Welcome to our humble family blog! We are the Got Passport Family.
What’s your “B.H.A.G?” (BIG/BOLD Hairy Audacious Goal)
We Say NO to the Status Quo.
Live Small. Live Green. Give Large. Take Little.
Take Notice. Take Action.
We are a family of three, with a passion for travel and service, seeking out new experiences, meeting new people, and living simply.
We are striving to relocate, yes, you read correctly, as in MOVE, to Thailand Uhumm – as of July 2010, we did move. We did it! we sold just about everything we own in a city we’ve lived very comfortably for 30 yrs and relocated to Chiang Mai, Thailand with our now 7yo daughter. We now split our time between the US and Thailand- exploring both countries and Southeast Asia every chance we can!
We want to experience Asia sloooooowly! And when we are done with Asia– well, how about we just wait and see which continent the wind will take us to next! (Why Asia you ask? Click here to find out!)
When we return to the U S, every so often and whenever we fancy, our goal is to live in an RV much like our inspiring friends @Technomadia hopefully, somewhere along the Pacific North West!
We share our stories to:
1) document travel memories for our daughter,
2) showcase the importance of SERVICE to others in need as global citizens,
3) showcase that travel in and of itself is an educational experience for our child,
4) live with only the *necessities* without the need to overindulge in material possessions, and
5) inspire other families to get out of their comfort zone and explore (even if it means in your own backyard!). It can be done without breaking the bank!
“@GotPassport” as we’re known on Twitter is composed of three major characters. We are team of a Psychologist, a Social Worker and a girly precocious package!
“The greatest service you can ever do is to teach your Children how to make Good Decisions.” ~Mike Wesely
Starring: “M” – A child with a stupendous personality for such a small “package.” You may hear us refer to her affectionately as “our package.” She attended Montessori Schools in Texas, and an international school in Chiang Mai since 2010, and we think she’s a genius. :-)
As of May 2009, she’s into Tae Kwan Do, composing songs and chatting endlessly!
As of March 2010 she’s enjoying mad science, directing plays and still chatting endlessly!
As of May 2010 she enjoys singing, dancing to her own tunes she composes and hungry most of the time. Discovered YouTube! Eeek!
As of August 2010 she started attending an International school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her new best friend is a Korean girl named Elizabeth, also our neighbor, two doors down on our floor.
As of September 2010, she started earning bahts from chores like keeping her room cleaned.
As of October 2010, she’s become sneaky and has borrowed money, sold her snacks for money and has landed in detention for repeated offense in November.
As of December 2010, she and her Korean neighbor friend are making holiday cards to sell them at 10b each. We asked for what cause they are raising these funds and M quickly answered “for ourselves!” Sigh!
As of March 2011, she turned 8 and is doing well in school and reading for her first Song Kran (Thingyan or New Year) in Thailand.
As of April 2011, participated in the celebrations and ceremonies of Song Kran/Thingyan at school and all over the city and loved it.
As of May 2011 we began home-schooling her in Texas after returning there a couple of months earlier than planned.
As of August 2011, after a DIY summer camp in Houston, Texas and lots of time with cousins in Arlington, Texas, we returned to Chiang Mai. She is now in Year 4, Grade 3 and having a great start.
As of August, 2012, M volunteered to be in the student council, and is participating in extra curricular activities, ranging from swimming, basketball, to drama club.
“The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” ~Yves Saint Laurent
Co-Starring: “A” - She’s a Burmese American self-employed Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) by profession, but loves to dabble in anything that interests her. For example, she is a Licensed Massage Therapist (1997 – 2010), a Burmese Language Interpreter and Certified Zumba Gold Instructor (2008-2010). She loves being the behind the scenes person. She makes time to give back to the community as a volunteer working with Refugees, women and children on Mexico Medical Missions and other countless efforts over the years – as in the past two decades. (Yup, that’s a lot of selfless hours and honestly, we have lost count!). Her first love is TRAVEL! She’s the main driving force behind our excursions around the globe. A also loves to cook and eat, especially anything sour & spicy. The hubby has learned to never ask her (or her mom) whether a dish they’re having is spicy, as when they say “No,” his mouth is already on fire.
“Life would be dull without garlic, lime and chili peppers” direct quote by A!
Guess what? As of April 2011, we give you Chili ~ Lime ~ Garlic — The Foodie Blog with a Spicy Twist!
The other Co-star, The Professor: “J” He’s the muscle to A’s brains. Not really – regarding the muscles, not A’s brain. He’s a Psychology professor who is passionate about teaching; inspiring students to apply Psychology to everyday life, and live to serve the greater good. He is working on combining his online teaching (Distance Learning, or “DL”) with Service Learning, “SL.” He is in many ways a typical guy – loves cars, electronic gadgets, and sports. His jump shot was legendary (insert joke here) back during his intramural sports years at the University of Texas. Now, despite his body’s protests, he’s back on the court playing b-ball with other dads at M’s school.
Currently he also provide online (or in person) Executive coaching and Chinese Mandarin lessons. If you are interested in sessions with him for life consultation, thesis-dissertation or ABD guidance as well as support and executive level coaching, please follow the links or contact via email. He currently has clients, all the way from S. Korea and Peru!!
We hope to not only share those viewpoints and experiences with y’all (see, we’re Texan after all), but to have conversations with folks who desire to break free from the trappings of everyday life.
Please comment and share with us your B.H.A.G.!!
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
“Much of what we do is like planting trees under which we may never sit, but plant we must.” – Brother James Kimpton