The Plan for 2016

Map, guide books, notebook, coffee cup and a postcard

Map, guide books, notebook, coffee cup and a postcard

There is no exact plan. But we have some sketches and ideas and a few dates that are set. Now, when we’re exploring this warm water, sunny beach-and-palm tree-area of South East Asia, we take one step at a time. Our next destination, Sri Lanka, was a choice of where there’s dry season and good diving in January/February. Then we checked out the visa rules and from there we took the next step of booking tickets, checking out places to stay and did some basic research.

Anders making air rings

Anders making air rings

On the 8th of February it’s Chinese New Year and lots of people have vacation the weeks before and after. Several friends have told us to consider our choice of place to stay during that period because it can get very crowded at tourist areas. So, we might extend our visas for Sri Lanka and stay in some quiet location during Chinese New Year. We’ll see what happens within the coming weeks.

Singapore getting ready for Chinese New Year

Singapore getting ready for Chinese New Year

The next set date we have is late May or beginning of June, when we’re going to a family reunion in the US and one of our nephews is graduating from high school. And then, after that… there’s a plan of going to Sweden over the summer and Wivan wants to work during the summer. After that we don’t know! Probably we’ll want to go someplace warm again the next fall and winter, but we haven’t decided yet. And we don’t know if we’ll be working or doing volunteer work, if we’ll continue to just explore life and living or if we’ll be diving and surfing around the globe like the beach bums we are becoming.

Wivan jumping into a river in Bali

Wivan jumping into a river in Bali

We have decided to live and use our money while we can and still have a lust to explore and try different ways of living and locations. Our commitment is to live life fully, to follow our dreams even if it’s different from how “most people” do things. To give ourselves and each other space to grow as people and to see what happens when we follow our inner longings.

Anders after snorkling in Lovina, Bali

Anders after snorkling in Lovina, Bali

It’s a privilege to be able to live like this, and to have the means of time and money to be able to, and it’s also a choice to not have a house of our own or to settle down again just yet.

Wivan freediving in Lovina, Bali

Wivan freediving in Lovina, Bali

There are ups and downs of living on “the road” like this, and something we experience now is that we miss seeing friends and family, and to have people to hang out with. Sure, we love spending time on our own and to have lots of quiet moments, but there’s also a need of being around other people.

After sliding down a waterfall in Bali

After sliding down a waterfall in Bali

We welcome the year of 2016 with all that it might bring, and we are open to learn, listen and try. Our intention is to live with our hearts and minds open, to make choices from clear “YES!”-answers rather than what’s logic – and we’re curious to see how that effects us and the world around.

Morning boat ride in Bali, November 2015

Morning boat ride in Bali, November 2015

With lots of love,
Anders and Wivan

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Happy 2016

Hi,

Just wanted to check in and say ‘hi’, wishing you a great start of 2016 and hope you’re doing well.

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Breakfast 1st of January

We’re still doing our cat sit in Singapore and have one week left. In the past few days we’ve been doing a bit of touring, we’ve celebrated a quiet New Year’s Eve in the apartment, and started this new year with quite a bit of rain in this shopping-obsessed city.

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By the Singapore river

In a week’s time we’re leaving to get some more beach life, and this time we’re trying out Sri Lanka for the first time in our lives! What we’ve heard is that there’s some really good diving and surfing there, and of course we want to see some of the tea plants, and the cultural history. But mostly we look forward to sunshine and chillaxin’.

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Bronson the cat, chillaxin'

Ok, we’ll be back again soon. Take care and have fun!

// Wivan and Anders

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Board games on New Years Eve

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View from Marina Bay Sands 57th floor

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Posing in Gardens by the bay

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Cartoon café

The crazy snorkeling tour

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On the speed boat out to Similan islands

After spending a bit over two weeks in Khao Lak in Thailand we were ready to explore some of the famous sites. We have needed time to rest, heal and usually we hardly ever go on group trips and prefer going on our own or in smaller settings, but most of all we love to experience as much of local life as possible. That’s a bit hard on a tourist destination like Khao Lak, but we’ve caught some good moments of that too!

This time we found a price of a snorkling trip that appealed to us and we wanted to experience the Similan islands the way most people do…

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A bit bumpy in the beginning and then a smooth ride

During the full-day trip this was something we would both regret and laugh at. Because what a frenzy it was! Herding tourists like sheep, making quick stops for snorkling, lunch, beach stops (taking pictures) and some more snorkling.

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Not really on our own...

