MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR

Love this time of the year when we visit and talk with and chat and skype and e-mail  and Facebook, and blog with friends and family near and far, It's a wonderful time to wish each other Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015. Hope this past year treated you kind and we are praying God's blessings for you in the new year , stay in touch if you have time . Ciejay and Me send you (family and friends) all the love in our hearts and life would not be the same without you ---Love to all  Malcolm and Ciejay






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What is Going On at Old Country Buffet?

I have to wonder what has been going on at Old Country Buffet. We have been going fairly regularly to a local Old Country Buffet, one I recommended as improving not very long ago in Levittown, New York. Things there have been going down hill - again. The management has not changed. What is being served has changed. How the food is being maintained and put out on the buffet has changed drastically. I rarely get ill after eating at any of the many buffets that we have been to over the year. In the span of several weeks after a meal here, that is exactly what happened - and too soon after the meal for it to have been anything else. This I blame on how the food is being maintained once out on the buffet - and goes from soup to soft serve ice cream.

Phuket Webcam at Patong Beach

The Phuket Blog has been online since 2006. In the same year I started a Phuket Weather Blog, which was born when I realised that a lot of people search online for weather information. People are obsessed by the weather. Is it raining? What will the weather be like in mid-September? If it rains, does it rain all day or just showers? When is the best weather in Phuket? Well, the weather blog aims to show what the weather was really doing rather than relying on averages, useless forecasts and seasonal generalisations. It still gets updated now and then with weather news, photos and some Phuket info. But the best way to check what the weather is doing right now? A webcam! And below is a live webcam at Patong Beach. If you want more regular Phuket weather updates and more Phuket related stuff, please do follow me on Twitter!

Live Webcam at Patong Beach, Phuket


The original webcam is on the TAT website here. That same website has webcams from all over the country.

More Phuket Webcams

Karon Beach
Old Phuket Town
Kata Beach

Patong Beach Hotel Information

Here on the Phuket blog you can find some Patong hotel suggestions :

Jamie's Recommended Patong Beach Hotels
Amari Phuket Resort
The Kee Resort
Patong Hotel Booking @ Agoda.com

SC VivoCity an attractive venue in Sai Gon South

SC VivoCity point to draw the eye to the south of Saigon. With the name "Pearl of the Far East", Saigon possesses extremely beautiful landscapes that many foreign tourists or people from across the country if it is a must visit, must marvel. Not only can, beautiful places in Saigon is a place to gather, have fun of friends, colleagues, family, ... create the charm of thrill, fun capital.

SC VivoCity an attractive venue in Sai Gon South

One of the beautiful and attractive place in Sai Gon

SC VivoCity one of the beautiful places in Saigon attract tourists. Saigon has long had no shortage of beautiful places, but you can play both can enjoy the scene, taking pictures. However, with its dense population of the beautiful places in Saigon will never be enough to meet the needs of city residents. Moreover, the establishment of the scenery alike, quality service has nothing remarkable, all have explained why these sites are gradually saturated.

One of the beautiful and attractive place in Sai Gon

SC VivoCity one of the beautiful place in Sai Gon

These beautiful places in Saigon SC VivoCity. Following the success of SC VivoCity shopping mall in Singapore, is one of 10 leading shopping world in 2011. And last 19/4 days, SC VivoCity shopping mall opened with many programs attractive promotions. Thus, we have received an additional venue, located in beautiful places list in Saigon for your family fun, shopping, entertainment weekend with beautiful places in Saigon.



SC VivoCity is located in the busy area and most populous, the Phu My Hung urban area in District 7. It is one of the beautiful places in Saigon by many young known. This is a collaboration between the two companies under the two investment groups commercial real estate, retail and Vietnam and Singapore leading the Saigon Co-op and Mapletree. With their hands together of these two large corporations, promising to turn SC VivoCity shopping center became one of the beautiful places in Saigon. With a total leasable area is 41.000m2 will converge many famous brands at home and abroad as Isla Moda, Adidas, Shooz, Skinfood, The Body Shop, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Harley Davidson, Black Label, Saigon South, ...

Paradise of kids playground in the middle of Sai Gon

Paradise for children in the heart of Saigon. Be fun delight is a need for all children. Any parents always understood this and wanted to find their children a fun place appropriate but not everyone can find a place to please every member of the family. Too far from the city center, an area of ​​small, poor game, not many dining options, ... are the frequent parenting headache in choosing a children's play area as standard. However, with children's play area SC VivoCity, surely even the most discerning parents will be satisfied with what "heaven" gives his young son.


Relax with your children at kid's playground in district 7

Relaxing with Children at Children's play area in District 7. As a modern parent, I guarantee these are mothers today have a headache with the question of how to find a children's play area has strong cold, attractive Moderate infant safety, economic fit family. Along with the continuous development of society, for many years, besides the very diverse services for adolescents, the elderly, the middle aged, the market demand entertainment service for children and accordingly the rapid transformation. Obviously, in terms of quantity and quality, the children's play area has partially satisfied the needs of the children and their parents, however, still exist many shortcomings.



Children's play area in the school is limited. Not to mention the quality of children's play areas in schools but only refers to ethical issues educator, prominently recently, an increasing number of cases of violence against children were uncovered on the report is wake-up call the whole society, requiring more aggressive measures by the parent is not always enough time to track each li by little children.

Lots of fun with kids playground at SC VivoCity

Boisterous laughter with children's play area at SC VivoCity. Want to go shopping but to fear the boredom when a daughter follow? It's difficult to find a shopping destination that has a children's play area attached. With most of the current mall as Diamond, Vincom ... amusement parks here mostly to cost and the game is often not suitable for children. What to do? With two children's play area is completely unique, SC VivoCity will help you.


Overview SC VivoCity. Being located on the central area of ​​District 7, with an area of ​​no less than other commercial centers in District 1, even greater, is proud SC VivoCity shopping mall in South superlative Saigon. When you come here, you will be free to enjoy the product, the best service, the most modern and not worry baby bored. At SC VivoCity may take 2 children's play area separate, appropriate to each child's age.

Which entertaining venue to take your kids during weekend

Guide children to go to a children's play area where weekend. After a week of studying fatigue, any child would need the minutes of entertainment with their parents. Parents are children today understand that, so they strive to find the game, new modes of entertainment, healthy, help young fun while ensuring comprehensive development. However, not a child's play area and also to meet the needs of the times require parents and children, leading to many families must still puzzling weekend entertainment venues.



