October (2)

Friday 14th October 2016

This great Country that so many people from all over the world calls home is grieving. The people of Thailand are mourning the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, who sadly died yesterday aged 88.

It is difficult to put into words as someone not actually Thai how much of an impact this has on people.

Everywhere you turn there are pictures of The King hanging, in houses, in shops, in restaurants, in banks, along the road side, on boats, in taxis, in tuk-tuks. You even know you are an honorary Thai when you go to the cinema and you make sure the tourists stand up as a sign of respect for the Royal Anthem, and when you stand still in the street when you here the National Anthem play in the morning and evening. Brightly coloured flags of yellow and blue fly everyday, not just on special occasions but everyday. As everyday is special when it comes to the love and admiration that the Thai people have for their beloved King.

In all 70 years as the King of Thailand, the King had never live a luxurious life as he could do. Every day, as long as people can remember, he had worked long days and long nights to help his people.

He traveled to all the remote areas in Thailand. Places that even many do not dare to go. As a trained engineer he went map and pencil in his hands, creating thousands of his Royal projects to help his people with water project, agricultural, healthcare and so many other things more than we can think about.

His palace, unlike any palace in this world, is the testing ground for new agricultural concept aim to improve people’s living. Many of these concepts had been implemented all over the country.

Thai people love him not because he is the King of Thailand but because what he has done. The King, the ordinary man who had been working to help all his life and never asked for anything in return.

With respect, the government have asked that people are to avoid “festivities” for 30 days of mourning. They have also asked for people behave respectfully and “wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public”.

Please check ahead of time for any closure of embassies or Immigration offices and transportation services.

This month’s Full Moon Party has been cancelled.

May he now be Resting In Peace and watching down over everyone.

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Sunday 9th October 2016isla

If you haven't booked your accommodation over Christmas & New Year yet then I would highly recommend you shake a leg & get your plans into action! The island is fills up extremely fast for the Festive season and if last years Christmas Season was anything to go by there could well be a few disappointments this year. So chop chop and get you holidays booked.

We have said a few goodbyes in the last few weeks to some of our Divemasters and Instructors, some are off back home for a few months and some are off on new adventures around the globe. The Big Blue family is spread all around the world these days and some are even popping out babies. 2 of our Instructors from about 5 years ago Rick and Fanette have just given birth to their first baby. Rick was the Manager of our Khao Lak branch. Congratulations.

We also have some very happy news in the form of a very brave little girl that has won her battle of Leukemia. Isla Donaldson who is the Big Boss man Jims own warrior princess has finally been allowed to leave Bangkok and come back home to Koh Samui. In a very emotional meeting at the airport, Isla has been back playing on the beach with her friends and family and getting back into the swing of having a normal life as a 3 year old kid again. With no tubes or treatments and nasty tasting medication to take. The good news is that Jim is also going to be back at work soon after being away for so long I’m sure the first night in the bar will be very welcome and a few people will be booking the next day off work to nurse a sore head. He will sure be looking forward to being reunited with his doggy Sunshine. Poor Sunny was involved in a hit a run a while back and told she may never walk again, but carrying on with the Donaldson spirit she has made a full recovery with the help and patience of Wayne and Jerrod up in the Big Blue Movies Department, she has lost some weight and is now running up and down the beach with a large coconut in tow. Daddy is coming Sunshine!!!

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