Friday, December 5, 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand

I went diving again today, this time to Koa Tao.  It was quite disappointing after yesterday at Sail Rock. Visibility was poor and so was the aquatic life however, it gave me a chance to practice my buoyancy instead of looking around.

Our first dive was at Shark Island.  I saw trigger and butterfly fish, but nothing like yesterday.  The second dive was at a random island and visibility was only 5 meters.  The only thing to see was a tire, which I missed, but the whole dive - 52 minutes, I spent working on my buoyancy.  Buoyancy is controlled by breathing.  I tend to only 'nipple' breath - inhale only part way and then quickly exhale.  When you inhale, your lungs fill up like balloons and you rise up.  When you exhale, you sink.  So, if you're not careful, you can be constantly going up and down like a yo-yo!

Koh Tao is in the background-

Wat Plai Laem has a variety of buildings such as this 18 arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion.  She is a source of unconditional love and she protects all.  The arms indicate she can  help across the world.  Some also think she's a fertility goddess, so many come to pray for her help.  Others think she protects sailors. 

Laughing Buddha-

There are numerous temples on the grounds-

Friday nights at Fisherman's Village, the streets are closed to traffic and stalls move onto the street.  Supper was a chicken kabob that cost $1.73.

I'd have had the octopus instead if I'd seen it first-

Today was a good one!  Tomorrow, I'll be golfing at Santiburi.  It looks fantastic!

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