So I’m doing my daily beach walk this morning and right outside my house on the beach someone built a volleyball court. You have not seen real volleyball played until you’ve seen me spring up and spike that ball. I think I’m going to go home early form work today and see if I can round up a game with some of the other dogs on the beach. You can catch the picture attached of me checking out the court.
At work we are crazy busy as usual with a lot of courses going on right now. Tomorrow we have 7 open water courses going on with Axel and Joe, and have Stella taking the fundivers, Tao has discover scuba divers and I’ll be holding down the office. Monday we have 10 open water courses going on already. I had better get some time for my volleyball!!
The weather today held up again. For 3 days now they have been calling for rain and I still have not seen any yet. Tomorrow they say maybe some rain and a little bit of waves, but who knows. I guess we’ll see when I wake up.
Bark at ya later,
Hey, I was just checking out my new house which should be done in about a month and found out that the neighbors across the street have 5 cats. I am gonna have a ball with this. I may never go back to work.
Speaking of work, busy again today where we had boats to Koh Tao and Sail Rock and same again tomorrow. In fact we have a diver tomorrow who won a free dive from the Dayna fundraiser we had a few months ago. I guess they waited till the last-minute to book their dive. So tomorrow we have Joe, Stella and Tao on the boats with Axel starting a big group of open waters and Eric taking care of some last-minute stuff before high season really hits.
Looks like my boat will be finished in about 2 weeks and then finally I can get diving everyday. Maybe we should let the cats on the boat too. Naaaaaah.
Well, the rain held off today, but they’re are still calling for some rain the next few days, so I hope they are wrong with the forecast like they usually are.
Bark at ya later,
What a crazy day here at Discovery Divers. As you can see by the picture, I started off my day as usual drinking all of Ead’s coffee as soon as she turned her back to talk to a customer. I don’t think she is ever going to learn.
It was non-stop customers coming in today and booking diving, discover scuba diving and courses as well as even booking in advance for try dives tomorrow in the pool (with me of course). My head was spinning as well as my tail!
Also, my buddy Joe cam back from Bali today and showed me his incredible pictures from his trip. I’ll share a bunch of these with you below.
We ramp right up tomorrow with boats going to sail rock and to Koh Tao. Eric, Claudio, Axel, and Joe are all on the boat and Stella will be in the office and I will be out at the pool doing try dives.
The weathers gonna turn a little bit with some rain coming in the next few days, but who cares? We’re gonna be wet diving anyways.
I’ve got to get back to work as more customers are coming in now.
Bark at ya later,
Another beautiful day here in Koh Samui and another great day at Discovery Divers. We were fully booked today suing two boats to go to Sail Rock. Unfortunately there was no whale shark today. I am to blame for that one. The guys told me yesterday to make sure I call the whale shark and tell him to meet us at Sail Rock this morning, but I got distracted by some garbage cans to tip over and forgot to call. Sorry guys.
Tomorrow we are off with another big group to Koh Tao. The weather will be great and should be flat seas so I am sure it will be a great day.
Congratulations today to Anaise and Mark on completing their open water courses and to Linda on completing her scuba diver course. We are very proud and happy that Linda really enjoyed the diving once she got in the open water. A lot more fun than in the pool.
The weather still looks real good coming up with high temps in the low 30’s for the next few days and no rain in the forecast till at least Friday.
I’ll leave you with some pictures from today and bark at ya later,
Another day stuck in the office working and not diving, but at least I am reading all of my e-mails about boat designs and names. Sorry, but I think “Aquaholic” and “disco dog” are not gonna work but keep trying.
Someone actually told me a funny joke today. You know why dogs lick themselves? Because they can, that’s why. Ok, maybe some of you won’t find that funny, but I do
Another busy day here at Discovery Divers. We have a boat out to Sail Rock and hopefully we will see another whale shark today while diving. Tomorrow we got a huge group of people going to Sail Rock. I think everyone wants to see the whale shark. or they’re just finding an excuse to come back to the shop and play with me.
My buddy Joe is still in Bali and the other day he told me he saw 14 dolphins and 5 manta rays while diving. Hey Joe, lay off the drugs!! Maybe he did see that. i saw 20 dolphins, but that was at Sea World of course.
Today we have a high temp of 34 and bright and sunny. The next two days are supposed to be the same. Great weather for diving or working on my blog I guess.
As far as my boat goes, keep the ideas coming for names and designs. You can e-mail them to Stoli@discoverydivers.com.
Here are some pictures from yesterdays dive and of course me working on my blog.
Bark at ya later,
Woo Hoo!!! What a great day. So my lawyer called those guys from Stoli vodka about using my picture and name and threatened to sue the pants off of them. After negotiating all day, the Stoli vodka people asked what it would take to make this go away. As you all know I have been trying to raise money for my own boat to go scuba diving with. So, we settled that the vodka people are going to buy me a boat and supply my dad with 100 cases of Stoli vodka. So I get my boat, but there is no way I am letting my dad drive it with 100 cases of vodka around.
I am so excited that in a few weeks I will get to go diving everyday, and then I can kick people off of my boat because they smell. Hahahah, my turn folks.
With the boat coming soon, now I have to figure our a name for my boat and a design to paint on the side. Discovery Divers (my company) said that they will run a contest and get some ideas.
If they choose a name that you submit, which you can on the comments part of this blog, then you will get a 3500 gift certificate to use at Discovery Divers for anything you want including dive trips and equipment.
If they choose a design that you submit for the boat, then you will get a 5000 gift certificate to use at Discovery Divers.
You can submit your entries either herein the comments, or you can e-mail them to Stoli@discoverydivers.com.
The contest will run for one week and we will announce the winners next weekend.
As far as what is going on at Discovery, what a great day today. We had a big group on the boats to Sail Rock and Koh Tao today and everyone at Sail rock got to see a whale shark. I am enclosing a picture of one, and you can check out video of it on our facebook page. You can reach our facebook page with the link at the bottom of our home page at http://www.discoverydivers.com
The weather is great again and looks like clear skies and hot weather for the coming week also.
Bark at ya later,
WTF is this? So, if you’ve been following what has been going on here. I have been trying unsuccessfully to find a second job to raise some money to buy my own boat so I can go scuba diving without anyone kicking me off the boat for the various reasons (doggy breath, dirty paws, peeing on the boat, etc.) and finally gave up last night.
So I’m at the bar last night drinking away my sorrows and order a vodka on the rocks. This guy pours me a drink from a bottle with my picture on it. I find out that some scumbag company put my picture on a vodka bottle and had the nerve to even name the vodka “Stoli” I can’t believe it!
Well, of course a call was made first thing to my lawyer Tong Naam, who is one of the best dog lawyers in Thailand. We are going to sue the pants off of these guys for using my picture and name. I also found out that they’ve been doing this for years. I’ll keep you guys informed with what happens, but until then, please refrain from drinking any Stoli vodka as you may be breaking the law and I may sue you also!
Other than that, Discovery Divers has been crazy busy as usual. Today we were out to Koh Tao with some Discover Scuba Divers, fun divers and scuba review. Tomorrow we are off to Koh Tao and Sail Rock again with full boats. We have Eric, Axel, Claudio and Tao on he boats tomorrow. How bout me guys????
The weather here was another hot and sunny one with more of the same all week. I know I am starting to sound like a broken record.
Bark at ya later,
Screwed Again!! So the olympics say they have no rules against dogs competing in the marathon, but they have a rule you can only run on two feet. What am I gonna do now? I am running out of ideas to make money to buy my boat.
At least the shop has been crazy busy. I should have taken advantage of the profit-sharing when it was offered to me. Today we had boats to Sail Rock and to the marine park. Both groups had a lot of fun while I had to stay home and supervise the new house building.
We have a lot going on tomorrow also. We have some Discover scuba diving people going to Koh Tao, and some fun divers also. we also have some people starting their open water course here at our shop
The weather was beautiful today with a high of 34 and sunny all day. More of the same coming all week.
Well, I think I am going to give up on the boat idea as I’ll never have enough money for it. I am so depressed right now. I am headed straight to the bar tonight to drown my sorrows. Guess I’ll bark at you some other time and here are some pictures of today’s diving.
Go Team Stoli!! I have decided to give up my job as a motorbike taxi driver. And no, it has nothing to do with me not getting any customers. I just thought of a better idea. I was looking through the rules for the upcoming summer olympics and there are no rules against dogs competing. As I love to run, I am going to train for the olympic marathon. After I win the marathon, I will get many sponsers and will be able to have money to buy a boat. I need this boat to go diving everyday. I am sure no one can beat me. I started my training today and you can see video of it on our facebook page. The link to it is at the bottom of our homepage at http://www.discoverydivers.com.
