Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Second day back to the day job

Yes, as expected, yesterday was knackered after teaching 3 sessions following a long time on holiday.  Second day working today but need to find time to finish the update to the website destinations pages. Want to have a go at video  blogging at some point in preparation for when I am in country so to speak.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

New year, new blogging platform

I have tried to make "andywrightonline" all a bit more consolidated, especially as I want to go in new directions with the stuff I already have, rather than my usual of adding more to the portfolio. So, my website has been redesigned and the blog revived and the usp changed. Updating will be easier becuse I can now blog from the tablet and phone.  So, as from now this will be all about travel,  with the underlying flavour being about disabilities and travel. Please like and share my website but above all come back regularly, read the blog, contribute to the forum and enjoy the exploits of my world wide travelling extravaganza.

Monday, July 27, 2015

out with our friends

We're 3 couples, a Thai wife with a farang (foreign/western) husband with a couple of coincidental things in common: all the ladies are from around the same part of Thailand, we all live in a 8 mile radius.

I met one of the men through a student who introduced me after I said i was marrying a Thai lady.  The other couple I met in April, in Thailand, during my month long holiday that included the wedding ceremony.  But I knew these two couples already hung out and were a long way along the visa route.

After wanting to make sure my wife was not too lonely, I was keen to find people who she had commonality with, and perhaps she could talk to and go out with. My plan worked out well because I found two couples who were local, and two of the ladies were already acquainted.   I also discovered a network of Thai's living here, locally, shops and the like selling everything you could want.

I did my best to make the house as friendly as possible, putting up framed photos of family and a rather nice canvas of a local (Non-Wang) temple we both visited on several occasions.

Even so after the first week of bliss, she became homesick.  Having done the formative years 11-16 away from home, I know how it feels.  At least my family were close by, 200 miles or so. Hers are 6,000 miles so not easy to keep in touch, especially with 6 or 7 hour time difference.  I had made sure there was video connection for her to talk, and this has been a godsend in all ways.  Right now she's talking to family, her nephew, sister and mother. It's 1140 here and 1740 in Thailand.

She's here in the UK for 5 and a half months, after obtaining a hard earned tourist visa.  That's another story, which you'd think was a work of fiction  however I can assure you is entirely true.  At the end she's going back to Thailand and at this point i don't have any plans.  Money is now so tight, I don't think I can even go in December, which will mark a 3 month separation period with no definite end.  At the moment, there's 2 months left, so I don't wish to think too much about that.

So, yesterday was an outing to Bristol to a washed-out thai festival. The rain poured and the people stayed away.  We left to go get lunch, and never returned.  It was a waste of time and money however the time with friends was priceless.

After that we passed by the chinese supermarket at Eastville and the ladies purchased supplies, on the way to my home where we spent an enjoyable evening drinking, eating, chatting and the ladies did karaoke to thai songs on the tablet (wifi'd to the TV).

The Ladies are planning a trip to London, which I am sure they'll enjoy seeing as it will include shopping, but will damage the bank account further.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Taking it easy today because we're out tomorrow and it is the holidays now, the term ended yesterday and I don't work until 7th September (apart from the friday sessions at the sports centres).  Cleaned the kitchen floor with neat cleaner as it was so filthy. Emptied the car and adjusted the seating to accommodate 6 people, after all it's a 7 seater so may as well benefit from it... But, in doing so can't take my scooter now so i'll be struggling to walk around the show, because the seat takes up the loading space it gives me half a boot and the lift arm doesn't allow for this.

This morning looked at containers - or rather making a house with them.  The ideal house building situation for Thailand, except in researching the costs, it may be expensive due to being £1,000+ per container and the design I had in mind involved 12 x 20 foot and 1 x 40 foot.  The most expensive bit is the land, however this can be purchased for very little in some places.

Now sat in the office thinking what to do..One task is the end of year accounts, yet to be finished.  Or watching TV...  Pass the remote control!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

missing post

I knew the problem of having to blog on the PC would eventually lead to not blogging, and it happened yesterday.  With good intention I came home after lunch and took the Mrs with me to town to bank some cheques. We wandered round a small market, and discovered a veggie stall sold some foreign asian foods, such as that found in asian supermarkets.  Having purchased an item or two, narrowly missing on spending a fortune (prices were higher on the market) we went towards the small mall where I didn't manage to avoid spending as the Mrs bought some tops from Peacocks. We stopped in asda, I did ask if she wished to go to the car and wait but unfortunately she wanted to come in.  It was a spending frenzy that I tried desperately to avoid but didn't.  The last stop was Boots for some face cream and girly face wash stuff, which if I had realised, was cheaper in Asda!

At least she cooked a delicious thai meal for dinner after which a selection of usual activities took place, some of which i'll leave to the immagination. Suffice it was a later night, and a very tiring next day due to the late bed time!

Sunday this week we're off to Bristol with our friends (two couples) to a thai festival so thats something to look forward to.