Friends and family always ask how life is for me and my family here in Bangkok. This question always makes me smile.
Such a big question, written in a tiny two word sentence.
The immediate answer is always, fab. And I really do mean it is fabulous.
Here's why I love my life here so much:
1) "There is always something beautiful to see or hear."
My friend Sue said this and how true it is. I wake up every morning to the sound of wildlife; morning song is just glorious. There's a tokay who made his home on the balcony, lizards and frogs hustle for the botanic spoils of our small garden.The back of my house overlooks a rice field and typically there will be cranes paddling around whilst swallows soar overhead. My garden is home to mango, banana and jack fruit trees- so much beauty in one little spot.
2) My expat friends.
I am very lucky to have made friends with other expats doing the same as me. Taking a punt on life. Life in another country is made all the more easy when you have people to laugh and cry with. Expats have a buzz about them, the cliched sense of adventure which makes us all equal in so many ways. I have found kindness and generosity from friendships which have formed not only faster but stronger.
3) Living my dreams, loving my job
I have always wanted to write and now I am able to. I have two blogs, one here on Ajarn and my teaching blog. I also write children's stories that my friend Rachel illustrates. The time and space here in Bangkok affords a creativity which I see replicated in so many other of my expat friends. Working in a international school allows me to be creative, to craft my profession, to enjoy teaching and have a work-life balance.
4) Bangkok is child's play.
What a fabulous life my three year old son has. We never struggle for things to do on a weekend. Bangkok has so much to offer children from ice skating to cinema, from ballparks to safaris. He has a freedom that would be curtailed at home in London. I love watching him run and play in our local park, regardless of the language barrier, he makes friends and it makes me wonder what life has in store for him
5) Going home.
No chance. I love London. I miss my mum and siblings, I miss my best friend, Jude and the closeness and familiarity of long held friendships. Luckily, social media, FaceTime and Skype provide me with details of their lives, it's not the same but that's what makes going home even more special. Long lazy lunches in cozy pubs, meeting all our friends and families makes appreciation of life back home even more meaningful.
I haven't mentioned the weekends away, the weather and the food because that's a given isn't it?