Saturday, 25 October 2014

Food on Wheels; Surat Thani school knowledge tests

Earlier this month our two oldest children had some form of knowledge competition in the city of Surat Thani on the mainland with their school and all other schools in the province.

Man tod

Man tod or deepfried potato balls and khanom dchaak, sticky rice with coconut

Topics were varied and our daughter competed in 'science' and she came in 4th place in her category with her schoolmates and our son was competing in 'computer graphic' and came in third in his category with his schoolmates.

Fruit

The classic; Fruit

The vent was held at various schools throughout the city and it was busy at all schools involved, with provincial schools attending from all over the province of Surat Thani.

Sausage

BBQ Sausage

The two schools that we visited, had food options in copious amounts, as typical in Thailand, especially with such a big gathering of people in one location and all schools had plenty of 'Food on Wheels' options.

The Mix

The Mix; Drinks and junk food

The assortment was varied, as you can expect at busy events, but also typical, most of it is not of great quality or health value. Lots of fast food and lots of deep fried and lots of sugar. msg and you name it!

Deep fried

Another classic; Deep fried junk food

The classic fruit cart is probably the healthiest option, as long as you can stay away from the sugar with chili in it! How much I love the food on wheels culture, for health reasons I don't participate in or rather buy many of the offered options and choices.

Drinks

Drinks in all kinds of variation

It's great to see every time though and the variety on offer keeps it interesting. Your average European health official would have a sheer heart attack, just looking at the carts and the displays, let alone checking and controlling the quality of the food on offer! 
Fair enough, in the days I ate lots of the displayed food and also my children, so far never got sick from eating food on offer from these carts. 
So, enjoy and dig in or just take pictures like me!

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th October, 2014

Today's weather;

It's blue over Koh Samui but there are also some clouds looming over the ocean and land. Current temp at 7am is 25C

Choengmon

Road in Choengmon

Yesterday saw a very sunny day around our part of the island, although we had a strong shower in the early evening. max temp reached 30.7C

The forecast is looking good for the next seven days with a mix of cloudy and sunny parts of the days ahead.

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Camille

Friday, 24 October 2014

2 million page views

Just reached the memorable moment that my Samui info and weather blog has received 2 million page views!
Thanks for checking in viewing my pages!

2 million page views

Looking forward to the next million!

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th October, 2014

Today's weather;

This morning is a lot nicer compared to yesterday with an almost clear blue sky over Koh Samui. Current temp at 7am is 25C

Hua Thanon


Yesterday did not stay dry at all, we had lots of rain during the morning and a cloudy day with no sunshine at all. Max temp reached 27C

The forecast remains the same, a mixed bag of cloudy and sunnier days with occasionally some rain. It's not rainy season yet but it sure is on it's way!

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd October, 2014

Today's weather;

It's mostly cloudy this morning over Koh Samui with little to no sunshine in sight at the moment, although it looks like it will stay dry. Current temp at 7am is 25.7C

Hin Lad Waterfall, Nathon

High water levels at the Hin Lad Waterfall near Wat Saunthamma in Nathon

Yesterday was a nice and sunny day and it was hot again with a max temp of 32C

The forecast looks good with a mixed bag of some cloudy and some sunnier days and occasionally maybe a shower.

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Camille

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Samui Cross Country bicycle event in Maenam, 25th January 2015

Early next year, Sunday 25th January 2015, there will be the first Samui Cross Country event at the Maenam track.

Samui Cross Country, 25th January 2015

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd October, 2014

Today's weather;

It's a bit hazy this early in the morning but there are plenty of blue spots in the sky over Koh Samui, just waiting to break through in full glory once the sun heats up. Current temp at 7am is 25.4C

Rocky's, Lamai


Yesterday saw a fairly cloudy morning with more sunshine during the afternoon. Max temp reached 30.7C

The forecast shows a bit of clouds and sunny skies for the next 7 days with possibly some rain come Saturday.

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Camille

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Box jelly fish awareness presentations for hotel staff around Koh Samui

After the recent and tragic death of a 5 year old French boy on Koh Phangang, after a box jelly fish sting, the THA (Thai Hotel Association) Samui chapter took swift action and organized an awareness day for their hotel staff.

Box jelly fish sign

Box jelly fish sign in Thai

Due to my early experiences with box jelly fish on Chaweng Beach, dating back to 2003 and consequent write ups on my dive blog and this blog, I was in charge of organizing this day, where we had two presentations at two different locations.

