Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Good Bye Phuket...

And here he is... our "Fully Qualified" Dive Instructor.  A huge thank you to Thien and his team from Rumblefish, who Richard completed his Instructor Development Course with and also a big thank you to Nico, Tomo and Takuya from Freedom Divers who Richard did his Advanced, Adventure, Rescue, 7 Miscellaneous Specialties, Dive Master, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor and Specialty Instructor Courses with.  He completed over 80 dives in 10 weeks!

These are some shots Richard took.

And so, it was good bye to Phuket, the beautiful food and the lovely warmth.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Wonderful Friends...

A day after we returned from the Island I collected Chris and Michael from the airport.  They were with us for 9 nights - it was so lovely having them here.

I took them to the Tailor - (I highly recommend www.magnifiquetailor.com).  We had fabulous food - from Thai with a modern twist at Suay (I also highly recommend www.suayrestaurant.com), to my favourite little local Kellotts and lots of others in between.

While Chris and Michael were here we drove up the island and went to dinner at Laem Hin Seafood Restaurant (which is on an old wooden jetty) with our lovely friends we have met here Ashley and Graeme.  We were so pleased they could all meet each other.  We had yet another feast of beautiful fresh Thai food.  We will miss Ashley and Graeme when we leave Phuket!

L'Orfeo Restaurant - Jens Birthday Dinner
Mikey and Ka (Jens Teddy Bear)
It was really lovely to have Chris & Michael here for my birthday and to be spoilt by Richard and C & M!  We had dinner at our local "French Restaurant."

Richard gave me the "Love You" teddy bear for my birthday.  Here he is at the After Beach Bar with his friend Mikey.  They have just had "Pina Coladas!"

The time went so quickly - one minute they were here and the next they were back in NZ.