Monday Montage: Please Hold…

This week we have been going over and over what our future plans may be, and the only answer we can conclude at the moment is that we have to hold on. I feel like I have gotten stuck in travel voicemail this week that is telling me, “please hold… and the answers will be given to you when God is ready”. We have to wait and see.  And be patient… which is my least normal way to be. Yep, that’s right, I am extremely a little impatient. Travel (and motherhood for that matter) have taught me to be more flexible, to be more positive, and maybe even to be more fun-loving, but I am still working on the patience thing.

I have been sitting and trying not to tap my toes waiting for some clear direction on where we should go next (or if we should stay). Meanwhile, we have been making the most of  our “time left” if that is what this time turns out to be. Which means I actually have more than a few photos to share with you today! Although I am sure that you all wanted to see some more gates, am I right? Well if you really want to see the gates, you can look at them again in my post from last week. This week for my Monday Montage, there are no gates included… just some of the beautiful and humorous things I love about this stunning country. I love Thailand.

A new beach that a Thai friend took us to. It's gorgeous and calm. A great place to take toddlers. It is near Cape Panwah, but I am do not know the beach name. It is primarily a locals beach. What a find!

A new beach that a Thai friend took us to. It’s gorgeous and calm. A great place to take toddlers. It is near Cape Panwa, but I am do not know the beach name. It is primarily a locals beach. What a find!

Ramubtan and Mangosteen fruit is everywhere in Phuket right now. There is so much that people are pretty much just giving them away. They are so delicious!

Rambutan and Mangosteen fruits are everywhere in Phuket right now. People are pretty much just giving them away.  Score! They are so delicious!

I never knew that a frying pan could be "Fashion,  Comfortable, Healthy". Only in Thailand I guess.

I never knew that a frying pan could be “Fashion, Comfortable, Healthy”. Only in Thailand I guess.

Mojitos for 50 baht ($1.50 USD)  at the Weekend Market in Phuket Town. Yummy!

Mojitos for 50 baht ($1.50 USD) at the Weekend Market in Phuket Town. Yummy!

This is what the Weekend Market looks like in a deluge during the rainy season. Good thing it is hot enough so that one's clothing dries immediately.

This is what the Weekend Market looks like in a deluge during the rainy season. Good thing it is hot enough so that one’s clothing dries immediately.

I believe that this Boot's Pharmacy sign means to read "Winter flu shot" but I think that this signage is actually more correct in its description.

I believe that this Boot’s Pharmacy sign means to read “Winter flu shot” but I think that this signage is actually more correct in its description. Also there is no winter here, there is only dry (high) season and rainy (low) season.

We had dinner in this really cool Sala the other night. I want one!

We had dinner in this really cool Sala the other night. I want one!

 

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Wednesday Write-Up: 201 Posts!

I know it may seem silly to celebrate 201 posts, but since I didn’t realize the milestone of writing about our adventures 200 times when I was publishing my post on Monday I thought I would just celebrate it as it is.

In those 200 posts, we wrote about our beginnings, our travels, and how different and wonderful it was to travel with our (then) 2-year-old daughter. Since today I am writing about the number of times I have posted here on And Three To Go, I decided that today I wanted to share some other “numbers” of our travels.

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NUMBER OF DAYS WE HAVE BEEN TRAVELING:   472 days

NUMBER OF CITIES/TOWNS VISITED:  22

NUMBER OF COUNTRIES VISITED (NOT INCLUDING LAYOVERS): 13

NUMBER OF FLIGHTS: 30

NUMBER OF TIMES I HAVE FELT THE AWESOMENESS OF THIS GRAND ADVENTURE: Every Single Day! (Cheesy, I know, but I couldn’t help it! It is so true!)

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Our journey has changed many times along the way and it may be changing again sooner than we expected.  For those of you that are new to And Three To Go, we have been staying in Phuket, Thailand. Thailand is currently under a military coup, which has not made its way through our “expat bubble” until recently.

The Thai government is cracking down on tourists who do visa runs to extend their stay in Thailand. We have been getting the correct visa’s to stay here during our stay in this complex and wonderful country, but now the rules are changing. We will not know what those changes will entail until August 12th. Our time in Thailand may be up and we will be on the move again. New places to see, new adventures to be had! Now just to decide where to go!

Where do you think we should go? Help us research our next step (haha) and tell us what you love about the places you suggest!

