Morning Chatter -Sempoerna, 6/5/2013
From the onset, it seemed our Borneo trip was plagued with obstacles one after the other. 7 weeks before we were due to leave, there was an attempted invasion of Sabah by the Sultan of Sulu right at the gateway to Sipadan, Sempoerna. It felt as unreal as it sounded, so much so that the attacks had been described as surreal. Truth be told, we were so set on going that we didn't allow a war to stop us, not to mention the election or a bomb scare.
Morning from the window- Sempoerna, 6/5/2013
This was the picture of calm and charm that greeted us on our 1st morning at Sempoerna, the sleepy village through which all travellers to Sipadan must pass. It belied the weird and exciting world that has been on my bucket list for eons.
Sipadan Water Village, Mabul Island- 6/5/2013
The minute we stepped onto the wooden floorboards of our resort, we knew our perseverance had more than paid off.
Picture taken by MarG, Sipadan Water Village, Mabul Island
I remember thinking this must be what heaven is like for good people.
Starfishes at Kapilai-6/5/2013
This picture was one of the first I took with the brand new Panasonic Lumix camera I bought on the morning before I left for Kota Kinabalu. I wanted a camera for underwater pictures so that I could record my historic trip to the diving spot of my dream.
Blue Starfishes- Mabul, 6/5/2013
Corals, Mabul, 6/5/2013
Foraging, Mabul, 6/5/2013
The camera did not work very well underwater but thanks to some heavy photo edit, I managed to salvage some images capturing a few of those precious moments I spent in this amazing world.
That's me posing with a friendly sea creature from paradise pool. I assure you, no animals or starfishes were harmed in the making of this picture.
My camera conked out after one day in the water but the lack of pictures did not make me forget.
Picture courtesy of Malaysia.com. Green Sea Turtle, Sipadan
Those few days snorkeling in Mabul and Kapilai was truly like swimming in Nature's aquarium. I saw some really weird fishes and corals, most memorable being the encounter of the 3 giant sea turtles. The backs of these turtle were so big, swimming atop one was like sprawling over a dining table for 4. Yet, those giant creatures were more graceful than the sveltest of ballerinas.
Picture courtesy of Malaysia.com, shoals of barracudas, Sipadan Island
Nothing however prepared me for the spectacular that is Sipadan. We were blessedly lucky to be amongst the 120 daily divers permitted in this protected enclave. And when the sight you behold the moment you dipped your head into the water is a swirling shoal of fishes circling you, you know why this is one of the last few precious spot on earth that must be left unspoilt.
Sunset at Sipadan Water Village, 6/5/2013
I witnessed my best sunset in this trip
and saw the sun rise to meet the moon from the window of my room.
Borneo 2013 has to be my trip of the year like how Europe 2012 was for last year.