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Archive for May, 2012

Daily Woof and Weather May 31

Hey Peeps,

Well today was a little quiet around the island.  I guess I should enjoy the quiet time while we have it.  Before we know it the poop is going to hit the fan and we will be rocking and rolling with high season right around the corner.  We can see it already as next week is shaping up to be busy.

I stayed busy today as i went with Eric to buy some new equipment for the shop so we make sure that we are ready for the busy time.  Axel is finishing servicing all of our regulators and we have all new fins coming in next week.

After that I went to go inspect my new house.  I already picked out my room and decided to mark it for myself already if you know what I mean.  I don’t think anyone else is going to want to sleep in that room.  I’m going to have to start decorating it soon.  Does anyone know where I can get posters of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin?  That Lassie is a lot cuter than the Farrah Fawcett poster my dad had when he was my age.

So, today we had a great day at Koh Tao with Joe and some DSDs.  It may be a little busy for the guys this week as Claudio has gone to Bangkok for a few days for some reason.  I am sure he will not be partying at all there and will just do some shopping and be in bed by 9:00 every night with no drinking.  Same as i would do.

Tomorrow we have an open water course starting and then more courses and fundivers starting on Saturday.

The weather is going to be dry and hot for the next four or five days and then the forecast calls for a little system to come in, but we will wait and see.

Here are some pictures of my new doghouse and me checking out my new room and the views.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof and Weather May 29

Yes!!! Yes!!, I finally got to go diving today.  We had a big group of divers and snorkelers going to Koh Tao today and I overheard Eric saying that we needed a snorkel guide for the trip and I raised my paw right away and volunteered.  Of course it was a no brainer as I am the best snorkel guide on the island.

So we took off to Koh Tao today and I had the best time.  I made a lot of friends and showed the gang all the good snorkel spots and fish in Koh Tao.  I also was the boatmaster today and gave the briefing and helped the gang getting the equipment on and off and barking instructions from the boat.  i also got to go diving during lunch.  After I stole some food of course.  I even got tipped at the end of the day also with some chicken nuggets.  What a great day.

We had the whole gang on the boat as we had 3 families doing PADI discovery scuba diving, and some divers and snorkelers.  Eric, Claudio, Axel, Joe, Stella and myself of course were all on the boat.

Tomorrow we have a trip to Sail Rock, but I am so exhausted that I may have to take the day off.

Well, the rain held off today and it is supposed to improve the next few days so the diving should be getting good.

I’ll leave you with a bunch of photos here on the blog, but we will have a ton more on our facebook page.  you can reach the page through the link at the bottom of our homepage at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya after some sleep,

Stoli


Daily Woof and Weather May 28

Oh Boy, looks like I missed a great day at Sail Rock.  they even saw an octopus.  I have never seen an octopus there before, but they have a picture so I guess it’s true.  Well, today at least the rain held off, for now, but it looks like more coming tonight and tomorrow.  I guess I will do my diving in the street tomorrow, or will that fall through for me too?

Today was a little quiet with just a couple of people going to Sail Rock, but tomorrow we got a big group going to Koh Tao with 6 people trying scuba diving for the first time and a bunch of other divers and snorkelers going with them.  I think they are going to need me on the boat tomorrow as a dogmaster to help.  I sure hope so.  I am itching to get back down under the water (or maybe that’s the fleas).

So, the weather is going to be a little rough for the next day, but then it is supposed to clear up and be a lot nicer.

The gang finally put up some pictures from the other day and if you want to see some funny video they took of Stella during her stress test.  They made her change masks underwater and then gave her a mask with a hole in it.  What a bunch of mean guys.  I’m gonna kick some ass if I found out who’s idea that was.  you can check out the video on our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/discovery.divers.9      or link at the bottom of our home page at http://www.discoverydivers.com

Bark at ya later,

Stoli


Daily Woof and Weather May 27

Happy Memorial Day to my American friends out there.  Another day here and another day I got jipped.

Yesterday I was told that I was first up for taking out divers on Sunday because everyone wanted the day off for Stella’s PADI divemaster graduation party.  So I figured as long as I get to go diving then I can miss the party.  In fact I was all psyched to use my new dive computer that I had just bought.  I spent the day Saturday learning all about the computer and how to use it on my dives.

