Saturday, 26 July 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th July, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is cloudy but there are plenty of blue spots. Current temp at 6am is 26C

In Tongsan, South Korea, near Osan, where I was three years ago, where I am right now, it's grey and very cloudy and rain is in the air. Current temp at 6am is 23C

Reggae Pub

Reggae Pub in daylight

Yesterday was a bit of a mixed bag around Samui, cloudy, sunny moments and some rain thrown in. Max temp reached 33C

Tongsan, South Korea

Tongsan, rural South Korea

The forecast predicts a good breeze for the next couple of days and stronger wind over next weekends. Rain showers are likely to occur.

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Camille

Friday, 25 July 2014

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

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui changes a bit, sometimes there's some sunny blue skies, the and the next moment it's more cloudy again. It's almost 9am already and current temp is already hitting 31C

Silver beach bay

Silver beach bay near Lamai

In the meantime, I had a night flight from Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok to Seoul in South Korea and I just arrived at the location I will be staying at for the next 10 days or so. It was raining this morning, occasionally the sun peaks through now and it seems to be dry with a current temp at 11am local time of 31C 
Tomorrow my second PADI IDC in South Korea will kick off!

South Korean highway view

En route on a South Korean highway, between Incheon airport and the countryside near Osan, where I am staying right now. A bit of a contrast to the palm trees on Samui!

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy day with occasionally some rain, mostly later in the day. Max temp reached 30.3C

The forecast for Samui shows a strong breeze, possibly picking up in strength towards next the end of next week. Rain showers can occur during the the next 7 days.

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, 24 July 2014

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2014

Yesterday saw this years version of the Kila Amphur on Koh Samui, After reports in 2009, 2010 and 2012, here's the low down for this year.

Kila Amphur, drum major

Drum majors getting ready for their parade

Last year our eldest daughter participated in the running event, this year she switched back to a more 'girly' activity and became a drum major.

Kila Amphur, field workers

Filed workers waiting for their turn

They were the first school to start the parade, which suited me just fine. My wife came down by car with a load of children, all dressed up for their parade. This years alarm went off at 2am!

Kila Amphur, candy

Walking candy wrappers?

Since I still had lots of things to prepare for my departure to South Korea later today, I went by motorbike, which allowed to make an early exit back home. A wise move, the rest of the family didn't get back until 4pm!

Kila Amphur, flag

The flag is always there, patriotism is big during these kind of events

Our son marched also in the parade, with his fellow classmates, depicting various ASEAN countries, he had been given a Thai traditional dress.

Kila Amphur

The actual kila, during this years event

It was fairly sunny and hot and a long day was lying ahead for everyone involved. The food and drunks vendors did good bunines during this week.

Kila Amphur, waiting

Waiting, it's going to be a long day

It's a big event, held ll over country during this time of year, not necessarily during the same week or weekends. A lot of practice time precedes every year the actual event and classes come virtually to a stand still, in order to practice the various moves, dances etc that are part of the event.

Kila Amphur, waiting

The music equipment is quite heavy and can easily be parked

Each school presents their moves in front of the local 'powers that are' and the parade just moves on very slowly. Everybody who had already completed their part, has to wait in the middle of the sports ground, where it can become very hot indeed.

Kila Amphur, the wait

The wait, you don't get to walk everyday on high heels

As in previous years, it was great to see my children in action, but after a short while I was also grateful and happy that I could leave again. Making pictures during the event is always fun though!

Kila Amphur, busy

Busy roads around the sports park, loaded with parked cars, motorbikes and food stalls

Hope you enjoy this insight in local life in Thailand, more to come next year!

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Camille

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

Today's weather;

There's a nice blue sky hanging over Koh Samui with some scattered clouds in it, let's hope this keeps steady for the remainder of the day. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

Later this evening I will be leaving Thailand again, work is calling and this time I will be en route to South Korea. A trip I'm looking forward to since I don't get to go there too many times.

Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach yesterday

Yesterday started out grey and cloudy but early on in the morning the sun came through, it was a nice day, it stayed dry and there was some very strong wind during the late afternoon. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast is looking fairly good. A fairly strong breeze can be expected each day for the next 7 days with just very occasionally some rain. Fairly cloudy though.