Sightseeing with your kids at playground

Picnic together at playground darling children. Weekends are doing? Picnic stop. After a long week of work and study full of fatigue, a picnic, play together, eat would be the effective dose of stress for you and the whole family there. But where to find places to go play outside in the hot sun of Saigon, this dust here? Have you ever wondered feeling go "indoor picnic" How about it? With the integration between children's play area, colorful dining area rich cuisine and lots of other entertainment services SC VivoCity will be the place to go "Picnic" is perfect for your family in the last this week.


From jungle to the sea with your kids in SC VivoCity entertaining venue


Top baby in the forest to the sea and children's play area SC VivoCity. You usually the baby underwent weekend like? Go to an amusement park and children usually sit yawn look baby squirming with boredom toys? You want to find a place where both you and your baby can delight in playing? Getting to the children's play area at SC VivoCity to the baby-turn across the sky colorful and yet very excited. Not only that even your baby will also love these super fun game following at SC VivoCity there.


Playground for kids at entertaining venue in Sai Gon

Children's play area in the entertainment spots in Saigon. On the weekends, especially holidays, the entertainment spots in Saigon have children's play area was extremely crowded and bustling. From budget to luxury, from the center spread to neighboring districts to the suburbs, the city people are eager to obtain, the moments most comfortable relaxing with friends and family after time work stress.

Playground for kids at entertaining venue in Sai Gon

The recreation spots in Saigon have children's play area is so diverse and plentiful. From outdoor activities such as eco-tourism destinations, cultural park to all sorts of forms of entertainment in the home, in the shopping center. Speaking to this can not fail to mention entertainment venues in Saigon SC VivoCity is a shopping center, but there appeared to be a solid foothold in the list of recreation facilities in Saigon, now in the districts in HCMC.

Thrilling shopping and entertaining venue in Sai Gon

Shopping fun delight drop station at amusement parks in Saigon. As trade hub, economic center - the country's major political, Ho Chi Minh City every year attracts a large amount of people flock to, besides foreign visitors have come from all over the world World to enjoy the scenery, the food delicious and the entertainment area in Saigon. However, this caused many intractable social problems, typically housing, food, handling work and above all entertainment needs of people where present Now, the play area in Saigon was too modest in both quantity and quality.

Thrilling shopping and entertaining venue in Sai Gon

Relax with family at Sai Gon entertaining spot

Relax with family in amusement parks in Saigon. Entertainment needs of people in the city are on the rise, especially in the outing with family, friends, colleagues, ... Pull Accordingly, the amusement park in Saigon also growing rapidly sprouting like mushrooms after rain. Therefore, consumers must be real "headache" to find yourself a shopping venues, entertainment and matching requirements. This is difficult because customers will be prone to oscillations before "matrix" of amusement parks in Saigon.

Relax with family at Sai Gon entertaining spot

Sai Gon entertaining playground

Amusement parks in Saigon. In a city called Saigon, with one family is used meal spend cozy intimacy. End the meal, they excitedly discussed the trip in Saigon during the weekend for the whole family. But irony everyone just wants to have fun just like to combine with the hobby of myself anymore.

Sai Gon entertaining playground


Finance ministry has always passionate about technology, and sports enthusiasts. Xinh Dep mother also liked to go shopping, because the true followers of fashion, clothing and accessories crazy beautiful at amusement parks in Saigon. Mothers Separated they want to go eat a reasonable price, bargain hunters. Your baby wants to place fast chatter fun, to experience new things in play area in Saigon than exciting event other attractions. However, he also liked Facebook status updates continuously with new pictures. But boy is looking forward to Li Shake on one play area for children in Saigon. Finally, all the members of his family must wait Knowing, a deep understanding and also the oldest member to make decisions for the whole family.

Entertaining Matrix place in Sai Gon

Location revel in Saigon SC VivoCity. Since officially opening its doors last April, SC VivoCity immediately welcomed 60,000 visitors on the first day, demonstrating strong appeals of a commercial center was developed by a joint venture company Vietsin - Founded by Saigon Co-op and Mapletree. With what SC VivoCity shown in the past months, this promises to be a fun place new Saigon, strange but not least dan.Ma match entertainment venues in Saigon.

The Big Buddhas of Phuket

Big Buddhas? Surely there's only one "Big Buddha" in Phuket? The big white one on the hill? Yes, that's the one known as THE Big Buddha, and it certainly is impressive. We've been driving up that hill for over 10 years since before construction began. It's not just the 45m high statue, but we love the great views over much of southern Phuket. Thailand is of course mostly Buddhist, so there are lots of Buddhist temples here, though Phuket also has large a Muslim minority and many Thai-Chinese families. You'll find mosques and Chinese shrines all over the island too, and even a Catholic church, a Hindu temple and Sikh gurdwara! And there's certainly more than one big Buddha here ...

"The" Big Buddha of Phuket

The biggest Buddha in Phuket is the big white marble covered statue on top of the Nakkerd hills in the south of the island near Chalong. It's been under construction for many years. The main statue is fairly well complete, but there's still work in progress around the edges. When it was being built we'd come up the hill for the views and some peace. Now it's part of many tour itineraries, so can be crowded, unless you visit early morning or late afternoon. The statue can be seen from much of the south of the island, and the views from the hill, more than 400m above the sea, are great.

The Big Buddha of Phuket
Hiking to the Big Buddha

Phuket Big Buddha


Reclining Buddha at Sri Sunthorn Temple

Built on the roof of one of the temple buildings at Sri Sunthorn temple, just south of Thalang in the centre of Phuket island is a 25m reclining Buddha. This is not a busy temple, we've been numerous times and hardly ever seen more than a few visitors. It's right by the main road through Phuket from town to the airport, but it's behind some trees and hard to spot from the road. The temple is named after one of the Heroines of Phuket who fought off the Burmese way back in 1785. Oh yes, we got history too!

Sri Sunthorn Temple

Sri Sunthorn Temple Buddha


Seated Buddha at Rang Hill Temple

Up a tiny, hard to find side road next to the Vachira hospital in Phuket Town, is a little secret. Somehow, I did not see this until January 2012, even though the blog had been going nearly 6 years and I love temples. My wife just casually said one day "did you ever see the temple up this road?" ... Wat Khao Rang is at the foot of Rang Hill, on the north side of Phuket Town, well known for views and the popular Tunk Ka Cafe. The golden seated Buddha is very nice indeed and I really should go back one day for some early morning photos in better light. Phuket is full of surprises, even for a long term resident!

