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Bang Saray

January 3, 2012 by C.W. Davis

with airfares to Thailand dropping below $100. it was time for a short break. Spent 2 days of bang saray templea week trip at Bang Saray to get a better feel for the place and to see the condo construction site.

 

 

 

While there had some great seafood and enjoyed the relaxing enviroment. Even visited one of the local temples for photos.temple


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Should I cruise

September 23, 2011 by C.W. Davis

Jushould I Cruise?st finished a kindle book. “Should I Cruise?”,It basically started out as a training manual for my staff. Am working on the layout for the print version

 

Should I Cruise?

Asking that question to a cruise addict is about as dangerous as asking a Jewish grandmother how her grandchildren are. You will launch each into a topic that they can talk about for hours and hours. They will also give you a viewpoint based on their own experience. The thought of taking a cruise keeps popping into your mind. Most people just keep thinking of it and never get around to taking the first cruise. Selecting your first cruise can be a major effort. There are so many options and so many things to consider that you can become overwhelmed and just give up. Just stop for a moment and think back to your friends, remember how enthusiastic they talked about there last cruise even months afterward? Are you like that about your last vacation? That should get you refocused. When you listen to your friends who have cruised you should keep in mind that a cruise vacation is a personal experience, and what is right ship and destination for them may not be so for you. we will look aat some of the answers you will need to go on your first cruise. This book, some on line resources and a good travel agent will help you keep things clear as well as move you closer to that “once in a life time” cruise vacation. .
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Bang Saray Thailand

February 22, 2011 by C.W. Davis

Over the last year, I have been thinking of my next “retirement”. I still enjoy living in Subic Bay area of the Philippines but have been considering a lifestyle that included splitting the time between the Philippines and Thailand. I have been visiting Thailand a few times each year and enjoy the friendly laid back lifestyle there also. The biggest draw back for me is that few Thais speak English unlike the Philippines. As many know languages including English has always been a weak spot for me.Bang Saray Beach

 

Last year I looked at a condo project in Pattaya and liked it, In December I visited it again and a few others for comparison. One project I looked at is in Bang Saray. Bang Saray is about ten minutes from the city limits of Pattaya but is a very rural area, lightly developed. While looking at some information about condos in the area while on line I came across another project the Bang Saray Beach condominium. After a exchange of emails , I made a fast reservation and a few days later flew to Thailand to look at the project. Long story short I place a down payment on two 25 square meter units (about 300 square feet each) which will be redesigned into a one bedroom unit. It will take about two years to finish but when it is it should be a great place to take a vacation form paradise. The Photo was taken in December. If you look in the background you can see the skyline of Pattaya.

 


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new year new goals

January 10, 2011 by C.W. Davis

Just want to wish everyone a happy new years.

 

One of my new year resolutions is to exploretemple
more and to take more photos. Did get a early jump on that with a trip to thailand in December. Went to Chiang Mai  for a few days of that trip.

 

The old part of the city is very interesting, with dozens of temples hundreds of years old.

 

I also plan on more trips in the Philippines. This past weekend we visited Mount Samat. the site of the last battle in the Battle of Bataan during WWII. currently there is a National Shrine there, the Shrine of Valor.

 

Mount samat

 

new photo albums charleswdavisjr.visitsubic.org  and at Photobucket


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New book Reinvent your Retirement

August 20, 2010 by C.W. Davis

Reinvent Your Retirement

Renew Yourself in Subic Bay, Philippines

Authored by Charles W Davis Jr.

What is your dream of retirement? Sitting on a tropical beach sipping a drink as the sunsets? Sitting on your back porch looking at the distance mountains? Everyone has a different view of retirement. People are living longer and it is possible that you will have as many years in retirement as you did working years. Those years are more likely to be active. Some people look at retirement in the old tradition, work till your 65, move to Florida, play golf or bridge, sit watching television till you and your friends are all dead. More and more people are throwing away those old fashion notions and “retirement” becomes “reinventing” their lives . In the last couple of decades, pre-retirees are looking outside of their own country to retire. The more adventurous nature of the current baby boomer is having them look for something different. They want a comfortable live style but are flexible to what that means. Make a list of what you enjoy and what you want in life. Then explore how to get there. You may find that getting to what is important in your future is not as far off as you thought. Once you have your plan then put it in motion. The Philippines is one country that is becoming increasingly popular. Having been a Spanish colony for centuries there is a Spanish flavor to the country, and having been an American territory for decades it also has a large American influence. English is widely spoken and is in fact one of the country’s official languages. The people are genuinely friendly. The cities and urban areas are well developed. The country is seeing an increase in international tourism. Many of the items that attract tourist to an area is equally attractive to retirees. The Subic Bay area is very well suited for retirees. Having been the home of a US Navy base it is used to Americans and has a large number of retirees. This book explores Subic Bay as a place to live and enjoy your reinvented retirement. Ideal for singles and families.

