10 Years Ago, Part 7: First Songkran

This is the sixth of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand. My girlfriend-soon to be fiancé-later to be ex-wife at the time was from the north of Thailand and shared her birthday with one of the grandest of the nation’s holidays, that of the Thai New Year or … Continue reading 10 Years Ago, Part 7: First Songkran

10 Years Ago, Part 6: First Thai House

This is the sixth of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand.

Now that I was a full-time expat in the Land of Smiles, the time came to find a home to live in rather than the dingy but cheap Thai motel in the center of the island.  It was important that we have someplace by the Thai New Year (Songkran) holiday on 13 April as this also happened to be my girlfriend’s birthday and she was planning a huge party. 

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10 Years Ago, Part 5: USA To Thailand

This is the fifth of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand. Ten years ago – on 5th April 2006 – I left U.S. soil for the last time to date.  However, I have very little recollection of the journey.  Seeing how I had been in Kansas City for … Continue reading 10 Years Ago, Part 5: USA To Thailand

10 Years Ago, Part 4: Louisburg & Lawrence

This is the third of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand. The 3rd and 4th of April continued my “photo tour” of places I loved as a kid living in the Midwest.  My sister took me out to the Louisburg Cider Mill.  Interestingly, the land surrounding this spot … Continue reading 10 Years Ago, Part 4: Louisburg & Lawrence

10 Years Ago, Part 3: Kansas City

This is the second of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand. On 2 April 2006, my dad and I spent the day exploring Kansas City, Missouri, so I could take photos that I thought I would show my friends and students in Thailand.  We started out in the … Continue reading 10 Years Ago, Part 3: Kansas City

10 Years Ago, Part 2: Shawnee

This is the second of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand.

Ten years ago this week, I arrived in the American Midwest to visit my family before I returned to Asia for what has turned out to be an entire uninterrupted decade.  I flew into Kansas City International from Albuquerque and, par for the course, my father forgot that he had been assigned pick-up duties.  This is one running joke in our family as it wasn’t the first time he’d left me waiting at the airport.  When he did arrive, I was whisked off to my sister’s home in the suburb of Shawnee on the Kansas side of the state line.

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10 Years Ago, Part 1: Albuquerque

This is the first of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand.

DSC03645_10yearsTen years ago this week, I made my final trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I’d lived since June 1994, along with my brother-in-law.  We were there in order to clean out my home as I was starting a new life here in Phuket.  Keith and I spent a couple of days putting my furniture and boxes filled with the memorabilia of a life in music, books, and travel into a large storage unit under the watchful majesty of Sandia Peak.  Even my beloved car – a lapis lazuli Dodge Neon – went into storage when we were finished.  I thought I’d return to the States within a year or two in order to retrieve my things.  Alas, it was never to be.

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Blasts From My Past (#1)

I’ve been online for many years and have lost more than my fair share of backups due to sheer stupidity more than anything else. I’ve often wished that I still had a copy of my first couple of websites — the original dating from 1999 was called JochimBook which later became JochimWeb ; my site at mjochim.com (started 7th June 2004) had all sorts of stuff from my past, lost forever when the domain’s hosting server crashed-and-burned. I was also missing a large chunk of my blogging history until a few days ago when a friend sent me saved HTML archives dating from the beginning of February 2005 (‘Burque Blog, named after my hometown at the time of Albuquerque, New Mexico) and continuing through September 2007 (Goodnight Phuket). Of course, the subject matter never really changed despite the different blog titles (which later became first Baan Jochim Phuket and most recently Phuket Bookworm).

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