This is a fun little video that shows you how I put gas in my little moped/scooter/minibike thing that I tool around in. What’s cool about it? I use a vending machine! You’ve likely never filled up using an automated vending machine but I do it every week. Enjoy the video embedded below or see it on YouTube.
Posts Tagged ‘Chiang Mai’
We’re back home in sunny Chiang Mai enjoying time with our friends, unpacking, fixing things that broke and getting settled in. Thank-you for your thoughts and prayers for safety as we traveled and as we continue to adjust back to the time, food and pace of life. We will spend next week just getting re-acquainted with things here: retraining our tongues how to speak, our minds how to think and our bodies how to act in this culture. Being back this time has reminded us what an adjustment it was the first time we came over and how far we’ve come. God bless you richly today. Thanks for keeping up with us right here. -Ric and Sharon
Can’t keep up with the Bruces? I know the feeling. This post will attempt to answer as concisely as possible some of the most pressing and common questions Sharon and I have heard you ask. If you have any of your own to add please feel free to do so in the comments and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
- Why are you back in the US?
Sharon’s only sibling is getting married. Sharon is the matron of honor. Also, we’d been in Thailand for nearly two years so it was time for a little break to reconnect with partners like you, our families and friends.
- What are your goals while here?
Well, some remain the same: we continue our Thai study while we’re here by listening to Thai texts, practicing reading and writing and posting pictures with captions in Thai of our lives here in the US. Though that part remains unchanged we’re looking to connect with you! We place a lot of value on the idea of teamwork: you’re our partners in this work and we want to do all we can to make you feel a part of what God is doing in Southeast Asia.
- When will you go back?
We’ll be heading back at the end of September. Connect with us before then or you’ll have to visit us in Thailand.
- What will you be doing when you go back?
We’ll wrap up our Thai study in Chiang Mai then move to a village in Northeast Thailand to work with the Phu Thai people group. We’ll join Mike and Sandy Lynch who have been there for five years learning the language and culture. We’ll arrive just in time for the fun to begin: translation of scripture portions and bible lessons in preparation for teaching in 2014. Hopefully we can be up to speed in the language by then!
- What did you most like about Thailand? Like the least?
At first the food was difficult to get used to and that was our least favorite thing… but now it’s one of our favorite things about Thailand. I find myself craving rice periodically and thinking about how good for us the diet in Thailand is compared to what we eat now. Bring on the pizza baby!
Hope that helps. Submit your question in the comments below. Thanks!
Chiang Mai gets Starducks Coffee right by our house! Sharon is disappointed that we won’t be here for the grand opening in a few weeks but we will spend many, many hours at this place when we get back. Maybe we’ll order a skinny caramel duckiato (with a shot of raspberry) or an iced cinnamon ducka latte. I talked with the owner for a few minutes today and he asked me if it was a good idea. I laughed my head off for a few minutes and when I recovered I told him I would tell everyone I know about it. So if you’re ever in Chiang Mai… don’t miss it. It will be well worth your time, I’m sure.
Our latest video shows some of the things we did with our Thai friends during this year’s traditional Thai New Year, Songkran.
There are a lot of advantages to living in Chiang Mai. One is you don’t have to think long in order come up with a great Valentine’s day surprise for the little lady. The tourist business provides a plethora of choices. Sharon explains our day yesterday in a series of pictures with captions on our Picasa web albums. Enjoy.
Our latest video, a series of time-lapse images of daily activities here.
November is one of our favorite months in Thailand for a few reasons: it’s beginning to get cooler at night, it’s almost Christmas and Loi Krathong. Loi Krathong is one of our favorite Thai holidays. People let hundreds of these lanterns float into the sky. Here’s a video of us adding to the chaos:
Loi Krathong (sometimes referred to as the “Festival of Lights”) here in Chiang Mai is a sight to behold. There’s more culture in town this time of year than you can shake a stick at. On the agenda are several things that people who saw last year’s pictures will remember: releasing thousands of lanterns into the sky, floating small boats down the river and cultural parades. The only difference is that this year we can speak some Thai, know what’s going on and we know where the good parking spots are. The slightly better camera helps too. Check out the photos so far embedded below or on our Picasa web albums.
Sharon and I are reaching unreached tribes with the gospel!
Actually we’ve learned that ministry is all about is relationships. We’ve been humbled by the welcome our Thai friends have given us. The time we spend with our friends here in the culture has continued to increase as our language ability increases and our level of comfort grows. Please continue to pray these relationships would continue to grow and blossom. They are not only crucial for an understanding of language and culture they will be the foundation of our work for years to come.