 

reinvest your Retirement


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Awarded Honors of Knight Commander

April 28, 2009 by C.W. Davis

39th Anniversary Honours List

Awards bestowed by HRH Prince Leonard on the occasion of the 39th Anniversary of Secession!
Twenty First day of April 2009

Charles W. Davis Jr.
Knight commander
(
Subic Bay, PHILLIPINES)

Bestowed with the Rank of Knight Commander in the Illustrious Order of Merit.

Congratulations!
Sir Charles W. Davis Jr. K.C.I.O.M.

 

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I like to thank my staff and friends for thier support and input to this award.
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Playing Professional Photographer

February 6, 2009 by C.W. Davis

<!-- @page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } --></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Recently <a href="http://www.belladimayuga.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bella Dim</a><span lang="en-US"><a href="http://www.belladimayuga.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ayuga</a> of Bella Dimayuga Productions asked me if I would assist in a promotion they were doing. Since we were working on developing her web site and online marketing, it seem like a great opportunity. The promotion she was doing was for a condominium project called Uptown 21. </span><span lang="en-US"><img height="197" align="left" width="296" alt="butterfly dace" src=""/></span><span lang="en-US">They were having a fiesta built around the Legendary Korean Basketball Super star , Shin Dong Pa. The promotion lasted about a week, while I was to help photograph some of the key activities. It was very interesting to step back into a “professional” photographer role again. The events were fast paced in some cases and a hurry up and wait in others. While not originally part of the promotion, the photos included coverage of the People’s Choice awards where Bella and the Philippine Juicy fruits both received awards. By Bella efforts the People choice award group also extended a award to Shin Dong Pa.</p> <p></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><span lang="en-US">Television and radio interviews were a part of the promotion as well as a motorcade , a fun basketball games event and a show at the fiesta. Overall I took a thousand photos,</span><span lang="en-US"><img height="249" align="right" width="290" alt="juicy fruits at people choice" src=""/></span><span lang="en-US"> some exceptional. It will take a while to sort which ones I like best but I have put a link to some on my photography page. it was a lot of work but nice to be back into photograph for a while.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><span lang="en-US">the link to the selected<a href="http://www.charleswdavisjr.com/uptown/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> photos</a><br /></span></p> <p> <br /> Source: Old Archive</body></html></p> <div class="addtoany_share_save_container addtoany_content_bottom"><div class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/playing-professional-photographer" data-a2a-title="Playing Professional Photographer"><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/facebook?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fplaying-professional-photographer&linkname=Playing%20Professional%20Photographer" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/facebook?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fplaying-professional-photographer&linkname=Playing%20Professional%20Photographer', '');" class="a2a_button_facebook" title="Facebook" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/twitter?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fplaying-professional-photographer&linkname=Playing%20Professional%20Photographer" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/twitter?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fplaying-professional-photographer&linkname=Playing%20Professional%20Photographer', '');" class="a2a_button_twitter" title="Twitter" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/google_plus?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fplaying-professional-photographer&linkname=Playing%20Professional%20Photographer" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/google_plus?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fplaying-professional-photographer&linkname=Playing%20Professional%20Photographer', '');" class="a2a_button_google_plus" title="Google+" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/share" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/share', '');" class="a2a_dd a2a_counter addtoany_share_save"></a></div></div> </div><p class="postmetadata">Tags: <a href="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/tag/scubadivingnomad" rel="tag">#scubadivingnomad</a><br /> Posted in <a href="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/category/archiveoldblog" rel="category tag">Archive old blog</a> | <span>Comments Off<span class="screen-reader-text"> on Playing Professional Photographer</span></span></p> <div id="comments"> </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> </div> </div> <div id="post-202" class="post-202 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archiveoldblog tag-scubadivingnomad"> <h3><a href="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/turtles-in-zambales-2">Turtles in Zambales</a></h3><small><span class='date-time'>January 4, 2009</span><span class='author'> by C.W. Davis</span></small><div class="entry"> <img class='gravatar-img' alt='' src='http://1.gravatar.com/avatar/dcc1cbff0509358626c61b9db697f327?s=60&r=g' srcset='http://1.gravatar.com/avatar/dcc1cbff0509358626c61b9db697f327?s=120&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-60 photo' height='60' width='60' /> <div class="addtoany_share_save_container addtoany_content_top"><div class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/turtles-in-zambales-2" data-a2a-title="Turtles in Zambales"><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/facebook?