My Life Abroad: The Adventures of Two Birds
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Wed
16
Jul '14

Baby’s first Asian Holiday

Seriously, no time to blog while on holiday anymore, the baby just keeps me so busy.  We had a good time, it was so hot in Thailand, and no so much hot but the humidity would just knock you flat out.  We spent every day in the pool, and about every other day getting massage – heavenly!  We’ve all come home with a tan, including baby and we got to see so much while we were there!  The beach near our hotel was divine, some great sunsets while we were there.

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Surin Sunset Day 3

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Surin Sunset Day 13

 

I’ve been promoting different animals in our lead up to Thailand, saying “Elephant” and “We will see an Elephant in Thailand” – so when we get to see the Elephant it is exciting for her.  Raegan fed bananas to the baby elephant, and we took a 1-hour trek on the big momma, which was about 30 minutes too long for Rae – it was so hot she was not handling it well.  But still fun and there were some good views.   Here are some snaps from our day – click the link to see our Asian Holiday photoalbum:

The full photo album can be found here, enjoy:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152257354106309.1073741848.656851308&type=1&l=ef19c6e3d4

The hotel was very nice, usually we move around when we travel through Thailand but this time we stayed at Surin Beach for the entire 17 days.  The hotel was eclectic and beautiful, and two nice pools.  The beach was just a stones through away, and so was our massage joint, just outside the resort on the main road.  The restaurant was superb and the staff was excellent!  There are limited things to do in Surin, you are about 25 minutes from Patong where the major shopping is but if you just want to lounge at the beach this is a perfect beach to do it at.

We did daily swimming, to the beach a few times, most dinners at beach side restaurants, many many cocktails and some beautiful scenery.  I definitely wont miss the hot

Our little swimmer did well, she loved getting into the ocean with Daddy and swimming every day with Granny and Grampa or Mum and Dad.  I think our first Asian Holiday with Baby was a success!

Wed
28
Dec '11

NYE Holiday: The Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas Queensland

The Great Barrier Reef I’m dedicating this blog to my Gramma, who has recently taken an interest in my whereabouts and blogs and shit (huh Grams?).

It’s been almost six years since we’ve been here, to upper Northern Queensland, to Port Douglas where we spent our honeymoon – this is a very small town, a place that many “Stars” come to get away/visit in Australia. We’re on the Great Barrier Reef and have access to beaches and boats galore. The marina is in walking distance from our resort, and we are just on the main road – there is only one main road in Port Douglas, with little shops, great restaurants, resort hotels and bars. The best way to go is to find a rental apartment with a kitchenette, and the amenities you prefer like a good pool, and restaurant – in the location that best suits your activities. We like scuba and snorkelling so our favourite location is the beach with marina access.

I got my scuba license, after doing about 8 introductory dives in Thailand and Australia over a period of several years (an introductory dive is 1-hour of training and 1:3 diver to trainer ratio for one :30 minute dive), I thought it best after 8 of these to get my certification (which I did in 2009) – Birdie has procrastinated and only just agreed this year to get his certification. So this trip back to our favourite place, Port Douglas, was partially in an effort to get him certified so that we could continue to dive together (as scuba requires a diving buddy). I’m very proud of Rod during his course (I did mine on my own), I’ve been there going through the course with him – watching, participating, and taking pictures along the way – being involved and making him feel as comfortable as possible with this process.

The scuba Open Water Diving Certification Course is as follows:  Day 1 & 2) Online Course, takes aproxiomately 9-14 hours of study and tests.  The water course starts with; Day 3) In pool training with equipment and testing; Day 4 & 5) Open water testing and dives which includes 4 dives over two days and skills testing.  Day 5 is tomorrow for Birdie, he has one more dive and 3 more skills test to complete his certification.

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Pool Training: Day 3 

   

Skill Dives and Training – Open Water: Day 4

   

See all the pictures here:  Scuba Photo Album

My own illness over the past couple years has been daunting, and I have had to take some risks in order to dive on this trip, but I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity to be one with the ocean, sea life, and this experience that I love so much. My first dive after being sick and finally going into remission again, well… it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I did great on my dives today and I’m so glad that I was able to be with Birdie during his course. It was a great diving refresher for me. This is something that I really love and something that I feel is an experience that not many people attempt. I get to share this with my partner and together we can be one with nature, and IT IS incredible.

After tomorrow (Day 3), the last certification dives for Birdie, we have a lot more planned for our trip in Northern Queensland and Port Douglas. We are already planning to do a couple new things on this trip:

1. Sailing to the Low Isles for Snorkelling with Turtles www.aquarias.com.au

2. Skyrail and Kuranda www.reefandrainforest.com.au

3. Breakfast with the Birds www.wildlifehabitat.com.au/breakfast.html

4. Cape Tribulation Tours http://www.jungletours.com.au

5. Daintree Rainforest Tours www.reefandrainforest.com.au

6. A minimum of one more day of 3-dives on the Agincort Reef (Opal Reef)

I’m looking forward the other adventures we are about to have on this trip, I hope you enjoy following our progress and sharing our experiences with us.

Wed
7
Jan '09

Tomorrow, I swim with the sharks…

lainey_monkey.jpgOnly a few days left on our trip, I’ve been busy with my Scuba ‘Open Water Diving Course’ this week, tomorrow I will be licensed!!  I’m so tired from the classes and being underwater for so long – kicking away!  The guys came out with me today and snorkelled while I did day two of my course.  We went to Nangyuen where most of the snorkellers are taken out to – we had lunch there and were out most of the day. The waves were a bit choppy and Mat and I suffered a bit. I’m hoping tomorrow will be a little more easy out on the seas. Once I get underwater, the current is quite strong but you don’t really feel the rolling of the water. 

Today we did training underwater but I did get to see a big school of barracuda that was “Awsome” (as Brent likes to say)!  I took a few snaps of the island and our boat but there are no diving pics, hopefully tomorrow there will be a few. 

So, it’s true, tomorrow in my last day of my Open Water Diving Course we are going to swim with sharks.  I heard they are 4-5 meters long (13 feet-ish), and some we will see are white fin sharks.  I’ll know more when I blog tomorrow.  There won’t be pictures because we will be diving to 18 meters deep (60 feet) and the cameras we have won’t work that deep 🙁

<- Yes, there is a monkey on my back (no, it’s not booze).  Believe it or not the monkey’s name is ADAM.  He’s cute and people walk around with them trying to get idiots like us to pay for a picture with one, I couldn’t pass it up.  He was cute but wouldn’t look at the camera, instead he kept swiping at Birdie trying to smack him.  It was funny.

After all that we met up with a friend that arrived last night, Tony, and we all went to mexican for dinner and ate a load of ribs, tequilla, and some margaritas.  We are having a great time hanging out and I’m so excited that Michelle, Blairs friend, is showing up tomorrow and will be around with us for the last days of our trip before they head off for 3-days in Bangkok.

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At night we’ve been making our way around the small town of Samui checking out the bars and attractions. The guys have found that fireworks are easy to buy here and they have been setting off really big ones on the beach.  I’ve included some pictures of our snorkelling island/boat, and the last couple days and nights. Including this one, my favourite sexy ladies:

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