Last weekend, we finally managed to get to Ayutthaya. It wasn't quite what I expected; the whole city is a UNESCO heritage site, so I expected a large area of ruins, but the city itself has grown up around it (in fact, it's hard to tell where Bangkok ends and Ayutthaya begins) so the ruins … Continue reading Ayutthaya 2013
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
It is the evening of Tuesday August 23rd, the house we’ve lived in for the past 17 months is empty and we are installed in the preferred hotel of Anonymous Car Concern – the same one we spent a month in as we hunted for the above mentioned house, 17 months ago. Just how transient … Continue reading In Limbo
When we were first in Japan and met other expats I took to asking them what they had brought in their air shipment, at first as a conversation starter but I soon realised that the answers could be quite revealing. Whether an expat was an ICT (Inter-Company Transfer) with an air shipment (which is usually … Continue reading What would your Air Shipment say about you?
So. We’re here. We arrived at around midnight local time, which meant 3a.m. back in Oz, which meant that I was paying so little attention as we checked in that, this afternoon, I attempted to get into the wrong room and had to go to reception to ask what our room number was (embarrassing anecdote … Continue reading Tackling Apprehension in Bangkok
Almost two years ago, to the day, I wrote a post titled “The Down Side”, about the friends that you make as an expat and the sadness of saying good bye, when their expat contract comes to an end. I wrote the, rather lengthy, post about a specific couple, “Caesar” and “Augusta” with whom Superman … Continue reading The Up Side
We knew it would start close to Superman’s project launch and, sure enough, during the very week of the launch the emails have come in. Relocation consultants touching base, cultural training consultants doing the same and all asking when we plan to go over for our house hunting trip (as though we know.) It has … Continue reading Countdown to Bangkok has begun.