Time To Mosey Journal

*NEW* October 15, 2019 (Tuesday)
Latest Update from Surat Thani...

From Friday's walk around town (and Night Market) to Saturday's Mini Parade Spectacular to Sunday's Boat Races & the "Gathering of the Floats" to the grand finale "14.5 Hour Super Parade" on Monday - it has been an amazing 4 days! We have tons of pictures and videos to cull through - I look forward to posting more about these events soon.

With the main events here winding down (through last night) we've decided to head back to Bangkok tomorrow (Wednesday 16th).

*NEW* October 12, 2019
What is the Chak Phra Festival in Surat Thani all about?...

Check out our new post/video "Chak Phra Festival 2019 – Surat Thani, Thailand" (click on image below)

*NEW* October 11, 2019
So, How Adventurous Are You Today?...

Check out our new post/video "So, How Adventurous Are You Today? ...Last Minute Trip to Surat Thani, Thailand" (click on image below)

October 03, 2019
Bangkok Street Food | Chinatown Vegetarian Festival 2019 | Tesagan Gin Je เทศกาลกินเจ...

Check out our new post/video "Bangkok Chinatown Vegetarian Festival 2019" (click on image below)

October 03, 2019

Check out our new post/video "Bangkok Flooding - Samrong BTS Station - 05 Oct 2019" (click on image below)

October 03, 2019

All of this can be found in our latest post "Our Life – October 2019 Update" (click on image below)

September 26, 2019

Today we are taking the train to visit family in Kanchanaburi, Thailand (through the weekend). We have found this to be the easiest method to get to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok.

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi - Train 257

Its not air conditioned but its not too bad due to traveling in the morning hours (cool oncoming breeze).

September 19, 2019

Be sure and check out my new video "Bangkok Condo Tour | The Metropolis Samrong BTS | $440 Per Month" on YouTube.

Over the next few days I should be able to post website updates on our condo at The Metropolis Samrong and food costs over the first few weeks of living in Thailand.

September 18, 2019

This past Monday (16th) we did get our internet setup at our condo so I am now able to post updates to our website. Example of our internet costs here - we got 80Mbps (download) / 25Mbps (upload) for 399 baht per month ($13.06)! No contracts or strings attached - pay as you go!

The Metropolis Samrong

A few things in the works - I plan to do a video about our new condo along with showing the amazing facilities at "The Metropolis Samrong". Please bear with me as I'm learning to use a new video editing software.

I'm also looking to put together a post about our food options (and costs) during the short time we've been living here.

So stay tuned, more to come soon.

September 13, 2019

Unfortunately can't really post much about it right now as we are processing paperwork and getting moved in. Over the last week or so we've had to juggle multiple things at once, looking and getting a condo and checking off boxes for my retirement visa (setting up Thai bank account, cell phone and checking in at Thai Immigration Office). Its been a hectic time but so far everything has gone very smooth. We've met some wonderful Thai people who have helped us out along the way.

We are kind of "internet-less" at the moment so until we get officially moved in and internet service turned on at our condo, it may be awhile before I can post updates again. Currently I'm posting this update from the condos provided "Co-Working Space" in main lobby (and its internet is very slow).

But once we get everything taking care of, I'll definitely be posting more updates about our new home soon (covering our condo, its location and its amazing amenities). It "way" over exceeds what we were hoping to find, especially for the amenities it offers. All for a price we can not believe!

Hint of Condo's Name - Name of mega-city where Clark Kent works as a reporter?

Stay tuned for more to come...

September 8, 2019

Our first week in Thailand has been a busy one. Between looking at condos and getting my retirement visa in order we have not had much time for anything else. One of the more exciting challenges we have faced this week is learning about the different rules, guidelines and procedures on how they do things here. We've found that having an open mind and a "go with the flow" mentality works best for these types of things. Plus a little chaos is good for the soul! So far so good, we have set up a Thai bank account and got a cell phone - both requirements for my visa.

