My 2 months in Bangkok in a nutshell

Bangkok? Great!

My desire to get away from the stressful and uncomfortable situation in Manila led me to the decision to move to Bangkok.

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It's been really a tough time for the couple of months for me. I had some undesirable worries and stress and I didn't know if things would cooperate with me. Luckily, I have a mega positive thinking that helped me out. Plus, people who consistently stood by me in whatever circumstances I was in. Loving Family, super friends and my amazing boyfriend who always got my back. Thank you. Goodbye for now Manila, it's been really a roller coaster ride with you. We all need changes, although some of them are really hard to deal with, still, never underestimate the magic of new beginnings. Hello Bangkok, you're going to be my new home for a while. Please be good to me. 🙏❤️ And for those who are asking where on earth I landed, I'm safe and sound, don't worry. Sorry for not able to reply to all your messages yet, ( mejo lumalablayp pa 😜) I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you and I love you all! ❤️💛💚💙💜 Cheers 🍻! . . #newjourney #traveler #manila #newchapter #bangkok #traveling #newhome #thailand #amazingthailand #letsgosomewhere #passionpassport #escapesanddiaries

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Since Bangkok is being battered by a storm, I’m snuggling under my sheets and basking in the warmth of my bed. Suddenly I’ve realized that I will soon be leaving the place I call my second home. Time flew fast. Fast enough to bring my life to order.

Moving to a new city abroad wasn’t an easy decision to make. The beginning of the journey was full of uncertainties, but it was exciting.


In April of 2017, I went through a life crisis wherein I learned a lot of lessons and worst things in my life. I chose to move forward, so when my boyfriend helped me book a flight to Bangkok, I knew in that instant that it was my chance to do what I had to do.

Within my first 2 weeks in Thailand, Chris and I met and traveled together to Koh Chang Island and Chiang Mai. Our trip was planned and to be fair, I warned him about how I was when traveling—moody, demanding and grumpy.


Surprisingly, everything went smooth and fun, contrary to what I expected. I always thought that traveling with a companion meant compromise all the time.

Our trip was a golden ticket to getting to know each other spontaneously and profoundly. It defined our relationship and made me love him deeper. We were a new couple back then and the trip surely made us closer to each other. I’m going to tell you more about that in my next writing.


When he flew back to Munich, we said hello to a long distance relationship. But I continued living my life the way I wanted to. Things wasn’t easy at first. I met hardships. Luckily, someone trusted me to manage a guesthouse the whole time I was in Bangkok. But my anxiety got the better of me. I was worried, because visa for Filipinos would last for only 2 months.


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Tomorrow I’d have to make my decision on where to go next and what to do after Thailand. Honestly, if you’d ask me what my next plan is, I would say, nothing, I'm very uncertain and undecided. Because seriously, there’s nothing that I can come up with to do one after the other. Until now I’m still confused on what to be the next step. Truly, it’s hard to be an adult, plus, moving out of my country doesn’t make me sad but makes me get to think what should I do with my life. I still have a job that I can rely on, but may not be enough to sustain my living if I want to do more than what I am doing right now. This life becomes very uncooperative sometimes. How do you deal with this? Do you have some people to have your back when somethings turn you down? Or just have to stand on your feet and do your best. I am a very positive person but sometimes, things are real and can’t escape from them. Wish me luck that everything will turn our just fine. Though, I’d like to let you know I’m doing all fine right now. Just things are a bit shaky and over reacting to me. I don’t have a timeline when to achieve things, I just know that if I keep moving, absolutely things will be better, by any chance. Have you had this kind of drama or whatever you call it in life before? How do you deal with it? Yay! This needs of enlightenment never gets old in me. ♡🤛💪 . . . . . . #travel #traveling #positivity #positivevibes #greatthings #wanderlust #instagood #instadaily #passionpassport #letsgosomewhere #couplegoals #worldcitizen #sanae #sanaehotel #chiangmai #thailand #amazingthailand #wheninthailand #travelblogger #travelwriter #travelstoke #enlightement #bangkok #thailand #amazingthailand #newjourney #plans #escapesanddiaries

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Looking at the brighter side, life here is chill and easy. Every day, I got to meet new people, share stories and make friends with them. Plus we had a set of volunteers coming from across the world and everyone was a member of our family.


The home where I live is situated in a local community where sumptuous local cuisine can be found. Also, Bangkok is dotted with numerous 7-Eleven stores. You can find them on every corner. Everything seems to be accessible. Transportation is highly efficient.

