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This is a guest post from Anna as part of the new ‘Day-to-Day’ series…
My name is Anna, and I am from the North of England. I have lived in a few different places in England, but I lived in Leeds for ten years before I moved to Thailand and was a solicitor specialising in employment law. I moved to Bangkok with my then-boyfriend as he was relocated here by his company. After we had been here for nine months, he decided he no longer wanted to be with me and asked me to return to England.
By that time I had made some lovely friends in Bangkok, and really enjoyed living here. I also had just received an offer of employment from a Thai law firm, so I decided to accept the job and I moved into my own condo.
I work as a writer/reporter for my company managing their online magazine five days a week, 8.30am-6pm.
I aim to get up every week day around 7am to go swimming before work as I find it really wakes me up for the day and then I catch the BTS to work, and pick up some fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice and then head to my office in Nana. The rest of my day depends on what has happened in the news, and I will either write blog posts, edit articles and update our social media sites, or I will go out and shoot videos for our You Tube channels – recently I have filmed footage covering the protests and the Save the Elephant march held in Bangkok. After work I meet friends for Happy Hour or I head home and work on my blog or freelance writing work.
I initially found it really hard working for a Thai company (only my boss is a foreigner like me). It can be hard enough starting work for a new company, but then add in a completely different culture plus the language barrier too……! However, I now love it – my eight Thai colleagues are very sweet and funny – they are all female and we have a lot of fun together comparing England and Thailand or laughing at my still shocking attempt to speak Thai.
I predominantly eat from street stalls during the day, so fruit for breakfast, whatever the stall outside my office is serving that day (khao man gai is my favourite) and then on an evening I will something quick like soup or a sandwich as I am normally eating on the run.
I like to spend my weekends with friends out seeing something different in Bangkok and really making the most of living in an amazing city. It’s also when I get to catch up with my mum on Facetime, and perhaps sneak in an hour of sun by the pool. I also however keep an eye on the Air Asia website, and when I can pick up a cheap flight for a weekend away. I’ve recently been to Phuket and Koh Samui, and am off to Chiang Mai next weekend.
The hardest thing I find about living in Bangkok and Thailand is the “saving face” culture – Thais find it very hard to say they don’t know the answer to a question, so when following directions it’s hard to know if you are going the right way or if you are heading towards where the person thinks you might want to go! I have wasted many an hour walking in the hot sun because of this!
When I initially moved to Bangkok, I didn’t think I was going to make any friends as I wasn’t working then, and I didn’t have children to connect with other mums through school. I quickly realised many people are in the same position and are just as keen to make friends. I have connected with a lot of people through my blog and also the Twitter scene in Thailand is brilliant – much bigger than in England where only a small handful of my friends use it.
Living in Thailand has opened the doors for me, many of which have been unexpected. It’s made me a much braver and more adventurous person.
Want to be a part of the Day to Day guest post series? Contact me at thepaperplanesblog @ gmail . com for all the deets!