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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

Muscle Ache!

As some of you might know I (Tatjana) have always been crazy about horses and at a young age I had the opportunity to turn that love for horses into a hobby. From the time I was 9 until I was 18 you could usually find me at a local farm a few times a week and I thoroughly enjoyed taking care of the horses as well as riding them together with my friends. After I turned 18 I still rode horses every now and then but it happened very rarely. Since we moved to Thailand I haven’t had the chance to ride horses until very recently. Here in the north of Thailand you don’t see many horses and when you do find them they are generally not used for riding. Occasionally you will find them on the military base in Chiang Mai. A little while ago Jeremy, Nathan, and I had the chance to ride horses here in Chiang Rai. For Jeremy and Nathan it was a bit awkward at first but after a bit of help and instructions they were able to ride pretty well and they want to continue learning. For me it was pure nostalgia but it felt different than it had in the past. I used to not be scared of anything which sometimes led to me riding a horse that I knew couldn’t be trusted which resulted in me falling off. But now it’s different. At first I felt uneasy and the horse noticed that. So I also received instructions and that helped boost my confidence. In the end I greatly enjoyed getting to do this again after such a long time. When can we go again???
Sadly I had to pay the price the next day as I woke up very sore. But if that’s the cost of doing something I haven’t done in a long time then sign me up!


Happy New Year!!!

We wish you a very Happy New Year!!!!

We have been in Thailand for 9 years now and because this is a very special milestone we have made a video for you. To watch that video please click on the image below.



About a month ago we were going somewhere and the sun disappeared behind the clouds. Now this is not an unusual thing but this time it was a very beautiful sight. The brightness of the sun lit up the cloud and it was so beautiful that I tried to capture it in a picture. Sadly it isn’t as beautiful as it was in real life but I didn’t want to keep it from you.

I really don’t like big cities but I had to be in Bangkok for several appointments and looking out over the river I saw a very beautiful sunset in the concrete jungle. They are but very short moments, sometimes only a few seconds, so I was very thankful for the chance to see something so beautiful in that gigantic, concrete city.


Wish come true!

After almost 9 years a long awaited wish has finally come true for our family.

Leaving the Netherlands to go live and work in Thailand is a decision we made that has beautiful and amazing sides to it. But the decision also has some sides that are not so great that have impacted us in a pretty big way. We miss our family, friends and acquaintances. We can’t just go and have a cup of coffee with them or see each other in church or in a store. That is why it is always a great joy when people come to visit us here in Thailand. Our kids’ grandparents from both sides of the family have come multiple times. My, Tatjana’s, sister and other friends and acquaintances have also come to visit us. The writing of newsletters has given people an idea of what our life looks like here but what many of the people that visit us end up saying is that the newsletters only convey the tip of the iceberg. Being here, in Thailand, feeling, smelling, and experiencing what we feel, smell, and experience everyday gives them a more complete picture of our lives and it has had a great impact on each of their lives.

My, Tatjana’s, brother has longed to visit us from the moment we left. To see, taste, smell, and experience how we live. After 9 years the time had finally arrived and he came to Thailand together with his wife and two kids. We had a wonderful time and we are thankful for this chance to share with them, in greater detail, what our lives are like here in Thailand.



Free-Time Activities!

Everything here in Thailand is in full swing and everyone is working hard but every now and then we also have time to do other things. Nathan likes to bake and then preferably brownies with some really good cocoa. Chester does a lot of his work online so a new internet cable had to be installed. Jeremy likes to work with his father, so he helped make cages for lamps. These lamps will be hung under the roof of the basketball/volleyball court. Peter and I are currently doing a lot of cleanup. Cabinets are being emptied and cleaned and only the things that are absolutely necessary are put back inside.

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