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Friday, 30 April 2010

Goodbye to April 2010

Goodbye to April 2010

It's that time of the month again and April is about to change into May.

This years April was spot on as you can expect during April on Samui. Hot and hardly any rain at all.

This in contrast with the 2007 version which saw rain over Songkran or the 2008 version that saw some torrential rain storms or 2009 that started out wet.

Blog wise it was a rather quiet month although I had some nice pix of this years Songkran.

I had a PADI IDC on and just got back from Koh Tao yesterday from the PADI IE. The Instructor Specialties were already out of the way.

Let's move on to May 2010 and see what that month will bring, we can only hope that the whole Bangkok situation will be diffused soon.

Camille

30th April, 2010

Today's weather;

A very late report on this last April day of 2010 with a blasting sun over Samui and a current temp at 13.00 of 32C

Yesterday saw another hot day and it was good to be back home again after a short trip over to Koh Tao for a PADI IE. Max temp reached 32.3C

Camille

Thursday, 29 April 2010

29th April, 2010

Today's weather;

A late report today, since I was struggling finding a good internet connection, but here I am at last, reporting one more day from Koh Tao. It's partly cloudy with a current temp at 9am of 29.4C

Yesterday saw plenty of overcast but no rain on Koh Tao, in contrast to Samui where there was some refreshing rain. Max temp reached 32C

Camille

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

28th April, 2010

Today's weather;

Coming from a lightly cloud covered Koh Tao, which protects us from a steaming heat. Current temp at 7am is 28C

Yesterday saw lots of overcast on Koh Tao and rain on Samui! Around 8pm last night there was a power cut on Koh Tao which lasted until 11pm, except for places that have their own generators.
Max temp reached 32.8C

Camille

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

27th April, 2010

Today's weather;

This morning brings a nice blue sky with a current temp at 7am of 28.5C
Today's I'm off to Koh Tao for a few days after my IDC students completed their IDC last week and did their Specialty training, it's now time for the PADI IE.

Yesterday saw once more a very hot day with a max temp of 33C

Camille

Monday, 26 April 2010

26th April, 2010

Today's weather;

It's hazy this morning but I would be very surprised if the sun couldn't burn big holes in the cloud cover and give Samui another hot day. Current temp at 7am is 30.2C

Yesterday saw more cloud cover than I originally expected but it was hot once more and no rain was to be seen. Max temp reached 32.7C

Camille


Sunday, 25 April 2010

25th April, 2010

Today's weather;

Another blue sky is on it's way again, laced with some big white fluffy clouds, gliding silently over Samui. Current temp is 30.4C at 7am

Yesterday was hot! Max temp reached 33.3C.

Camille

Saturday, 24 April 2010

24th April, 2010

Today's weather;

Big white clouds are hanging out in the blue sky over Samui. Current temp is 30.5C.
This morning thee will be big beach clean up at Chaweng Beach as part of Earth Day, a report is to be found here.

Yesterday was very hot, it felt warmer than it was during previous days. Strangely enough, on a dive trip to Sail Rock we witnessed some rain over Koh Phangan. Max temp reached 33C

Camille


Friday, 23 April 2010

23rd April, 2010

Today's weather;

A blazing blue sky is forming over Samui and at 7am it's already 29.7C.

Yesterday was hot! Max temp reached 32.5C

Unfortunately there's also not so good news Bangkok where in grenade attacks at protest sites around the Silom area 1 person died and 75 got injured.

Camille

Thursday, 22 April 2010

22nd April, 2010

Today's weather;

A blue sky is getting ready to heat up Samui for another hot day. Current temp at 7am is 28C.

We're getting really stunning sun sets the last weeks, this is taken yesterday at Chaweng Beach, just before a night dive. The day before there was an amazing sun set at Bang Rak!

Yesterday we experienced another hot day on our tropical island. Max temp reached 32.8C.

Camille

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

21st April, 2010

Today's weather;

Another blue sky is shaping up over Samui. Current temp at 7am is 28.1C

Yesterday was hot once more, however around 11am there was some rain, although nothing to get too excited about but also better than no rain at all. Max temp reached 32C
Occasionally massive cloud cover is over parts of Samui but they never seem to let loose of their heavy water weight.

