Friday, 19 December 2014

Food on Wheels; Peanuts, ice cream and fish balls in Dumaguete, Philippines

When visiting other countries, outside of Thailand, in this case the Philippines and when in Dumaguete, I saw the perfect addition for this month contribution. 

Peanut bicycle

A first for me is the kind of bicycles being used in this series of pictures. The first two pictures show a person who sells peanuts and handmade icecream.

Peanut bicycle

The peanuts are on the display on the left and the ice cream is in he big container on the right, very similar to Thailand.

Peanut and fish ball bicycle

This vendor adds one more item for sale, deep fried fish balls. It gives her some additional income!

Peanut and fish ball bicycle

The pictures were taken at Dumaguete's main park whilst a fair was going on.

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th December, 2014

Today's weather;

It's very cloudy but dry at the moment around Koh Samui but there's a fairly strong wind. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

Back here at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines, it's also cloudy and we have a drizzle on and off and it rained last night. Yesterday we had a nice and sunny day here. Current temp at 8am local time is 25C
All diving has been completed and today is an unexpected day off with some final classroom teaching later in the day.

Plai Laem

The road leading through Plai Laem

Yesterday saw a cloudy and windy day with a trace of rain around Samui. Max temp reached 28.9C

Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines

The forecast shows strong to very strong wind, the latter after the weekend, accompanied by rain. The wet Christmas is more and more looking like it's going to happen.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks! 

Camille

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th December, 2014

Today's weather;

It's windy but dry at the moment around Koh Samui and a few glances of sunshine can be observed. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

At Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines we have a sunny sky back again after yesterday's rain. Current temp at 8am is 27C
Today I will be doing three dives, two before lunch and a night dive.

Wat Plai Laem

This statue faces the statue posted yesterday at Wat Plai Laem

Yesterday saw a very windy day around Koh Samui with a strong wind. Max temp reached 29.3C

Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

A wider body tricycle at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines, a lot more comfortable choice for us long legged Westerners when in need of one these tricycles in contrast to the more standard small ones, pictured here

The forecast predicts a bit less wind and slightly drier days to be followed by strong winds come Monday and Tuesday with more rain to accompany this.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks! 

Camille

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th December, 2014

Today's weather;

It's cloudy and windy around Koh Samui but dry at the moment this morning. Rain is likely to come down later today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Back in Panagasma beach near Moalboal in the Philippines after a very successful PADI IE in Dauin yesterday. The weather is a mixed bag here, we have a cloudy and wet sky to the right and a aprtially cloudy and partially sunny sky to the left after some rain last night. Current temp at 8am local time is 27C

Statue at Wat Plai Laem

Statue at Wat Plai Laem

Yesterday saw a dry and warm day with some rain during the night time. Max temp reached 31.5C

Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines

The clear water at Panagsama beach's rocky beach near Moalboal in the Philippines

The forecast is predicting rain and wind for today and the rest of the week with an increase of both over the weekend. It's looking more and more like a wet Christmas this year.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks! 

Camille

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th December, 2014

Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy with a bit of sunshine thrown in around Koh Samui. Current temp at 10am is 30.4C

The reason for the late update is that I ran from Dumaguete where our hotel was for two nights to Dauin where the PADI IE is being completed today, a distance of a half marathon. The weather here is similar to Samui skies, partly cloudy with bits of sunshine thrown in. Current temp at 11am local time is 31.7C

Plai Laem

View over the local football ground towards Plai Laem temple

Yesterday saw a fairly sunny and warm day around Samui with a max temp of 30.5C


The Dumaguete Bell Tower is the oldest known Belfry in the province of Negros Oriental. It's located next to the St Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, in downtown Dumaguete

The forecast hard wind and rain for the next two days with lots of rain during the weekend and lot of hard wind and less rain after the weekend. Doesn't look like a white Christmas but possibly a wet variation this year.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks! 

Camille

Monday, 15 December 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th December, 2014

Today's weather;

It's a lot nicer again on Koh Samui today after two stormy and wet days, it's cloudy but the sun is peeking through again. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

This morning I found myself back in Dauin in the Philippines, where a PADI IE is in progress for the Moalboal IDC candidates. Our base is in Dumaguete for two nights after which we will return to Moalboal. Current temp at 8am local time here is 30.9C

Central festival, Chaweng

Christmas tree at Central festival in Chaweng

Yesterday was another stormy and wet day around Samui but there was 'only' 34mm of rain. Max temp reached 28.4C


Christmas tree in downtown Dumaguete in the Philippines

The forecast is still not looking too good, it should be cloudy but dry for today and tomorrow but come Wednesday it will be windy and wet again in various degrees until after next weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks! 

