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Archive for February, 2012

Daily Woof -28th Feb

Joke of the day (I probably won’t do this everyday, but I chuckled at this one): What do you call a fish with no eyes?

…A Fsh.


Sorry I haven’t posted for a few days, but it’s been super busy here and i’m sure there are Gremlins in the office computer making it run (or should I say walk) reeeally slowly.

We’ve had fun-divers going out on the boats and coming into the office; students starting, finishing and checking in for their courses (well done Lisa for completing your PADI Open Water course with Karl today); equipment being ordered and sold like the world is gonna end and lots of photo CD’s being sold now the visibility and weather have improved. The water is warming up fast now to around 28-29 degrees C, so it’s time to pack the long wetsuit away and dig out my doggie-boardies (if I can remember where I buried them…)

Anyway, I’ll write again tomorrow.


Daily Woof and Weather -25th Feb

Today saw two more people take their first breaths underwater at Mango Bay and Twins in Koh Tao -Roz from Ireland and Karolina from Poland. They were both brought into the dive centre by their friends who were already certified divers -Connor and Geraldine. Roz & Karolina were a little nervous, well, actually they were a lot nervous! But by the end of the day Karl had the two of them hooked -diving is so much fun and so easy (if a dog can do it…)

Here’s some photos from the day…


Daily Woof -24th Feb

Hey buddies!

A busy day in the office with some people checking in from the hotel to finalize their dive trips, some try dives with Papa Joe & Myself, and some equipment maintenance by Zee German. No divers today, but tomorrow we have 2 divers and 2 discover scuba divers, which should be a breeze! My plans to reek havoc are coming together nicely, so watch this space!

Meanwhile, here’s a crossword to keep you lot out of mischief…


1) Garden, Moray & Conger? 3) Enriched Air 5) You are sure to find Nemo in these? 6) Dive______; guide. 8) Measurement of pressure. 11) Small critter with it’s own enthusiasts. 12) Part of a fish used for propulsion. 13) Bottom of the ocean. 16) Wetsuit fabric. 17) Aquatic reptile. 18) An area of saltwater.


2) You might damage these if you hold your breath. 4) Cylinder for holding gas. 6) What water can visually do to objects. 7) Freshwater fish, popular in aquariums. 9) Not yolk (valves). 10) Flat creature with long, pointed tail. 14) The _____; nickname for DCS. 15) Vessel used for diving.


Daily Woof -23rd Feb

It’s a dog’s life ain’t it?

Eric went back to the States yesterday for a break, leaving me here with Stella (he knows how much I love skiing!). I made a big fuss when he left with my best puppy-dog eyes, then as soon as he got on that plane, I pooped on the departure lounge carpet -I am gonna do whatever I fancy while he’s away so when he hears how naughty I’ve been, he’ll never try going off without me again!

As for the diving; Karl, Joe & Axel were on the boats today. Karl & Joe went to Chumphon Pinnacle, while Axel went to Sail Rock. Visibility is slowly improving there as it has been pretty murky for a few weeks now, while Koh Tao has seen some great diving.

I don’t have any pictures today, but I’ll try and put some on tomorrow for you (of the diving I mean, not the present I left at Samui airport…)

Speak to you tomorrow,


Daily Woof and Weather February 21

Another big and busy day here at Discovery.  Of course as busy as we were in the office, I found time to go swimming all afternoon on the beach.  Can’t have all work and no play.

So today, We had Martha finishing here open water course with Karl.  Congratulations to her. We also had J.P finish his advanced open water course.  Besides that we had Dayna with open water students and lots of fun divers on the boat today.

Also congratulations to Axel in completing his BSAC equipment technician course.  Now we have an in-house technician to service all of our equipment. Of course I thought that job was mine!

For tomorrow another busy day with Axel, Karl, Joe, Dayna and Claudio all on the boats.

As for the weather, another beautiful day on tap for tomorrow.  Sunny skies and high of 32 degrees.  Looks like I’m gonna have to cool off in the sea again.

I’ll leave you with a picture from yesterday of Joe and Catherine riding a dinosaur.  Boy is that dinosaur lucky that I wasn’t there.  I would have chased him all the way over to Cambodia.  Also, for those of you who don’t think I work,  here is a picture of me writing the blog today.

Have a good night and bark at ya later.


Daily Woof and Weather February 20

Happy Presidents Day everyone!!  Woops, forgot where I was.  Guess nobody here really cares about that holiday.  Lets face it, no one cares in the US either, except they get the day off.  Well, I can’t afford to take a day off here now in Samui as we are so busy this week even I am doing try dives in the pool.  Unfortunately management here at the Amari put a stop to that.  At least I didn’t pee in the pool like the little kids.

