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Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#1  Postby decimal86 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:01 pm

Mass Dive III @ Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013.

perhaps it was because we missed our friends in Tawau, perhaps it was because we wanted to use the MUW banner for the first time, perhaps the new T shirts, but plans were made long ago to dive semporna, again and again.

in the midst of diving, laughing, tom-foolery and camaderie, this time round we made a small effort to help the kids at the village in Mabul island. more on this by Raffidi in another article. it should be mentioned that Andy the DM is the one responsible for letting us share our love for these kids.

it was great to see a lot of familiar faces and some new ones on this mass dive. and wearing the MUW Ts'. the are a number of flights to Tawau from KL and if you are travelling from singapore, you will need to do a connection some where. transportation to Semporna can vary depending on who you travel with.

Semporna has become busier since we last visited. we even saw a BMW Z4! i hope the town prospers because it is the gateway to the best diving in this part of Asia.

after we checked in to the Inn, we made our way to Scuba Junkie for some documentations and to deposit the gear. so it is important you separate your dive gear from your clothes so you will not have to lug heavy bags to/from your hotel.

if you rent the gear from them, it is a breeze to collect your gear in the mornings. if you have your own gear, it will take a while. nothing has changed. get a mesh bag! did i say this is not a place for heavy DSLRs ??

Raffi organised all our meals whilst we were at Semporna. so all our B fast were at SJ. standard english B fast, lunch out on a tropical isle with scantily clad girls and Nas....and dinner at a local restaurant and Nas..pole dancing rovided.it was a really good deal. the night that we arrived, Friday, there was live band with Aziz the DM performing. we gave all our DMs' an MUW t. followed by a buffet dinner at SJ where we had pizza, lasagne, salad, coleslaw and potato wedges.

ok enough of the parsley and carrot..the morning started as usual with us sorting out our dive gear in that cramped workshop/storeroom area. and handing over a counter to be re packed into mesh bags and lugged to the jetty. did i mention not a place for heavy DSLRs?

most of the boats at the jetty are SJ boats. they have groups going to their resort at Mabul and they have boats going snorkelling. ours had the word 'Chartered" !! no-lah..

we visited Mataking island for our first dive. you know, if you laugh with friends, you can hear it from the other boat even with the marine engine going at full speed ahead? such is the laughter of DD and hubby !

one hour later, we arrived and dived to post a few letters back home. yes post letters. fantastic vis, warm temps and smiling faces..what more do you want? ice-cream? siapa minta ice-cream? nanti-lah...

second dive at the house reef of mataking, we saw one mother of a giant barracuda. healthy looking specimen hiding under the bridge together with rabbitfish and jacks. he was trying to blend in with his sharp teeth. we got very close and took a few memorable shots. strong currents on both dives. full moon maybe? very strong winds too but that helped to cool the mid-day heat.

lunch was another chance to catch up and share a joke or two and meet up with new faces. for me, it was a chance to catch up with Narco and Mamakpenang ( wah nampak macam pro-diver.... u punya equipment). we are from penang.

the army camp looked more relaxed now. and the 2 dogs have grown since we were here in march.

the 3rd dive at Timba Timba had its share of macro although not as exciting as the last time we were here.

back to semporna and dinner at Ocean Treasure Seafood Restaurant. and it was a treasure galore! sampai tak boleh jalan.

the next day we were lucky, we went to Siamil which most dive centres will not take you because it is a long way off. 1st Beach is the name of the dive site, could anything be simpler? we came to see devil rays!! it was a blue water dive. and we were not disappointed, at least the other boat was not disappointed. we saw one. they saw 40!! and they got the video which we drooled over at dinner.

2nd dive was at----you guessed it 2nd beach! what ?? we were detemined to see our share of devil rays but it was not to be. but everybody was happy. that was important. everybody understood that the DMs' were trying their best to show us the highlight of the trip. great bunch of guys.

3rd dive was a muck dive and it was a complete success with even first timers with cameras shooting miniscule critters. me? i had my own peronal problems. details in another part of this forum. so from reliable sources, this is a good place for both pelagics and macro. so we will pin this to the home page of Mass Dive IV ? all the brudders in the house put yr hands up, oh ya oh ya.

did i mention there is no rinse tank on board and that this is not a place for DSLRs? the boat is full! tanks, food, personal gear, personnel sleeping and bouncing up and down with the sea conditions.

lugging the gear back to the stores is very tiring. and to top it off, there is the stench of the rubbish dump along the way. if you feel like pasing out, its the stench...you are physically ok! tiger balm under the nose, keep calm and carry on dude. and you have to rinse the gear and drain the BCD and pass over the counter to the guy who will hang yr gear up. Raffi in his efficient and pleasant self made enquiries to have 2 small rinse bins for our cameras on the 2 nd day. thks brudder! its gonna be hard to get some other organiser bro. the way you are carrying on...muahahahaaa muahahahaa.