So far, we have stayed at our Shangri-La Hotel (our favorite hotel in Bangkok) and Chatrium Riverside (our first time staying here) which are both on the Chao Phraya River. Our plan was to treat the first two weeks as our "splurge" vacation period. There's nothing wrong with taking a vacation before settling into retirement, right? 😀

Our Room - Chatrium Riverside

I'll try to post updates every few days or so. Once we get settled into a condo, we will have more time to venture out into the city.

September 3, 2019

Do we look tired? We are recovering from our long day and half of flying. The long and grueling flight(s) is the worst part of coming to Thailand. But within a few days we should be back to normal.

We have been so busy getting things in order to come here that we have not had a lot of time to process our overall journey here. We woke up this morning (with the typical jet-lag hangover) to the realization that we are in Bangkok! We made it! In a lot of ways, we cannot believe it. Our 3 year journey to get here all went by so fast. But that is the speed that life travels and much of the reason why we decided to get out in front of it.

What's next? Where do we begin? During the first week or so, I (Dean) will be getting my retirement visa in order. After this we will be looking for a condo to rent in Bangkok. We've decided to make Bangkok our home base for the first year or so. This will give us time to settle in to a retirement lifestyle and living abroad in Thailand.

September 1, 2019
UP, UP AND AWAY - to THAILAND!... We are off to the airport this morning so I leave you the following video 😀

Everyone sing along...
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Would you like to glide in my beautiful balloon?
We could float among the stars together, you and I

For we can fly, we can fly
Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky

For we can fly, we can fly
Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Suspended under a twilight canopy
We'll search the clouds for a star to guide us
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We'll find a cloud to hid us, keep the moon beside us

Love is waiting there in my beautiful balloon
Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon
If you'll hold my hand we'll chase your dream across the sky
For we can fly, we can fly
Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

See you all in Thailand!

August 26, 2019
WE MADE IT TO FLORIDA!... Today we flew to Florida to finish out our last week in America (for a while). We fly to Thailand this coming Sunday, September 1, 2019

August 26, 2019
OUR LIFE CONTAINED TO A FEW BAGS!... This is our new life! - its taken 3 years to get here but everything we own is now held in these bags!

August 26, 2019
SELLING OUR CAR... Over the last week or so we sold our car to a co-worker of mine (Steve). He was gracious enough to let us keep it up until the point we left Raleigh.

So Today we stopped by our work to pick him up (and one last visit with a few co-workers) then headed to the airport. Steve dropped us off, we said our goodbyes, I handed him the keys and he returned home with his car. Love it when a plan comes together! 😀

August 26, 2019

August 26, 2019
NOTE ABOUT KEYS!... After all of the events that took place today it dawned on me that we no longer have any keys! Think about that for a minute - from an early age, throughout most of our lives we all have to have and use keys for something (our homes, our vehicles, our work, etc.). Having keys normally is a part of our daily life but today we have no keys to keep up with, which is a strange feeling! This will change once we get to Thailand as we'll have apartment/condo keys (in the form of a key card) and maybe one day keys for a vehicle.

August - September 2019
Sorry for the lack of updates over the last month. Getting our business affairs in order has been a tough, time consuming task! Starting the day after we retired we have been busy every day trying to get everything taking care of (business affairs, switching addresses, buying airline tickets, arranging accommodations in Thailand, meeting with family, friends and co-workers for lunch or dinner to just name a few).

We close out of our apartment on Aug 26th then fly to Tampa to spend our last week before flying to Thailand on September 1st.

July 4th
Busch Gardens - Williamsburg, Virginia!

July 1st
Spend the day visiting Brookgreen Gardens south of Murrells Inlet. Amazing 9,100-acres of themed botanical gardens, American sculptures and Lowcountry Zoo. A little pricey ($18 per person) but your ticket is good for 7 days!

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Normally on Sunday's we are busy preparing for the week ahead - doing laundry, going to grocery store, preparing lunch meals, etc. - then finish the day resting (watching Netflix).

Today, on this Sunday the 30th, we are packing and getting ready to head out on a last minute 4 day trip to Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina!

How do we define this last minute change of plans?

em·brac·ing·re·tire·ment! 😊