Wednesday, 7 October 2015

8th October 2015

Cor Blimey!!

Where does the time go....!

So, everyday has been long days conducting videography courses and then straight on to Self Reliant Courses. Adrienn and Istvan (Both from Hungary), had a great time, and are planning their future career change. They were certainly not pleased to be heading home...

I managed to get one day off, and I spent that with my 3rd attempt at baking bread. This time I managed to figure out what I had got wrong on the first 2 attempts. It seems I have been using too much flour and because of this, the bread has been very dense.  Anyway... it worked out very well, with me topping it off with some Pita Bread and some Naan Bread to go with the Curry Pie I also made.

Beside all the culinary delights I have been knocking up... and the 14 hour days I have been working... well Jenny is still going Eco crazy, doing stuff most days, beach cleans, clam measurements, etc.

I was going to write this blog yesterday, but as soon as I woke up I was sick, and for the rest of the day I could barely move from the bed. Today, I am feeling much better, just very weak... must have been a bug...



Wednesday, 30 September 2015

28th September 2015

All good on the island of Koh Tao.

As Simon mentioned, I've been busy with ECO and he's busy with video students but we have both been over to Samui again for a friend, Kiwi's 50th Birthday..    It was lovely travelling with a big crowd.  Simon and I only stayed a couple of nights, everyone else stayed longer.

The first evening we were there,  I think it was a group of around 12 of us went out for a lovely dinner at 'The Godfather' an Italian restaurant owned by a friend of a friend.  The meal was delicious and we ordered far too much food.

Thee next day we all went out to breakfast to the 'Jungle Club'  It's high up in the mountain and this is just a little bit of the view ..

Then with our bellies full, we headed straight to the Go Karting. An intense afternoon with 10 people racing around like loonies. In one of the races Simon was span out by Heath on a bend. I came around the bend to see Simon at a full stop in front of me, and managed to brake, skid and turn before slamming sideways into him...

The final race, I was rammed into the barriers so hard by someone that 2 staff had to spend time lifting the barriers so that the kart could be removed. I thought that this had lost me my position, but it turned out that I did my fastest lap and I managed to come 2nd! Simon also got rammed into the barriers after a cheeky battle.... and was stuck there for 2 laps....

Everyone had such a good time that they can't wait to go back.... however I am not sure how pleased the Go Karting staff would be about that!!

And so it was time to head back to the hotel for "Walking Street" Every Friday outside of the hotel, they set up stands with food and goods for sale. However, we barely moved since we were having so much fun talking and doing card tricks. Simon and I eventually went to bed about 2:30am.. with some of the others staying up until 8:30am!!!  

Waking up the next morning, we caught the ferry back to Koh Tao and left the others to their extreme hangovers! Since then its been 5:30am starts for Simon every single day (finishing a videography course), and his day ends at about 8:30pm..... tiring stuff..

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

22nd September 2015

Since we returned from Samui, both Jen and I have been busy.

Jenny has been organising Eco. answering losts of queries and going out on dive site clean ups and deploying some structures at Junkyard.

I have been helping Steve teach 2 Hungarian students how to video underwater. Its a 2 week course and an intensive learning curve. They have both finished Part 1 and now move on to the Professional part of the course. It was nice of them to see a turtle (their 1st ever) on the last dive of Part 1 and hopefully they managed to capture some good footage.

In other not so good news. I have just finished all the UK work that I have been working on for the last 2 months and received an email to say that the company went into administration a couple of days ago. This basically means that I may never get paid for the work I have been doing. It puts a bit of pressure on me, but ever hopeful, I am sure something will turn up. There is always work at Tescos!! :-)

This morning, I took some time away from the dive school to make some stuff ready for Xmas... Jenny helped me with Picked Beetroot, Pickled Onions, and Pickled Eggs (some with Chilli)... Now we have some time to wait for them to brew!

I also tried to make some bread for the 2nd time.... Still not great.... any advice is much appreciated.



Friday, 18 September 2015

17th September 2015

Well I'm a year older but I can't say whether I am any wiser!   :-D    LOL

Thank you to everyone for all my Birthday wishes, cards & pressies.  I was very spoilt.
On the 15th, Simon and I went to Koh Samui to extend our visa's for another month, so that was good to get that out the way but what Simon hadn't told me was that he'd, booked us a couple of nights in a snazzy hotel.

The weather wasn't great but that didn't put us off making the most of the hotel facilities.

Simon left me to unpack while he popped to the shops for bubbly & snacks.  It wasn't long before he returned with a bag of goodies and we both enjoyed the delights of our plunge pool :-D  ..which was a tad cold.

After relaxing for most of the day, I opened my cards and little prezzies!

Then we headed out in the evening to Bophut (Fisherman's village) and tried out a new Italian restaurant  'The Godfather' which we've heard good things about.  We were not disappointed. It was Pizza all round, and we were absolutely stuffed when we left to return to the hotel for another dip in our plunge pool before a nice sleep in some super cool air conditioning.

The next morning, we were up early to enjoy breakfast and chilling out, before heading into Chaweng to do some shopping, which was pretty unsuccessful. We ended up heading back to the hotel with nothing but a packet of cheese for Steve.

The next day it was packing time and off back to Koh Tao....

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

13th September 2015

This is the new office.  Basically it's Steve's appartment and I've got an area for ECO  ...which is cool fact it's not cool it's like an oven in there :-D

Today, I got my toenails painted!  They were bright orange, then green and this is supposed to be a sunny yellow.  To make me cheery!!  LOL

Friday, 11 September 2015

12th September 2015

The past week has been by in a flash.

Jenny has been getting slimming massages every day. She is not allowed to exercise through this, and gets a little frustrated when she can't go out cycling...

However, I did catch her in the shower with her bike, giving it a good scrub... Bonkers!!

Me, I have had a rotten cold which knocked me for six. Yesterday, we went to Sail Rock, and although it was difficult to get down because of the after effects of the cold... I managed eventually.

It was a lovely couple of dives, and I brought a hammock to put up for the 2 hour journey to the dive site. Although it was so choppy in the beginning that I was almost thrown out of it!!  The journey back was calmer, and I ended up asleep in it... What a way to spend a day... Super nice!

I went for a walk this morning, to help get rid of the congestion from the cold.. 2 hours and plenty of uphill walking was knackering, but good getting some fresh air.

Lots of cards have arrived in the last couple of days, for Jenny's birthday.  We are heading to Samui for a couple of days (since we need to extend our visas there anyway). She is going to have a relaxing couple of days chilling out, before we come back to Koh Tao.



11th September 2015

Dads (AKA Squiddles) Birthday!!!  
He would have been 95yrs young