Wednesday Write-Up: What’s Been Going On

I feel like I have written many posts about parts of what we have been doing, but not many on the normal stuff we are doing. I mentioned a little portion of it in my last post, but I decided that I wanted to catch up with you all today.  I am going to try my best to make sense as I currently have the stomach flu and a head cold (I guess I am getting my yearly sicknesses over in one fell swoop).

We have been in Phuket now for two weeks. We started our time here at a guesthouse just about a 10 minute walk from Karon Beach called Pineapple Guesthouse. Steve and Lek, who own and run the guesthouse, treated us wonderfully. They have a daughter who was 8 years old, but there were also a few other girls that hung out there that were nearer to Z’s age and would play with her every day. Z loved her pineapple house, as she called it. When our week there was up, we were sad to go, despite the fact that we were not very happy with the Karon Beach area.

Just to give you a little of my perspective on Karon beach (and the neighboring beach, Kata), it was far too touristy. The food and drinks were all very overpriced (900 baht, or $25 a person for a Thai food buffet… you have got to be kidding me!), which means a ton to me. I like to eat, as you all know, and I hated having to cut back on my eating. Also, the locals that worked there seemed a bit jaded and unhappy. On the plus side though, Kata and Karon beaches are absolutely beautiful and for 100 baht you could rent a chair with an umbrella and waste the day away.  I think a week vacation in Karon is fabulous, but I wouldn’t want to stay there long term.

This is Karon Beach.  Gorgeous is not a good enough word to describe it.

This is Karon Beach. Gorgeous is not a good enough word to describe it.

This past week we have stayed at the Palm Garden Resort. The resort, which is 24 Thai style bungalows that surround a gorgeous pool, is much more fancy of a place than we normally stay in, but it has been such a treat. Not only is the resort great, but the day we moved in  so did another family, with another Zoe, who is one month younger than our Zoë. They became fast friends, it always makes my heart full to see Z so happy and playing.

Zoë and I have met a bunch of other moms and kids in the Chalong area and after hearing about how much they love living here, we decided to stay for a while longer.  So now we are looking for a place to rent short-long term, 3 to 6 months or so. We will see if it all works out.  But, before we can do anything else here, we have to do another visa run, this time to Singapore. I am quite excited to finally see the place that a couple of my favorite bloggers (Journey of the Fabulist and Kids “R” Simple) call home and write about. We are spending a little bit of time there so I will be writing a couple of posts about what we do there.  I am pretty excited about that. Oh, and we are finally trying out the part of airbnb.com where you actually rent a room in someones house. I am hoping and praying that it goes well, it is a little nerve-racking.

So those are the mundane, everyday things we have been doing in our travels in the past couple of weeks. If you want to know more about where we have been or what we have been doing, feel free to leave a comment. There are more exciting posts to come, so make sure to subscribe, follow, and share if you feel so inclined! Thanks friends!

25 thoughts on “Wednesday Write-Up: What’s Been Going On

    • I love it too! It truly is living the dream. And yummy… A Piña colada does sound fabulous!
      Thailand is pretty close to the Philippines, you should come say hi! We can let the kids run around while we lay on the beach.

  1. What a great post! I so understand that food is important and 900 Baht…oh my goodness… I had food issues in Phuket as well when I was last there…
    Singapore will be awesome! I think you read my post on it in November… I am so jealous! OK I cannot complain either.
    airnb is very good, we used it in New York. Nice idea!
    Z is making friends! Bless her heart! Do you ever think or maybe know where you will live for a long, long time (aka home)?
    xoxo, Eszter
    http://kukolina.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/10-things-i-was-uncertain-about/

    • I remember reading that, I am glad you shared it here!
      I love Airbnb, but we usually get our own apartment, this will be our first time staying in a persons extra room. Luckily they have a kid as well, so hopefully they will be ok with the noise of an almost 3 year old 🙂
      We swing back and forth about where we want to settle. If money wasn’t an option, we would love to live in Portugal. Our real possibilities so far are Taiwan, Thailand, or back home in the states. No idea when that will happen though.

  2. Staying on in Thailand! Definitely a good choice (Portugal sounds nice, too, although I can see that it would be more expensive – even more than Taiwan??)

    Hope you get better.

    If you want to do coffee, let me know. Would love to hear how the room in apartment works out either way – I’ve never gone for that option as I assumed there’d be too many of us!

    • I would LOVE to meet for coffee!
      Taiwan is actually really cheap to live in. Portugal is inexpensive by European standards, but is still more expensive than Taiwan.
      I will definitely let you know about the Airbnb living situation.
      My email is andthreetogo@yahoo.com if you want to schedule a time for coffee! 🙂

  3. We are trying out our first Airbnb bedroom rental in a few months in Palenque, Mexico. With 3 kids we try our best to avoid shared walls or floors, but as we only have 3 nights there we decided to give it a try.If it is between having neighbors and having a kitchen, the kitchen wins 🙂

    • I love having a kitchen, it gives more options. We hand been staying in hotels/resorts the last two weeks, which is great, but the room doesn’t even have a kettle so I can make tea. 😦
      I look forward to heading about your Airbnb experience. 🙂

  4. Nice post. I also found Phuket a bit too touristy but as a father of three young kids I also appreciated the resorts there and the way they made a lot of spaces and activities for the kids to enjoy while mom and dad relax. We had a good time there.

    I love Thailand too and have visited many times. I sometimes blog about Thailand too, and I’m always looking to connect with other bloggers who share similar interests. Please drop by Sweet Pickles and Corn if you have a minute. My most recent post is a grouchy, tongue-in-cheek look at the things that I don’t like about Thailand (because I wasn’t able to be there this winter and am stuck at home reading about my friends’ trips on facebook). Cheers!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I will definitely check out your blog.
      It’s interesting how having children changes things in travel. I had always disliked phuket in comparison to everywhere else one could go in Thailand, but it’s a different experience with Z. I think having her makes us try harder to find fun family things to do, we also wake up much earlier which gives us many more options.
      Thanks again! Hope you get to travel soon!

  5. It’s all going on! The food in Singapore is fantastic so I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Tourist prices are shite everywhere, I can sympathise there. Good luck finding a place, it sounds like a great spot to rest and stay a while

  6. I am sorry food is expensive in Phuket 😦 Have a great time in Singapore, I hope you get to meet with fellow bloggers 🙂 I am happy Z has girls to play with 🙂 Portugal is considered one of the cheaper countries here in Europe. It is not cheap?

    • I guess I should say the food is expensive in the tourist areas of object (I think that is universal really though).
      I am going to meet with B hopefully, and am very very excited!
      Portugal is much more inexpensive than other European countries, but still more expensive to live in that most of Asia. 🙂

  7. So fun to hear of your travels and excited with you that Zoë gets some time with new friends! (Unless they are mean in which case I wouldn’t be!
    How long is this Visa run? It must have gotten considerably easier to enter & exit China I gather!

    C
    Dccd

    • Haha, We are in Singapore mom, not China. A visa into china is expensive in comparison so we will probably never do a short visit to china for a visa run. 🙂
      We will be in Singapore for a few more days.
      All z’s new friends are very nice, I wouldn’t let her hang out with kids that were mean to her. 🙂 Love you Mom!

  8. Great post! I always like to read about humdrum stuff too as I am a parent albeit with an older boy but still..! It isn’t easy but you seem to be doing well and I look forward to hearing about the Airbnb experience and of course Singapore. It’s been years since I’ve been there…! Good luck. 🙂

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