Saturday, 1 November 2014

1st November 2014

Another birthday greeting to this cool dude..Happy Birthday Tom!

Meanwhile... its a very wet day.... we are both chilling on the couch... I have a sore throat and a nice chesty cough so taking it nice and easy....



Friday, 31 October 2014

31st October 2014

Happy Birthday and a Happy Halloween for a special bunny!!



Si & Jen

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

28th October 2014

Having the last couple of days off has been great.

I've finally managed to replenish my plant pot with soil and for a little treat, put some veggie peelings in with it. The plant (don't know the name of it) should thrive now, but I'm not expecting a 'Jack and the Beanstalk' scenario :-D

We also returned to see one of our orchids flowering pretty.

Having not worked at all, I've been able to go out with the cycling crew.  It's been hard work and very hot in comparison to cycling in the UK but for once, have been loving the hills pain, no gain!!!

Last night before we set off, I popped in a shop to buy some water and bumped into this ugly fellow.  Fat and as hairy as you like.    Bag Puss comes to mind :-D

Later on today, I think I'll go to the Regal hotel for a swim.



Sunday, 26 October 2014

26th October 2014

After teaching a 5 person Open Water Course in what seems like ages, I now have the day off.   It was so lovely this morning not to have to get up :-D    The course itself went well, no real big issues.  I didn't get any Con-Ed (continuing education/people going on to do Advanced)  ..So,  as it's very quiet down at Crystal, I'll probably have a few days off.

It'll be nice to have time to have a good sort out and get back on the bike which I haven't ridden properly for a couple of weeks.  My body can certainly feel it.  I need to get back to swimming as well, now that I've got my trendy waterproof headphones.

Simon on the other hand has been really good, he's been out running. 

As it's Sunday, Simons preparing a roast dinner I'm very much looking forward to that..

Thursday, 23 October 2014

22nd October 2014

With some real whopper storms overnight, its seems that the Monsoon season is about to commence.
Jenny started an Open Water course today with 5 students... for this time of year that is quite a big group. I think she is quite looking forward to getting back into the groove.

I spent time with the Eco crew, helping out with Clam Transplants at Junkyard... The visibility was pretty poor so I didn't see much, but its still nice to be underwater.!

I have also spent some time working on and . Both websites need various things implemented, but trying to catch up with the right people is proving to be difficult.

With a little bit of UK work, a bit of flying the drone, and preparing for an upcoming Self Reliant Course that I am teaching in 2 days... the time is passing quickly...

Drone Footage 1 -

Drone Footage 2 -

Now, if I could just get some sleep through the storms!



Monday, 20 October 2014

19th October 2014

A couple of lazy days ensued with lots of watching tv, out to Chatuchak Market for some serious mooching and generally chilling out..

Last night however was most definitely not chilled. Jen had gone to the pool... I popped to the gym for a run. Afterwards I met Jen and we returned to the room... and realised that I had locked the only set of keys in the room...

After speaking to the front desk of the complex, they said they could do nothing without the owners permission... and after frantic calls its seemed that the owner was out of contact for 2 days! This posed a big problem:

1. Jen in a bikini, me in sweaty gym stuff.
2. No money
3. Very low battery on phone
4. Nowhere to sleep

I must admit, that panic was setting in... we were due to fly the next morning and with no way to get into our room it seemed like we were in deep trouble. I managed to finally communicate the dire situation to the front desk and call a locksmith for me. The guy turned up half an hour later and opened the door in a flash with his lock picking skills... 30 quid well spent.!

The next morning, at 5am... it was time to go..

With our 74kg of luggage we got a taxi, flight, ferry, and taxi...

 Finally back to the apartment on Koh Tao... it was time to unpack and then head out to say hi to everybody in the evening before returning to the apartment with a nice takeaway from Yang's restaurant..

Friday, 17 October 2014

16th October 2014

You'll never guess what time we got up today  ...2.30pm!!!!   In fact I got up at 2pm and went out for milk, leaving Simon out for the count.  When I got back, I hadn't taken the keys with me, so had to knock for Simon to let me in.  After knocking for a few minutes I headed back down to reception and got them to call, hoping this would wake Simon, but there was still no reply.  So back up to the 29th floor, I banged on the door and after a couple minutes, a sleepy Simon opened the door.

After a cuppa and breakfast/lunch  ...Simon had a call to say that his PC was ready, so he headed off across town to collect it.  I in the meantime went down to the pool for a swim.  On his return, he dropped his PC off in the room, got changed and went to the gym.

That evening, we ventured out to the 'Long Table'  which is a 25th floor bar/restaurant and has Thailand’s longest existing dining table (25 meters long).  It's funny as we chose to sit outside to get a better view of the city.