Cheers From Chiang Mai

Sitting under a faded red umbrella, slurping up a delicious curry chicken noodle dish as monks chant at a neighbouring wat, the huge upheaval suddenly seemed worth it.

Our very traumatic departure from Singapore and arrival in Thailand weighed on us for two days and two very long nights. Miss M was, for the first time ever, clingy and very demanding. Darling Man was morose and I was miserable. I thought I’d made a huge mistake bringing the family to Chiang Mai.

But the Sunday Night Market blew away all the negative feelings. We strolled and ate and laughed. There was spicy salad, curry, banana fritters, sausages, omelettes in little banana-leaf boats, dumplings — too much to eat in one outing.

There were also street performers — a schoolgirl playing a violin, traditional music, a blind guy playing some kind of harmonica and a beautiful little dancing girl.

Behind the stalls, there were groovy looking bars, which we plan to explore later. And Darling Man found a Vietnamese restaurant. He’s keen to try the pho (noodle soup) later.

I think we will do alright here after all.

So, after two days of uncertainty, it seems we will stick with our plan of living in Chiang Mai for seven months. We have almost settled into an apartment, where we’ll stay for a month. Then we’ll try to find a house. While we decompress from Singapore life and enjoy more family time and cooler weather, I’ll be working hard to set up an online business.

Then we’ll head off to France for a holiday, to take up the home exchanges we’ve organised, then we’ll head back to Vietnam.

In Vietnam, I will make a second attempt to learn the language. I will be more motivated than ever this time because I want to be able to talk to my in-laws and to Miss M, who will be bi-lingual (as ordered by said in-laws). But also because I want to write a book about Vietnam’s food and its people. And I’d like to be able to talk to people, rather than rely on a translator.

So, we have taken the first step on the path. And we have so much wonderful Thai street food to explore over the next seven months.

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9 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. I’m glad you’re feeling better about where you are! From your photo, the market looks fun and that little girl is freaking adorable!
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  2. yum!!!! those omelettes – WOW. i can’t wait to read more. wish i was eating with you!
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  3. The photos of delicious food, beautiful little dancing girl, etc. are great! Not every adventure starts out with a bang, but what matters is how you deal with it and do your best to enjoy it fully. Sounds as though you’ve jumped in with a good attitude and positive view. recently posted..When a Friend Fulfills a Widely-Shared Dream

  4. Sally says:

    Wow. Congratulations on your move & glad to hear you are settling in. Sometimes you just need some yummy street food to make you feel like you’ve made the right decision. 🙂
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  5. Nathan H. says:

    Sounds like a good step! Glad it is falling into place.

  6. Your amazing story is ALMOST lost amongst that amazing looking food. 🙂

    Jealous. Can you tell ?
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  7. Congrats on the move! My GF & I are planning to make it out to Chiang Mai for Songkran next year! And good luck with learning Vietnamese. My parents tried sending me to Saturday school to practice Vietnamese when I was small, and boy it was super tough. I think I went through the 3rd grade twice. =P
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    • The Dropout says:

      Chao Gerard! I bet your Vietnamese is better than mine. If your parents spoke Vietnamese at home when you were younger, you have such a big advantage — you’ll be able to hear the tones. I can’t hear tones, even when people repeat words with hand movements to indicate the tone. Sigh.
      We’ll still be in CM for Songkran, so make sure you look us up.

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