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We are a married couple who retired and moved to Thailand in 2014. You are welcome to join us and our travel monkeys Sun Wukong and Malcolm Jr. on our adventures! We hope you enjoy the trip as much as we do.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Daily Life

There is a neighborhood market on the street where our hotel is located.  And like most neighborhood markets, it is loaded with fresh fish, vegetables, clothes and cooked food ready for take away. There are many restaurants, laundry shops, sewing stalls, massage businesses and street food. It is a hopping place from early morning till late in the evening and I have noticed cooking classes stop several times a day to get a quick lesson in which herbs and plants they used in their classes.

This little guy wanted nothing to do with the foreigner.....until the owner told me his name in Thai and then he was my best friend!

Can't get any fresher than this.  She cooks them right there on a hot grill!

Smoothie Lady using an old press.  She has strong arms!

The efficiency of space where businesses are located is brilliant. First thing in the morning there might be a fried fish vendor, in the afternoon you could see someone else selling small bags of freshly cut pineapple, watermelon and whatever is in season. About 7 pm the same tables are transformed into a street cart eating area.

Morning Ice Delivery

Flats of fresh eggs delivered from the sidecar on the motorcycle.

This restaurant has delicious Thai food and the cooking pots are very well seasoned!

This is one of my favorite pictures!  We passed this restaurant on our way back from dinner.  This little boy was all serious business as he checked on the large prawns he was cooking.  He would pick it up and turn it every which way to check out the progress.   At one point he walked away to say something to people at the table inside and came right back to check the grill.  
 I would say he is about 4 years old and well on his way to running the restaurant!  
I am so glad we walked by when we did!  
 Another reason why we love Thailand!

Budgie's in a large aviary being cared for by the family that owns the guesthouse and restaurant located at the edge of the Mae Ping River.

Fisherman taking advantage of the dry season when he could get out to the middle of the river.  When he was done throwing his net and wading around
we saw that he had several dozen 3lb fish. 

The preferred cutting boards are a large piece of Tamarind wood.  It is hard yet soft and imparts a slight tamarind flavor.  This cutting block was well used and eventually became a mortar.  

View of the moat separating the old city from the rest of Chiang Mai.

Oil used in cooking here is usually sunflower oil

Lin likes Cappuccino here.  The Thai coffee is strong enough for rocket fuel!

This man and wife have a nice business making fresh Goyza / Pot Stickers!

Meat on a stick is usually pork and chicken.  We snapped this picture and said we would come back for some later. Not more than a couple of minutes and they were all gone. As soon as they are cooked and laid on the tray they are gone!

Beach Spray!
Photo taken by Lisa at Khao Takiab

Morning mini doughnut vendor.  
Photo taken by Lisa

Early morning Alms for the Monks
Photo taken by Lisa

At the top of Chopstick Hill or Monkey Mountain 
Looking out to the Gulf of Thailand from Khao Takiab
Photo taken by Lisa 

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