I just love Tuk
Monica - Italy
Ling Hui -Taiwan
Sable - Seattle
Thank goodness we have
Our current gang!
Sheila - Vancouver
Our friends from The Netherlands
Freedom to run....
Me hiding in the bushes at my Mom's school
Casey and Jim - Vancouver
And so with countless memories tucked away in a very special place in our hearts where they would remain forever, we boarded a trans pacific flight from Bangkok to Vancouver with our two Golden Retrievers, Sami and Mali in tow. Moves were second nature to us and it seemed that this would be the easiest one yet - after all we were returning to Canada where everything would be familiarto us. Little did we know that this would be the most difficult move we had ever made. We had been given an opportunity to open a B and B on a 4 acre farm property 10kilometers east of Sooke on Vancouver Island. During our last few years in Bangkok we had opened our guest house to Airbnb visitors so this would be effortless.
The Giffords - Vancouver
Michele - Provence
And amazing white rain!
"LEAVING ON A JET PLANE, DON"T KNOW WHEN WE'LL BE BACK AGAIN..."
Very weird new friends and neighbours
Our house........and Airbnb in Bangkok
Maria - Germany
Lisolette and Des - North Van
Our Mom at her school
AND ABOUT A ZILLION NEW FRIENDS
The best ree-lax place on the lawn
Robyn, Michael, Julie & Mercy - Nova Scotia, and Vancouver
We didn't have all this grass
to lie on in Bangkok though, did we?
I miss Thida
AND SO MY FRIENDS - THAT'S A WRAP! THANK YOU FOR BROWSING AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS SPRING OR SUMMER.....
Nana & Doug - Thailand
Meg and Charlotte - Vancouver,
Our Mom & Dad
Sara, Mom, Yi, Michael, Daniel - Vancouver & Beijing
Me too & I love
our Thai friends
Morm and Bob - Thailand
A FUSION B AND B ON THE WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
Not ONE tuk tuk.and DO NOT
come out here, Sam - it's freezing!
Our container arrived and chaos ensued; then the contractors to turn the house into what we envisioned - a warm and welcoming place where people
would feel at home; and where our art and furnishings would meld into a beautiful west coast setting that would tell our story. It became a brand
newadventure and now four years later we are fulfilled by the remarkable people who have come to stay with us and the stories they have to tell.
Alice - Beijing
Armande - Provence
Our new living room
AND THEN - ADJUSTMENT AND ADAPTATION
Tommy, Josh, Steffi, Maria and Elizabeth -
Stuart, Helene, Oma, Alastair, Lara, Sable plus plus! - Seattle
In hindsight we completely underestimated what a huge leap this would be. You simply could not find two places more dramatically different than Bangkok with a population of 16,000,000 people and Sooke with a population of 12,000. What struck us first was the isolation and the dark, We were accustomed to the bright lights and sights and sounds of Asia. We had come from a city that never sleeps and when we stepped outside at night in west coast February weather we were unnerved. It was almost black and the only sounds were the wind and unfamiliar animal cries.
I miss Khun Mataya
Jean Luc - France
Sam dressed in yellow
for the King's birthday
We were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to live abroad for for 30 years beginning in Tokyo where Michael was seconded to the Canadian Embassy and subsequently moving to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and finally Bangkok where we spent our last 10 years before our return to Canada. In 2015, after a great deal of thought we made the decision to come home simply because it was 'time.'
Julie and Michael Howard
East Meets West
4105 Otter Point Road
Sooke, BC V9Z 0K2
250 642 4989
CULTURE SHOCK - REJECTION AND DEPRESSION
Josh and Steffi - Cermany
Keith and Mary - Ottawa
Do you know what I love? The Jungle and tuk tuks
Stephanie and Alan - West Van
The Blues Brothers - Vancouver