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Friday, December 14, 2007

Back from Kurumba in the Maldives

It has been a manic week here at Slots Jam HQ, although I have had a great holiday in Kurumba (Maldives) I am now paying the price and playing catch up with loads of emails to respond to and a number of project lose ends to tie up. One which is coming along quite well now is our new free slots game, I will be posting it as soon as it is finished and fully working which I am praying will be later today.

So I thought I would share my most recent holiday adventures with you all, so why Kurumba in the Maldives, well quite simply Lara chose the destination based on me saying I wanted a nice relaxing holiday where I could chill out and get massages. I have to hand it to her, she did good, we spent a lot of time in the Spa on the island and I had three 90 minute massages including 2 Hot stone massages and one Balanise Vital Force Massage, all very nice and relaxing.

The island of Kurumba is very close to Male (which is the capital of the Maldives and also an island), we took a day trip to Male and as well as seeing the sites like their highest mountain (which I could reach the top of without climbing it, I am being serious too!) we also learnt a number of interesting facts.

Fact 1: Male is the smallest Capital city in the World.

Fact 2: Apparently Male is also the most densely populated city in the world just recently over taking Tokyo, yet Male has a population of only 100,000 people.

Fact 3: Although Male only has a population of around 100,000 people it is actually where around a third of the population of the Maldives live as the population of the entire country is only around 300,000 people!

Ok enough of the education here are some pics for you all to enjoy as you can see from this first picture of Lara on the Beach it was like paradise. Every day the temperature was around 30degrees C.

Lara on the Beach in Kurumba, Maldives

Next a picture of us both just chilling out on our outdoor Day bed, this was a chilling out type of a holiday after all so don't go expecting any exciting pics.

Ok this picture is especially for my Mum (so mum if you are reading this let me know), but as you can all see I was eating really well when I was out there. That white looking ice cream with the brown chunks is cookies and cream and was by far my most favourite ice cream (I think I had some every day). Only one of those two bowls was mine I promise!!!!

Lastly a picture to illustrate a more serious issue, on our second week out there we went on a night fishing trip, as we went out we saw a whole lot of this type of fish around the surface of the water just being picked off and eaten by bigger fish (it hardly seemed very fair). Anyway the next day we took a walk around the island on the beach (which took all of 15 minutes to walk around the entire island). However on one side of the island every 2 meters or so in a dead straight line there were these dead fish. I took a few photographs and asked about what had happened and I was told there is an official investigation into it but they currently believe that due to global warming the sea temperature there has risen slightly and that has in turn meant there is less oxygen in the water and so the fish at the top where there literally gasping for air and that particular variety are very sensitive and need a certain amount of oxygen in the water. I thought that was all really sad, you can see just how fresh the dead fish is by looking at its eye.

So we both had a great time, we also did a lot of snorkeling although as we used a disposable camera to take them and I do not have a scanner I will not be posting any pictures of that, so you will just have to take my word for it that we saw some really pretty coral and lots and lots of different and colourful fish including a paret fish fish was over 2 foot long!

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