BluPort Mall Hua Hin, Lunch at FoodHall


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Gracie and I take one of the many mini-vans that travel to/from Hua Hin and Cha-Am throughout the day from near our place in Cha-Am down to BluPort Mall. BluPort is the newest and nicest mall in the area. Hardly in competition with are mega-malls of Bangkok like Terminal 21, ICON SIAM, or Emporium / EMQuartier but for Hua Hin its THE mall. It has the standard Thai installations of a floor for Movie Cinema, a floor for Banking, and one for IT, Telecommunications and Cellular phone companies, etc… The latter is the reason we went today. My goal is to change my AIS *PRE*pay plan to a *POST*pay plan such that I can get the 1,099 Baht/month plan that allows for “Unlimited” Internet (i.e. 100GB) at up to 300Mpbs (i.e. 4GLTE) speeds. I’ve been able to realize 50Mpbs down and 30Mbps up on my phone here in Thailand and that works just fine for the surfing and YouTube-ing I am doing as a hobby during my travels.
SO, while at BluPort, we went downstairs to take part in a very common past time in Thailand, as well as many other parts of Asia – eating at the food court in the mall.
This kind of thing could easily be looked at as pretty low class and having pretty lousy food quality in the US but in many parts of Asia, as we’ve discovered, the food courts (in this case the Food Hall) provides good quality food at very reasonable prices.
We’ve also found this to be the case in Hong Kong and Singapore – arguably 2 of the highest cost locations on the planet and some of the best food can be found in little street vendor hawker stalls and in malls. Just Awesome.
So, thought we’d check in.
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~mikes

Cha-Am Forest Park – Urban Forest Nov 2019


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Quite accidentally, Gracie and I discovered a small park just down the street from our new condo here in the southern area of Cha-Am Beach: Cha-Am Forest Park, Urban Forest:
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wvLsDwbpYxwmsGgWA
หนองแจง ชะอำ Nong Chaeng Alley, Cha-am, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi 76120

So after a few errands we needed to run at
MAKRO Food Service Cha-Am ( https://goo.gl/maps/xuLb5MLbssWfsMs18 )
as well as BIG C ( https://goo.gl/maps/6bq5TXeb5iwJQ1pc8 )
we dropped off the goods back at home and took a quick 4 minute motorbike ride, which could also be a pretty nice 14 minute walk some other day as well.

So, this view is just our quick stroll around the fairly small park.
Now, we have heard and there are Many photos if you do a quick “Google search” of the location that there are plenty of monkeys at this location.
SADLY we didn’t see one 😦
We are big fans of monkey and honestly we think a pet monkey could be a huge win BUT, no such luck today.
Still, hope you enjoy the video!
Live the Dream!
~mikes

Why I Chose Thailand – Part 2: Medical Care, The People!


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I’ve been taking some time, usually while at the beach here in Cha-Am, reflecting back on the beginnings of my trips to Thailand. It reminds me of the reasons why I am here. Certain events that happened in the first few weeks of my first trip to Thailand back in 2013 really set a foundation for why I am here. Initially it was because it was just SO different that many things I was used to in the US. Specifically southern California.
During this segment, which I’m calling “part 2” I reflect back on a motorbike accident I had, the medical care I received and the wonderful people that took care of me.
As the song goes, “Pattaya Pattaya… yeh, me love you Mak Mak”. Indeed that was the case. In fact, after this First vacation of three weeks, I didn’t even last 90 days back home. I was back on a plane for another 2 week vacation to the land of smiles…
I had NEVER done anything like THAT before.
Well, more details on that in an upcoming video.
For now, thanks for watching. Hope you enjoy and I hope you’re Living the Dream!
~mikes

