Monday, 10 April 2017

8th April 2017

I apologize for the lack of blogs, we have been busy  :-D

So, at the moment, we have Fiona, Chris, Chloe and Iona visiting which is very exciting.  It's been nearly 3 years to the day since their last visit.  They arrived on Koh Tao on a very wet Tuesday evening, exhausted from their journey, having not slept particularly well.

After a brief welcome, they were shuttled off to their resort where they could finally settle, relax and get some much needed sleep.

The next day, Simon and I rode to Haad Thien to visit the family and found them relaxing on the beach, trying to soak up some rays between showers  :-D      We had a lovely coffee, chat and after a a couple of hours Si had to leave to return to work and I stayed trying to avoid the rain but later playing on the beach with Fi and Iona.

Here are some pictures of the girls relaxing, while Chris was completing his confined Open Water session with Simon in the pool.

Chloe getting nail extensions

Foot massage for Fi
Iona's braiding

Girls are so strong :-D

Morning stroll before the rain kicked in
The weather has been pretty awful.  You'd check multiple forecasts and they'd all say different things. I felt terrible the first few days as all they'd had was rain with the odd bright spell.  Thankfully we have seen the last of the rain and it's lovely now.   We are all so silly though, as the first full day of sunshine we all got burnt :-D  ...Chloe is still recovering :-D

Most days I've been over to their resort, snorkeling, swimming in the sea trying to spot black tip reef shark and Terry the turtle.  It's been lovely spending time and just chilling with family.  Si's not been so fortunate as he has to manage multiple things as per normal.

It's been great that while Simon's took Chris out on his Open Water dives, I took Iona on the boat for a Discover Scuba Dive.  (Pictures to come)

Both were exhausted by the end of the day :-D  

Monday, 27 March 2017

27th March 2017

Many Happy Returns of the Day Roger!!

Have a relaxing time.

We shall be celebrating in your honor!! :-D

Lots of love,
Jenny & Simon


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

22nd March 2017

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Chloe!
Happy Birthday to you!!!!

Dear Chloe, 
Have a fantastic day! 
We will celebrate properly when you're here in Thailand ;-D
Love and BIG Birthday hugs,
Jenny &Simone
X x X x X

Monday, 20 March 2017

21st March 2017

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Simon!!
Happy Birthday to you!

You are indeed a man of many talents:-D
Have a fabulous day!  

The Master (Master Instructor)

Ninja Simone

The handsome Dowling men
Camera man

Simon, set in stone

20th March 2017

Dear Iona,

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!
We hope you have a lovely day and look forward to the belated Birthday celebrations here in Thailand.  It's going to be fun!!
Hope you get lots of lovely prezzies

Love and huge hugs,
Auntie Long Legs &Uncle Salmon
X x X x X x


Sunday, 19 March 2017

18th March 2017

After a very long and busy March with visa runs, contending with Crystals biggest party celebrating Crystals 100,000 certifications, Advanced Open Water, Self Reliant Course, Open Water filming, a Spanish party night on St Patrick's day (typical Thailand), website and print design work, snorkel test night, bar accounts and much more... 

Visa run photo's:
Our apartment
Mugshot coffee shop

Night on the town for Cuthbert!

Cuthbert doesn't stop drinking once he gets going :-D
Some of the food stalls for the Crystals 100,000 certification

Last minute repairs

This weekend was the 'Save Koh Tao Festival' which has been scaled down dramatically due to the Kings passing.  At the last minute the Mayor requested for an island wide clean up. So at short notice, a few dive schools got together and organised, beach & dive site clean ups. 

Land clean up crew ..BEFORE

Rubbish collected that morning! ..AFTER

Dive site clean up . .just a few of our divers

The Eco crew

Navy & Dive Schools United

.........Simon finally enjoying a day off with Cuthbert and I!! 

Day off  ..relaxing at View Point Resort

Time for Simon to put his foot up :-D