I will try to get the training in with the crazy times we are having at the shop right now. We haven’t been this busy since the holidays. We have all of our staff on the boats everyday right now, except for Papa Joe of course, who somehow thinks it’s better to be scuba diving with his family in Bali right now instead of being here to help me out.
Today we had a tome of divers with PADI open water students, Discover Scuba divers, and fun divers. Eric, Claudio, Axel, Stella and Tao were all on the boats today. Tomorrow is more of the same with everyone on the boats again and me left fo hold down the office and do my olympic training.
The weather has been great for us for diving. Today was sunny with a high of 33, and the rest of the week looks about the same. No rain in sight.
Well, let me get back to my running and I’ll bark at ya later,
Motorbike taxi driver. Yes, that will be my new job so I can earn money. I am sick and tired of seeing everyone have so much fun on the boats with Discovery Divers and some of the people on the boats say they don’t want a dog on the boat. This taxi job will definitely earn me enough money to go out and buy my own boat.
It must be a slow day, because I have spent 2 hours outside trying to get customers and no one has hired me yet. Probably because it’s a Sunday. I am sure it will pick up tomorrow.
While I was out trying to hustle fares they were real busy in the shop. I was a steady stream of people coming in to book scuba diving and it looks like we are going to be very busy this week. Maybe they will give me work picking up customers on my motorbike. then when I took a break I made a new friend. Stella was babysitting one of our divers baby while Sven is taking his PADI open water course. I would rather stay and play with the baby as obviously no one needs a taxi on a Sunday.
Claudio came back with his customers from Koh Tao and they had a really great day. Saw some turtles and a sea snake. He got really good video of the sea snake which you can check out on our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/discovery.divers.9
Also congratulations yesterday to Nicolas for finishing his open water and Bubble maker course in the same day. There is a picture below. Also some pictures of me waiting for my customers and from the diving today.
The weather is hot and sunny today with a high of 33 degrees. Looks like more of the same tomorrow, but it is a little windy out there which may cause for some waves the next couple of days or so.
Bark at ya later,
The good news is I found a captain for my boat. My friend Duke took the job. I haven’t checked with the boss yet, but i am sure he will be ok with it. Duke has been driving boats since he was a puppy. the bad news is that I still have no money for a boat
Ok, so the fishing thing doesn’t seem to be working so well, I haven’t caught one yet and so I’ve made no money, but I did find a toilet seat out off of Chaweng beach. Not sure what I can do with that. I guess that it was there for people who need to go to the bathroom while swimming. I am going to have to go find another job or something to make money. I want to be diving everyday. does anyone know if someone is hiring for knocking over trash cans. I am one of the best in the world at this.
Mantas, mantas, mantas. that’s all I’m hearing about today. Supposedly there were manta rays at Sail rock yesterday. I don’t think anyone has seen mantas there in 10 years or so. I was trying to get on the boat for diving Sail Rock today to see for myself, but Claudio has the day off for his birthday so i am stuck working in the office. Who cares about manta rays. When was the last time someone saw a dog in the water at Sail Rock?
Today is hot and sunny again with a high of 33 and tomorrow a high of 34. Maybe a little thunder shower coming in later, but that shouldn’t affect the diving as our boats are back early.
Bark at ya later,
So I am trying to find a way to improve on my fishing skills so that I can make some money. I of course have a dream of owning my own boat so that I can go scuba diving whenever I want and not have to put up with nasty people not letting me on the boat. I was on Chaweng beach yesterday and one of the beach venders came up to me and said he had some magic glasses that will make me invisible in the water and then I can catch all the fish I want because the fish cannot see me.
I paid the guy 1200 baht for the glasses and went in to the water to start my fishing. I think I must have gotten the wrong goggles, because all they did was make the fish invisible. i even tried truing them inside out thinking that could be the problem but that didn’t work either. That just gave me a headache instead. If I find that guy who ripped me off I’m gonna take a nice chunk out of his leg. I figure if I put a chunk of his leg in the water at least I’ll see a lot of fish. the upside is that the goggles are great for riding on my motorbike, but does that make the bike invisible? I guess I’ll find out.
While I was out fishing the gang was having a good time on the boats. Today Claudio was out at Sail rock with some divers and Axel is in Koh Tao with a really cool family trying scuba diving for the first time. Tomorrow looks pretty busy also with a bunch of divers going out to Koh Tao.
