For the past year, I’ve considered Bangkok my home. As I prepare to say goodbye to the ‘Land of Smiles’, I would like to share my daily life.
Bangkok is a big, big city. From my view on the 26th floor, I see urban sprawl. They say 8.2 million people live in Bangkok, and whenever I look outside towards the city, I believe it.
I live in On Nut, a neighbourhood located west of Bangkok. I picked this area because it’s close to the Skytrain (BTS), but it also has a thriving community of locals and expats.
My 10-minute walk from my apartment to On Nut BTS is always exciting. If I leave at 07:45, I get to watch the Thai police do their morning roll call. The commanding officer likes to have them line up before he takes a photo of them. Next to the station, there’s always an ice truck delivering cold morsels to all the drink stands in the area.
The On Nut BTS is always ridiculously packed. About 2-3 times a week, I usually would have to travel back a station to get onto a train that’s heading into the city. It’s definitely not my favourite part of the day. Once I get onto the train, it’s about a 15-minute ride to Asok.
I usually get off Asok, which is one station past work. Since I normally have a good 30+ minutes to kill before work, I take this time to get some morning exercise.
The walk takes me about 15 minutes. If I’m lucky, I’m not soaking in sweat. My work is at Phrom Phong, one of the poshest parts of Bangkok. I have to always go through EmQuartier, a fancy-smancy mall with a Prada and a Chanel.
I work as a copy editor. I spend my days checking documents and doing weird research like how to destroy WW2 encoders. This is my first full-time office job.
Lunchtime lurks around at 13:00. I usually go for Thai boat noodles, Tom Yum noodles or a trip to Terminal 21. I like cheap, and for 40 THB (USD 1.28), I get a nice, filling meal. And in Phrom Phong, finding cheap eats is not an easy feat!
I clock out at 18:00 and join the masses on the BTS back home. The train isn’t as packed, and everyone is just drained.
If I’m lucky, I get home to see the sunset. I do love the view from my apartment.
I’m fortunate to have a gym in the condo. It’s no 24-hour Fitness or Fitness First, but it’s something.
As I count down to my goodbye to Thailand, I am grateful for the year I had here. It had its ups, and it had a lot of downs, but I learned a lot and happy to have had the opportunity.