April update

April update

Sorry for the delay in posts. Hasn’t been too much to report. We auxiliary pioneered in March which took pretty much all of our free time last month. Since then we’ve done a little bit of work in the house. We got our sectional sofa returned to Costco! Saving is ongoing. Getting the Honda Fit ready to sell. Chad put subfloor in the attic which is enough space to store nearly all of our non-furniture stuff. Yadda yadda FYI: I have added a new image gallery page for the gathering we had the day after memorial. Check it out...
Wanna come visit?

Wanna come visit?

We are starting to get questions re: where/when/how/why to visit us in Thailand. I’ll try to break down as much info as I can. -When- Usually this boils down to the weather and the prices, followed by when you or your child can be away. Here’s what I stole from lonely planet: Low Season (Jul–Oct) Monsoon season can range from afternoon showers to major flooding. Some islands shut down and boat service is limited during stormy weather. Be flexible with travel plans. Shoulder Season (Apr–Jun, Sep & Oct) Hot and dry (April to June) but less so in higher elevations. Beaches aren’t crowded and the ocean provides the air-con. September and October are ideal for the north and the Gulf coast. High Season (Nov–Mar) A cool and dry season follows the monsoons, meaning the landscape is lush and temperatures are comfortable. Western Christmas and New Year’s holidays bring crowds and rates increase 50% at the beaches. That’s a break down of the year into “tourist seasons”. Here’s an excellent breakdown of the weather seasons for the north and south  Summary of when: The weather is the most pleasant from November to February, however, availability and costs will be a bit more of an issue at this time of year. The rest of the year has it’s pluses and minuses. For instance March and early April is hot and polluted in Chiang Mai but beautiful and (relatively) uncrowded on many of the islands. -Where- Take a look at this google map. Thailand is generally laid out north-south. The north is generally more mountainous, more agricultural, cheaper, and (a little) cooler. The...
Asking questions, getting inspired

Asking questions, getting inspired

We’ve been exchanging emails with some need-greaters currently living in Chiang Mai. Here’s some excerpts: This one is taken from an email I got from Ty a pioneer sister from Bend who is currently serving in a Thai language congregation a bit south of Chiang Mai: There are a fair amount of kids in the cong actually. They all seem to like it here, from what I hear the Thai schools are a bit sketch, but the International schools are good. The nice thing about this area is it feels quite safe, I haven’t spoken to anyone, even with kids, who feels like they are ever in danger, unlike many other countries. The thai’s are nice, and they don’t try to rip you off because you are a foreigner, again unlike a lot of other countries in the area. And here’s a large chunk of an email from Chris & Carla. They moved from Australia to Chiang Mai with their 2 girls. They attend the english congregation: Wow, how exciting for you all to come over. I seem to be fielding enquiries each week from families. It’s great when families come. We love it here. Have your kids adjusted well? (Climate, health, food, new friends, etc…) Homeschool or international school or Thai school? They LOVE it. They are best friends so that helps – friends come and go unfortunately due to short times here, but we love them all, and have formed many new friendships that will last distances. Health has been fantastic due to abundance of great quality fruit and veg. They love the food, and they deal...
Wait, what?

Wait, what?

Yeah, the rumors are true… Justin Bieber is really blond now.   And we’re moving to Thailand for a while. Probably.   The plan is to: Dramatically downsize. We’re going to purge ourselves of car(s), furniture, clothes, books, and MUGS. Get a bunch of house projects done in order to rent the place while we’re away. Save lots of money. Not just to pay our expenses in Thailand, but also to float us for a while when we get back. Other stuff? Head to Thailand somewhere from Oct 2015 on   We’ll settle in Chiang Mai, a mediumish city in the north of the country. Costs are low, the vibe is pretty laid back. Our budget is a bit TBD. We are thinking somewhere between $1200 and $2000 per month all-in. Details to follow as we check things off the huge list of...