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Me The Scubba Diving Instructor

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Me the Scubba Instructor

My three weeks in Maldives were blissful , the only problem i had was in the initial few days when Ramadan was on .I got no food during the day , but i still managed to find a restaurant called Gourmet that served food to foreigners who had arrived in Male . I mainly travelled by taxi which cost me 25 rupiya per ride . From Male to Hulumale i use to travel by ferry which was 10 rupiya for a ride . Hattu the owner of Dive Club Maldives was very generous and gave a a few dives extra .I did around 12 dives in my stint their and also went into the lagoon , where i learnt how to navigate myself in Shallow water . i leant how to remove my regulator a stay underwater also how to remove my mask underwater and how to take my guides regulator and berate when the oxygen tank was switched off .These were important skills i needed to learn in oder to qualify my open water course .

Hussain and my instructor then took me through the written exam also which i cleared easily. I had my lunch at the Jade restaurant in Male , which was where i enjoyed lobsters and other exciting dishes ,like blueberry cheese cake and Shrimp platter . Diving can get very exhausting and for me it was a great meditative experience , seeing the world under the sea . Maldives is an islamic country but i found it to be liberal in many ways .I saw guys with their girl friends chatting in bars or in the park s or going out on the road on motor bikes .

The island is full of mosques and the early call of Azaan invites people to come in for prayers . Alcohol is illegal and in not served with food .

I was not allowed to dive on the last day because i had to fly the next day to Sri Lanka .This is because of the pressure underwater and the pressure one experiences when one is on a plane may cause an imbalance in the body and could lead to a problem.

I had great discussion with Hatthu where i decide that i will promote Scubba Diving to School’s in India . The deal is yet to be inked but we shook hands on it .
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Me The Scubba Diving Instructor

Instructor

Me the Scubba Instructor

My three weeks in Maldives were blissful , the only problem i had was in the initial few days when Ramadan was on .I got no food during the day , but i still managed to find a restaurant called Gourmet that served food to foreigners who had arrived in Male . I mainly travelled by taxi which cost me 25 rupiya per ride . From Male to Hulumale i use to travel by ferry which was 10 rupiya for a ride . Hattu the owner of Dive Club Maldives was very generous and gave a a few dives extra .I did around 12 dives in my stint their and also went into the lagoon , where i learnt how to navigate myself in Shallow water . i leant how to remove my regulator a stay underwater also how to remove my mask underwater and how to take my guides regulator and berate when the oxygen tank was switched off .These were important skills i needed to learn in oder to qualify my open water course .

Hussain and my instructor then took me through the written exam also which i cleared easily. I had my lunch at the Jade restaurant in Male , which was where i enjoyed lobsters and other exciting dishes ,like blueberry cheese cake and Shrimp platter . Diving can get very exhausting and for me it was a great meditative experience , seeing the world under the sea . Maldives is an islamic country but i found it to be liberal in many ways .I saw guys with their girl friends chatting in bars or in the park s or going out on the road on motor bikes .

The island is full of mosques and the early call of Azaan invites people to come in for prayers . Alcohol is illegal and in not served with food .

I was not allowed to dive on the last day because i had to fly the next day to Sri Lanka .This is because of the pressure underwater and the pressure one experiences when one is on a plane may cause an imbalance in the body and could lead to a problem.

I had great discussion with Hatthu where i decide that i will promote Scubba Diving to School’s in India . The deal is yet to be inked but we shook hands on it .

Posted by Anuj Tikku 14:10 Archived in Maldives Republic Tagged diving scubba Comments (0)

Soju with Hyun

In Seoul Korea

Landed at the seoul airport from Singapore in the afternoon . The mers virus had subsided by now , but we were asked to fill a medical form before we got our visa checked. I got my Euro’s changed into the local currency which is Won and headed for a taxi . My hotel was booked through the website bookings.com and a room was waiting for me . Called up Hyun my old friend from Christ College days . He said he would land up in a while . The first glimpse of Seoul reminded me of New York huge high rise buildings and a very connected and wired city .It’s the New York of the orient.

Hyun landed up next day in the evening and it was like time stood still and nothing had changed we were meeting after 25years , but it was as if just yesterday . Bang we went into our past talking about our old days and how everything was so innocent during our school days . “ Those were the days anuj we were all so innocent and uncorrupted , no worries in the world .” Then he shared his life journey with me , His painful separation from his wife , photo’s of his lovely Kid called Daniel and his love for heavy metal music and rock . Hyun was always a heavy Metal freak and went on to work as a concert organiser for rock music bands . I shared my experiences of bollywood with him and the horrific death of my father .The Jack Daniels had just finished and it was time for us to head out to see the city at night . We stumbled up into a Korean restaurant , were for the first time i tasted chilly octopus . Soju is the name of the local alcohol , it is a softer version of vodka and is had as shot’s . I enjoyed it to the hilt and lightened the spicy taste of the chilly octopus with green leaf salad and sprouts.

