When Thailand Was Home

When Bangkok Was Home

 

There are times that you don’t just travel and drop by a place but actually move and live there for a season in your life. Well, that was true for me.

For three years I lived in Thailand. It was a season of change but it was also a season of knowing God more. I lived in the Muang Thong Thani area, in one of those white buildings. I rented one condo or apartment unit in the building (which was really just one small room with its own toilet and bath). The photo shows the exact building where I stayed, T7.

It was my longest time to live by myself in another country, in a different culture without family or relatives. And for those who have had a similar experience, you would understand when I say that loneliness is almost a daily, tangible companion when you are in such a situation. And yet, one could survive such a personal challenge by making new friends, learning a new language and keeping one’s faith intact. How about you? What’s your story about living in another country without family or close friends nearby? If you have one, do tell 🙂

Note: Shared this post with Wednesday Whites 🙂

 

Waterworld in The Mall

Okay, I do not really mean that the whole mall has been covered with water but there is very refreshing body of water inside The Mall (Bangkapi) of Thailand. The Mall is the name of this well-known mall in Thailand which is found in major locations within the city of Bangkok. And they have this cool waterfall inside their malls. Well, they even have a huge pool for swimming as well in The Mall, Bangkapi! The pool or should I say, pools are located on the top floor of the mall and in open air, by the way. You and your family can get a nice swim there on any given day. Isn’t that really cool? Check out the photos for yourself 🙂  By the way, my husband took the pool shots on top of this structure where you can slide down your way to the pool 🙂

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There are fishes in this lagoon inside The Mall, Bangkapi

 

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Swimming on top of The Mall

 

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With the green umbrellas, the sun can’t touch us 🙂

 

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We can go higher and slide down our way to the pool.

Note: This post is also linked with Watery Wednesday

Finding Art in the Flood

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While my hubby and I were in Bangkok last October, we had the chance to drop by the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) and witness the exhibit “Mueng Jom Nam.” There were several paintings on display along with other art expressions in line with the theme.

The exhibit is still open to the public until January 2012.   BACC is located at the Pathumwan Intersection, facing the MBK and Siam Discovery Centres.

As my hubby and I left BACC, I thought that the flood might be threatening to cut short our visit in Thailand but art and yes, life could go on no matter what.

Note: There is no admission fee at the BACC except for special exhibitions.


Watch Your Luggage Please

I am quite aghast with how many travelers still leave their luggage unattended in one of the most public places we go to as we travel: the airport. Even now, with news of all kinds of stealing taking place worldwide, some passengers still, I must say, naively think that they can leave their stuff unattended. I find this to be true in my trip with my husband last month to Manila, Philippines and then onward to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand for a conference.

One passenger and in one instance, a family of 3 members, simply left their entire luggage in one corner to buy something! Perhaps, they were inexperienced travelers or perhaps they come from places where stealing or security issues may be unheard of, but the airport is a different place. All kinds of people go there and definitely in international airports, different cultures converge there. How would you know you can trust these people you do not know at all?

May it be that we remind our family and friends this very basic thing as they travel: to watch their belongings. As they go on to their travel destination, we do not want them to carry regrets instead of their luggage.

 

Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok