Monday, 31 March 2008
A near blue sky with a current temp of 25.7C at 7 am looks like it's going to be another steaming hot day and the quicksilver will only creep up during April!
Yesterday was sunny and hot with a max temp in the lower thirties.
Sunday, 30 March 2008
A day early, but nonetheless time to say goodbye to the March 2008 edition.
This March didn't start out nicely. It was merely continuing the bad weather patch we had during February and for March that was a very unusual weather pattern. Although the rainy season 'officially' isn't over until March, it was rather very unusual having such a bad weather patch during that time of the year.
There was a lot of rain and not so much sunshine. Half way through March things turned around for the better though and from than onwards it's been the good old sun turning up the heat and every day has seen lots of sunshine and temperature in the lower 30C zone.
Things look god for April coming up, usually the hottest month of the year on Samui!
An almost perfect blue sky is out and about with a current temp at 7 am of 26C.
Yesterday was sunny and hot again with a max temp of 30.6C.
Today I'm starting an IDC Staff Instructor course, to be followed by the actual IDC, starting on Monday. Updates can be followed on my dive blog.
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
From today's Bangkok Post
The weather bureau has warned that temperatures could rise as high as 41 degrees Celsius, and cited global warming as a possible cause.
Weather expert Torsak Wanitkajorn said the changing weather pattern could see some parts of Thailand experiencing a heat wave in April as usual.
He further explained that tropical storms currently experienced in some provinces are the result of a cold front over parts of the country which could last until May. The northern, central and northeastern regions are at risk for season storms, and locals should be prepared.
Meanwhile, the problem of haze over Chiang Mai improved on Tuesday. Authorities said the situation is now close to normal. Dust level near Phu Ping Palace was recorded at 119 microgrammes per cubic metre, considered normal for this time of year.
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Unfortunately Aux Amis has closed it's doors and there's a new French restaurant at the same location in Fisherman's Village.
Their old location in Bang Rak has been abandoned and they're rockin' alright in Bophud.
They're located in the thickst of it in Bophud and they updated their menu a bit as well, but still, each Tuesday it's Mussels with French Fries and each Friday they still cook a big pan of Paella.
If you come from the Bophud traffic lights, keep going straight under the Fisherman's Village sign and take a left once you reach the beach road, after about 100 meters on the right hand side is their new location.
They have two floors now and the view over the bay and onto Koh Phangan is a killer! The upper floor is very nice, with dinner tables and is also supporting a lovely seating area to kick back and just have some drinks.
Still highly recommended and definitely worthwhile for just seeing Bophud at night!
Monday, 24 March 2008
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
Thursday, 20 March 2008
Am on Koh Tao this morning and it's similar to Samui, a blue sky and warm with a current temp at 7 am of 28C.
In Koh Tao I was completing Dive Instructor Specialty training with some of my students.
Yesterday was another hot day with a max temp of 30.5C.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
The coyote dancing happened already, according to my wife, but I didn't hang out to witness it. Before the girls hit the stage, you had to sit through a couple of hours of Thai slapstick scenes by a kind of theatre group, which isn't that funny if you don't understand what they're saying. So I decided to give it a miss.
Before that though, when we went for the food, was the first time I witnessed some gun slinging and life rounds were fired along with some fire crackers by at least two wedding party guests, which nobody really found disturbing and was rather accepted as normal, it seemed.
The guns were aimed at the sky and not meant to harm anybody, just hope the slugs didn't come down too hard on anybody!
Especially at the mainland this seems to be common practice but not so much on Samui. As already mentioned, it's the first time I witnessed this and it seemed to be a rather casual thing to the people attending the party.
The food however was outstanding, with bottom left, Yam saam krob (Salad of Three crispy things; dried shrimp and squid and pork skin), under the foil is Yog Yuan, which I initially mistakenly took for Hor Mo, a very nice dish which is very rare nowadays.
On top is fresh fruit, next to is a soup, below right hand side is an excellent fish in a mild curry and below that is more soup. In the middle is a pork curry, Southern style (=spicy).
As drinks water, soda, Coke and Thai Brandy were served with plenty of steamed rice to accompany all of this.
Today there's a wedding across our house, the fourth out of five weddings for us within two weeks and my Mum in Law had 12 invitations during the same time frame. See my post earlier this week.
A big open space across the road of our house is used for today's wedding party. This picture shows the local girls in preparing the official entrance gate by dressing it up with flowers.
It's around 1 pm and the sun is booming down searingly hot, what an excellent moment to just sit down and catch up on the latest gossip.
Whilst others are full on preparing for the food, here they're cutting up various local veggies.
Something is going to be very spicy, looking at these two bowls of freshly chopped up Thai chili peppers.
Anyone care for some Hor Mok Pla (steamed fish dish). It looks delicious and freshly made!
Oops, got corrected and although this looks like Hor Mok, it's actually a rather rare dish called Yog Yuan.
