Did we come a long way or did we come a long way!?
“If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it” ~Brendan Francis
Why Got Passport?
Why not? Right before we went off on our 2009 summer trip we needed a twitter name for our little family and so J came up with one. A family twitter account was originally created to meet other travelers and locals for travel tips and advice, etc. Then we thought hey why not do a Got Passport FB Page to share pictures and updates of our travels with family, friends as well as those who are just interested in family travel in general. All this of course was before we started a blog!
Who’s Got Passport?
We are an ordinary family of three who is saying emphatically, “NO to the status quo.” We have chosen to simplify our lives by living with fewer material possessions and by being of service to those in need.
Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service. – Martin Luther King
Where’s Got Passport Going?
First leg: Camping our way from Texas to LA, hopefully via Colorado, Utah, all the way to Vancouver (maybe), Washington, Oregon down to LA :-).
We have family and some friends in LA. We’ll be visiting with them for a few days, then onward to the big move we’ve been preparing for on the second leg: LAX to Chiang Mai, Thailand (our new home!).
Why is Got Passport Going There?
Uhhh Hmmmm! Change of scenery? It should be a crime for living in one city (Houston, Texas) for that many years… Thirty! Thirty, I tell you, for J and me both. Here’s why Chiang Mai will be our new home.
For How Long?
It’s no fun planning that far ahead, is it? Let’s see which continent the wind will blow us to after Thailand. Lots of experiencing and living to do in Asia first. Come visit! Ya never know, we may have a “Got Passport” guest house you can stay in! 🙂
How did we get here?
(Don’t say, “A plane?”) We really didn’t plan on having a blog of our own. We sort of tossed around the idea.. but both were too lazy or busy (that sounded better) to write. I mean, who wants to write when you’re having so much fun traveling, immersing, taking it all in. FB and Twitter micro-updates were so much more fun.
However, while in Chiang Mai, Jack decided to write a post entitled, Declaring Our Independence, on July 4th of last year. We had no idea which direction we were going to take with the blog, as it was more spontaneous blogging at the time. We really didn’t write that much. I did not write any posts at all. J did most of them. I was good at giving ideas, just like a backseat driver! We also decided a year ago that Chiang Mai will be our next home.
That decision has fueled us into writing some more on the blog and we decided that the blog would be a place where we document a series of memoirs of our life together as a family. Given that M was only six at the time, we felt is was important to create a family journal for her to revisit when she’s older.
Here are some of the posts we’ve managed to write in case you missed them! 🙂
Got Passport: Will Travel
Got Passport: Will Serve. Live Green. Live Small. Give Large. Take Little. Take Notice. Take Action.
Now, a year later, we’ve purged most of our belongings, including my Empty Closet, The Empty Lexus, and leased our home to reliable, obsessively clean tenants. As I write, we are staying at my parent’s house, eagerly anticipating our new beginning.
M finished first grade earlier this year. She will begin 2nd grade at the new school in August. She is a little planner, performer and a chatter box. She’s easy-going and just happy wherever we are together. It’s refreshing to watch her become amazed and mesmerized by her surroundings no matter where she is.
J is no longer full-time with the college where he dedicated his passion for teaching for nearly 10 years. No, he did not leave it, really. Truth is, an excellent idea was proposed to expose the school on a more international level with launching of an Service Learning (SL) Program with Jack’s leadership. To our surprise and disappointment this idea with amazing potential was not supported. No matter, we can view this as a loss, or as an opportunity. Our minds are now free, and open wide with readiness to bring new and exciting challenges to college students on a global level. J will continue to teach on-line classes as an adjunct for various colleges, and work on consulting projects-hopefully with many more publishers! He will also continue to write about his obsessions with anything TECH, such as phones, gadgets and cars. If you have something on wheels to test drive-trust me, ANYTHING on wheels–or a gadget for him to obsess over, give him a holler! Trust me, your gadget will have his full attention! So much so that he titled one of his posts Nokia N900 – It’s addictive – Ask my wife!
A – I am still in shock that this is finally happening. Wow! We did it.. we are here.. we’re close to take-off and damn, we worked our butts off. It’s no easy matter. I will continue to write on the blog and document our travels, the foods we consume, recipes I come up with, the service projects we initiate or involve ourselves in, and whatever else I fancy. And once we are in Chiang Mai, I could have a smoothie stand, or run a guest house or organize international volunteer groups. I could try the tour guide thing, maybe. Hmm maybe a Local Expert. Who knows what the future holds. What I know for sure is that I’ll be in Thailand with ample opportunities to hop around the continent- living my dream!
We would not be here had it not been for my very supportive parents. Though my father had a heart attack back in May he has been in recovery and rehab since the event. Both my parents have been to our (now leased) home to help with the cleaning, with the moving sale at their home, and in the past two weeks have allowed us to stay in their home before our departure. We have cluttered up their entire home (living room, bedrooms, and garage with our stuff). Thank you for putting up with us. Thanks to my dad though I don’t say it often enough for his foresight and guidance throughout. We do appreciate them both.
We will be seeing them in Chiang Mai, hopefully in November or December of this year. I’d love nothing more than to be able to hop over to Burma together as a family (hopefully, including my brothers). What a nice family reunion that will be for all of us after all these years.
As for J’s side of the family, we’re hoping they will come visit us in Chiang Mai as well. We hope to reunite and visit with Jack’s extended family in Taiwan more often also.
A girl can always dream, eh!
And yes, dreams do come true. I had a dream. I had a dream that one day I will live abroad experiencing a new way of living and being, allowing Emma to immerse in the Asian culture, similar to a life her parents once had during their childhoods.
I had no idea that it would be based on the “LESS is MORE” philosophy. No regrets here though. No regrets. It’s the best kind of living. It is ever so liberating. I will take it ten times over.
Message To M:
“I didn’t get where I am by thinking about it or dreaming it. I got there by doing it.” ~Estee Lauder
We Say No To The Status Quo
Live Small. Live Green. Give Large. Take little.
Take Notice. Take Action.