Unfortunately, Eric saw fishing nets at Chumphon Pinnacle today.  They are not supposed to fish there as this is a dive site where the fish should flourish for our enjoyment.  We cut down as much as we could during the dive to save some fish.  You can see in the pictures how disturbing this can be.

Well, we are busy.  Congratulations today to Stella on completing her advanced open water course.  Also congratulations to the Schmidt family on their first day diving.  Dayna was busy in the pool with 2 new open water students and Joe was starting a new advanced open water course.

Tomorrow we have a full house again going to Koh Tao with open water students, advanced students and fun divers.  We are also full for Wednesday already.  Can’t wait until my bonus comes this month.  There better be a full case of Dentabones for me.

Wow, just writing the blog here at 7:00 I just sold 3 more t-shirts.  I am the Top Dog!!

As far as the weather goes, looks like the rain is over.  Tomorrow is calling for sunny skies and a high of 32 degrees.  I think I will need to go cool off in the water tomorrow.  Well, off to finish my work and go home.  I will leave you some great pictures of the diving today.  How come I can’t have fun like these guys?

Bark at ya later,



Daily woof and Weather February 19

What up?

Well, we have rain again here today in Samui which messed up my plans to look for chicks on the beach today, but the good news is that the shop was very busy today with divers that I got to play all day.  I think I had a great day anyway.

As I said, we were so busy today, that we are already full for Monday and Tuesday.  Today, Joe was on the boat to Sail Rock with Joelle and Marta.  Dayna was in the pool with Jean Phillipe and Catherine doing scuba review before they start their advanced courses tomorrow, and Karl was doing an open water course.  Everyone was busy today and I was busy booking more divers and selling equipment.

Great news is the rain is going to stop tomorrow and the sun is going to return here.  Good thing because there is a leak in the roof of my doghouse and I am sick of getting wet.

Tomorrow the whole gang, Eric, Karl, Joe, Axel is going to be on the boat and Dayna is starting open water students.

The weather for tomorrow is a high of 32 with maybe a sprinkle in the morning and then the sun coming out for the rest of the day.

I’ve got to get back to my customers so I’ll leave you with some pictures from today’s diving and office and bark at ya later.


Daily Woof and Weather February 17

Well today I took the day off to spend on the beach and go swimming.  Also working on my tan as you can see.  Since I am sure I am going to go diving soon, I am starting to bone-up on my diving skills.  Getting ready for Koh Tao soon.

Tomorrow back to the office to sell some diving and equipment.  Finally Sail Rock is clearing up and getting better everyday.

Today we had boats going to Sail Rock and to Koh Tao.  Everyone had a lot of fun and the sunshine and warm weather didn’t hurt either.

Tomorrow we are off to Chumphon and Koh Tao with a bunch of DSDs and fun divers.  Karl, Dayna and Axel will be taking these guys out for their adventure while I am in the office.

I am putting in some pictures from today’s diving. I hope you enjoy them.

Bark at ya later,


Daily Woof and Weather February 15

What a night I had last night.  I had 3 dates for valentine’s day and was working my tail off not to let them know about each other.  (Please don’t call me a dog, where do you think the expression came from anyway?)  After my 3 dates i headed back over to the Boneyard and actually picked up number 4.  After work today I am going to need a break.

It’s good to be back supervising in the shop again.  We had another busy day here as with the perfect weather, everyone is excited about going diving, including me.  Can’t wait to get on that boat!!

I didn’t sell as much equipment as yesterday because yesterday all the divers were trying to find things to buy for their husbands, wives, girlfriends or boyfriends.  the one day that they can’t get away buying the cheap Tesco stuff.  They got to come here to Discovery for the good stuff.

Congratulations to Marc today in completing his advance open water course today.  He had a beautiful dive a Chumphon Pinnacle today to finish off the course.  He did underwater photography for one of his dives and I will show you some of his pics.

Well, off to rest up for another busy day tomorrow.

Bark at ya later,


Daily Woof -14th Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Diving today, we had Tom who completed his PADI Advanced Open Water course with Joe, and Shimon, who went fun-diving with Karl at Chumphon Pinnacles and Shark Island. Visibility was great, a slight current at Shark Island, but everyone had a great time nonetheless. Check out these great shots of a Blue Spotted Ray, Anemones and Batfish taken by Tom while doing his Underwater Photography Adventure Dive (just one of the available choices as part of the Advanced course). Well done!

You’ll be glad to hear that Pops is much better now, plus I got to go and deliver some roses to my bitches, tonight I’m taking 3 girls for a dogs-dinner under the stars (Chi-Chi the Chihuahua; a shitzhu called Sharlize; and Betsy the Boxer). I think they’re all pretty great, but we’ll see who wins me over… If there’s any female canines out there looking for a hound of love? You know where to find me.

