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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
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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

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.


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.



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.


Requesting new passports at Schiphol airport

During our stay in the Netherlands we went to Haarlemmermeer counter at Schiphol airport to retrieve our Digi-D codes. A Digi-D code is like a social security number which can be used to request official personal documents. At the counter was a very attentive assistant. She noticed that four of our passports would expire this year. She asked us if we also wanted to get new passports while we were there. So we told her that we couldn’t do that because we didn’t have the correct paperwork with us. One of the pieces that we needed was a proof of residence. When she heard this she came up with a really good idea. If we were to just get a letter from the organization that we work for stating that we live in Thailand, we would be able to get a new passport. She also told us that it would be a waste to do it in Thailand because there the cost would be much higher to get a new passport in addition to the costs of a roundtrip Chiang Rai to Bangkok. It’s nice that there are people that think with you and want to help you. We are very grateful for this assistant.

When we finally received the required letter we went back to Schiphol airport to request new passports. Peter was first in line and when all the required paperwork had been handed over the counter, two other assistants came around with big smiles on their faces. We, our family, looked at each other not understanding what was going on. Turned out that Peter was the 1000th customer of the month of July and so they had a little gift for him. It was pretty funny.

What it all comes down to is that we have new passports and that we have only had good experiences at the Haarlemmermeer counter at Schiphol Airport.

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