Thursday, June 25, 2015

Retirement and Why Thailand

Retirement ---Rerun--- Why Thailand
We were in town the other day and we saw a friend or two  that was here in the LOS on a holiday and thinking about retirement, and they ask us the same question many have ask us in the past as to why we chose Thailand as our retirement home and country. Well , it will be 12 years in October that we moved here from America," lock stock and barrel "as the ole saying goes and I thought it would be good to repeat a post I posted about a year or so ago , it might help to answer that question, Hope you enjoy the older post and pictures.
                                                             Why Thailand
When we travel on vacation or we are out and about, one of the most ask questions is "Why Thailand."In order to really answer that question , First, you have to know that I am married to a Thai lady , and one of my main concerns in my marriage was what could I do to make her happy .We came to Thailand in 2003 on a vacation and a chance for me to meet her family and kids. I saw at once ,how happy she was to be in her home country with friends and family , and yet have the security in knowing that she had a husband who could and would do anything she needed , with-in reason to make her happy. Not only could I see how happy she was , but I at once fell in love with Thailand , there was lots of things that attracted me to the LOS , BUT the most important one was how happy Ciejay seemed to be .
I knew it was about time for us to start thinking seriously about where we wanted to live out out retirement years , I had always thought about somewhere close to my Brother and Sister, out Tenn. way , and we went for a visit to check things out before coming to Thailand the next year on Vacation , and somehow it just didn't feel right to both of us. Before we came over to the LOS we had mentioned to each other if the opportunity and time arrived that we would look around and maybe think about Thailand (of course it was my first visit ,so much of the decision would be on my shoulders. We looked around and then on the last day when we came to Kanchanaburi and our small village of Whang Pho , We looked at each other and smiled, and knew this was the place. We had little daylight left for this visit to her Older Brother and the next day it was off to Bangkok to catch the plane and head home , Would you believe we found a little house and piece of land and bought it in the dark of night , saying that we would be back next year when I retired and make it our home , Everyone laughed and thought to themselves that they would never see us again, but we fooled them all and you can read about the move and remodel and moving , in a older post , just go back and start from my first ones .


Now that was a long story to tell you the main reason for choosing Thailand. Some of the others are as follows and in no order of importance , all of them to us are important reasons for choosing the LOS.
1.--My small SS check is enough for us here in Thailand.
2.--We were able for Ciejay to buy a house and small piece of land with what little money we had in savings.
3.--The weather is the kind of weather I always thought I would like about a place, when I retired.
4.--The food is out of this world tasty, healthy (spicy mind you ) but plenty and fresh, and growing everywhere , even in your own backyard.
5.--The Thai people,( our neighbors and village folks) even tho it took a while to get use to their way of life and culture and their way of thinking , and for them to get use to me -ha ha ha
6.-- The almost crime free village and area we live in .
7.--Lots of things to see and do , and a lot of it not far from where we live .
8.--Our Thai family
9.--Our dogs(our kids ) that can run free and wild .(we have since lost Bok ), but Sabu is alive and well, and a everyday source of fun and companionship
10.--Our home, our yard with all the plants and flowers and the wonderful view of the mountains from our front porch , all these things make up our little  piece of paradise
11.--Our village and the town folks .
12.--And our neighbors
13.--Our Dr's., and health care
14.-- Our church and church family
15.-- The difference in our health since moving here to Thailand
16.-- And the big difference in me and my thinking about life and living.
17.-- The happiness I see in my wife ,Ciejay,(thai nickname Toon)
That's not all the reasons , I could go on and on , and you might say "well couldn't you find that in your own country ", maybe so , But we didn't. and we have found it here in what we call our little piece of paradise, that , we believe the Lord had saved just for us and all the blessings that go along , with being Retired in Thailand and Loving It .

