Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
- There's no dock, so it's a bit of a challenge to get onto the boat.
- It also took me some time to get used to a weight belt, rented BCD. Weight belt kept sliding down my hips which dragged my feet down.
- I hate my 5 mm wetsuit - it's ripping the skin off my knuckles when I pull it on. It's the only wetsuit I brought, and I can't use the rental suits since I'm still cold in a 5 mm. Poor Pete, I was pretty miserable imagining pulling on the wetsuit another 20 times. I finally figured out that I should just keep the thing on all day.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
2 hours, 46 minutes
Useful resources for travel:
- Seatguru: shows you the configuration of the plane by carrier and which seats are good, bad or awful.
- Flyertalk: gives you the scoop on different frequent flyer programs. I went to Asia for work a few times this year and managed to get Platinum status on American on my last trip. One platinum perk is the use of the Admiral's Club when you're flying internationally with the One World Alliance. This will be really useful given some of our long layovers on this trip.
And we're packed! The lists have been double-checked, and we've stuffed everything into 5 bags. That's a lot of bags for a month-long trek to Asia, but we've managed to pick our two hobbies that require the most gear: scuba diving and cycling. On one hand, I'm happy that we managed to keep ourselves to 5 bags. There was a lot of debate as to how much clothes to bring (we cut it down to the bare minimum) and what scuba gear to bring (in the end, we cut out the bulky and heavy BCDs). On the other hand, I'm not looking forward to lugging these bags through Asia. Most of the bulk is the scuba gear: regulators, 5 mm wetsuits (we get cold with repetitive dives), masks, fins, and underwater camera housings. There's also some of my cycling stuff I couldn't do without: bike seat, helmet, pedals, shoes and nutrition.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Jellyfish are such alien creatures. These pictures are somewhat cheating -- they're from the jellyfish tanks in the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
We ordered the underwater housing for the Canon XSi today. Hopefully, we'll get some good pictures with the fish looking straight towards us (instead of their tails). In Belize, I had to focus on fish that were less jumpy: angelfish, butterfly fish and squirrel fish.