The Monsoon cometh, and a small dose of fury

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Terengganu,
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

08:51 The monsoon has begun properly now, yesterday it rained very heavily most of the day and as I was completely knackered it wasnt a bad thing because I stayed inside and watched films, but I was stupidly tired all day. I had another early night and slept brilliantly which I haven't for a few nights as I've been disturbed by vivid dreams of getting back together with my ex (still!!! argh!) and feelings of anxiety. I guess the end of my trip and no responsibility is drawing near and I have underlying feelings of worry. I have been incredibly well this year with not even a hint of a relapse despite everything I've done, and can see that if I'm allowed to manage myself with my energy levels and have no stress I don't get ill. How the hell do you ever explain that to an employer though? I work hard and diligently and just need people to trust that my moral standards are high and that I want to work but I have to look after myself too, that has to be my top priority, peopel don't seem to want to trust you though

Anyway, it's another grey day, and raining again. Today I do my final dive here concentrating on better buoyancy and trying to get off some of the weights I carry as I have too many. My instructor is a lovely guy, he's 25 and what struck me when I saw him was that he only has one leg, I wondered if this would be a challenge, it probably was when he first lost it but after seeing him dive I realise that diving is probably a greater freedom for anyone with a disability because it's like flying underwater. Anyway, he spends his time working as a diving instructor and very much enjoying life. I was telling him about my private pilots licence and he'd love to do it, and I can't see any reason why he shouldn't except I imagine/I know the aviation authorities are completely anal about things.

The final dive was a little dreary as there weren't really many fish around, and anyway, we concentrating on swimming through a hoop without hitting it and floating mid water with only breathing making you go up or down a little. 

When I returned to my room I was met with a slight surprise, all the beds that had been abandoned had been made had mine, everything that wasn't in a locker, like my sleeping bag, clothes, toiletries, shoes...everything, had gone! I was fuming. I headed off to reception to ask where it had all gone, their excuse for removing it all was that I hadn't left my passport behind reception - I'd paid 3 days in advance instead, and now owed them 2 more nights, but I told them it was unacceptable because I was CLEARLY still occupying that space. They gave me a bag of my things, I went back to my room and emptied, found half a dozen things still missing and returned to reception 3 times to tell them what was still missing, honestly I was so so cross. By the end of the day I had had most things returned to me except my mossie repellant and a mossie 'clicker' that cost about 9. As they had lost it and couldn't find I told them how much it was worth, and basically, the cost of my 2 nights accommodation was 8, so I didn't pay them in the end. I hope they will think twice before just removing everything the next time. They don't really have any right to keep your passports, but I shouldn't be treated like a criminal who might not pay either.

I chatted with Barry, an American ex pilot/cop and we played with the 10 month old monkey who can nip you if she gets over excited. See monkey photos!
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greekcypriot on

Good that you demanded not to pay since the cost of what you lost had the same price.

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