Posts and photos from our trip to Japan for another New Year at the Atsuta Shrine, will come, but today, big news: We've got about 10 weeks left in Thailand, slight possibility we might be home for my birthday!After feeling so much better after just a couple of days in Japan, barely needing any asthma … Continue reading Bangkok, you have defeated me.
I’ve just experienced my first earthquake. We slept through a couple of quakes in Nagoya, but this is the first time I’ve been awake for one. I felt no movement, just heard the building creaking in a slow, swinging rhythm and what sounded like the occasional banging on a metal tank. I thought that something … Continue reading Earthquake in Northern Sumatra felt in Bangkok
Some interesting manikins caught my eye in the clothing department of Emporium, tonight. http://cdn.smugmug.com/ria/ShizamSlides-2011042105.swf
Happy New Year! Spending the New Year right in the heart of Bangkok was quite an experience. There are fireworks sites all over the city, one was the building we look at from our living room and my office (see photo left of smoke between salvos) another was (I assumed the roof) of a friend’s … Continue reading New Year 2012 in Bangkok
One of the most confronting things about moving to Thailand, at least for an Aussie (and probably a Kiwi, too*) is the level of service that is provided everywhere. All of this service will be accompanied by much smiling and nodding and a Wai (the folded hands and nod) at the end – always, it … Continue reading In which I learn the true meaning of Customer Service
A quick update, mostly for friends and family, on the flood situation as it pertains to us. Anonymous Car Concern has put the families of ICTs on notice that we might be requested to co-operate with being required to voluntarily temporarily repatriate, should the situation become more uncertain. (I'm not making up that language...) Seriously, … Continue reading Thai Flood Update
NB: The advice on this blog comes from my, currently unfolding, experience as an expat, ICT wife and so some things may not be relevant to, nor match the experience of self-funded expats (though it won’t hurt to read!) If you’ve just begun the relocation process and are filling out the survey from your relocation … Continue reading Expat Tip: Which kind of apartment in Bangkok?
One expects to have the odd translation issue when you can't speak the language of the country in which you are living, usually those instances can be instructive, when the source of the mistranslation has been analysed. In Thailand, though, we’ve found that the mistranslation issues haven’t been that instructive, partly because we are yet … Continue reading Laughs in Mistranslation
So, we arrived safe and tired in the wee hours of Friday morning and checked into the hotel room which will magically become our leased apartment early next week. On Friday night, our brains were still pretty much fried and we had missed Captain America in cinemas in Sydney, so we decided to take advantage … Continue reading Culture Shock in the Cinema