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Alvin Ho

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Re: Gorontalo 2nd Jan 2011
« Reply #10 on: 11 Jan 11, 15:18 »
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  • Yup, I really liked Gorontalo too, if only they have a beach-front property... The only thing that I think Manado had over Gorontalo was the huge number of common dolphins...
    Can get to Gorontalo from Manado with Express Air, don't tell me that service has already ended?

    Nah for me Manado wins hands down anytime. 3.5hours direct flight from singapore, 30kg weight allowance. World class muck diving and experienced guides. Quite comfy resorts with wi-fi and sometimes cable tv at reasonable prices. It's all good.  ;D
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    Re: Gorontalo 2nd Jan 2011
    « Reply #11 on: 11 Jan 11, 15:34 »
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  • Haha the boat crew and yunis was damn amused when we imitated him behind his back.  ;D

    yeah he is the only DM i have ever seen do that. but the locals seem to think its kewl.

    Nah for me Manado wins hands down anytime. 3.5hours direct flight from singapore, 30kg weight allowance. World class muck diving and experienced guides. Quite comfy resorts with wi-fi and sometimes cable tv at reasonable prices. It's all good.  ;D

    yupe muck is best....

    Yup, I really liked Gorontalo too, if only they have a beach-front property... The only thing that I think Manado had over Gorontalo was the huge number of common dolphins...
    Can get to Gorontalo from Manado with Express Air, don't tell me that service has already ended?

    i think its Wings Air now. a subsidiary of Lion. the excess baggage is a killer

    Those sponges are only known to exist in Gorontalo now. Read about some bacteria or something eating away at the sponge, creating the patterns. The place is nice though a bit of a pain to get there. Rantje is nice and friendly in a weird way.

    hey thks for that, now i know. yeah i think we all agree he is eccentric. all these years here in Asia.

    Thanks decimal for another comprehensive report! Never heard of this place but now I know where to get my fix of mozzies... ;D

    donch get me started on the mozzies...wah a real pain man. door open a bit only, all buzzzzzz in. everywhere we go. but the locals seem not to mind them?

    Wow, sounds like a really wonderful trip! I need to learn how to write report like you! Very detailed and comprehensive. Just saw the pix of the Salvador sponge you've posted. Nice! Didn't knew such 'unreal carvings' actually existed under the water! Looks like its yet one more location to my wish list. :)

    i write about things i would like to know myself before i go. my wife and i said since nobody do we might as well do. so we share whatever we come across and hope it will find some use here. we love to help out

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    Re: Gorontalo 2nd Jan 2011
    « Reply #12 on: 11 Jan 11, 18:10 »
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  • Muck, for me, still best in Lembeh...

    Can borrow the book Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise Book from the library...
    Story by Rantje Allen ; photographs by William Tan, Takako Uno, and Stephen Wong.
    http://catalogue.nlb.gov.sg/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?fullRecord+11573+3002+12754199+3+0

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    Re: Gorontalo 2nd Jan 2011
    « Reply #13 on: 11 Jan 11, 20:55 »
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  • Muck, for me, still best in Lembeh...

    Can borrow the book Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise Book from the library...
    Story by Rantje Allen ; photographs by William Tan, Takako Uno, and Stephen Wong.
    http://catalogue.nlb.gov.sg/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?fullRecord+11573+3002+12754199+3+0

    Hehe can borrow from me also. :p dang one of these days gotta get william to sign my copy haha.  ;D
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    Re: Gorontalo 2nd Jan 2011
    « Reply #14 on: 11 Jan 11, 23:56 »
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  • Haha.. I haven't been to the NLB for ages. They'll probably banned me from entering as I think I probably still owe them fines.. Ooops.. Shhhh.. :p

    Will try to get my hand on a copy for a look. I was at one of William's talk where he showcase his photos from all around Sulawesi that got me so interested in the area. Can't wait to visit someday. :)

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    Re: Gorontalo 2nd Jan 2011
    « Reply #15 on: 12 Jan 11, 07:07 »
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  • William was in Halmehera, North of Manado end of last year. He was raving to me and my friends about the colours of the Canon G12. Check out what he can do with it and an old film era strobe. 'We're not worthy'....  :P

    http://www.canon-asia.com/powershot/g12-underwaterphotography-halmahera2/

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    Re: Gorontalo 2nd Jan 2011
    « Reply #16 on: 14 Jan 11, 13:32 »
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  • Muck, for me, still best in Lembeh...

    Can borrow the book Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise Book from the library...
    Story by Rantje Allen ; photographs by William Tan, Takako Uno, and Stephen Wong.
    http://catalogue.nlb.gov.sg/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?fullRecord+11573+3002+12754199+3+0

    i read that at the hotel...very interesting life Rantje..malaysia, indonesia speaks fluent bahasa indonesia. but s bit disappointed that the macro in the book was not even half when we were at mystic point or sand castle

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    Re: Gorontalo 2nd Jan 2011
    « Reply #17 on: 14 Jan 11, 13:54 »
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  • i read that at the hotel...very interesting life Rantje..malaysia, indonesia speaks fluent bahasa indonesia. but s bit disappointed that the macro in the book was not even half when we were at mystic point or sand castle
    Yup, I love the macro life at Gorontalo too! However, the excellent viz seems to be the selling point... Rantje said his eyes are not good for small stuff, so maybe that might have skewed the opportunity for macro to appear in the book? Another thing is, if more macro stuff appeared in the book, people will go to Gorontalo expecting it to be as good in macro opportunity as Lembeh or Ambon?? & I'm not sure that marketing Gorontalo as a macro paradise is a good thing - I went there knowing that it is a w/a heaven & was very pleasantly surprised with the macro. ;-)