If you are interested in reading about all of the places we have visited, just click on the name below:

Anaheim Disneyland, Texas, Florida, Curacao, Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, Porto, Algarve), Disney Paris, Hungary, Greece (Athens, Paros), Taiwan, Thailand (Hua Hin, Phuket), Malaysia, Singapore, Tokyo, California, England (Kettering, Bedford, London)

 

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Monday Montage: Gates

In our neighborhood in Phuket, everyone has a gate. Some of the gates are ornate, some just put together out of old scraps, some wooden, some metal, the list could go on and on. As I have been jogging around this beautiful area that is my temporary home, I have pondered the gates and what they represent to me.  Do they represent keeping someone out, or keeping someone in? Do they add a sense of security in a sometimes scary world? Or are they just a way of showing that one has good stuff inside they want to keep out of the hands of others? Jogging is not much fun for me and so keeping my mind occupied with such philosophical thoughts keeps me going.

In my hometown, there were two types of gates that one would see when it came to houses.

There were “Gated Communities” which usually meant that you lived in a wealthier neighborhood and therefore had more things that you wanted to keep safe from the scary people obviously lining up to steal from you. The individual houses probably wouldn’t have gates (besides into the back yards usually), but the whole housing development would be hidden behind high walls and a remote-control gate (sometimes even a security guard to verify that you belong there). To me these neighborhoods always felt more like prisons than homes, and the gates seemed unnecessary. A showing of fear and paranoia, a person wanting to keep their stuff in and the riffraff out.

Then on the opposite end of the spectrum, there were the gates you’d see over windows, and doors, and blocking off the front yards because the houses are located in a “bad neighborhood”. I am not quite sure what constitutes a “bad” neighborhood in my hometown, except that it probably has problems with gangs and usually the people are living in poverty. There is a quote from Aristotle that says “The mother of revolution and crime is poverty” and though there has not been a revolution in my small hometown (yet), there is real crime in the more impoverished neighborhoods.  The gates in these neighborhoods are not only there to protect the stuff that is in the houses, but the people as well. There is very real danger in these neighborhoods and so the gates are almost mandatory.

It’s interesting (and sad) to me to see the similarities and differences between the two types.

Here in Phuket, most houses have gates and I am pretty sure it is for all the same reasons that they have them in the States. But, there are some really interesting ones, and I wanted to show you some of them.

IMG_1805 IMG_1807 IMG_1808 IMG_1810 IMG_1812 IMG_1815 IMG_1816 IMG_1817 IMG_1820What are your existential thoughts on gates? Do you get bored exercising like me and have philosophical inner monologues about mundane things? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

 

Monday Montage: Plans Don’t Always Go As Planned

I had a post planned for today. A good one I think. But it was not meant to be. I was going to go on a long walk around our neighborhood here in Phuket to show you some more of the sights in our area. But it was storming and too wet for me to venture out, let alone take my phone out long enough to take pictures without it getting too wet. So I have decided to do something a little different today. If traveling has taught me anything, it is that I am much happier when I am flexible about my plans.

I have decided to go through my massive amounts of photos from this year, pick out a few of my favorites, and share them with you! Hooray for feeling nostalgic and remembering all the fun this year has held so far!

And just so you don’t get too bummed, I am including some new ones from this week. Next Monday I will be following through with my plans that were “rained out.” So make sure to subscribe or follow us if you have not already!

My favorite photo of Chad and Zoë on our way to see the sites in Tokyo, Japan.

My favorite photo of Chad and Zoë on our way to see the sites in Tokyo, Japan.

Zoë dancing at Disney Tokyo

Zoë dancing at Disney Tokyo

Z playing with her cousins in Lakeport, California.

Z playing with her cousins in Lakeport, California.

Phuket Town Walking Street

Phuket Town Walking Street

Cape Panwah Phuket at sunset

Cape Panwah Phuket at sunset

My two most favorite people.

My two most favorite people. I love that I get to travel and live this incredible life with them.

Two more things before I say good-bye on this beautiful Monday. First, I have been thinking about how I would like to see pictures and hear about where you live. Would you like to be a guest blogger on And Three To Go’s Monday Montage and show our readers what your part of the world looks like? You don’t need to have your own blog to contribute. Message me on the contact form below if you are interested!  

Secondly, I have finally updated our Pinterest boards enough to share with you all. I would love it if you would follow me there as I not only share some of our own posts, but also helpful Pins that we have used for our travels.  And if you haven’t already, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Happy Monday!