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Interview with Carol Taylor from “Retired? No one told me!”

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Meet Carol Taylor from Orienthailiving… and Retired? No one told me!


All about your BLOG:
Tell us about your lovely BLOG.

  1. What is the name of your blog and how did you decide on your blog name?My first blog is Retired No One Told Me!
    Self-explanatory to me as when I retired and moved to sunny Phuket.  We had a restaurant/ bar that was hard but enjoyable work so I was cooking and doing the promotion and newsletters for the bar.
    My second came much later and after much consideration as I wanted a name to reflect where I live Orienthailiving was born… which is about travel, traditions and will be Thai recipes it is self-hosted (that my friends) was the biggest learning curve ever. Any laughter at this point is hysterical. I write and cook, I am not at all techie minded.
  2. What prompted you to start on this blogging journey?
    First and foremost to keep a record of our shenanigans and so friends and family could see what we were doing. I also joined a writing group which was fun and hard work we are now on our third anthology and it was this lovely group of people who encouraged me to write/blog and for that I am extremely grateful as they had faith in me and in fact one of them said “Oh My Buddha, what have we released”  haha, the ideas and short stories just spilled forth.
    My second came much later Orienthailiving came about so that I could keep my travels separate from my cooking and recipes and also so I could help my son in his business and monetize my blog. This lifestyle I lead, sundowners and fun need supporting, lol.
  3. To date, what blogging achievement/s are you most proud of?
    I am just grateful that people enjoy what I do and I love the friendships I have formed. I am proud of my cookery column over at Sally’s and also my monthly slot here.  The icing on the cake, I suppose was being nominated for the Hidden Gems award by the Bloggers Bash, I just didn’t expect that I truly was awed by it.
  4. How would you describe your own blogging style?
    I don’t know. Honestly I just write and I suppose I write as I speak I have always said my fingers are an extension of my mouth.
  5. What excites you most about blogging?
    The comments and the friendships I have formed. I also have lots of opinions and I like to air them now and again.
  6. What platform do you use and why?
    Wordpress because I always have. I like it and it is easy to use and if it isn’t broken why change?
  7. What genre/topic/theme do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?
    Cooking/recipes, travel, and traditions and yes I deviate when I find a subject which I am passionate about which is good whole food. I hate anything processed and do not trust manufacturers.
  8. How often do you blog per week or month?
    I blog most days or have a regular post like my Food Column over at Sally on a Wednesday.
  9. Do you have any wisdom or tip/s regarding blogging to share with us?
    Just be yourself and blog about subjects which you know about and are dear to your heart and if you need help ask. The blogging community is the most helpful group of people I have ever come across they are awesome.
  10. Do you participate in linkup parties? How do you feel about it?
    Not really there are so many and I find I got really bogged down you can’t be all things to all people and still get your work done. I only participate in two groups and they are regular so I am not sure if they are classed as linkup parties. The two I do I like as I can pop in and out (time difference) and choose which days I participate in and the people are really lovely.

All about YOU:
Tell us something about you, the real YOU.

  1. What do you like to do other than blogging?
    When I am not blogging I am writing my cookery book. I love visiting local markets there are many here and this is where much of my food research is done.  Taking photos.
    I walk daily and again it is how I find out about where I live. I also cook and test out new recipes.  My grandchildren live with me so I also love to spend time with them and they love to cook and experiment ( I wonder where) they get from, lol.   So we cook together.
  2. Where do you reside?
    I live in Northern Thailand.
  3. Are you an indoor or outdoor person?
    Both really as I write indoors but always have a notebook in my bag. But I like to get out and explore.  We spend time in local villages as we have family who lives there and again much of my research I gather by getting out and about.
  4. Do you still work, and if so, what is your trade/profession?
    I am officially retired
  5. Or are you retired? If so, what do you do besides blogging?
    I write and research and generally enjoy life here they are all interconnected.
  6. Do you wish to be 20-something or the age you are now and why?
    Sometimes I wish I was younger. I discovered writing later in life and have much I want to do and write about.  Will I ever fit it in the time I have left? That is not a morbid statement or meant to be, No–one knows, do they? I just wish I had started writing properly earlier.
  7. What makes your day a good and happy one?
    That I wake up and that everyone I know is fit and well. The reason I say that is I  had and do have a few friends who are not well, so I am always just grateful that my family is well.  Health is everything, as without that life can be difficult or terminal.
  8. Describe yourself in 3 words.
    Opinionated, whimsical and passionate (All words used about me by others). That was a hard one for me to answer.  Others are better at describing moi. Why does everyone always ask that question?
    N.B: I have just asked my son. Chatty, lovely and funny (humorous) I rest my case.
  9. Share with us 3 interesting facts about yourself.
     – I have completed a marathon all 26.2 miles and have the medal.
    – Never dare me as I will do it!
    – I play the piano and have since I was a child.
  10. Do you have any other tidbits to share with us about yourself?
    Since living here I have changed beyond recognition.  I used to visit the hairdressers 3 times a week and have regular manicures and the only time I would get my hair wet was when it was washed. Truly. Always suited, booted and immaculate.
    I now only wear flip flops, no makeup or jewelry (just a pair) of earrings. I also write with a passion.
    Anyone who knew me before would not recognize me. I truly hope they would like the new me much better. I have gone back to my roots and I am happy, happier than I have ever been.

Last but not least:

  1. Please share with us your social media links, in order for our readers to follow you!

Connect with Carol (Moi)
New additional Blog
Pinterest (1)
Pinterest (2)
My 2nd Pinterest account is my new one connected to my new blog, so please have a look and follow me.  I don’t have many boards at the moment but I am adding to them every day. Thank you x



I know you want to do the 20 + 1 Interview Questions so I look forward to hearing from you! 


  • Make tomorrow more amazing than today!
  • Just believe in yourself and dream big.
  • Do not give up on your hopes. Take care always.


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61 thoughts on “Interview with Carol Taylor from “Retired? No one told me!””

    • You’re so kind. How about you come aboard and also do an interview. Let me know if you would be interested. It will be awesome to get to know you better

      • Wow!!! That’s awesome proposal. Blogging has become my passion but I understand there is lot more to learn. I would love to do it if you find me worth. Make me popular. ha ha ha…..

  1. Loved learning more about my gal pal Carol here today. And it doesn’t surprise me Carol. that you’re opinionated, whimsical, and passionate, all traits I share with you and no wonder we’re friends! 🙂 xxx

  2. I am really thrilled to learn more about Carol, Esme. She is a great blogger and shares amazing recipes. It is wonderful that she plays the piano, my son does and I am encouraging him to continue.


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