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Life is not about finding ourselves it is about creating ourselves! George Bernard Shaw

Cooee! It's me calling in from Thailand. Sorry, it's been a while, it's been a tad busy. Still, we've not done badly. We've moved into our temporary apartment and are well on the way to finding something more permanent. We're overlooking the American Embassy compound, which is acres of impressive greenery in amongst the high rise buildings. I love it, I can even hear the little birds sing in the morning.
So welcome to my new life as .... drum roll please, Hmmm actually, I have no bleedin’ idea, so how about Bangkok Blogger for now?
How would you feel if you were to arriving in a new country, where you know no-one, and you're not even sure what your life will entail? For me, it was a feeling of excitement, crossed with a rolling of the eyes, a smile and my 'here we go again' expression. 
Of course, this always happens Mr Wren was away travelling and so I rocked up for …
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Bangkok life!

I'm sorry my blogging has been rather intermittent recently, I've been dealing with my own dramas.
Well actually if I'm honest the dramas were all my own doing, It's a shame I never took up acting. As in the last few months, I would have won top awards as a Drama Queen, par excellence.

I had a major meltdown, hated Bangkok, my life continually on the move and the focus of my fury was our new apartment. It was such a shame that it was all my own decision to move into the 'shithole' as I loved to call it. Which actually was totally unfair, as amongst the issues were that we had a real problem with the plumbing and the toilet blocked! I won't continue my train of thought on this one.
Of course, long term Bangkok'ers just rolled their eyes, with a 'yep, get a grip' sort of a look. It was classic culture shock, which hit me by surprise, let's face it I've been living abroad for 25 years now. 
Are you sure you're not just menopausal others wer…

Brilliant Britain in the Spring

It has been a long, hard and bleak British winter which has made Spring  all the more delightful for everyone, and especially wonderful for me  arriving in the UK from the hot and humid tropics.

Of course, we arrived to for a quick visit to catch up with family and friends  to find everyone apologising for the dismal, cold weather  - not at all I said, I love it cool these days!

We've had a wonderful time, enjoying beautiful Britain in the Spring.  Everything seems particularly green this year.
The flowers are out to delight, we just love the tulips at Dyrham House and the bluebells woods are stunning. By the May Bank holiday weekend, the weather was being reported as a 28-degree scorcher. Yeah right, it was spot on perfect for me. 
I'm heading back to Bangkok this week where the temperature will be scorching no fib!

I have finished off my Blogging from A to Z (2018) Challenge. Thank you to everyone who has popped over to find me at my new space on the internet. In case you m…

Koh Samui island life

It's been a lovely week on Koh Samui Island, not that we've done much. It's the Thai New Year Songkran holiday and one of the busiest times of the year for travel. We've been Island hopping, last week Koh Phangan, the party island This week the more sophisticated, Bophut Beach on Koh Samui.
I first arrived on the island of Koh Samui in the early 1980's. Back then we seemed to travel for days on the bus, train and a boat to arrive. Now it's less than one hours flight from Bangkok. It was an idyllic paradise for me, of beach huts under the coconut trees. It still has its charm, don't you think? Even though I no longer arrive with my backpack!

We have been back to Koh Samui on several occasions since then, I still love Koh Samui. This time have chosen to stay close to the airport on Bhoput beach and close to Fisherman's village. It was a perfect place for us to kick back relax and unwind. The hardest decision of the day was where to have dinner!

I have be…

Lazy days and sunsets on Koh Phangan

We've been away for a little holiday on one of Thailand's gorgeous islands, Koh Phangan. It's been a chance to kick back, relax, unwind, ignore the dawn break,  and check out the sunsets and do very little!

I have continued with my Blogging from A to Z (2018) Challenge  with the following posts on my new Little Wandering Wren Wordpresss blog. The posts since last week are below with the links:
H is for Happy Easter in Bangkok:

I is for Images of Thailand:

J is for Jim Thompson, Bangkok

K is for Koh Phangan:

L is for Life in Lumpini Park:

M is for Muay Thai, Thailand

Thank you to all of you who have stopped by there and here to say hello
Have a great week!

Wonderful Wanderings in Seoul, South Korea

Come with me, let's go on a little wander in Seoul, South Korea! I think like me, you might be pleasantly surprised.

I loved the history (even if most of it is rebuilt), 

I loved the trend of dressing up in period clothes to visit the Royal Palaces anyone wearing the traditional Hanbok costumes gets free entry into the historic sites,  how about that for a good idea?
I loved the vibrant colours everywhere...

I found the city extremely modern, the transport network was impressive at the people were surprisingly upbeat considering their neighbours.

 It was spring so that means candy floss and cherry blossom season.  The weather was perfect!

Practically the first place we went to was the Jogyesa Temple,  I mean how could you not be attracted to this colourful scene?
The Jogyesa Temple is the main temple in Seoul and the centre of Korean Buddhism. It was built in the late 14th century, but like most of Seoul was destroyed by fire during the Japanese occupation and rebuilt in 1910.

Happy Easter from Bangkok

You have to look long and hard to find Easter in Bangkok,  so imagine my delight when I came across this at a hotel cafe.
This is how the conversation went at our place:
Me: 'So, Easter must be coming up soon?' Mr Wren 'I guess so.'     ... more chitchat
Me: 'What you don't get any holiday?!' Mr Wren 'Nope.'
Silly me, of course, we don't get any holiday we are in a Buddhist country, but I'm a tad surprised with the low-key Easter approach, seeing how enthusiastically Christmas and Valentine's Day were celebrated this year. 

Especially given the Thai's love of anything sweet. I mean what is your excuse to munch on the most delicious chocolates if you can't pull the Easter card? 
The whole country can't all be on a sugar detox!
So here's a huge round of bunny ears applause to Chef Simon, the new Executive Pastry Chef at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok who has enthusiastically brought Easter to Bangkok. Well, let's face it if ther…

Riverside Elephant Yoga

It's the crack of dawn in Bangkok, the roads are empty and we are off to enjoy sunrise yoga overlooking Bangkok's Chao Praya river.

It was my birthday, so let's just say it was entirely my choice 
to get up at 5.30am on a Sunday. 
Mr Wren was less thrilled with the idea, but bless him he did it!

  We were there to join other keen yogis for a sun salutation with a difference.
Our yoga was held on the pitch for the weekend's Elephant Polo. 
The reward for such an early start 
was to be there for when the elephants had their breakfast.
The inaugural sunrise yoga   was part of one the biggest charitable events in South East Asia.

This event is a major fundraiser for the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation an organisation close to our hearts. 
We spent our honeymoon at the Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand and it was here that we were first introduced to the foundation's valuable work.

The King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament is now in its 16th Year and has rai…