Sharon appears to have gotten over a short bout with mild food poisoning after two nights in the hospital. We went into a local clinic on Monday because Sharon had a low fever and a racing pulse. The doctor decided to keep her in the hospital for a few nights to monitor her after he felt that she looked as though she may feint. In the States, of course, this would never happen but here in Thailand staying in the hospital doesn’t necessarily mean you have a serious condition. After a raft of intravenous antibiotics and blood tests she’s feeling herself again and ready to go home this morning. Thanks for your prayers for continued recovery.
One thing weighing heavily on our minds is an upcoming move next month. Our current one year contract is expiring October 1st and we’ll be moving to a smaller bungalow-style or townhouse-style home near our church. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to find anything in our price range in this area. Please be praying as we look over the next two weeks that we’d find the house God’s prepared for us to spend the next year in. It should be located in a safe area, meet our basic needs, clean and relatively critter/bug free. Our reasons for moving are many and complicated but the primary one is financial. We’re trying to save money for a car and could better do that if we lived in a smaller place. Thanks for praying with us.
We’ve had a great couple of weeks with Sharon’s family. They came to experience a different culture, try new things and enjoy time with us and our new friends. As Sharon’s father Dave pointed out today, “We’ve certainly run the gamut of experiences here in Thailand.” It’s true. We pretty much tried to give them a taste of every aspect of life here from our daily language sessions and everyday cuisine to tourist attractions and special “jungle” restaurants.
Showing Dave, Kathie and Michelle around these past two weeks has made us realize just how comfortable we have become here in this new culture and language. It has also exposed areas we need to continue digging into as they ask questions we have no idea how to answer. Pray for safety as they travel back this week and look at the pictures embedded below: (more…)
We’re enjoying a special treat for the next few weeks: Sharon’s parents and sister. On the first day of their visit we covered a lot of ground and tried to keep them running around so they could adjust to the time zone quickly. We’ve got an ambitious agenda for the next few weeks together so we’re praying for safety as we drive our borrowed truck and try to show them what life is like on the other side of the world. It’s been fun to see Thailand through fresh eyes again.
We participated in this year’s annual gathering of 7,000 Christians for worship and prayer last night. Like last year our church led worship at this gathering which would appear to attract about 2% of all Christians in Thailand if you divide 7000 by the latest numbers given at Congress 7.5: 400,000 Christians in a nation of 69 million. Anyways, there are some sample images embedded below or you can see them all here. (more…)
New pictures of our latest adventures can be found on our Picasa Web Albums and a few examples are embedded below on our website. We went up Doi Suthep, a mountain near our house, with friends and we decided to pay ten dollars for the tour at the palace on top. The tour guide wanted to be our dedicated photographer so that worked out great. Normally there wouldn’t be so many pictures of us in here.
Below are some samples. Click the picture to see it in a larger format.
Incidentally, we’re in an organization with other people in it. People we like. Unfortunately because we live in very different parts of a large city we rarely have occasion to see each other (Chiang Mai has a metropolitan population of over a million). Thankfully we have problems to bring us together. Saturday our language helper went up a mountain for a week of fasting, prayer, and reading. No language sessions for a week?
My first phone call was to our national culture and language acquisition coordinator Janna. She told me that Kruu Phaylin, who teaches Anthony and Emilie, could probably fit us in. At first we were nervous… but take a look at this face. Who could possibly stay nervous long? (more…)
We’re so grateful to live in a country with amazing food. Some dishes tested our resolve but after a few tries our tolerance for spiciness, bitter flavors and different textures have been pushed to the limits and stretched. Eating more rice to cut down on the amount of other food we eat has resulted in some heath benefits as I discussed last week.
This post just covers the food we ate in the last 24 hours but we ate some of our favorite dishes. Just so you know… it will be difficult to find these dishes at your local Thai restaurant unless it specifically sells Northern Thai food. Chiang Mai food is quite different from southern Thailand food for example. Yesterday we had: (more…)
Nope. This thing is serious. Check out this video I took today of a passing parade and threw on our website. We’re not completely baffled by these things anymore but I will say that every single one is different. We’re still in the process of figuring out what certain aspects mean… like what’s the symbolism of the guy holding the statue and the long quill pen? No one’s riding a horse in this one but there’s a carved horse’s head on the tricycle cart they’re pushing the drum on. What do you notice? Help us out by watching this video and the previous one then noting your observations and questions in the comments. We will investigate the parades further and as always keep you informed right here. (more…)
Signs cover nearly every square inch of available space in Thailand (like they do in many countries). With all the noise sometimes it’s hard to notice just one of them let alone read it as we’re driving by so today I spent an hour taking pictures of signs. Weird huh?
When I got home and started reading them I found some fabulous gems to share. The one on the right is a classic example. These little yellow signs are stuck high on telephone poles all over Thailand with short Christian messages that almost seem designed to purposely confuse people. I’m sure they were put there with the best of intentions as were the thousands of other signs in this city. (more…)