After a couple of days of just relaxing, it is now time to take care of everything that needs taking care of. I’ve been sat here trying to learn and understand a completely new world regarding SEO and other things here on the web. Its a jungle out there, let me tell you! But I am slowly learning!
One thing that needs taking care of is all of our papers, visas, and everything else needed to be able to live in Thailand. We have been living here for over a decade now, and when we moved here we started Dilla Group Co. Ltd., through which I have been able to get a work permit, something which is necessary when working in Thailand. To be eligible for a work permit, you need a company, 4 thai people working for you, and a capital of 2 million baht, just to mention a few things. The rest of the family have been able to get their visas through me.
Since the girls are growing up and becoming adults, they too need to get work permits now, except for Alicia, who can still be on my visa since she is still a minor. This is what we have been working on the past few days. Health certificates, photos, copies, a trip to the Thai consulate, and money. This too is a jungle through which we have to wander. Luckily for us, we have Khun Ohn, the visas and other important papers wizard, to help us. She helps us with most things, and last time we went to visit her she even gave me a business idea! My head is about to explode!
What else have we been up to? Hmm… We took a trip in to Phuket Town to find Andrea some new shoes to exercise in, and on our way there we drove past a truck full of pigs! When driving in Thailand, you can run into the most random things!
We also had time for a day of baking. Alicia has been asking me for weeks to bake “Toscakaka”, a Swedish type of pastry which consists of vanilla flavored cake mix, and “gazed” oats on top, to give you the best explanation there is. Andrea has a list of foods which she wants to eat now that she is back home, and one thing on that list is “Fattiga Riddare” – which literally translates into ‘Poor Knights’ – grandma-style. When making “Fattiga Riddare”, like my mother used to, you bake a certain type of bread, very similar to the dough used when making cinnamon rolls, just without the cinnamon. You then fry it in butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of it. While baking this specific type of bread, I had some dough left, so I ended up making one big cinnamon roll. We haven’t been able to eat the “Fattiga Riddare” yet, but it is on our midnight snack menu for tonight.
Tomorrow its a big Buddhist holiday here in Thailand – Visakha Bucha Day – and all bars, banks and most other places are closed for the day. Visakha Bucha means “the worship of the Buddha on the full moon day of the sixth Lunar moon”, and it is one of the most important days in Buddhism because of three important incidents in the life of Buddha; the birth, the enlightenment, and the passing away, all miraculously fall on the same month and date, the Vesak full moon day. For this reason, each year, Buddhists throughout the world gather together to perform the worship to recollect the wisdom, purity, and compassion of Buddha.