Christmas in Bangkok: Not so different from home

IMG_7422Bangkok is a land full of expats, who have their own traditions and expectations when it comes to Christmas time. My first Christmas in Bangkok, I wrote a post about “Christmas sensory overload” and at times it still feels that way, with the massive trees, light displays that could cause a seizure, and the random “Christmas themes” that whatever marketing department for the building being decorated feels works as Christmassy enough but in all reality I have no clue what they are going for half of the time. For example, at Terminal 21 this year by my house, they had a winter wonderland full of what reminded me of the Travelocity gnome and mushrooms that you would see in a Mario Brothers video game. To top it all off this Christmas, Central World Mall, which normally has the biggest display around, was overrun with astronaut Snoopy (hundreds of them!) and spaceship Santa Claus. Can someone tell me how this works as a Christmas theme? Not that I am to upset about this since Killi is on a total Charlie Brown Christmas and astronaut space theme right now; he loved it. Although Christmas isn’t the same for Thai’s as it is for Westerners they still get into the spirit with the gift giving and partaking in the Christmas activities around town. You can read this article about what some Thai’s think of Christmas… it’s about on par with my expectations.

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Bangkok’s Art in Paradise: 3D Museum

DSC_0491In February 2014, Bangkok’s first 3D art museum opened its doors to the public. This type of art is very new to my family; we had never seen anything like it before. At some point last year,(probably for this museum’s opening but since everything is normally written in Thai I had no clue what it was about) there was art like this on the BTS Skywalk at the Chitlom station. We saw artists at work and they had magnificent paintings of dinosaurs, whales, and even the Silver Surfer to name a few. The next weekend we went to see the finished product and people were standing on the paintings! I understood that it was a 3D painting you could take a photo of when you stood in the designated spot but I just about lost it when I saw people walking all over these masterpieces but come to find out that’s the point of this type of art…. Who knew?

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Two down… one to go.

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We arrived in Bangkok January 4, 2013 and now it’s January 4, 2015. This has been the fastest two years of my life.

Bangkok is non-stop. The city pulsates, the heartbeat, which will never stop no matter what comes its way be it natural disasters or political turmoil. The hustle and bustle, the constant white noise that is “the city” is one that is always in the background and although sometimes I long for quiet or just to hear a cricket chirp I think for a second what it would be like to not hear the non-stop noise from the city below my 18th story window. I keep saying that if I woke up tomorrow and never heard another whistle being blown EVER again, I would be in paradise but let’s be for real; this noise is engrained into my subconscious and I hear whistles even when it’s silent. Continue reading

Khao Yai: An easy family weekender from Bangkok

Situated about three hours from Bangkok is the beautiful Khao Yai National Park. Here you can find wild elephants roaming (well at least you will find steaming piles of fresh poo meaning they had to be there somewhere), wild monkeys at the scenic overlooks begging for food from visitors, cobras (or at least the big sign that says “cobra crossing”), leeches, waterfalls, and much more.

It had been a while since we had left Bangkok and my body was craving fresh air or at the very least the lack of the nasty smell coming up from the khlong that is so pungent I can taste it in my mouth as I walk home. We rented a car for very cheap from Sixt rental off of Soi 24, packed up the bag and the toddler and took off during the holiday weekend. The traffic out of town wasn’t bad when we left around 9:30am and as soon as you were out of the city you couldn’t help but notice the lack of gray smog hovering in the air. Freedom!

What to do

We had an idea of what we wanted to do during our time in Khao Yai but nothing was set, we wanted to go with the flow. Here are the fun family activities that we did during our stay.

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Bangkok Girl Blog Guest Post: Sukhumvit Wife Syndrome

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A while back I had written a satirical piece for a local expat magazine about being a Sukhumvit Housewife. The article was never used so I thought my friend Anna might like to have it on her very popular blog: Bangkok Girl Blog!

Check out my post here. 

It is meant to be funny; very tongue in cheek. Some lady on Twitter didn’t understand my sarcasm and thought my write up was super (insert expletive here) bratty. Needless to say, others enjoyed it and I hope you will too.

SEEKing the next big adventure before the big 3-0!

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I didn’t picture Bangkok for my life or that of my little family. I was hesitant about Bangkok at first but couldn’t imagine my life without it at this point.

Bangkok allows for many new adventures, experiences and opportunities. There will always be new cultural and travel adventures and making new expat friends from around the world but the biggest adventure has been the chance to try something new with my career path (and not worry about losing the house).

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