My Next Book On My Thai Adventures

For those of you who have been following my journey, you all know that I have been staying here in Thailand for a couple of years now. Everyday living my dream of writing and the independence this decision has given me. Everything and every single day had been worthwhile.

I have been to different places here in Thailand and each has their own unique presence and culture. Some are busy streets with busy people, a few are just modest, quiet and has its own approach to a simple but meaningful daily life.

Now is the perfect time for me to share with you each and every detail of my Thai adventures. A chance for me to story-tell how this wonderful country has changed each aspect of my life for the better. And how it could have the same effect for you, too. I hope I would be able to serve as an inspiration for those of you who have long been wanting to live the life you’ve dreamed of. My journey has not been easy but the decision to try and pursue had surely paid off.

I will soon release my next book based on my adventures in Thailand specifically my wonderful experience in the three cities/province I have been to: Phuket, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Let me share a few bits of info about these to you.


Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. It is well-known for its wonderful gift of nature and beaches. This place has a lot to offer for its locals and tourists alike such as beach relaxation, island tours, diving, delicious food and its fair share of its own unique culture. And when I say culture, this town has its own ancient story. I have been to the eastern part of Phuket and it will scream history and you’d say to yourself that Phuket is not just all sand and sea after all. From the people to the houses and architectures, Phuket surely is an interesting place to check out.


Bangkok is a majestic city. It is the capital of Thailand, the most popular and most populated one as well. I have been to Bangkok for quite a number of times now. Wonderful views of golden palaces, floating markets, some luxury hotels and surprisingly, some affordable apartments, too. I’ve always had the unforgettable experiences in each visit I made in Bangkok. But aside from the fabulous things I’ve mentioned, it is the hospitality of the people here that would make your travel and stay much more interesting, fun and humbling all at once.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is located in Northern Thailand and is the largest in this area.

This is where I’ve decided to move into. And I’m loving the weather of Chiang Mai than that of Phuket’s or Bangkok’s. I am now used to the warmth this place offers.

Chiang Mai offers a vast of sceneries, places to explore and things to do. You can find the tallest mountain in Thailand, visit the National Museum and the Botanical Garden.

If you love bazaar, the Night Bazaar is definitely one for you to check when you’re in Chiang Mai. You can travel the area by foot or with a bike or scooter.

The atmosphere is much different than that of Bangkok. Chiang Mai offers a more nature-feel adventure and cleaner air. The Thai culture is much felt or present when you are in Chiang Mai.

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Chasing A Dream

I was thinking the other day about my first piece of work titled Chasing A Dream. The reason I was thinking about this was because I’m no longer chasing this dream, I’m actually living it. Let me explain.

If you haven’t read this piece of work, don’t worry. It has been over 7 years since I wrote it and I was not only living a different life than I have today, but I was also a different person.

Although I was living one life, I was dreaming about a different life. One that I never imagined would have been achievable. I had spent the last year reading about people that were making their dream their reality. They were packing up their lives and moving to cheaper but comfortable cities like Chiang Mai, Kathmandu, Penang and more. Travel wasn’t really a passion of mine to be honest, but settling somewhere where I could spend my life doing something I loved was.

My boyfriend and I were tired. We were both working over 70 hours a week, and more was expected. We felt that we could never get ahead. We couldn’t afford the lifestyle we wanted to live and more importantly, we didn’t have the time to live it. It was the cost of living in Thailand that prompted the move.

This is when we decided we had nothing to lose. Within a week, we had packed all our belongings and placed them into storage. We weren’t overly sentimental about anything so it wasn’t too hard to throw a lot of what we owned away. We also found super cheap storage and paid what our monthly rent would be for a year.

If any of you think this is crazy, well yeah. It is. We would have thought we were crazy until we actually did it, but the thing we began to consider is why should we live our entire lives doing something that doesn’t make us happy. That was crazy to use. The even worse side to that would be to never have given it was try.

