Like every popular Dive and Travel destination or resort, KBR had been busy the last few weeks. Besides the festive season, KBR also attended the Dive Resort & Travel Show 2013 in Hong Kong. Upon returning from Hong Kong, I’ve had referral students that saw me teaching course after course over 2 weeks from Discover Scuba Diving to Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver and Enriched Air Diver. We also had a Dive Team member having his birthday during this festive period. Festive BBQs, Christmas dinner and of course Fireworks to welcome the new year!!!
KBR @ DRT
DRT Hong Kong was a great platform to meet the territory’s divers and travel stakeholders. We introduced KBR to dive instructors and travel agents, as well as meet numerous KBR regulars that visit us every year. It was a tedious show though, unlike most dive shows, DRT Hong Kong opens pass 8.00pm daily, before the masses start streaming out the convention centre. After packing up, dinner and struggle for a cab, i would reach the hotel almost near midnight daily. It was Cold too, Hong Kong was 10 degrees Centigrade when i was there. Pity didn’t had a good look at this magnificent city. A KBR regular, good friend and a great photographer, Joe Kwok did took me out for some great street food near Tsim Sha Tsui on my arrival and it was amazingly good! Thanks Joe!!
Poh Chai pills
Sometimes, when we travel, the biggest nightmare is falling sick on your holidays. And especially if it is a dive holiday, even a minor ailment could ruin your dives and keep you dry. Rudolf and Bettina from Germany was visiting us over Christmas for a 4-days dive holiday. Unfortunately they arrived here with a bad case of stomach flu. They tried diving on the first day but soon gave up, as they were puking and running to the toilet between dives. They tried some of their own medicines but it didn’t seem to work. I shared with them some of my mother’s wisdom, our Chinese wonder-drug for stomach disorders – Poh Chai Pill. Doubtful from the start, looking at those black pill thingy, they were also forewarned the pills tasted really bad. Rudolf and Bettina recovered overnight after consuming the pills and was just in time for our Christmas Dinner! They even asked for extra bottles of Poh Chai pills for the rest of their travels and they swore to buy some on their way home via Singapore. Currently in house we also had repeat Aussie divers Ross and Mary whom are taking turns with congestion and the common cold. In Indonesia we are unable to get popular decongestants such as Actified over the counter. Fortunately i have some for them, since I’ve just pass by Singapore. Therefore guests coming here passing Singapore might wish to consider getting some Actified just-in-case, before you enter Indo.
Christmas eve was also Risman, one of my dive guide’s birthday. After lunch over the staffs’ break, the dive boys managed to catch him after a short chase, and celebrated with Risman his birthday KBR Dive Team style…
Christmas 2013 is also my first Christmas here at KBR. We were at full house with a big team of Singaporeans, Hong Kong divers, US divers, Japanese many times repeat guest, and guests from Europe. We had BBQs one night with dance performances, and a nice Christmas roasted dinner on the 24th. Also certified a PADI Scuba Diver, a PADI Open Water Diver, and 2 Enriched Air Diver over Christmas!! Congratulation divers!!
On New Year’s Eve after the signature KBR dinner, guests were treated to a grand Firework display right at our floating jetty!!
A good friend posted on my Facebook wall very meaningful messages for the New Year, and i will share here:
兄弟，人生就是这样，过去的回味无穷，明天的戏还没演，结局不晓得，重要的是珍惜目前拥有的。珍惜身边的亲人和朋友。喜乐面对生活。Blessings for 2014
Brother, such is life. Reminisce and savour the past, the show for tomorrow is still unknown, we won’t know how it will end.
Treasure what you have to hold here and now, cherish your family and friends. Be happy.
To all Friends of KBR, here sharing some of the 2013 pictures of Lembeh’s critters.
Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!!!
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