Camille


Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Picnic Basket up for sale, an end to an era?

The Picnic Basket up for sale, an end to an era?

It's just over a year ago that I wrote about the Picnic Basket changing location in Bang Rak.


After 9 years in business, Paul has had enough of being in the shop 7 days a week, from early in the morning starting to shop and finishing early in the evening. A combination of working too much and not enjoying the work any more made him decide about 5 weeks ago to call it a day and put his Picnic Basket up for sale.


After having seen the place closed for a couple of weeks now, nobody really seemed to know why it was closed and today I was teaching an EFRI course in classroom of the Hyperbaric Chamber next door to the Picnic Basket when in the morning I took a picture of the poster that's been put up, with the details for the sale on it.
Later today, I saw Paul sitting inside and had a chat with him. He's having a better feeling about the whole situation now, having taken a step back since 5 weeks. So, if anybody has a spare 3 million Baht floating around, call Paul and get involved with an excellent restaurant in Bang Rak with a nice turn over and a steady clientele!

On a similar token, the Mango Russian restaurant in Chaweng, has been closed down since a while.

Camille

20th April, 2010

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky is shaping up over Samui having is gear up for another hot day. Current temp at 7am is 27.8C.

Yesterday was hot! Max temp reached 32.8C

A total of 361 people were killed and another 3,802 injured in road accidents over the seven days of Songkran. This gives an average of just over 51 deaths per day. Now it's back to the daily grinder! If I remember correctly, Thailand has about 30 road death per day.

Camille

Monday, 19 April 2010

19th April, 2010

Today's weather;

More blue skies over Samui. Providing you can leave Europe by plane, this is a very good time to be on Samui! Current temp at 7am is 30C

Yesterday saw once more a hot and sunny day. Max temp reached 31. 6C

The Songkran road massacre/carnage is nearing it's end and a total of 355 road accidents was reported Saturday in which 49 people were killed and 398 others were injured, the Road Safety Centre announced Sunday.

Camille

Sunday, 18 April 2010

18th April, 2010

Today's weather;

There's a light overcast over Samui but the sun is heating up and will most likely burn the thin clouds away. Current temp at 7am is 30.3C

Yesterday was once more very hot and sunny. Max temp reached 32.3C.
However, this morning at 5am it rained for a short while, that was good!

A total of 348 road accidents were reported on Friday as part of the Songkran holiday in which 45 people were killed and 370 injured, the Road Safety Centre announced yesterday. It adds up.

Camille


Saturday, 17 April 2010

17th April, 2010

Today's weather;

Partly cloudy, like a thin white layer is overhead. Current temp at 7am is already 30C.

Yesterday saw mainly blue skies over Samui but there was also some occasional overcast and I can swear that I saw three rain drops. Max temp reached 32.5C

The Songkran road death toll climbed to 212, at the fourth day of the week long holiday, which is 8 less than last year but there are more accidents and injured people than last year.

Camille

Friday, 16 April 2010

16th April, 2010

Today's weather;

Another hot day is in the making with a blue sky over Samui and a current temp at 7am of 30.3C!

Yesterday was hot! Max temp reached 32.7C

The Songkran road death toll claimed another 52 killed on the second day of celebrations. The yearly carnage continues.

Camille

Thursday, 15 April 2010

15th April, 2010

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky is shaping up over Samui with a current temp at 7am of 29.9C!

Sunset yesterday in Nathon

Yesterday saw another hot day with a max temp of 31.7C
It was so hot, that during the Open Water dive of my current IDC that I'm teaching, I burnt the soles of my feet whilst walking around on the pavement and Chaweng Beach's sand before entering the water!

The Songkran death toll count kicks in and currently there are 114 fatalities, 19 more than last year at the same days count.

With all the unrest in Bangkok which involves the so called Red shirts, who are following Thaksin Shinawatra's political goals, he's supposedly very ill from prostrate cancer.
The plot thickens.

Camille

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Songkran 2010 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2010 on Koh Samui

Songkran was fun as it is each year but I'm also very happy that it only lasts one day on Koh Samui in contrast to other places in Thailand like Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Kao San road in Bangkok.


