Category Archive: Thailand

Nov
24

What We Don’t Like About Phuket

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I really felt like I needed to write this post.  I’ve received quite a few emails lately from people reading this blog asking me if Phuket is a place I would recommend.  My answer? Yes, but no. Phuket is not a place that we would have chosen had it not been for our friends the …

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Nov
21

The Plastic Beach

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Where does our garbage go? Away? Where is away? We consume, we consume, we consume.  We bring home our pretty new things wrapped in packaging that is thrown away.  When our pretty new things are no longer pretty we throw them away too. At home I feel more in control of my part in this cycle.  We can compost, …

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Nov
18

Traveling With A Picky Eater

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Before we left Canada I was worried about finding food my six year old would eat in Asia.  I had a picky eater on my hands.  My oldest son has a very particular idea of what tastes good to him and has a love of things plain and starchy.  He does not like to try …

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Nov
11

The Snorkel Trip We Almost Didn’t Do

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We almost didn’t take this trip today.  The Millers were going snorkelling and invited us along.  Mike and I hummed and hawed.  Our boys have never snorkelled before.  Kayden learned to swim on this trip and Lan, the most stubborn boy I know, still refuses to put his head under water.  I have problems with …

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Nov
09

The Nai Yang Market

Big, fat, live toads!

Going to the local market has become a kind of ritual for our family.  It is the place for us to load up on fruits and veggies and to try local food at local prices.  The market is held three days a week; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  You can bet that on those three days …

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Nov
05

The Best Birthday Ever

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My first birthday overseas, my best birthday ever! The day started off with homemade cards from my beautiful boys, banana pancakes and tea prepared by my husband and a swim in the pool. For lunch we headed to the beach with friends.  We ate. We played.  We enjoyed the feeling of having no agenda, having …

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Oct
31

Watermelon Jack-O-Lanterns

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Halloween has always been a big deal in our house.  I actually like halloween better than Christmas!  We love decorating, carving pumpkins, and dressing up. Halloween is so much fun! Since Thailand doesn’t celebrate Halloween we decided to throw our own party!  We invited two other traveling families and celebrated together tropical style! We carved …

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Oct
30

Visa Extension in Phuket Town

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We entered Thailand with a 60 day tourist visa already in hand from the Vancouver embassy.  If you have a 60 day visa it can be extended for another 30 days for a total of 90 days in the Kingdom.  We decided to do the extension as we really want to be in Thailand for …

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Oct
28

Our Western Ears

Yummy, yummy spring rolls!

When traveling, we do our best to learn the basics of the language of each country.  In our experience, even if we totally butcher the language, the locals really appreciate our efforts.  Trying to speak the local language shows respect and helps to bridge the cultural divide. Thai is an especially hard language to learn.  …

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Oct
26

Our Garden

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A peek into our garden…….  

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