Diving Mabul, Kapalai, and Sipidan Island – Malaysia, Borneo.

The diving around Mabul and the neighboring islands is fantastic. Fairly healthy coral reefs, not a lot of divers, and big fish. I chose┬áSeahorse Sipidan Scuba┬áto provide my accommodations and diving with. Again (see:previous post) they are fantastic. But since this is about the diving I will mention Ben. He was the dive-master and was…

Ayutthaya – Checking Out Some Really Old Wats

Leaving the beach is hard. But onward to Bangkok and all the craziness that is associated with the city. Bangkok is a huge city and like any other city it has a few common characteristics: traffic, pollution, and a lot of people. Taking a cab through the city in the middle of the day was…

Ao Nang – PADI Open Water Course – Scuba Diving

Our departure from Chiang Mai was exciting. Not because I didn’t enjoy my time there, but because the four of us would be starting our PADI Open Water SCUBA diving course! We arrived late in the evening and took a taxi from the airport into Ao Nang town. It was dark so we could not…

Wat Chedi Luang – A 600 Year-old Temple

Our final day before our departure to Ao Nang was spent walking to the airport (5km) and checking out Wat Chedi Luang. This temple is over 600 years old and a UNESCO site. If you only had one day in Chiang Mai and had to visit a single temple I would say this is the…

El Nido – The Gem of the Philippines

El Nido is a small town situated on the north-eastern tip of the island Palawan. You have two modes of transportation to this town, driving or flying. We tried to remain frugal through this trip, spending as little money as possible when it came to things like accommodations and getting around which left us with…

Teacher Drinking Excursion to Gunsan

School is out! You know what that means? Well time off, and in my case an overnight drinking fest with my coworkers to celebrate the retirement of my principal. Now the journey to Gunsan was long. We traveled from Tongjin and made some stops in the Gimpo area to pick up the rest of the…

The Cookie Incident

Sara and I watched Cookie (our friends dog) for two days. Quite the interesting two days that was. Cookie was dropped off Wednesday morning bright and early. Sara and I ate breakfast, brushed our teeth, and moseyed onward to work. Upon Sara’s return at approximately 4:30, she discovered that Cookie was no longer in her…