Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Weather



In the last few days Samui had very mixed weather - wind, storm, rain, sun, all sorts of things...

We went from this:




To this: ( both pics are taken on the same spot - by the pier in Fishermans Village)




Now it looks like everything is settled again, so sun is shining , the waves are gone, and  the surf has finished :-)

My husband has made a short video of surfing in Chaweng with friends a few days ago, I thought I will post it here, because I know that some of my readers like to know about this....

video


So, Samui is back to the glorious sunshine, very hot, very sunny, everything is fine, we still have no idea whether we are going to have any big rain here or not, but at the moment the weather is perfect!!!  The air was very clear today, so we had an excellent view to Koh Phangan.




Monday, 28 November 2011

Maissa's Toy Shop



Some time ago I wrote about a lovely little toy shop in Bophut  - Maissa's Party, http://www.myhomekohsamui.com/2010/11/chidren.html 

So, a couple of days ago, this shop has relocated to a different part of Bophut, it was located near Macro before, now it's opposite Peace resort in Bophut, next to Cinnamon restaurant. It's very pink, you won't miss it :-)

There was a "reopening" party, which many local children with mums attended. We went there as well, ate yummy papaya salad and drank delicious cocktails, kids were super excited and no one left empty handed.

So, if you around Bophut area, and have kids with you - pay a visit to this lovely place, your kids will love it. Also the owner stocks now lots of clothes for small babies, which is very difficult to find in Samui ( the nice stuff I mean) . So, now a few pictures from that party...
















Wednesday, 23 November 2011

23 November 2011


Just a quick update about the weather...  sorry for not posting more often, just not much happening here at the moment, and also life of an travel agent is a bit mad before peak season :-(   Have to answer more than 100 emails a day...

Anyway, back to the weather  - all forecasts were predicting a week of big rain, wind, storm, etc... in the end we had about 2 days of rain, not even big rain... that was it :-)
 Now all good again, a bit cloudy, a bit windy, and pretty big waves in Chaweng... Wind direction is from East...

My husband goes surfing every day of this week, in afternoon. Surf's been pretty good here for the last 2 days, but tomorrow is supposed to be THE BEST... Big swell is coming. Surfers - get your boards ready!!! Wondering if I am gonna see my hubby tomorrow at all ... Probably not  :-)

Today went to Coral Cove area, to take pictures of one villa, so while he was photographing the villa, I was taking pics of the seaview and some other stuff on my mobile to show you, so here you are:







And a few local yummies which grow here around us, organic and free :-) 







Sunday, 13 November 2011

Vikasa Yoga Studio opening on 11.11.11



Two days ago, on 11.11.11, we were invited to a pretty major event in Samui - opening of a new yoga studio, Vikasa.



We do have a few yoga places in Samui, but for some strange reason, we didn't really have a decent independent yoga studio where locals ( and tourists) can do a class and then gather together for a coconut drink or healthy lunch, relax, chat, and feel like home...

We used to have one studio like this - it was Absolute Yoga studio in Fishermans Village run by an amazing guy and teacher Lucas Rockwood, who unfortunately moved to Europe about 3 years ago. The new Absolute studio in Choengmon just isn't the same thing, it's a part of resort and has a very different atmosphere, not everyone's cup of tea, although probably still one of the best yoga studios on the island.

Anyway, back to the point...
We were all waiting for someone who would open a new place, where we could get together again and enjoy classes, atmosphere, healthy food and seeing friends. And now it has happened.

Konstantin (or Kosta  as everyone calls him)  Miachin, an excellent international yoga teacher,  has been passionately learning, practicing, and teaching Yoga for over six years, and his passion brought him into contact with many different schools and masters all over the world, in places such as Rishi-kesh, Uttar Kashi, Gangotri, Kerala and Goa in India,  Canada, Thailand, and Ukraine to name a few.






He has completed teacher trainings in three different disciplines, including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yoga 23 and Sivananda, he is very devoted to yoga and is a total inspiration.

Kosta is regularly having workshops in different countries. 3 months ago we bumped into him in London where he was leading "Evolution of Form" workshop at Jivamukti studio in London's Notting Hill and he told us about opening Vikasa studio in Samui.

Vikasa - is the only open-air yoga studio in Koh Samui at the moment, located in a beautiful Zen Garden, between Chaweng and Bophut, just opposite Makro supermarket on ring road. Very easy to find, here is the map:






The building is absolutely amazing and the gardens are beautiful. The studio is open-air.








Kids immediately loved it too and had lots of fun dancing around:-) 



When you are there - you will not want to leave... Kosta and his team have done a great job there, we immediately loved it when we came to the opening party.

The party was great, with excellent healthy food made by a team from famous Samui's Art Cafe and live music from Bali, Indonesia, a very special band playing for us for the entire evening. Everyone was happy and festive and even raining later on didn't stop anyone from having a great time!






There were two complimentary yoga classes at 10:00 and 16:00 on the opening day and in the evening we were watching advanced yoga performances which were truly amazing.






Vikasa - is not only a school of yoga. It is also a restaurant and an organic raw food. The menu is the creation of four professionals chefs from Thailand, Bali, America and Russia. It consists of the freshest locally grown raw organic and lightly cooked vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. 



Overall, my conclusion is - it is a great place, with great teachers and healthy yummy food, and it won't be long until you find me there on a daily basis :-) 

You can find more information on Vikasa's website - http://www.evolutionofyoga.com/  
See you there, guys! 



Friday, 11 November 2011

Loi Krathong 10.11.2011





Every year, on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month of traditional Thai lunar calendar, November, Thai people ( and now us - farangs as well)  celebrate a beautiful experience of Loi Krathong - probably the most picturesque and beautiful of all Thai celebrations.

The most popular version of the origin of this celebration is that it was an expression of gratitude to the goddess of water 'Phra Mae Kongka' for having extensively used and polluted the water from the rivers and canals.  ( And the sea in Samui's case :-)

To say it in short - first we make (or buy, which is much easier for us)  a beautiful krathong. Today we actually had the one which our son Jake made in nursery :-)

Originally, the krathong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A krathong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. Nowadays kratongs are much more creative as many more materials are available.



In the evening  we go to the sea or lake, and let it go, making wishes and asking for forgiveness....

Tonight we went to the most popular gathering place in Samui for Loi Krathong - Chaweng Lake. This year the lake was extremely busy,  it took us 20 minutes to find a parking spot. Last year we had flood, and it wasn't a very joyful event, but this year, with all this amazing weather we are having in Samui, thousands of people came today to the Chaweng Lake to celebrate this beautiful festival, so it was totally overcrowded.

So, you need to light the candles and the incense sticks, make a wish and let it float away with the current of a river or a sea, hoping that the candle will not go out. Its flame is said to signify fulfillment of wishes and release from sins.

Ok, our flame went off about 10 seconds after I let it go, so no sins were forgiven this time I guess...Never mind, there is always another year :-) :-) :-)

Still, a very beautiful celebration!!! Now - pictures time :-)




Jake is watching intensively his krathong floating away :-)










Meanwhile, up above thousands of lanterns are floating into the night sky. These large balloon-like lanterns are released in the hope that misfortune flies away with them. Hope so :-) 









We got one as well :-)  Happy Loi Krathong, everyone!!!!!!