Today was back to sunny and hot with a high temp of about 32 and no rain in sight for a while it seems. Awesome weather to try to catch some fish. if that doesn’t work I’d better try something else.
I wonder if I can make money sleeping? I am pretty good at that.
Bark at ya later,
So I go to the boat today as I know today was going to be a lot of fun and ran into a problem again. You see, here in Samui all the dive companies share speedboats to go to the dive sites. it seems some of the other companies have a problem with me going on the boat. You guys had no problem with JJ, but you have a problem with me? Are you kidding me? Well, I did not get on the boat today in the end.
Well, I’ll show these guys. I’m just going to go out and buy my own diving boat. then I’ll decide who goes on the boat. I’ll smell all the staff and customers and decide who can go. This should be easy. how much does a boat cost anyway? A couple of bags of dogfood maybe? no problem.
I just need to find a way to raise the money to do this. So I thought of a good way. Since I live on the beach and our dive shop is on the beach I can just catch fish and sell them. I see the boats doing that all day and they make a living right?
ok, so I spent the day fishing and it was a little harder than I thought. I felt like Tom hanks at the beginning of Castaway or some of the freelancers on the island trying to find secret pinnacle. I’m gong to have to get better at this if I am going to raise some $$ for a boat.
I missed another great day as we had 9-year-old Charly doing bubblemaker in Koh Tao whole his brother Alex did Discover Scuba diving and their dad went along for a fun dive. We also had a group of fundivers out on the boat today.
The weather was beautiful today as it usually is. A little hot though. 33 today with a strong sun. It looks like more of the same drill for the rest of the week. that’s good weather for me to practice my fishing.
I’ll leave you with some pictures of today including me fishing. And what’s with the tourists taking pictures of me while I am working? Am I some kind of tourist attraction? I should charge for those pictures people were taking of me.
Bark at ya later,
Finally back to sunny and hot here in Samui. I was ready to go back to the beach and get to poaching food from people when they go in the water. Today though I was busy at the Amari doing try dives. I signed up 5 people today to dive the next couple of days. They’ve got to let me on the boat now, right? it’s been almost two weeks for me since I went scuba diving.
The whole gang was on the boa today, so I had to stay at the shop. Congratulations to Molly and Jake on completing their open water courses today. The gang had a blast on the boat today with a full boat. We had DSD’s fundivers and courses going on in Koh Tao. They said the conditions were really good too. Hope they stay that way for my next dive.
The weather is supposed to stay great for the next week as far as we can see. I am sure I’ll be back to hanging at the beach.
Bark at ya later,
I went to the spa today to get a haircut and a manicure with the Samui top dog awards nominations supposed to be announced tomorrow. I want to look good for the worldwide press coverage as I believe I am in the top running for Best Dog and non-stinkiest breath. I will be waiting by the phone for the call tomorrow.
While I was at the spa, I missed a great day on the boat. Finally the weather was nicer today and we had a good group of divers going to Sail Rock. Of course they were missing the top instructor on the island, but I had other priorities today.
I heard the shop was real busy today booking divers for diving and course in the next week. I fully expect to be busy on the boats next week as my buddy Joe is heading off the Bali for two weeks. Looks like I’ll be the top dog again in the shop.
Tomorrow is another rager as we have a big group going to Koh Tao. Eric, Axel, Joe and Claudio will all be on the boat and it should be a great day. I of course will be on tv accepting my nominations. I’ll let you know tomorrow what happened.
Today was a perfect day being sunny with a high temp of about 32. The weather is supposed to get better and better everyday now so the diving should be getting awesome again.
I’m gonna get an early start to bed so I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of me after the spa and of course stealing some dinner.
Bark at ya later,
Sorry, sorry, sorry. I know I haven’t written a blog for a few days but I am deathly afraid of rain and wind and decided to stay home and hide under the covers for a few days. Did you guys miss me?
Well, I didn’t miss a lot as we were unable to go out and dive for a few days due to the bad weather, but we did get out yesterday with a big group of 25 people to the marine park. What a great day everyone had and congratulations to Eunice, Eleanor, Marco and Nicholas on completing their open water courses.
So today I was back in the pool at the Amari (and not just to pee), with some try divers. I had a busy day and booked 4 of them for Sunday doing PADI discover scuba diving. While I was in the pool with the try divers, Claudio had 2 open water students doing their confined water training.