Then Eric tells me that because of the bad weather forecast for Sunday he decided to cancel the diving for the day as we felt it wouldn’t be fun for the divers to go out in huge waves and rain, and boy was he right because it rained all day here.  So, because he gave everyone else off, I had to work the office today so everyone else could go out and party last night.  I went to the party, but had to come home early so i could get some sleep before work.

They tell me the party was great last night and congratulations to my best friend Stella who after 3 months of very hard work completed her divemaster training and now is a full fledged divemaster.  Of course I completed my dogmaster course in 2 months, but I also am very talented.  There are some great pictures from last night you can see at the bottom of my blog.

The weather today kind of sucked, but it is supposed to start getting better after tomorrow.  Tomorrow will still have some winds and probably 1 meter waves, but Tuesday everything is supposed to calm down and the seas should get back to normal and the rain should be stopping.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

 


Daily Woof and Weather May 5

Always the groomsman, never the groom.  Well another one bit the dust today.  Can you believe it that on one of our dives today, a couple got engaged.  It was a complete surprise to Monica when she found a ring hidden inside coral at Japanese Gardens during their dive today.  The only problem is that I actually bought the ring and hid it to propose to her and Ben got all the credit and the girl!  Life is so unfair.  Now I am out a ton of money and didn’t get the girl. She even said yes to him.

Well, I guess i will have to say congratulations to Ben and Monica on their engagement.  Just another exciting day here at Discovery Divers.

Tomorrow I am sure I will be on the boat as we have a big group going to Sail Rock.  That will get my mind off my broken heart I hope.

The weather might be a little bit dicey for the next couple of days.  We are expecting some high winds and waves for the next couple of days and maybe some rain also.  Well, the rain doesn’t bother me anyway.  If I can’t go diving I need to get wet some way.

Here are some pictures from today’s dive and if you’d like to see the engagement video, then check out our facebook page where it is posted.  you can link to it from the bottom of our home page at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli


Daily Woof and weather May 24

Did it again!!  I was so excited to go diving today as I knew it was going to be a fun day.  we had many fun divers and courses going on and everyone looked like fun people to dive with.  So I wake up at 5:30 and my dad was running late so I told him I will go by myself to the beach to do my “business”.  While I was at the beach I ran into my friend Tong Naam who was down there for the same reason.  So he tells me that he knows this place on the other side of the beach where they throw out chicken every night and he knows where to find the leftovers.  We go down in front of honey cottage where the chicken is and ran into Duke and Rocky.  Not the nicest dogs on the beach.  They told us that they took the chicken and buried it on the beach and if we wanted it we would have to find it.  So after one hour of looking and watching them laugh at us they told us they ate the chicken already.  What a couple of jerks!  So, by the time I got back to my house and went to the boat, the boat left already.  Too bad, because I saw the pictures from today  and can’t believe I missed all the fun.

I missed Aashna and Aditya completing their PADI scuba diver certifications with Claudio and Stella and Isabella completing her PADI open water course with Axel.  Also, Eric was diving with Alex and Ali from LA and Mikhal at Sail Rock.

As far as the weather goes, it looks like we are going to start to get a little wind and maybe a little bit of rain for the next few days, so we will see what happens with the waves.  Hopefully it will not be too bad.

Here are some pictures of the fun everyone had today.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

 


Daily Woof and Weather May 22

So today I had to go to the beach at Chaweng and supervise Stella doing her 800 meter divemaster swim.  I made sure to pay strict attention to her and not be distracted by anything. Especially the fish.  I remember when I had to do my swim when I was completing my Dogmaster course.  They made me do it twice.  How was I supposed to know that it was against PADI rules to have my friends drag a cat through the water in front of me while I was swimming?  I did the first time in 5 minutes.

It was a little quiet at work today, but we still had a trip out to Sail Rock today which I heard was really nice.  Tomorrow we have Eric, Stella, Axel and Claudio on the boats to Koh Tao and Sail Rock and Claudio will be starting some  PADI open water courses at the Amari.  I’m still waiting for my phone call to see what my assignment is for tomorrow.  I am sure that after doing such a good job supervising today, I am probably up for a promotion.

The forecast for the next few days is more of the same.  Sunny and hot.  The wind event that they originally forecasted seems to be calming down a bit so maybe no big waves, but we’ll keep you posted.

I have some action shots that someone took of me today that I haven’t seen yet.  I am sure they will show my professionalism today.  You can also check out some video on our facebook page  http://www.facebook.com/discovery.divers.9

 

Bark at ya later,

Stoli