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Korean BBQ for lunch

Korean BBQ for lunch

We’ve been a bit lazy with our lunches recently (the restaurant in our complex is good, cheap and they speak English). We decided to be a bit more adventurous and take the boys out to a Korean BBQ. Korean BBQ For those who don’t know, Korean BBQ invoves buying your meat raw. You then BBQ it yourself on a hot plate in front of you. When you arrive they come and take the cover off the centre of the table….

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Grand Canyon Chiang Mai Waterpark

Grand Canyon Chiang Mai Waterpark

Yesterday we went to the Waterpark in the Grand Canyon Chiang Mai. I can honestly say that it was one of the most fun places I’ve visited in a long time! Awesomeness for kids rating: Gold Top tips Go in the afternoon if you want some shade in the kids pools (you won’t be able to get any shade in the main pool at any time of day) Don’t bring food and drink – you can’t take it into the…

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Thailand – the weird, the wonderful and the unexpected

Thailand – the weird, the wonderful and the unexpected

We’ve been in Chiang Mai for nearly 3 weeks now. We’ve rented a house and a car, hired a nanny and figured out where to buy the basics. It feels like we’re in a strange phase between complete newbie and cool, collected resident. We thought we’d share our musings on weird and wonderful Chiang Mai before it all feels like the norm. 1. Strange utensils Thai’s seem to love their gadgets and utensils. There seem to be whole aisles devoted…

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Our first week living in Thailand

Our first week living in Thailand

We’ve now been in Thailand for around 10 days and what a whirlwind it’s been! It’s tough enough for the adults, but living abroad will always pose challenges for children too. Here’s how my boys have coped with the move and what we’ve done to help them. Flying with children We did a 12 hour flight to Bangkok, leaving at 12.30. We generally find flying with children to be completely fine (it’s mostly a case of entertaining them and helping…

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Living in Thailand with small children – initial thoughts

Living in Thailand with small children – initial thoughts

Initially we booked an airbnb for 10 days near the MAYA shopping mall (pronounced may-ah) and Chiang Mai old town. We used this time to find a house.  If you’re planning to visit Chiang Mai, I’d definitely recommend this area – it’s loads of fun. The shopping centre itself is great. My favourite shop is ‘Moshi Moshi’. Full of quirky, fun, well designed housewares at Thai prices – you can’t really go wrong.  You can get your bubble tea or…

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Searching for our dream house in Chiang Mai

Searching for our dream house in Chiang Mai

When figuring out where to stay in Chiang Mai we decided not to live near the centre after our experiences over the past week (see Being a pedestrian in Chiang Mai sucks). The centre of Chiang Mai is really fun and cool, but I’m not sure it’s right for parents with small kids – it certainly wasn’t for us. We wanted somewhere where we could walk around outside (preferably on good pavements), with decent air quality and generally a nice area…

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Being a pedestrian in Chiang Mai sucks

Being a pedestrian in Chiang Mai sucks

People love Chiang Mai. It’s a bit like Canada – one of those places you never seem to hear a bad word about. In 2012, when we came for our honeymoon, we would have been one of those people. But now in 2017? Maybe it’s the kids. Maybe it’s 5 extra years of intense development. Maybe it’s the area we’re staying in (Nimman, just outside the old town). Whatever it is, the charm of Chiang Mai has gone and been…

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Shelled coconut in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Shelled coconut in Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of the the things I’ve always loved about Thailand is being able to get fresh coconuts. They usually look like this: You’ll find them everywhere in Thailand. The usual way to serve them is to use a cleaver to make 4 cuts in the top. You can then either remove the top entirely or just poke a straw in and drink the coconut water. Once you’ve finished that you can scrape off the young coconut from the inside. So…

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Making red bean baby ‘porridge’ in Thailand

Making red bean baby ‘porridge’ in Thailand

Karl came back from the Western store yesterday with the closest thing he could find to baby porridge – multigrain porridge with red bean. Here goes! Step 1: Add strange ‘porridge’ balls Step 2: Sprinkle with seaweed Step 3: Add hot water Step 4: Wait a few minutes And the verdict? Jack (2 1/2) – Spat it out instantly Cade (9 months) – Ate most of the bowl! Success! Related articles Does organic have to cost the earth? How to…

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Back to Thailand – this time with kids!

Back to Thailand – this time with kids!

We came to Thailand on our honeymoon and now we’re back, with kids. We’re on our way to Chiang Mai for 6 months, but decided to stop in Bangkok for a night to recover before flying again. If it was just adults we would have done it in one go, but with the kids we wanted a bit of breathing room. I did start to regret this when I remembered that we have kids but no car seats so couldn’t…

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