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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

Stichting Light for Asia
Melkkruid 47,
1441 XS Purmerend
T.  06-81513248
E. stichtinglightforasia

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

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

Yes no yes no


At the end of December, we, Chester, Peter and Tatjana, had a week off. We wanted to go driving around on our motorcycles for a couple of days. The plan was to head towards the northeast of the province of Chiang Rai and take all the smaller roads. We had the route kind of planned out, checked the motorcycles and the cart that goes behind the motorcycles had been modified by Peter specifically for this trip. The day of departure arrived but we didn’t leave because it was raining. That was quite a disappointment. Tomorrow it will be better, but no. The next three days it kept raining and the weather was quite depressing. In the end we didn’t have any time left to actually go on the trip. So, what do you do with the remaining days off. Sitting still isn’t really an option for everyone so then you start playing with Knex and working around the house. In hindsight we are happy we did this because it was really necessary and we are happy with the results.



In all those thirteen years


We have lived in Thailand for almost 13 years. We will celebrate this on the 1st of January, 2020. But that is not what this story is about. In all those 13 years I have never once bought a traditional Thai formal outfit. These are made up of a skirt and blouse and nice shoes. It’s not that I didn’t want to buy or wear it, there just never was a reason or event for me to wear it. I also feel more comfortable with my own style of clothing. This time though I’d been invited to go to an award ceremony and I’d been asked to wear Thai formal clothing. I received an award for the volunteer work that I’ve been doing for almost 13 years now. This is a real honor and I decided it was a good idea to purchase a Thai formal outfit for the ceremony. There was no time to get one made-to-measure so we went to a lot of different shops until we found what we wanted. We succeeded in two different shops and only had to change the buttons and move them around a bit. It did feel a bit weird to wear it but I looked just like the Thai ladies there. I never wear heels and wanted to make a good impression when I walked out on that stage. I succeeded, I didn’t trip and was able to receive the award without incident. The only difficult thing was that the gentleman handing out the awards started asking questions while we were supposed to be smiling for the photos. How can you smile and answer questions at the same time? It was a fun and beautiful experience and I am thankful for the recognition and the Thai outfit I now have.





Lately I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen than before. I am once again enjoying cooking because I am feeling so much better and have more energy. I’m enjoying making old recipes but also discovering new ones and then enjoying eating them when they taste good. Together with Chester, I recently made a large pan of pumpkin soup and ooooohhhhh was it delicious!!! The benefit of cooking like you’re trying to feed an orphanage is that you have a lot left over and you can stick it in the freezer and then pull it out days/weeks/months later and again enjoy the cooking you did in that one day in the kitchen. The only thing that Chester doesn’t like about my renewed enthusiasm in cooking is that there are more dishes to do now. Especially since our old dishwasher just broke down. Now he’s sitting in its place doing the dishes and looking super sad. 



Working together


Last month Chester was running both sound and slides at the same time which was a bit too much. It is extremely difficult to do both well at the same time especially during worship. So, I went and helped him run slides. It took me a minute to figure out the software but once I got the hang of it everything went smoothly. The only difficult thing was the Thai lyrics that are hard to read if the font size is small which caused me to lag behind a bit. It was fun working together with my son as this only rarely happens.



Visa run


About a month after we got back from the Netherlands, Chester had to go to Laos for a new visa. I, Tatjana, went with him as I had already been there before. We met up at the airport in Bangkok as Chester had been in Bangkok for the week prior to help out with IT needs there. So, what do you do while waiting for your next flight? Play games of course. The whole trip was quite an undertaking and I was happy that I’d already done it once before with Peter because now I knew what to expect and how everything worked. For Chester, this was a tense time, but after waiting in line in the hot sun for an hour his paperwork was accepted. The following afternoon he went back to the embassy to pick up his passport with a new visa in it. What a relief, he was allowed to return to Thailand. We then made the return trip with a hotel stay in between. Mission accomplished and it was good to be home again.


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