Khao Rang Temple

The "Other" Phuket Big Buddha


Buddha in a cave at Wat Suwan Kuha

OK, this one is not on Phuket island .. Wat Suwan Kuha, also called Wat Tham ("cave temple") is over the bridge in Phang Nga province, but is visited by many tours from Phuket. We've been quite a few times. The Buddha is quite impressive, the whole thing was built about 150 years ago by the Na Takuathung family who still live in Phuket. A visit here can be combined with a Phang Nga Bay tour. Outside the cave there are lots of monkeys. There's a 20 Baht entry fee to the cave.

Wat Suwan Kuha

Reclining Buddha at Wat Suwan Kuha


Reclining Buddha at Koh Sirey Temple

Every time we visit the temple on a hill at Sirey Island (just east of Phuket Town) we feel sorry for the place. With some funding it could be gorgeous. Please do visit and leave a donation! Sirey Island (rather like Phuket) is hardly an island, you can drive there over a small bridge from Phuket Town. The temple is up a small hill, about 200 feet above sea level - views are pretty good actually! Inside the temple is a large reclining Buddha about 20m from head to toe. We like driving around Sirey for the views and there are some small restaurants dotted around the place, plus a sea gypsy village not far from the temple.

Koh Sirey Temple

Reclining Buddha at Koh Sirey Temple


Golden Buddha at Koh Kaew Yai Island

Not such an enormous Buddha, but an important one ... Koh Kaew Yai is a small island about 1km off the south tip of Phuket, you can see it from Phromthep Cape. Local legend says that Buddha set foot on the island before arriving in Phuket. Some monks live on the island. There is a large "footprint of Buddha" on the south side of the island, and facing north towards Phuket is a Buddha statue about 6 or 7m high. Not enormous, but an interesting place to visit - you can go by longtail boat from Rawai beach.

Boat trip to Koh Kaew Yai

Big Buddha's hand, Koh Kaew Yai


Wat Bang Riang

A very impressive temple in the hills north of Phang Nga Town near the small town of Thap Put ... quite a drive from Phuket actually, but a day trip including this temple can also include Wat Suwan Kuha and maybe a nice lunch at Tha Sai Seafood. The temple covers a huge area, with a main building on a hill and then a big Buddha and a big standing figure of the goddess Guan Yin. And quite a few steps to climb! Certainly worth a visit if you are in an exploring mood (which we often are!).

Wat Bang Riang

Wat Bang Riang, Phang Nga


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Special entertainment place to hangout in Sai Gon

Location play Saigon SC VivoCity. Following the success of the play area in Saigon SC VivoCity in Singapore lion country - one of the most fun places for foreign tourists as well as people here. On the last 19/4, SC VivoCity shopping mall opened in HCM City and is quickly appeared in the list of sites most fun Saigon. It is not just for young people but also serves a large number of households, parents and children in the city.



Place unique amusement SCVivoCity Saigon. SC VivoCity commercial center located in the busy area, populated in District 7. This is where the traffic is convenient and focused more foreigners as well as the middle class and upper living. SC VivoCity Trade Center certainly promises to be one of the selected locations play a leading Saigon City.

Entertainment place spot Sai Gon SC VivoCity

Location play Saigon SC VivoCity. Nowadays, there are so many fun places famous Saigon, but still has not met the needs of the young people have fun, especially on weekends or holidays. It would be inconvenient and time consuming if you have to run around the city to go to every place of amusement, as well as dining, or just to see the movie for a date night with your friends ...

dia diem an uong sai gon

Everyone worries about fun places like Saigon (?) Will be addressed at SC VivoCity shopping mall. This will be the beautiful places in Saigon most interesting, but hardly any young people may overlook. Being full set of commercial centers and services, where this would be the place to visit  meet all the needs of the young people from shopping, entertainment or movie entertainment ...

Place to visit in Sai Gon that cannot resist

A-must go place in Sai Gon. You're buried in work does not stop? You are living in the country where the most exciting? And, you're ignoring the hours "dissipated" great city that never sleeps! Let's pause and relax work yet! You can listen to SC VivoCity - one entertainment venues in bustling Saigon, the most modern? Why do not you try once "dissipated" drop terminal, maybe you will find a better source of inspiration for his work.

Place to visit in Sai Gon that cannot resist

Some good entertaining spot in saigon this summer

Some interesting playground this summer Saigon print. Traffic jams, smog, heat makes you unhappy having the road? After the time working and studying you do not know where to go to relax release stress? You want to find new places in Saigon fun exciting novel style, instead of the recreation area for several years familiar? Then SC VivoCity will be an ideal destination for you and your family.



SC VivoCity - integrated business center locations in Saigon fun activities just opened last month 4/2015, make sure that the place you are looking for fun complete with all food service. Entertainment were present at SC VivoCity.

Should selected SC VivoCity is dining venues Saigon ideal

Saigon dining venues in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City as today, earning a perfect place to enjoy the cuisine is not an easy thing. For the students, the students, the "street" snacks are ideal gathering place. But for older people, the domestic and foreign tourists, the place where is their dining Saigon? Do not worry about that, SC VivoCity's Saigon eateries that you never disappointed when you come here.



About Saigon. Saigon is the most vibrant city in Vietnam. It is not only famous for the beauty, attractive tourist destination but it is also known for the variety of cuisine from different regions of Vietnam, from many different countries around the world.

Saigon dining venues culinary world belongs to you

The eating places are still bustling Saigon footsteps was the same every day, even if the difficult economic but food culture is still a core part of Saigon soul. Those who have a strong attachment to this city must know local food cultures are present quartet fully enough here. The very distinct, unique makes everyone willing eating despite crisis pockets. Saigon - to the maze, eat the "café" is not wrong of you.

Saigon dining venues culinary world belongs to you

All dining venues appears Saigon

With more than 8 million people who live, study and work, Saigon dining venuesis one of the economic centers - culture - politics of the country. More specifically, populated by peculiar poured in from various provinces and foreigners, Saigon is considered a place of cultural diversity expressed through living, working, relaxing that stuff be in the eating places in Saigon, the colorful play area, ...
dining venues sai gon


Saigon dining venues SC VivoCity

In the early days of hot summer, people often seek to place a certain saigon dining in the heart of the city, which may avoid the extreme heat episodes, as well as eliminates the fatigue of self. That is why, people often focus on the entertainment spots in Saigon largest and most famous. places to eat.