We started the day in a very traditional way with a visit to my wife's Grandma, the only one still alive. My wife prepared this bowl of water and she put some flowers from our garden in it and we added some baby powder and this is the original mix that is used over centuries to celebrate the Thai New year or Songkran. Oh, and you don't drown somebody in or with it but you scoop a little bit of the mix in your hand and gently put some water on somebody's shirt or such.



What's wrong with a love, peace and understanding

A great text anchor considering what just happened in Bangkok a few days ago. Nonetheless, last news is that even in Kao San road which was near the centre of the clashes earlier this week, there was a party going on. A slightly dramatic picture in these rather dramatic political days in Thailand.


Nonetheless, yesterday was party time and these young Thai fellows had a blast in Bang Rak!


Proof of how hot it was yesterday and a great sample of how the dress code can be like.


The guy with the melon is every year in Chaweng, I wonder if he recycles the melon.


My favourite water gun with a small umbrella in front to avoid being hit your self! Excellent idea.


An overview of Chaweng although it looks pretty busy, I never seen it so quiet during Songkran!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and up to next year April!

Camille

14th April, 2010

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky welcomes Samui on this first day after Songkran, with a post coming up later today with some pictures of yesterday's celebration. Current temp at 7am is 29C.

Yesterday was very hot and sunny all day long. Max temp reached low thirties degrees.

Camille


Tuesday, 13 April 2010

13th April, 2010

Today's weather;

It's partly cloudy on this 2010 Songkran Day, so Happy Songkran to all you out there!
Current temp at 7am is 27.3C

Yesterday was hot and sometimes it was partly cloudy. Max temp reached 32.5C

Camille

Monday, 12 April 2010

12th April, 2010

Today's weather;

It remains warm and sunny with a nice blue sky over Samui today. Current temp at 7am is 28.6C

Yesterday was hot but saw also some overcast. No rain though!!! Max temp reached 32.2C

The aftermath of 'Black Saturday' are depressing with a minimum of 21 people dead and 858 injured. The red shirts are still occupying Bangkok's center and the finger pointing starts by both sides.

All Songkran festivities have been cancelled tomorrow in Bangkok.

Camille

Sunday, 11 April 2010

11th April, 2010

Today's weather;

It's cloudy but warm! Current temp at 7am is 29C

Yesterday saw a sunny and hot day, once more. Max temp reached

The headline news was unfortunately the riots in Bangkok which left apparently 15 people dead, including a Japanese photographer working for Reuters. It's labelled now as black Saturday in Thailand's press.

Camille

Saturday, 10 April 2010

10th April, 2010

Today's weather;

It's back to normal with mainly blue sky over Samui. Current temp at 7am is 28C

Yesterday saw during most part of the day a tiny layer of overcast but it was hot nonetheless and our kids who played at the ocean yesterday, got sunburned. Max temp reached 32.3C

Camille

Friday, 9 April 2010

9th April, 2010

Today's weather;

There's overcast this morning over Samui with a current temp at 7am of 29.3C

Yesterday was hot! Max temp reached 31.3C

Camille

Thursday, 8 April 2010

8th April, 2010

Today's weather;

April is heating up and today presents us once more with a blue sky over Samui, getting ready for another hot day! Current temp at 7am is 28.5C

Yesterday was hot with a max temp of 32.3C. I also started an IDCS course, a prelude to today's IDC kicking off, visit my dive blog for more updates over the next couple of days.

Camille

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

7th April, 2010

Today's weather;

How about a near blue sky over our part of Samui with a current temp at 7am of just 29.5C

Yesterday saw a very hot day with a max temp of 32C.

Camille

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Chakri Memorial Day

Chakri Memorial Day

Today's Chakri Memorial Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke in 1782. Officially known as King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day (วันพระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราชและวันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์).


Prior to the establishment of Chakri Dynasty (the current royal lineage), the Kingdom of Siam (former name of Thailand) was in turmoil.

Aggressive Burmese troops occupied the Northern Kingdom of Lan Na and were proceeding down south to the Siamese Royal Capital of Ayutthaya. A young man of noble Ayutthaya descent named Thong Duang (born in 1737) commanded the bitter fights in the Northern war.

