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SCUBA in Sipidan – A Top 10 diving experience

During my last time in Malaysia I pretty much stuck to the urban sprawl of Kuala Lumpur and it’s surrounding areas. This time I was determined to get away from all of that and explore the natural side of the country. Getting there involved a brief AirAsia flight to Sabah, a 45 minute shuttle ride through the countyside to Semporna and then a water taxi to the Seaventures diving rig. It’s a converted oil rig that now provided all the amenities of a regular hotel (including wifi) but was in the middle of the ocean, about an hour from the mainland by high-speed boat. In addition, it has it’s own artificial reef where you can enjoy unlimited dives, including night dives. I spent 3 nights on the rig, and during this time experienced some of the best diving of my life. The pictures don’t really do it justice as I was using a rented underwater camera, but take my word for it when I say that it’s an out of the world experience. The nearby island of Mabul is one of the most primitive places I’ve experienced. A population of about 200 people live here without any electricity or other modern amenities, and even have their own language. Quite the polar opposite of Kuala Lumpur indeed!



While occupying Hong Kong I stumbled across the #OccupyHongKong movement camped out under the HSBC building.

Perfect Public Transportation

If there was any ever doubt as to the global strength of China, look no further than the Hong Kong subway system. It is as close to the most flawless system I’ve ever encountered. High-speed trains departing every 3 minutes. Completely intuitive maps and routing information. Highly informational on-board position tracking. And just look at these lovely color coded stations.

I’ve often thought that the key to any modern civilization is public transportation. If you can’t get people where they need to be, when they need to be there, your growth will be stunted. Getting that system in place is of course a classic chicken-and-egg problem! Hong Kong has the whole damn hen house.

Kolor Lumpur

I can’t think of too many places that are as diverse as good ol’ US of A. Kuala Lumpur however is one of them.

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