It was determined, candidates for heaven's brightest dining and cool, as well as more brand focused famous cuisine that is the commercial center of Vietnam SC VivoCity. Here are the people honored as the beautiful places in Saigon in District 7 has a lot of love and to everyday people.

Two VIsits to a Favorite Golden Corral

We were in Virginia in the Williamsburg area and as the number of buffets there are decreasing we went to one of our favorite Golden Corrals twice in the 9 nights that were were there. I am not talking about the Golden Corral in Williamsburg - that one is one has been terrible when we have been there in the past. I am talking about the Golden Corral in Newport News, Virginia.

Why Thailand ---A question most asked by folks we meet or friends

We were in town the other day and we saw a friend or two  that was here in the LOS on a holiday and thinking about retirement, and they ask us the same question many have ask us in the past as to why we chose Thailand as our retirement home and country. Well , it was 12  years in October that we moved here from America," lock stock and barrel "as the ole saying goes and I thought it would be good to repeat a post I posted about a year or so ago , it might help to answer that question, Hope you enjoy the older post and pictures.

                                                             Why Thailand

When we travel on vacation or we are out and about, one of the most ask questions is "Why Thailand."In order to really answer that question , First, you have to know that I am married to a Thai lady , and one of my main concerns in my marriage was what could I do to make her happy .We came to Thailand in 2003 on a vacation and a chance for me to meet her family and kids. I saw at once ,how happy she was to be in her home country with friends and family , and yet have the security in knowing that she had a husband who could and would do anything she needed , with-in reason to make her happy. Not only could I see how happy she was , but I at once fell in love with Thailand , there was lots of things that attracted me to the LOS , BUT the most important one was how happy Ciejay seemed to be .

I knew it was about time for us to start thinking seriously about where we wanted to live out out retirement years , I had always thought about somewhere close to my Brother and Sister, out Tenn. way , and we went for a visit to check things out before coming to Thailand the next year on Vacation , and somehow it just didn't feel right to both of us. Before we came over to the LOS we had mentioned to each other if the opportunity and time arrived that we would look around and maybe think about Thailand (of course it was my first visit ,so much of the decision would be on my shoulders. We looked around and then on the last day when we came to Kanchanaburi and our small village of Whang Pho , We looked at each other and smiled, and knew this was the place. We had little daylight left for this visit to her Older Brother and the next day it was off to Bangkok to catch the plane and head home , Would you believe we found a little house and piece of land and bought it in the dark of night , saying that we would be back next year when I retired and make it our home , Everyone laughed and thought to themselves that they would never see us again, but we fooled them all and you can read about the move and remodel and moving , in a older post , just go back and start from my first ones .



Now that was a long story to tell you the main reason for choosing Thailand. Some of the others are as follows and in no order of importance , all of them to us are important reasons for choosing the LOS.

1.--My small SS check is enough for us here in Thailand.

2.--We were able for Ciejay to buy a house and small piece of land with what little money we had in savings.

3.--The weather is the kind of weather I always thought I would like about a place, when I retired.

4.--The food is out of this world tasty, healthy (spicy mind you ) but plenty and fresh, and growing everywhere , even in your own backyard.

5.--The Thai people,( our neighbors and village folks) even tho it took a while to get use to their way of life and culture and their way of thinking , and for them to get use to me -ha ha ha 

6.-- The almost crime free village and area we live in .

7.--Lots of things to see and do , and a lot of it not far from where we live .

8.--Our Thai family 

9.--Our dogs(our kids ) that can run free and wild .(we have since lost Bok ), but Sabu is alive and well, and a everyday source of fun and companionship

10.--Our home, our yard with all the plants and flowers and the wonderful view of the mountains from our front porch , all these things make up our little  piece of paradise

11.--Our village and the town folks .

12.--And our neighbors

13.--Our Dr's., and health care 

14.-- Our church and church family

15.-- The difference in our health since moving here to Thailand

16.-- And the big difference in me and my thinking about life and living.

17.-- The happiness I see in my wife ,Ciejay,(thai nickname Toon)

That's not all the reasons , I could go on and on , and you might say "well couldn't you find that in your own country ", maybe so , But we didn't. and we have found it here in what we call our little piece of paradise, that , we believe the Lord had saved just for us and all the blessings that go along , with being Retired in Thailand and Loving It .

INTERVIEW :::: Malcolm and Ciejay

Interview with Malcolm Burgess - an American expat living in a Thai village

Photo of Malcolm Bugess and family, an American living in ThailandMalcolm Burgess left life in the States to live out his Golden Years in a stress-free, peaceful Thai village with his wife Ciejay. He couldn't be happier in his modest environment, and gives us a glimpse into expat life in the Thai countryside.

Read more about expat life in Thailand in our Expat Arrivals country guide to the Thailand or read more expat experiences in Thailand.

About you


Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Well that’s a hard one. When I was growing up we moved all over the country, but the last placed I lived with my Thai wife Ciejay before moving full time to Thailand was Salem, Oregon.

Q: Where are you living now?
A: We live in the providence of Kanchanaburi, the Ampour of Sai Yok and the small village of Whang Pho in a beautiful valley at the foot of a small mountain range and on the banks of the famous River Kwai.

Q: How long you have you lived in Thailand?
A: We moved here in 2004, this October it was 12 years

Q: Did you move with a spouse/ children?
A: I moved to Thailand with my Thai wife of 14 years

Q: Why did you move to Thailand; what do you do?
A: After a visit and a holiday in Thailand Ciejay and I decided that this is the place we wanted to live out our Golden years, and I wanted to Bring Ciejay back to her home country and to her Thai family.

About your city
Q: What do you enjoy most about living in Thailand, how’s the quality of life?
A: The quality of life is great; it's a peaceful, quite and safe place and I feel no stress.

Q: Any negatives? What do you miss most about home?
A: Whenever anyone asks me this question, I answer:  family, friends and Taco Bell.

Q: Is the city safe? 
A:  Our little village is so safe, there’s almost no reason to lock your doors and take keys out of the truck, but nonetheless, we keep reminding ourselves, better safe than sorry.

About living in Thailand

Q: Which are the best places/suburbs to live in the city as an expat?
A: Well I am not an expat, I'm retired and I say whatever floats your boat. Lots of folks chose the city for all the excitement and things to do , but lots of folks like me, like the quite village life, free from the busy “run here and run there and do this and that life”, I left all that behind me when I retired.

