Living In Thailand | Two Years Past & Long Overdue

October 21, 2013 2 Comments by adrienne
Living In Thailand | Our Dream Home

Living In Thailand | Our Dream Home 

Living In Thailand & Loving Life

To friends, family members and complete strangers who have enjoyed reading our blog: we are back online after a too long hiatus and a nasty spam attack that disabled our website for ages.  It feels good to be writing again!  As I re-read all our blog posts up to June of last year, it brought back such a rush of emotions.  I was surprised to find that I had forgotten so many of those early experiences.  Two-plus years in now, I feel like we’re finally settling in to life in Hua Hin and in Thailand, and we don’t have any plans to move again in the near future.  Life is really good here, and our standard of living is more comfortable and secure than we’ve felt anywhere else in the world so far.

That’s not to say we don’t have those bang-your-head-against-the-wall moments. We still ask each other why things have to be so much more complicated here than necessary, and the processes for certain things will never make sense to us, even when explained logically by a Thai native.  In fact, I’m typing this post out in the middle of a huge tropical storm that flooded our yard and neighborhood and has blown out the power for our entire area.  The roads are a muddy mess all around town, and we’ve heard of more than a few people who’ve needed a towing out of a slimy gulch that used to be a road.  Not that this couldn’t happen anywhere in the world with stronger-than-usual rain, but it doesn’t seem like the Thai government has learned anything at all from the catastrophic flooding that devastated the country only two years ago.

Luckily, the Thai people are incredibly resourceful and have an amazingly flexible approach to life, the mai bpen rai attitude (loosely translated as “nevermind”).  As we sat around the candle strewn and moonlit terrace last night, drinking wine and preparing dinner in the dark with our good friends, I realized how lucky we are.  We laughed and joked about the power outage, and sat back with another glass to enjoy the unusual clarity of the star strewn sky, afforded an extra clear view without the interruption of surrounding lights.  I have to admit that even though the dinner-in-the-dark was lots of fun, I was relieved when the electricity switched back on in time for a movie just before bed, and we appreciated our beloved AC unit whirring back to life as we settled in for a good night’s sleep.

Living In Thailand | Thai Dance

Living In Thailand | Thai Dance

Living In Thailand, The Normal Routine

As my darling husband likes to point out, it’s important to look forward in life and focus on achieving ever greater goals ahead.  Of course he’s right; but it’s also important to stop for a second and reflect on everything you’ve accomplished and all that you’ve been through.  As I sat and read through each blog post for the first time in over a year, I realized that we’ve come a long way in two years, both literally and figuratively.  I remember that giddy excitement we had before we left on our adventure.  And I remember the fascination with everything that was so new and different once we arrived in Thailand.  These days, the things that made my jaw drop when we first arrived in this country don’t even cause me to bat an eye.  In some ways, I miss that feeling of newness and excitement, not unlike the butterflies-in-the-stomach-feeling of a new romance.  But the regular, mundane and everyday moments of life are pretty good, too.

In our two short years here we’ve started two businesses (shameless promotion here: www.executive-homes-huahin.com) and designed and built our dream house (with a little help from some very talented designers and contractors).  Not too shabby.  And we’ve also improved our Thai immensely, though we still have a very long way to go to even be considered proficient.  And most importantly, we’ve developed incredible friendships with some amazing people, and for that, I am most thankful.  Mom will be disappointed that we’re not packing up our bags and returning stateside any time soon, but I promise to come and visit as frequently as I can.  And our door is always open to friends and family who need a tropical vacation, complete with blue skies, swimming pool, beach, good food and good company.

Living In Thailand, The Practical Stuff

We’re going to try and post more frequently (key word here is “try”), and since the initial purpose of creating this blog was to inform people of the practical aspects of moving to and living in Thailand, we’re going to provide more of those “how-to” posts.  So, stay tuned for an in-depth explanation of how to purchase property in Thailand; our estimated costs of living in Thailand; our review of schools in Hua Hin for elementary students; building your own house vs buying a re-sale; and many other interesting topics.  If there’s anything you’d particularly like to know about living in Hua Hin or in Thailand, please ask; and if you have a suggested blog post, please send it our way.  Thanks!

Living In Thailand | Thai Temple

Living In Thailand | Thai Temple

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2 Comments

  1. Stephanie Clifton
    4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I am so glad to be following your life in Thailand.

    Reply

    • adrienne
      4 years ago

      Thanks, Stephanie! It’s nice to hear from you, and it was so great to see you this summer! I’m so thankful that Ingrid and I had the opportunity to visit with everyone and to be home for a couple weeks.

      Reply

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