Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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

Today's weather;

It's been a late update again today, due to an unexpected visit to vegetarian temple this morning at the start of the Vegeterian festival.
It's been cloudy with some occasional sunshine this morning around Koh Samui. Current temp at 9am is 29C

W Retreat

W Retreat with a lovely view towards Koh Phangang

Yesterday saw a cloudy day with a trace of rain during the morning and bits of sunshine in the afternoon. Max temp reached 31.7C

The forecast is looking good, occasionally clouds and some rain but in general a very nice 7 days to look forward to.

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Camille

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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

Today's weather;

It's been a busy day, first a did an hour long run between 6 and 7am and than it was straight off to Wat Plai Laem for the Thaa Yai ceremony, from which I just returned.

It's been cloudy all morning around Koh Samui and we even had a minor drizzle. Current temp at 9am is 30C and the sun starts to peek out of the clouds.

Thaa Yai, Wat Plai Laem

Today is Thaa Yai, the dead who have been invited a few weeks ago, are now being seen off again until next year

Yesterday saw a cloudy day, especially during the afternoon and early evening. Max temp reached 34.5C

The forecast is looking good, mostly dry but a shower can occasionally happen and a good mix between cloudy and sunny skies.

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Camille

Monday, 22 September 2014

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

Today's weather;

It's hazy again this morning around Koh Samui and it looks like the sun needs some more time to vaporize the thin cloud layer. Current temp at 7am is 26.9C

Silver beach, Lamai

Silver beach near Lamai, yesterday morning just before a dive with my son there

Yesterday saw a very nice and sunny day around the island with a max temp of 33.9C

The forecast for the next seven days; mostly sunny!

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Camille

Sunday, 21 September 2014

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

Today's weather;

A blue sky is shaping up over Koh Samui, once the sun comes out in full force and burns off the thing cloud layer. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

Our cats

Our 3 remaining cats, in a by now rare family meet up

Yesterday saw a sunny and warm day, especially the afternoon saw almost perfect clear blue skies. Max temp reached 33.3C

The forecast predicts hardly any wind over the next seven days with mostly blue skies and the possibility of a tropical rain shower.

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Camille

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th September, 2014

Today's weather;

It's sunny but a bit hazy around Koh Samui this morning, the sun might burn all clouds away though. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

Chaweng

The two monkeys overlooking a fruit stand at the road in Chaweng between the beach and the ring road

Yesterday was a sunny day and very hot although the quicksilver never got above 31C. Last night there was a bit of rain, surprisingly.

The forecast looks good for the next seven days, hardly any wind, sunny skies and maybe some rain come Thursday and Friday.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Friday, 19 September 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th September, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui looks great this morning, with mostly blue skies and a few scattered clouds. Current temp at 7am is 25.8C

Maenam walking street

Maenam walking street yesterday evening, mostly a combination of lots of cheap alcohol sales and junk food stands but also with some small places where nice and/or fun stuff can be bought

Yesterday saw a cloudy sky until the afternoon kicked in and the sun broke through. It was very sticky hot though all day long with a max temp of around 32C

The forecast looks good for the next 7 days, mostly blue skies with sunshine to come, hardly any wind and no rain.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 18th September, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui has lightened up a bit, it's partly clouded but it looks like the sun will be back today. Current temp at 7am is 25.5C

Hua Thanon market

Mixed seafood for sale at Hua Thanon market

Yesterday was a very cloudy day all day long but with surprisingly hardly any rain at all. Max temp reached 30.6C

The forecast looks good again, hardly any wind and no rain predicted for the next 7 days with lots of sunshine. Enjoy.

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Camille

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

12th October 2015, Mad Hatter Hotel Charity run at Chaweng lake

Three big hotels on Koh Samui have come up with a nice variation on a run; the Mad Hatter run, to be held 12th October 2014 at Chaweng Lake at the dark hour of 5am. It's a charity run, more on this in a moment.
The three hotels in questions are W Retreat Koh Samui, Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa and Vana Belle.