Even though the guide had given information about the schedule and times to be back at the boat, it was so much going on at the same time, we were constantly confused on what we were supposed to do or where to be at what time. And who of all the snorklers in the water were they yelling at? From which boat did they yell? And what did it mean; to come back to the boat, to stay away from the current or that a rare fish or turtle was seen? Lots of questions!

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Follow the mass

Good take-aways from the day:
* We got a good chance to try our new snorkeling/diving masks; Wivan had another little break down when the snorkel didn’t work but it got better with another one, Anders took his snorkeling skills to a new level and is a truly superior under-water-man.

The under-water-pro

The under-water-pro

* We did see some spectacular fishes, a free living turtle and many dolphins!!!
* The amount of snacks, different soft drinks, and lunch alternatives was richer than expected.
* The water was so clear, beautiful and wonderful to swim in.

One of the colorful fishes

One of the colorful fishes

* We didn’t get sea sick! Anders took two motion sickness pills during the day and Wivan none. The boat ride was rather smooth though, but still. Great experience!
* Our gut feeling of not really liking touristy places or very touristy activities is still accurate. When in nature and around animals we love to feel the real nature and be able to see the animals in some sort of freedom or natural habitat – not always chased by tens of cameras.

The beauty of marine life

The beauty of marine life

* Sometimes “Living life fully” means to take big steps out of ones comfort zone, be in the crazyness of it all and afterwards realize you survived, tired like few and grateful at the end of the day. And to wake up the next day and enjoy that it’s mostly the good moments you remember after all!
* Gratitude of having the knowledge, since young years, of how to swim in open water. To, without hesitation or floating devices, jump off a boat in the middle of the Andaman sea and know you can handle it. It’s wonderful to know how to swim!

Wivan: selfie, after regaining control of mask and snorkel

Wivan: selfie, after regaining control of mask and snorkel

* Deepened knowledge of our big love for water, the ocean, marine life and warm waters + sunshine. A greater lust of learning more, practice, explore and gain more control and experience of diving and snorkeling.

Ascend after free diving

Ascend after free diving

* Off-season traveling rocks! The past week the number of people staying in Khao Lak has increased by a huge number and it makes a big difference in restaurants, tours, pricing and on the beaches.

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White sand on Similan island nr?

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Time to load the boat after a stop

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Beautiful colors

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Famous signature picture

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Crowded beach

Free diving deeper than ever

Free diving deeper than ever

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Boats waiting for next pick-up time

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Pictures taken everywhere

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Tired, happy, confused

Letting insights in

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Coffee and a chat

Over a coffee yesterday afternoon we were going to discuss what type of diving we wanted to book for today. We had just been at the beach and then taken a little walk – it was time for decisions and then off to the dive center.

Our talk ended in something totally different. We were not going to dive this Monday. It can wait. Something else is more important. The feeling. The sense of needing more rest.

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AnWiSa in new diving masks

So, we let life be as it is, allowing ourselves to follow the feeling and just having no plan for the day – other than moving to another hotel here in Khao Lak.

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Thai market

Anders was the one catching the sensation, and being brave enough to say it out loud – he needs more time to rest, recover and to gain more energy. Otherwise diving is just a “doing”, not a passion or something really fun.
As a matter of fact he was basically “touching the wall paper” with his nose (close to the famous wall) when he was still working, and there’s a process of recovery and healing going on. No one knows for how long or how the process looks, we just need to follow the feeling of the moment and trust that our guidence is showing the way.

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Market day

As a part of this, we also continue to promise each other to be true, to speak from the heart and not hold back when something is important. It’s also a promise to take care of ourselves first, then each other – nothing else will work in the long run.

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Wivan took a massage

So, like every one should ask him/her self every now and then; what do you need or want this very moment?

Lots of love!
Anders and Wivan

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Tom Yam soup for lunch

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Wivan + cocktails = true

Birthday and Open water divers

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Pretty decoration of our bed

Yesterday we celebrated Wivan’s 37th birthday here in Pemuteran on Bali, and today we finished our Padi-course to become certified Open Water Divers down to 18 meters.

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Three intense days are over

So, it’s been a few very intense and fun days.

The staff at the hotel made some lovely surprises yesterday, serving a chocolate cake and singing after our dives, and had also decorated our bed extra special.

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Coffee on the beach

Tonight we’re ready to have a night “off” after the course, and maybe maybe we’ll dive again on Friday.

Lots of love,
Anders and Wivan