Technical Issue!

AsperJosh has suffered a heavy impact. Every picture on every post before the Africa one has been lost due to an album online becoming corrupted.
I have almost every picture stored across 2 laptops and will slowly begin to re-upload them to my posts over a long period of time!
I will be starting from latest posts and work backwards to re-upload the pictures.
Thank you for understanding!
Joshua :'(

UPDATE - Fixed Posts

2015 posts fixed so far:
- Tough Mudder 2015 - MCM Expo 2012 + Past Experiences - Telling People, I Have Aspergers - 5CPS - Marvel Phase Three - Attack On Titan - MCM Oct 2015 - Interstellar - Star Wars VII - Star Wars Original Trilogy - Star Wars Prequel Trilogy - Star Wars Battlefront - The Fault In Our Stars - Chronicle - Evans Night Out + Winter Wonderland 2015 -

2014 posts fixed so far:
- A Year's Progression At The Gym - 5CPS - The Land Before Time - X-Men Premier - X-Men DOFP - Halloween 2015 - Online Dating - Macbook Pro -

House MD, 3 Years Driving currently in progress.
More to be mended

Friday, 8 August 2014

My Little Fishing Trip At Oceania Club, Greece 2014

Here's a little adventure that I didn't expect this year during my Greek holiday. I went on a small fishing trip with Dad and another family we've been meeting on holiday for several years now, Gavin and his son, Will.

For the last 9 years, me and my family have been returning to the same amazing Greek hotel Oceania Club thanks to the magnificent service and scorching weather, meeting other English guests and mostly meeting the exceptional staff who speak great English and are like family to us because we've got to know them over the many years.
Anyway on the 28th July, Dad had organised with our close friend on the beach who owns a speedboat and does the water sports for the hotel, Giannis, for his mate Vasilis and his daughter, Dimitra to take the 4 of us on his beautiful big speedboat out to the ocean to go fishing.

I was most looking forward to this all night when Dad told me the night before of our trip the next day.
In the morning, we woke up pretty early and headed for the beach around 10.00pm (Greek time) and met Gavin and Will and set sail out to sea.
We found a good spot that showed most of the Thessaloniki coast and the Oceania Club hotel in the faint distance, we fetched the fishing rods out and begun. Now to be honest, I haven't been finishing in around 10 years or more, I guess I lost the interest while joining Dad when I was young. Maybe it was due to my lack of patience or the fact I've become too distracted now due to gaming and other things. But after that little adventure, it certainly rekindled my interest in the hobby mostly because I actually caught a few and out in the ocean it looked more interesting and fun.

But anyway, back to the story. We ended up fishing and caught quite the load! The fish were all roughly the same kind (I can't remember for sure or even what their Greek names are) but I caught 4 small fishes (they all looked like English Perches or Roaches, around that size), Dad caught 4, Gavin caught 5 and Will caught 11... lucky bugger. I was quite proud of myself for hanging on and not doing terrible after all this time. But my good little 13yr old mate, Will was the real fisherman of the day!
I had a real thrill and chill taking a dip in the deep ocean as well as fishing and getting to know Dimitra who spoke not bad English for being 14 years old.
I'll tell you what, looking underwater below was the scariest and also magnificent thing I've ever done in the big blue. Half of me was terrified thinking a shark would appear out of nowhere (like in my dreams) but I was really dazzled and entranced by the pattern that the sunlight created by looking down into the dark abyss, I saw a beautiful pattern that swirled and gently flowed (it's hard to describe without using an underwater camera, but hopefully next year I'll have one or a GO PRO camera! But it was almost like looking at the Apple Mac screensaver with the rainbow plasma only this one was navy blue with a dark blue/ black background!) It was heart pounding as if I was looking at treasure glowing faintly in the darkness below.

Left to right: Me, Dad, Will and Gavin
Anyhow, after we fished ourselves a good catch, we headed over to shore even further away from the beach where the hotel was and soon it disappeared from my sight. We headed over to a clear water coast to go scuba diving for a while while Vasilis and Dimitra cooked the fish for us all to enjoy a good lunch. We all had a beer (except Will and Dimitra of course), a good salad, thick bread and the little fishies. It was delicious, I even ended up eating a lot of tiny bones by accident ha ha. Before that, I headed for shore and took a look at what looked like a small stick tent (you know like Eeyore's from Winnie The Pooh), I was curious as to what was inside, maybe a corpse or somebody (my expectations sound pleasant, right?!) Sadly nothing was there, but I did find some beautiful shells around the rocky shore and did my best to avoid all the darn sea-urchins xP.

So after our meal, we decided to head further a long the coast and turn into the other leg of Greece and go to a famous place called Sani Resort which is a magnificent port that had lots and lots of boats, another hotel and a nice location full of restaurants and bars. It's also the place where most of the staff at the Oceania Club go to have a smashing time. So we sped over there and I layed across the front of the boat doing the "Superman" position while the boat zoomed across the water and bouncing on the waves, luckily I didn't get whiplash and I felt AWESOME too.

We were all pointing out our future ships to purchase once we win the lottery ha ha.

