July 30th, 2010
Today would have to be the most eventful and FUN day of my life.
We got the best of Nha Trang today when we went on the 4 Island tour. I reeeeeally reeeeeeeeeeally wanted to go scuba diving the moment I arrived in Nha Trang and BAM I got my wish! My mother and father were very unsure about it at first but I convinced them to let me go! GH was suppose to go to….But she got scared and pansy’d out. ARE YOU READING THIS GH?!?! YOU MISSED OUT ON SOOOOOO MUCH!
Since I didn’t have a scuba diving license I had to do the “Try Dive” course where I would have my own pro diver go along with me and help me out if I needed any help. My diver person was named Viet! Ahahaha. He though I was 14 or 15 years old and said my vietnamese was really good for being born in America. He was a really nice person. So anyway, I was getting kind of antsy right before going into the water after listening to the instructing. I noticed that whenever people give out precautions and instructions they make it sound kind of scary but it’s for us to be more safe and listen carefully. Because in the end it WASN’T dangerous at all.
So we started out going really slowly, lower and lower. It was the most BEAUTIFUL thing I had ever seen. It was definitely not what I was expecting. I didn’t think I would love it THIS much. It was a whole new different world down there. A WHOLE different world!! It got me thinking about a lot of things and I’m really interested in protecting the underwater environment and all of it’s beauty it encases. I plan on helping out by going to the beach at least ONCE a month to pick up the trash. Then it got me thinking about the BP oil spill which got me feeling really sad. I’d definitely grab the opportunity to fly over there and volunteer to help clean up the whole mess over there. I asked my Journalism teacher Mr. Kamei a couple months back if they’d accept volunteers but he said that he doesn’t think so since they’ve already hired the clean up crew and everything…. But I don’t think they would mind VOLUNTEERS, people who are willing to clean up for FREE. The ocean and water is the basis of life and everything, and we HAVE to do whatever we can to protect it. Doing small things like picking up trash and not LITTERING really helps. It disgusts me how people could just throw away their crap all over the place. DISGUSTING.
The Singaporeans got it down. It’s a thousand dollar FINE if you’re caught littering and they’re really strict about
”To maintain the clean and green city, there are strict laws against littering of any kind. First-time offenders face a fine of up to S$1,000. For repeat offenders—it’s a fine of up to S$2,000 and a Corrective Work Order (CWO). The CWO requires litterbugs to spend a few hours cleaning a public place, for example, picking up litter in a park.
The litterbugs are made to wear bright jackets, and sometimes, the local media are invited to cover the public spectacle. Naturally, the authorities hope that public shame will make diehard litterbugs think twice about tossing their scrap paper or cigarette butt on the roadside”. ( more details here )
We really need to enforce a rule such as this EVERYWHERE.
Anyway, about my scuba diving trip. The water was quite clear and I got to touch some of the coral and life down there! There was this cute little flower like plant that would somewhat stick onto you if you touch it’s leaves. And if you poke it in the middle it’d curl up protecting itself. It was ADORABLE! I saw SO many colorful and exotic fish!!!! There was also this fish that was BEAUTIFUL, it was a LITERAL RAINBOW FISH. I didn’t know there was such thing as a real fish that was rainbow colored. There was also this really soft squishy like plant creature that was attached to this reef of coral. EEPS! I CAN’T WAIT TO GET THE PICTURES FROM THIS DIVE!!!
I really want to go more into scuba diving and marine biology. Perhaps ALEX could teach me a thing or two about marine biology.
After wards we were transported back to our boat and we sat and listened to the crew mates of the ships all sing together providing us LIVE entertainment. It was pretty awesome. I was SHOCKED when they played the song Zombies from the Cranberries. BWAHAHA I didn’t actually think they’d listen to music like that. Surprise! Surprise!
The funniest thing happened after wards. All three boats formed a circle in the middle of the bay and EVERYONE would jump into the water and drink wine. There was this wild vietnamese guy that would dance sexily stripper status. AHHAHA maybe even better than how a woman stripper would dance. It was JUST too hilarous and I caught it ALL on tape. BWAHAHHAA. I would’ve jumped into the water and have a shot or two, but I would be all alone because GH wouldn’t want to jump in. BAH!! I SHOULD’VE jumped into the water anyway. Damn these Viets know how to FUCKING PARTY. It. Was. Wild. Loud music was playing, they were even playing TRANCE/HOUSE type of music. Bahahaha. Everyone would jump and then chill in the water in the green donut hole floaties sipping wine. Damn. It looked so freaking awesome.
