“A divorce no more crushed my heart, in fact I'm glad it happened and I met my new sayang who is lifting up my spirit. I swim, bike, run because she says so. I trained like a mad man being whipped from behind. I compete because I always want to beat my sayang in the race. I have heroes and one of them is my sayang. I'm an athlete, but like nobody else.”... try to be funny ehhh???
Diving Trip to Mabul
After climbing up to Laban Rata (3273m above sea level), I flew to the other side of Sabah to dive underwater in Mabul. If you don't know where Mabul is, check out goggle map below;
Mabul popular due to close proximity to Sipadan. Mabul Island is small oval shape surrounded by sandy beaches. I stayed at Sipadan-Mabul Resort, one of a few dive resorts available in Mabul. From the jetty I could see Sipadan Island and Kapalai Island. The place is so beautiful, I already fell in love with Mabul. The people were very friendly and I made many new friends over there.
I did 8 dives in 3 days at Mabul, Kapalai, Siamil and Denawan. Mabul known as the world's best muck diving if you are interested with small and micro marine lives. While in Kapalai I could see larger fish. I couldn't a get permit to dive in Sipadan this time around. So, I missed to see a school of barracuda, bumphead, jackfish and hammerhead sharks. Some of the species I saw during my diving were all sort of fish, cuttlefish, lionfish, stonefish, flaunders, turtle, flatworm, nudibranch, etc
No doubt this place will be my annual trip diving after this. I already make a plan to comeback in April to dive in Sipadan. Before that I want to take Advanced Open Water certification first.
The first and last I did this race was in April 2008. I had very bad allergic after the race and MC for 2 days. That's why I never take part in the race any more after that. But this time around Fiza registered for me. Five months prior to the race day I only had one training session in the pool with 2km distance and after the bicycle accident my arms hurt badly if I do repetitive strokes. How am I going to finish this?? My target is to finish it, don't care about the timing. However, with minimal training I got minimal result, I managed to complete the race but missed the cut off in just 2-3 minutes after caught in the strong current. As expected, I was MC 2 days due to skin allergic. :(