Sunday, 29 May 2016

30th May 2016

Dear Jan,
Wishing you a very Happy Turkish Birthday!!
I'm sure you'll be thoroughly spoilt :-D
Simon & I will be thinking of you
Lots of Birthday hugs & kisses
Jenny & Simone
 X X X


Happy Wedding Anniversary Rosie Posie & Charles!!

Rosie, I hope you get an extra foot rub and cuddles from Charles :-D
Have a lovely day and don't forget to tell each other those 3 little words ;-D

Love and hugs,
Jenny & Simone


Thursday, 26 May 2016

22nd May 2016

Hello everyone!
We've just got back from a lovely mini break / visa run to Hong Kong.   The journey there was smooth, we had to catch the early morning ferry (6.30am) Seatran to Koh Samui and jump in a taxi to the airport.  The flight was only 3 1/2 hours which went by pretty quickly.  I caught up on some good ole mind numbing Eastenders   :-D   We sailed though passport control, collected our luggage and caught a taxi to the 'Butterfly Hotel' on Prat, in Kowloon which was going to be home for the next four nights.
Our room
It was in a very convenient location.  Just a a few minutes of the MTR which was very speedy and efficient.   Hong Kong was very clean, not at all what I expected.  I found it particularly odd jumping into a lift to get to a restaurant, cafe, bar etc strange to see different themes as the lift doors opened and people exited.  I suppose when you're short on space, that's what you've got to do.

This photo was taken from the lift
Our first afternoon/evening there, we did a bit of exploring.  Luckily for me, I had Simon and Simon had a phone that the hotel provided which had a good guide of  Hong Kong, places to visit, how to get there etc.

Some photo's of our Hong Kong experience.

Tram experience
View from the top

A night at the races

Choosing a winner

On our way to Disney 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

11th May 2016

Simon’s been working hard.

About a week ago, he completed some Freedive training with some other staff members. They had a great 2 days, reaching the maximum allowed for the first course of 16m deep.

Simon is the upside down person, in case you can't recognise him.

After his training he was straight back into teaching an Open Water Course, which he started with Carsten (crazy German).  After the 2nd day which was the confined session, his head was burnt to a crisp.   On the third day, Carsten developed tooth ache so couldn’t continue, so the students were split, some remained with Simon (4) and the rest (3) were given to another instructor.

They all seemed pretty nice.  Two of them went on to do the Advanced Course, which Simon was over the moon about …not!   :-D    

They completed the course yesterday, and Simon managed to finally get a day off (to catch up on everything else!).

More Eco work for Jenny, who has been deploying new structures, and diving with New Heaven to see our faces that were sculptured last year..

6 more days, and we head to Hong Kong for visa purposes... and maybe visit Disneyland!!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

02 May 2016

Since our last blog, Simon has taught a 'Self Reliant' which means you can dive on your own after the course with a little pony tank, a Marine Resource Management 5 day course and a few days have been spent on repairing his drone and working on the Crystal website with Carsten, so there's been no rest for him.
Panda Coral Nursery built during MRM Course

I've been working with the DMT's collecting coral eating snails called 'Drupella's, organising dive site clean ups, transplanting corals for 'Adopt A Coral' and I've also helped a couple of the DMT's make structures for our in-house artificial reef, Junk yard after being inspired by Simons MRM student Han Song's panda.
Drupella snails

'Adopt a Coral' DMT's
Pro DMT welding at work

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

25th April 2015 - Earth Day ResultsI

So Earth Day rubbish has been weighed and the money counted. 
It was amazing to see the Koh Tao community come together in this quest to cleanup the island and to raise the much needed funds for Chad's ongoing treatment.
The community of Koh Tao raised a monumental - 712,080 THB !!!!
This is made up from 278 divers on the cleanup dive, 2,688 raffle tickets, food and drinks raised 73,450 THB
Donations, including money raised for heads being shaved totaled 45,320 THB and the games raised 9,810 THB
A huge amount of rubbish was collected on the land cleanup, this was not weighed but the island is looking beautiful and clean and that is what is important.
The rubbish collected on the underwater cleanup totalled 1,254 kg of which Crystal/Eco Koh Tao collected 149.05kg
So a massive achievement for the environment, for the community and of course for Chad funding.

On another note, Simon finally received his Birthday package from Rosie only took a few months to get here, but it was worth the wait :-D

Monday, 25 April 2016

22nd April 2016 - Earth Day

The last few weeks have been pretty full on helping with the 'Earth Day 2016' getting the Koh Tao community to join in a day of fund raising and conservation all in the name of a great conservationist, a friend member of the Koh Tao community Chad Scott.
Chad has worked on a huge variety of conservation projects on Koh Tao, both on land and underwater. He has given the community of Koh Tao so much and it will be an honor to be able to give back by helping raise funds for his much needed hospital treatments which his medical insurance didn't cover.
Chad was very unfortunate not only to contract Leukemia that has changed and threatened his life but when his insurance company informed him that they would not cover Leukemia, he was put in a position of having to rely on help from others. This is not an easy thing to do for anyone.  So hence the fundraiser.

More than 40 dive centers joined in with the island-wide clean-up, with 20 of these donating the use of their dive boat!    Each boat did 2 cleanup dives and a record all of the rubbish collected was taken and given to the PADI Project AWARE Dive For Debris program.

In the evening, everyone ventured down to he Hacienda and Koh Tao Leisure Park who hosted the evenings activities with variety of food stalls,  fairground games and ending with a top prize raffle with 'Bundles' of amazing prizes.
The over spill!