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Beachcombing

January 24, 2005 Leave a comment

“Bloody hippies!” :)
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Well, as much as we liked Koh Chang (ants excluded), one of the things which disturbed up greatly was the state of one of the beaches near where we stayed. Bear in mind that this is a National Marine Park, and many of the beaches on the island are actually very clean and swim-in-able.

All the same, Jen and I embarked on a too-small cleanup operation of this beach yesterday before departing. There was a horrible black slick thing oozing over the surface of the water and we saw two deceased marine creatures on the beach. We also managed to collect the following from an area roughly 50 meters long and 10 wide (about a fifth of the total beachfront)…

Plastic bottles – 6
Tetra packs- 10
Instant coffee sachets – 4
Bits of styrofoam – 9
Plastic bags – 81
Shampoo bottle – 1
Instant noodle packets – 5
Asthma Inhaler – 1
String (varying lengths) – 41
Velcro strip – 1
Aerosol can (wood laquer) – 1
Cassette tape – 1
Miscellaneous bits of plastic – 108
Remains of pineapple – 1
Straws – 10
Hook/pole thing – 1
Bottle caps (plastic) – 2
Biscuit packet – 1
Candy wrappers – 11
Glass bottle (intact) – 1
Tin cans – 1
Crisps bags – 7
Rope (varying lengths) – 10
Pieces of balloon – 3
Cigarette packs – 2
Remnants of tarpaulin (buried, unremoveable) – 1
Broken glass – 15
Plastic cups – 3
Home-made broom – 1
Plastic spoon – 2
Cigarette lighter – 3
Bottle caps (metal) – 5
Sanitary wrapper – 1
Styrofoam containers – 2
Tarpaulin fragments – 2
Flip-flop/Jandal/thong – 1
Watermelon hald – 1
Laundry detergent bag – 1
Bundle of sticks tied together – 1
Egg shells – 3
Cooler/chilly bin/Esky – 1
Chilli pepper – 1
Wire cable – 1
Bits of wood with rusty nails in ’em – 2
Beer can – 1
Woven rice sack – 1
Strainer/colander – 1

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Surf report – Miu Ne, Vietnam

January 4, 2005 Leave a comment

“Going off bigtime” is not an appropriate description. 5 inch swell, 4 second sets. The water, however, is delightfully warm and refreshing.

I landed here at just after lunchtime New Year’s Day, saw the beach lined with palm trees and the quite cheap resorts and thought, “Oh yes indeed.”

I’m off to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in about 5 hours. That city, I’m told, makes the rest of Vietnam seem like a sleepy town. So I’m trying to prepare myself, given that I’ve found just about everywhere else to be very full-on.

I’m continuing to have a good time & meet some cool people, and drink some truly awful alcohol. This will require some elaboration when I have cheaper Internet access.

Vietnam is quite intense and I’ve felt less than good a few times. But it’s all about change, that’s why I’m here, and it’s happening.

So… I’ll head off then. :) Hope everyone is doing well/

Take care.

Peace,
Karsoe/Paul C

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