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2012 Round Up – The Occasional Travels

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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 – Tioman Wrecks [Aug 2012]

In Malaysia, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah2 Comments

This trip was focused solely on wreck diving, so not much in terms of coral life or drift diving. Most of the wrecks are quite deep, about 20+m, and the waters had quite a lot of sediment in them. The visibility apparently was good by usual standards though. The waters could get a little choppy though – a lot of people couldn’t sleep the first night because the boat was rocking so intensely (I woke up occasionally but managed a decent rest), and we always had to fin to the front of the boat to descend along the line – …

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Wreck Diving off Tioman

In Malaysia, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

I took some time off over last weekend to head out for a spot of diving. Nothing fancy, just a live-on-board (LOB) trip to various shipwreck sites off Tioman.   Getting There I dived with a group called Stride In this time around. We took a coach from Lavender up to Malaysia in the evening, stopping over at Kota Tinggi for a quick dinner before reaching Tanjung Gemok Marina at around midnight. We got ourselves on board and stayed in port for the night.   The Boat The boat is called the Black Pearl (no relation to Captain Jack) and …

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Living and Diving on a Boat

In Malaysia, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah2 Comments

This was my first time doing a live-on-board (LOB) dive trip, where instead of staying in a resort, I stayed on board a boat for the entirety of the trip. The LOB was in the vicinity of Kuantan and Tioman – we took a bus up to Mersing where we hopped onto our boat and into our cabin. I was diving once again with P, and luckily she had done a similar dive before, because once they assigned the rooms, homegirl zoomed her way down there and booked us both the bottom bunks in a 4-bedroom hole. And when I …

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Diving Holidays: Why You Should Take the Plunge [Go! Girl Guides Article]

In Go! Girl Guides, Malaysia, Philippines, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! Does the idea of a beach holiday simultaneously entrance you with its promise of relaxation, yet make you cringe with boredom? There’s nothing quite like sipping a mai tai in a deckchair by the beach, but if you’re a Go! Girl, there are only so many days you can take before you get bored out of your mind from just sitting and suntanning your entire holiday away. But I found the solution, a way to …

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Two Tales of Tioman and The Beginning

In Malaysia, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

Of all the places I’ve dived so far,and all those that I”m sure I’ll dive eventually, little Tioman island will always remain a little special to me, and for several reasons. Tioman was my first dive site, ever. I took my basic Open Water course there way back in 2004, and the next time I finally fived again 4 years later, I went back there again. Also, since it was my first 2 dive experiences, I have no underwater photos to show from either, so I’m mostly left with my logbooks and memory. I remember the first time I was …