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Life is not about finding ourselves it is about creating ourselves! George Bernard Shaw

Cooee! It's me calling in from Thailand. Sorry, it's been a while, it's been a tad busy. Still, we've not done badly. We've moved into our temporary apartment and are well on the way to finding something more permanent. We're overlooking the American Embassy compound, which is acres of impressive greenery in amongst the high rise buildings. I love it, I can even hear the little birds sing in the morning.
So welcome to my new life as .... drum roll please, Hmmm actually, I have no bleedin’ idea, so how about Bangkok Blogger for now?
How would you feel if you were to arriving in a new country, where you know no-one, and you're not even sure what your life will entail? For me, it was a feeling of excitement, crossed with a rolling of the eyes, a smile and my 'here we go again' expression. 
Of course, this always happens Mr Wren was away travelling and so I rocked up for …
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Pongsit makes a big IMPACT!

Imagine if you'd just arrived on Planet Earth and given tickets to a pop concert of one of your new world's biggest stars?  You knew you were going to something special, but you didn't know the artist or understand anything he was singing about... 
How do you reckon you'd feel?
We felt like this going to Pongsit Kamphee's concert on Saturday night.
Who? I hear you say! 

We tried to do our homework on Pu Pongsit, as he is known but clearly whilst he may be mega big news in Thailand, there is little written about him in English.
We did discover that Pongsit is a much-loved folk rock icon who has been on the Thai music scene for 30 years. Thai people love his powerful storytelling. We could see he brings such passion to his lyrics which are on his thoughts about society, love, loss and life's struggles.

We were delighted to have been offered VIP tickets to his show at Bangkok's aptly named IMPACT Arena and were pretty much the only foreigners. Despite playing his so…

Discovering Muay Thai in Krabi

Krabi, Thailand one of those awesome Thai holiday destinations, known for its beautiful backdrop of limestone cliffs, island hopping, fire dancing and ticking off the 'Live the Dream' Bucket List ideas. 
Just look at this. It's not a bad backdrop backdrop for our first experience of Thai boxing is it? I'm not sure whether it is all the talk about James Bond, you can't escape the fact that the 'Man With A Golden Gun' was filmed out in this Andaman Bay, but all of a sudden we've signed up for a private Muay Thai lesson. I don't know where that inner Rambo came from!

It's no real surprise that this area is famous amongst film buffs.Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Beach' is filmed out over there on the island of Koh Phi Phi and what impressed my husband most was the lobby scene from that dreadful The Hangover 2 movie was filmed in our hotel!
We booked a four-night Krabi break back in April when fresh-faced into Bangkok life we thought we might be …

10 reasons to love living in Melbourne

Melbourne Australia voted the World's Most Liveable City, 2017  by The Economist for a record seventh time. 
I agree it is an awesome city to live. Here are ten reasons to love Melbourne with photos mostly taken from my recent trip, plus a few. You be the judge!
1. Cool Climate: After my humidity hair Bangkok life, I'm enjoying putting a coat on and walking in that cool, fresh non-polluted air... Ok, I was there in the middle of winter, but even in the heat of an Aussie summer, our weather changes. Melbourne is renown for four seasons in a day! It's never a relentless heat, nor the constant Sweaty Betty humidity. 

Although, I'm not sure the Crazy Poodle was that happy with his rain coat...!

2. Coffee Culture: Food is often the most missed thing when people travel, it is for me. I crave my favourite food, 'smashed avo' and look at this! No other country does coffee as well as Melbourne and not a Tim Tam biscuit in sight!

3. Super Sports: I LOVE  the way sport has beco…

Wish you were here, Singapore

I really admire people who have a passion, 
follow their dreams, and 
push themselves outside their comfort zone.

Take Helen Bronte Boyd. We first met when our kids were at the Australian International School, Hong Kong. Mum of three lively boys and fellow Bookclub lover, she has just had her opening night as Artist in Residence at Instinc Art Space, Singapore.
I daren't really try to compare notes. Whilst I have been flitting around the world, enjoying a myriad of countries and time zones, Helen has been solidly exploring her artist passions. She is now firmly out there as a creative entrepreneur with a flourishing Hong Kong art business.

I have reconnected with Helen recently as fellow Instagram lover through her HeART project, you can read the post here.
Fast forward ten years from my Hong Kong days, I caught up with Helen for a cuppa, to ask how the Dickens did you end up here in Singapore as an International Artist in Residence, just about to open your own exhibition?!

The answer w…

Balloon Love, London

‘I travel a lot, I hate having my life disrupted by routine:’  
Caskie Stinnett   
With a life of perpetual travel, I get to check out a fair few hotels. Isn’t it great to find somewhere a bit different and full of surprises, like The Hoxton, Shoreditch, London?   On first entering their Hoxton Manor concept room, there was a split-second hesitation as to whether we had the right keys? Is the bed made and what’s that on the floor?  Followed by the grin, the realisation and the wow of the invitation to throw yourself onto the XXL humungous bed, with a padded headboard on three sides, pop art ‘Live East, Die Young’ prints, and with the bed linen folded up in the middle. What fun.
Mum, have you seen the high heels and handcuffs?
It’s not easy to impress Gen Y with my choice of hotels,  or anything come to think of it these days. Nailed it. I was in London to help celebrate Daughter Number One’s 25th Birthday and for this reason well out of our usual stomping ground around Hyde Park. I have ventur…

Butterfly count, UK!

This Sunday was Church gardening. I am not a regular attendee at Church,  just the occasional few births, deaths and marriages.

But I am always happy to lend an unskilled, youthful hand  to this small and talented group of gardeners on my return to the UK. Plus at 11 am we get McVities chocolate biscuits!
This month we took part in the nationwide Butterfly Count.  We were out spotting how many butterflies we could see in 15-minutes.  We were pleased to record 17 Butterflies on the recording sheet,  from seven different species and a large toad apparently in the compost heap!  Although, I was head down weeding the path at the time so I missed this.
The information is recorded centrally and we received a certificate.

Such a lovely activity on a sunny English summers day. Thanks for having me on the team!

Little Wandering Wren's Elevator Pitch

So today I'm supposed to be at Problogger's Evolve 17 conference in Melbourne, Australia, instead, my elevator pitch and I find ourselves unexpectedly in the United Kingdom...

Which is just as well, as I'm not sure it was as polished as it should have been. Maybe you can help?

Who are you and what do you do?
I'm Wren I share my slightly crazy Little Wandering Wren life with anyone who will listen.

See I would have failed at this point. Okay, try more giving, umm, more appeal?

British born Aussie Wren is currently grappling with reinventing herself as a Thai farang in Bangkok. Yay! Join her as she shares a light hearted view of her world whizzing between the three continents she now calls home.

Who are your readers?

Hi, I'm Wren and I have an awesome group of readers, including my Mum, her friends in the village, a handful of my friends scattered around the world but mostly other bloggers who I have met on line, don't tell the kids, and we enjoy reading about each othe…