Leak Detector. It can be obtained from Jeff Mullins. For all those dslr users or Canon Powershot G series user who dive with them, SERIOUSLY, you should consider it for just USD$27.00 (excluding postage to Brunei)

Drop into his website and have look. Other brands that are available there.

One might say, it will never happen or perhaps I spend $$$$$ to prevent this from happening. Well, if you read your manuals during scuba diving courses, 4 bars is good enough to compress anything underwater. Why not a dirty seal or crack seal? Anything can happen!

And there have been enough of these happening in Brunei.

A Rare Moment

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A moment so rare, that the sea went calm, clear waters and much laughters.

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Running??…. Huh… Me??

I have always taught running was never my forte.. Water, definately. I always felt the sea is where I belong. Swimming, jetsea, diving or any sea sports, you’ll see me there.

In my most recent deep dive, my body began huffing and puffing since my last 4 months. So here I am, what should I do? Crash diet, wipe carb out of my diet or challenge myself in another new thingy….

Nearly a year ago, my wife purchase this nike+ for the Mac.. hmmm… I joined her too. Anyway, Husband and wife doing the same thing together. It would be good.. She can do her other stuff while I jump on the runing bandwagon..

Its has been challenging though. First, the old sensor conk out. Next, I had to re-calibrate a couple of time. My calories haven’t been calculated after a long run.. but finally, everything worked out fine. Finally!! I can see my progress. Too bad this site don’t have an add on for wordpress.

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As normal human being, consistency is now crucial. Can’t let my stats come down all the sudden. No carb intake.. boy.. there goes my lovely bread!

Oh yeah, Aaron… start laughing.. Even I laugh at myself..

Of my proudest moments……

Today mark the first day of my proudest moment. Finally decipher php coding and put a new engine into the server. It mark the first day for our company’s website with new GUI and templates for users in Brunei to view our company portfolio and products. Lets not forget keeping everyone up to date.

To those tech guys in joomlashack.com, joomlaworks.com and joomla.com, who guided a blur sotong like me, thank you so much!! I truly appreciate your wisdom, knowledge and assistance through all those late nights and early mornings. You guys have shared so much in making this day a reality! Those mistakes have taught me the greatest lessons.

Some might think “Why are you doing?? or Why spend so much time??”. Especially programming is not my forte. Well, if I don’t do it, who will? The answer “I Don’t Know, oh? will never cut it. Its a poor excuse for not being responsibility! Situation calls for actions and solutions, not cursing and swearing thinking that someone will give way.

It took several weeks to figure out the whole system and reading php language.. Not that its my core job at all!!. The dumb arse which we employed to do in the first place screw everything up including our initial launch date. Although delayed, thank goodness that a good friend of mine helped me in fixing up a lot of holes in the system. You know who you are! Thank you soo much.. see.. I won’t publish your name at all. Dont worry.

Of course, these came at a price. Not to mention sleepless nights and worrying days or getting someone cross. I was so determine in getting this up and running, countless nights have been spend on the system ensuring that any loading would not bring it down.. After all, ITS THE COPORATE IMAGE, we’ll talking about. Does anyone care, some don’t, instead, might be complaining that I am anti social…

Speaking of anti-social,what an opposite effect came to be! While missing my friends so much! Talking about laws of attraction. A phone call came to me after work asking me to drop by for a drink later tonight! When I got there, To my surprise, all of my buddies were there… From CV, diving to photography!.. Wow.. talk about a good ending to a day!! Thanks guys/gals!! I needed it.. After a couple of months, we catch up old times with good old Tiger beer! wow..

Of course, I mentioned about my proudest moment today and beers kept flowing to me! LOL… What a great night it came up to be! But to be able to share my achievements with buddies who appreciate what it all meant, is an HONOR. Thanks guys!

A lot of you were so surprise and not to mention that in a couple of weeks or months, more will ask why I actually deactivated my facebook account. Yes, I did it! and NO! I wont activate it at all. Period. Eventhough its 680 FRIENDS in Facebook when I closed it. But they will always be in my mind and heart. I definately will miss good old Knoxfield College days, but its something which I BELIEVE it must be done.

Situation were getting a bit sensitive. Even ISD (Internal Security Department) was never this sensitive unless of course, Bullshit and defamation was part of the story line.. But we live in a age that you can’t simply publish a lousy lunch on a particular day and about  living in a past. Well, that’s a whole different story. Hence, the logical choice is deactivating and terminating the account.

Now, back in presence, oooh… too much beer.. Cant even understand if I am high, drunk or pissed! But blogging in the toilet!! Its very new to me. And to think Brunei has no beer.. Nonsense.. There is.. Just dont drive! Good night everyone and thanks for your invite.. ooohh… its 1.38am now.. time for bed!!

On my top list tomorrow… Kacau Asli!! LOL…. So good to breath a sight of relief!

Simply Bliss

A couple of months ago, I mentioned about over fishing in Brunei waters. Well, surprise how mother nature gave us a second chance. On a recent trip, I was bless with the amount of underwater life have shown us. How bliss can one get?

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Perhaps there is hope after all for those sea creatures. Provided they don’t bomb the hell out of it. Although distance and travel time was far, we got there in one piece.

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