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/facebook?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales', '');" class="a2a_button_facebook" title="Facebook" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/twitter?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/twitter?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales', '');" class="a2a_button_twitter" title="Twitter" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/google_plus?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/google_plus?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales', '');" class="a2a_button_google_plus" title="Google+" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/share" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/share', '');" class="a2a_dd a2a_counter addtoany_share_save"></a></div></div><p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">I had planned my new years to be one of quiet reflection, some writing, as well as a time for some un-distracted business planning. I has booked myself into a resort in Pundekit,San Anthony Zambales. This beautiful area along the south China Seas is about a hour drive north of Subic Bay and is the home of a number of different resorts. New Years is often associated with rebirth even the symbolism of father time leaving and a new baby arriving, I happen to be lucky and happened upon the perfect way to start the countdown to new years. On New Years eve right before sunset, I saw a man walking along the beach carrying a wash tub. Gathering around him was a group of children trying to peer into his tub,adults were also tagging along. Reaching a somewhat smooth <img height="377" align="right" width="300" alt="turtles" src="" />section of beach he set his tub down and the children dropped to their knees and gather around it. The mans name is Mike Robertson and he is from the <a href="http://environmentalprotectionofasia.com/ztcp/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Environmental Protection Agency of Asia,</a> A non profit group involved in environmental projects. Mike is responsible for the Pundekit Turtle Conservatory and his tub contained 154 olive ridley turtles that had hatched early morning.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">The west coast of Luzon is the nesting home of a number of marine turtle species. Like many people around the world, the people of the Philippines used to capture turtles for their meat and shells as well as collecting the eggs. Now public awareness<span>  </span>has caused that to change. The Pawikan festival held in Bataan each November is a prime example. A four day event celebrating turtle conservation,with dance competition, ecology contest, musical performances and other events leading to a ceremonial release of<span>  </span>turtles. The release in Bataan are some of the earliest hatchings of the season. As early as July a turtle may show up to lay a clutch of eggs but hatching are rare, it may be that the bad storms has cause salt water to enter the eggs or it may be they were not fertilized. Turtles start nesting in October according to Mike, he said that there is often days between finds but by the end of November and early December there may be five or more nest found each day and during that time he often finds two even three nest in the section of beach he patrols. By the end of December the number of new nest drops off. While it is mostly the Olive Ridleys that nest here, there are some hawk bills. In past years there have been some green turtles but so far this year none have been found.</p> <p><img height="329" width="497" alt="release" src="" /></p> <p> </p> <p> <br /> Source: Old Archive</p> <div class="addtoany_share_save_container addtoany_content_bottom"><div class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/turtles-in-zambales-2" data-a2a-title="Turtles in Zambales"><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/facebook?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/facebook?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales', '');" class="a2a_button_facebook" title="Facebook" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/twitter?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/twitter?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales', '');" class="a2a_button_twitter" title="Twitter" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/google_plus?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/add_to/google_plus?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scubadivingnomad.com%2Fturtles-in-zambales-2&linkname=Turtles%20in%20Zambales', '');" class="a2a_button_google_plus" title="Google+" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.addtoany.com/share" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.addtoany.com/share', '');" class="a2a_dd a2a_counter addtoany_share_save"></a></div></div> </div><p class="postmetadata">Tags: <a href="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/tag/scubadivingnomad" rel="tag">#scubadivingnomad</a><br /> Posted in <a href="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/category/archiveoldblog" rel="category tag">Archive old blog</a> | <span>Comments Off<span class="screen-reader-text"> on Turtles in Zambales</span></span></p> <div id="comments"> </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> </div> </div> <div id="post-203" class="post-203 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-archiveoldblog tag-scubadivingnomad"> <h3><a href="http://www.scubadivingnomad.com/turtles-in-zambales-part-2">Turtles in Zambales part 2</a></h3><small><span class='date-time'>January 3, 2009</span><span class='author'> by C.W. 