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Yesterday We Returned To Thailand For Our Final And Permanent Retirement

Written on Monday 9th June 2014, the day after we returned to Thailand for final settlement.

Oh Boy… This Is The Life…

I love this. It’s a feeling hard to describe – no pressure, nothing to do if I want to or as much to do as I please. No deadlines to meet no travelling to do.

As the cliche goes – this is the first day of the rest of my life.

It’s a gloriously sunny day and warm day. I have swapped my jacket, jeans, shoes and socks for a lightweight short-sleeved cotton shirt (for modesty sake – it’s not needed to keep me warm) shorts and sandals plus a straw hat when I go outside.

Everything Else Was Just Getting Ready For It

Yes, I know I have written about retiring in Thailand many time before and I just spent 8 months here but this time it’s forever. No going back and no regrets.

Everything before this was just preparation for this day. It has taken eight years of planning and preparing for this moment. Looking for land, buying a car and land, designing and building a house, getting visas and a getting a Thai driving license and Thai bank account, bringing all our possessions over from UK and letting out the UK house.

What Shall I Do Today?

As I said I can do as much or as little as I like. There is a lot of unpacking to do and cleaning the house which after two months and ten days on standing empty is very dusty.

Kanyah is setting to cleaning the house upstairs helped by the neighbour. I have to clean this desk which is so dusty I can write my name on it.

But I really fancy going into the workshop extension where the big machine tools are and do some machining. I bought those machine before we went to the UK – it was about three months ago – and I have never used them. I can’t wait to put myself to the test doing some serious machining.

So Why Am I Writing This Instead?

Why amid I sitting in front of the computer writing this when I could be playing on my big machine tools or building my little steam engine or unpacking my bags or just sitting in the garden admiring the flowers and plants?

Because if I didn’t I wouldn’t capture this moment. This is a pivotal moment in my life. This is when it all starts.

All the years of all the dreaming, all the planning, all the money spent, and all the hard work has led up to this moment.

From now on it’s just this and more of just this. Forever. There’s plenty of time and no rush. What doesn’t get done today can wait until tomorrow… or the next day. There’s no pressure.

That’s a wonderful feeling I assure you. I don’t have to work, I don’t have a job, I don’t have to write this if I don’t want to.

But doing nothing and being lazy is not in my nature. I can’t ever ‘do nothing’. Sitting on the beach or around the pool is not for me.

I have got to be busy – always.

So in a moment I’ll be going into the workshop where the big machine tools are and put then and myself to the test.

What We Achieved In The Last Two Months

In case you didn’t know what we have been up to for the last two months and ten days let me explain.

We went to our UK home in Nottingham to clear it out and send all our possessions back here to Thailand and got it ready for letting out.

Easy to say like that but very difficult to accomplish in practice. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in such a short space of time.

In my life I (and Kanyah) have done many things. As a professional engineer I have been a project manager and managed the design and construction of many buildings and mechanical and electrical services in buildings both in the UK and in foreign counties.

I’m no stranger to complicates situations, planning and organisation and tight deadlines.

But the last two months and ten days was a feat that puts all the other projects to pale.

It was an accomplishment of planning and execution never surpassed. I was an achievement to be proud of.

We were down to the last hour finishing off before the taxi came to take us to the station on our way to catch the plane to Thailand at Heathrow airport.

Let me just summarise what we did:-

  • Packed all the belongings we wanted to take to send to Thailand.
  • This included furniture, kitchen appliances, dining sets, pictures hanging on the wall, office equipment and so on.
  • Not to mention my model engineers workshop which included many machine tools. All the machine tools had to be dismantled into to smaller pieces so that they could be man-handled. (I’ll have the job of re-assembly once they arrive here)
  • There were book and all my model engineering magazines, clothes and on and on.

Then there was the stuff to throw away. We started out with a large skip which we filled in one day. Later we had a smaller one which was soon filled. But that wasn’t enough, on the last day we had another pile of stuff in the driveway and at the last moment I organised a company to take it away.

But it wasn’t all just packing and throwing stuff away.

  • We had the house completely redecorated. New carpets and vynal flooring. I painted the outside doors and fixed the fence and gate.
  • When the house was ready for letting it looked a picture. Kanyah said that if it was always sunny (as it was 10% of the time) she would rather stay there than come back to Thailand. There was a bit of tongue-in-cheek when she said that but at least it indicates what a tremendous difference our efforts had made to the look of the house.
  • And let’s not forget that whilst doing all this I went out and bought all the castings for a half-sized traction engine, bought them back to the house and wrapped then for transport to Thailand. Those alone amounted to 53 packets and weighed around 200 kg.
  • And… And I placed the order for the boiler for the traction engine and bought many items for my model engineering hobby including a tank engine kit some silver soldering consumables and many other things you can’t get in Thailand like Levi Jeans that fit and English Mustard.
  • Oh and on the penultimate day I want to the letting agents to sign a leasing agreement. Yes, we even managed to find a tenant and our house is now let out. This is important for several other reasons, not just to generate a useful income. It keeps the house secure and looked after. It avoids the need for us to pay annual councul tax and monthly utility bills. Those bills alone amounted to £200 (10,000+ Baht) a month even though we were living in Thailand.

Coming Next On Our Retiring In Thailand Story

The above is just the feeling on the first day back.

Coming up are many stories, some going back in history and some yet to unfold. Such as:-

  • The Cambodia trip
  • Getting Alex’s Thai Nationality and Passport
  • The Container Saga

And so on…

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