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2012 Round Up – The Occasional Travels

In Round Up by Jaclynn Seah4 Comments

Wow 2012 was quite a great year in terms of travelling! I had hoped to travel more, but I wasn’t really expecting to travel as much as I did given that I was piled with projects at work. But somehow I managed to squeeze out the time and ended up visiting a surprising 7 countries instead, even if I haven’t gotten around to my original plans of Scandinavia and Croatia. 2012 trips for The Occasional Traveller   The first trip happened in April, where I made the arduous journey to Malapascua with a new dive group for a great diving …

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Dive Log – Bunaken and Manado [Nov 2012] – Part III

In Indonesia by Jaclynn Seah2 Comments

We were back diving Manado and Bunaken after our Lembeh dives, which gave us an extra hour to sleep in =) Perhaps after the plethora of macro life in Lembeh we were a little spoiled, but there were still some great discoveries here, including the pretty harlequin crab, and how we almost came across a mimic octopus! Missed the last 2 dive log posts? Check them out here: Part I and Part II   Dive 12/16 (#71) 14th Nov 2012 9.45am (58 mins) 23.1m Bunaken – Mandolin This is a shallow reef which drops off into a steep wall dive. …

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Scuba Diving in Manado – Lembeh Straits

In Indonesia by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

Lembeh Straits is one of the more well-known places to dive in Indonesia, and now I can say that it truly is as awesome as people describe. The waters there are quite calm as it is a sheltered stretch between the Manado mainland off the coast of Bitung, and Pulau Lembeh. You mostly get muck diving here, which means fine sandy bottoms with little coral reef where you can find all sorts of creatures hidden in the sand. It also means that if you accidentally kick up the sand, you need to wait for the sand to settle before you …

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Living it up at Cocotinos Manado

In Indonesia by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

For this particular trip, my group of 5 were a little tired of the cramped and occasionally icky conditions of our past dive accommodations, so this time around, we planned our stay at a pretty nice boutique hotel resort called Cocotinos Manado. The dive centre Odyssea Divers is based in the resort, so our dive package was settled by them as well.   Getting There Manado is located on the tip of North Sulawesi, about 3 hrs flight from Singapore (no time difference) so it’s pretty easy to get there. The Manado airport Sam Ratulangi is pretty small – basically a …

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Weird and wonderful critters in Manado Waters

In Indonesia by Jaclynn Seah2 Comments

So I’m back from a great week of diving in Manado! It was a great week off where all I had to think about was eating, sleeping, diving, diving and more diving. Manado is a fabulous dive spot, especially those who like underwater photography and love the little weird and wonderful creatures unique to this area that you can’t always find in other areas. I’ll talk a little more about the accommodation later, but first… the diving! The dive centre based in the resort is called Odyssea Divers and they arranged all our dives for us. They were really great, …

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Jac_theocctrav in Manado on Hejorama Instagram

In Indonesia, Portfolio by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

Hello my lovely Occasional Travellers! I’m just back from Manado and it was a helluva diving trip! Saw lots of great critters and had the chance to really work on my underwater photography, so you’ll be seeing quite a lot of Manado-related updates and pictures in the near future! In the meantime in case you’ve missed the updates on my twitter and facebook pages, I had the opportunity to boss the instagram account for Hejorama during my Manado trip, and posted up 5 pictures over a period of 4 days. Thought I’d talk a little more about them here since …

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Weekend Wanderlusting: Manado

In Indonesia by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

We’re in the last quarter of 2012, and while I thought the UAE/Munich trip was going to be the last trip for the year, it turns out I managed to squeeze in another one!   I’M HEADED OFF TO… Dive in Manado, Indonesia! I’m really quite excited about this trip! Manado is one of THE places to go when it comes to muck diving and weird critters, and somehow I had enough leave to make this trip over the Deepavali week (Public Holidays ROCK)… whee!   I’M TRAVELLING WITH… My usual dive buddy P (who’s been with me to Redang, …