Monday Montage: One

I have just one photo for you today. Yep, just one!
We are currently traveling around southern Thailand and enjoying our time as a family.
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This is a picture taken from Railay Beach off the coast of Krabi, Thailand. (I will be writing a post about our time in Krabi on Friday.)

Happy Monday and see you on Wednesday!

Monday Montage: I Heart Phuket

One thing that I have fallen in love with here in Phuket, is the ease at which we have been able to make friends. After our time in Hua Hin and the difficulties in finding anyone to hang out with, it has been a real pleasure meeting people that I already consider real friends.
I have been quite busy taking Zoë to multiple play dates a week, enjoying birthday parties, and just hanging out with great people. We also have found a church that we like so far and I have been enjoying our fellowship with other people of faith!
Everything is going swimmingly and I am embracing the opportunity to do the “normal” things with my family before we leave on our next adventure… We will be in Tokyo in 2 weeks and then the U.S. after that! I am excited to be on our travel journey again, but I am extremely happy that we will be returning to Phuket. This place has my heart!
Where have you felt the most at “home”?

Here are my pictures for the week, that I admit, have absolutely nothing to do with what I wrote about. I have thought about doing thematic Monday Montages, but honestly I like the haphazard, “never-know-what-you’re-gonna-get” format. Thanks for reading, following, and sharing!

 

Apparently Taylor Swift has her own ice cream flavor. Is this world-wide, or just a Thailand thing?

Apparently Taylor Swift has her own ice cream flavor. Is this world-wide, or just a Thailand thing?

Up To You Travel and Agency. I wish I could go in here and decide what price I want to pay for airline tickets... hey, its up to me, right?

Up To You Travel and Agency. I wish I could go in here and decide what price I want to pay for airline tickets… hey, its up to me, right?

Old soi (street in Thai) dog. I thought he was a cutie.

Old soi (street in Thai) dog. I thought he was a cutie.

I took this while driving... so not the best shot, but I was amused that people could love in the "Rich Villa's" by the Rich Group. I guess they are really trying to sale a lifestyle, too. Haha.

I took this while driving… so not the best shot, but I was amused that people could live in “Rich Villa’s” by the Rich Group. I guess they are really trying to sell a lifestyle, not just a house. Haha.

A Beauty Buffet Store. I am not sure why a gentleman chef mascot would make me want to buy their make-up?! I wonder if this marketing theme works?

A Beauty Buffet Store. I am not sure why a gentleman chef mascot would make me want to buy their make-up?! I wonder if this marketing theme works?

View of townhouses from one of my new favorite restaurants. (More about that in Fridays post!)

A view from the restaurant that is my new favorite (more on that in my Friday post!)

 

Monday Montage: More Heat

It’s getting hot here in Phuket. Up until a couple of weeks ago, the temperature here averaged around 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) with a nice mellow humidity level. I think that is the best kind of weather, and I refused to use the A/C in our house until bedtime. That was until this week. All of a sudden the heat us upon us and it is roasting outside. Last night at 10:00 the temperature was 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit). It was much hotter during the day, but I don’t know the exact temperatures, as I couldn’t hold my phone to check, it kept slipping out of my sweaty hand.  No, not really, but it could have been for that reason.

All three of us love and enjoy hot, sunny weather. But we are also thankful for fans and our air conditioning. How’s the weather been where you are?

Here are the pictures for this week. Thanks for reading! And if you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Election posters on the street.

Election posters on the street.

This was the check out area at a outdoor/indoor shopping market called Super Cheap that we visited in Phuket Town. It was crazy and hot and hot and hot...

This was the check out area at a outdoor/indoor shopping market called Super Cheap that we visited in Phuket Town. It was crazy and hot and hot and hot…

The swimming pool that is a couple of blocks from our house. It costs 70 baht ($1.75) per adult and 50 baht ($1.50) per child. We love it.

The swimming pool that is a couple of blocks from our house. It costs 70 baht ($1.75) per adult and 50 baht ($1.50) per child. We love it.

This is a very popoluar cleaning supply company here in Thailand. I do not think they know how wrong this is. :-/

This is a very popoluar cleaning supply company here in Thailand. I do not think they know how wrong this is. :-/

A gas station squat toilet. It looks dirty but was actually fairly clean. Just old. This look is pretty common for public toilets though.