dinner was after we had a pre-dinner, which was itself a very heavy meal! it is true there is no such thing as a light meal when malaysians get together. pisang goreng X 3, nasi goreng enough to feed the Maldives and mee goreng enough to feed Gibraltar. then... we went to dinner. Malaysian buffet of Beef rendang, Chicken kurma, some veg and nasi biryani at SJ. and yes ice-cream on choco fudge.

we also fed some street urchins who apparently were abandoned by their parents!!! my god. when we gave them food, they attacked it with their bare hands which moments earlier rummaged through the rubbish dump. really makes me wonder if i complain too much or not..

day 3 was spent at Stingray city, yes, there was a pygmy seahorse! which was the highlight of the day and some nudis. then we dived Awas! which has never disappointed any shooter. flamboyant. snake eel. and the last dive-sob sob--was at SMART. the vis was atrocious. could not see a thing. the frog fish was missing as well. but the artificial reef had an ornate ghostpipe.

after that we went to a fish market to buy a barracuda for tonight's feast. it was a shanty just by lobster wall. and they had lobsters but according to the lady of the house, it was not for sale. so happy with our 3 days of diving, we went back to semporna and to our expected heavy feast.

and off we went to Tampi Tampi seafood restaurant. and boy did Raffi overdo it this time. not only could we feed Maldives, Gibraltar, i think we could have fed Maracana Stadium on match nite!! the choice was excellent and it was really worth the carrying of the stuff to and from the jetty. 3 tables of friends and strangers day before but now buddies. i must record a word of thks to our friends who drove us there.

we shared stories and dive tales through the dinner and yes...ice-cream was served. and made plans for--you've guessed it! Mass Dive IV! the after party posts on whats app would indicate that we have 3 boats at least at press time. raffidi has done it again. i bet he can sell refrigerators to eskimos!

in closing, my friends..... raffi, myself and all who have attended Mass Dive III, especially Poseidon and Captain who came to join us just for one day, we would like to thank each and everyone for making this a resounding success. you guys made it happen! we were so scared it would be just raffi and me in a sampan with snorkels!

hingga kita berjumpa lagi, lompat dengan style dari bot!
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#2  Postby run » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:44 pm

Nice rep decimel! ~~i am jotting down every note~~
kudos for raffidi for being a very wonderful host.
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#3  Postby decimal86 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:51 pm

Raffi was everywhere helping us have a great time
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#4  Postby geraldyne » Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:44 pm

applause to Raffidi...
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#5  Postby Narco » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:54 pm

Decimal, u got GREAT memory man! My salute to you.

Rafi, thank you and organised more.

MD 3 divers, thanks for being such a sport and for the good time too.
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#6  Postby raffidi » Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:00 am

Thanks for the compliments guys but I know that you guys are all just trying to get out of taking over this job from me right? Anyway, I would like to say thanks to all divers in making the trip a wonderful trip! To me the dives was good even with the choppy waters on the first day, the trip was great overall but the company (all dives, all 6 DM included) was amazing!

I would like to also share a little something we all did on this trip, we all did a good deed on Mabul.

The idea of helping of the kids studying at Mabul School of Hope came from an Instructor attached with SJ name Andy Murray. He is into environment talk to school kids in Semporna and took upon himself to help the under privilege kids on Mabul. As we are friends and knowing that we had a big group coming for the trip to Mabul, he reached out and requested for any kind of charity that we could offer.

On the night of arrival, spoke to Andy and found out what the plan was and a collection drive was made amongst the divers. As Mabul was on the 3rd day, it gave time to Andy to do some shopping for items needed. On the 3rd day at Mabul, after the 2nd dive and before lunch, everyone proceeded to the field and met the school kids.

There was photo session (pics will be uploaded) and some bread, snacks, water and a ball was given to every kids. The smiles that we saw put a tear in everyone knowing that a small deed from us put a big smile on this innocent child.

It made us all feel good and I know that everyone felt very proud to have been part of this.

The main item that was given to the school was a First Aid Box with all the important stuff needed. Andy also did order a printer that would be use for printing work paper for the school kids.

We do hope that our small touch will go a long way towards someone's dream!

Looking forward to meeting up again....

Cheers
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#7  Postby run » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:52 am

Good work guys. The trip would be priceless when good deed involve with it.
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#8  Postby decimal86 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:44 pm

the looks on their faces really warmed my heart. we will continue to work with andy and see what else they need. i heard they are getting a printer soon. so ink cartridges may be another item ?

we were kids once, and i remember the joy a simple toy brought. and it showed.

at dinner andy gave us a stack of paper with the kids expressing their dreams and aspirations--pailot, DMs, stewardess, teacher, nurse.
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#9  Postby mamakpenang » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:06 pm

i make a right decision to follow decimal & raffidi for this amazing MUW MD3 at semporna, really enjoy diving at Mataking, Siamil and Mabul with everyone involved in MD3 and also the DM, straight away wear the MUW t-shirt....nice T-shirt by the way.
so guys please vote YB Raffidi for MP Padang Mabul yea.....
in-syaa-Allah will join MD4 next year......
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#10  Postby Dee » Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:30 pm

First of all kudos to Raffidi for again successfully organizing the MD4 and thanks a bunch to Jack for such a good report.

Although Fish Hunter was a bit disappointed as there were few from Sabah who cancelled their participation for various reasons at the last minute, the MD3 was itself proven to be an enjoyable and memorable one. Meeting and making more new friends (nice meeting Narco and wife, the 'always missing' Abu, Johan, Mamak Penang, Eddy and wife, Nancy, the Kapten and our own local Sabahan who work in Penang - Poseidon) and who else that I might have forgotten to mention). We got nothing to complain except our accommodation but have to put the blame to my own hubby as he was telling me not to rush whenever I mentioned to him about hotel booking (alasan nya, aiya...apa mau cepat, we are local here. Anytime boleh book bah). Room was clean and tidy, the bed was comfy, but for a lady, sharing bathroom was really not okay to me...no choice but to take it as we only made the booking few days before the MD3!

And Jack, we laughed a lot on the boat because of the 3 jokers that we called 'Bujang Lapok' - Rosman, Sarman and Zakaria with their never ending jokes. Narco was not bad too, macam ngam saja dia punya kepala dengan Fish Hunter.....always kasi kena me! and with Farinnee along, we got to open a new club called 'Bini Biniku Divers'. Maksudnya, kami tak mau tinggal....everytime there is a dive trip! (Dear hubby, please take note ya, hahaha).

Just love everything...the foods, the DMs, the company and me and Fish Hunter are really looking forward to come back for the DM4!

See you guys soon!

-- Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:32 pm --

Sorry guys, ...the 1st sentence should be for MD3 and not MD4! Terlampau ingat itu MD4 bah.
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#11  Postby Narco » Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:52 pm

Wah Dee, right here also Fish Hunter got scolded one.. hehe

Fish Hunter, always remember, women are hard to be satisfied.. You better book your room early bah! Otherwise, you get scolded again next year after MD4.. hehe
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#12  Postby Mama Donut » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:45 pm

Dee !!! I miss you!!
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#13  Postby raffidi » Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:50 pm

Guys.....lets post the pics....

-- Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:01 pm --

Attachments
Pygmy.jpg
Saw it but couldn't take pic cause too tiny for my eyes so Nash the DM took this shot.
Mabul kids.JPG
Charity Drive for the kids...
Day 2.JPG
Well rested and looking forward to SiAmil!
Day 1.JPG
Excitement on the first day!
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#14  Postby Dee » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:54 am

Hahaha...Narco, not scolding bah. Just voicing out my dissatisfaction. Anyway, we have booked our room for next DM4 yesterday. So, nothing to worry now.

By the way, who is 'Mama Donat'????
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#15  Postby Mama Donut » Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:34 pm

Who is mama donat?
Clues :
1. narco is the papa donat
2. Ahli bini-bini ku divers

Mass dive Iii was just awesome..met a bunch of great divers..great DMs..great food...and oh so beautiful islands...
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#16  Postby raffidi » Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:29 pm

Mama Donut.....lets make the next one even better......and makan lagi banyak!
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#17  Postby Mama Donut » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:59 pm

Best tu..Inshaa Allah panjang umur boleh join
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#18  Postby decimal86 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:45 pm

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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#19  Postby run » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:59 pm

the turtle lost its limb?
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#20  Postby decimal86 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:58 pm

no..all turtles healthy but waiting to be cleaned. this time round we saw more aged turtles then before.
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#21  Postby Dee » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:50 am

Farinneeeeeeee......haiya, rupanya ko pulak tu 'mama donut '!
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#22  Postby decimal86 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:36 pm

mama donat kat pulau aceh kan? lumba lumba dc, tiap tiap petang jual donut.
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#23  Postby Mama Donut » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:05 pm

Haha..iya betul itu Decimal..sedap dimakan dengan kopi acheh atau tehbotol!
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Re: Mass Dive III Semporna 21st thru 24th Sept 2013

Post Number:#24  Postby decimal86 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:04 pm

hairan ya...kopi di acheh sama macam penang ? mak cik di tepi jalan tu? jual nasi campur? kasi utang lepas makan! best
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