Samui Phangan Magazine April - May 2017
It’s all about Quality of Life.
Looking out now at the glorious weather and the crystal
blue shimmer of the sunlight on the ocean it seems hard to
remember the rain and flooding that we all had to bear only
a short while ago. I was then thinking of how bad it got in our
home towns. UK and Europe hit by snow storms this year
and freezing weather. A friend from Canada was saying they
had temperatures of minus 30° celsius. So, I thought I would
put a positive list together of points towards increasing
your quality of life in Thailand, especially in Samui. I won’t
say that any place in the world is perfect. There are always
certain changes and compromises we must make to create
a better situation for ourselves.
But here are some of the benefits, sun and fresh air. Do I
really need to explain this?!
Amazing food! There’s a world of difference between a
fruit that grows on a tree and is picked hours before you
eat it, and a fruit that is picked too early, shipped over long
distances and sold to you for ridiculous money. In Thailand,
you can eat delicious, cheap, quality, tree-ripened fruits and
vegetables, and avoid genetically-engineered foods, hotwater
treated mangoes and tasteless, imported produce.
Less stress, you can reduce stress radically by relocating
here at least part of the year. Samui, where the pace of
living is slower, more relaxed and where people value real
friendship and relaxation over the constant desire to work,
work and consume.
New Culture, you can find interest and growth by living together
with a different culture and become enriched by it.
Save money, living a life in the tropics is still a much better
bargain than freezing in an expensive European home. You
could wake up in the morning, listen to tropical birds singing
outside from your window, go pick your own fruits or buy
inexpensive, super fresh produce at the local market. You
could swim in pristine, turquoise waters, feel the breeze and
the sun nourish your body, and yet live in close distance to all
the modern amenities you’re used to.
On Samui you will not miss out on anything except the cold. You
can walk at night in the neighbourhood and feel safe, Thailand is still
a very safe place to be. In Samui, you can hire a local person for less
than Euro 200 per month to work in your house several hours a day,
to prepare all your healthy meals and take care of all your household
chores and leave you time to enjoy life. So, if you’re here already
I’m preaching to the converted but those of you enjoying your time
here maybe it’s something to think about. I did 24 years ago and
have never looked back.
Loving Thailand Loving Life.