Non diving days

March 7th, 2013


I had a few more of these than I would have liked while in Khao Lak. There’s really not a lot to do there on non-diving days. A typical such day started with getting up late and breakfast or brunch at Ten Star (pictured above). So long as I bought something they were happy to let me sit using their electricity and wifi for hours at a time .

Breakfast, Khao Lak



Standard breakfast: muesli, fruit and yoghurt with a good book on the side.











Followed a couple of hours later by McNuggets or a double cheeseburger meal.







Then a walk down to the beach to my favourite massage place.

Favourite massage spot, Khao Lak


An hour later I’d sit in one of the beach recliners for a bit more reading and then wander back along the beach to my room. The guest house provided free tea and coffee all day so I’d drink a few cups of tea while reading or getting a bit of a facebook and email fix. Around 7pm it was time to head to Khao Lak family seafood restaurant for dinner.



If I was lucky my phone would ring before leaving the restaurant with an offer of work for the next day. If not I’d do pretty much exactly the same thing all over again the next day. One or two of these in a row wasn’t so bad, but three or four got to be seriously boring. I read a LOT of books while I was in Khao Lak. Thank goodness for my Kindle.


A bit of disclosure: if you click that Kindle link and actually buy one while on the Amazon page I’ll get a tiny commission. It won’t make any difference to how much you pay, and it won’t make me rich, but if Amazon are prepared to give me a slice of their profits then I’m happy to accept them.

Koh Tao friends

February 1st, 2013

I miss these guys’n’gals – friends and colleagues at Big Blue Diving on Koh Tao.

Happy Tango update

January 20th, 2013

Happy Tango second edition

My friend, Sally, has updated her essential guidebook to dancing tango in Buenos Aires – Happy Tango. Two and a half years ago I reported that the first edition had been seen in the wild. Now the second edition is available in paper and (even better from my perspective) ebook formats.

If you already know about the book and can’t wait to buy it the following links will take you directly to the relevant page on Amazon

If you don’t know what all the fuss is about you can find out more at the book’s website.

And if you haven’t got a Kindle and fancy one, try this link.