I have gotten used to the friendliness of Thais, particularly the owners of the guesthouse who sometimes came by to drink beer with me and any guest hanging around.  The Thai cleaning lady (as we call her) has zero English, but I saw her kindness and sincerity even though we can’t completely understand each other. Most of our conversations are filled with hand gestures and body language.


I really enjoy living in Bangkok. In fact, I didn’t experience culture shock. Having a foreign blood somehow makes me feel different from the rest of them, so I just use to my advantage my being mistaken for a local.


As regards my day-to-day expenses, I’m always on a tight budget. I’m grateful that don’t have to pay rent and for utilities. Bills are a pain in the ass. Being stingy, I go to the supermarket, so I can just cook food at home and save a few bucks from not eating out. On weekends, I stay in my room and chat with Chris all day long. I don’t care even if others laugh at me for not having a night life. Although, it feels as though I’m a couch potato.


My life in Bangkok isn’t perfect, but I love it. It has given me more time to write, something I’ve always loved to do. It has taken away the monotony of sitting in front of the computer for 8-10 hours straight, 7 days a week. That old life isolated me from the world. 


Looking back, I had never been this content in my life. I’m glad I decided to move to a new place, letting me get out of my comfort zone. Now, I’m able to ponder upon my next steps toward the future. Sometimes, the stage of maturity is wild and intense.


I also can’t be more grateful for having Chris around in all aspects of my life.

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Indeed, the first few blocks of the journey require hard work. We have to go through tough times, so we can achieve great success later on.



The truth is, we don’t have to worry about anything. We just have to follow our heart’s desires, do what we love to do, and everything will follow.


There’s nothing wrong with moving from one place to another. Changing our environment is sometimes uncertain, but the heavens will shower you with what your heart desires. Release the stress. Live worry-free. Think positive.


And remember, when you believe in something great, something great will happen. As of this writing, I’m counting down toward hopping to a new city, Hanoi.


But hey wait! I’ll be back in November! 

( updated March 2018)

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  • Alexander Popkov
    October 9, 2017 at 09:50

    A good view of Bangkok. I love when bloggers tell something personal. Something more than just generic sights.

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 9, 2017 at 11:32

    Thanks Alexander! Have you been here? I love Bangkok and the place where I stay! You must love it, too!

  • Part of that World
    October 9, 2017 at 14:59

    nice article about Bangkok. SE is a perfect getaway for backpackers not only it’s cheap but also you have a lot of things to do.

  • lor
    October 9, 2017 at 15:38

    Oh now i know nxt destination is Hanoi

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 9, 2017 at 16:20

    yes ate Lor! haha Hanoi lang po! Miss you! X

  • Air Flight Cheap Tickets
    October 9, 2017 at 20:01

    Interesting story to read. Bangkok is a lovely place to visit or be for sometime and few months away from Chris I’m sure didn’t hurt that much!!

  • Ann Yamagishi
    October 9, 2017 at 22:20

    The affirmation that everything will turn out right is evident, continue being positive no matter what! Love the adventure in Bangkok!

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 9, 2017 at 23:09

    @ Ann – Thanks! As they say, whatever you believe in will come true!

  • Neha Verma
    October 10, 2017 at 00:19

    It was a very interesting read. it’s another thing visiting a place for a few days , exploring around and then returning home. And it is totally different to call a place home for months before you say bye. And it takes a lot of courage also. I admire you for that

  • Johna P.
    October 10, 2017 at 01:17

    Been reading so much about Thailand lately! Are there direct flights from Manila going there? Planning to go some time next year, I hope! 😛

  • Vyjay Rao
    October 10, 2017 at 04:40

    Thailand is a nice country and the people are very warm and friendly. No wonder you are comfortable in Bangkok. Of course if you are the restless traveler type, your feet would be itching to move to a new destination. All the best and I am sure destiny has some great things planned for you.

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 10, 2017 at 07:05

    @ Neha – yea thanks but not going back home soon! Sure! Courage means a lot!

  • Swati Sinha
    October 10, 2017 at 07:16

    It is with bitter sweet memory you leave a place behind. Know all about it, as a child, I kept moving every 3 years with my parents. I am glad you enjoyed Bangkok and made memories. Hanoi will treat you equally well !

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 10, 2017 at 08:26

    @ Swati – Thanks! I really love Bangkok and I’ll be back so I’ll miss it for a short while! I’m excited about Hanoi, too because it’s going to be a grand vacation!

