I  just  love Tuk

              tuks

Monica - Italy

    Ling Hui -Taiwan

Sable - Seattle

 Thank goodness we have 

              each other

 Our current gang!

          Sheila - Vancouver

Our friends from The Netherlands

Freedom to run....

Me hiding in the bushes at my Mom's school 

Our 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!

       Different beaches

"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,

                Toronto

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!

 Oh Man.....

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 -

                    Freiburg, Germany​

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

www.eastmeetswest.me

CULTURE  SHOCK - REJECTION AND DEPRESSION


THE TRANSITION

 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