Despite the efforts to fight back, they were gradually forced to fall back until the Burmese had gotten a grip on the Royal Capital.
Ayutthaya fell on April 8th, 1767 and the Siamese people fled to the city of Thonburi located further downriver on the mighty Chaophraya River.
The beautiful city of Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese, temples plundered, gold and jewelry looted, monks and women were cruelly effected. But the Burmese had suffered heavily in the taking of Ayutthaya and knew the Siamese would return to take up battle. Knowing they could not hold Ayutthaya, the Burmese retreated after only one week.

War campaigns continued over the years, ebbing and flowing, until the Siamese armies united during 1779 in Thonburi. Thong Duang now known as Chakri became the military commander. He realized that the Royal Court of King Taaksin was in such disharmony because the King, weary of wars, had resorted to religion rather than addressed the needs of his subjects. The lack of leadership caused rebellions to break out. Rebels marched on Thonburi, calling for the overthrow and replacement of King Taaksin with their beloved "Chakri." As a result Chaophraya Chakri took the title "King Ramathibodi" and reigned as King Rama I from April 6 1782 until 1809.

As an experienced military campaigner, King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty knew that the city of Thonburi was vulnerable to possible Burmese attack from the west. Accordingly, he commanded that a new Capital be established across Chaophraya River. And so Krung - Thep (Bangkok) was created.

Chakri Day commemorates the founding of the Chakri Dynasty in 1782 by King Rama I. In the new capital city of Bangkok, King Rama I built the Grand Palace that now houses the Emerald Buddha. In addition, he helped release Thailand from the Burmese control, after Ayutthaya succumbed 14 years earlier.

In commemorating “Chakri Day,” the national flag is proudly displayed by the people of Thailand and both government officials and members of the community participate in traditional ceremonies, making offerings of flowers and garlands at the many statues of Kings in the House of Chakri.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the current King, known as King Rama IX or the ninth King of the Chakri dynasty. A Royal ceremony is performed by the King to pay respects to King Rama I the Great, the founder of the Chakri Dynasty.

With thanks to the Royal Thai Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada


6th April, 2010

Today's weather;

It's partly cloudy and hot. Current temp at 7am is 27.5C

Especially in Thailand's North and North East a heat wave is expected during April.

Yesterday saw some clouds come up in the afternoon during another hot day. Max temp reached 32C.

Camille

Monday, 5 April 2010

5th April, 2010

Today's weather;

A near blue welcomed me this morning. Current temp at 7am is 26.2C

Yesterday saw another hot day with a max temp of 32C

Camille

Sunday, 4 April 2010

4th April, 2010

Today's weather;

A near blue sky is ruling over our part of Samui with just some spattered about tiny fluffy clouds in it. Current temp at 7am is a whooping 29.8C. It's going to be hot on this Easter Sunday!

Yesterday was just one thing; HOT! Max temp reached 33.2C

Camille

Saturday, 3 April 2010

3rd April, 2010

Today's weather;

A very nice blue sky is shaping, promising another hot day ahead of us. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

Yesterday saw blue skies and a hot day. Max temp reached 31.9C

Camille

Friday, 2 April 2010

2nd April, 2010

Today's weather;

It's partly cloudy but with plenty of nice blue spots. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Yesterday saw a very warm and dry day on Samui with plenty of sunshine. Max temp reached 31.5C

Camille

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Welcome to April the 2010 version

Welcome to April the 2010 version

It's gonna be a good month, it's gonna be a good, good month (imagine the Black Eyed Peas tune to it).

April usually is the month with August where it becomes as good as it gets. April should be hot and great for diving with up to 30 meters visibility or better.

With Chakri Day on the 6th and Songkran on the 13th -15th or the Thai New Year it also hosts two big Buddhist celebration days.

Especially Songkran is something not to be missed if you haven't witnessed it yet! Especially in Chiang Mai, Khao San Road in Bangkok and in Pattaya it's a 3 day water throwing party.

Camille

1st April, 2010

Today's weather;

A near perfect blue sky is ruling over our part of Koh Samui and it looks like it's going to be a hot day! Current temp at 7am is 26.2C












The mango's in our garden are growing gaining weight

Yesterday started out very nicely but between 2.30 and 3.30 in the afternoon we had some serious rain which cooled things down a bit. Max temp reached 31.5C

Camille