Q: How do you rate the standard of accommodation?
A: Our home was an old Thai house that had not been lived in for eight years, we bought it and when we moved here in 2004, we took three months and remodelled it to fit our needs. Be it ever sooo humble, it suits us just fine, we love it.

Q: What’s the cost of living compared to home? What is cheap or expensive in particular?
A: As we live in a small village, most everything is cheaper than it was in the USA; our small social security check goes a long way to meet all our needs and a lot of our wants. For the most part, it's all according to how you want to live. We're happy with our little home, little village and our low-profile way of life.

Q: What are the locals like; do you mix mainly with other expats?
A: All the locals are shop owners or farmers, all related to each other and it's like one big extended family. As far as other expats, there is only one other in our area and we get along great, amazing enough, we are both from the same area in the USA.

Q: Was it easy meeting people and making friends?
A: I'm a people person, so it's easy for me and I always say, ”If you want to make friends, then show yourself to be friendly.”

About working in Thailand

Q: Did you have a problem getting a work visa/permit?
A: I'm retired and married to a Thai woman, so I have a visa that allows me to stay to support my Thai wife.

Q: What’s the economic climate like in the city, is there plenty of work?
A: The climate here in Whang Pho is one of the reasons we moved here; it's great all year round, hot, but not too hot with rain, but not monsoons - and no major disasters. Most of the folks are farmers, and thus there is always lots of work, and always a need for workers.

Q: How does the work culture differ from home?
A: Home (USA) was a hurry up; it was a stressful, work a day world. Here in the LOS, there’s less stress and a slower pace of living, work is on ones list here in Thailand, but is not a top priority.

Q: Did a relocation company help you with your move? 
A: No!!! We moved ourselves, after lots of planning and saving.

Family and children

Q: Did your spouse or partner have problems adjusting to their new home?
A: It took me a while to get used to the Thai culture and customs and the Mai Pen Rai way of life, but I listened, watched and learned. It did take me awhile to learn how to adjust my thinking to the Thai way of thinking though. Of course Ciejay was home, with friends and family and as happy as could be with a house, a little piece of land to call her own, a small bhat gold chain around her neck and a wonderful husband doing everything he can to make her happy.

Q: Did your children settle in easily?
A: No kids here in Thailand, they are all grown and married.

Q: How would you rate the healthcare?
A: The healthcare I have received since I have been here is the best, I've ever had.

And finally…

Q: Is there any other advice you like to offer new expat arrivals?
A:  Do your homework before you make the move, and then when you get here, go with the flow, don't try to swim against the Thai current and BE HAPPY.

Feeling Thankful

Yesterday was Loy Krathong here in Thailand, a lovely holiday though a little noisy with all the fireworks, which upsets our animals.  Today is Thanksgiving and I am feeling thankful in so many ways.  It is easy to glance over what we are thankful for and take for granted all the little things which go into making us happy and our lives fulfilling.

Health and fitness are high on my list, for without them I would not be able to enjoy much of what makes life worth living for me.  Doctors and medication are not part of my life and I am thankful for that.  I have no vices or addictions except coffee perhaps and of course the love of a good woman.

Love is way up there on the list of things to be thankful for.  To love and to be loved adds an element of joy and comfort which I am not sure can be compensated for by other things in life.  I would not trade the relationship I have with my wife for anything.

I am thankful for the love, support and freedom given to me by my parents over the span of their lives.  Thankfully I was able to spend time with them in their twilight years and my wife was able to know them and spend time with them as well.

I am thankful, that for the foreseeable future, we have no financial worries.  While there are no guarantees in life, I feel confident that I have done what I can to prepare for what remains of my life and my wife’s after I am gone.

They say money can’t buy happiness but it can arguably make life more comfortable and enjoyable.  I am thankful for this house I live in and the views I enjoy.  I am surrounded by creature comforts and space for my pets and my toys.  Nature is in full view from inside the house and stepping out the door I can walk the dogs next to rice paddies or ride my bike from 50 to 100 kilometers through open countryside.  Sunsets are a daily indulgence, weather permitting of course.

I am thankful that I found Thailand when I did, in my early twenties, and that I have been permitted to live here for the majority of my life.  I am thankful for a life that has not been burdened by expectation or permanence.  By moving at three, thirteen and twenty-three the bonds of people and places were broken, affording me more freedom of choice I think, than if I had remained in one place.

I am thankful I don’t live too close to town, even though that means a long drive to do certain things.  Living in Bangkok for thirty years I grew accustom to it taking an hour to get anywhere and often much longer.  Now I live less than an hour from town and really enjoy the drive.  Part of that is down to not living on a schedule, having nice roads with varied scenery and having a comfortable fun vehicle to get me where I am going.

I am thankful for this beautiful weather we are having right now.  Cool clear nights with a full moon to illuminate the fields and mountains, a touch of fog in the mornings for mood enhancement and warm sunny days to brighten the spirits.  The light this time of year is amazing.

I am thankful my wife will be getting her university degree soon and that she has learned so much and done so well.  She has plans to continue her educational pursuits but there will be a long enough break that we may have time to travel, assuming we are able to find someone to take care of the animals and the house.

I am thankful for the absence of toxic relationships in my life.  I have always found it easier to do things on my own than with others.  I like people in small doses and infrequently though some of our houseguests bring great joy and excitement during their stay with us.  Other than my wife there is no one I would enjoy seeing everyday and anything more than a day away from her is something I never look forward to.

I am thankful for the internet and the way it brings people together over great distances while giving you control over how and what you share.  Living were I do would be more difficult without the ability to connect with the broader world when I wish to.

Finally let me say how thankful I am that you took the time to read this and hope you take some time to consider what you are thankful for today.

Back To KFC Buffet, Williamsburg, Va

It has been two years since we have been to the KFC Buffet in Williamsburg, Virginia. For those who do not know, in some parts of the US, KFC restaurants (Kentucky Fried Chicken) have buffets. I have only been to one. This one in Williamsburg, Virginia. I have seen one other in Virginia - there may be more, and I know that they are scattered around the country.

