Author Kim Molenaar

My name is Kim Ann Molenaar, I am twenty-five years old and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer living and working in Indonesia. The underwater world has always been a massive part of my life. At the age of three my parents taught me how to snorkel in the Maldives with baby sharks and that is where my passion was ignited. I have never known a fear of the ocean and I never will, the only fears that now I possess are for the ocean and its inhabitants. As a scuba diving instructor I have devoted my life to training environmentally friendly divers who will act as ambassadors for the marine environment by demonstrating knowledge of its inhabitants and protecting the fragile coral reef systems from further damage. I believe that as divers we are responsible for educating the world about the importance of conservation for the marine environment.

When you live in paradise not every day can be a perfect day. There are the good days and the bad days, sunny days and rainy days. Living in the tropics I have experienced my fair share of all kinds of days and in time I have learned a very important concept that comes with living in paradise. Weather has very little to do with a perfect day.

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It has been a crazy day. The wild rush of people, faces and names, fade into the background with the gentle crashing of the waves breaking on the shore. The palm trees a bending silhouette against the drooping warmth of the late afternoon sun. Once again I am overcome with disbelief; my life is truly a paradise.

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I woke up and took a refreshingly cold shower. I got dressed: a bikini, a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. I put my long blond hair up into a high ponytail, grabbed my back-pack and headed out the door. The early morning air was already heating up with the fresh green smells of the jungle, yet the fresh salty winds blowing off the sea kept me cool as I walked along the sandy path to work. Mount Angun rose up out of the clouds in the east and the sky was an endless blue. I greeted the locals along the way as they prepared their Warungs and bungalows for the busy day ahead.

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