A gas station squat toilet. It looks dirty but was actually fairly clean. Just old. This look is pretty common for public toilets though.

A public bus here on Phuket Island. They run from town to town without any kind of schedule. If you are able to find one and flag it down, it only costs 20 baht per person.

A public bus here on Phuket Island. They run from town to town without any kind of schedule. If you are able to find one and flag it down, it only costs 20 baht per person.

Monday Montage: Full of Surprises

It rained for about 20 minutes the other day here in Phuket, Thailand. It was a wonderful change of pace as the days are getting hotter and hotter here (so far the hottest was about 35 degrees Celsius or 95 degrees Fahrenheit). We have actually had to turn our A/C on occasionally as the fans just weren’t cutting it. March, April, and most of May are the hottest times of the year here in Phuket, and so far the heat is right on schedule. Except for that 20 minutes of blessed rain that broke the 4 month drought that has loomed over the area, and gave us about an hour of much cooler weather. Oh, yes, and it also shorted out the electricity in our town and others near it. Oh, Thailand. One really never knows what to expect from one day to the next, except that there will be one or two surprises in store.

Oh… and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all you lovely folks out there, have a pint and some corned beef cabbage for me! I can’t go out as I am not wearing green and I cannot stand to be pinched.

Zoë and her friend, Mimi, at our favorite restaurant Hua Soi.

Zoë and her friend, Mimi, at our favorite restaurant Hua Soi.

At the Jungceylon Mall in Patong Phuket they are having a kind of art show to bring awareness to the plight of Thai elephants. This was the sign for it and Z loved it.

At the Jungceylon Mall in Patong Phuket they are having a kind of art show to bring awareness to the plight of Thai elephants. This was the sign for it and Z loved it.

These clocks have His Majesty the King of Thailand on them. I think they are pretty cool looking.

These clocks have His Majesty the King of Thailand on them. I think they are pretty cool looking. Every one here in Thailand has at least one picture of the King in their home and businesses.

Obama Blended Spirits. Funny name, not bad tasting though.

Obama Blended Spirits. Funny name, not bad tasting though.

I could hardly contain myself when I found out that there is a Payless Shoe Source here in Phuket. For those of you that don't know, they sell shoes in the States at pretty low prices. I pretty much ran into the store to see if they have my humungous size shoe.

I could hardly contain myself when I found out that there is a Payless Shoe Source here in Phuket. For those of you that don’t know, they sell shoes in the States at low prices. I  much ran into the store to see if they have my enormous size shoe.

And look at that!!!!! Size 11 USA! My life is now complete here in Phuket and I will lack for nothing! Hallelujah!

And look at that!!!!! Size 11 USA! My life is now complete here in Phuket and I will lack for nothing! Hallelujah!

Monday Montage: A Not So Normal Life

This week has not been that exciting, we haven’t done anything that’s worth a blog post really… Except that we currently live in Phuket, Thailand! The joy and surreal feeling that we are livings here blows me away again every day. What a blessing to be on this adventure.
We have been gone from our hometown almost a year now, in fact our trip back to visit family and friends almost coincides with our anniversary of the day we left. I will be so happy to catch up with everyone back home, and be able to write blog posts about our home town!
Until then, my posts are about our new home town, Phuket. Here are the pictures from this week. I’m sorry there aren’t more, I will make up for it next week. Happy Monday everyone!

Chad and Zoë on one of our sunset walks.

Chad and Zoë on one of our sunset walks.

Finally, a playground that encourages pole dancing?! Huh!?

Finally, a playground that encourages pole dancing?! Huh!?

Street signs, Jaofa 16, Chalong, Phuket, Thailand.

Street signs, Jaofa 16, Chalong, Phuket, Thailand.

We just had fiber internet installed in our house. These men are using bamboo ladders to run the wire to our house.  Lightening speed internet from here on out at the Mitchell house!

We just had fiber internet installed in our house. These men are using bamboo ladders to run the wire to our house. Lightening speed internet from here on out at our house!