October 30, 2015

Greetings From Thailand!
Sorry we haven’t sent a letter in a while.  It has been quite the month.  We have traveled all over Thailand, to Laos, and to two District Conferences. We also fit in our mission tour with Elder and Sister Funk.
Our quick trip to Laos was originally scheduled to be with Elder Funk but he needed to remain in Hong Kong to meet with Elder Gong, who was called as one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventy. Elder Funk will replace Elder Gong as the Asia Area President.
We thought about postponing our trip to Laos but couldn’t bring ourselves to do it.  We had Yongtee’s mission call in hand and promised to bring it when we came.  He is the only member in his family.  His parents left him and his siblings and moved to America.  He has taken care of his siblings and is a faithful member of the Church.  He had many young single adults at the church as well as his siblings, and the 6 Laos Elders.  He is very talented and can speak several languages, including English.  He sings beautifully and his smile just lights up the room.  The entire group cheered when we walked in the door, with his call letter in hand. He is very proud and excited to serve in Australia, English speaking.
We also delivered a mission call to a young sister in the Vientiane branch.  (Nickname Sister Pookie)  She had opened her call via skype from our home in Bangkok to the Church in Vientiane. She was anxiously awaiting her actual call so she could read it over and over again.  She will be serving in a different mission in Australia.  The members in Laos are so faithful!  They have 2 branches in Laos.  Members from Vientiane Branch 2 travel 2 ½ hours each way to attend Church.  They put 28 people each van that should only hold 12 comfortably.  They are wonderful member missionaries and continue to find people for the missionaries to teach.
We love the Elders in Laos.  They are amazing and talented missionaries.  They really love the members and serve the people of Laos every day.  They aren’t allowed to openly contact and find but they teach English classes and get many referrals through serving in the community.  They baptize, teach English and Mission Prep, play a little piano for sacrament meeting, have great activities and Family Home Evenings and support the leaders in both branches.  They are great examples and we continue to have young women and men from Laos apply to serve missions because of their examples.
Our mission tour was a wonderful experience. Upon returning from Laos, we immediately picked up Elder and Sister Funk from the airport.  They arrived from Hong Kong where Elder Funk (Of the Seventy) serves in the Asia Area Presidency.  Both Elder Funk and Sister Funk are very personable and served as Mission President and wife in India prior to this call.  They could relate to the traffic jams and travel difficulties we face here and didn’t look too nervous when we used the GPS to travel home from the airport.  We took them to lunch at a Thai restaurant.  They love Thai food and handle spicy Thai food easily after serving in India and eating spicy Indian curry.
We had 12 Young Single Adults from Asoke over on Monday evening for Family Home Evening.  We had the best time ever!  They are amazing!  They have such beautiful testimonies and range from being a member for several years to being baptized 4 months ago.  Some are the only members in their families.  One young man lived in England for a time.  His English is excellent and it is fun to hear a Thai brother speak with a British accent.   One of the brothers is a returned missionary also. We had a lesson and then we played the now famous Cat and Mouse game.  I remember playing that at home with you kids and all your friends.  I loved playing it with Ethan and Aaliyah and Annee and Ellee and Dodge and Linen and Sailor and Scout before we left for our mission.  Dad would say, “I’m a hungry cat and want to eat some mice” then the kids would scream and laugh and always pull their mouse out just in case he rolled a six or a one on the dice.  So fun.  Now we have played it at another Family Home Evening in Lampang.  The adults loved it as much as the young members.  I think the game is going viral.  Ha.  We had dessert and they loved the treats. I was able to continue visiting with the Young Single Adults while Kelly took the Funk’s back to their hotel.  I got my guitar out and they sang I am a Child Of God.  Kelly and I love it when the Thai’s sing Nearer My God To Thee.  It sounds so reverent and amazing in Thai.  Then I made them divide the leftover treats and they were so happy to take them home.  One sister said she “has never been so happy”.  She loved coming for Family Home Evening and being able to talk about the church and to be with members and have fun.  They just don’t get that at home being the only member in their family.  I just love them all.  Their faith is so strong and they want to be so obedient. 
Tuesday we had MLC as part of the mission tour.  That is a new addition to mission tours.  I loved it.  I learned so much from Elder Funk and Kelly and the missionaries.  Our Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders are incredible.  They have the best comments which you know come from their daily personal studies.  I was able to share my conversion story and my testimony on prayer.  I just love my missionaries still.  I will always be grateful to them for teaching me that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and has always loved me and that I didn’t need to earn that love, He simply loves me and that I could pray and talk with Him and He would listen.
Obviously being taught that and then doing that and believing that changed my life.  So grateful the message is the same today for everyone.
We took our MLC  missionaries and the Funks on the subway to Lumphini Park where Thailand was dedicated for missionary work.  We read the dedicatory prayer together and had personal dedication time and then returned to the mission office for lunch and the second session of MLC.
The following day we started zone conferences with the mission tour.  Kelly and I spoke on Obedience.   I talked about selective obedience using Jess our dog as an example of selective obedience.  I told how Jess was always more obedient to Kelly than any other member of the family or if you had a treat she was very obedient.  Or how when she was on the trail of a bird it was harder for her to be obedient because she was so excited.  Then I asked the missionaries how many of us show unwavering obedience to everything, with the exception of one commandment or rule?   Then we read from the missionary handbook word for word what it said about socks, about music, about what time to get up in the morning and what time to finish Pday and begin to work.  Some of the rules in the handbook may seem insignificant or not make sense but that is not the issue, the issue is that a rule is a rule and if you want to be strictly obedient you need to keep all the rules not pick and choose.  You are either 100 percent obedient or you are not obedient.   I told the story of Arabian horses and how they are trained and selected.  Those that follow the masters call instead of heading for the water after being kept from it for a time are chosen for the most important work and those that pay no heed and head straight to the water are chosen for less important work.  I compared it to If God’s greatest work is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man then as missionaries the most important work we can do is to share the gospel with all of Heavenly Father’s children.  How sad it would be that when the Master calls and we have not disciplined ourselves to be exactly and strictly obedient that we are only suitable for a less important work.    I had them read in the missionary handbook the page where it tells what is expected of them when called as a missionary and every time it said  *you*  I had them say *I*  and take ownership of their mission and their accountability to follow the rules with exactness.  The last part reads:  When *I* accepted *My* call, *I* promised to live by these standards.  *I* am accountable to the Lord and to the leaders of the church for how well *I* honor this promise.
Kelly gave the definition of the word Always.  He said Always=Always (leaving zero room for words like unless, or except, or if or but).  He gave a great object lesson.
