Arrival in Phuket, Thailand

Trip Start Feb 15, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

So another adventure begins…

Given that it is already near end of March 2011, I find the year to be moving entirely too quickly for my liking. The old adage as passed on by my father 'as you grow older, time passes more quickly so enjoy each day' seems to be ringing true, and loud these days.  At least in my ears...  I have taken it upon myself to try to maintain a healthy balance between professional and personal; thus far in 2011, I think I have done a pretty good job.

With the passing of Christmas and New Year, which I spent namely in Texas, it was decided that Trish and I would need a vacation to offset any stress realized during the holiday season (aka not much given the enjoyable nature of remaining near family and friends).  Roatan, Honduras was the destination of choice, and the two of us very much enjoyed relaxing in the infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean at our small B&B, chilling out at the various beach bars within spitting distance of the clear waters, and soaking in rays of sunshine to our hearts’ content. 

However, with all pleasure comes pain (or perhaps it is vice versa?), and Trish and I parted ways so as to take care of some business before meeting up again in mid February.  I returned to Europe and Serbia, continuing my work from 2010 advising a European Union funded economic development project (  Cold weather seemed the standard this year in Europe and elsewhere, but the month-long piece of work passed pretty quickly.  Especially given the solid friends that I have been fortunate to have established since my tenure on the project since this past July.

All the while, Trish prepared herself and her mother for an imminent departure from Vancouver (her residence) to next adventure destination Thailand.

It is likely of benefit to provide further yet brief detail(s) here.  Trish has for the past 2 years cared for her mother, whom was diagnosed with both Alzheimer’s as well as Front Temporal Dementia in 2008.  Stepping away temporarily from her career, to care for her mother while concurrently seeking her Masters degree in Communications from Canadian university Royal Roads University, she has had the benefit of professional caretaking for her mother in Vancouver.  She decided ultimately to take her mother outside the country for various reasons – her studies can continue online thru degree completion in July 2011, travel seems to positively impact and influence her mother, weather is better in places like Asia, and healthcare/caretaking seems inherently strong in places like Thailand.  Thus, her new home is Phuket, Thailand for what may amount to 6-12 months in 2011 moving into 2012.

 Why Phuket within Thailand?  There was some tentative concern about Trish’ mom, and possible need for medical attention moving forward.  Phuket has some of the best medical infrastructure and facilities in Asia, very much on par with western standards.  Phuket has good physical infrastructure, with given cities, roads, and amenities as such as shopping, transport, etc.

So, as I continue to consult professionally within the development world, I find that the short-term work in Serbia allows me chunks of time off.  As the pictures with this blog entry show, Thailand as well serves as my temporary home.  We have spent three weeks thus far in the small town of Kamala.  Nice beaches, good restaurants and street food, open air food stalls and markets, Thai massages several days a week – life is not so bad and I have nothing to complain about. 

In fact, already we have had a first visitor.  Trish’ friend Rachel, from UK, spent about 1.5 weeks with us enjoying the environs, the bars, the food and otherwise.  One night in particular, on a visit to neighboring city Patong, we all even got to enjoy the chaos that marks the city.  For those from the States, Patong is likely similar to a crazy night during Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Vegas, each and every night.  Bars along the streets are jam packed full of patrons, enjoying boozing as well as people-watching, including ‘lady boy sightings (men dressed as women, or in some cases trannies), or even women, pole-dancing away to the rhythm of blaring music.  Ping pong shows, which most have heard of, are situated sporadically along the streets.  Insanity – so much energy it is riveting.  Only in Asia…

We continue to seek longer-term housing rentals and feel we are close to locating something that can be rented for the next 6 months.  We also have a full-time, live-in nanny that holds responsibility for caring for Trish’ mother 24/7 six days per week.  

Next blog entries will include side trips to Krabi, a visa run to Kuala Lumpur, and perhaps one other entry prior to return to Serbia in coming weeks.  Hope you enjoy reading this initial travelpod entry, but as well the pictures covering this given period.





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Lisa Ward on

Beautiful area.

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