THEN we went onto another island and THAT was where we did a lot of stuff too!! I went PARA SAILING. I was actually surprised I would do something like PARA SAILING. GH stopped running when the black mat ended which WAS NOT the end of the shore. AHEM. Which then caused my feet to SKID and get scraped across the pebbles. I didn’t see the blood until I was up in the air. It didn’t hurt A LOT but it still hurt. Bahaha. Now think of how it would feel once the wound hits the salty ocean water. It’s okay though. It’s a battle scar. One of our MC’s asked if my foot was okay later on the day and said that “Ahaha don’t worry, getting a bit hurt makes the vacation more fun”. Anyway, about the para sailing experience. AHAHHAA. GH kept on screaming in the begining and I told her to stop screaming because the boat driver would think that she was dying or something. But it was pretty hilarious her reaction and everything. So apparently my mother paid them extra for them to make us go UP and DOWN 3 TIMES. The WHOLE time while we were in the air and we started decreasing altitude we were FREAKING THE FUCK OUT and cursing at the driver from the air because we thought he was a shitty driver. It was NOT fun skidding across the water at high speeds. AHAHHAHA but it was a pretty interesting feeling…Although it kind of stung my wound. HAHAHA oh my god I wish we were somehow able to record our reactions to it, we were like “SHIT FUCK SHIT FUCK WHAT THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE IS DOING!?!? HOLY SHIT!! WHY ARE WE GOING DOWN!!?? OMG OMG OMG NO NO NO NO GO FASTER GO FASTER *flailing our legs around in the air* (HA as if that’d even help)”. I seriously think I got bigger biceps from just pulling my weight up the whole time while I was holding onto the string that was attached to the parachute. My arms and abs were aching like a mothaaaaaaaaaah*BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP* the very next day. In conclusion though, para sailing was pretty gosh darn FREAKING AWESOME. If only we stayed in the air longer rather than going up and down, up and down, and skidding across the water. EhehehehE…
THEN THEN THEN!!!! Our last activity was the jetski. Mama signed us up for this without telling us (we were para sailing at the time) and at first I really didn’t want to go because my left foot was all cut up and bleeding and the salt would’ve been hellllllla painful. But I thought about it for another minute and thought “oh what the hell, let’s do it. Mama already paid for it”. And DAMN how I don’t REGRET making this decision. SPEEDING ACROSS THE OCEAN AS FAST AS I WANTED WAS FUCKING AMAZING. There were NO rules so we could just go as fast as we can. I was a little pansy at first because I was afraid that if I went too fast GH would fall off or something. So I went at medium speed probably 40mph or something. But then the guy that went with us showed me the full potential of how fast it could go and DAMN it was exhilarating. When they said “yeah the guy will guide you and let you ride the jet ski by yourself” I seriously thought they were just saying that and instead the guy would do all the work and “pretend” that I’m doing it by myself like how a lot of other people do it for “safety and precaution”. But EHEHEHE we are in VIETNAM so there is not many rules concerning it so I was basically driving the vehicle myself. My mama paid extra for us to go SUPER far out into the ocean and circling the bay of the 3 other islands that were around the area. I didn’t know that they would let us go THAT far. I don’t know how fast I went but I would like to say 60mph+ or something. Maybe I am overestimating but it DEFINITELY felt SUPER SUPER SUPER FAST. We would skid over small waves and it’d make the jet ski jump a bit across the water. It got bumpy where the waters weren’t as smooth but THAT made it even more fun (except for the constant worry of GH falling off AHA….). God it felt so good. To just ride across the waters where there weren’t much people around. I really like the solitude feeling (even though there were 2 people sitting right behind me) sometimes I’d forget they were even there. AH! It was just so peaceful. I will really miss that feeling.
Then it was time to leave the island, most of everyone was already on the boat when we got off of the jet ski so I had to run across god damned GIANT pebbles to get to the boat. WHY CAN’T THE BEACH HAVE SAND LIKE NORMAL BEACHES?? That was the only thing I really hated about the place, the shore was scattered with PEBBLES that hurt a SHIT load when you’re walking on them.
After that was the last island where we went to see an aquarium. I didn’t like it that much. The aquarium was really small and felt really bad for the little creatures that had to dwell in it. I actually feel sorry for any type of fish living in any type of aquarium…. I did like how they built the place, it was interesting architecture.
After wards we went home and rested.
I’ve been quite adventurous these past few days and I’m VERY proud of myself.
I now know when to be paranoid and when to not be paranoid. I actually can’t believe I got rid of this burdening mind set of mine. To tell you the truth, I really didn’t think I’d ever be able to get rid of that mindset, but in the end I DID! WOO HOO! This vacation to Vietnam was VERY much needed.