Archive for October 2011

Info dump!   1 comment

The info dumps continue. Today was. firstly, the Emergency First Response Course. I don’t remember ever doing such a course. I just know a few snippets from chatting with other people. The recovery position’s changed since I last saw it. It was funny reading the training manual. Whether it is an Austalianism I don’t know, but it says “do the best you can because you can’t make things any worse” How laid back?

Needless to say we are both now qualifed Emergency First Responders and qualifed O2 administators. Both are required in Oz to work in the dive industry.  They are way ahead of what you need in Thailand etc so make us ubber employable. Having completed these courses we are now both qualifed Rescue Divers too.

With the completion of these courses I feel I am gradually reshaping my life. It’s very exciting.

The day was finished off with a beer and freshly caught Barra Mundi fish bbq’d at the dive centre.  Yum yum.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

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Thank you so far…….   2 comments

I just want to thank all the readers of this site.  In October this site had 1060 views.  The highest number ever.  Interestingly a lot of views of Russian posts. I would love to hear from anyone looking at these older posts. Please leave a comment.

Keep reading, there are loads more posts to come, about Vietnam and our present/new home of Australia.The posts won’t be quite as frequent now as I am effectively working. The Divemaster training takes up a lot of time.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Posted 29/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in General Trip Blogs

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First Run in Oz   2 comments

Now I’m getting into a routine with work (Dive Centre) I managed to get out for a run this morning.  Picture this.  It’s 7.30 in the morning and because of the intensity of the sun I need to put sun cream on.  Yep welcome to the tropics Stef.  And the heat out there, Jesus.  I managed 1.45 miles in 14 minutes.  I’m trying not to beat myself up over the poor performance.  It’s going to take some building back up to my 20 miles a week quota of the UK…….I like a challenge.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 25/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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Hue Citadel and lots of Rain   2 comments

Previous posts have mentioned the amounts of rain we experienced in Vietnam.  Kerry and I booked a tour of the historic sites of Hue which are UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.  Another post will cover the dryer morning sites we saw.  This post covers the afternoon tour to the Citadel, which were  the walled fortress and palace in the former capital of Vietnam and home to the Vietnam Royalty.  Built in 1804 the Palaces follow a similar theme to the Forbidden City in Beijing and cover a vast area with temples and gardens.  Unlike Beijing these temples are on the whole derelict.  Most of the buildings were destroyed in the Vietnam war.  By the afternoon of our tour the rain was lashing down and my camera was safely in my rucksack and the rucksack had its rain proof cover on.  I took the below pictures with my camera phone, which despite having a 5 MP sensor as a crap lens.  However with a bit of tweaking the shots have come up quite nice and atmospheric.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 25/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Vietnam

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Home sweet home.   2 comments

After a busy day doing rescue diver skills in a murky river, and getting covered in weeds, on the outskirts of Townesville, Kerry and I went to view a house to rent. It was so nice we said we’d take it on the spot. It’s a four bedroomed house 10 minutes walk from the dive centre. The house is owned by a British couple who have lived over here for sometime.  Alana lives there at the moment with her pet dog, Chelsea who is a cute, but getting big, ridge back bullmastiff cross and a guy called Bruce. We will be sharing this huge house with them. We are dead pleased to have some more space for a while after so many months in hostels.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 23/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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The Vietnam from the picture books   2 comments

With Hanoi far behind us the seaside beckoned.  5 members of the China tour group 2 were still with us at this point which was great. A 4 hour somewhat bumpy bus journey followed by an hour boat trip across Ha long Bay and we were beside the seaside on Cat Ba Island.  We had a brief overnight stop there before taking a boat to Nam Cat Island.  On route there was a spot of Deep Water Soloing (see this link to my post on this activity) and kayaking.  In fact Kerry and I discovered a lagoon where spotted jelly fish floated past.  It was a very serene sight.  No camera, so no pictures of the lagoon I’m afraid.  The whole area was straight out of a Vietnam tourist leaflet with blue/green seas, soaring rocks jutting out the sea and dozens and dozens of floating fish farms with the little shacks where the farmers live and work.  Nam Cat Island was just as picturesque.  We stayed for 2 nights in a beach shack with mattresses on the raised wooden floor covered with mosquito nets over and our own bathroom. The beach was less than a minute away.  Perfect.  While there we played football, beach Olympics, sunbathed, swam and more kayaking.  It was a great day to recharge the batteries ready for the rest of Vietnam.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Australia – Day 1   Leave a comment

Despite the fact I felt knackered after one hours sleep (at best) on the plane, out we went to explore our first Aussie town, Coolagatta on the Gold Coast.   The morning temperature was a chilly 15 degrees C (cold for us with 30 being the norm). After checking into our chilled out hostel, the first stop was a boring luggage shop for some travel adaptors. Australia’s are totally different to any socket I’ve seen before. We then hit the beach to watch the body boarders and surfers. Incidentally Kerry bought me some surf boarding lessons for my birthday. . I can’t wait to have a go.  By this time the sun was out, the sky was blue interspersed with fluffy clouds and the temperature was up to 25 degrees C.  I got some great shots of the beach with the Gold Coast city, including its impressive looking skyscrapers, in the distance. Everyone is so happy and friendly here.  It is weird hearing the Australian accent everywhere.  Even weirder, is understanding every word being uttered in a cafe, shop or bar.  We haven’t experienced that since UK.  We have an early start in the morning for a 06.00 flight to Townesville.  Unfortunately the flight goes via Sidney, the opposite direction first.  We will arrive in our new home (for a few months anyway) around 11.30.  We are being kindly picked up from the airport by someone from the dive school so we will get an early introduction to the guys we will be diving with.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Posted 19/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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