Chiang Mai Dawn Surprise

A dramatic dawn showdown by our neighbour’s roosters, Thai music blasted from loudspeakers and a frenzy of barking from the kennel behind us — the early morning soundtrack to our new home in Chiang Mai is deliciously foreign and exotic.

There’s always surprises in a new house. Our street is very quiet — but not at dawn! These new noises could be irritating, but I am choosing to love them.

It’s five weeks since I finished working full-time and I’ve had a chance to unwind enough so that unexpected wakeup calls are not such a big drama. The upheaval of selling our stuff in Singapore and moving to Thailand has been overshadowed by Dad’s death. I can’t grasp our new reality — exciting new home in Chiang Mai, but no Dad on the other end of the phone?

The settling in process has been lightning fast. We arrived back in Chiang Mai on a Tuesday, viewed the house in Wednesday and paid a deposit the same day. Our angel of a real estate agent came to collect us and all our stuff on Saturday morning. On Sunday we hosted five adults and two kids for Miss M’s second birthday party. Whew, no wonder our heads are spinning!

The low-key second birthday party on our second day in our new house

Now it’s time to slow down and explore our new home. We have time and space and enough cash to truly embrace the concept of lifestyle design. For now it’s a rented motorbike and a cosy three-bedroom air-conditioned cottage. Soon we’ll add in some learning, some exercise, some language and a bit of help with Miss M.

Stay tuned for news from the lifestyle design front.
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8 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. Amy says:

    What a busy time for you! I can’t believe how much you’ve had going on in just a few days!

    Congrats on surviving the first 2 years!

  2. Jarmo says:

    You’ll fit in to Chiang Mai in no time, such a lovely city! I wish I was still there!
    Jarmo recently posted..Why Thailand Hates Backpackers, or Why I Visited Burma

  3. Glad you are settling in, and I look forward to learning more about your “lifestyle design.”
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..The Impressive Teatro Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires

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