Southeast Asia: One country with a purpose, one wi

Tripoto
9th Jan 2014
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On the way!

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Surfing in Keramas

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from my accomodation in Canggu

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taking a wave

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Nusa lembongan, on the dive boat

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Nusa dua

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largest hotel in bali

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My accomodation in Ubud. Traditional Balinese

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Volunteering with Bali Animal Welfare Associa

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Education program in schools

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Rice paddies around Ubud

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I didn't plan very much for this trip.... I had come back to Singapore from Australia after studying to work in a government job, but when they told me my start date wasn't till at least 3 weeks later I decided to go exploring instead of sitting and waiting. Booked the cheapest flight to Bali I could find and left 3 days later!! My only goal was to do the activities I love, which are surfing and freediving! And since I was there I thought it would be good to do something for the community, so I got in touch with Bali Animal Welfare Association (I'm a veterinarian by training) and signed up for a one week volunteering stint. I sure got what I was looking for in Bali - chaos, adventure, and ocean!! I was talking to another freediver on Nusa Lembongan and he mentioned a Master freediver training program by Apnea Total on Koh Tao, and since work postponed my start date even further, I though, why not? I was looking to further my freediving training anyway. And I wasn't disappointed, I definitely learnt a lot about freediving and went deeper for longer. The only sad thing was I couldn't finish the program as I had to return to Singapore to work... 

The waves!! AMAZING. I'm not the best surfer in the world, but the waves are definitely world class! The people are so friendly too.