About Us

We are a married couple who will be retiring in 2014 and moving to Thailand to experience life in another culture and experience adventures we could have only dreamed of a few years ago.

You are welcome to join us on our adventures through this blog. We hope you enjoy the trip as much as we do.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Giant Food Art and Random Things of Osaka

                                      Japan is full of cute and this car was a perfect example

          Nearly $20.00 for a watermelon.  Space to grow them is hard to come by on this island.

      This guy is scowling at you to make sure there is NO Double Dipping when you are eating

                                                           Not really sure why!

                                                              I have a bar in Japan!

Window display for women to do a photo shoot

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What's It Like To Receive A Gift From Your Home Country?

Living in Thailand and receiving mail is a challenge for many.  When we were in Chiang Mai we did not receive packages or letters sent to us from the US and were very sad and frustrated.  We have heard more of the same from other expats.  You can imagine my joy, happiness and elation when we received a box from a dear friend in Oregon!   I did request it be sent "Registered."

In our conversations before she went to the post office, she asked if there was anything else I needed.  I told her, "A great big hug will do nicely!"   She made me a hug from a warm woolly scarf and mittens!     You should have seen my face when I opened the box and saw WOOL!

She also made me a recycled carry bag from a UO T-shirt!   And sent two additional UO Recycling nylon shopping bags that will come in very handy during our weekly grocery shopping.

The first thing we ate was a box of Twizzlers!  They were delicious!  I am so used to looking at labels and not being able to tell what they say that I giggled when I turned over the box and it was all in English!   Vince loves the Lemon Heads, Tootsie Rolls and Jelly Beans.   Just looking at the Jerky is making my mouth water!  It all looks so good and I want to make everything last.....we shall see how that goes!

I really had no idea how much a box of goodies from a friend would tug at my heart strings.  The familiar flavor of the watermelon Jolly Rancher brought tears to my eyes but reading the note and seeing your handwriting made me get out the wool hug again!  

Sights, smells, tastes and sounds trigger long lost memories and strong emotions.  When we first arrived a year ago and I would see a tiny jar of Skippy Peanut Butter in the store that cost more than $5.00 USD and wanted to buy it because it was familiar.   I now make my own peanut butter and am more than pleased with the results.  We have not had too many of those moments and as time goes by we don't miss them at all.  Our replacement snacks and comfort food have become something completely different.  I was told by our son and daughter in law who are expats of 3 years, when you hit that wall, go with it, take care of yourself and soon enough you will be past it.  OK, I am taking care of myself because we are going to our favorite restaurant in Hua Hin for Mexican food and hopefully a really good craft beer!   Then we will come home and have candy for dessert!

Thank you my darling Val for your sweet letter, thoughtfulness, love and the toothbrushes!   Hilarious!

Sights of Osaka

We had a wonderful time in Osaka!  Only a 5 minute walk from the apartment to two different train lines and you can go anywhere in the city! If you miss one train, the next is only 3 minutes away! 

                                                 Below is the Rapid Express to the airport

                                                Lisa happened to match the train today!

Shopping Districts

More beautiful buildings

The use of space on these skyscrapers is brilliant as they have roof top gardens with walking paths,benches, trees, flowers and shrubs of all kinds. It is a peaceful sanctuary any time of day.

Tossing water on a shrine for good wishes

Hair cuts