New Year in a New City

We welcomed 2011 while watching the magnificent fireworks display along Chao Praya River. And I think we have one the best seats in the house. It's a blessing that we are still staying at the hotel on New Year's eve. New Year's was so much better than Christmas.

New Year's Eve (2011) Fireworks at Chao Praya River from Irma Arricivita on Vimeo.



There was not one photo of the fireworks in my Facebook album and my friends have been asking about it. Sadly, my camera is not good enough to take a nice photo of the fireworks so we, instead, took a video of it. The fireworks display started at exactly 12 midnight and it went on for half an hour. Javi was scared. He was crying that I took pity on him and brought him inside the room.

The first week of the year marks our one month here in Bangkok. And we are still here in the hotel. There had been some delay with the shipment of our stuff. Well, we haven't chosen a place to live yet. We have found the "right" apartment yet - the right unit, location, and price.

So far, this is the longest that I've stayed in a hotel. While I enjoy the hotel's facilities, food and service, I cannot wait to move into our own place with our own things. I probably have memorized the In-Room Dining menu by now. It was funny that on New Year's morning, we made our way to McDonald's for breakfast. Our palates were craving for something new.

So what's different about Bangkok?

Bangkok may be the top city for expats however the city itself is not baby-friendly. It proves a challenge riding the skytrain to go to the mall with little boy. I can no longer carry him on the sling because he has gotten heavier. Imagine carrying a baby in your left arm while your right arm has the bag and a stroller and you need to go up the stairs to go the train station. I am hoping that this routine would be some sort of exercise and I would shed pounds. I have never encountered a restaurant outside the Shangri-la that has a baby chair for Javi (well, there was this one time at McDonald's). Jed and I had been lucky a few times because Javi was napping in his stroller. Other than that it would be disaster like spilled soup.

I find the weather extremely hot that I end up with a migraine every time we were out most of the day.

It's interesting that there is no distilled water. Isopropyl alcohol may be purchased in small Chinese drugstore. I dared not ask if they have ethyl alcohol. Other than that, I enjoy grocery shopping and trying out new products and see what would work for us.

I know Thais probably mean well and they can't resist Javi's charming smiles but I was surprised how most of them would actually like to carry my little boy. Even total strangers - at the lobby of the hotel, by the supermarket cashier, inside the train. Javi is just more than eager to go with anyone who wants to carry him. Well, this is terrifying for a mother. Jed and I decided Javi cannot be carried by anybody else and I'd have to say "no" with a smile. I also needed to be reminded that Thais are a delicate race and I might offend them easily.

I seriously miss Cebu where it only takes 10 minutes to go to anywhere in the city. Bangkok is the opposite as it is obviously bigger. I still have no idea how to get to the Every Nation church in Bangkok. I heard it'll take us more than an hour on a Sunday afternoon.

Not knowing the local language has its usual disadvantages - not being able to communicate well. For me, it also has its advantages, there is no need for small talk, and no talkative taxi drivers, nail technicians and masseuse.

I am curious to find out what my tone will be a few months from now. I am sure I will a little adjusted by then and would know my way around. I am aiming to share as much as I can of my experiences and discoveries in Siam country.

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