Monday Montage: House Hunt Phuket

This week has been all about finding a house to rent here in Chalong, Phuket, Thailand. We have learned many things about renting in Thailand since our experiences in Hua Hin. For example, we made sure that the house has a water tank large enough to hold enough water to last at least a few days (or twelve). And we wanted the house to be in a location where we can walk to everything we need, it’s the city girl in me.  And we wanted to do it on our own. Our experience with a rental agency left a bad taste in our mouth and we ended up overpaying for our place in Hua Hin (or so we were told at least).

We rented a car for the past three days and went on the hunt for a house. We drove through the neighborhoods that appealed to us and just started calling the numbers on any house we saw with a for rent sign. I made many phone calls (I honestly thought I had forgotten how to actually make a call on my phone, this was a good reminder that I still can do so), looked through 6 or 7 houses and ended up finding an awesome place and signing the lease papers yesterday! We are moving into our three bedroom, 2 bathroom (hallelujah more than one bathroom!) beautifully furnished house on Saturday. It will be our home base as we travel more this year. More on that in my Wednesday post.

Here are the pictures from this past week. Thank you again for reading and following us here on And Three To Go.

This is how we found houses to look at to rent, just following the signs and calling

This is how we found houses to look at to rent, just following the signs and calling

Driving around near Rawaii, Phuket

Driving around near Rawaii, Phuket

This is a gas pump, you could just pull up and fill up without the hassle of the gas station

This is a gas pump, you could just pull up and fill up without the hassle of the gas station

We found a large second hand store that sells mostly things from hotels and restaurants that have closed down, but I found this among all the furniture, it was a bit creepy. I have no idea what it would be for.

We found a large second hand store that sells mostly things from hotels and restaurants that have closed down, but I found this among all the furniture, it was a bit creepy. I have no idea what it would be for.

The lights on Chalong Pier, Phuket

The lights on Chalong Pier, Phuket

Monday Montage: Seeking Good Wifi Signals

Have you heard the math problem about the family of three that went to visit Singapore and had just one computer, two iPhones, and 2 bars on their wifi signal half of the time? It’s a tough one I know, but the answer is one blog writer banging her head against the wall 25 times as she tried to write said blog on her iPhone yet again.
As you can tell, I am no mathematician, but I am getting better at writing my posts using my (outdated but much loved) iPhone 4. So, hooray for staying in a place that has little, to no internet connectivity and coming out from the experience having furthered my tech skills.
Singapore is quite interesting and has many things to do, which we have been doing and which I plan to write about for the next couple of weeks. So stay with me at least until I get back to the internet age and can fill your inbox, reader, or whatever with all my stories of Singapore… Please?!
Until then, here are my Monday Montage of pictures from this past week…

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Look Mom! Swenson’s in Singapore has food as well as deserts! My mom and I had to change our girls day out a bit when we realized that we couldn’t eat lunch at Swenson’s in my post,  A Grand Girls Day Out in Hua Hin.

 

 

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I decided that I wanted to show what the mailboxes look like in each country we visit, these are what they look like in Singapore. Not too exciting are they?

20140217-142522.jpg These lanterns shaped like old Chinese coins are hung over the street near Chinatown here in Singapore. I found them quite eye-catching. Also you can see the horse lanterns that are up and down the street to celebrate the Year of the Horse this year.

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I just thought that this was humorous. We were getting some food at the Chinatown Complex and this lady was standing in line having a rather loud conversation using her iPad as a phone. I know some people who use their iPad to make calls, but I have never seen anyone actually holding it up to their ear. It looked pretty uncomfortable.

20140217-142825.jpgThis is definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Singapore, I got to meet a fellow blogger and friend in person! Bronwyn (of Journeys of the Fabulist) as well as her two adorable children, met us for tea and delicious french toast. She and I had a chance to chat while Chad took the kids to ride on some rides in the mall. It was my first time ever meeting up with someone who I met through blogging, and it was wonderful. Chad, Z, and I all had a great time and  B gave us some great recommendations for where to eat our lunch that day (more on that in a following post). Thanks Bronwyn, P, and T!

On that note, I have to say that is one of the reasons that I love blogging so much, there is a real possibility of getting to know people and forming friendships all over the world.

Until we meet again (and I have better WiFi), thanks again for reading and following!