Adventure in a Treehouse
Jul31

Adventure in a Treehouse

I guess I am just a big kid at heart. The last home I owned before retired and went traveling was set high among the trees that became affectionately known as “The Treehouse”. When I first heard about a place a little over an hour outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand called Rabeang Pasak Tree House Resort I had to give it try for a little mini-Adventure. Yes, it is actually a treehouse resort for grown ups. You feel like you are traveling...

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What does it Cost to Live in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a Month
Jul28

What does it Cost to Live in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a Month

I get a lot of people asking me to be more specific about what my retirement expenses are in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Again, as I pointed out in post about how I afford my life, the way I do things may seem extraordinarily extravagant or miserably deprived depending on your point of view. Is Thailand cheap? Well, I am simply doing what works for me. My days are filled with what I see as exciting adventures and honestly, I don’t feel that...

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5 Reasons You Should Not Travel
Jul24

5 Reasons You Should Not Travel

I often hear from people who say they wish they could travel more but they don’t. Many, maybe even most of them, are fully capable of devoting themselves more to travel but their choices prohibit them to or, more often, give them excuses not to. I made this list to help make some people more comfortable. Please remember, many a truth is said in jest. 1) You are comfortable with and embrace your prejudices. – Mark Twain said,...

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Cambodian Rice Noodle Soup and a Surprise
Jul21

Cambodian Rice Noodle Soup and a Surprise

When it comes to street food sometimes things are not what they appear to be. At other times things taste far better than they sound. Last summer I went on a tour and street food adventure in Cambodia with my friend Pin Vannak. I knew I was going to be leaving Siem Reap and I asked Vannak to show me to some of his favorite, but little known, sites around Angkor Wat and at the same time to take me to a few of his favorite places to...

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Photo: Lotus Flower Harvest in Cambodia
Jul19

Photo: Lotus Flower Harvest in Cambodia

The lotus flower is one of the most plentiful flowers in Cambodia. Everywhere you travel in SE Asia you will find them in lakes, ponds, canals and even in roadside ditches. The flower is not only beautiful, it has symbolic meaning in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Because it roots in muddy water, then rises and blooms above the murk, it symbolizes enlightenment. The seeds can be eaten (quite delicious actually) and there is medicinal...

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Sarah’s Thai Massage Adventure
Jul15

Sarah’s Thai Massage Adventure

I love Thai massage, no not that happy ending kind of massage but the fabulous traditional, sometimes painful, slightly tortuous massage that’s like doing yoga but without the effort. I never need much of an excuse to have a massage, oh look I have an hour free between classes, let’s have a foot massage or it’s so hot or so rainy outside, let’s have a massage. So having done my first almost half marathon in Bangkok, well my body was...

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