Well, it's no surprise really..............I am not very good at writing everyone as often as I'd like to.........You may have noticed??? Anyway, I hope I'll be better when it comes to keeping this blog up-to-date - I promise to do my best ;)
Very shortly for those of you who haven't heard from me the past month or 20: 2005 I finally did the right thing: I fell in love again :) With my dive instructor of all people - I know it sounds like a terrible kliche! And I decided that I've spent enough time wearing suits........It was time for a new uniform: boardshorts and flip-flops (or thongs, as they are often called). Next, I just needed to find an occupation, where this attire would be acceptable - and which would allow me to pursue my new hobby, scuba diving. In a moment of bright thinking, I realised that these two criterias could be combined!
Next step was to quit my job, sell my house and say bye-bye to having a proper job and a regular income.........And to spend three months in Thailand to become a divemaster. Tough life, I assure you :D
I spent this summer in the UK - yes, my boyfriend (Simon) is British. Oh, but NOT a football (or any other) hooligan ;) I had already decided to take 6 months gap, and I must admit that I had a great summer (well, apart from 6 weeks following my long due "nose job"). We went to Denmark several times and spent quite a bit of quality time with my family. Wonderful to be free :)
BUT hanging around doing nothing only works a limited period of time......and then it's time to start the hard working life again............... soooooooooo 1st November 2006, Simon and I boarded another plane - this one took us to the Philippines. So we have now spent two months here in Paradise (Puerto Galera on the island Mindoro)
I have spent the time well: took another course and am now a qualified scuba instructor, yippie. Not enough though...........I was amazingly lucky: the dive shop I did my instructor course with, were looking for a female multi-lingual instructor. Yep, I now have a permanent job here - which actually pays a decent amount of money :D Simon is freelancing, which is not as good here as in Thailand, but we make enough money to survive.
Oh, if anyone is interested, this is the place I work for: http://www.atlantishotel.com/ - the best on the island (and the best restaurant too). And cool management: friends and family get high discounts, so feel free to visit :D
I have already certified 7 divers, which is not bad at all. Unfortunately, I have another cold (3rd in two months), so I cannot dive - which explains how I found the time to do this ;) The weather has been quite bad here. December gave us 2 typhoon hits and a big storm and it's generally overcast - so no suntan here. The water is cold too - I've had to invest in a hooded vest, so now I only get cold after 40-45 minutes dive time.
Apart from weather and health, life is really great here. We have met some special people and are building up friendships. Part of my job is to stay in the hotel bar until 20:00 5 evenings per week, so there's a lot of socializing going on :) Fortunately, staff gets half price on food and beverages, so it's quite affordable - one beer costs me around GBP 0,30 / DKK 3.50 / EUR 0,45. Cooooooooooooooool.
Anyway, more details will follow shortly........................... For now, let me just apologize to all non-Brits that the text is in English - I cannot really find the energy to do a multilingual blog.........Sorry......
Happy new year everyone, take care