Reminiscing

Hey extended tribe members,   Nearly 3 months have passed now since we have left Thailand. We had a great time being back in our ‘home” country and all the comforts it brings but somehow the free wifi on bus and train, flatscreens everywhere (even on the ceiling of the dentist office) and the scented toilet paper don’t quite make up for all the things we miss from Thailand. It was a huge chapter of our lives and filled with so much laughter, friends and many crazy, beautiful and exciting adventures. We have lost a part of our heart there forever. Leaving Holland all those years ago with adventure in our young minds and arriving as luck seeking divers we ventured into a life of freedom, sunshine and passion. Life in Thailand has given us the days of our...

See you in the future!

Life is often compared to a train journey. Some people get on and stay until the last stop. Others only join for a short ride. We have had the privilege to meet an enormous wealth of awesome and inspiring people at Panya. Life really is like a box of chocolates over here but most of the time the people coming through are in the “awesome” category and if not they still grow on you in some way or another. So far I found, key is to not to judge, categorize and label the passengers in your carriage too soon as this might blur your vision and prevent you from having an open minded attitude and relation to others. Another danger is to shut yourself off for the short term passengers out of “self-protection”. If we allow ourselves to approach each person we meet without...

Rome wasn’t build in a day…

Hey guys, It’s been a while since you heard from us but that’s because we have been acclimatizing a bit here at Panya. First weeks here we have been happy to be back at this awesome place, tranquil surroundings and the interesting people. We also soon found out that it was pretty hard to settle down here, unpack all the boxes we have sent the last 6 months, juggle a rebellious 3 year old & a little baby and at the same time we also want to participate with things on the farm and practice all the awesome skills we learned from our teacher Takashi on Koh Tao.     On top of things I also had a small bike crash in between Chiang Mai and the farm with my freshly bought a second hand Honda Sonic and busted up my leg a little which didn’t...

Goodbye Island, Hello world!

Goodbye Island   Here we are with our little family. The crossroads to our new life starts here. On the pier where we have departed so often with the knowledge to come back again to our little island lovingly called “The Rock” by so many. This time will be the last time we look back from the ferry and see our home and island bubble disappear on the horizon. We arrived here nearly a decade ago as a young couple with backpacks and our divekit to become scuba instructors and perhaps after that to pick up a job here or there. Little did we know that we would get stuck like barnacles and leave years later with 2 kids, a huge amount of island life experience and memories that even Dumbledore’s Pensieve would have trouble coping with. The great times we had on this...

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