- by escapesanddiaries
- on September 7, 2023
My life in Bangkok – short but sweet
My desire to get away from the stressful and uncomfortable situation in Manila led me to the decision to move to Bangkok. Then I found my life in Bangkok, something unexpected, yet exciting, calm and stress-free.
My life in Bangkok in the first month
As I write this, a storm is battering Bangkok, and I’m snuggling under my sheets and basking in the warmth of my bed. Suddenly, I realized that I would 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 was a challenging decision to make. The journey’s beginning was full of uncertainties, but it was exciting.
In April 2017, I went through a life crisis wherein I learned a lot of lessons and the worst things in my life. I chose to move forward, so when my boyfriend helped me book a flight to Bangkok, I knew instantly that it was my chance to do what I had to do.
Within my first two weeks in Thailand, Chris and I met and traveled 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 like a granny.
Surprisingly, everything went smoothly 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. We were a new couple back then, and the trip indeed made us closer to each other. I’m going to tell you more about that in my following writing. When he flew back to Munich, we said hello to a long-distance relationship. I continued living my life. Things weren’t easy at first. Hardships didn’t leave me.
Managing a guesthouse as a manager
Luckily, a good friend recommended me to take over a job as a manager at Siam Journey guesthouse in Bangkok. Without hesitation, I took it right away. But my anxiety got the better of me. I was worried because visas for Filipinos would last for only two months. Extending my visa would be another option, such as getting a student visa, or leaving the country and then being back again.
My life in Bangkok is chill and easy. Every day, I met new people, shared stories, and made friends with them. Plus, we had a set of volunteers from across the world, and everyone was a family member.
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.
Moreover, I have gotten used to the friendliness of Thais, particularly the guesthouse owners who sometimes came by to drink beer with me and any guests hanging around. The Thai cleaning lady – Panny (as we call her) has zero English, but she’s the sweetest and kindest, and I love her so much. Most of our conversations are filled with hand gestures and body language. Despite the language barrier, she’s so thoughtful and hugs and kisses me whenever she comes by.
Loving my life in Bangkok every bits and pieces of it
I absolutely enjoy my life in Bangkok. In fact, I didn’t experience culture shock. I think it’s because I am also Asian. And I don’t feel any different from the rest. Being a local is also one of the things I just got used to, as I’ve been always mistaken as one. Thus, I take advantage of it. Haha.
As regards my day-to-day expenses, I’m always on a tight budget. I’m grateful that I don’t have to pay rent and utilities. Bills are a pain in the ass. Being stingy, I go to the supermarket to cook food at home and save a few bucks from not eating out. Although in this area, foods are pocket-friendly, homemade, and genuinely delicious like no other. I love the use of a variety of spices. It makes my mouth water now just by thinking about it.
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 nightlife. I’m like an Oma, you know. But I am also very comfortable staying in my air-conditioned room. Couch potato- that’s been my title so far.
My life in Bangkok isn’t perfect, but I love it.
My life in Bangkok isn’t perfect, short but sweet. 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, seven 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 leave 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 couldn’t be more grateful for having Chris in all aspects of my life.
Indeed, the first few blocks of the journey require hard work. We have to go through tough times to achieve great success later on.
The truth is, we don’t have to worry about anything. We have to follow our heart’s desires, and 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 toward hopping to a new city, Hanoi. Where I’ll be volunteering as a home teacher! Oh, what a new, exciting journey awaits!
But hey, wait! I’ll be back in November in Bangkok! HAHA