Thursday, 12 July 2012

It's a Hard Enough Life for Alpha 5!

Alpha 5 have spent their first week of expedition on Mamutik Island, diving and snorkelling and preparing themselves for the next part of Phase 1: trek. This part of the Adventure Phase includes a 3-4 day diving programme which will gain each Venturer a PADI Open Water Diver certification. This is then followed by conservation work collecting underwater waste and litter, and planting coral.

Annie Moss has written a blog entry to inform all of Alpha 5’s loved ones of how they are getting on:

We had a fantastic start to our expedition, diving in the warm blue waters of Mamutik Island. With our basha only five metres from the white sand beach, and the outdoor kitchen giving views over Kota Kinabalu and Mount K, the island has been the perfect place to rest and bond before trek.

The ample food supply- coupled with some fresh eggs bought from the local shop has not only fed us but enabled us to make bread, cake, flap jacks and popcorn.

Besides sunbathing and sea swimming, we have managed to construct a few sand sculptures, stage a treasure hunt, watch the sun rise and fall, play volleyball and play numerous games of cards. We have written dutiful letters home, taken many photographs, read our books and failed miserably at getting a good tune out of a guitar. Oh, and we squeezed in a bit of snorkelling and scuba diving too.

Underwater we have been fortunate enough to spot Rainbow fish, Clown fish, Star fish, Stone fish, Eagle-rays, and many more besides. James, who has completed his Advanced Open Water Certificate this week even spotted a Black-tipped Reef shark!

There was lots to see on land too, with regular sightings of Monitor Lizards, Giant Centipedes, and a playful litter of kittens next door.

All in all, a fantastic way to spend a week and we are sorry to be leaving.


Anonymous said...

For Elsemieke Kruseman Alpha 5
Ha lieve Elsie,
Ik lees een heerlijk verslag van een groeps-genootje van je. Nou dat ziet er inderdaad heerlijk uit aan de foto te zien. Nu ben je met de trekking bezig en zal het iets minder relaxed zijn, maar wat zul je hier "sterk" van worden!!! In vele opzichten. Heb je ook al die vissen gezien, die beschreven zijn? en was het niet eng, zo onder water?
heb je veel mooie koraal en zo gezien? Goh wat ben ik benieuwd naar al je verhalen, kan bijna niet wachten!! Hier niet zo veel nieuws van het front. Veel regen, onweer, niet echt zomer weer.
Dag lieve meisje, nog veel plezier, xxxx kusjes mamma

Rosie Moss said...

A great post Annie. It sounds absolutely fantastic. Good luck with the trek. Lots of love, Mum,Dad and Ed xxxx

George Donkin said...

For Lucy Troman, Alpha 3

Hey Lu! I sent you a few letters and I got one from you :) I'm checking the blog everyday for an update on your group. I hope you're having an awesome time! I've been reading about Danum Valley and it sounds amazing, have you seen an orangutang yet?... I got the job I was interviewed for by they way! I start next week! Also, I spoke to my grandparents and they said we can go up to the lake district with them in september if you're not off to uni by then, they have a time share at some spa place, it's lush! I'm missing you a lot but hopefully I can keep myself busy earning pennies before you come home. I'm desperate to hear all about it. Love you Lu :)

George xxxx

Sally Russ-Silsby said...

Thank you for your post Annie and for providing us with news of James. It all sounds amazing and best of luck to you all with the trek!

Congrat's on being awarded your AOWC James. Lots of love, Mum & Dad xxx

Dervla said...

Fiona Bailey
Alpha 5

It's great to get the update, sounds like fun, in fact it sounds like a holiday, sand sculptures, treasure hunt, diving etc etc. I'm sure all that will change when you start your trek, so rest up now.
Where are all the photos? We, all your blog followers, are just dying to see some photos,
Love Dervla

Megan Coe said...

For Anthony Copeland 12D:

Hey beautiful :)
Your time diving sounds amazing I am so jealous! It hasn't stopped raining here but I'm back home tomorrow and then have my holiday so I don't mind too much. I hear I have a letter from you waiting there which I can't wait to read!
Missing you so much and thinking of you every day, but I know you will be having the time of your life and making me proud.
Not long now until I'll be with you and the boys, I'm so excited!

