Sunday, November 16, 2008

South Beach, Fremantle

This morning I went snorkeling at South Beach, Fremantle.

It was a beautiful day at the beach. The water was nice and calm this morning, except that it was still a bit murky. And there wasn't much to see underwater. But it was still good for a swim.

Anyway, something terrible happened today on the beach and I think I won't go back there for some time - my bag (including money, camera, cards, snorkeling gear, etc) was stolen. What a day.


ria said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that! That's an awful thing to happen.

But your shores look glorious! We've been having monsoon weather so grey grey skies.

All the best for a better trip your next outing.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Chai.
You are Aussie enough now to say "Bugger!"
That's a terrible thing to have happen to you. So sorry.

Mosura said...

That really stinks! I was looking at your photos thinking at least they didn't get your camera. then I read it again and see that they did. Hope you can put it behind you and get back in the water soon.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Dear all,

Thanks for your kind words.

There's really nothing much I can do now. I have already lodged a police report, got myself new cards and inactivated the stolen ones, and will get new locks for my flat tomorrow.

I hope that the person who took my stuff will
(1) use my underwater camera to take some good photos.
(2) learn snorkeling with my snorkeling gear.
(3) use my book vouchers (60 dollars) to buy some interesting books.
(4) use my 70 dollars cash to buy a good meal for people he/she loves.
(5) enjoy Miguel Bose's Spanish songs in my MP3 player.

Those thoughts cheered me up a bit : )

cath said...

Hi Chai,

I just recently found your blog and have been enjoying it very much. I grew up in WA and now live on the other side of the world, far far away from the ocean, and I loved seeing all your pics from "home". I miss the ocean a lot!

Anyway, I was very sorry to read about your things getting stolen. You have a great attitude and hope that maybe your good karma will come back to you.

I look forward to reading more of your blog - I still have big interest in the sea and expect to live closer to it again one day!

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Thanks, Cath.

I am fine. Everything is back to normal now.

Anyway, I found out from friends that it's been years since it wasn't safe to just leave our bags unguarded on the beach anymore. I guess it's just like it's not safe to leave our doors unlocked and windows open at night anymore.

A friend suggested I should keep important things like my keys or maybe my Smartrider (card) on me when I swim.

Another suggested every visit to the beach should be a three-person business. At any one time, only one hits the water, while two others have a chat and watch the bags.

Steve Reynolds said...

Chai, that's so terrible for you. I wish that I could help. What things do you need and how will you get them? You'll have to be more careful in future. We all will! Good luck. I like your updated blog. Keep up the good work if you still can. Cheers

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Thanks, Steve.

I am fine now. I just have to be more careful in future, that's all.

And hopefully I can get a decent waterproof camera at a bargain price during the Xmas sales too.

Steve Reynolds said...

Hi Chai. Glad that you are OK. Was any of your gear insured? What sort of camera did you lose? What sort will you buy? When will you be able to snorkel again? What will you do in the meantime?

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hi Steve,

It was not a very, very expensive camera. So I just couldn't be bothered to get it insured. It was an Olympus Mju 790 SW. I bought it for about 450 dollars.

For my next camera, I think I would still get one like the stolen one, which doesn't require a housing. I have an INTOVA camera which comes with a housing. I found that the housing made the LCD screen dimmer and harder to see underwater.

When will you be able to snorkel again?
-- A good question. I don't know. Maybe next weekend. It all depends on how much free time I have and on the weather conditions as well. This weekend is wet in Perth. Weird summer.


Steve Reynolds said...

Hi Chai
Check out my latest posting. re all those Olympus MJU cameras waterproof? A 1030 costs $449. A 1040 costs $278. Could that INTOVA be easier to see on scuba? If not, could you sell it? So you still have some snorkelling gear? I thought that it might all have been stolen. Were you snorkelling when your bag was stolen? What snorkelling gear did you lose? How did you manage to get back home and into your house? The weather here in SA is also bad. We've had rough weather for the past 5 Saturdays. Not nearly enough rain though. Cheers

Anni said...

Hi, Chai.
I just found your blog.
I really enjoy it. But, I'm very sorry to hear about your stolen bag. I lost my wallet at one point, so I understand how you feel.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Thanks, Anni. Good to hear that you like my blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chai, just found your blog and sorry to hear about your situation.

But I notice you really look on the positive side of things. You even wrote a comment saying I hope the person who stole my items uses it to help them! I think that's pretty commendable.

Have you started buying new stuff? How do you manage to be so positive? Does being near the ocean help at all?

It's like when people stare at aquariums and hope that it calms them down. What do you think?


Ava said...

Meant to sign it with my name, sorry.

Your post has helped me to look at the positive side of things :-)

Great blog!

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hi Ava,

Thanks for popping by.

About me looking on the positive side of things - well, it's not like there's anything else I can do, ha ha! And if something good comes out of it, that will be so awesome.

And yes, I think being near the ocean helps. But I am not so sure about staring at the aquarium.