Paperwork is my Full-Time job…

The thing about being an expat is you spend more money & time on paperwork than anything else. You spend more time in offices & embassies than anywhere else.

And you buy bits of paper with stamps on it for things which non-expats take for granted.

Yes, it took trips to 2 different embassies in different areas of Tokyo (with a 7 day old) & literally 100’s of hours in the local city hall to even get Cory on Buddy’s birth certificate.

And yes, Buddy has 3 birth certificates, notarized by 2 different embassies & it cost us over £300.

Yes, we’ve spent upwards of £1000 on visas and paperwork since he was born…

Yes, I’m writing this from an embassy office where I’ve been waiting for an hour & my feet are freezing from the air con they have blasting & I’m paying £110 for the experience.

And yes, we have at least 3 more trips to immigration ahead of us & potentially a trip to Malaysia before we get our visas.

So, when you say things like:

“It must be nice to live in (insert exotic location)”

“Wow you live in (insert location), you must be rich”

Or you complain that we’ve spent another weekend on a beach, remember that we’ve also spent 40 hours & £400 for the privilege.

Buddy & Mummy’s day at the Embassy in pictures

Coffee… it always starts with coffee.

Double & triple checking we have all the documents ready

Seriously….what would we do without google maps?? We made it though!

As is Bangkok, we had to fight our way through crowded markets to get there.

Step one completed: now to the translators.

Success!! And Buddy was a champ!

The poor thing was lugged around Bangkok most of the day so definitely deserved a seal donut!

And finally. Relaxing with Moana (Mummy’s choice).


Malls, Soft Play and a Rock Concert

Like seriously, I am glad we traveled across Canada when Buddy was smaller as we literally found ONE soft play on our entire route. Not ideal!

Can I imagine doing the same road trip with an almost 2 year old?….umm I don’t think so!

So, we turn to the the ever knowledgable ‘Moms of Bangkok’ who have been lifesavers since we have arrived here.

They directed us to ‘Central World’. One of the biggest Malls in Thailand (Asia??).

It is HUGE!

Shinjuku station is easier to Navigate that Central World.

At one point we gave up trying to find the exit and decided just to live there instead. This was frowned upon.

But, eventually we found the exit which conveniently takes you a walkway leading directly to the BTS (Skytrain).

We caught the BTS to ChitLom (E1) but it is also accessible via Siam station. Both of these are on the Sukhumvit line and well signposted once off the train so easy to find.

The Play area is on the 6th floor, we followed signs for ‘toysrus’ hoping that the play area would be near it, which of course it was.

The best thing about it? It’s free!

It’s a huge area with an enclosed area for younger kids (1-4 ish) and a climbing area with a huge tunnel leading to a slide for slightly older kids (2-6 ish).

There is also a kids arcade with small games & rides you can pay for, push along cars you can borrow for free (but you do need picture ID for this) and there is usually a big ride on train but it’s closed for refurbishment at the moment.

The area is, unsurprisingly surrounded by companies aimed at kids. The usual English, Korean & Mandarin language schools, maths tutoring, music & singing lessons. As well as a model clay school which has some incredible models in the window and a cookery school starting at age 3!

This has become a regular little haunt for us and Cory & I take it in turns to stay with Buddy while the other browses the area outside of the kids section which conveniently has some lovely book stores.

Another bonus about this mall is there is a massive Big C supermarket across the street & when walking to it you might accidentally take your toddler to his first rock concert….he loved it 👩🏽‍🎤👨🏻‍🎤

Home Sweet Home

I was planning on taking some swanky photos or even a little video tour of our new place, however everyone is getting impatient so here are some photos and I might do a video showing the outside etc at a later date.

We live in central Bangkok, about a 15 minute walk from Victory Monument BTS station (sky train) which can get you to the heart to Bangkok in less than 10 minutes.
It’s not a major expat area but it is very close to Cory’s school meaning he can walk and doesn’t have to navigate Bangkok rush hour.

The apartment itself is pretty typical for Bangkok, we were thinking on our budget we would be limited to a 1 bed apartment but we were pretty lucky and nabbed a 2 bed for 16,000 baht a month, (about 375GBP or 610CAD).

Most apartments in Thailand seem to be furnished meaning we didnt have to worry about upfront costs like beds, sofas etc. although we did have to buy a microwave and an all important kettle!

So, pictures:

Living room

Teeny Tiny but usable kitchen and balcony:


The bedroom complete with more storage then we can ever use & the worlds biggest bed! All 3 of us can sleep without touching each other, meaning, no toddler elbows in necks or toddler feet in your face.

The bathroom & little hall area with yet more storage!

And, the last room, or most important as Buddy might tell you. The Playroom!!

A stage guys, it has a creaking stage! Only yesterday Buddy was dancing to Shakira

on it in only his pants…or was that me?!

And, bonus view from the playroom.

And that’s our new home!

The apartment complex has other amenities but I’ll blog about them another time.

But, as you can see, plenty of room for guests! Just let us know when to get the beers & Pad Thai in 🍻