I didn’t get to go diving this past weekend. Actually, I didn’t get to have much of a weekend due to work and some personal challenges. I already feel “like a fish out of water” with non-diving days piling up, but what to do? There’ll be other days.
And speaking of other days, there will be some interesting things happening this coming weekend. In fact, it’s a major national event. Heck, a global one actually and will be executed here in Brunei as well with many different organizations coming on board:
I’m just posting whatever invites or messages have come my way. I can’t take credit for any of these initiatives but this isn’t about me. I’m really glad that this is happening as the amount of trash that shows up on the beach and major water bodies in the country is very alarming. Let’s not even mention the eyesore when going around Kampong Ayer (Water Village), which is meant to be a tourist gem of the country.
Since Poni Divers will be managing the clean-up in Panaga Beach, Belait (the oil and gas district of Brunei, 1.5 hours away from the capital), Sur and I are signing up for the underwater clean-up. It will be a good opportunity to experience diving off the shores of Belait since we usually dive off Brunei-Muara and Tutong, and for a good cause too. According to Nurul of Poni, we will be diving at a depth of about 5m to collect trash. That should be doable for me as a sporadic freediver. Space is also limited as Poni will need to manage the offshore and onshore groups in terms of safety and logistics, which makes sense.
There are actually a lot of ongoing activities in relation to marine conservation and cleanliness. Beach Bunch, a Brunei-based NGO that takes care of beaches and coastal life, has been around since 2009. They’re worth following if you love beaches and ocean and taking care of the environment at the same time.
Come and volunteer your time and effort.