Ah yes, too much routine really would not seem to become an issue in my life ;) For some bizarre reason, I have been told by several people that they find it difficult to keep track of where I live, who I work for and whether Jan and I are together or not.
So, basic information:
I live in Khao Lak, Thailand. I've been here before, I liked it and it felt rather like coming home, when I arrived 2 weeks ago after a quick (but not spontaneous) decision that the negative sides of Gangga would outweigh the positive ones, once the thrill of the novelty was wearing off.
I work for www.mvoktavia.com - an awesome live-aboard for divers and non-divers alike, and even kiddies are most welcome. It's a unique and great concept, the boat is super-duper and I thoroughly enjoy working together with the owners. There is a lot to be said about working with business-minded people who have an understanding of market powers and marketing. It's the first season we are running the boat directly with our own office etc, so there is a lot of preparation to be done. Oh yes, I mean A LOT ;)
Since I'm really the first employee, we knitted a job description for me, which should suit the needs of everyone - and which is still flexible. My title is operations manager and I guess that kinda says it all. The owners will be on the boat 95% of the time; I'll be doing just about everything there is to be done on land (selling, booking, agent contact, administration, marketing etc etc etc). Whenever I feel I'm going mad in the office, I'll go on the boat for a couple of days to recharge.
I'm very enthusiastic about this and am getting a lot of insight re setting up a live-aboard business. I have pretty much free hands and - like most other people - I thrive on the respect and confidence in my abilities of intelligent, professional people ;) I guess we all know how many work hours that will mean ;)
"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere" - Frank A. Clark.
Does that answer your questions about Jan? We're still together and we're working to repair the damage. Professionally, it looks very promising for Jan and we've made a long term plan, which we are now working towards realising. He'll come to Thailand 3-4 weeks before starting his new job - hopefully we'll (ok, I'll) have time to do some fun stuff while he's here. Diving comes to mind ;)
So much update this time….at least my bad conscience is lifting now :D
Until we meet next time, I send you big hugs