  • Swayam
    October 12, 2017 at 07:15

    I have read a few stories about you and Chris travelling together in a train and visiting elephant parks etc. Are you a Thai, I had always wondered after reading your posts. Now it becomes very clear that you are a Filipino. How did you land up this job in Thailand? Can you share your story? And do they need Thai speakers for this kind of a job?

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 12, 2017 at 08:14

    @ Swayam – yes I’m a Filipino and thanks for following our adventure! Chris is the ultimate travel partner for me! And no, you don’t need to speak Thai to get this job! The owners are young Thais who become my friends and luckily, they needed someone to help them run the guesthouse so I applied! You should also try! At least at some guesthouses or hostels if you’re really interested in it!

  • Sofia
    October 14, 2017 at 13:48

    Well put. Us travellers know these feelings all too well…from long distance to having to make hard decisions! All the best 🙂

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 14, 2017 at 14:06

    @ Sofia – Thanks a lot! Travelers life it is, aye!

  • Marge Gavan
    October 14, 2017 at 19:05

    Things went well and I am so happy for you. Indeed, a whole new world opens up when you leave your comfort zone. I have already proven that time and again. Now if only I could that do when it comes to dating hahaha…

    Too bad I wasn’t able to visit you in Bangkok while you were there, it would have been amazing. But anyways, goodluck on your next journey. I hope you’d be as happy in Hanoi as you were in Bangkok.

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 14, 2017 at 19:30

    @ Marge – thanks so much my dear friend! hahaha you can do it! Ikaw pa ba diba! Next time, we travel again together! Anywhere in the world we like with our traveler friends, too! See you!

  • FlyDriveExplore
    October 14, 2017 at 20:50

    Interesting story, takes a lot to move somewhere new. We are always happy going somewhere different and exploring. However we do get bored quite quickly and are always looking for the next adventure.

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 14, 2017 at 21:10

    @ FlyDriveExplorer – I agree! Sometimes we just need courage to move and we’re good to go! Oh, I sometimes feel the same way but I have to settle first! Good luck on your next adventures always!

  • Bella WWanderlust
    October 15, 2017 at 10:46

    I fully understand you, as I am living a long distance relationship for more than three years now. It’s been hard, painfully, but so beautiful all at the same time. And I agree with you, getting out of our comfort zone leads to maturity and other great things that wouldn’t happen otherwise.

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 15, 2017 at 11:11

    @ Bella – Oh, we’re in the same boat! Long distance is really hard but as they always say, sometimes, things are worth waiting for! Keep holding on! Thanks! Once you step out of your comfort zone, that’s when a new life begins!

  • Kirstie Marie Saldo
    October 16, 2017 at 07:35

    I am suddenly interested to know more about this “customary friendliness of Thais”. You seem to be in awe and to think Filipinos are already known to be very friendly! That means they are superbly friendly! It makes me want to visit Thailand. I know that there’s good and cheap food there, and rich culture, but I don’t know much about the people.

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 16, 2017 at 08:25

    @ Kirstie – Yes! Very much! Filipinos are greatly nice but Thais are genuinely very polite people so I’m truly left in awe! Please do! Thailand is amazing! Foods are delicious and abundant! Just be careful with spices tho because they make it extra for you! haha You’ll love Thailand as much as I do! xxxx

  • Aleah |
    October 16, 2017 at 10:45

    I had lived in Bangkok for 4 months, too, to be with someone. It was great, Thailand was very welcoming. Like you, I didn’t suffer any culture shock. While I’m just nomadic now, I know that If I have to live outside the PH again, Thailand would be a top contender. Good luck with the LDR, girl. Isn’t easy, but for some, it’s worth it.

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 16, 2017 at 11:01

    @ Aleah- Indeed! Bangkok is our neighbor so we can actually fly anytime we want! Nomad life is sometimes challenging too! Hopping from one place to the other! As for ldr, if he’s the right one then ldr is worth it!

  • Indrani
    October 16, 2017 at 11:33

    I am glad things are going well with. This kind of relationship comes with its own quota of anxiety but I guess it makes the bond stronger.
    Have faith and move on.

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 16, 2017 at 13:00

    @ Indrani – thanks! Exactly! Have faith and faith will also lead a nice way!

