It’s PMS Time Again

At Sugar Wreck during Hari Raya 2007
At Sugar Wreck during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 2007 – picture by Deepblu

Yummy Baby said I looked pale yesterday. A lot crankier than I usually am. It is my Diver’s PMS.

I used to get this a lot…those days it used to be worse. There was a time that I never brought my dive equipment back with me because I would be diving week in week out. I was still doing so when I was first diagnosed with having hypertension and was diving without medication, much to the horror of some.

My 483rd dive really
My 483rd dive really – taken by Deepblu at 29 meters depth, Secret Reef, Perhentian

I have slowed down now…a lot, I have. Putting underwater jobs aside, I have only been on two dive trips so far. One to Tioman, the other to Perhentian. I did 5 recreational dives in Tioman and only 4 in Perhentian, and that is soooo lame by my standards. My average up till July 2007 was 10 dives a month. Yes, I did 120 in 2005 and 120 in 2006 (I’m sure it surprises some as to how did I manage to celebrate my 200th dive in July of last year – actually it was my 483rd…HAHA! I was emotionally down and wanted to celebrate something…a backdated pic for my past achievement).

Diving in the dark wearing the KM-48
Diving in the dark wearing the Kirby Morgan KM-48 Full-Face Mask

My favourite kind of dive is still one that is deep, dark (night), looking for wrecks and also big fishes. Although you cannot dive solo recreationally (you are required to dive with a buddy), I am, by training, a self-sufficient diver. Therefore, I love to dive alone. Even in a group you would see me venturing off somewhere alone, more often than not, I’d be going deeper than the rest; and if depth and remaining air permits, I would dive deeper than the recreational limits, even on a recreational dive. I just love it when the pressure is great, it feels like you are in a tunnel somewhere and there is nothing around you…just sheer silence, broken intermittantly by the sound of your air being exhaled.

Blacktip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark – Tioman, April 2008

I must be bored right now for writing this. There are times when a dive can be boring for me, especially when I do bring my camera down, or if I have to guide people diving. So, I would play around, scaring other divers off, or do stupid things like humping a fellow diver from behind.

Humping Yusri at Batu Malang, Nov 2007
Humping Yusri at Batu Malang

Gosh…I am feeling bored. I should be going back underwater….AND SOON!