Tomorrow we are back on track with the diving and a busy day with Claudio, Joe and Axel all going to Koh Tao with courses, fun divers and discover scuba diving people. I guess i will have to stay in the office. I will spend the day marking up the huge shipment of new fins we got in from Aquamaster today and will also be selling off the fins that we are replacing. If any of you are interested, they are in great conditions and we are selling them for 600 a pair. That would be 1200 for all of my dog friends of course.
As far as the weather goes, the wind is finally going to start letting up tomorrow and little and it looks like back to sunny skies and calm winds for next week. Thank goodness for that.
Bark at ya later,
Lets start out with the weather today. Whoooooooaaaa Nelly. Today we had wind and rain and I think I saw a couple of cats falling out of the sky also. Not enough cats of course. I was trying to pick them off as they came down.
Good thing I overslept today for the boats as we cancelled our trip to Koh Tao because of the weather, but Eric, Joe and Stella toughed it out to Sail Rock today with our divers as the divers really wanted to go and we had some courses that we needed to finish before the full moon party tomorrow.
Congratulations to Brendon and Peter who completed their PADI open water courses today with Discovery Divers, and a big Happy Birthday to Peter also who got to spend it in the waves and water with us. Kristi completed dive 3, but wasn’t feeling it with the big waves to do dive 4 tomorrow, but she’s going to tough it out and do here last open water dive tomorrow. The good news was that once the gang got under the waves, sail rock was great with good viz and no current. Good job everybody.
So, the weather isn’t gonna get any better the next few days as we have a big system coming in with wind and rain which is going to cause big waves. The boss (me), has cancelled all the boats for the next couple of days because of this. That doesn’t mean that we are going to stop the diving. Because of the way the winds are, we are going to be able to do some dives off of Chewang Beach tomorrow. I will definitely be personally supervising these dives and probably giving demonstrations to the divers. Better that they learn from the best.
Since I couldn’t go diving today at least I got to hang out at the office with my good buddy Gihan, that’s Joe’s son. We got some play time together. After a hard day I didn’t feel like driving, so I caught a ride on the back of some chick’s motorbike for a ride home. I don’t need to tell you how I paid for it (wink, wink). We got some video of that on our face book page which you can reach from our home page link at http://www.discoverydivers.com
Bark at ya later,
I was in the office on the wrong day today. It seems that I missed a concert on the boat today on the way back from Koh Tao. We had a big group of 19 people to Koh Tao today. We had Eric, Joe, Axel, Seb, Tao, and Bee all working today on the boat while I had to stay in the office. The divers all had a blast while I had to sit in the office dreaming about diving.
Tomorrow is another busy day with divers and courses going to Koh Tao and Sail Rock. I really hope I get to go diving tomorrow also. I am waiting for the call.
Well, the weather looks like it is going to go a little downhill from here for the next few days. After tomorrow the winds are going to really pick up and we expect big waves for Wednesday and Thursday, I hope this doesn’t affect me going to the full moon party on Tuesday. All my friends are going, but I hope the boats can go there with the waves.
I’ll leave you with some pictures from today and we have some video of the concert on our facebook page. You can get to it from the link at the bottom of our home page at http://www.discoverydivers.com
Bark at ya later,
Whoa, is it high season already? What a busy day I had here at the shop today. I’ve been in the pool all morning doing try dives and I just booked a ton of divers for discover scuba diving tomorrow. I was in the pool so long that I didn’t even have time to run to the beach to go to the bathroom. Sorry for the other people in the pool.
So I booked 15 people for tomorrow to go to Koh Tao. If I add them up for my commission for the day it looks like a bucket of KFC for me tonight. Woo Hoo!! On top of that, Joe has 3 open water students going for their first open water dive tomorrow. Looks like I’m gonna have to stay here in the office and hold down the fort tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll have a ton of pictures tomorrow for you guys.
Sorry I did not write my blog yesterday, but I had a busy day fishing in Choeng Mon and then trying to steal as much food as I could from the hotel guests. I was so tired that I passed out early.
The weather looks good for Sunday and Monday and then maybe a little shaky after that with some wind and rain coming in for mid-week. I hope not as I want to get out diving again.
Also, for you baseball fans I am sure saw my buddy Johan Santana threw a no-hitter for my team the Mets yesterday. Go Mets!!
Bark at ya later,