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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



Lately I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen than before. I am once again enjoying cooking because I am feeling so much better and have more energy. I’m enjoying making old recipes but also discovering new ones and then enjoying eating them when they taste good. Together with Chester, I recently made a large pan of pumpkin soup and ooooohhhhh was it delicious!!! The benefit of cooking like you’re trying to feed an orphanage is that you have a lot left over and you can stick it in the freezer and then pull it out days/weeks/months later and again enjoy the cooking you did in that one day in the kitchen. The only thing that Chester doesn’t like about my renewed enthusiasm in cooking is that there are more dishes to do now. Especially since our old dishwasher just broke down. Now he’s sitting in its place doing the dishes and looking super sad. 



Visa run


About a month after we got back from the Netherlands, Chester had to go to Laos for a new visa. I, Tatjana, went with him as I had already been there before. We met up at the airport in Bangkok as Chester had been in Bangkok for the week prior to help out with IT needs there. So, what do you do while waiting for your next flight? Play games of course. The whole trip was quite an undertaking and I was happy that I’d already done it once before with Peter because now I knew what to expect and how everything worked. For Chester, this was a tense time, but after waiting in line in the hot sun for an hour his paperwork was accepted. The following afternoon he went back to the embassy to pick up his passport with a new visa in it. What a relief, he was allowed to return to Thailand. We then made the return trip with a hotel stay in between. Mission accomplished and it was good to be home again.



The five of us


This month we took a week to go on vacation with just the five of us. For just a little bit we were together again as a family like we used to be. We had a great time together, with games, swimming, long walks, laughing, good food, and movies of course. We were in a town called Borger in Drenthe province, which is a beautiful area of the country. The weather was sunny with occasionally some rain but we were there before the worst of the heat started. Whenever we had to get groceries or go somewhere not too far away we only took 1 car meaning that the boys had to squeeze into the backseat together. This brought up memories of times that weren’t so great but now at least we could laugh about it.

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Just before


Just before Peter, Chester, and I returned to Thailand we got to do some more fun things. Like celebrate Peter’s mother’s 80th birthday. Peter and I got the chance to visit Jeremy’s place of work and see what he does. Nathan and his girlfriend got to visit his aunt and her newborn baby. He also got to hold the baby which he really enjoyed. Peter and I went for a really nice long walk but made a mistake in our calculations of how long it would take us. The rain came sooner than expected and we were wet through and through. At first we found it annoying to get wet but after a while we just didn’t care anymore and could actually laugh about it. Chester was actually waiting to leave 2 weeks before we actually left. 3 months was just too long for him and he was longing for home and a normal rhythm. So when we were finally on the airplane he was very happy.



In the Netherlands


We are really enjoying being in the Netherlands. The cooler weather is a real relief because when we left Thailand it was well over 40 degrees Celsius and sometimes even hit 48. We are walking and biking a lot, and regularly seeing our sons, Jeremy and Nathan, and both our parents. We are spending time working and talking with Thailand but also just relaxing. Peter’s work stops anytime he is not in Thailand and he has a hard time sitting still, so it’s good when he can do an odd job here or there. Almost every Sunday we can be found in a different church talking about our work in Thailand. We also had 2 open house days and we got to meet a bunch of people. While we are in the Netherlands we realize that we know a lot of people and visiting them all would be impossible. We try to be thankful for the many people we do get to meet.

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