Category: Family in Thailand

09 Apr

Adventures With The Thai Embassy In Canada

Thai Embassy

We visited the Thai embassy in Vancouver BC this past weekend. I love going to Vancouver–it’s an international city full of life and diversity. I enjoy the restaurants, Granville Island, Chinatown, and especially jogging around Stanley Park. I have been visiting Vancouver and Victoria every year since I was 18. The misses and I had our first official “hook-up” in Victoria, so it’s a special place for us. On that same trip we ended up in a gay hotel (Hotel Royale–how could we not have known?!) with communal showers and male strippers chasing our English friend around the hotel bar. But that’s a story for another post….

24 Mar

Moving To Thailand Requires Getting Rid Of Things

Sold the car in 20 minutes on Craigslist

So, I think I mentioned that we owned and operated a restaurant in Portland, OR for just over five years. It was a tough industry to be in for many reasons, and restaurants have notoriously slim profit margins. Anything and everything we could write off as a restaurant expense we did: meals out at fabulous establishments; trips to Thailand and Southeast Asia, Brazil, Canada; our car. We really liked our car, a Nissan Murano–nothing flashy, but roomy, comfortable, and luxurious for our standards. Neither my husband nor myself is a huge car person, and as long as it’s reliable and safe and can accommodate my husband’s very long legs, it’s good for us.

24 Mar

Why Thailand?

A man taking a break on the Klong in Thailand

So why did we choose Thailand over other wonderful places we’ve been before (Southern France; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Rio de Janeiro; Spain) or somewhere interesting we’ve never been? The reason is simple: I’m half Thai and was born in Bangkok. Once a citizen there, I will legally be able to own land and start a business in Thailand. While I definitely love France and Saudi Arabia (have lived in both countries), I can’t own land or operate a business without being a full citizen in either place. (My friend Robin is a dual citizen with EU status…lucky her. Speaking of, check out her awesome foodie blog – A Chow Life.)

22 Mar

Thailand A Tough Conversation

Talking to Little Miss about moving to Thailand

It’s pretty obvious that something’s going on at our house, despite the attempt at complete normalcy and nonchalance for our lovely three year old daughter’s sake. You see, we made the mistake of broaching the subject of moving to Thailand with our daughter the other day, and she kind of freaked out. According to her preschool teacher, we shouldn’t mention it at all, not until the moment we board the airplane, to avoid the trauma of her stressing out about the change. Adults don’t like change, even when they can intellectually understand it. Kids don’t even have the luxury to think rationally–change is flat out terrifying for them. Unless they have no idea it’s coming. Then they just tend to take everything in stride. Case in point: in January we went to Hawaii for a much needed vacation. It was paradise. But for two days Little Miss I (in between chasing waves, building sandcastles, and having an amazing time in general) kept asking to go home. When we told her that we’d be staying in Hawaii for awhile, but that we would eventually be going home, she was totally ok with that. By the end of the trip, she was calling our hotel room our house. Not sure how we’ll answer once we get to Thailand and she continually asks to go home, but I’m sure we can think of something by then.

22 Mar

Thailand Is For Families

Three Girls Walking In The Rain. Not common in Thailand

Okay, so this is my first attempt at writing something for others to read. Will anyone be interested in our experiences of trying to leave the US for Thailand? Doubtful. Perhaps my daughter will want to read this some day and find it either entertaining, useful, or just plain interesting (anything but boring). At the very least she will have a better understanding of what her parents were feeling at the time they decided to make the move. From this blog, she will see how difficult it was to extricate ourselves from the country that had become our home and head toward something unknown.

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