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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



Chester was at school helping with sound and lights for a musical when on the night of the performance Chester saw a storm rolling in. Experience from previous storms taught him that skies like that usually end up creating a wet and slippery mess in the auditorium because there aren’t any walls and windows yet. This storm was big enough to where it made a mess on the floors and killed the power. We almost had to cancel the performance but luckily as someone was about to announce the cancelation the power returned. The performance was a big success, and everyone had a great time.

While on our way to an appointment Peter and I, Tatjana, saw a truck with “Born in Amsterdam raised in the world” printed on the sides. We don’t miss the beer but when you read Amsterdam you can’t help but think about the Netherlands and about everyone we miss.
The grass in our yard was recently mowed and all the weeds were pulled, and we received a picture of it. We still can’t figure out how we are able to keep our plants green but the rain surely helped.

We just redid part of our patio because the roots of our big palm-tree-like plants were tearing up our concrete. It took quite a bit of work to get everything looking nice again but the result is worth it.

The next storm rolled through Chiang Rai when we were hanging out with the girls at House of Refuge. There was a loud bang and it scared me a lot. Turns out that it was just a door that closed because of the wind and not, like I thought, a lightning strike.

This kind of weather is always kind of exciting because you never know how it ends up unfolding. One time it could be a really bad storm that causes a lot of damage in the area and another time it ends up only being a light shower. Regardless, you always have to prepare for the worst.

Isn’t it great when your cat decides to pee on your motorcycle?! No, it’s not! It is really smelly but that is the moment when you finally decide to clean your motorcycle. Chester cleaned his motorcycle to point of it looking brand new.

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50 Years!

altPeter has been talking about almost turning 50 for years. Apparently, it is a very important age. I, Tatjana, wouldn’t know, I’m not even close to reaching 50. This year we agreed to



altHalfway through March the misery started. At that time, I, Tatjana, had no idea that I would end up in the hospital because of how I felt. Sadly it did and not just once but twice. Finally after the second time I started recovering ever so slowly. Aside from resting/sleeping a lot I tried to go for a walk at least once every day and each day I tried to walk a little bit farther. During these walks I spent a lot of time looking at the yards of the people that live in our area. Whenever I saw anything I liked or thought that it might look good in our own yard I would take a picture. It was nice being out in nature again and at the same time getting some exercise in. Here are some of the pictures I took.


Unexpected trip!

altWe were getting ready to go on a three-day trip with the girls and staff of House of Refuge when we got word that our niece was sick. She was backpacking in the south of Thailand by herself. She described how she was feeling as a simple fever with pain in her body. We immediately thought that it might be something worse than just a fever and advised her to go to the doctor to have it checked out. She followed our advice and after a blood test it turned out to be Dengue Fever. She got worse by the day and on Saturday she got admitted to the hospital on Koh Tao, a small island off the coast of the south of Thailand. When we heard that she had been admitted we decided that Tatjana would go be with her because Dengue Fever is not something you should ever go through alone.

Stubborn roots!

altAt our house we had a nice hedge of palm-tree-like plants. It was a nice way to create some extra shade and privacy. What we didn’t know when we first planted these plants was that they would get super big and that the roots would start messing up our concrete floor. We had to do something about it so we decided to get rid of all the plants. You think you're going to dig for a while and get them out, but that took much more effort than expected. Both Peter and Chester did their best, for hours, with very little result. Peter even started to try a saw to see if he could saw through the roots, but that did not go much better either. This frustrated Peter enormously, so when he saw a small excavator in the neighbors’ yard, he managed to arrange that the man would come and help us out. This man also thought it would be a breeze and so he left his machine on his truck, but it almost came off the truck because the roots did not just give. So, he had to get the machine off the truck at which point he had to start charging us for more the work. After a few hours the job was done! Peter was happy that he did not have to do this himself, of course we had to clean up the mess that had been made, but many hands make light work. Since Tatjana’s parents were also there we were done cleaning up in no time at all. The intention is that we will of course make something beautiful again, but that depends on how much free time we have.



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