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Stichting Light for Asia
NL 70 RABO 0126 9283 39 te Monnickendam
Onder vermelding van “Project Thailand”
ANBI    Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling

Stichting Light for Asia
Melkkruid 47,
1441 XS Purmerend
T.  06-81513248
E. stichtinglightforasia

Peter & Tatjana Bak
PO Box 61 Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000,

M. Peter      +66 (0) 85 719 9810
M. Tatjana      +66 (0) 81 169 6268


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altIn februari hadden we goede vrienden op bezoek. Wij wilden hen verrassen met een leuk uitstapje, met name voor één van hen zou het mogelijk heel speciaal zijn. We reden ongeveer ene half uur en kwamen toen aan bij een cacaoplantage. Deze plantage bestaat nog geen drie jaar en heeft dus nog hele jonge bomen en is nog volop in ontwikkeling. Wat nu het leuke was is dat we een persoonlijke gids bij ons hadden, want die ene vriend werkt bij een bedrijf wat cacao verwerkt en hij is de keurmeester bij de cacaoleveranciers. Gelukkig vond hij het niet erg om tijdens zijn vakantie met zijn werk geconfronteerd te worden. Het was voor hem ook nieuw dat ze in Thailand cacao verbouwen, dus zijn interesse was gewekt. Natuurlijk kon hij heel goed alles uitleggen, elk proces en elke stap. Tijdens dit uitstapje hebben we heerlijk genoten van een bakje koffie, chocoladebier, chocolademelk en een chocolaatje.  



Real love!


Some women like to receive flowers from their husband every once in a while but not all men do it. Some men would rather show their love by doing or making things for you. Like renovating a bathroom and putting a brand new, handmade cabinet in there. But recently my husband came home with not 1 but 2 bouquets of flowers that had to be put in the fridge. It was hilarious to see and we had a good laugh about it. I’m just going to let my husband do jobs around the house. Then we are both happy, him with the work he gets to do and me with the result.alt


In all those thirteen years


We have lived in Thailand for almost 13 years. We will celebrate this on the 1st of January, 2020. But that is not what this story is about. In all those 13 years I have never once bought a traditional Thai formal outfit. These are made up of a skirt and blouse and nice shoes. It’s not that I didn’t want to buy or wear it, there just never was a reason or event for me to wear it. I also feel more comfortable with my own style of clothing. This time though I’d been invited to go to an award ceremony and I’d been asked to wear Thai formal clothing. I received an award for the volunteer work that I’ve been doing for almost 13 years now. This is a real honor and I decided it was a good idea to purchase a Thai formal outfit for the ceremony. There was no time to get one made-to-measure so we went to a lot of different shops until we found what we wanted. We succeeded in two different shops and only had to change the buttons and move them around a bit. It did feel a bit weird to wear it but I looked just like the Thai ladies there. I never wear heels and wanted to make a good impression when I walked out on that stage. I succeeded, I didn’t trip and was able to receive the award without incident. The only difficult thing was that the gentleman handing out the awards started asking questions while we were supposed to be smiling for the photos. How can you smile and answer questions at the same time? It was a fun and beautiful experience and I am thankful for the recognition and the Thai outfit I now have.



Yes no yes no


At the end of December, we, Chester, Peter and Tatjana, had a week off. We wanted to go driving around on our motorcycles for a couple of days. The plan was to head towards the northeast of the province of Chiang Rai and take all the smaller roads. We had the route kind of planned out, checked the motorcycles and the cart that goes behind the motorcycles had been modified by Peter specifically for this trip. The day of departure arrived but we didn’t leave because it was raining. That was quite a disappointment. Tomorrow it will be better, but no. The next three days it kept raining and the weather was quite depressing. In the end we didn’t have any time left to actually go on the trip. So, what do you do with the remaining days off. Sitting still isn’t really an option for everyone so then you start playing with Knex and working around the house. In hindsight we are happy we did this because it was really necessary and we are happy with the results.



Working together


Last month Chester was running both sound and slides at the same time which was a bit too much. It is extremely difficult to do both well at the same time especially during worship. So, I went and helped him run slides. It took me a minute to figure out the software but once I got the hang of it everything went smoothly. The only difficult thing was the Thai lyrics that are hard to read if the font size is small which caused me to lag behind a bit. It was fun working together with my son as this only rarely happens.


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