Box jelly fish presentation, Four Seasons, Koh Samui

The presentation in full swing at the Four Seasons Resort

The first presentation took place in the morning at the Four Seasons Resort and the second presentation took place in Rocky Boutique Resort.
With the help of Andrew Jones, who runs this excellent blog about box jelly fish, it was possibly to get Dr. Lakkana Thaikreua and Dr. Hataya Kanjanasombut to the presentations. 

Box jelly fish presentation, CPR, Four Seasons, Koh Samui

Basic CPR training at the Four Seasons resort

Dr. Lakkana is part of the Thai box jelly fish work group and I have met her during an of her early visit in this capacity on Koh Samui, already 4 years ago. She's one of the few Thai experts in the field of box jelly fish research. She was accompanied by Dr. Hataya.
Their trip also includes visits and discussions with the various hospitals around the island, which they are doing today. Their trip was subsidized by the BOE or Bureau of Epidemiology.

Box jelly fish presentation, Four Seasons, Koh Samui

Attendees at Four Seasons Resort

The interest from the hotels round the island was overwhelming and we had full venues for both presentations, with a total over 80 attendees. Due to the success and demand, possibly more presentations may be in the making.

Box jelly fish presentation, Rocky's, Koh Samui

The presentation under way at Rocky's Resort

The fact that Dr. Lakkana could hold the presentations in the Thai language was a big bonus and most certainly helped in keeping the attention of the attendees. Most attendees had no previous knowledge of box jelly fish and yesterday's presentations helped tremendously with an awareness factor about the box jelly fish around Samui waters and also gave plenty of tips in respect to prevention and how to handle and deal with actual encounters.

Box jelly fish presentation, CPR, Rocky's, Koh Samui

Basic CPR training at Rocky's

Part of the training included basic CPR training. For this training the Bangkok-Samui hospital had two nurses available at each presentation who helped out with the training, which again proofed to be very useful since it was all done in Thai.
With thanks to 'Easy Divers', 'The Dive Academy' and 'Hoboya' dive centers for lending their CPR mannequins for this event.

Box jelly fish presentation, Rocky's, Koh Samui

Group picture of attendees at Rocky's

It's a good start to show that the hotels around Koh Samui are aware of the problem and are pro actively dealing with the problem, which in other parts of Thailand has been welcomed with very positive feedback from tourists.

Dr, Lakkana and Dr. Hataya

Dr. Lakkana left and Dr. Hataya on the right

Connections have been made and hopefully this is a start in dealing with a problem that nobody wished they had to deal with, but with an open, head on attitude, as displayed by the hotels yesterday, awareness can be spread and the easy ways of preventing and dealing with the box jelly fish are slowly spreading around the island.

Big thanks to the General Managers of the Four Seasons Resort and Rocky Boutique Resort for offering their meeting rooms, it's much appreciated and thanks to the Samui chapter of the Thai Hotel Association for making this possible.

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st October, 2014

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky can be spotted around Koh Samui this morning. Current temp at 7am is a nice and cool 25C

View from Four Seasons

View from Four Seasons, yesterday around noon

Yesterday saw a cloudy but dry day with occasionally some blue spots during the morning. Max temp reached 30C

The forecast predicts hardly any wind or rain at all with a mix of cloudy and sunny skies. Enjoy!

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Camille

Monday, 20 October 2014

Rua Chak Phra and fair October 2014 in Nathon

Yesterday was the last day and evening that the Rua Chak Phra floats were on display in Nathon. Accompanied by a fair, it's a always a good idea to visit and see the floats and the market/fair.
Rua means boat, chak means to pull and Phra is monk. So the floats used to be pulled around by hand but nowadays that's mostly done by cars.

Rua Chak Phra

One of the floats or boats in full glory

It was very busy and lots of clothes and (junk) food were on display along the promenade at Nathon.

Rua Chak Phra

Completely made out of wood

The floats were impressive as always and last week we could see some of them being driven around parts of the island, slowing down traffic a bit.

Rua Chak Phra

Tamboon or making merit

Many people use the event to make merit and donate money, around 20.-THB is already sufficient but more is not an exception, to the floats and in return they receive a small colored wrist band. 

Rua Chak Phra

The front part of a float

The floats are very colorful and well looked after and some of them have lovely details. If you look a bit around at the local temples, you may be able to spot some of the floats during the year, when they are stored away.

Rua Chak Phra

Big hit with the children

Next time around this time of the year, if you're visiting Samui, it's well worth a visit and not something to miss out on!

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Camille