Saturday, March 27, 2010
I heart Bangkok
I can't explain why but I am just a happier person when I'm in Bangkok. I first noticed this the last trip here with the boys. Stuck in traffic inside a van on our way to one of the schools we visited, and looking out at the view of shiny skyscrapers contrasted against low-lying slums, I just took it all in and then found myself smiling. I felt that I felt really happy then. I was actually conscious that I was happy.
Today, just 30 seconds out of Suvarnabhumi Airport on the highway to the city, I found myself feeling really happy again. Maybe it's some initial irrational euphoria and I'll soon come landing with a big thud. I dunno, but for now, I'm just enjoying this unusual feeling. Unusual because seriously, I am not by nature a happy person.
Traffic to the city was just perfect. After checking in, we went for lunch at Siam Paragon, and again, smooth traffic. I think people are staying home because of the red shirts. But the whole time I was out, I saw only 3 red shirts and they were not on the streets protesting, they were riding on a tuk-tuk. So for sure, there is no Bangkok Shutdown. Fingers' crossed of course that things remain this way.