  • Sherianne Higgins (SherianneKa
    October 17, 2017 at 03:12

    Thanks for sharing this journey — I needed the reminder there’s no need to worry, it does all fall into place!

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 17, 2017 at 06:00

    @ Sherianne – Right! And always believe everything will work out in the end!

  • Paige Brown
    October 17, 2017 at 09:03

    It’s amazing that change in location can awaken so many feelings and thought. I’m glad that your relationship with Chris has been strengthened. I know that long distance can be really hard. My now husband and I were long distance for the first 6 months of our relationship. It can be hard, but it’s so worth it if he’s the right one.

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 17, 2017 at 09:30

    @ Paige – Thanks, girl! Chris is amazing and I couldn’t be more thankful having to have him in my life! He’s heaven sent! And yea! changing a location can change things! Amazing it is!

  • Kate-Frankie Brennan
    October 17, 2017 at 16:42

    Yes, I remember long distance and it can suck! Its painful and a worry at times. It looks like you’ve found a second home in Bangkok. It must have been hard and daunting at first but you did it. Next stop, Hanoi! I hope it goes really well for you

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 17, 2017 at 17:30

    @ Kate – Thanks! Truly is! Long distance does suck sometimes! Yes! I love Bangkok so much! The people, foods and everything! Thank you! I really hope so! Moving from one place to another is something to look forward to!

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  • Medha Verma
    March 29, 2018 at 05:37

    I know how hard it is to relocate, its not an easy decision and it always helps to have someone with you, so I am glad Chris as there to support you in that move. I am glad to see that you’re loving living in Bangkok, I agree, Thai people can very friendly, and there are perks of being mistaken as a local 😉

  • Danila Caputo
    March 31, 2018 at 09:34

    Moving is never an easy decision to make but it looks like it turned out all right for you! And I think that when you travel with the right person for you, it’s always more fun: it absolutely shouldn’t be compromise all the time!

  • Michelle
    March 31, 2018 at 11:39

    I also believe that Bangkok is a very city to live in, given the accessibility of transportation and most amenities. Glad that you had such a great experience! So nice that Chris supported you all the way!

  • Danik
    March 31, 2018 at 11:50

    Fantastic read and love reading about your experience. Looks like every thing has falling into place for you. I havent been to Thailand yet but the local Thais who live in London are very friendly and I hope its the same over there.

  • Nisha
    March 31, 2018 at 15:09

    It was a very interesting read. I love slow travel so could visualize it. The relationships are a different game altogether. At times, you want to be with your loved ones, and sometimes don’t. Glad it’s working out for you and Chris is in your life. And it takes a lot of courage also.
    Managing a guesthouse would have been an experience in itself. Would like to know more on it. 🙂

  • Anu
    April 2, 2018 at 13:53

    My hunch is it takes about 4-6 weeks to start feeling at home in any place and about 2 years to totally fall in love with it. Good to see that you have transitioned so well in Bangkok. May you enjoy the city.

  • Divyakshi Gupta
    April 2, 2018 at 14:08

    A lovely, candid account of how you embraced Bangkok through the crisis and spent such quality time with Chris getting to know each other. Love the timelapse video of the night in Bangkok. Loved reading through your instagram captions as well. So good to hear about the local communities and efficient transportation. And the cherry on the cake was about the kindness of the Thais and esp the conversations with your maid! This post filled me with positivity! Wishing you good luck in your shift! 🙂

  • Cat Lin
    April 3, 2018 at 05:28

    2 months is a good length of time to get to know a country. I wish I have that kind of freedom at this age! I’ve been to Bangkok once and loved the people and culture there. Can’t wait to go back myself!

  • Mei
    April 3, 2018 at 13:35

    The most important thing in life is to do what you love! Because life is short, so why waste it on living a lifestyle you don’t like, right?! I’m really glad for you that your life now in Thailand is better! Keep exploring and inspiring us with your awesome posts and photos! 😉

  • Archana Singh
    April 4, 2018 at 02:28

    Bangkok is such a cosmopolitan city that it grows on you with time. Glad to know that your two months went well. And, you have someone by your side. It’s always a great feeling to have someone with you in a new place.

  • Amar singh
    July 11, 2018 at 21:48

    Living in Bangkok fir 2 months is a dream come true. I have visited this city several times and as you have experienced it’s just amazing. The food the people the weath. I have not experienced the monsoon and as you said would be heavy so best to be fucked up in bed. Apart from this can’t see any flaws in this city. Thanks fir sharing your experience.

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