So I left Zeavola and the whole experience behind me, hoping I could part in good. I moved down the beach to neighboring Tonsai beach and signed up for a Dive Masters course. You might remember, this part of Phi Phi Island is the precise spot where the Tsunami caused entire Hotels and villages to be washed away. The devastation is still clearly visible. Now it’s re-living with mostly back-packers from all over the world, still attracted by the world famous diving spots. Becoming a Dive Master is actually quite a challenge end requires study and practice… It’s fun. Last week a huge Whale Shark swam between our diving group, scarring me; Apperantly this is a big deal since divers with much more experience never get to see one of those. I’ve become a beach bum living in a little shack and talking “young dude” dive-lingua. Mom wrote something in her last e-mail about midlife crisis… I ignore her comment.

Technically I am still employed by Zeavola, cashing in my twenty-four days overtime. Not sure I will be paid as regulated by the Thailand Employment Department. HR threatened to cancel my Visa before my legal work time has lapsed; in a last attempt to make things tricky!
My promised return ticket to the US was denied by the incapable Resident Manager, although clearly a part of my contractual agreement with the proprietor. I have it in writing that these is a part of my coming to Thailand and Zeavola accounting even confirmed a return ticket with me, which now disapeared… Is a ticket not a personal document as regulated by aviation laws? The discovery that the Hotel owners word himself has no value is a surprise to me. I truely believed I was dealing with respectful people. Already ugly comments from HR and Resident Manager come to my ears. He complained to employees and even calls guests that I am “full of my self” and a difficult and immoral person…” (Clearly he is unfamiliar with the meaning of some words used) The RM even had the balls to lie to visiting friend, saying I had left the Island, while I was still working in the Hotel. I think that wanna-be RM should fully concentrate on preventing the entire Hotel from slipping through his fingers instead of bad-mouthing the only functioning entity he had with a very well together kitchen. Now, while the food spoils in the Hotel refrigerators, my chefs are frantically looking for a new job;  For the last three days Zeavola facility had no fresh water nor electricity, the last guests left infuriated, complaining and did not even received their money back… I doubt with such serious problems on hand it is advisable to try damaging the reputation of your resigned Executive Chef while incapable of “leading” a Luxury Hotel of the World team… I’m glad I’m outa there, personally surprised that the Hotel owner never even contacted me; That, regardless of cultural differences is a sad sign of human interaction.

After Richard Quest, CNN came to do an interview on my recommendation, for which I received absolutely no acknowledgement from Zeavola’s leading team, I am forced under the disastrous circumstances not to support this Hotel any longer. Clearly the people in charge of Zeavola’s management share no good intentions to split honorably and in peace…

I will concentrate on my midlife activity and write mom a letter explaining that I am very content with my age and state of mind. Back to the decompression studies on hand…

Greetings from Phi Phi Island

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