Posts Tagged "Thailand"

Holidays and Hospitals

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Travel | 11 comments

Holidays and Hospitals

We’re on R&R leave this week. For those of you not familiar with the aid world, R&R stands for Rest and Relaxation. Twice a year Mike gets an extra week of leave we can use to leave Luang Prabang and fly somewhere regional for a little mini-break. This time we’ve headed to the south of Thailand. We’re in Krabi, near a beach called Ao Nang. We’ve rented a small two-bedroom townhouse for six nights that shares a lovely pool with its neighbors. We’ve spent the week introducing Dominic to boats and beaches, catching him as he jumps off the pool’s waterfall, and eating good...

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Bhutan at the speed of baby – Day 1

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Travel | 2 comments

Bhutan at the speed of baby – Day 1

We left Laos at 7am today and by 11 we were walking alongside a road in Thailand, sweating. The lady at the hotel had said the nearest restaurant was just a ten-minute walk away, but we were twenty minutes into trudging and there was still no food in sight. “How are you feeling?” Daddy asked Mama. Mama sighed. “I’m trying to be a good sport about all of this, but I’m not entirely succeeding,” she said. I’m not quite sure what she meant by “all of this”. She could have been referring to the two days of travel just to get to Bhutan or the hassle of packing (she says packing...

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Heading back to Laos today

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 in Life in Laos | 8 comments

Heading back to Laos today

The doctors at the hospital felt confident enough to discharge us yesterday … until I mentioned that Dominic had started to cough and sneeze. As it turns out, he was coming down with his first major cold. When the hospital relayed this information to the insurance company, they strongly recommended that we stay at least one more night. In fact, they stopped just short of telling us they wouldn’t fly us home yet even if we wanted to go. So we spent our third night in the hospital last night with the poor little fellow – this time trying to figure out how to prevent him from falling...

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Dominic’s leg: The ugly, the bad, and the good.

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Life in Laos | 21 comments

Dominic’s leg: The ugly, the bad, and the good.

We’re here at Bumrungrad hospital in Bangkok. I tried to organize this into some sort of coherent update by good, bad and ugly categories, but I not feeling coherent enough myself yet to pull that off. So, in no particular order and with no particular artistry, here’s what’s going on. Good: Mike and I are overwhelmed by the amount of love and support people are directing our way from around the world. We are so touched and feel so loved. Dominic, of course, has no idea that so many people are thinking of him and praying for him, but we sure do.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Bad:...

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Happy New Year from Laos

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Life in Laos | 5 comments

Happy New Year from Laos

So I sort of promised more from Bangkok this week, but I’ve failed on that front. I woke up at 6am in Bangkok this morning and was back in Laos by 11:30am, only to find that the streets are as crazy here as they were in Thailand. The last three days have marked the traditional New Year festivals in both Thailand (Songkran) and Laos (Pii Mai Lao) I’d heard that the locals celebrated New Years in Thailand and Laos by turning their towns and cities into a big three-day water fight, but before this week I couldn’t really understood how that worked. Unless you happened to get really unlucky,...

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Back at Home are Mike and I: Jottings on art, parenthood, and home

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Posts with photos, Writing | 12 comments

Back at Home are Mike and I: Jottings on art, parenthood, and home

Well, we’re back from Thailand and we hit the ground running this week. Although, after a full week of looking at this on Koh Tao… And this on Koh Samui… And strolling through resorts… And buying satay off the beach… And dining in lovely seaside restaurants as the full moon rises over the ocean… Well… let’s just say I wouldn’t expect any sympathy from anyone if I tried to complain that we’ve had some re-entry shock with getting back to work. So I shall just say that we’re well and truly back at work. Mike returned to scores of...

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Ten good things about boys: Attaining synthetic happiness one gender stereotype at a time

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 in Posts with photos, Pregnancy | 14 comments

Ten good things about boys: Attaining synthetic happiness one gender stereotype at a time

As we’ve been mulling over the fact that we’re having a boy this week, Mike and I have been talking about all things little boy and little girl. It started right after the first ultrasound. “OK, tell me three good things about little boys,” Mike said to me while we were sitting in the white, tiled hallway of the hospital in Chiang Mai. “Well, you wanted one to start with,” I said, tired, and not really ready to begin processing the news we had just been handed. Mike laughed. “Is that the best you can do?” “Yes,” I said, then pointed to the television on the wall. A news...

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It’s a…

Posted by on Mar 14, 2011 in Pregnancy | 50 comments

All the women at Mike’s office want it to be a girl. Our landlady wants it to be a girl. Mike’s mother, after having two boys of her own, wants it to be a girl. My sister wants it to be a girl. The woman who sells us our favorite nutella crepes off the street stall wants it to be a girl. Mike and I mostly wanted to hear that Mango McWolfe (the baby’s name of the week) looked healthy. But apart from that, I wanted it to be a girl. Mike initially wanted it to be a boy, but yesterday he told me that in recent months he’d begun to change his mind and decided that he, too, wanted a...

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Today’s border run

Posted by on Aug 25, 2010 in Life in Laos | 14 comments

Today’s border run

Get up at 6:40. Go with Mike to his office. Go to airport. Plane delayed one hour. Receive phone call from colleague informing us that CNN says there’s a tropical storm coming into Northern Laos from Vietnam today. Fly to Vientiane. Go straight to get visa photos taken. Stare at many pictures of beautiful women while photos are processing. Discuss what constitutes “provocative” with Mike. No time for lunch. Get in car. Drive to national office. Get out of car. Pick up necessary visa forms from national office and discuss case of little orphan girl with relevant staff for five minutes....

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