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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


Secretariaat:
Stichting Light for Asia
Melkkruid 47,
1441 XS Purmerend
T.  06-81513248
E. stichtinglightforasia @gmail.com


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

M. Peter      +66 (0) 85 719 9810
M. Tatjana      +66 (0) 81 169 6268
E. peterentatjana@gmail.com

Jeremy is visiting!

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After being gone for almost a year, Jeremy is back in Thailand for 7 weeks. He has enjoyed being around the International School, where he studied, for the last week of the school year. He got to see many classmates, friends from school, and teachers during that time. We also celebrated his 20th birthday with a cheesecake that he, unknowingly, brought with him from the Netherlands. Of course he didn’t bring the whole thing ready-made, he brought certain key ingredients that we can’t get here in Thailand.
Aside from enjoying the free time and time spent together, Jeremy helps his father with some projects around House of Refuge. Right now they are mainly working on steel doors and fencing. But like always there are little things that come up every day, like a leaky roof caused by one of the many tropical storms this time of year which needed to be fixed. Peter enjoys working together with Jeremy a lot because they understand each other and work well together.
It is great to finally be able to talk face-to-face with him again but we do miss his girlfriend. We would have loved to have her here with us during this time.
When Jeremy arrived his suitcase was filled with a lot of Dutch treats.

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Thai New Year!

altNormally we stay home during Thai New Year but this time we (Peter, I, Chester, and Izzy) decided to go to Chiang Mai. We stayed in the center of town so we could walk out the door and start partying. Thai New Year is celebrated by having the world’s largest water fight. It originates from sprinkling water on others as a blessing. This is a Buddhist holiday. We make a game out of it along with all the Thai people and we wish everyone a happy new year in our own way. Nathan came out with his whole team/class on the first day to join us in the water fight. Nathan stayed with us at the guesthouse for the next few days and we had a lot of fun playing with water, playing games, and watching movies. We had an awesome time in Chiang Mai.

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Driving!

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In Thailand you can only drive a car if you have a license. Foreigners can do this in 1 of 2 ways. The first way is to get an international driver’s license in the country of origin and then you can get it switched here for a Thai license. The second way is to go take the written and driving tests and if you pass they give you a license.
Because the system here doesnt work the same as in the Netherlands, Chester decided to take driving lessons in the Netherlands. Once he was back in Thailand he went and took his written test, which he passed, and had to do the driving test on a dedicated course. You only have to pass the driving test in 3 areas. When you start the test you have to drive up to a line and park it a certain distance from the curb and line to pass. Next up you have to drive forward between 2 rows of sticks and then backwards out of there again. Then you drive around a bit until you get to the parking test. If you do all of that correctly the first time around then you pass but if you don’t drive up close enough to the curb in the first part then you fail and they use you, while laughing, as a bad example for the other candidates. You are told to come back three days later to redo the parts that you failed.
After that there is still a bit of paperwork and you have to pay. Then you are finally the proud owner of a driver’s license.
It’s great to finally be allowed to drive!

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Fun evening!

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A while ago Nathan was back from DTS for a weekend. One day we felt like making a fire and eating outside in the cool weather. So we made Dutch pancakes and ate them with an assortment of toppings: shoarma, syrup, powdered sugar, cinnamon and much more. But this wasn’t enough for the girl from America who is living with us, she wanted peanut butter as well. We told her to go ahead and do it. We just hadn’t expected her to put everything else on there as well. We looked on in horror but she kept trying to reassure us that it tasted good and that we should try it. So we all tried a bite and it wasn’t half bad. So we came to the conclusion that Americans aren’t as crazy as they might seem.
After dinner we sat around the fire talking and roasting marshmallows.

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Breaking into a car??

altA couple of weeks ago Peter was asked to help break into a car that was parked at a shopping mall. The door was locked and the only available key normally only worked on 1 door as the other door locks had already been replaced. The lock only partially opened and that wasn’t enough. So they called Peter because they knew he had previously helped break into someone else’s car. Peter thought it would be a piece of cake due to the fact that it was an older car. Peter first tried opening the lock with the key again but when that still didn’t work he started using his tools. It wasn’t working but Peter doesn’t like giving up so he started trying the other doors. When that didn’t work either he adjusted his tools and tried the passenger side door again. Finally it opened and all of us (those watching, “cheerleaders”, and umbrella holders) were very happy. It ended up taking more than half an hour instead of Peter’s estimation of 5 minutes. The lock needs to be replaced but the solution to this is just leaving the doors unlocked for the time being. Successful rescue mission… Or was it car burglary??

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