I used to write monthly recaps. And then I stopped. Maybe because I thought nobody was interested or maybe because life happened and sometimes not much to write home about at all happened. I don’t even know.
But I am craving a dear diary moment so with that I will start again. What time frame? Meh, I don’t know. Let’s try that monthly thing again, it seems fitting considering that a new one is starting today.
Where am I and why?
I am on Koh Tao in Thailand. I have been here for over a month as I am doing my divemaster training and trying not to die. Seriously, this little island is one of my favorite places but as my friend Manu said – the island is trying to kill us. It sounds a little melodramatic but considering that I am on my third batch of antibiotics he is not totally wrong. Diving every day can be exhausting at the best of times and I seem to move from one ailment to the next something that is not very like me and also highly annoying.
But nevertheless, I power on though I won’t lie – it is affecting my overall mood. With that said, always, value your health and always travel with health insurance, kids!
Yes! Finally, because Koh Tao has an even number of dogs and cats. This is PJ (short for Peanutbutter & Jelly) who would come to my room all the time in the first place I stayed at. While I was in bed with tonsillitis he made life so much better.
What makes me happy at the moment? The new season of Masterchef. Ups. I know that is a little sad and yes, I am slightly embarrassed to it admit it. However, I do like my Masterchef and I have the perfect person to watch it with and gossip so… yeah! Happiness on a plate.
Most exciting moment of May?
My friend Alex is here for an extensive visit. He arrived on his birthday in Koh Samui and we met at the Scent Hotel, a beautiful little boutique hotel perfect for a romantic night or two.
It is tucked away in a somewhat quiet part of Samui not far from the pier and really quaint. It is quiet, right on the ocean and the whole place has beautiful vintage touches which remind me of my beloved Asadang. You can book rooms right here on good ol’ booking.com.
From the restaurant, you overlook the lagoon or you make new friends on the beach and work on your tan. Or as I told Alex “try not to look like an Englishman so much!”. The lagoon is pretty to look at but the water is too shallow for a proper swim. While I usually cannot get enough of the warm waters in Thailand, I preferred their pool. I was incredibly upset that the oversized pretzel wasn’t part of the hotel but someone’s personal belonging otherwise I would have taken one of those shots.
However, I am still wondering about the amount of stuff people travel with. An oversized, blow-up pretzel? Really?! Oh well, to each their own…
Instead of pretzel pictures, we spent our time in. Tucked away in an oversized four-poster bed we were absolutely delighted when it started to rain hard. Nothing screams romance more than four-poster beds, birthday red wine, and a rainstorm.
We didn’t do much else during our Samui stay but I guess sometimes that is just what is needed after not seeing each other for a long time.
It also reminded me of my stay in Helsinki and how sometimes I just get tired of exploring. How I just want to stay in alone or with a beloved person, chill and do absolutely nothing but take advantage of happy hour and eat seafood pizza (don’t judge – seafood pizza is amazing!).
Mind you, the most exciting moment of this reunion and even better than seafood pizza? Alex gave me the first copy of my book that my editor had sent to him to bring for me. That even made me a little bit soppy and it wasn’t the wine’s or the thunderstorm’s fault. You can get your copy here!
Favorite dish at the moment?
I haven’t had a seafood pizza since our stay at the Scent Hotel so that is not it. However, I am revisiting my favorite Koh Tao restaurant, Asia Mood, often and have discovered the most amazing rice, tofu, mushroom dish. As I recently mentioned I have been eating a lot less meat here and this ticks all the boxes of a fulfilling vegetarian meal and it only costs 100 baht!
Most embarrassing moment of the month? Punching my own face while I was trying to put on my wetsuit and ‘slipping’ not once but twice in a row. In front of a full boat of course.
Mind you, I am not sure if that is better or worse than the time I pulled down my bikini bottom with my wetsuit in front of a guys only diving group.
Where to next?
And last but not least I have so much excitement planned for the summer but first up – a weekend in Kuala Lumpur to extend my visa. I must admit I am not too crazy about that option because on my last visit I didn’t really click with KL. But who knows? It may still become love at second sight. If you have any tips on what to do or where to eat please let me know!