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Remembering My Old Aquarium



T’was a perfect Thursday morning. Blue skies and calm water. Everything was all set for a scuba dive, happening on the beautiful island of Maldives!

It was a childhood dream. I am really fascinated with marine life and underwater world since I was a kid. I remembered I used to buy some ‘colored’ fishes (so worried because they were enclosed in a cleared plastic bag and thinking that they cannot breathe) from vendors in front of our school, bring them home as fast as I can, transfer them in a small aquarium, then talked to them just like any other normal pets. As I watched them moving freely in the four corners of my aquarium, questions ruminated through my mind. I kept wondering on why they don’t get tired of moving, on how do they breath and sleep. Seems like underwater world is next to where we are living in.


Thanks to my friend, Ava, who is working in Maldives, arranged the course to a trusted diving center for me. I met my diving instructor early in the morning and took the Beginner Course for couple of hours. I acquired the fundamentals and basic skills in diving. I learned on how to use scuba equipment and the safety rules underwater, paying too much attention to each single detail. After we finished, finally I got the chance to choose all the scuba gears needed for the activity. Never realized that scuba tank weighs that much!

While heading to the diving site, I tried to assemble all the gears as fast as I can and wearing the wetsuit was unexplainable. I was so excited yet so nervous, trying to remember all the guidelines I learned that morning. I rechecked all the equipment for assurance, and practiced my breathing through the regulator every now and then. While I was given the last-minute instructions before plunging into the water, there were lot of things going into my head, praying for our safety and expecting for the best. And as I glide myself off the boat, the next thing I know was that I was grasping for my breath.


Actual experience has never been easier than what I have thought. I had some trouble in fixing my goggles and took me awhile before I get used to breathe in and out through the scuba regulator. While we were floating in the cold surface of Indian Ocean, again, my instructor reminded me of the safety rules and hand signals as we paved our way underwater. I finally decided to let go off his hand and immersed myself into the ocean independently.

I felt I was entering a whole different world. It was so very peaceful that the only sound I heard was my breathing. When we descended deeper, it was so enchanting to be welcomed by a school of fish, as if I was one of them. On the other side, there were colorful sea creatures, which some of them I don’t even recognized, sea horses, corals, of different shapes and sizes. It was so fascinating that I cannot believe what I was seeing at that moment. I used to read and see them on science books but now they were in front of me, so close enough that I was even afraid to touched them.


There is nothing like breathing underwater. I was enjoying too much that I almost forgot the time I spent down under. I lived for a moment and ventured to a place where I felt anyone has never been into. After an hour, as much as I wanted to spend more time ‘dwelling’, finally my instructor gave the hand signal to come up to the surface and called it a day.

Everything was still vivid to me while heading back to the shore. I can’t wait to get home and tell my friends what an amazing experience I had just encountered, of what does it feel to be inside of an aquarium. Suddenly, I found myself smiling as I looked back to my childhood days, remembering my old aquarium, with ‘colored’ fishes I bought outside of our school. There were still lot of questions left unanswered, but one thing is for sure, I’ll be returning to my new found ‘home’.

Have you ever had a dream that was so vivid it stuck with you in the back of your mind for years? Share your thoughts.

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Posted by worldmeetsearl 11:06 Archived in Maldives Republic Tagged maldives scuba_diving marine_life underwater_world corals firt_time

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