I graduated from high school not having an idea what I wanted to do. So I followed mum’s suggestion and went on to take up Business in Tourism in New Zealand. 4 years later, I graduated and came home, standing at a junction not knowing what to do. I follows the tide and managed to get myself employed by Borneo Divers. From there I trained from an office assistant to became a Dive Master, an Instructor and then a Master Instructor.
My passport to the diving industry landed me in Sipadan in year 2002 and I ended up spending 3 years guiding and teaching in the top three dive destination in the World.
The wind of change in life called upon me to leave for Perhentian Island where I was to start a building a resort from scrap, almost literately. Unfortunately and fortunately, I only lasted a few months in the harsh and bare island. On my escape ride back to civilization, specifically, Kuala Lumpur from Perhentian, I came across a diving picture from a magazine which just instantly stuck in my mind. I was very much impressed by the beauty of the picture and was so mesmerized that I promised myself to work hard, buy a decent underwater camera and take a picture just like the one I saw in the magazine. To this day, I kept the magazine.
When I got back to KK, I went straight back to Sipadan and joined Pulau Sipadan Resort where I worked as an assistant Resort Manager, dive guide and instructor. I was really enjoying my work and life until one day I slipped and fell squarely on my back. I hurt my back so bad, I had to quit diving.
It was miserable coming back to land. I did have some adventure joining a promising and newly start up car company, but the nine to five job was killing me. I tendered my one month notice 6 months into my land job.
I took a gamble and went back to diving, joining one of the top underwater filming company, SCUBAZOO and was once again sent off to where I belonged. The Sea, Sipadan. I started filming and was closer to my underwater photography dream. By that time, I have saved up enough to buy my very first DSLR, a Nikon D70s and with the contacts of Scubazoo, I purchased a Nexus housing and started living my dream.This company also brought me to one of the few spots in the world where you can film and capture the moments with schools of Hammerhead sharks.
Since then, I have joined and won several competitions with my underwater pictures. It was truly a dream come true.
Whilst still with Scubazoo, I had a take a few months off due to ear injury. It was a blessing in disguise as it was during that time that I attended at a wedding and was impressed by a beautiful wedding videography by a young and talented videographer. I wanted very much to be able to do that at the back of my mind.
After spending two years with Scubazoo, I decided to start my own filming company. I quit my dream job and came back to land. It was hard work going into something totally new and unfamiliar. I created DeeBeee Studio, with the aim of creating a wedding filming and photography hub. At the same time, I also dream of forming my own band where we can jam and share our passion with music together.
It is fascinating how life turns out to be, when I least expect it. Along the way, I met so many people that changed my life. I also met a special dog, Guinness, who kept me company and cheered me up whenever and wherever. I’ve learned that, in life what is good for you might not be what you want in life and what you want in life might not be good for you. I am always thankful that I dared to dream and most importantly, I lived my dreams and am still living more of it.
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