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Stichting Light for Asia
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Onder vermelding van “Project Thailand”
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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


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.


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.




Back for a bit!


For Nathan Christmas break consisted of being back in Thailand with his parents and brother where he spent the better part of 10 years. If, when you move out, you go live as far away as he did you can’t just drop by for a visit whenever you want. You won’t be able to go visit your friends and family frequently. That’s why his break was packed with visits, doing the things he missed, enjoying the Thai culture and Thai food. We are enjoying each other’s company and are happy that Nathan can be here.
In a couple of days he will return to the Netherlands where he will continue with his studies and his life there.

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A trip to Bangkok!


The three of us, Peter, Tatjana, and Chester, took a trip to Bangkok and we drove all the way there with our own car. Its quite a long ride at about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and 11 hours of driving if you don’t stop for bathroom breaks or to eat. In other words, add a few hours and you will have a more accurate time. And since we were doing this during our vacation we decided to take it slow and do it in stages. One of the nice parts during this trip was that all three of us now have driver’s licenses and we could therefore take turns driving which lightened the load for everyone.

Our first stop was in Phitsanulok at a place we have stopped at before and has now become one of our planned stops on pretty much every trip to the south. Our next stop was in Lopburi where we visited distant relatives and then we went on to Bangkok where we stayed at the YWAM National Office. This is where Chester worked and lived near for a year. In Bangkok there is an IKEA that we wanted to go to to do some shopping. It is funny that for a minute you can imagine that you are back in the Netherlands.

The next day we picked up grandpa and grandma van Tongeren, Tatjana’s parents, from the airport. They flew in for a vacation with us. Chester got to see people he knows in Bangkok and hangout with his friend. All in all it was a great time!

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Birthday and guests!


You have given up a year of your life in the United States to be a volunteer in Thailand. There are beautiful sides to that like, life experience, new culture, new friendships, good food, etc. But it is also hard to miss home, your friends and family, food, etc. Missing people makes it that much more awesome when they come to visit, especially if they are your parents and you get to show them some of the things you have done and show them what your life in Thailand looks like. Now they understand more of what you had been telling them over the phone and have been able to see it with their own eyes.
Often you really start missing home on special occasions, like your birthday. The day was made even more special when one of the girls from House of Refuge, who is now studying hotel management, came with a cake she had baked herself.
The year is almost over, and it is almost time to go back home. Everyone here will miss Izzy but we will keep all the beautiful memories with us forever.

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