Camille

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th December, 2014

Today's weather;

It's raining this morning around Koh Samui and there are some fairly dark clouds hanging over the island and it might stay wet for the next couple of hours. Current temp at 7am is 25.2C

At Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines it's also wet, we already had a morning shower but here we have some grey clouds up in the sky. Current temp at 8am local time is 25C

We completed the PADI IDC yesterday and hopefully it will clear up later today since we have to travel to Dumaguete where in nearby Dauin a PADI IE will start for our candidates.

Plai Laem

Good luck flowers for sale in Plai Laem, for inside your car or on the bike

Yesterday saw a very wet day with 61 mm of rain and a storm like wind raged over Samui. Max temp reached 29C

View on one side of Pangasama beach, Philippines

View on one side of Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines

The forecast doesn't look too good right now, The wind and rain may ease down for two days before it hits hard again on Wednesday, all the way through to the weekend and possibly after that. Will this be the first wet Christmas since years on the island? We'll have to wait and see for a few days more before the predictions will be up.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks! 

Camille

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th December, 2014

Today's weather;

It's cloudy this morning over Koh Samui and it won't surprise me if there will be some rain later today. Current temp at 7am is 26.6C

At Panagsama Beach near Moalboal in the Philippines, it's not as sunny as previous days, a bit more cloud cover with some blue spots. Current temp at 8am local time is 26C 

Khao Laem Yai

Khao Laem Yai viewpoint with Koh Phangan in the background

Yesterday it was warm although some parts of the island may have had a bit of rain. Max temp reached 31.2C

Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

A tricycle, the favorite way to get around at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines

The forecast predicts a windy and wet weekend, slowing down a bit on Monday and Tuesday but picking up heavily come Wednesday. Until next weekend it should be cloudy but with a lot less wind and rain.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks! 

Camille

Friday, 12 December 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th December, 2014

Today's weather;

It looks another nice day is in the making around Koh Samui, where currently a blue sky is shaping with a few clouds in it. Current temp at 7am is 24.7C

In Moalboal in the Philippines we're on the last day of the current PADI IDC under a blue sky and a current temp at 8am local time of 27C

Wat Nara Charoen Suk in Lipa Noi

Three Buddha statues sitting on  forgotten bench at Wat Nara Charoen Suk in Lipa Noi 

Yesterday saw a nice and fairly warm day around Samui with a max temp of 31C

Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

There's a big 'ball' or cloud of sardines moving up and down the Panagsama beach drop off all day long, consisting of ten of thousands of sardines. This picture shows some of them jumping out of the water in the early morning, near Moalboal in the Philippines

The forecast predicts win and rain over the weekend, slowing down a bit after the weekend but seemingly picking up heavily again come Wednesday. 

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Construction of the ring road around Koh Samui 1969-1970

Getting around Koh Samui in the 'early days' was an adventure. Listening to stories of my wife, who is born and raised on Samui, 

Ring road construction Koh Samui 1969-1970

Manual labor on the ring road

Visiting other parts of the island involved walking for most of the day and staying overnight with relatives and walking back the next day. 

Ring road construction Koh Samui 1969-1970

More manual labor

From the Choengmon area, there was bus/song thaew per day to Nathon, which back in those days and still is the main place for any official and government related business.

This all changed in 1967, Khun Dilok Suthiklom, the 'mayor' of Samui back in those days or 'Phuyai baan of Samui' and he asked for funding to governmental organisation to build of what we nowadays know as the ring road.

Early ring road

Old picture of the ring road

This construction started and in 1969 and 1970 was in full swing, as the black and white pictures show.
The start of building the ring road was manual labor, as can be seen in the pictures above but one of the problems for building the ring road was the hill between Bang Po and Nathon and the rocky sides of the road around Lamai. Heavy construction machinery was needed.

Ring road construction Bang Po 1982

Ring road construction Bang Po in 1982

As could be expected, delays were encountered, due to monsoon and rain, just like construction around the island nowadays. Some things just never change!

In 1973 the ring road was completed by putting the concrete plates in place and just recently, tar was added on top of the concrete plates at most of the ring road.
In the beginning the road was no wider than 2 meters, which has been changed a few years back, when the ring rod was widened. Most of the time only to create parking space for bikes and cars it seems.

Hope you enjoyed this, the old Samui pictures. Most of the pictures and some of the informatiom was found at this link.

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Camille