Well, hello there! It's been awhile and lots has happened. We better do a Reader's Digest version.
// I oscillated between overthinking and reaching Zen-like states leading up to our move from Rayong to Lampang. Normally, relocating to a different part of the country would be stressful enough, but when it's the third and worst CV wave under a military dictatorship -- well, let's just say, gaskets were almost blown to bits.
* Why gaskets, Lani? I don't know. It's just what we say and when you're an American trying to follow the fluid rules and regulations of travel in a foreign country, faulty, leaky, costly and safety implications of gaskets comes to mind.
// Luckily, I never booked a flight because about a week before we left, Thailand cancelled all domestic flights. We drove about 482 miles under favorable conditions: the police were not at their checkpoints, the weather was cloudy, and despite my proclivity to use the little girl's room frequently, we made good time, and arrived nine hours later.
// And so far our luck seems to be holding out. We found an unusual apartment (another story) which we affectionately refer to as "the cave" or 10 Cloverfield Lane (good movie, watch it) because it's like a bunker that you'd want to be in during the zombie apocalypse (see the news).
// Lampang is also a great walking city. They've done a fine job of retaining the historical feel and charm. We've spoken more Thai here than we ever did in Rayong, too. Expats and Thais are friendly. But it gets really hot here and it's a bit old-fashioned as well. I'm sure we'll be discovering the pros and cons as time goes by, but so far I'm pleased.
// But we've got big tasks ahead of us, our visas for one, and more hoops than usual because of the pandemic. Immigration check-ins and of course, the job itself. And progress also feels slow as we adjust to our new living space without a routine holding us together. Right now, it's a lot of shopping, eating out, discussing logistics and so on.
* There's also the added stress of someone trying to buy Eric's digital restoration of Davinci's Salvator Mundi. Another story. More stories. I can't keep up. Let's just say, the seal on this gasket is working overtime.
But I decided to return to #365daysofgratitude on IG as a reminder to take a moment in this whirlwind to breathe. And after a year and a half of relative quiet and waiting under lockdown, perhaps we're making up for lost time...
Things Worth Sharing
🍚 Not sure why I never tried this before, but kimchi fried rice is easy and delicious. Get in my tummy!
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🖥️ This tour of Rajiv Surendra's NYC apt gave me such joy. He takes vintage and hand-made obsessions to a whole new level. It's whimsical, amazing, and inspiring.
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😅 I've been doing this 15 minute Shaolin Qigong routine. At first I did it as part of my bedtime routine, but now it's my morning.
I put my root beer into a square glass.
Now it's just beer.
Hiro Isono, a Japanese illustrator best known for his video game design, passed away last month due to heart failure. May he rest in peace.
Hope you are well, xo
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