Open-minded to Sunrises! Cha-Am Beach, Thailand


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While its seems the popular thing to do for MANY people at the end of the day is to head to the beach and watch the sunset, I’ve come to realize the much less popular morning ritual of walking the beach during sun RISE is equally if not *more* enjoyable for me.
Cha-Am is located south west of Bangkok with the beaches facing east to the Gulf of Thailand so, the sunsets occur over the inland mountains.
Sunrises are infinitely less popular and I literally have the whole beach to myself for sometimes many kilometers. LOVE IT!
So, on this morning, I go to thinking about the simple act of being OPEN-MINDED. Now, its not too difficult of a chore to be open-minded to walk the beach at Sunrise vs. Sunset BUT the act of doing so got me thinking, “where do I apply this to other areas in in my life? what other gains have I gotten from that? liiiiiike moving literally half way around the world to e an environment where I simply Feel Better! where Don’t I have my mind open!!?? and where has that really limited me?”

So, some things to think about and some areas to ponder the gratitude I get from the ways I keep an open mind.
Thanks for Watching. Honored by your comments.
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~mikes

A “Shy” Buddha in Cha-Am Thailand


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After renting a motorbike from one of the local places in Cha-Am for 200THB per day ($6.62) we decided to take a ride north along the beach of Cha-Am and just see what we see. One of the first icons that jumped out at me was what Gracie lovingly refers to as “The Shy Buddha” – a beautiful (approx.) 10m white Buddha statue with hands covering his ears, mouth and eyes. The first thing that came to mind for me was the classic photo on the monkeys: Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil. But, I like here version better, actually. So, we now call this land mark in Cha-Am: The Shy Buddha.
I haven’t yet done enough research to determine the real name of it. Due to my ignorance I am unable to read Thai so, unfortunately, all I can do is copy/paste. Here is what I get: พระควัมปติ Cha-am, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi.
Its almost directly across from the King Naresuan Monument, right on the beach in Cha-Am. Anyway, along with the big statue we saw monks as well as other workers on the property, cleaning up. We were also able to feed some fish – some large (at least from my perspective) Cat fish in this little pond near-by.
Just a little piece of Thailand. So, wanted to share.
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~mikes

Why I Chose Thailand – part 1 …of likely a few


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I wanted to start a series of videos of why I ended up moving to Thailand. Not just vacationing but actually doing what only a few folks Actually Do: quite their jobs, sell everything, pack up their “stuff” into 3 suitcases and head across the Pacific Ocean via a one-way ticket and LIVE in Thailand.
It has been something I started thinking about since my first trip back in 2012. Well, to be fair, it was really only a fantasy at first. Much like the first time I went on any tropical/exotic exploration: “WOW! I want to move here and spend the rest of my life “on vacation”… sure… who wouldn’t?
Well, after about 2 years to thinking about it and another 3-4 years of real planning, here I am.
BUT, why?
Why Thailand?
What about it did for ME? What does it for other folks?
What did it for you?
What *will* do it for you?
Maybe Thailand is Not your thing. What is your “Thailand”?
Do you have a plan? Or just a dream?
Dreams are Awesome. The are necessary! Have them! I encourage you to execute on them. In my experience(s) the benefits have always outweighed the risks – provided there was some degree of planning.
There is always some degree of risk.
There is always some degree of excitement.
There is not always tomorrow.
This is NOT a dress rehearsal.
Do LIfe NOW.
Live the Dream. If you’re not, You’re doing it wrong!

Cha Am Day #2.5 – Identifying stress. Eliminating it


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On of the things I realized a long time ago was that *I* am that cause of many of my problems. Not all of them but, many. That goes for stress in general. The good news there, as I see it, is that *I* can also be the one who assists in fixing that problem. I can go somewhere else. I can be with or around different people or circumstances. Its simple… but not always easy. For me to get to the point where I was able to live where I am living now and NOT stress out, I needed to prepare and have a plan. A lot of the experiences I’ve had up to this point helped me Identify stressers. Some of which I was in denial about.
Well, these early morning, sunrise walks I’ve been taking here in Cha-Am are turning out to be a great solution to my stress, be it self-induced or otherwise.
So far, so good.
Thanks for joining me in the journey.
Live the Dream!
~mikes