TOP TEN Finalist – Priscilla Ong

March 3, 2011. Well, some ten thousand people have visited the site in the last 24 hours to see who will be announced as the third of ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2011 as we give away a seven month long PADI instructor internship. Again guys, the order of announcement is for the most part random, so here’s today’s finalist.

Priscilla Ong was a fairly late entry, but has stormed into the competition showing wide support on facebook and in the blog. You can show your support for Priscilla by clicking here and leaving a comment on her entry. Well done to you, Priscilla, for becoming a finalist in The Best Dive Job in the World 2011.

You should be starting to get a feel for the structure of these announcements by now. 😉 Here are Priscilla’s interview answers:

BSB: What is the most amazing experience of your life?
PO: Just 4 months ago, I was lucky enough to spot a whale shark while diving in Pulau Dayang, yes that made me the hero of the day! (: It has been the most breathtaking experience in my entire life. Especially so since no one expected to see a whale shark in Malaysia during that period of time (the last time they bump into one there was 3 years ago). I, in particular, thought I would need to spend lots of money to venture out to Indonesia, Philippines or Thailand to see what every scuba diver dreams of.

BSB: If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
PO: I’m an advanced diver. So far I’ve only been to Pulau Tioman and Pulau Dayang, both in Malaysia. I saw a black tip shark in Tioman, and a whale shark (as mentioned above) in Dayang. Both are great dive sites but I’m sure Bali will be even better than BEST, and I’m also talking about the beautiful beach and the awesome nightlife. So please send me there!!

BSB: If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
PO: My trusty tent that I bring everywhere I go, that has braved all kinds of storm with me.
My ukelele! The most magical sound ever produced on Earth is the combination of sea waves and guitar riffs. I will force myself to be better at strumming though.
I would definitely bring my best friend along, because she’s as adventurous as I am, and we love being lost in a foreign land. I have always firmly believed that when you’re lost, that’s when you discover new and interesting places.

BSB: What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
PO: My personality is very easy going, so I’m easy to get along with. And I think my ability to laugh at myself puts people at ease in awkward situations, so I make friends really quickly. The best part about this job is that it marries my love for diving and meeting new people together, so I really hope to be given this golden opportunity to learn and teach at the same time.

BSB: If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
PO: I am really meticulous in everything I do. A perfectionist some may call me, I tend to be extra careful and I would always notice the small little details. Even when it comes to diving, I usually spot the micro creatures first. I need to learn to sometimes step back and look at the broader picture.

BSB: Any question you would like to ask us?
PO: So I’m interested to know how Blue Season can assist me in my quest to introduce conservation issues to my fellow divers?
BSB: That’s easy. Blue Season Bali is a PADI Go ECO operator and we have been recognized for efforts in conservation, fund-raising and awareness numerous times by Project AWARE. We conduct regular beach and underwater cleanups with our internship program participants. Last year, we were recognized by PADI Asia-Pacific as a finalist for the 2010 Project AWARE Environmental Conservation Award. If you’re green, we’re your kind of dive shop.

I would like to conclude today’s update by once again thanking all of our fantastic participants in this program. It has been a dynamic few months for us here at Blue Season Bali, but we understand that the change has not yet begun for two of you. Look for tomorrow’s update in about 24 hours.

Best of Luck to All!

Tom West
Jonathan Cross
Blue Season Bali

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