I am still high about my trip to Bangkok. Although I came there for a training, there was enough time to roam, shop, and bond with my newfound colleagues and friends.
The work involved an online lecture and discussion for four weeks, a presentation on my institution’s achievements and challenges, and just learning and relearning concepts. I was the first to do my presentation, and when I was done with that, there was plenty of time to chill. It was so nice to be a “student” again.
The Grand Palace Tour
This is one of the highlights of the trip. Everything is so majestic and glittering in jewels and gold. Although I have been informed that everything is already gold plated, this does not seem to take away the beauty of the place, which consists of many structures.
My best shot with the Emerald Buddha (no pics allowed inside the temple). Absolutely stunning in person.
And felt a “King and I” vibe when we reached the King’s palace.
Roadtrip to Pattaya
Went out of town with my newfound friends to Pattaya. I would have loved to see the elephant show, but will do that next time.
Paid my respects to the Mountain Buddha, since I could not go to church at that time.
I also went to the beach, although briefly.
Not far away from the beach though is a mall, probably a high end one, with my fave Cath Kidston store. And then, there was Snoopy. So happy!
Shopping and Food Trip
I had a taste of bargain at the Chatuchak market. So many to buy, so little baggage space!
Also tried out the famous cuisine. Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Chicken Fried Rice, Mango with Sticky Rice and Thai Iced Tea, check!
I realized that I love Thai food, with a limited amount of spice. However, by the end of the trip I was craving for Jollibee and adobo.
For the farewell dinner, we were treated to a river cruise, with a night view of the city.
The trip was nothing short of memorable. It was my first time out of the country all by myself, and only spoke English (or most of it) for more than a week. (My trip, by the way, was sponsored by the organizer which I am so grateful.) It was the perfect alone time, and it was nice to be away from the office for a while.
See you again, Bangkok!