Friday, May 15, 2015

Certified Open Water Diver!

Yes I did it! I really did!

It was a gruelling 4 days 3 nights. We departed KLCC around 11pm and arrived at Marang around 8am. Had a yummy breakfast at a local stall, nasi dagang of course and boarded our speedboat to Redang Island around 9.30am.

The boat ride was enough to scare the pants off me. I was grippy the seat infront of me so hard my knuckles turned white. The sea was really choppy and we were flying through the waves. The experienced divers seem calm. The lady next to me was dozing off. I was praying hard haha!

When we finally got to the island all fears disappeared. It was a gorgeous day and the sea was jaw dropping blue.

There was 39 of us on the bus, and 2 or 3 cars of our colleagues from Kerteh. Of the group 11 of us were there for our open water class. Some were going for their advance course and others were all leisure divers.

We were greeted by the Seamonkey guys at the resort restaurant, we checked into our rooms and even before lunch, we went in for our first class.

There were 5 modules, ie 5 videos to watch, a quiz at the end of every video and a final written exam at theend of the day. Barely recovering from our bus and boat ride, we kept dozing off during the videos. We finished our exam around midnight and amazingly I scored 98%!

Day 2 we did our confined water sessions. My first breath in the water was strange. Not quite what I expected. It was weird breathing in water but nice at the same time. Our class of 11 broke into smaller groups and my group had 4 of us. Our instructor Che Wan was real kind and patient. Super thankful as I was already doing my distress wave in hardly 2 meters deep and 5 meters from the beach! The waves were real high and honestly I was struggling with the snorkel and was confused at how I should be breathing. Hilarious now that I think back about it. But not that funny at that time. With all the equipment and flippers, it was really awkward and confusing.

So in our confined waters we learned all the survival skills. Some are scary to do, like removing the regular from your mouth and replacing it again. Or letting water into your mask and clearing it. But they are all very essential and we must be able to do it.There were SO many tasks that we need to do in confined water and in our day 2, we had 3 confined waters and a total of 5 to finish. It was exhausting. Do to the limited time, we did as many tasks as possible in the 3 confined waters and continued it in our first open water. We had I think 4 open waters to do. So thats 9 dives to complete the course over 4 days!

At our first open water, I was getting better at descending and breathing. My 3 other group mates were doing great too. Especially the guys. There were two guys and they aced each task with no problems.My buddy had a bit of panic with mask clearing but in the end she could do it with no problems. Our first open water was only 7m deep and for 52 min. No wonder I was shivering with cold! I definitely was not wearing a rash guard or anything like that. Just a bathing suit with t-shirt and shorts.

Our second open water was further out. Depth was 13m and we were down there for 42 min. I took a slow descent, equalizing and clearing my mask all the way down. Once down, I was struggling with neutral buoyancy. Was struggling not to crash into any corals and definitely trying not to hit any sea urchent which I saw aplenty hiding in between the rocks. The corals were not so pretty and there were not many interesting fishes. But still it was a great experience diving at that depth. We also did the CESA at 9m.

Our final, and graduation dive was at Che Esa. It was further out to sea. The sea was pretty choppy. We had to do the backward roll into the water, but because I had to clean my mask, it was so hard to do that in choppy waters! I was hanging onto the trail line and trying to clean my mask and putting it back on again. And again I had to take a slow descent and one of the instructors had to be by my side the whole time because I was last and hesitating. But he was SUPER. Reminding me to breath, clear mask and equalize. These guys are really so great.

It was an interesting dive spot. It was like a hill with corals on it. Again there were not so many interesting fishes or ocean life. Depth was 18m. But once at that depth I found that I did not need to equalize that much. I was focusing on controlling my buoyancy but reminding myself to look at the fish and corals too! Once in a while float way to high up and sometimes too low, but it was a great feeling finning and looking around. The only fish I was familiar with was of course nemo! Although a good friend of mine lent me her (china made) go-pro, but I really could not cope with yet another equipment to manage at this time. Was too focused on breathing and buoyancy.

Suddenly there was an urgency by the instructors to get back to the trail line. I was happily finning around, but I realised that I was not moving all that much. I signaled to the instructor to wait for me. He came to me, grabbed my tanked and pushed me to the trail line. I panicked for a while as he was pushing me forward quite hard. He asked me to grab the line. It was only then I realised that there was a strong current going on. It felt almost like a storm to me. So we inched our way up and out of the water. Turned out our dive was only 32 min. The instructors apologised for the short dive but stated that the currents were just too strong. But we rejoiced anyway  because we managed to finish our final dive and graduate yay!