Kelly: I showed the missionaries a bottle of Iceland Spring Water. This water comes from Iceland and is considered perfectly clean. It is filtered through rocks for thousands of feet, removing all impurities. I called up a missionary and asked if they would drink the water. Of course they would agree to drink the water. I then had a bottle of canal water from Bangkok. The canals here are incredibly dirty. The water is actually black. The water is so polluted that it is black. The water is full of garbage and waste. The APs were able to retrieve a bottle of this filthy water for me. I then told them that the Iceland Spring Water had 500 ml of water in it. I then took 5 ml of the filthy canal water and put it in the bottle of perfectly clean water. I emphasized that it was only one percent imperfect now. I then asked the missionary to drink the water in the bottle. There was no way they would drink the water, with even just 1 % of that filthy water in it. I tied this to obedience. Even 1% disobedience taints the entire effort to be obedient. We have to strive for strict obedience.
We held zone conferences in Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Chiang Mai.
We ended the mission tour with the Chiang Mai District Conference in Chiang Mai.  (Stake Conference for branches).  Sister Funk and I did an Auxiliary Training Meeting for the Sisters on Saturday evening before the adult session of conference.  We split up and went on visits before we started the training.  I was able to go with the Young Women’s president in Chiang Mai and two young women.  We went to visit some of the young women.  It was a great experience to see them with their personal progress books and know that they are setting personal goals and strengthening their Faith and preparing to be worthy to enter the temple.  They loved my young women’s medallion (Thank you Bishop Vincent) and wanted to earn theirs and said they would wear it all the time like I do.  When I was training in the Young Women’s auxiliary I had the young women there stand and repeat the young women’s theme.  It was moving.  They stood and were holding hands and had arms around each other and said it so beautifully and with heartfelt meaning pausing after each value with big smiles on their faces.  Oh the church is true everywhere!!  We truly are all daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us and we love Him.  I love that I get to be with so many sister missionaries or I would miss Young Women’s way too much. 
We went with the Funks to visit Northern Chiang Mai University.  They loved that Jeremy had been there to meet them and to do so much good with his humanitarian project from Weber State University.  They talked to us about having our missionaries teach English at the University once a week.  They took us to dinner after the meeting to the most beautiful outdoor restaurant.  They had beautiful orchids everywhere and ponds and waterfalls.  Sunday the faculty member (Wiwat) that knows Jeremy showed up at church in the Chiang Mai branch with his wife.  They are both members and would love to have the missionaries at the university. He is so kind and wanted to have our pictures taken together.  Between the university visit and dinner and church we took close to a million pictures.  Ha
Sunday night we said goodbye to Elder and Sister Funk as they departed for Hong Kong.  We loved the mission tour.  It was a very uplifting and testimony building week.
We love spending time with the missionaries.  That is always the highlight of our time here.
Kelly and I stayed in Chiang Mai so Kelly could interview the missionaries.  We were able to spend part of the day with the missionaries for P-day.  We took two songtows (one for the sister missionaries and me and one for the Elders and Kelly) to Doi Suthep. This is a Buddhist temple on top of a high mountain above Chiang Mai. There are at least a 1,000 steps leading up the mountain to the temple on top. It was a beautiful day and even more enjoyable to have a very wonderful but very busy week and a half behind us.  We came back in time to do Family Home Evening with the Young Single Adults in Chiang Mai.  Kelly even did a few interviews for prospective missionaries and Church leaders in the home we were visiting.  We celebrated birthdays including Sister Morgan’s one of our Chiang Mai missionaries.  We left for the airport the next morning to return to Bangkok.
That same evening we had a banquet for the public opinion leaders.  They were able to take a tour of the Stake Center and the baptismal font and to get a tour of the family history center.  They were very impressed and always comment on how much good the church does for the people in Thailand and the world.  They love all that the church offers for the youth to have high moral standards and values.  A funny note:  The dinner was catered by a Mexican restaurant.  The people seated at our table did not know how to eat it.  It was a soft shell taco that was too big to close and pick up.  Kelly was trying to show one man how to dip the tortilla chips in the salsa and eat it.  Maybe you had to be there.  We had some of our sister missionaries that were the entertainment for the evening.  They played piano and flute to primary songs.  It was really lovely.  We showed a film of the humanitarian work the church does and the purpose of the Bishop’s storehouse and Deseret Industries and Latter-Day Saint Charities that do the water projects, wheelchair, eye surgery, infant resuscitation programs and English Classes. 
On Friday, we drove to Lopburi to interview the missionaries there.  They are wonderful missionaries.  You could tell that they were happy and loved missionary work the minute we walked in.  They are so good to each other also.  Elder Reid is an amazing self taught piano player.  He can play anything with any emotion you choose.  While we waited for Kelly to interview each missionary he was asked to play Once There Was A Snowman by Elder Neal.
Elder Neal said, “Play the absolutely saddest rendition of that song.”  Elder Reid sure did.  It was so melancholy that you almost wanted to cry.  Then I said, “Elder Reid could you please hurry and play the happiest rendition of
that song to cheer us up?”  He played the most lifting and happy version you could imagine.  It was all I could do not to skip around the room.  AMAZING!  He is so good at using his special gift and talent to bless the members in Thailand.  He can play any instrument that you don’t blow into he said.  I believe him.
We also were able to meet and interview Elder Hunt there.  His parents brought him to our farewell at home.  His mom knew Kelly from when he served here as a missionary.  She had a letter in a book from 33 years ago that Kelly had written her thanking her for helping him with street boards and missionary work.  This Elder is so happy to be here serving in Thailand.  He grins constantly and everyone loves him already.  We stayed overnight and then the next morning we drove into downtown Lopburi to be part of monkey city which was like being in the movie “Planet of the Apes”.  Unbelievable hardly  describes it.  The monkeys live in some of the ancient ruins in Lopburi and have overrun any abandoned building near the ruins in the middle of the city. As we walked through the area, monkeys would approach and would jump on us, climbing up to our shoulders and one even perched on top of Kelly’s head. We fed them peanuts. It was an interesting experience to be walking right among the monkeys and interacting with them. The baby monkeys were the cutest.
We then drove to Ayutthaya where we were able to see some beautiful ruins and a really neat Buddha head that had fallen and over the years had become encased in the roots of a tree.  It was quite spectacular really.  We saw Elephants  walking down the road which was like …wow!
On Monday, we flew to Chiang Mai and rented a car and drove to Lampang.  The drive to Lampang was beautiful.  Green mountains and lush fields of trees and grass the whole way.  So different from Bangkok.  We were able to teach some new investigators with the missionaries. 
Kelly: I went to teach with Elder Parker and Elder Lindley. We went to the home of a less active couple. The husband was a former branch president. They were happy to receive us. We taught about Christ and the restoration. This home was out in the jungle. It was classic Thailand. The home had cement floors and walls, no carpet and limited furniture. It was hilarious after we taught. The elders were so nervous about running into a snake as we walked back to the car on the small dirt path.