Stay safe babe,
All my love
Meg xXx

Anonymous said...

For: Annie Moss, Alpha 5

Hi Annie. Thought I'd leave you a little message after reading your blog, what a great location you've been in. Enlarged the photo of where you've been to get the full effect, a little bit envious of the scenery to say the least! Been swimming myself today, they should definitely put a picture like that up on the walls of the pool- ideal motivator! Still not flip-flop weather here yet, I could do with a pair of flippers though just for the rain! Hope you got my last message ok, really enjoying reading about what you've been doing, looking forward to the next update, love Heather xx

Ashley@RaleighBermuda said...

Amon, Mike and Amanda (Alpha 3)

Heya guys! I hope your having a blast. I amd looking at the blog and am soo excited to see pictures of you guys!

Mike did you ever take
that "portable shovel" with you...HAHAHAHA! It's great to see pictures of you! You look like your having and Amazing time!

Amon! I hope all is well and that your enjoying Malaysia! I miss you and everytime I watch Love and HipHop Atlanta I think of you!

Amanda! I am glad to hear that your injury is not that bad! I hope your resting up so that you can be back on your feet soon!

Much love and hugs to you all from Bermuda! Miss you guys!

Jim Hay said...

fOR Emma Hay -Alpha5
iT LOOKS AS IF YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT Time--enjoy the experience.Look forward in due course to having your comments and photos
All our love Grandma and Gaguy

Anonymous said...

For Annie Moss

Great to read your blog and hear about your fantastic week, sounds brillant!! Keep happy and smile and enjoy the next part!! Miss you tons!! Love Colette xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi dee in alpha 2 hope you are well and enjoying Borneo and making new friends. the weather hear has been miserable but we are all fine even Ky your licence has come and d.o.e cert love mum and dad

Anonymous said...

for Umit Utku, Alpha 5

Hi Umit, its your cousins :) we all miss you so much, Abuz misses you too!!! He keeps talking :D

It sounds great what you've been doing, keske bizde yaninda olsaydik :)

Kafani kirmdan gel :)
cansu, mustafa, arzu xxxxx

Anonymous said...

for umit utku in alpha 5

haciiii, ya nerelerdesin kayboldun gittin, ozledik sanki seni yawwww :) bak bunuda bilerek turkce yaziyorum bakalim nasil okuyacaklar, belki sana okumaya calisirlarken biraz gulersin heee :))) biliyorsun ev tasindik internet daha yeni baglandi o yuzden hic yazamadim, telefondan niye yazmadin diyorsan bu evde telefon cekmiyor :)) sanki dagin basinda yasiyoruz :DD buralarda kotu birseyler yok, herkes cok iyi, baban yarin turkiyeden geliyor, hasanlarda agustosun ilk haftasinda turkiyeye gideceklermis, bizde iste ramazana hazirlaniyoruz, offf offf 9 gibi aciliyormus oruclar, yani ben oyle duydum :)) bu arada ice age 4 cikti, sulalecek izlemeye gidecegiz, bir sen yoksun ama :((( aslinda cok sey yazmak istiyorum ama simdi bunu okuyan kisi bana kufur edecek. :))umarim iyisindir, keyfin yerindedir, karnin doyuyordur ve mutlusundur, kendine cok iyi bak, seni kocaman opuyorum, artik geldiginde bir tatil yaparik optummmm :D

Yvonne said...

To Fiona (alpha 5)

Hi sounds like a lot of fun. Planting coral is something. I reckon harder times are to come. Keep up the good work. Love from all at home.

Anonymous said...

For Annie Moss (Alpha 5)

great Blog Annie, its good to hear you are enjoying the experiences and getting on well in Borneo! Enjoy the next part just as much! lots of love Hannah xxx

Gilly said...

Hey Emmmmmma Haaaaaay alpha5

Heard you and amy met up for a wee bit
before going separate ways again! But good to hear you both enjoying yourselves...I neve doubted you wouldn't!! AAron said you were off ot the sun bear phase lucky you! :) We have sun today...WOW!! forgotten what that thing's the leeches doing..??? hee hee
take care hunny..have loads more fun..
Gilly xxx