Arthur’s Happiness Project Continues

Happiness is a state of being. Pleasure is a feeling. In his book, “Happiness” , Mathew Ricard , the scientist turned Buddhist monk encourages us to embrace the tenets of the Buddhist philosophy to ensure our happiness state. One of the main tenets of...

Arthur’s Happiness Project Continues

Most people aspire to be,”Happy” most of the time. It seems to be an inborn soul need-reaching out for that quality of life that as a culture we define as happiness. As a global traveller I have met many people from various cultures. If you ask a farmer...

Not in Chiang Mai this year . First time in 23 years

After enduring a five month renovation project that ended before Christmas, I decided to stay in Toronto for the winter. It isn’t that I like Toronto more than Chiang Mai, it is that it seems to suit my purpose more to be here in Toronto at this time. I wanted...

Arthur’s Happiness Project Continues

This summer I began a major renovation project in the apartment I live in Toronto. The result is a cozy beautiful warm nest to spend the winter if I choose. For the past 23 winters I have flown to Asia ,primarily ,Chiang Mai ,Thailand in the Fall or early In the new...

Living by Design or by Default-

I recently came across two quotes that I had found in the past and jotted down on a piece of paper. The first quote was ,”You are either affecting people or infecting people. The second quote was ,” You are either living by design or living by...

Mid March in Chiang Mai

March 30th departure to Turkey will signal the end of my 23rd winter in Chiang Mai. In many ways it has been a great winter. My new partner, Marieline joined me for my 2013 winter stay in Chiang Mai. She fell in love with it as I had nearly a quarter of a century ago....

Chiang Mai- the city of foreign settlers .

I have been a resident of Chiang Mai for twenty two winters. I began my annual stay in Chiang Mai in the winter of 1990. At that time, I met a few ex-pats living full time in Chiang Mai Then ,there were a number of people living here because of the circumstances from...

Who did Arthur Meet in Chiang Mai Today

Chiang Mai may be one of the easiest places to meet interesting people. At one of my favorite restaurants recently, I met a young man from the British Isles. We had a number of common interests. He had lived in Japan at one point in his life and he was earning his...

Never Judge a Book By Its’ Cover

Twice ,recently ,in my travels in Thailand , I have made the mistake of discounting people , and not being open to communicating with someone sitting nearby. The first time was a week Sunday, on a VIP bus going to Burma. I was doing my mandatory VISA run- a 12 hour...

Value Living in Chiang Mai

If one possibly can, one should avoid going to Chaing Mai, or even Thailand from say Mid March to the first of May. This is the hottest time of the year in the Kingdom. The only way to survive comfortably at that time, is to go out early in the morning, be in your...