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Day Trip to Hell Fire Pass and Museum for a Father and Son day

After breakfast Rich and Me started off on a Father, Son day and decided we'd go to Hell Fire Pass, for a walk along the old railroad bed and through the part cut through the solid rock cliff , the POW's used only picks and shovels to cut thru the rock , and buckets to carry the cut and broken rocks in to make the railroad bed. They worked around the clock and at night the cut thru the rocks looks like fire and erie , sooo the name Hellfire Pass , the men said it looked like a scene out of Hell.Many POW's and Asian labors died or were beaten to death by the Japanese soldiers , many also died of starvation and disease. When you walk through this place you can see and feel the horror of war and the cruelty one person can afflict on another person . Was quite a experience.The walk thru ,just about took it's toll on these old bones , soooo off to the Hot Springs we went.
















Off to The Hot Springs wit Rich (My Son )

The Hot Springs were just what we needed to rejuvenate our tired bodies and relax we did before our drive home 





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Traveling the Famous River Kwai

RIVER TRAVELS AND SIGHTSEEING

WHAT A WAY TO TRAVEL, AND WHEN IT'S PARTY TIME
THREE STATE ROOMS ON EACH SIDE
GREAT FOR A GROUP OF FRIENDS WHO WANT TO TRAVEL AND SLEEP AND ENJOY THE RIVER IN LUXURY AND STYLE


EVEN A SMALL LONG TAIL FOR EXPLORING THE SIGHTS



THE FAMOUS RIVER KWAI FROM THE VIADUCT IN WHANG PHO

A NICE LITTLE RESORT ,RIGHT ON THE RIVER


THESE RIVER ROOMS ARE NICE WE STAYED FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS IN THE END ONE ,AND I FISHED AND SWAM

ANOTHER VIEW OF THE RIVER RAFT ROOMS

LOTS OF PLACES TO CHOOSE FROM CLOSE TO PEOPLE,OR, IN THE WILDERNESS ALL ALONE.
LONG TAIL BOAT IN KANCHANABURI , FOR A HOUR OR TWO RIDE ON THE RIVER



THE HAPPY BOAT, NOT ON THE RIVER , BUT NICE ROOM AND THE RIVER AND ADVENTURES ARE ONLY A SHORT WALK


FOR A TOUR GROUP OR FAMILY TO TAKE A AFTERNOON TRIP UP THE RIVER


WE'LL STOP ANYWHERE YOU WANT

RIVER TRIP AND LUNCH OR DINNER ,IT DON'T GET ANY BETTER
Well, just as I said"a blast from the past". I am always giving reasons why I love it here in the LOS, and being able to get out and enjoy Thailand and nature and all the beauty that is soooo close by is just another one .

Ever since the beginning of time man has looked for ways to enjoy nature up close and personal, well, here in Thailand and especially here on the Famous River Kwai , there are sooooo many ways you can travel up and down the river anywhere from a hour or two ,to a week long vacation on a real Thai river boat ,complete with all the conveniences of home , while all the time being as close to nature and the outdoors as you can get ,most trips on the river, include,or for a little extra baht, rafting ,swimming,fishing , a elephant ride and even a chance to swim with the elephants ,if you are a really brave soul.
There are lots of different ways to enjoy the sights in Thailand , and I hope you get out of BKK and your hotel room and the comfort of a FIVE STAR HOTEL or Resort and Spa in the middle of town, and that you take a day or two and get up close and personal with this wonderful place we call, The Land of Smiles and Gentle People ,Thailand and what better way to do just that than to get on the river, Mark Twain once said that there was no better way to see the world than on a river boat , and after living here in Whang Pho on the banks of the Famous River Kwai ,I am inclined to agree with him. Have you ever took a boat ride down a river near you ,or spent the night in a floating raft hotel room?, and if so , did you enjoy it? and did you like me day dream of owning a house boat and living at least part time on the river ? I have a few pictures of various ways to travel and vacation on the river , Hope you enjoy,almost all the pictures were shot from the bridge at our village . Malcolm
A couple of the pictures taken in the next village  on the river