Anyone with more of an interest in fish, contact the office and I’ll arrange a date with one of the instructors (if I’m ‘otherwise engaged’)!


Daily Woof and Weather February 13

Hey Folks, things could not be better here on Samui.  I finally caught the evil mosquito today.  He had been hiding from me near my neighbor’s house, but I caught the scent of my dad’s blood and tracked him down.  I held him down while Tong Naam and Deng Mo took turns kicking him in the stomach.  After that we tore his wings off and told him to fly away.  Hahahah, wait till the geckos get to this guy…

Good news is dad is starting to feel better and looks like I can go back to work tomorrow.  Of course I will be spending the day cruising the beach near the Amari looking for my Valentine’s date.  I hope Stella’s leg doesn’t get jealous.

Today we had a bunch of diver’s going to Sail Rock and tomorrow we are heading out to Koh Tao.  I’ll fill you in more on conditions once I get my feet wet back at work tomorrow.

As far as the weather goes, more of the same here.  Tomorrow 31 degrees and sunny with very light winds.  Couldn’t be better for hunting for chicks on the beach.

Wish me luck.


Daily Woof and Weather February 11

I know this is starting to sound like a broken record, but another beautiful day here in Koh Samui.  Of course this is the time of year when we have this everyday.  Kind of like the movie Groundhog Day.  Why did they use a groundhog for that movie anyway?  Would have been a much better flick if it was called Stoliboy Day.  Any producer’s want to put up some $$ for a sequel?  C’mon, everybody loves dog movies, especially with someone as cute as me as the star….

Ok, back to diving.  Congratulations today to Ursula in completing her open water course today.  She is going to take a couple of days off and then on to her advanced course.  Also, Marc who did a scuba review and fun dive with us today decided to do his advanced course also next week.  Tomorrow Joe is taking out some DSDs to Koh Tao and Xenia will be finishing her open water with Axel.

Meanwhile, tomorrow I will be heavy on the hunt for the evil mosquito flying around here in Samui.  I even went out today and bought one of those tennis racket things that frys these guys.  But maybe I will torture him first when I find him.  Maybe bite his wings off or something and then make like Roger Federer on his butt!!

As far as the weather goes, just more of the same.  High temp tomorrow is supposed to be 31 with no rain or wind in the forecast.  Can it get any better than this?

Bark at ya soon


Daily Woof and Weather February 10

Well, I have had an eventful couple of days here in Samui.  My dad got bit by some bad mosquito and got sick and I’ve had to stay home and take care of him with his private nurse.  I really like the nurse also and especially her leg.   I also have been spending my time hunting down the mosquito that bit him  I have a good enough sense of smell that i will know which one bit him and boy, wait till I get a hold of that mosquito.  There will be some trouble.

The rest of the team at Discovery has been taking care of everything and has been on the boats everyday going to Koh Tao and Chumphon Pinnacle where the conditions have been really good.  Ead has been doing a great jot booking the divers and running the office.  We are coming up on a couple of very busy weeks at the shop and I hope my dad gets better so that I can get back in the shop and take care fo business.

Between checking in at work, supervising the building of my new home, and taking care of dad my days been pretty full.

Congratulations today to Robert on completing his PADI scuba diver course today and Vanessa who is 10 years old on completing her PADI junior scuba diver course.  Tomorrow Ursula will complete her open water and then on to her advanced course next week.

As far as the weather goes, it could not be better.  tomorrow calls for a high of 29 degrees with no wind and no rain in sight.  Perfect diving weather.

Well, bark at ya later.


Daily Woof and weather February 9

Busy here at the shop today.  We have 2 scuba diver students starting with Axel and 1 open water starting with Dayna.  Karl is out at the pool and I am at the spa getting me haircut and bath.  I can’t wait to get home to the beach and jump in the water and then roll around in the sand to get this clean smell off of me.

Yesterday was a great day at Koh Tao and Sail Rock.  Chumphon was 15+ meters and tons and tons of fish and Twins had a bunch of different and interesting stuff.  check out Eric and Joe’s pics from yesterday below.

As far as the weather goes the forecast for the whole next week is the same.  Sunny skies, no rain and calm winds.  The weather that Samui is famous for.  Now that we are also coming out of the full moon the conditions are getting better and we should start seeing the awesome spring conditions we are famous for.

Well, let me get back to my spa day and talk to you soon.





Ang Thong Marine Park -6th Feb 2012

Daily Woof and weather February 6

Man, what a scary day today.  Our open water student Stella almost got eaten by a huge shark today.  Good thing our staff was there to save her and to document it on camera.  She was lucky to escape after the Discovery staff distracted the shark and she was able to get out of the grip of his jaws.