“ Would love to pick up a Korean chick and bang her at my hotel .I have fucked girls in Cambodia , Phillipines and Singapore “ said i with a naughty smile . “Well prostitution is illegal in Korea , but yes there our places where you can get women and get a massage also , we will see if you can venture into those places latter .”

Eating joint’s close by 11:00 o clock in Korea and the owner wanted us to finish our meal fast . Time flew as both of us got so in grossed in conversation . What could be said it was a reunion of two bunk buddied after 25 years . “ I would love to be a father like you hyun , that is one thing i need to experience , having a kid of my own , but right now i just wish to travel the world .” i said after taking drag from my cigarette .” I think you will be a great father , but you will need to settle down .” Hyun replied . We both new that the next few days in seoul will be great as two mates from the past meet and share their vastly different yet similar bitter and sweet life experience.

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One Man's Sanity is another Man's Insanity

Maldives

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One Man’s Sanity is another Man’s Insanity

Learning the finer points of Scubba diving was fun today . i Iearnt how to take the regulator out of my mouth when was underwater . Then i did the bouncy test where i floated in the deal end of the sea and kept bobbing up and down . Dost my instructor also shut the oxygen tank abruptly and i learnt not to panic in this situation and took his regulator and used it to breathe . The oxygen filled in my lungs and everything was fine again . The other skill that i picked up was taking off my mask underwater and still holding on to my breathe . It was a super experience and i enjoyed it immensely , i learnt how to negotiate the choppy sea’s and the bad weather .

Last dive i undertook yesterday i got a star fish in my hand . “ Anuj you cannot take the fish out of the water it is against the law . The fish has to be thrown back into the sea , where it belongs . Two weeks in Maldives are already over .I have passed my written exams and with in two days i will be a qualified instructor . From handling and preparing the Scubba diving equipment to diving into the sea , to the buoyancy test i have passed all the major test’s . Hattu the owner of dive club Maldives is satisfied with my progress and said “ you will be an instructor and a very good one at that anuj .” Maldives culture is islamic , but the people are liberal , although the women her wear head gear , they are warm and friendly . Most people doing menial jobs are from Bangladesh and other such places . They Watch hindi cinema and enjoy indian music . Hattu the owner of the dive club speaks beautiful hindi and has been very encouraging to me . I have decided to sell scubba diving to my friend’s in India and organise school trips for students . This will be a way inn which i can monetise my Travelthon.

Hattu is also very well read and we spoke at length about islam and the cultural differences it has with Hinduism . Religious discussions are the best that get people worked up and it got every one in the office excited . I told them that life is wondrous and “ pone man’s insanity is other man’s sanity .” This was a pearl of a quote that went on my Facebook today . Scubba has really been a great experience for me and i can’t wait to get a certificate and a badge for my work .

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Honesty In Maldives

Maldives

Honesty in Maldives

Today was my fourth day of Scubba Diving , i did my open water routine . Hattu the owner of dive club was very supportive he gave me a discount price for doing the level one and open water courses . I enjoyed the dives , learnt how to fix the equipment and use the regulator, it was a great experience taking the regulator out of my mouth when i was under water . I loved the experience of bubbles coming out of my mouth as i breathed in with the regulator and breathed out with out it . Two dives a day can be exhausting . It is Ramadan time in Maldives and only a few restaurants are open at this time . I found a great one called Gorumet , where i have been enjoying prawn curry and rice along with fresh vegetables and lemon Soda. Hattu and his dive club gang have become my friends , we sing songs to each other . They all know that i am a bollywood actor and keep checking out my scenes on the internet. I in turn entertain them with the latest numbers . The beauty of the sea is mesmerising and it’s like meditation for me. In about ten days i would have become quite an expert. I would love to dive deep as possible and see all the corral reeves of the region .

We also took the boat to Karumba island where the water is shallow and i could enjoy my self immensely there and learn the new techniques with ease . Maldives has over 1000 islands scattered all over the Indian Ocean and the Arabian sea . It is Ramadan time so no one is allowed to eat in the afternoon .I sat down in a snack bar and tried to eat a burger but the owner stopped me from eating saying Ramadan time is for fasting .

I extended my stay in my hotel Levis Boutique by mistake i gave the manager Euro 100 more and he returned me the money .This was an amazing gesture of Honesty and Kindness and i gave the manager Rupeeya 100 as a tip . Honesty is alive at least in some parts of the world. I am glad that their are still people who are honest and forthright. This islamic republic is still thriving with honest and loving people.

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