I stayed with Sister Carrillo and Sister Remington at the church.  We taught a sweet sister that was getting baptized the next week.   We taught Joe and Ken (nick names for two Thai men).  They were so humble and really loved reading in the Book of Mormon .  Then we all met up at the church again and had Family Home Evening with some members of the branch.  This is where we played the cat and mouse game.  It was hilarious watching them anticipate getting caught and trapped under the lid.  Many would pull their mouse out before the dice landed.  It was so much fun.  I met two young sisters Tip and Ten.  They were 13 and 7.  They live with their father and the grandmother takes care of them.  Tip is a member and she brings her little sister to church with her every Monday night and activity night and Sundays.  It was all I could do not to take them home with us.     Kelly and I left the church with Elder Parker and Elder Lindley to teach a sister and her brother in law at his dentist office.
We stayed at a little bed and breakfast that only had two rooms for guests.  It had beautiful Teak Wood furniture and looked like the earlier Thai housing Kelly remembered from his mission.  They made us a special breakfast the next morning and watched us eat hoping to anticipate any little thing we might need.
Kelly: Terri didn’t want to eat some of the breakfast, but was too kind to want the cute cook to feel bad that we didn’t eat all the food. So, she sneakily was able to wrap the undesirable food items in a napkin and get it into her purse.
We met the missionaries at the church for personal study time and companionship study.  I loved learning from Sister Carrillo and Sister Remington.  They are so good at applying what they learn from the scriptures.  They have wonderful testimonies.  We had district meeting after studies.  Elder Parker had everyone prepared and it was an excellent district meeting.  We went to lunch with them after the meeting.  We had Som Tom which is a specialty there.  It was delicious and still one of my favorite things to eat in Thailand. 
We left and drove back to Chiang Mai.  Kelly was able to interview Sister Morgan, the only one he missed after the mission tour in Chiang Mai. Kelly then spent the evening planning and setting goals with the Chiang Mai District Presidency. 
On Sunday, we went to church in Bangbuathon. The church is located upstairs in a car dealership.  Once inside it is a beautiful building and looks very much like the sacrament room in our churches.  The members were so kind and we really enjoyed being there with them.  We both had to speak and then we stayed for the other meetings and then they wanted us to eat lunch with them.  We hurried back after for a missionary fireside we had to both speak at.  It was great to be with President Suchad at the fireside.  He is a great leader and excellent teacher.  We were happy to see Sister Hayes and Sister Burbank and to finally get a picture with Sister Hayes.  Her parents are Mission Presidents in Costa Rica.  We had MLC this week.  It was a great conference. 
I know we did things here in Bangkok but it is starting to blur because we were flying off to Udorn before we knew it.  We are just starting all the District and Stake Conferences.
We love Udorn!!  The people there are some of my favorites.  Sister Gaw and her mother Maa Phon and pretty much about every member there is wonderful.
This District Conference was under the direction of Elder Khunukum, an Area Seventy. Kelly called and set apart a new District Presidency and called the newly released District President, President Wonsegon to be his 2ndCounselor in the Mission Presidency.  He is an amazing teacher.  He teaches seminary and is wonderful with the missionaries.  They love him so they were very happy for his new calling.  The new District President will be great.  He is a very humble man. He is a returned missionary, as is his wife.  They have one son on a mission now and a 17 year old son who is preparing to serve.  His wife bore her testimony and said she had an overwhelming feeling when she met President Johnson weeks ago that a wonderful thing was going to happen in their family.  She will be a great support to her husband and the branch.
We were able to go on visits in the branch on Saturday before the Women’s auxiliary training and Priesthood session started.  I went with Maa Phon and Sister Khunakum and our sister missionary, Sister Hoffman.  She was to be my translator but we soon found out that the women we went to visit spoke Mong.  We did the best we could.  I held all the babies at the homes and shared scriptures on living after the manner of happiness.  All the sisters we visited were alone with their babies because their husbands left them.  This happens way too often here and it is heartbreaking.  The Thai babies are beyond beautiful.  I want to take them all home with me but know it is only a wish.  Two of the homes had the babies sleeping in baskets tied to ropes under porches outside.  The grandmother usually sat nearby pulling on the rope so the baby swung back and forth.  Maa Phon thought it was the funniest joke ever when she taught me a song the moms sing to their babies to get them to sleep as they swing.  It goes like this…Ding, ding, ding, ding.   Ding, ding, ding, ding.  And over and over again.  I learned it very quickly ha.  But the funny part was when Maa Phon said she didn’t have time to sing that song so she would just push the baby and give them a good swing and sing …Dings!  She laughed so hard pushing the baby I thought the baby might do a complete spin right over the top of the porch.  She made me sing it and then laughed even harder.  I’m not sure I still get how funny that seems to her but it was Maa Phon and I always laugh because she is so fun and energetic.  She does more member missionary work than anyone I have ever met.  She does not hold back either but just begs people to come to church and to be her friend.  I was able to teach piano lessons to a couple of wonderful young people in the branch.  The one young man (Brother Daft) can play We Thank Thee Oh God For A Prophet with intro perfectly now.  I made him learn Joy To The World to get ready for Christmas because it is the easiest one.
He was pretty happy and whenever I walked down the hall I could hear Joy To The World.  The sister was learning hymns from the simplified hymnbook hoping to play in the branch when Sister Gaw leaves for BYU in December.  They are all just terrific.  We really love it here and are so grateful we have this opportunity to serve with the missionaries and with these people that we have come to love.  We are looking forward to having Jalynn and Jace come in December.  Good thing time flies here so you should be here like tomorrow.  Grandkids we love you so much.  Children you are amazing and we are so proud of all you do and who you are.  Parents you are the best.  Thanks for your love and prayers.  Family we are excited for all the wonderful things happening in your lives.  (returning missionaries, marriages, school events, missionary service, and family highlights).  Friends, thanks for your support and for looking out for our children and for your many kind deeds.

We love you all,

Terri and Kelly