2021 was a challenging year. Not just for me but for everyone else as well, I’m sure. Covid19 is still raging, but despite being thrown into nationwide lockdown during the first two quarters of the year, I’m glad there’s growth where personal development is concerned. These are some of the things that I should give myself credit for;
😎I took up plenty of diving specialty
😎I got certified for Nitrox.
😎I went lake diving for the first time at Semenyih Dam and fell in love with lake diving.
😎I was awarded Specialty Diver by SSI.
😎I attended first aid classes, learned how to provide first aid, perform CPR and use AED and I’m now a certified Basic Life Support Provider.
😎I started learning Qigong and Taichi, and ended up doing it consistently
😎I learned how to wield cold weapons and I can now play with sword and sabre.
😎I learned the art of meditation and mindfulness.
Come to think of it, it’s not exactly a year wasted. I’ve made plenty of good progress, and that’s really a lot in comparison to the years before Covid. The best part of all? My social circle is now full of people who helped me grow and push me to be the best version of myself.And speaking of people who empower one another, I decided to end end 2021 meaningfully with a splash, and kicked off 2022 with a big splash as well. Literally. And figuratively.And how was it splashy? Well, I went for the new year’s eve and midnight countdown charity dive organized by iDivers and #habangostatclan. If you are a Malaysian, you are probably aware that the nation was shocked by the recent flood disaster in Klang Valley and many has lost their homes and belongings. In the spirit of #kitajagakita, iDivers decided to organize a flood relief charity dive.Here’s sharing with you the faces of my buddies who were there that night, hoping to have some underwater midnight fun at the lake and at the same time, help out our buddy in need.Dive pros from SSI, PADI and IANTD worked hand in hand as our dive guide that night.Behind the scene before our night exploration.Equipment checkMe and my husband. He was my dive buddy that night.With Ms. Syahnaz and Anna Maria from KAIA Underwater AcademyMy new dive buddy, Ms. AinNew dive buddy, Ms.EchaWith Colonel (Dr) Mohd Hafizi, Senior Consultant Emergency and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hospital Angkatan Tentera Tuanku Mizan.Dive briefing was done by Instructor Arif from iDivers.Instructor Arif, making sure everyone understands the dos and don’ts that night before our dive.Now, most of us are just normal civilians, and we are not trained or qualified to be in the front scene to help flood victims, but as scuba divers, we certainly can dive for charity.Diving for charityAll proceeds for the donation drive and the new year’s eve and midnight countdown dive that night goes to one of our dive buddy who is affected by the recent flood disaster. Any extras would be donated to the needy as well.I don’t know what’s in store for 2022, and I don’t have a resolution for it. All I’m hoping is that I will be empowered and my days will be happy and blessed with no worries.Thank you buddies for making such beautiful memories. You guys are awesome.