We ended up settling on Chiang Mai. We were truly Chasing A Dream. A lifestyle where we could survive with me earning money as a freelance writer and my boyfriend earning money as a freelance graphic designer. We found heaps on jobs online and already had a few opportunities from blogger friends we knew in the states. The wonder of working online is that you can do the work whenever, wherever you want, and the other benefit of working for yourself is that you can choose exactly how much work you take on.

We found that we could easily survive in Chiang Mai if each of worked about 30 hours a week. In fact the lifestyle here on this rate was significantly better than it was back home even when we were working 70 hours each. It’s pretty amazing just how expensive the states are.

We’ve also experienced things here that we never thought we would. We spend so much time in nature. I’ve taken up meditation and yoga, and we both go to the gym daily and get a weekly massage (sometimes even twice weekly). We eat out at least 5 times a week, and the food is not only delicious and healthy, but it is super cheap. We’ve also made some great friends. These are people that share our vision of having a lifestyle that appeals to us and not necessarily the majority of other people. I’ve even played a live gig here.

Of course, it’s not all a dream. There are parts that are very difficult about our lifestyle that we manage. For me, the hardest part about moving to Thailand was leaving my family behind. We lived in the same city for over 25 years, and leaving them to move to Thailand was actually the first time I had left them at all. I’m lucky enough to see them at least once a year. Because we spend limited time together, when I do get to see them we have a really great time. We make the most of every moment together.

The other difficult thing about living in Thailand is the weather. It can get super hot here, and not the type of heat I am used to. The weather can cover you in a blanket of warmth that you can’t escape until you reach a property that has air conditioning. Even a fan is no match for the conditions here – and it’s all the time. To be fair though, Chiang Mai isn’t too bad. I found that it’s much worse down south in Bangkok and Phuket.

The move is truly the best thing we could have done for ourselves. We’ve gained a great deal of independence over our own lives. We have a great apartment and great friends, and we even have a dog. Nothing in life is forever, and I’m not saying that we wont eventually move back to the states, but for now Chiang Mai works fabulously for us.

The amazing thing is that my book Chasing A Dream predicted this. But even more amazing is that we were able to make it happen.

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My latest work – A Changing Time

I’ve been working tirelessly on my next piece of work since the beginning of this year, and I’m pleased to announce that the time has almost come for it to be released. I always keep up to date with the latest releases on Goodreads but until my books are shared there, this is the place to stay informed.

As usual I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that I have stuck closely with the theme of my previous piece of work that my friends and family will be familiar with. I’m still yet to get anything published and I’m not entirely sure if I will. It seems awfully expensive and I don’t need a vanity sticker telling me my work is good enough.

I believe that my writing is for me and me alone, and it brings me such immense joy to write that any monetary gain is irrelevant. I’ve noted some further details for below for those of you that may be interested.


The title of my newest release is A Changing Time. The title was something that came to me quite easily which rarely happens. Usually I’ll write something first and then threat about the correct title for quite a while until something grabs me, but this time it wasn’t like that.

Why did I choose this title?

The book tells the story of a man that fell asleep in 1967 and awoke in 2017. Like many of you out there I have felt that the advances of this generation have completely overtaken anything we could have possibly imagined. I’ve structured the book so that it makes us question how much things have really changed in such a short period of time, and I was excited to explore that perspective from someone who awakens from a few previous decades.

What is the book about?

As I said the book explores what it would be like to fall asleep a few decades ago and wake up in 2017, but I do have a deeper meaning than this. I wanted to explore how technology has taken over our lives and how we have such a dependence on it now that simply didn’t exist before. I believe we introduced too much, too soon and have lost part of our vulnerability – the thing that makes us human.

When I will release the book

As usual I’ll be sending a copy over to my friends and family to read. If you’re interested in receiving a copy for yourself then contact me and I’ll email it once I’ve completed it. I’m hoping to have the book completed by mid year and welcome any opinions – even ones that contradict my argument.

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