Here it’s cold, grey, foggy no sun or sandy beach in sight.
I was born here, but I don’t fit,
speak 9 languages,
like worldmusic and international cuisine.
Most of my friends are foreigners.
I like snow, mountains and wild nature.
BUT, I love the ocean,
there’s nothing more beautiful.
Since I’m a kid, I’ve been attracted by water of any kind.
Once I almost drowned, a big Atlantic ocean wave against
a 2 years old kid playing too close by the water.
My mum saved me.
The ocean spit me out, gave us another chance to become friends.
Even from the bathtub, my parents couldn’t get me out.
I could swim when I was 5 years old,
my playground was the forest and the lake.
I spent in the sea, playing,
till the adults forced me out.
When I was 12, I did a Discovery Dive in the pool.
I loved the freedom to breathe under water,
but we didn’t have money for diving.
During a riverrafting camp,
my passion for watersports grew.
I went to Brazil, snorkeled on a very clear jungle river,
crowded with fishes, among it red Piranhas.
One year later I was on Tioman Island.
Snorkelling, I was surrounded by purple, blue, orange, yellow fishes,
never saw that many in my life before.
I got to dive!
I took the Padi Open Water and directly the Advanced.
My teacher recommended Sipadan to me.
This place is of infinite beauty.
Visiblity 35-40 meters, 10 white-tip reef sharks and hawksbill turtles on each dive.
The most fascinating thing, was to be surrounded by more fish than water.
I loved the Barracuda schools,
which formations resemble a Tornado.
This should be my life.
I want to see more places like that,
wake up every morning with the fresh breeeze on the boat
and the salty water spray in my face.
About 7 months after my first dive,
I did my Divemaster Course on Tioman Island.
It was one of the best times of my life.
Getting to know the life of the locals and the divesites in
To see, how people enjoyed,
improved their skills and overcame their fears.
The person who introduced me into this world,
I own him million thanks.
Now back home,
I miss every sunrise and sunset on the Island.
Miss to see the old friends;
Giant Morayeel who guards the jetty,
hyperactive Boxfish in the reef and same old Grouper in the swimthrough.
Miss to be swallowed by the deep, calm ocean,
the different scales of blue,
where sounds and light go astray,
where the only sound is the bubbles I blow,
where I know exactly that this is my place to fit.
Miss to feel the freedom to sit in the front of the rocking boat
and to see nothing but horizon.
Miss the joy to give some people a chance to discover the same.