A wee bit of Thai Pork Curry being prepared. What a massive wok!
Center stage! Later tonight, around 7 pm, after the first wave of wedding guest most likely have already left, there will be a coyote girl show! Keep your eyes posted for more pics.
More updates later after we come back from the wedding dinner. It looks like it's going to be a noisy night in the neighbourhood!
.................At this nice beach in Maenam.
Just to show how beautiful the weather has turned the last few days, getting ready for the April heat!
Monday, 17 March 2008
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Saturday, 15 March 2008
It's partly cloudy but the sun is glowing strong and may burn down some cloud later on. Current temp at 7 am is 27.4C.
Yesterday was a warm day, for the first time this year it felt like a warm day the way it should be this time of the year. The forecasts all look very good as well, with sunny skies. Max temp reached 29.3C.
It looks at last that we left the rainy season behind us.
Friday, 14 March 2008
It's fairly overcast with not too much sunshine this morning with a current temp at 7 am of 27.2C.
It looks like the twice yearly change of wind is about to occur, the WindGURU site has been showing new wind patterns for the second time this week.
Yesterday was a nice day with no rain. Max temp reached 28.8C.
Last week I've updated my Samui hotel recommendations blog twice, something I try to do now more frequently and I had an interesting post about Box Jelly Fish on my dive blog, enjoy the reads.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
This is the second wedding we attend this week with three more coming up within the next week! The stars must be right according to the various Monks.
Today was a big wedding, located at Chaweng lake road.
This to give you an idea how big the party is, with chairs and tables seemingly stretching forever.
This table dressing indicates a fairly well off wedding, with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red label. A lot of weddings have cheap Thai whiskey, earlier this week there was Thai Brandy and today saw Johnnie Walker Red.
Here a view of what was served, some form of Moo Waan (sweet pork, a massive leg!), Plaa Jaamet or Pomfret fish and a salad, later to be completed by fried rice, a soup and mixed vegetables with a sweet sticky rice as dessert. All well organised!
Here a view of the tables and eating part of the party in full swing. The place really filled up, we arrived shortly after 5 pm and when we left around 6 pm, there were still plenty of people arriving.
More food and weddings coming up next week!
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
This morning shows a blue sky with a white haze in it. There's clouds but not as many as yesterday. Current temp at 7 am is 27.2C.
Yesterday started out nice, with a cloudy but dry morning. The late afternoon saw some rain though. Max temp reached 28.9C.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
Today is a complete break from other days, possibly since more than two weeks, I lost track by now but it's almost perfect blue all over with a current temp at 7 am of 27C. It promises to be a nice and hot day with good forecast for the rest of the week.
Yesterday was a nice day, with only one isolated shower in the early afternoon. Max temp reached 28C.
Sunday, 9 March 2008
It's early March and also on Samui, spring roars it's head, unfortunately, not necessarily weather wise but definitely fruit wise. There's a lot of blossoming going on and our garden is no exception, fortunately.
One of the fruits that is blossoming in large quantities is a fruit called chompoo or rose apples, the red variation. Here's a picture of the very young fruit.
This is how they look when they fully blossomed. We can pick at least a kilo per day or more for over a week already.
Unfortunately the mango's or Mamuang in Thai are very rare so far.
Here's an update on the progress of the new Bot at Wat Plai Laem, the local temple, around the corner. If I stand on my balcony, I can see the temple.
The roof construction is now complete and it's really looking good. There's a few more things to complete at ground level which I'll keep you updated on.
More to follow in due time.
Saturday, 8 March 2008
It looks a lot better this morning with lots of blue patches, possibly 50% of the sky. The other 50% are loud formations ranging from nice white to very dark, Current temp at 7 am is 27.2C.
Yesterday was not a very nice day with lots of dark clouds and rain. Max temp reached 28C.
Friday, 7 March 2008
It's a mixed bag with short patches of blue and sunshine and mostly parts of dark clouded skies with strong winds and rain. Current temp at 10 am is 27C.
Yesterday was a dry day with bits and pieces of sunshine and a max temp of 28.5C.
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
It's cloudy but there are some blue patches out there. Temp at 7 am is 26.3C.
Yesterday turned out to be a nice day during the day time but once come late afternoon, towards 6 pm, it started to rain on and off during the evening.
Good news for the people coming to Samui over the weekend, the big anticipated storm seems to have vanished.
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Monday, 3 March 2008
It's fairly cloudy with glimpses of sunshine. Current temp at 7 am is 27C.
Yesterday started out real nice with lots of sunshine to be interfered with some heavy showers during the afternoon and early evening. Max temp reached 29.5C.
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Saturday, 1 March 2008
In general March is a nice month with lot of sunshine and not a lot of rain. The indications are there that this March is making a slightly different start, with possibly some rain towards the end of the week.
Samui will most likely be very busy during March, since the Easter holidays are during late March, traditionally a very busy period on the island.
I'm looking forward to a nice and warm month, once the first few days are out of the way.