Friday, 26 August 2011

Successful visa application!

Got the good news today that my wife has been granted her Family Visit Visa for the UK!

I have to give a special mention to the good folks at Thailand-UK. An excellent forum with very helpful and knowledgeable members, without whom we would not have been able to get this done by ourselves.

No agents, no dramas, submitted on the 17th August 2011, approved on the 19th August 2011!


Sunday, 7 August 2011

UK visa application, the second part...the Thai side of things

Ok, so in this post I told you about all the evidence of my relationship that I have gathered over the past eighteen months or so which will be included in my wife's Family Visit Visa application.

Now I'm going to touch on what's required in Thailand.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

A visa application.... (hoop jumping UK style!) The first part...the evidence.

Well, after my last visit to my second home, the next part of the 'Thailand plan' is for my wife to visit my home country. More specifically, London. If you want to get picky, East London.

When we, as UK citizens, want to go to Thailand, we just go.  Unless you're staying longer than thirty days, you don't need anything more than a return ticket. You show up at the airport having filled out your landing card, show it and your passport to the nice people at immigration, and that's it.

It's not quite the same in the UK!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

My wedding in Thailand...

Last year, I set off back to London with a plan.

To raise enough money to buy a house and marry my girlfriend in Thailand. This post goes into more detail about the best part of a year it took me to do it.

There are  couple of other posts about the house,the transfer of the title deed and and the whole registration process so if you've read them you know about that part of the plan.

This post is about the wedding itself. You can see the video here on the blog or on YouTube,

As with all my posts, if you click on the photos you can see them full size.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Nong Laai... he loved music and dancing.

Those of you who were at my wedding in Thailand may remember a guy who stayed right till the end, dancing and singing away to himself, smiling and laughing with everyone....small guy, dark skin, his name was Laai,(In Thai, when someone you regard as 'like a brother or sister' is younger than you, you pre-fix their name with the title 'Nong' hence, Nong Laai) he was from a country called Myanmar which we know as Burma, which has a border with Thailand about 10km away from my house at what is referred to as 'The Golden Triangle' as there is also a border with Laos PDR

Sunday, 17 April 2011

A spiritual awakening? (A rolling aural tsunami and a bloke selling spanners!)

As I prepare for my next trip to Thailand, my thoughts have wandered back to my last visit.

I recall lying on my bed up in the sleepy village on the banks of the Mae Nam Khong (River Mekong) as the sounds of the rest of the family waking up slowly penetrate my half-asleep conciousness.

They are always up at the crack of dawn, showered and off in the 'tractor' pretty much at daylight.

The previous night's sleep had been fitful to say the least. When I show photos to my friends they comment on how peaceful it looks, well this time around, some of them are about to find out the truth!

Friday, 25 March 2011

The government want a photo of my toilet, and my girlfriend needs a new cushion!

It's true! They do!

If you've read the post 'Mai Dai!' you'll be aware of just how bureaucracy in Thailand can chuck spanners around like they're going out of fashion.

I've been involved in a house purchase in France, and I thought they liked 'hoop jumping' as a spectator sport until, that is, I ventured into dealings with the Thai government!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Good luck ceremony

This post was started months ago, I just noticed it, unfinished, in the archive and have now sorted it out. Hope you enjoy!

I woke up one morning to find that the family had not gone to the farm as they usually do. I should have realised because the tractor...

                              hadn't woken me up at 5am!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Mai Dai!! ไม่ได้!! (Thai language and dealings with government employees)

If you have been in, or visited Thailand for any length of time and have a grasp of even a smattering of the language, I guarantee you have heard this phrase many times!

Friday, 18 March 2011

A long year...

2010 was, for me, a very long year. I have neglected my blog. It was, in the first instance, mainly as a record for myself. I've looked back at my life and wished I'd kept some kind of record of it. So this time, when something interesting (at least to me!) is happening, I decided to record it for posterity.

It seems as though at least a couple of people 'out there' in the world have appreciated my writings, so I've had harsh words with myself and here I am, writing again.

I will try to make it more regular, as it tends to sooth my soul somewhat. Not that I currently have an un-soothed soul or anything, it's just that...well, you know, it's good to get things 'out there'. I always enjoy reading other people's ramblings so I feel I should contribute some of my own on a more regular basis.

Monday, 10 May 2010

The Money issue (you take care me I take care you)

I have been busy so please forgive my lack of posts :-)
I recently asked a question on this excellent siteThai sex-talk and Kaewmala has been kind enough to write a very good response, click the link to read it. This post is my reply, I'm still busy, got to move home, have a job interview, get ready to go to Thailand and go to work, all in the space of a week!

Anyway, here's the article;

Monday, 15 March 2010

The Thai Family, gender roles, perception and reality

In a thread on there was a discussion about Thai women and the question asked was 'Are Thai women incurious lovers?'

I think it was first asked on this (great) site or the blog that relates to it.

In the Thaivisa thread there was talk about family, gender roles and the perception of culture and how it can affect your relationship. I say 'the perception of culture' because culture is often only viewed from the outside.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

My journeys to Thailand, how it all began...

Hi, and welcome to my blog.
This is a work in progress so please come back often and see what changes have been made.

I've started this blog to share with everyone my adventures in Thailand which began in May 2009 (or 2552 if you use the Buddhist calendar).

Now, I'm not someone who believes in 'fate' or 'magic' or anything like that but how I came to visit Thailand for the first time has some syncronicity about it if you will. The story may be a little long-winded but I think it's an important part of the tale so please, bear with me.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Koh Samui and the 'Whisky Girl Moment'

After a few mad days in Bangkok, heat, traffic, bars, drinking etc. etc. it was off to Koh Samui, an island in the southern Gulf of Thailand...

Sunday, 14 February 2010

The first visit... Bangkok and Koh Samui

After being convinced that Thailand is a great place for two single blokes to go for a holiday (ok, didn't take that much convincing really!) the flights and hotels were booked through my mates travel company.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

About me

Hi, thank you for visiting my blog. In these pages you will, I hope, enjoy some of my writings about my visits to Thailand. I want to share some of my experiences with you and hopefully you will begin to understand why this country has had such a profound effect on me in such a short time (around ten months at the time of writing).