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Development pressure and other human activities have reduced<span>  </span>the number and safety of the nesting sites. While other events have reduced the number of turtles available to reach the nesting sites. To help safeguard the reduced number of eggs, Non-profit organizations have stepped in to assist. Volunteers look for signs on the beach that a turtle has come ashore to lay eggs. When they find them they locate the nest and mark it. If the location is at risk the eggs are harvested and transported to one of the conservatories along the coast. When they arrive at the conservatory they are reburied and the new nest is tagged with information about its original location and date. Hatching<span>   </span>takes about seven weeks depending on the species<span>  </span>and the temperature of the sand. When the time for hatching gets near the conservatory staff place plastic mesh cones around the nest and starts looking for signs that hatching has started. The early signs will be a depression in the sand. As the turtles come out the shells and the shells breaks and the sand fills in the space. It may take a day or so for the turtles to get to the surface, normally reaching the surface at night and then heading to the water. The mesh cone keeps the turtles together and away from the water. The baby turtles are gathered counted and the nest examined for unhatched eggs.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">When Mike had his group around him, he had them spread out in a line facing the water. He then walked down the line with his tub giving adult and child alike a chance to pick out a turtle or two to release. bending over or kneeling in the sand they released “their” turtles and encouraged them to crawl to the sea. Sometimes a strong wave would hit them and send them back to where they started. The people would rush to them and get them headed in the right direction. It took most of the turtles a number of times before they were able to make it safety into the surf. The process was repeated until they all were safely in the sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Only God knows what the future will hold for these little ones, however they are off to a good start. the conservatories not only helps to counteract man’s destruction but also helps to protect them from natural predators. In the wild, nest are often raided by other animals who eat the eggs. Birds will often feast on hatching as they struggle to the sea. Some experts suggest that as many as half the eggs laid never make it to the sea.<span>  </span>These one hundred fifty four turtles came from two nest along the the Zambales coast, and with the help of Mike and the volunteers who first found the nest, all of the eggs hatched and the turtles all made it to the sea. For the next 20 years the turtles will roam the world, most will not survive but those that do will return here. 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One my plans for the trip were a cooking class. A few years ago I had taken a half day lesson at<a href="http://www.baipai.com/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Baipai Thai Cooking Schoo</a>l and really enjoyed it so it was back for another lesson. The school is reasonably priced around $50 for a lesson and that includes pick up at your hotel. The school is small with largest class size less than a dozen. Each student has there own work station, yes it is hands on and lunch is included, 4 courses that you cook <img height="195" align="right" width="265" alt="market" src="" />yourself. There were only 3 of us in this class, a fallout of the airport being closed for 10 days. I flew in 2 days after it reopened. Each class has something additional about Thai cooking, In my first class we made our own coconut cream starting by shredding fresh coconut using a traditional device. This time it was a trip to the neighborhood market. <br /> Going with the staff to the market the assistant chef pointed out different fruits and vegetables and show how to tell if they were ripe. Back at the school, the first dish we made was the desert Khao Neaw Moon ,Coconut Sticky Rice. We did a little cheating here, since the rice takes hours to soak and time to steam, we started with the rice ready for the preparations. We prepared a coconut Marinate and soaked the rice in it setting it aside while we made the topping. While <img height="329" width="498" alt="chef station" src="" />waiting for the rice to finish marinating, we had a demonstration on the next dish, then back to give more attention to our rice before setting it aside till dinner. Back to our work stations we worked on the appetizer Satay (grilled) chicken. <img height="238" align="left" width="291" alt="cooking station" src="" />This was very simple, just chicken breast on a stick grilled over a charcoal grill. What gave it a different taste was that while grilling we brushed it with coconut cream. It was served with a peanut sauce and a sweet and sour relish. Generally I am not a fan of peanut sauces but this one was outstanding. It had a curry paste, not hot, coconut milk and cream, and tamarind. After having a short break and eating our appetizers we moved on to the salad. The salad was Plah Goong, Savory Prawn salad. Besides how great it tasted and how easy and fast it was to prepare the largest comment I have that this would be a great lunch by itself, or a dinner entre if slightly larger serving.<br /> The main course was Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang, Chicken with Cashew nuts stir fried. Cooking time for this was very short and not too much prep time either. 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