EOY review: tigers, art, tokyo toast and more!

by FieryTree on December 30, 2013 · 19 comments

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Nine months have passed since I left the States and made my move to SE Asia. With the close of the year, here is a bit of year-end review, via a little list and random statistics. Sign up for a chance at a postcard too! Read more at the bottom of the post.

Things experienced and/or accomplished:


Arriving “traveling light”

  1. Moved to Thailand
  2. Traveled to two new countries (only two!)
  3. Learned of the Laos people’s generosity and ability to drink…at a restaurant opening
  4. Experienced Thai nightlife at a Pub opening
  5. Met some fantastic new friends from Croatia, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and of course Thailand (to name a few)
  6. Experienced the breath-taking Thai Lantern Festival
  7. Hung out with tigers – TWICE!
  8. Volunteered with adorable children
  9. Had art, made by my two hands, in a gallery
  10. Got soaking wet at Songkran
  11. Lived on the 31st floor of a vacant apartment building in the shape of an elephant
  12. Moved to a land of massage parlors and awesome neighbors
  13. Shared my favorite Thai city, Ayutthaya, with loved ones
  14. Found new places to love in Bangkok: like the Green Lungs
  15. Feel deeply in love with Ta Prohm
  16. Visited a Sikh temple and took pictures with Sikhs
  17. Took two formal art classes
  18. Rediscovered my favorite fruit: pomelo
  19. Went to a muay thai match…and enjoyed it [overall]
  20. Had an amazing dinner at a fancy pants restaurant, thanks to our awesome friend

Random Statistics –

    • 2 Bieber haircuts received     (TWICE!! Gahhh)
    • 1 Strange food eaten: blood “tofu”     (ONCE!)
    • 67  Temples visited     (Is that it?)
    • 10 Planes taken
    • 2 Trains taken
    • 9 Bus rides (1.5+ hours or more)
    • 3 Doctor visits  
    • 2 Monkeys that jumped on me     (Jerks!)
    • 21 Tigers touched
    • 1 Elephant touched     (My tiger to elephant ratio seems wrong!)
    • 1 Motorcycle hit by     (A win for Bangkok!)
    • 15 Art exhibits viewed
Tokyo Toast or the best thing ever

Tokyo Toast or the best thing ever

  • 1 Yoga class taken
  • 18 Volunteering events     (Too low.)
  • 2 Weddings missed
  • 3 Loved ones lost
  • 4 Tokyo Toasts consumed (with help)
  • 4 Glasses of wine enjoyed
  • 6 Cokes drank out of plastic bag
  • ∞ ice creams devoured     (It’s hot here and stuff!)
  • ∞ of Food pictures taken      (That’s normal, right?)
  • 36 Posts

Overall, a pretty good year! I would have passed on the bits of sadness but the years has been overwhelmingly filled with a lot of joy and new experiences.

Postcard Giveaway

It looks like the 2014 will be moving us to a new country and so I must pack all of my acquired stuff again. And once AGAIN, begin the purging process. So help me get rid of my postcard stash!

Leave a comment on any post for a chance for me to send you a postcard from Thailand. Let me know what you’ve enjoyed reading, your favorite color, whatever you got, I’d loved to hear from you! I will put your name in a stocking (don’t have a hat) and draw 10 names to receive postcards. Drawing will be done January 6th, midnight EST. One comment per post, please. I will contact you by email for your address when you win!

Hope you have a fantastic New Year and thanks for traveling with me!

Picture review:

What has been your favorite thing to read about?

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Paul Kiener December 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Sorry, Maria; but I can pick just one special or important thing about your trip. To begin with, you are a fantastic person and it is a privilege to be able to “travel” with you to new lands! So maybe, after all, there IS on special thing: YOU!

Thanks for sharing! And am curious to learn to where you will be moving.

A very blessed New Year to you and James!!



2 FieryTree December 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Thank you Paul! I’m glad you’ve traveled with me!
Our current plans will take us to Malaysia next. We need to boost our country count! 😀
Happy New Year to you!


