Backpacker’s life. Diver’s life. Adventurer’s life. Single girl’s life (part 1)

Two days before departure:

My biggest plan of the year broke suddenly and I couldn’t be more disappointed. On a beautiful Friday morning, within an hour I decided to go to Bali again with a group of divers who I knew no one before. All paid.

Flight ticket: booked. Hotel: booked.

Bali, here I come, again 🙂 No more hard feelings.

The night before departure: Packing – one of the hardest part of a girl’s trip I think, to decide what to bring and what not to bring.

I only had 7kg of hand carry-on luggage for 7 days ahead. What to bring?

  • Shoes/Sandals: 1 pair of running shoes (for lots of walking and trekking day); 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 swimsuit + 1 swimming goggles
  • Tops: 2 running tank tops; 4 tank tops; 1 sport bra; 3 normal bra; 1 light scarf and 1 light running jacket
  • Bottom: 1 running shorts (just because I don’t have any beach shorts and the running shorts is fast dry); 1 long yoga pants (for trekking day); 2 shorts; 1 mini sport skirt (all of these could be pair with either my running shoes and flip flops); and travel underwears 😉
  • Travel towel
  • Hi-tech stuff: Canon D30 for underwater shooting, Leica D-lux 6 for normal shooting, cellphone, Kindle paperwhite, chargers for all, earphone
  • Dive logbook and diving certification card
  • Beauty stuff (all in travel size): deodorant, cleansing oil, shampoo and body shampoo, lip palm, lip stick, etc.
  • Personal medical treatments.

I packed all in my large and light backpack. I also packed 1 small trekking backpack and my running belt. I wore the running belt most of the time I moved. It could store my passport and boarding pass, money, earphone.

Day 1:

Breakfast on the go. Morning flight from HCM to Kualar Lumpur.

Lunch at Kualar Lumpur airport. I still had time to grab a coffee for myself.

Then afternoon flight from Kualar Lumpur to Denpasar, Bali.

Arrived at 9pm. Dinner at 10pm. Then 1,5hrs more on bus heading to Tulamben where my new friends and I would spend 3 full days for diving only.

12am. Tulamben here we are.

Exhausted.

Day 2:

Tulamben, on the East of Bali island, is a world known site for divers. Along the East side of the island, there are total 17 dive sites from South to North.

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We all were too tired for sunrise dive.

The sun was high when we woke up
The sun was high when we woke up

8am, 1st dive: Suci place, shore dive.

According to the place we stayed, Matahari Tulamben Resort

2012-2013 Matahari Tulamben Resort started to create a new Divespot just in front of the resort.
Depth 9 to 17 m. Beside the figures of “Buddha”, his mother, the goddess “Dewi Tara”, “Sleeping Ganesha”, you will find different artifacts. In the meantime the place is not only popular for divers. A lot of fishes, net murane, cleaners and critters found a new home and like this place very much. Even Mola Mola and Eagle ray have been there already.

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Buddha underwater

IMG_0623I wish my camera could be better… So most of following photos are taken by my friends and marked their names. They took awesome photos, way better than mine..

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Now you see the difference…

11am, 2nd dive: USS Liberty shipwreck, shore dive – top 10 of best diving sites in the world 🙂 a must-go dive site when you visit Bali as a diver

the ship
the ship

According to Wikipedia

USAT Liberty was a United States Armycargo ship torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-166 in January 1942 and beached on the island of Bali. She had been built as a Design 1037 ship for the United States Shipping Board in World War I and had served in the United States Navy in that war as animal transport USS Liberty (ID-3461). She was also notable as the first ship constructed at Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny, New Jersey. In 1963 a volcanic eruption moved the ship off the beach, andLiberty‍ ’​s wreck is now a popular dive site.

Butterfly fish
Butterfly fish
Coral cod
Coral cod
beuatiful sea turtle
beautiful sea turtle

(to be cont.)

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My mind is still somewhere on the beach

Back to work and pretty busy because Tet is right at the corner. Everything needs to be done before long holidays. But my mind is still floating somewhere on the beach,

somewhere at the busy harbor at the end of the day

somewhere underwater between corals, fishes, huge jellyfishes, and even scary urchins >.<

I miss the smell of fresh air at early morning

when I was on the boat going to diving spot and the sun was behind

I have been so lucky that I met super kind-hearted people when traveling alone, not just this trip, such as my very nice instructor Melodie, very cute Spanish dive-master Tino (who didn’t have to care about me but he did), very kind apartment owner Viet, very friendly strangers on my journey, all of them made my trip much much more remarkable…

I miss all and each of them, the awesome people, not just the journey. I do hope I could meet them again someday somewhere 🙂

P.S: I’m thinking of buying a Canon D30 or a GoPro 4 Silver. I want to have underwater pictures!!

First trip of the year – Phu Quoc island

I just had 4 peaceful days on a very nice island – Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

2/3 of daytime I joined the Open Water Course of scuba diving. And finally certified! Yay! Unfortunately I didn’t have any waterproof camera so no picture of diving 😦

The rest of the day I was just lazy :”)

Since I stayed on the West of the island, so just sunset pictures…

At the harbor, Ham Ninh market

Sunset at the habor
Sunset at the habor

The beach is simply amazing.

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Dogs are everywhere, and so cute

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Besides few accidents such as got bitten by jelly fishes and sea urchins while scuba diving (and also had seasick and threw up everything on first day of ocean dives, OMG so embarrassed >.<) , the whole trip was completely wonderful 🙂 new friends, new experiences..

Now back to work. Work hard, play hard.

Cheers,

Boo