The above title is my new address, where is it… yes, it’s the capital city Bangkok in Thailand. And, yes I have had that horrible writer’s or blogger’s block, probably experienced by many. Where all over the Christmas period I haven’t written anything. I am still rather blog shy, and wonder why anyone would want to read what I have written… anyway I will continue to write as things have got a lot more interesting in my life for sure =) Big smile!
I moved to Bangkok on the 31st of December, just gone. I wanted to move before new year, as last new year in England I promised myself I didn’t want to be in England the same time next year, (-Wet weather and dark afternoons in December post Christmas/January time may ring a bell to anyone who has lived in England) anyway I wasn’t in the UK… where was I? On top of one of Bangkok’s highest buildings and most luxury hotels The Lebua State Tower, sipping champagne all night, with an old friend who generously invited me to celebrate with her and her brother and his new wife, who were on holiday from England.
So, that was the start of my new life in Bangkok. Off to a really great start- which actuallystarted when I got off the plane, because I was traveling with a Thai friend and her children who’s family had actually arranged one of those special golf buggies to drive us through the airport past all queues to baggage claim! Real VIP haha!
I have been here 2 weeks now, and although the honeymoon period-thinking OMG I love this place, want to live here for ever- has worn off- slightly-, as now it’s time to start what I originally came here for –research for an MA-, I am still extremely happy here, in the rightly named; City of Angels, Land of Smiles.
I would recommend anyone to visit or live in this city. It is an international city, with people living and doing business here from all over the world. It has 24 hour service, you want something… you can get it whatever time and pretty much whenever/ however you like. It is very convenient for general living or pleasure seeking, with great nightlife and hospitality. I have made some good friends here, fast. There is potential and passion for whatever you maybe interested in. I have met people who have been very helpful and have introduced me to others, who are eager to show me their Bangkok. There is a feeling of energy here, I find lacking in the West, where development has reached a plateau and there is a lethargic lull. Here, without the restraints of as many laws as in the UK and other Western hang-ups and social problems, there is a real innovative and creative spirit in Bangkok, something I have noticed often in Asian people. Don’t get me wrong I am not criticizing the West, England is my home and I wouldn’t of wanted to be born anywhere else. I see the good points and bad points in countries all over the world. But from all the cities I have visited and lived in, including Sydney, London, Buenos Aries and Leeds etc, this harmonious place of tradition, modernity and beauty shines infinitely over the others.
It turned out that the first condo I looked at was the best for over all comfort and cost, it’s a brand new building but humbly priced compared to others. Even the derelict, half-built skyscraper I over look has turned into a piece of ‘modern art’ in my eyes, as it is part of the city, one of contrasts. My street has pretty much every I need, and there is an abundance of shopping malls and markets with pretty much anything you can think of, just a short journey away.
Along with the luxuries and satisfaction of all mod-cons and modernity, Bangkok is still in Thailand- believe it or not! And, has all the Thai essentials to keep you happy and smiling inside- food, temples, sunshine and people just to name a few. I think I need to get over being constantly in awe at the size of development and facilities and the amount of wealth, prosperity and opulence available. Such as; universities, schools, businesses, factories, arts, culture and architecture. As beauty, efficiency, design and practicality are the norm here. People thinking of Asia or this place as a developing country, should think again. England seems left the dark ages compared to this vibrant expeditious city. Where the Pet Shop boys, ‘One night in Bangkok’… and the world’s your oyster.’ song still rings so true.