6th, February, 2017


Um, so the past couple of months have been slightly hectic (to say the least!) In short; I got married (will post photos from this so super soon!), quit my job, and migrated all the way over to Thailand. Northern Thailand, to be specific. Welllll, Udon Thani, Northern Thailand to be really specific. I haven’t been exactly sure how to even write all of this down – namely as so much really as happened. So I suppose I’ll start with why I decided to move to Thailand..

In June 2016 my Nana passed away and I have been really, massively, enormously struggling with coming to terms with it. I didn’t have a lot of family support in New Zealand. My parents live in Brunei, in South-East Asia, and my brother and his wife live in the UK. My Aunt, who I am close with lives in the North Island of New Zealand. So basically, no immediate on-site family support – from my side, anyway. Barnaby’s Mum, Jane was massively kind; taking us into her house and buying me a gym membership to help ease the pain. But oh my gosh, there was (and still is) SO MUCH PAIN. I have never lost anyone before – let alone someone so close to me (Nana and I emailed multiple times a day and had set weekly coffee dates). Around the time of the funeral all of my family was there, but when they left… it was just me. And I could see my Nana everywhere. I drove past all our favourite coffee places, vintage shops we would visit together, and to get to work I had to drive alongside the church where her funeral service took place. It was the absolute pits. And I didn’t know how I was going to be able to stay there.

But I stayed. And the pain eased a little.

But then I hit the point where I knew it was going to keep hurting for a long time, and I just wasn’t happy in Christchurch anymore. After all, we moved there from Wellington so I could be closer to my Nana, who had just started to get sick.

Sorry if this has caused any tears (eep, it has for me!) so lets get onto some happier stuff!

First up – I got married in December – as I mentioned earlier ! To the love of my life – my man for well over ten years; Barnaby. I will share some photos soon! It was a little intense planning a wedding in just over a week – but so, so wonderful!

You might not know that I actually grew up in Asia! From the age of 4-16 I was raised in Brunei. Since arriving in New Zealand I had been desperate to get overseas again! And luckily my love, Barnaby, felt the same way. We had had so many ‘what if?’ conversations over the past few years, and this time it all seemed just right. Right down to the fact that my car in Christchurch literally exploded the day after I signed the contract! Talk about meant to be!

So here I am! Udon Thani! Visiting the giant ducks – my favourite landmark. I hope you enjoy following along my Northern Hemisphere adventures – it sure is lovely having you here!

Dress – Shopbop / Freda Jelly Sandals – Kate Spade


4 Comments on “I Moved to Thailand!”

  1. Oh Jo, I’m so REALLY sorry about your Nana. I can imagine the pain (since I felt it too) and I sincerely hug you.
    I hope Thailand will treat you well. :)
    I’ve been offline for months in my blog but hope to be more online from now on, so please don’t stop sharing your Thai adventure. Can’t wait to read (see) it!

    Congrats on your wedding as well. :)

    • Thank you so much, Iris! The pain is SO bad! I hope it eases one day.. but I also kind of hope it doesn’t – because she was just so bloomin’ brilliant..!
      Really looking forward to following your blog again! I have missed your adventures! x

  2. Pat Schwab

    Is that your back- up Shopbop dress? I am so sorry about your Nana. I was really close to my one Grandma and miss her terribly too. I can’t wait to hear more about your new home. Is it close to your parents? Pat S

    • You’re exactly right – this dress is my backup And thank you. Today it’s 8 months to the day, so feeling a LOT sensitive. I am so sorry to hear about your Grandma. It hurts so badly! And yes, way closer to my parents! They live in Brunei, which is just a few hours away by plane – a whole lot closer than the 10ish hours it takes to get to NZ! x


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