Other than the scary moment, I hear that the gang had great days on boats to Koh Tao and Marine Park.  With the excellent sunny weather and calm seas everyone should be diving now.  YOU HEAR THAT ERIC, EVERYONE!!!

I spent another day rounding up customers on the beach and collecting chicken and pork from the various visitors to the beach who just happened to turn their backs for a second.  I’ll be in the office again tomorrow with Dayna and Ead if you want to come visit me.  Eric, Karl and Joe will be on the boat and Axel will be returning from Bangkok.  I really hope his gender reassignment surgery went well.  Or should we call him Axella?

As far as the weather goes, good news.  The big storm that they were calling to hit here later in the week now looks like nothing, so we are calling for calm seas for the foreseeable future.  Once we get past the full moon (party party party), we should really be getting into peak diving season.

The weather for tomorrow calls for 29 degrees and the bright sunny skies that Samui is known for.

Wait, I think I smell someone throwing out some rib bones next door.  Gotta go


Daily Blog -5th January

While I was tending to my new house and barking orders at the builders (politely, of course), Joe and Axel took a bunch of fun divers out to Koh Tao today. Michel & Frederic were looked after by Papa Joe and Marno had Axel to tend his needs. Everyone had a great day in the clear water and sunshine, with more dives planned over the next few days. Tomorrow Eric is taking Stella out to do her Open Water dives in Koh Tao, and Dayna is taking Christophe & Cindy out to Ang Thong National Marine Park. Lets hope the sun keeps shining for them!

Now, I’m afraid you’ll have to excuse me while I go and chase one of those stupid chickens away from the setting concrete (he may well end up under it if he’s not careful…),


Daily Woof and Weather February 3

Uggh, a tough day for me today.  I was out late with my friends Tong Nam and Deng Mo at the Boneyard last night and I think someone spiked our water with Jaegermeister.  Even more unbelievable is that I drank 3 bowls of it.  I bet it was Spike who did it.  He is a troublemaker.  So today I stayed home most of the day nursing my aching head.

The good news is that the weather and waves calmed down today and the gang was able to go out and do some diving.  Karl, Dayna, and Joe were all on the boat today to Koh Tao.  Karl had a couple of open water students, Dayna had advanced fun divers and went to the wreck,  and Joe had fun divers taking it more easy.  Everyone had a great time which is the important thing.  Except for me of course

Tomorrow we have a lot of divers going to Koh Tao and Sail Rock.  Everyone’s on the boat tomorrow so I am going to get to bed early so that I can watch the shop tomorrow and keep booking divers for the great weather we have coming up.

As far as the weather goes, looks like the rain and wind are over for a while.  Tomorrow is supposed to be 29 degrees with lessening winds and no rain in the forecast for a while.  Looks like some great diving conditions coming up for us.

Well, I’m gonna turn in, so bark at ya tomorrow.



Daily Woof and weather February 2

Another beautiful day in Samui, if you were not on a boat of course.  Unfortunately, the winds kept up last night and today which caused some high waves and kept us from going on our boats today, but the good news is that for those of us not on the boat the breezes are great to cool us off from the hot sun that was out today.

That’s great that all of our divers form today were keen to reschedule their dives for tomorrow when the waves and winds are supposed to subside a little and get calmer everyday going forward.

I spent the morning playing on the beach and then went into the shop in the afternoon where we were pretty busy with people booking diving and buying equipment.  Tomorrow Karl, Dayna and Joe are all on the boat with divers and courses and I will be left behind again.  I can’t wait till I get to dive again.

As far as the weather goes, tomorrow the winds are supposed to subside and we will have a high temperature of 28 degrees and a low of 26 with a chance of some light showers in the morning.  that’s how it is here in Samui.  The temperature really doesn’t cool down so much at night.

Well, I am off to eat my dinner and get a little playtime in before bed.  Talk to you tomorrow.


Daily Woof and weather February 1

Hey Folks,

Another windy and wavy day here in Koh Samui.  We decided to cancel the diving for today and tomorrow due to safety reasons with really high waves, but the good news is that I now have the day off to go surfing.   Even with not diving for a couple of days I am still finding stuff to do between surfing, selling lots of equipment in the shop, and supervising the building of my new doghouse on Choeng Mon Beach.

The good new is that the weather is supposed to start to improve tomorrow afternoon and get better everyday after that with flat seas being forecast from Sunday on for the foreseeable future.

The forecast for tomorrow in Samui is for a high temp of 28c and maybe a little rain in the morning.  That is good at least I will not have to water the plants tomorrow.  Well, I guess I water a few plants everyday anyway if you know what I mean.

Well, I am going to have my dinner now and of course beg some more from Eric, and with my day off tomorrow I may head out to the Boneyard tonight and meet some friends for drinks.  Tomorrow’s plan is to play on the beach.

Talk to you tomorrow.