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  1. I'd be interested in evrything but the bag. Shipped to Ohio, paid by PayPal. What kind of a deal can we work out?
  2. Allyou can do is try. When my Ikelite housing developed a crack at the shutter release bulkhead I managed to usemy D7000 in my D200 housing. Not every feature was accessable but it worked ok, saved my vacation. i would try someones hosing and see what was usable, some features I never use and wouldn't miss.
  3. If this is still available I'm interested.
  4. This stupid poker pop up comes every time I log onto wetpixel and often when I refresh the page
  5. I've got the trip started (flights etc) but haven't decided on hotels yet. I use a very reliable dive tour operator who I have used for years, just waiting to hear what they are able to do and I'll post updates.
  6. Mithere, I've spent some time traveling, working in Aus. The culture doesn't seem to support tipping and guess what? Service sucks! The service providers all have an attitude that service is beneath them! Having worked in the service industry for many years (put myself through uni delivering pizzas) I never expect a tip but I am sure going to tip when I want. I well remember the great feeling I got being appreciated for my labour. Yea, the employer should be paying the staff a fair wage but often the little guy at the bottom is not paid. I hate the idea of sharing tips. I want the individual who gave me the good service to get the money. These days I am grateful that I am able to help the little guy at the bottom of the pay scale. I don't tip the captain or officers but the guy who sees to my equipment every day, who humps my tanks in and out of the boat. The underappreciated local guy (or woman) who makes my life a little better. These people need every penny they can get and I am pleased that I am in a position to give a little. I also don't try and get the cheapest service or goods I can. I'd much rather know that I'm helping the local economy rather than saving a million idr What goes around comes around. I am shocked at the attitude many westerners have towards tipping when traveling. I hear from dive guides/service providers of certain people from ( insert country here ) who are the most demanding yet never tip. Cheap priicks who should stay at home and abuse their own countrymen.
  7. I will be diving in Bali from Dec16-Jan 15, based in Tulamben. I will be diving the Tulamben-Ahmed area with side trips to Nusa Penida-Menjangan as well. Always looking for a dive buddy.
  8. I really like this picture but I wonder if it would look better flipped so the fish were right side up, even if this wasn't actually "true". To me it seems a little off, even if more accurate.
  9. Great looking pictures, really loved the picture of the turtle, great portrait, makes me feel I was there. I'm jealous!
  10. Unfortunately Bali customs does have some problems, in my experience. Nothing a few hundred thousand rupiah can't fix though, just like the police stops for breakfast money. Drew,I think you are confusing Canada with Australia. Australia is the one who blindly followed the US into Vietnam and Iraq. I hear that worked out as Canada had suspected. Even the Australians were pissed off at their governments a** kissing politicians! Canada is the one with the commie, pinko, socialist government. Oh yeah, we have the free health care, social programs, no drug war and stable banks. Oh, and we don't spend a major portion of our GDP on the military, mind our own business and have that strong dollar, plus we don't have as many people in prison. What a nutty free for all eh? Sorry for going off topic.
  11. I look upon tipping as something I am blessed to be able to do. I am earning more than 95% of the worlds population, mostly because of the happy accident of being born in a rich country (Canada). I am able , and willing, to give back to the less well paid people who work their butts off, often for very little reward, to make my life even better. This is the absolute minimum that we should be doing, if we are able. The greed and stingyness of some well to do people is a curse uon them. Money is just a medium of exchange, it comes and goes, I'll have more tomorrow. Maybe I\m just worried about my Karmic debt load, but I want to make sure that I spread my blessings around. It is the absolute minimum I should be doing. Plus who can be unmoved at the expression on the recipient's face when they are given an unexpected bonus. That being said, I think that only good or extrordinary service deserves a bonus. Tipping well is our duty and pleasure. Be happy that you are able to have the money to tip.
  12. liberty is in the midst of a major expansion, should be done in aq couple of weeks, huge new pool, restaurant, new bungalows, should be nice by december. The dive guides are great and the location, a few hundred yards from the wreck, is great.
  13. Novmber is great time,fewer tourists, very good visibility, lots of macro opportunities, better hotel rates. See above recommendation for hotel. I use Bali Dive tours to find critters, aewsome service. They found Harlequins for me last week in Ahmed when everyone said they couldn't be found ( and they couldn't at Seraya). They can arrangehotel etc if you want. I have a trip booked to Secret Bay to see Manderin fish, can't wait.
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