How to relocate your whole family within 30 days

by Poi on September 6, 2011

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Since our time living in Chiang Mai, we have been on my parent’s case about how it would be the perfect new home for them. Especially in the case of my workaholic father who would rather see his back put out of place shift after shift than ever dream of calling in sick.

Unfortunately our persistent hassling is yet to pay off and my dreams of a permanent tropical rent free second home in Chiang Mai are yet to come true.

I say yet because we’ve recently played a deadly hand – by taking away the one thing that is still keeping them in England and relocating it to Thailand, we are forcing the issue.

My sister, Sarah.

Drinking Thai Buckets

Sarah the sister already on the Thai Buckets

Back at home she was often working 6am – 6pm with only one day off a week and doing half of those hours off her own back just to get things done. Of course hearing Kirsty talk about her 8:30am – 2:30pm shifts didn’t go down too well, especially considering she was earning nearly the same money with half the living cost.

“What the hell am I doing over here working this much, when I could be doing that” she asked.

This is all we needed, as soon as Sarah gave a hint of interest we pounced on her and wouldn’t rest, we’d said that she’d love teaching and the glimmer of hope was all we needed. For the next few days we kept on until she began to take it seriously and soon enough she had agreed.

Just a few short weeks later she flew out to take a job along side Kirsty teaching kindergarten English here in Bangkok.

A few weeks before our relocation mission she had been looking into moving into a house not far from my parents, now she’s half way round the world living a completely different life.

So far she seems to love it and has taken to teaching easily, quite a relief considering everything she gave up back home. Although, I think the afternoons in the sun by the pool after school are helping…

sarah in the pool

Only time will tell if she decides to carry on teaching beyond her year contract but having jumped straight into work the day after arriving she’s yet to see outside the big city. Once she’s seen the palm tree lined roads, stunning countryside and crystal clear seaside waters I can’t imagine she’ll want to leave, who would?

As for my parents, what card do I have to play next?

They’ve been out and seen Chiang Mai, they’ve seen the island getaways they could have and now their beloved daughter is here as well, what more do you need?



{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim September 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Poi mate you need to fire up the baby making factory then use the grandchild as bribery Bahahahaha Nah that is an awful idea! Im sorry I felt the need to share it!


Poi September 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Jesus man, what are you doing writing that sort of crazyness on here, my mum reads this you’ll be getting her hopes up haha!

No Chance!


Jaime September 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Oh wow that is freaking crazy yet so fucking awesome!!! I would love it if I could convince one of my sisters to join me or give up some of the stress they are going through at home. Hope your sister loves & keeps at it for a while.


Poi September 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Well today she got to dress as a princess, play with the kids and get paid for it…..I think she might stay a while! haha


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Wow that’s awesome!!! Congrats on getting her to move out there!


Poi September 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Thanks! next step, the parents.


Julia September 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

That is so cool for you. Why don’t you try and encourage your parents to move to Oz now? That way you’ll have people to stay with in Thailand and Oz and you could live somewhere else in between! Haha. I may need to pick your brains about the teaching opportunities for next year also, as I’m definitely going to need to work on the road at some point. Can you only get year contracts?


Poi September 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm

If thats the thinking I need to get them living in S America, I’ve got family just about everywhere else but I’m not sure how they’ll feel about living so far from everyone. Besides they need to be near their daughter, me? they’re not so bothered!

As for teaching you’ll have to harass Kirsty on FB or something. There’s always people leaving half way through school years who need replacing but you have to get lucky and it may depend on experience as you’ll need to step straight in.


Nancy & Shawn Power September 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Cute post.

We used to have the same problem, now we just move a lot.

But good luck getting your parents to move and purchase a home there.

Nancy & Shawn


Poi September 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

Thanks guys, we’ d still travel around but it would be great to be able to visit my parents in Thailand rather than England. They would definitely see a lot more of us!


Bonnie September 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

Awesome move!

@Poi hahaha that’s really funny! I can imagine Poi blushing cheeks while reading your comment! 🙂


Poi September 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

Thanks Bonnie!


Heather September 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

How much do I love this!! I’m sure Sarah is going to love it and how great that she has you guys there to make the transition an easier one 🙂


Poi September 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

I think that’s half the reason she couldn’t say no, we were able to get here a place to live and a job before she even arrived here.

Doesn’t get much better & easier for a fresh start!


Aussie on the Road September 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

Hehe, what a cunning plan!

How did you find a teaching job in Thailand? I’ve got two years of experience from my time in South Korea, but the idea of living and working in a tropical paradise has just a little appeal :-p

I’d love to hear any tips/advice you could send my way 🙂


Poi September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Sure if you need any advice give us a shout and I’m sure Kirsty will be more than happy to help, although with two years of experience I’ll doubt you’ll need any help, they’ll snap you up!


Amanda September 10, 2011 at 6:06 am

That’s so awesome! And kudos to Sarah for just going for it!


Poi September 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

She’s enjoying all the praise 🙂


Anthony September 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

That’s awesome! My sister is turning 15 soon and I may do the same to keep so I can keep an eye on her!

Yours truly,
One of them over-protective brothers who sisters hate 🙂


Poi September 15, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’m definitely not the protective brother type but I am happy she’s doing something cool/what I want her to do haha


Anthony September 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm

You’re like the super-cool brother, whereas I’m the opposite 🙂


jade September 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Fun! I would love if my brother and I lived in the same city- especailly if we were both following our dreams!


Poi September 15, 2011 at 10:15 am

You never know it might happen one day!


Dan Collins September 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Can I move in too?


Poi September 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until she moves out, getting a bit crowded in here now….


Mack Reynolds September 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

That’s funny. Your poor parents are being tortured by you haha. I mean, I hope they come, as you think it’s best for them, but no one likes to be coaxed into stuff. I’m sure they’d love once they got there to stay for good. And now your sister can join in the fight to get them over there.


Poi September 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

We’ve tried to plant the seed and let them make up their own minds but we get impatient and start mentioning it again haha


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