3 Pam One Feather Mirabal December 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Thank you so much for sharing all of yours’ and James’ adventures. I loved traveling with both of you via computer. Love You and Miss you, Pam


4 FieryTree December 31, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Thanks for coming along with us Pam! Love and miss you too!


5 The Barking Unicorn December 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Most of all, in every post and picture, I have enjoyed the fearless, faith-filled, unbridled Vibration of Joy in you, dearling Tree! You are truly one of the Goddess-Kissed, Her adopted daughter and sister to my kind, Her natural-born sons. Namaste’!


6 FieryTree December 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Thank you David. Namaste’!


7 The Barking Unicorn December 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

“David” is the registration name of this vehicle I’m piloting during my current incarnation, dearling. I, the driver of the vehicle, am The Barking Unicorn. My friends call me “Barky.” If you must be formal it’s “Sir Unicorn” not “Mister,” for we are all Knighted Champions of our divine Mother and her adotpted daughters.

You wouldn’t believe how many New Agers with obscene amounts of money swallow that whole and throw cash like confetti. 😉


8 Sharon Cilles December 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

All of your posts have touched me. It may seem like cheating, but my favorite, so far, is COPE. It is both heart wrenching, and hope filled. I can’t imagine having to worry about gardening for fear of being blown up!! Hooray for the residence of the people!!!!


9 FieryTree December 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm

That was an awesome place indeed and the Laos people are so darn wonderful!
Thank you for traveling with me! I’ve enjoyed your feedback!


10 Sharon Cilles December 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

That shoul read resilience!!


11 Marianne December 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

You and James have taken us along on your amazing journey into another culture. While I would not do this myself, I have enjoyed being an ‘armchair traveler’ along with you. You show us a lot of joy in what you are doing, courage – tigers and food, medical care, fortitude -haircuts- your funny side- I learned so much more about you both from your blogs; never would have happened here probably –

Where are you off to now?
Blessings and more


12 FieryTree December 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Thanks Marianne, glad to have you along!
Our next stop is Malaysia, beautiful nature and awesome Internet! 😀


13 The Barking Unicorn December 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Tree, you may want to hook up with Mary Christina Britto in Kuala Lumpur, she’s a kindred spirit: https://www.facebook.com/marychristina.britto


14 jeanne January 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I love the sweet monkey picture and tigers. You look amazing. We have loved watching your journey. Your kind and funny. May your next adventure be safe and fun. Hugs jeaane


15 FieryTree January 4, 2014 at 3:13 am

Thank you Jeanne! Thanks for joining me on this journey and sharing some of your likes!


16 Rob @ Hungry Escapades January 6, 2014 at 4:47 am

Wowsers! What a great way to spend 9 months! Did it feel like an adventure when you were doing it?

Also what were those 2 cheeky monkeys doing jumping on you? Was it in a cute way? Or a ‘Oh my God they are going to rip my face’ kind of way?


17 FieryTree January 6, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Thailand has felt like a second home, so in the day-to-day, I probably didn’t think of it as an adventure, although I love the times when it hits me over the head that I am living in Thailand.
And the monkeys were in no way cute, in my memory they have beady bloodshot eyes and sharp fangs…ok, they jumped on me for food and scratched me so not a fan of the little beasts.


18 Karen January 19, 2014 at 6:45 am

First, thanks for the cute little zippered bag. How sweet of you to think of me!

I am so amazed at all your many adventures in Thailand. Here I thought that you would miss home and actually want to come back to Florida early. You and James have packed so much in less than a year. I love hearing about all of them. They are all so different. I had no idea that there was so much to see and do over there. I wait to hear and see photos of your next outing.



19 FieryTree January 19, 2014 at 11:38 pm

You’re welcome Karen! Thanks for traveling with me!
We’ve definitely seen a lot and are looking forward to Malaysia.
I do miss home but I’m enjoying the sights just a bit too much so far to come back. 🙂


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