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Archive for November, 2009

I’d like to post more photos, but unfortunately, all of the software to handle the files from my camera is on my computer, and while Susan does have one, its not capable of handling the programs or the massive files from the cameras. Thus, its really annoying that I can’t look at the photos I […]

The Divemaster training is wrapping up now. The last two items remaining to be done are to turn in the map for our mapping project, and demonstrate a certain mastery of the various skills required to become a SCUBA diver. This is something called a “Skill Circuit” and consists of about 20 skills, though during […]

Today I got my laptop back, and the good news was that it was something to do with the motherboard. The chip was burned out due to high heat most likely. Only 3,000 baht. Not a bargain, but better than a new screen, which would have been more than 8,000 baht. The bad news was, […]

After finishing up diving, I headed over to Lek’s, where we normally hang out in the evenings. We did some chatting but headed over to the KTV place next door. While watching the Thai’s singing, we hatched an plan to sing a Thai song. Of course, since our pronunciation will be bad, and we won’t […]

Yesterday was a great day as I finished the swims. In order to pass the divemaster course one must do 4 timed exercises. A 15 minute float to tread water, a 400 meter swim with no aids, an 800 meter snorkel, but you can’t lift your head out of the water or use your arms, […]

I’d post some photos now, but my computer failed. It may be seriously toasted.  I’ll have to see if it can be repaired. Stay tuned.

Today I got a 6 month, multiple entry visa for China. Susan and I left about 5AM or so and grabbed a couple of motorbike taxis to take us to the bus depot. We got there safely and the bus ride to Bangkok also went well until we got to Bangkok. The bus got stuck […]

China was great, show up, and within a limited time, check in with immigration, you can stay indefinately. Here though, you have to make a border run every 90 days or so. It sucks. I showed up at the immigration office and paid 2,000 baht for a 7 day extension, so I should be able […]

Something I liked about China is that I never felt I ran out of things to eat. There were so many different kinds of foods available , due to the large number of minority groups. You could have the different regional cooking as well. I could go on and on. But here, It seems that Thai restaurants […]

The Thai’s have an interesting way of speaking English. With a very strong stress on the last syllable of a word. So generally, rather than saying “club differ” like one normally would its, “club dif FER.” Same with scuba equipment. “regula TOR” “compu TER” etc etc etc. So at times, it can be a bit […]