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Mersing & Pulau Aur (21st Jun)
 
  Got 5 hours to kill at Mersing before we get onto another boat to Pulau Aur.
  
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Ok, where are we?.
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With 30kgs of dive gear in our hands, we walk around Mersing. It's a typical small Malaysian town.
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There are signs of Chinese everywhere.
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Another street shot.
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We finally stop at this road side restaurant. We find that the people at the restaurant speak neither English nor any Chinese dialect. So I go to all the tables and point finger. Dinner turns out to be really nice, and cheap.
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Looks and cooks like a Chinese but he doesn't speak Chinese at all. I feel at lost figuring out what Malaysia is made of.
  From 10:30pm to 4:00am, we are trapped in a boat going to Pulau Aur. There are refugee-camp style bunk beds in the boat if you want to sleep. Air inside the cabin is conditioned with the smell of diesel. I am sure there will be firework if someone lights a cigarette. 

I would rather poke my eyes to keep myself awake.

We got there around 4:00am. Diving has never been this hard.

  
  Pulau Aur is a very small island. There is perhaps nothing to do here if you are not diving.
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Rough sea? Ha ha, 5 shots were pasted up into this PIC. Can't get rid of that distortion.
 
  On the ship, in the water .. ..
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Here is where we stay.
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There is another Pulau Lang on the other side. Same kind of diving-only resort. Look at the blue water. Can't wait!
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Getting ready buddy.
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Kam, not so fast. You forgot your tank.
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Yeah. The tank .. ..
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Turtles and fishes, I am coming .. ..
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BBQ dinner after a good day of diving. Here is our dive group.
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And outdoor party after dinner. They even have a smoke generator. Divers are at the same time serious party animals.
  I didn't have much time to organize this trip and thus I wasn't able to get a set of underwater photo equipment with me. Looking at other people's underwater cameras, my teeth are bleeding with enviousness.
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sea star
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nudibranch
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nudibranch
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 another nudibranch
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lion fish or butterfly fist? I never know how to tell the difference.
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Color is all absorbed by sea water in depth. Without a strong flash or a filter, it's all gray and blue.
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sea cucumber - can't imagine it's an expensive Chinese food.
  A million thanks to fellow diver Ms. Lee Wan Sie for sharing these PICs with us. 

Without her, the underwater sectionof this trip log would have been blank.

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some fish
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you know this one, a sea turtle
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a graceful flyer
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some shrimp
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Oh I drop my brain!

Wait, it's just a ball of coral.

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Without color and the waving motion, this patch of coral doesn't look like coral.
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Damsels and their coral house.
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this is a flashed version of the PIC of the left. See the color on the damsels coming back?
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"You don't see me, you don't see me .. .. I am a  cuttlefish"
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"Once off the ground, I change color."


 
  After 2 days of diving. We say goodbye to the clear blue sea. 10:30pm, 23rd, we are back in Singapore. With my exhausted body and tons (seems like) of diving equipment, I wait 40 minutes before I can get on a cab. That is definitely not a good way to start my acquaintance with Singapore.

 

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