We were so happy that we made it. After the 3 tiring days we finally did finish and are certified open water divers.

I will definitely do another dive soon.Hopefully at prettier sites.Can't wait for my next trip!  

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Finished Week 5 Kayla BBG

And feeling great. My muscles are so and feels tight and that feels so good. My movements are more fluid and I feel so much stronger and energetic. I don't really mind it if I don't get those washboard abs like on the Instagram. But what's important is the improvement on my health.

Really hope to finish this program.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ayden's first F1

Daddy took Ayden for his first F1 last weekend. Finally he is old enough to go!

Meanwhile mummy had a  blissful few hours with just the twins. Funny how much more calm the house is when Abang is not at home.

I asked him so what did you do at the races. All he remembered was eating haha! I said,  well were there any race cars... yea that too.

Apa daaa Abang. Next time Hannah and Aaron can come too.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Signed up for my first diving trip!

Yes I did! Will depart for Redang 16 April for 4 days 3 nights. Will be learning to dive and get my license! I'm so nervous!

But excited at the same time lah.

Seeseeyaya

Thats Cinderella according to Hannah. My princess.

We went to watch Home by Dreamworks. Hannah and the boys refused to take a photo at the pop up. For some reason it spooked them. But Hannah was more than willing to take a photo with Seeseeyaya!

But that was the closest she got to it.

Priceless moments

Moments like this makes all my problems go away.

I love you my angels. Thank you for making my life beautiful and meaningful.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Home made pizza ... from scratch!

So I caved in. After months of baking bread that is far too dense, i bought a breadmaker.

Tesco was selling it for RM239. When I first saw it I thought, will this work well?? What kind of breadmaker goes for this price when most starts at RM800 at least. It was a tesco brand. So I decided to give it a miss.

Recently I joined a fb page called Bread maker Recipes. And on this page, besides the beautiful bread that each had successfully made, many had bought that breadmaker from Tesco! And to top that, it was in sale for RM199!!

So on Friday evening,  regardless of what  the Friday was like, I headed for Tesco with Ayden in tow.

I grabbed my trolley and quickly made my way to the offer Isle. It's got to be there! From a distance I spotted it! Only two boxes left! One opened and one still sealed. A lady was lookin into the opened box. I picked up speed and made a bee line for the unopened box!! Grabbed it and tossed it into my trolley. Ayden was quite amused.

As soon as I got home I immediately unboxed it and made a simple white bread. Just throw the ingredients into the bread pan and select Basic and 3 hours later. .. I had perfect white bread! Finally!!

So on Saturday I decided to make pizza for the family. I googled up a simple recipe , threw in the ingredients and selected Dough on the menu. 90 min laterI had an awesome fluffy dough.

I made a red sauced one and sausages one and a mayonnaise with chicken and pineapples one.

My god they both turned out great! I'm so happy!! I guess from now on every Saturday night is pizza night!

Here's how they look like.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ayden turns 5! !

I've said it before and I'm saying it again,  time does fly. The little boy who changed our lives, gave us so much joy,  has turned 5 and is a little pre-schooler.

He's a little man with lots of opinions and way too much energy. Loves people and has loads of friends. Loves his siblings, drives them up the wall but at the same time gets bored when they are not around.

Generous at heart, always makes sure that other people is having as good a time as he is.

Has moved on from Thomas and Friends and Disney Jr to Transformers and Disney XD. There is a lot of shooting going on in the house where previously was lots of chugging and tooting.

He got his first admirer! Even got a beautiful handmade bookmark from her. I hope their friendship lasts until well... they grow up.

He's got lots of best friends. How cute is that.

He finally rides his scooter like a big boy. Even the handle bar has worn out. His grandmother gave him a bicycle for his birthday.

Still loves being read to. Reluctant to read by himself but when the moon is blue he actually volunteers to read.

Struggles with writing but he's getting better at it. Lots of exercises supervised by his nanny in the afternoons after school.

My dear little boy, if you only knew how much you mean to me. Hopefully one day you will find my blog and read about how much I love you and your siblings.