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Stichting Light for Asia
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Onder vermelding van “Project Thailand”
ANBI    Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling

Stichting Light for Asia
Melkkruid 47,
1441 XS Purmerend
T.  06-81513248
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Peter & Tatjana Bak
PO Box 61 Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000,

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



After years of having problems with my menstrual cycle and the past 2 years even worse than before, I finally decided, in December, to get a hysterectomy done. We went to Chiang Mai to get this done and the view from my hospital room was amazing. Peter stayed with me the entire time to help take care of me with the none medical stuff. This is quite normal in Thailand.
The day of and after the surgery I wasn’t allowed to eat anything but after that I got liquid food and several days later I was back to eating solid food. For breakfast they gave me a hamburger and salad but I didn’t care, I loved it.
Recovery takes 6 to 8 weeks and for many this is paired with a lot of pain. The pain decided to take a break in my case but I was very tired and ended up sleeping quite a bit. But that too will pass and this time permanently because I will no longer have Anemia now that that thing is out. I look forward to when I’ll be completely healed and have more energy than before.
I want to thank everyone who prayed for me, sent me a card, or thought of me in other ways.



CRICS 20 years

altThis past November Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS) turned 20. When we first came to Thailand in 2006, we visited the Family Learning Center or FLC as it was then still called. From 2007 on our three boys started studying at this school, they learned to speak, read, and write English there and a lot of other things too of course. Tatjana spent 10 years working 1 day a week in the school’s library and this allowed her to be very involved in the goings on at the school. Peter regularly helped think through construction projects and came to the school to watch sports and other things that the boys did at school. This school has meant a lot to our family over the years and we wanted to make sure we attended the 20th anniversary celebration. Chester is no longer a student at the school but he still spends quite a bit of time there helping them with IT and sound whenever needed. Because of him school is still not completely out of our lives. It was amazing to see the growth the school has gone through over the years. They started out with classes of about 3-5 students and they have now grown into classes with 15 or more students. It was very good to be able to celebrate with so many friends!



Good Food


Living in Thailand is awesome! And we’re basing that just on food. But it isn’t only Thai food that is amazing as we hope many of you know. Throughout the world there are enough delicious dishes that you wouldn’t be able to eat them all even if you had a whole year.
Eight out of ten times we eat Thai food. Whether we make it ourselves, eat it at work, or eat it at a food stand at the side of the road depends on the day. But sometimes we miss Dutch food which we then end up making and eating. On special occasions we will go out to eat somewhere. In the 12 years that we have lived here the selection of cuisine has grown quite a bit. We can now eat Italian, Swedish, American, Dutch, Mexican, Indian, etc. here in Chiang Rai and it is all amazing in its own unique way.

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Fathers in the Netherlands


At the beginning of October, I, Tatjana, went to the Netherlands for 3 weeks to spend time with my parents who are struggling with age/getting older. This trip had been kept a secret from everyone except a select few and there were a few people to surprise on arrival. I started by suddenly appearing in my parents’ hallway. It was quite a shock for them, but they were happy to see me. Next up was Jeremy who was so shocked that he closed the door in my face. Nathan was last and when he saw me, he looked like he’d seen a ghost and turned white as a sheet. I had a tremendous amount of fun with this and really enjoyed everyone’s reactions.
But I was in the Netherlands with a goal. I got to support my parents emotionally and practically and we also got to just enjoy the fact that we were together. It was a time of crying, laughing, realizing things, organizing, visiting doctors and a lot of coffee and tea.
Right at the end of my 2nd week in the Netherlands, I was at Jeremy’s house with my father when Jeremy got a phone call from my mother-in-law. My father-in-law had suddenly gotten ill and was being taken to the hospital by ambulance. Because no one else was picking up their phone, I immediately started making my way to the hospital. Not much later my sister-in-law finally received the message and raced from her work to the hospital. The doctors initially thought and hoped it wouldn’t be too bad, but it turned out much worse causing them to decide to operate immediately. Due to the risks during and after the surgery Peter and Chester flew in as soon as they were able.
It was an intense time in which we moved between the parents to spend as much time with both sides and to be able to help them as much as possible. Luckily the risk factor has dropped to well within safe limits and we can all breathe a little easier. Our fathers really know how to stir things up.



Those who ask shall receive


For more than a year Chester has been asking for a onesie, preferably an elephant onesie. He even dared us to get him one with the promise that if we did, he would wear it out in public. While Peter and I were in Australia we were walking through a market and saw a whole stand with only onesies but no elephant onesies. In the end we decided to go with a green one as that is Chester’s favorite color. It is basically a crocodile.
When Peter and I returned to Thailand Chester was still in Pattaya working at a conference, so we came up with the idea to stuff the onesie as if there was a person in it and put it on his bed. We had hoped to scare him, but it didn’t work.
Chester might be even more crazy than his parents because a month later he took the onesie with him to the Netherlands, put it on at the baggage claim at Schiphol airport and walked out to surprise me. He kept it on until we got to where he would be staying and got to surprise his grandparents as well.
Sadly, Chester can’t wear the onesie often in Thailand as it’s a bit too warm there to comfortably wear one. Now we just have to hope the winter is cold enough to allow him to wear it in Thailand.

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