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

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Food on Wheels; Balut, Philippines street food par excellence

After last month's post about bread at Panagsama beach in Moalboal, we're back in the Philippines for another episode of 'Food on Wheels'. 
This month with probably one of the most controversial street foods around South East Asia; Balut, it's considered a delicacy in the Philippines. The pictures were taken during an early evening stroll along Dumaguete's promenade along the ocean in early June.

Balut eggs

Balut eggs on display, marked to know their age

In case you don't know what it is; A balut is a developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. Pictures of an opened balut can be found here.
Balut comes in various 'ages', from a few days to possibly 15 days, which may be the limit of when the eggs still can be eaten.

Balut eggs being looked after

Balut eggs being looked after and covered up

It's very popular around the Philippines although not all Pinoy will eat it. Over the years I've eaten a lot of 'weird' and strange things and in general I like to try new things. Balut however is something where I don't have that urge to try it out!

Enjoying balut

Plenty of folk enjoying balut in the evening at Dumaguete's promenade 

If and when in the Philippines, you probably will stumble over balut sooner or later. If you feel adventurous, go for it! I would love to hear how you liked your balut.

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

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

Today's weather;

It's grey and cloudy and I can only hope that it stays dry, since the yearly Kila Amphur event is taking place this week in Baan Namuang and today both our oldest children are participating, plus a couple of hundred others! Current temp at 7am is 28C

Samui airport landing strip

This is the Samui airport landing strip, taken from a dirt road that goes around the landing strip and is closed every time an aircraft lands or takes off. One of the entrances/exits is near the old airport arrival/departures hall

Yesterday saw a cloudy but dry day besides a trace of rain around noon. Max temp reached 30C

The forecast shows a breeze to slightly stronger wind after the weekend with occasional showers.

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

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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

Today's weather;

There's a clouded sky over Koh Samui this morning with a light breeze and it's dry. Current temp at 7am is 27.5C

Lunch in Maenam

Lunch at Djeh Mui in Maenam yesterday

Yesterday saw some sunshine and blue skies early in the morning but soon clouds moved in and it was cloudy and dry all day long where I was at the Northern part of the island. Other parts may have had rain Max temp reached 32C

The forecast shows a strong breeze during the next 7 days with an occasional shower.

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

Monday, 21 July 2014

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

Today's weather;

There's a nice blue sky above Koh Samui this morning with a few clouds. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Nathon during sunset

Nathon during sunset yesterday afternoon

Yesterday saw a lovely, sunny start of the day, but by the time we reached Surat Thani and during our dinner there, it rained and on the way to Donsak it poured down most of the time. Samui had some serious rain as well yesterday with a max temp of 32.1C

Rajjaprabha dam

Rajjaprabha dam which we visited yesterday, on our back home from Khao Sok to Samui

The next seven day will see a nice breeze most of the time with an occasional shower but also with enough time for some good sunshine moments!

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

Sunday, 20 July 2014

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

Today's weather;

It looks like a lovely day is in the making over Koh Samui, plenty of blue spots in the sky with a couple of clouds. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

Ban Bang Kao

Samui old style near Ban Bang Kao, on the way to Sweet Sisters Cafe

We're on our last day in Khao Sok and it looks lovely here as well, with plenty of blue in the sky, chirping birds and mist still hanging in the mountains. Current temp at 7am is 24C
Later this morning we will make our way back to Koh Samui with a stop in Surat Thani for lunch.


Khao Sok river, at the bridge, a great place for a swim and the start off point for many tube and kayaking trips

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy day around Samui with a bit of rain. Max temp reached 32.8C

The forecast is easing up, a couple of days easy on the wind, by mid next week that should slowly pick up again with some stronger wind possibly in the weekend. Be prepared for an occasional shower.
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

Saturday, 19 July 2014

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

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is mostly cloudy with a few blue spots. Current temp at 7am is 27.8C

Hua Thanon

A traditional, Hainan style house in Hua Thanon

We are for two nights at the Khao Sok National Park and here it's very similar, mostly clouds but single blue spot can be seen. Current temp at 7am here is around 26C

Khao Sok national park

Dramatic scenery at the Khao Sok national park

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy day and only sometimes we saw the strong wind along the road as was predicted and it stayed dry. The ferry ride over to the mainland was a breeze. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast still shows some strong wind for today and medium strong wind with lots of cloud cover for next week.

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