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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Travelogue: Melbourne - Great Ocean Road (Day 7)
I can't sleep. I've been tossing and turning for the past 3 hours dreaming of how life will be with M in exactly 81 days. I can't wait. Instead of trying my best to fall back to sleep again, here's a throwback to the first time I booked a day tour to Great Ocean Road all by myself. I remember it was a beautiful day. Everything was beautiful. The weather, the people, the trees, the ocean, the sand, the crashing waves, the cute aggressive koalas, the sunset, everything. I felt really happy and carefree. The day I realized that the world is so huge and I am so, so, so small. I just couldn't stop smiling to myself upon realizing that life is really beautiful and I should stop dwelling on the negative and start moving on. I guess, it was also the day I fell deeply in love with traveling. This is why Melbourne will and always be my first love. Can't wait to visit again!
Till then. x
Sunday, October 5, 2014
In a blink of an eye, it's been a week since I returned from my diving trip @ Tioman. And trust me, I still miss that trip and I can't stop thinking of my next dive trip already which can only happen after June 2015. Wells, I shall patiently wait cos I've got a bigger adventure that awaits me! Yay, definitely looking forward to 2015 already! Who's with me? ;)
So I've been wanting to take up PADI Open Water Certification for the longest time (all thanks to underwater documentary on Animal Planet) but there were too many factors stopping me such as my loved ones around me especially my family, my school + work commitments and to be honest, that fear in me too. Until one fine day, it just occurred to me like "Come on lin, you're only young once. Just do it." So I made up my mind, headed down to ADEX aka Asia Dive Expo in April earlier this year and signed up for my trip.
Then, 5 months passed by very quickly....
Completed my theory lessons (About 8 hours in 2 evenings) and a pool training session during early September and I realized, "Shit. This is real. I am going to dive in the deep blue sea already?!" Trust me, I was totally NOT ready AT ALL.
But you know what?
It's true that you will never be too ready for anything.
Honestly, I was worried. I was so worried that I'm gonna fail. I was so worried about my pressure problem. Cos my head hurts whenever the plane is landing and it also felt like it was gonna burst during pool training when it was only two metres deep. Haha, oh gawd. Tell me how to not worry?! Thank God for M who's always so ever encouraging. His words of assurance ("you can do this hun") and faith in me was really much needed since my parents weren't supportive at all. I don't blame them at all cos I totally understand why.
Now that I've survived and I've thoroughly enjoyed my diving experience in the deep blue sea, I've also come to realize that all the "what-ifs" and worst-case scenarios will only stop you from establishing yourself in the present moment. Really. How silly.
Needless to say, the diving trip was so much fun! The beautiful skies filled with stars welcomed us when we arrived in Tioman at 3am, and oh yes, those roosters crowing noise at 4am and the crazy amount of mosquitoes hiding under my blanket too... Lol, which kinda explains why I had only less than 6 proper hours of sleep for those past two nights. (I'm sure you can tell from my eyes through those pics above) But I must say, everything's so damn worthwhile!
I've never admired the beautiful sunset over the endless horizon before. It was SOOOOO beautiful, REALLY. My eyes were glued to the horizon while sitting at the edge of the boat and everyone had to remind me not to fall into the waters. Oh yes, did I mention that everyone was really fun and nice too? I really like the idea of people with different unique personalities from all walks of life coming together as one because of what they love - As for us, it will definitely be our love for the deep blue sea! We saw lots of jelly fish, schools of fish (I was literally Finding Nemos, heehee.) and we're also lucky to spot a blue-spotted stingray and even swam with a turtle! It was amazing. ❤
Apart from earning a certificate which I've always wanted to, I really feel like I've learnt much more within those 2-3 days. It felt like a short meaningful journey of self-discovery as I put all my fears aside and got out of my comfort zone. It has given me a different perspective on life somehow - It made me feel more confident upon realizing that "hey, I'm actually capable enough to do something that really scared the shit outta me." It feels truly awesome.
"Do one thing every day that scares you."
Definitely the best advice I can ever give anyone after chancing upon it a few days before my diving trip while window-shopping with M. Ahh yes, talk about timely reminders ;) If you've something that you've been wanting to do for a long time but you've been putting it off like what I did, I sincerely hope that this lengthy post serves as a reminder for you.
Thank you for reading!
Till then. x
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P.P.S. THIS IS NOT A PAID ADVERT. I paid for my own and I really think they're awesome! :)
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