Sunday, September 28, 2008

Whale Shark "MY-010"

Remember my Whale Shark encounter (see previous post) at Pulau Aur on 17 Aug 08? I submitted the photos and video of the encounter to the ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo-Identification Library, contributing to the growing database of Whale Sharks which is "maintained and used by marine biologists in collecting and analysing Whale Shark encounter data to learn more about these amazing creatures".

I encourage all of you who have photos of separate Whale Shark sightings to submit your encounters at Learn also which part of the Whale Shark to capture (photo/video) for positive and unique identification (Identification Area).

Whale Shark "MY-010"
My submission was the very first report of this Whale Shark and it has been catalogued "MY-010" (see Whale Shark MY-101). MY-010 probably means "10th uniquely identified Whale Shark reported in the region of Malaysia".
Whale Shark MY-010Whale Shark MY-010

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Scuba Dive Pulau Aur, 19-21 Sep 08

Dramatic weekend at Pulau Aur:
Diving from dive boat "Fei-Lou" on Saturday,
Diving to the "Fei-Lou Wreck" on Sunday!

After the 3rd dive of the day, at 6pm on 20 Sep 08, divers were waiting to transfer from the wooden dive boat "Fei-Lou" to the dive resort ashore via a sampan when the bilge (compartments below the waterline) pump failed without warning. Upon discovering the flooding of the bilges, the dive staff immediately evacuated all personnel, cylinders and equipment, from Fei-Lou to the transfer sampan.

Within 2-3 minutes, Fei-Lou went under.

Only the top of the boat is visible nowGone

Photos courtesy of Phillipp Schmidt, photographed from the transfer sampan.

As a result of the professionalism of the staff, there was no panic and there were no injuries at all!

The next morning, the Open Water Divers visited the Fei-Lou Wreck as it was sitting pretty and upright at a depth of 14m. Here are the photos of the wreck and other photos from the diving weekend...

Happy DiversVery First Photo of Fei-Lou Wreck
(Large) Squid on Night DiveCuttlefish
Hawksbill Turtle at House ReefNudibranch at House Reef

Sunday, September 14, 2008

"Kiang" can already, don't "Gey Kiang"

Justin couldn't log in to his wireless router although everyone else in the house could, so i offered to help since i was there for half-dinner and to watch soccer over wine... I attempted to "upgrade" Justin's wireless router and managed to make it so "upgraded" that no one could log in at all...?!
Then i spent the next three soccer matches (Liverpool-ManUnited, Blackburn-Arsenal, ManCity-Chelsea; 6 hours) trying to restore the original firmware (embedded software), to no avail...!

Moral of the story:
"Kiang" can already, don't "Gey Kiang"

Update (16 Sep 08)
I got Justin a brand new wireless router 'cos it was unfair to inconvenience him without Internet access while i sought a remedy to the problem i created... and the new wireless router works like a charm!
Today i went to the router service centre and they promptly solved it for me! The warranty was still valid, so they gave me a replacement set! What's more, the replacement router was a newer version than the faulty one...! SWEET!

Now a slight dilemma... I have a brand new Linksys Wireless-G Router (Model WRT54G2), still nice and unopened in its plastic shrink wrap for sale. It retails for $75 at Sim Lim and i'm hoping to sell it at $70.

Anyone wants/needs a wireless router?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Birthday

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Incredible 2

Foldover for lunch
Foldover for dinner
Run 2km around the estate
followed by 23 storeys (10 running, 13 walking)

...Incredible 2
...since 14 April 2005