12th October 2014, 5am, Chaweng Lake

The idea of the run is that all participants are encouraged to wear a fancy hat while in the race. Additionally, there's also a ‘Hat Contest’ after the race for the participants to win many prizes.

Funds raised through the Hotel Charity Run will go towards Wat Bhundarikaram School (Wat Pang Bua) for improving school infirmary, library and other important projects of the school.

The registration fee is THB 300 for an adult and THB 200 for a child (age up to 19 years old). As part of the registration package, participants will receive a participating kit which includes a lucky draw coupon, a food voucher, a marathon t-shirt, and a welcome bag package.

Interested participant can contact:
1. Khun Piyanut (W Retreat Koh Samui) at 077-915 999
2. Khun Narudee (Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa) at 077 960 888
3. Khun Kosita (Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui) at 077-915 555

Or you can apply in person, 11th October 2014, 09:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs at the entrance of Chaweng Lake Hall, opposite of Central Festival Samui.

12th October 2014, 5am, Chaweng Lake

The race is divided into three (3) categories as followed:
1) Fun Run – 2 km
2) Mini Marathon 5 km
3) Mini Marathon 10 km

In each category (except for 2 km Fun Run), it is also subdivided by genders and ages:
A) 12- 19 years old / Male and Female
B) 20 – 39 years old / Male and Female
C) 40 years old and over / Male and Female

I wonder what the route will be, it will not surprise me if the same route as the Samui's Midnight Run will be used, there are not that many options to easily split up a 5 and 10km race in downtwon Chaweng! I'm sure more news will follow.

I'm very happy to see a race being added to Samui's very thin racing calendar and even better to know that I will be on the island and able to participate! See you 12th October!

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Camille

Food on Wheels; Street food in Surabaya, Indonesia

It's time for the monthly 'Food on Wheels' series addition. This time I would like to show some pictures of street food in Surabaya on East Java in Indonesia. I stayed mainly near the airport in Juanda, South of the city but did venture one afternoon into the downtown area, to visit a big shopping mall.

Nasi goreng in Surabaya, Indonesia

Nasi goreng; nasi means rice and goreng means fried, the classic meal, fried rice. Other option are mie or mihun, two different style noodles, also prepared 'goreng' style. On the left is a another cart, selling drinks

Surabaya is Indonesia's second biggest city and it was really busy, loads of cars and other vehicles moving around. After I got fairly quickly bored at the (massive) mall, I venture out a bit and in typical South East Asian fashion, there was plenty of small food carts, Indonesian style! These carts are small push carts, as can seen in the picture above, the push handles of the cart are on the left.

Soup and fruit in Surabaya, Indonesia

Soup and fruit, the soup is meatball (bakwan/bakso) and noodle, so the vendor is called 'tukang bakso'. Tukang means vendor or seller, so you can call a nasi goreng vendor as 'tukang nasi goreng'

Here are another two very classic street food options pictured; on the left soup is served and on the right you can buy various kinds of fruit, although the options are rather limited.

Noodles in Surabaya, Indonesia

More soup and noodles

The picture above shows another soup vendor or 'tukang bakso', with more options compared to the previous picture. Just along this busy road through downtown Surabaya, there were plenty of push carts to be found and I photographed only a few of them. In a city, big as this one, food will never be far away!

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th September, 2014

Today's weather;

It's very cloudy again this morning around Koh Samui but it's dry. Current temp at 7am is 26.4C

Hua Thanon

A strange looking house near Hua Thanon, it's an art gallery and/or jewelry but unfortunately, it looks closed and/or abandoned

Yesterday saw a very cloudy day all day long with some ongoing drizzle during the morning but no real showers at all. Max temp reached 27.1C

The forecast predicts still some strong wind today but by tomorrow I would expect no wind to mention anymore and more chances of sunshine again.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille