Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Welcome to Thailand

So, it has been a fair while since my last post and to say the least, there have been quite some changes in my life. Far too many to list here! So I shall start afresh.

I have just moved to the tiny island of Koh Tao. Koh Tao sits in the western shore of the gulf of Thailand. A short ferry ride from the better known island Koh Samui. I came here to persue my love of Scuba Diving. The plan was to complete my Dive Master training, which would take about a month and a half, and continue on for a few more months working as a Dive Master and Dive Instructor's assistant.

In short, a Dive Master takes certified divers around a dive site and shows them everything worth showing. Not a bad job...diving in the tropics everyday and sharing amazing moments with people who are doing something they absolutely love.

Like I said, that was the plan. And by plan I mean, I booked a ticket on Sunday and left New Zealand on the Wednesday (which is why I didn't say goodbye to many people...sorry!!!). Anyway, while I was deciding what dive school I would do my course with (there are 50 on an island that is about 21 km²) I walked past a Free Diving shop. Last time I was here I was gutted I never gave it a go. So I thought I would try the two day course before I got underway with my Dive Master. 

I can't even describe how awesome it was. I had this total euphoric sense while I was in the water. I haven't mediated before but I imagine this is the feeling you aim for. Complete serenity. On both days I reached the days limit in my first dive, firstly 12 meters and then 20.

At the end of the course my instructor sat me down and said that I should seriously consider doing my Free Diving Master as I was a "complete natural". This is potentially a sales pitch that they spin but hey, I've never been told I was a natural at something! Sold.

The difference between a scuba master and free diving master is that scuba gives you a legitimate qualification, so I could at the end of the course get a job. With free diving the master course is just an intense 5 week training program, where you become a more experienced and better diver. Testing your limits etc etc.

I have enrolled in the advanced free diver course which will take three days. Then I will decide if I follow my heart and do free diving or my head and do scuba, where after forking out a tuition i'll actually be employable.

Stay tuned........dun dun dun ;)

Ps I hope to figure out how to post images from my iPad onto here by my next post.

Friday, 8 July 2011

movie night

Represented my home province, Canterbury, on our movie night last night...

Any-who we saw 'Il n'est jamais trop tard' (unsure of what the english title is) with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and I laughed the entire way through. The shocker of the night was finding out that Ryan has never seen 'Castaway'! So Castaway it is tonight!

sweet cannes

It actually worked out perfectly that Ryan raced on my birthday as it meant we travelled to the French Riviera a week later than originally planned. And according to our hotel manager in Cannes, the three days we were in town had the weather of the haute season (aka the middle of summer and an even costlier than usual time to be in the French Riviera)! Hooray! I never wanted to leave this slice of paradiso!

Our days in Cannes were my definition of the perfect holiday, early morning swims in the Mediterranean, long breakfast's, private beaches, fresh pizza, endless sunbathing... Ah the list goes on... In short - I highly recommend a trip to the French Riviera, whether it be Cannes, Nice or Saint-Tropez it is well worth the dent in the wallet.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


Our neighbors had a roof party one night!

Some iphone snaps (pardon the blurriness) from my belated birthday weekend in Girona. We had planned to spend a few days in Cannes for my 18th, but Ryan ended up having to race a tour right smack on June 18. So, after a lonely official birthday day it was nice to head out for a drink and dinner in Girona with my boy!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

run the world

Another video that made me smile the whole way through, so inspirational and definitely worth the watch. I love Beyonce.

so good

singapore shufflin' from orangefoamfinger on Vimeo.

Every time I watch this video from Issac Likes I can't stop laughing!