Posts Tagged ‘Thailand’

I nearly died today…. Twice.

Monday, December 28th, 2009

I went scuba diving today and nearly died… Twice. Here’s the first story.

I’m in Thailand currently for a wedding in Koh Samui. (Great place BTW) and decided to go scuba diving one of the days I’m here for.

We went to Koh Tao via a speed boat. On my first dive down. I saw this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull_shark

A bull shark. It was off in the distance about 40-50 feet away and in murkey water. Pretty cool. I whipped out my camera and snapped a pic. Then it came back a second time and then a third time. Each time getting closer. The last round it was about 20-30 feet away and it was huge, probably around 5-6 feet long.

After the second spotting, I put away my camera and pulled out my knife. This was probably the biggest predator I’ve ever seen while diving.

My scuba instructor seemed genuinely awed and alert, so I was scared. But he didn’t seem scared so I wasn’t too worried. Now that I’ve gotten on shore and looked up the type of shark it was… I feel really fortuneate to have experienced such a creature and walked away from it.

Do I even work anymore?

Monday, January 26th, 2009

I feel like I’ve been a lazy bum lately. I haven’t really worked since late last year. Now it’s quickly approaching Feb. In the last two months I haven’t been able to really work because I’ve been travelling. Right now I’m on a flight to Taipei from Bangkok. I’ll spend about a week out here before I get back to Singapore. Then two weeks after that I’ll be on my way back to Thailand to spend a weekend of beach activities in Koh Samui.

Now, it may seem strange to most people that I’m complaining about this. But, anyone that knows me, knows I’m a work-a-holic. It’s strange for me to not have work and to just be travelling.

Well… Here’s to hoping I have work again soon.

Atop a waterfall. Knee deep in trouble.

Friday, November 14th, 2008

So we’re on our second day in Chiang Mai. Last night was amazing. We witnessed the Yi Peng festival and Loy Krathong.

Today, it’s just as amazing. But we got into a bit of trouble. We decided to do a bit of hiking along one of the local waterfalls. Great idea, if you decide to not fall into the water. :) One of my friends decided that she wanted to walk close to the edge of the water. But the slippery moss covered rocks got the best of her. So, here we are, lounging around waiting for her clothes to dry out; while I blog about it.

I’m a travelling man.

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

As you undoubtedly have noticed, I’m posting blog posts again. That means that I’ve finished my last project. That also means that I’ll start travelling again.

As I write this post, I’m travelling down a freeway in Hanoi, Vietnam. I’ll be spending a long weekend here going to Haolong Bay with some friends from the US: Bobby, Richard and Cindy.

Next weekend I’ll be in Hong Kong. I’ll be there to do some shopping and to take in the sights. I’ll follow that up with a road trip in Thailand, a beach excursion in Bali, a mountain trek in Sapa and a visit back home to see my family during the Christmas holidays.

It’s hard work in Singapore. But, it’s these few months of rest and relaxation that follow that make it all worth it.

Here’s a pic of my dinner tonight. It’s called Banh Cuon. Which translates to wrapped cake. I got it from a street vendor for .85c.

The misadventures of Jason.

Monday, May 26th, 2008

So I was supposed to go to Thailand last weekend for a nice relaxing diving vacation. I ended up hurting myself and getting sick a few days before. Sucks, but I had to cancel my trip. Jason went 1/2 way around the planet to meet up with me and I was stuck in bed. He had quite a trip though and many stories to share. For those of you who know Jason personally, you’ll know that there is no such thing as an ordinary vacation or trip. Here’s a link to his blog to read about his (mis)adventures. Jason.. I love your stories. You need to write them down and publish them.

http://jasonphippsdigitalhell.blogspot.com/

Paradise

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I’ll be heading here in a few weeks for a weekend of Scuba Diving. Anyone else interested? <grin>

http://krabi.langhamplacehotels.com/

It’s only $30 USD a night.

 

Seaview Deluxe Room for $30 USD a night

Thanksgiving be damned.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

After seeing this video I don’t think I’m going home for Thanksgiving this year. It’s the Thai Lantern Festival, Loi Krathong, during the same week as Thanksgiving in the US. It’s in an area in northern Thailand called Chiang Mai. OMFG this is too cool for words.

Songkran -AKA- I destroyed my new iPod and would do it again…

Friday, April 18th, 2008

I attended Songkran a few days ago. It’s the Thai New Year’s Water Festival. One word.

AWESOME

Traditionally it is the hottest period of the year. And it started out as a way to cleanse yourself during the new year with water. Now, it’s just an all out urban war. You can’t walk more than 50 feet outside of your house without getting totally soaked. Here’s the layout..

In a “normal” part of the city every 100 ft or so you’ll find a water station. (Basically anywhere that a hose can attach to) And around that water station will be 10-15 people with super soakers, buckets and pails. Anyone that walks down the street or drives by is fair game.

Someone walking down the street towards you… SPLASH..
Someone on a motor cycle… SPLASH..
Someone in a taxi.. SPLASH..
Someone in a Tuk-Tuk.. SPLASH..
Someone in a Bus with the windows open… Yup.. SPLASH..

At bars and nightclubs.. You know the buckets used to hold ice water for bottles of beer and wine.. Not anymore..

The best part is the roving Pickup Trucks. In the back of each of these will be 8-10 people and two or three huge barrels of water. They have their super soaker tubes dunked into the barrels of *ICE WATER* and go around spraying anyone that is within spitting distance.

And that’s a “normal” part of the city. In the more intense parts of the city, it’s every three to five feet that there is someone with a hose with your name on it.

I had a massively great time. I wasn’t quite prepared for it this year, I didn’t have enough zip lock bags to keep my gear in, And I should have worn flip flops and shorts, So my new iPod got trashed. But, I would do it again in a heart beat.

Here are some links.

Wikipedia
Flickr

Thailand

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

It’s Chinese New Years and I have a four day weekend. I’m off to Thailand to visit Artaya. Wish me luck. <grin>