I will be returning to North Sulawesi to dive this November. It's next month! WooHoo! This dive trip has been planned, booked and paid since Feb 2009 - only the flight ticket-lah! Zero-fare, mah.
It's October. The dive group discussion has started in the emails. By pure chance, Mr Long went to check our Air Asia group booking, it was booked 8 months ago, so it is wise of him to check now. Guess what! Air Asia not only moved our departure times and return times, they have also shifted the flight day...our return flight day and time! It's being rescheduled from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1!!! That's an extension of 2 days! So...Mr Long had his wish of either extending the trip or going early granted! LOL! But that kinda screw up our dive trip plans - number of days, budget and of course, that also screw up my connecting flight, PEN-KUL-PEN.
Goodness! The email thread is so so so long on this matter. First thing first, we had to agree on our options...Thank goodness, that didn't take long, especially among a large group of 11 -12 people! With that out of the way, Chooi had the headache of planning the number of dives, cost and getting the best deals out of the resorts. Thank goodness, I am not the dive planner, it is such a nightmare to plan.
As for myself, I have to get my flights changed without additional cost. Must be my lucky stars shining brightly, Air Asia was kind enough to change all our flights FOC. That's nice of them.
So, I am now leaving for KUL on Nov. 20, Friday night and will not return until Nov. 29., Sunday night. Arggghhh! This trip kinda screw up my budget though...now I have to spend more. We are not only diving Lembeh Strait, but also get to dive Bunaken with Tasik Ria Resort, Spa & Tasik Divers (TRR) from Nov.21 to 24. From Nov.24 to 28, we will be diving with Nomad Adventure Divers (NAD), which will be a new to me since my last visit was with Lembeh Resort, which you can read all about it here.
I really hope it's well worth every $$$ spent with good diving and company...and no further unplanned incidents. I hope to return with a splendid dive trip blog entry with lots of good photos :P
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