Living Abroad

Published on February 23rd, 2012 | by Paz


The next 6 months, what are we up to?

When we left Milwaukee, Wisconsin a year ago we were planning on being back in the states about now. However, like many things our plans have changed! Now our plans include Thailand, China, Cambodia, and hmmm who knows?


The lease on our current apartment is up and we are taking the opportunity to move to Thailand for a month!! We are flying into Bangkok and renting a mini-van and driving down to Krabi (12 hour drive). Road trip!!! We are going to make this trip in about 2.5 days. We will arrive to a resort in Krabi and stay there for about 4 days while we look for a house. We have a few in mind. We will make the final decision once we see them. We hope to spend lots of time at the beach/pool and get a good tan. We have decided to bring the nanny. Since both of us still have to work and would like to have some nights out on the town, we are bringing her with us.

We have not booked our return trip tickets as I am hoping to try and make a trip to Cambodia on our way back. We will have to see how we are on our budget ($2,000 for the month) and how the kids are doing. I would like to go to Angkor Wat (Indiana Jones- Tomb Raider was filmed) Who knows maybe Dr. Jones is there.


We will return to Guangzhou and go to our new apartment in Panyu, Guangzhou. We have already rented the apartment and it will be waiting for us with our stuff still in it. Hopefully. It is about 25 minutes outside of the city. A completely different environment. Completely. We hope to make new friends, have a different experiences, and of course have lots of fun. We have a few friends coming to visit us so we rented a bigger place. They now will have their own room and no need to share Abe’s crib. I am sure everyone is happy about that. 🙂

Picture from outside our new apartment!


No big plans for May other than we want to get Lupita and Abe involved in some of the farms in area. Not sure how we are going to do that, but I would love for them to learn about the agriculture of the land and Chinese farming. We also have a good friend from the states coming for a visit. We are so excited and can’t wait until he comes. I know Zeek has the schedule already figured out for their boys nights out!


Lupita will turn 5! This will be a sad and happy month for us. Our little girl will now officially be a kid…and no longer a little stinker. I am hoping that my mom might be up for a trip and maybe we could meet her in Turkey or another cool destination for some sight seeing and quality time with the grand-kids. Or who knows maybe just a trip to the local hot spring.

July – August

We have no plans yet and are open for suggestions!!


We will for sure be back in the states for Christmas 2012. We most likely will arrive in October, but no dates or plans have been secured.

Work Update:

I left my teaching job at the end of December to be self-employed. I find my self-employment more gratifying, more flexible, and more chaotic. Here are my current jobs:

  1. Freelance teacher
  2. Cross cultural trainer
  3. Chinese Diet, contributor and editor
  4. Writer – working on a book 😉
  5. MPCTUTORIALS.COM  business partner

As you can imagine with so many jobs and titles it might get confusing. I like that I now get to choose my own hours and I get to pick my projects. I also have a larger hand if things fail or not. As you can imagine if it fails I also have to pick up the slack. I have been enjoying my freelance teaching and cross cultural training a lot. With my freelance teaching and cross cultural training I work about 15 hours a week. This gives me more time with the kids and to work on the other projects. As any of you self-employed people know balancing the work at home is a problem. Our house is small and with both mom and dad working on projects in the office “bedroom” it is easy to get distracted and hmmm procrastinate. Zeek is still working for his US based company remotely and it has been going great!

There it is folks. As you know many of these things could change at anytime with us lately. We are enjoying our time here and trying to make the most of it. That is the most important part. We are excited about everything that is happening and always grateful about the opportunities that have been given to us.

This month (February) has been a bit stressful and we haven’t been able to spend as much time with the kids as we normally do. We really enjoy our 3 meals a day together (sitting) and our park/kung fu time. We haven’t been able to do that much this month due to some work on projects and limited time in moving and planning our next 6 months. Lately I have been feeling guilty and of course sad about this, then happy because if there is one thing we have learned in our year here it is that we create our reality. Our life is crazy right now because of our decisions (yup our fault), but it can be un-crazy by our decisions as well. You really do have complete control, if you use it. So in March I am going to use my control to back away from a few things and focus on others. Realizing you have that power is earth moving and such a blessing. Try it!

4-10 from China!


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Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

10 Responses to The next 6 months, what are we up to?

  1. Joanna says:

    Your plans sound awesome! If you do make it to Turkey, I think you’ll love it. My husband visited Istanbul and later Cappadoccia (stayed in a cave hotel), as well as Tarsus years ago. Just curious but what is your husband’s company in the US (web design? or similar)? Also, how do you manage with internet in more remote places (same VPN server)? Thanks!!

    • Paz says:

      Oh I hope we get to go to Turkey…or someplace fun and exciting!! It sounds amazing. Yes he is a senior web developer and the remote works for him. We struggle with internet connection issues everyday…even in Guangzhou. Sometimes in more remote places the connection is better because there aren’t so many users. 🙂 For accessing fun sites like youtube and facebook we use our VPN.

  2. Genevieve Garzon says:

    I have an idea for July??!!! what about help pay for the coolest little sister to come and visit you again?!! Since it is her birthday in the month of July. 🙂

    Just a suggestion.

    Love you monsters!

    • Paz says:

      I’m leaving on a jet plane and don’t know if I’ll be back again….I just thought of that song. You couldn’t stand Guangzhou in July……too hot!! Maybe let’s change you birthday.

  3. Angela White says:

    Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures! The kiddos will love farming.
    Carpe Diem! Love, Angela

    • Paz says:

      We totally thought of your garden. The thing is I am awful at gardening and tend to kill any plant within 10 ft of me. I am hoping to have someone else teach them…and I can join along.
      Love, Paz

  4. Roxana says:

    Big plans for u gys, as I imagined…it’s good that yr jobs allow u to do all this…in our case, it’s not possible, cause my husband has a “fixed, steady” job, with 8 to 18-even 19 schedule…we have time for trips in weekends…and not all the time…so, congratulations that u can and will…and we will watch u and yr adventures..

    • Paz says:

      Roxana- You also have a great adventure. Your adventure is what you make it…right? We are so excited to hear about your experiences in China. We will keep you posted on what we are up to. 🙂

  5. Sound like some awesome plans! I just love reading about different people wandering the globe and what they are getting out of it. You are an inspiration, particularly with kids!!! Don’t feel guilty, you are providing an interesting and well-rounded life for your children that will beneft them endlessly. All the best for 2012!!!!

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