As we pulled into Sani Resort's port, we saw all the million euro worth yacht's and ships. Some were that expensive and posh that they had a small dingy and 1 or 2 Jetski's on-board the ship's rear too. So we weighed anchor and decided to stop by a small restaurant and share some stories with Vasilis and Dimitra while the Dad's shared another beer and also had some Ouzo (heavy strong Greek alcohol that even I struggled to try) and me and Will indulged in some delicious chocolate cake with Dimitra.
As I took many photos of the port and some panoramic pictures on my IPhone, I was astounded by the beauty of the scenery everywhere I looked and even got jealous after seeing someone Paragliding in the ocean with another speedboat. That was something I was so keen to try out for myself for thrills but sadly I had no time and wasn't a resident of the hotel... damn it.
The Sani Resort Port
They weren't the best, but I tried my best to capture the environments.

The Sani Resort Pier

 Dad recorded a Sani Resort staff member, raking the sand... yep!

I did actually have a hard time in the beginning because I felt quite sea-sick because of the rough waves and how the boat was positioned after dropping anchor. But as I went for a swim twice and was distracted by the ocean's deep, I soon felt better and the boat gradually altered it's position and didn't rock around so harshly. But that was my worst moment on that day out.

Our departure from Sani Resort's Port

Our speedy departure from Sani Resort

So to end the day, we decided to head back for home,  I sat at the front again but this time I sat at the very end as if I was reenacting the iconic scene from Titanic where Jack and Rose head to the front of the ship and scream as loud as they can. I even said the famous quote "I'm the King of the World!" Only I was sitting at the front rather than standing. Even Dad, Will and Gavin took turns themselves and joined me like as if we were all in a rowboat position. It was an AWESOME way to return in style back to the beach while screaming our hearts out for around 10 mins.
As we arrived back on the beach, I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening telling everyone how amazing it was and all for I think it was €350 for all 4 of us. Sadly I got off the boat so quickly and carried the towels, scuba masks and bags to shore that I missed my chance to say thank you "Efharisto" to Vasilis and Dimitra as they sailed away a couple minutes after dropping us back. Dad spoke on behalf of me for such a pleasurable day. I'm sure I'll see them both again for next year which will be a special anniversary as it will be our 10th anniversary return to the same hotel in Greece.

In time, I intend to write up a post about why I've been returning here for what will be 10 years! But today I wanted to share this  memory with you all first because this really made my holiday and made this year seem like the best year yet for returning.

Before I say goodbye, I want to admit on how I've been a little busy recently with organising posts and how to lay them out over time and with making plans for my summer. But recently since Monday, I've started a new job in another department at work and now I'm working with some real descent staff (not that the ones I worked with previously weren't) but I certainly don't miss my previous job role as this new one is much easier, simple and less stress free on myself and on my Crohns Disease.
So hopefully this new role will provide a less stress free work place from now on and will keep me balanced from now on, not to mention make work less exhausting as I'm doing well already with the organising and multi-tasking.
This summer appears to be quite the summer with all my plans such as going up north a little to meet a friend for the first time because we've been chatting to each other for the past 9 months, I'll catch up with many descent people and most of all, I'll FINALLY get round to organising my Skydive within a month. I spoke to Gavin on holiday about this and he recommended turning it into a Charity Skydive so that I could reserve a booking much easier and also help raise money toward a goal that would make me feel even better helping out besides having a blast falling through the air! So hopefully not too long, then I'll be skydiving for a charity of my choice and will not back out no matter what. Let's see how this turns out.


  1. Great time in the clear blue waters! There's just something compelling about those fishing trips, wherein they weave a tapestry of seascape and activityies. Hope you've gotten quite a catch with the good ol' hook and line. That's what makes things even better out there. Good luck!

    Kent Garner @ White's Marine Center

    1. Kent, I am beyond sorry after forgetting to respond to your comment since 7 months ago!
      I did enjoy myself then and sadly since then there has been no chance at Dad and I returning to the lake not far from us cause life gets in the way and I've been doing a lot as you can see from my stories.
      But that little line-up of catches certainly rekindled the faith in fishing that I lost since attempting first time back when I was maybe 10/12 years old.
      Thank you, I bet your awesome at this! Again, I'm sorry for forgetting to comment, but it's thanks to Kathleen's latest comment that it reminded me of your kind comment that you wrote up half a year ago 😌

  2. Wow! That's a really nice and productive action you have done there. Great scenery as well with ample vehicles to help you scour and fully cross it. Plus the fishing, of course. Those are some of the best circumstances to do that activity with. I just hope that you continue with that with the right and expert tools to help you more than do so. Thanks for sharing! All the best!

    Kathleen Gardner @ Bid 2 Fish

  3. Kathleen, I hope to try again someday and this time, it'll be on land instead of a rocking boat on the harsh sea. And that Greek scenery was beautiful and that mysterious, dark abyss ocean when diving was thrilling and heartpounding when gazing down into! 😮😱😆

  4. Nice update, Josh! The sceneries from your vacation are truly breath-taking. It’s good to hear that you made the best out of your stay in Greece, by basking in their warm beaches and spending time with your family. Cheers!

    Garrett Newman @ Branson Regal

    1. Hey Garrett, aww thank you mate *fistbumps screen*.
      Yeah it is remarkable, you should go there sometime ;)
      So sorry for the late reply, have an Awesome day :D

  5. That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck. karper visvakantie

  6. not giving enough feel when a fish has captured the bait. At the end, I left early with one of my relatives, גאודי ברצלונה