Books on Trains – The Bangkok BTS!

I have been used to spending a minimum of 3 hours on the road from my university days. And this is not in the good ‘stare out in a melancholic stupor while the rain makes pretty patterns on the window’ sort of commute. It was hell on the road, breathing in carbon fumes,cigarette smoke and the stench of sewage mixed with sweat and breathing out the most innovative curse words known to man. Riding the scooter is not as fun as the Italian movies make it out to be.


Damn you Vespas!

Sometimes the nightmare scenes would have music playing through earphones. This was cut short because of how unpredictable traffic was in Bangalore and how quickly people move from the right of the “lane” on to the footpaths. That’s not to say that all of my life’s commuting was nightmarish. There have been moments of great enlightenment. Still, you can imagine that traffic in Bangalore is the 7th level of hell! It really is!

Traffic on the BTS

The only kind of traffic I have to deal with in Bangkok

Since moving to Bangkok though, I’ve rediscovered a love of letting someone else do the driving. They have an elaborate Sky Train and Metro service that connects you to almost all of Bangkok. The BTS is the skytrain system and the MRT is the underground metro system and they teach you a thing of two about life. Having travelled extensively on the London Underground, I find the Bangkok Mass Transit system to be more … laid back.

BTS ChidLom

With views like this, who can resist!

You don’t have men in suits cursing at you if you accidentally stood on the left instead of the right (OH MY GOD IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD) and everyone seems to walk at their own pace so that the heat doesn’t smudge their makeup. I’m all for leisurely strolling and zen like stances so this is a big plus in my book (except when you’re in a rush and are likely to knock down 25 petite women on your way). And while you get crushed in due to the morning rush, you are taller than most people and so can read your book at leisure.


Doing the dance non-stop!

Doing the dance non-stop!

I cannot understate how amazing it is to be able to carry a book into an air-conditioned carriage and zone out for 20 minutes while you get pulled in to a spectacular story. In London, sight seeing (aka subtly watching Hot Dudes Reading on Trains) was my pastime. Here, the sights are so few (if you count out all the sexy legs strutting around) that you can actually get into reading. I have read more books in the two months I’ve been here than I have in the months coming up to my move!

The Inheritors, William Golding

Current BTS read

I am winning at life!

Okay, enough showing off. What have you been reading lately?

Also, if you have time, check out The Girl Who Wasn’t There and Other Poems on Amazon and give a shout out to my friend Kevin Morris from New Author Online.

Budget Travel – Parks

I went from travelling to England at Rs. 80 to a Pound in 2013 and Rs. 105 to a pound in 2015 so you can imagine just how quickly my savings wiped out and just why currency rates are so important to me. I am not high maintenance and I went to Tanzania with $1000 and made it work for a year (I didn’t earn a single buck when I was there). Luckily for me, I earn quite the good wage now so I’m no longer worried about the Rupee vs the World. However, till the boy gets his first pay-check, we’re living off 1 wage and this causes similar budget constraints that feel way too familiar for me.

Instead of letting that ruin our weekend fun, I remembered a trick I picked up while in the land they call Great. The sheer delight of lying in parks and doing nothing, it’s under-rated. I never realised the value of parks, having so few of them in Bangalore within easy reach. It took me the shock of seeing  shirtless old men (they come out in hoardes when the sun is out) to realise the joy of having grass under your feet. The only difference between them and me, apart from the obvious reasons, was that I enjoyed sitting under the shade of the tree while they basked proudly under the sun.

Here, everyone was in the shade so I didn’t feel like a total weirdo. A couple of cold drinks and we were set for a nice, relaxing evening in the park. And rather than wax on about how peaceful it was and how the breeze just blew the right away, I will let these photos do the talking. After the park, we went to the water garden at Em Quartier (the poshest mall in the world!). We had spectacular views of the Bangkok Skyline as well. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Benchasiri Park of Bangkok (Directions: Get off at the Phrom Phong BTS station et voila!) and The Water Garden at Em Quartier (Directions: Right opposite the park) Budget – 35 Baht for two drinks.

P.S. There are turtles and moustachioed fish in the murky water. They, apparently, like bread and corn puffs.

Turtles in Benchasiri Park, Bangkok

See? Turtles

Benchasiri Park Bangkok

The aforementioned park

Em Quartier

A giant dog terrorizing puny humans! (Art Installation at Em Quartier)

Em Quartier Bangkok

Sheep Seats (Art Installation at Em Quartier)

Em Quartier Bangkok

Side profile of Giant Dog :)

Em Quartier Bangkol

Inside the World’s Poshest Mall, Em Quartier!

Benchasiri Park, Bangkok

Benchasiri Park and the view of Em Quartier from the park!

Water Garden, Em Quartier

View of the Park from Em Quartier

Bangkok BTS

Bangkok Skyline and BTS

Em Quartier

The Water Garden


Bangkok Skyline

Em Quartier

Art Installation at Em Quartier

Benchasiri Park

Selfie Time!

We spent the rest of the evening in the pool – which, if you’re renting a condo in Bangkok is part of the deal = FREE! YAY! Hope you’ve had a great weekend as well!

I am an Expat

Expat Blog

I take it as a matter of great pride that my blog happened to be right next to Mr. Pecora Nera‘s Blog of the Month! It’s a sign, folks! It’s a sign!


Expat Blog 2

Yes, it’s the simple things!

So this just happened and I know, I know, it isn’t such a big deal. But from being viewed as an immigrant (and all of its unfair connotations) to actually being called an Expat – the joy is understated. And the fact that I didn’t have to go through the drastic/traumatic process of changing my skin colour – YAY! Take that racism! :D

Just Bangkok Things

I have come across some really bizarre things in my month in Bangkok – enough to know that there is never a dull day in this city. Here are a few things that make Bangkok what it is –

Dry Ice Drink at Steam Pug Bangkok

Smoky Drinks

AIS Scratch Card

Scratch Cards for Mobile Phone Top Ups

Makura Cat Cafe Bangkok

Caffiene and Cats at Cafes.

Rod Fai Market Bangkok

Vintage Bikes at Hipster Markets

Seacon Square Bangkok

Food, so much colourful food!

Secon Square Bangkok

Roosters in Malls

Brewtopia II Bangkok

Nerdy Craft Beer

Brewtopia II

Freaky Graffiti

Seacon Square

People colouring themselves black to represent tribals (no such thing as politically correct here!)

Rod Fai Market Bangkok

Aliens – not immigrants, we are talking about the x-files variety


Hairy, juicy fruits

Quirky Eats Bangkok

Mmmm Pork

Artbox Bangkok

Fish Ice-Cream anyone?

Seacon Square

For all your knife needs. Not dangerous at all!

Chatuchak Market BTS Bangkok

This sort of sunset every night!

Gateway Ekkamai

Erm, yes.

Art Box Bangkok

For when you need to mainline alcohol – the Doctor’s Order. A drip bag cocktail!

Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok

When your mantelpiece is missing phallic shaped art!

Artbox Bangkok

Markets! So many markets!

Love at First Sit Bangkok

Toilet Lorries. Beats concert loos any day!

Chatuchak Weekend Market

I don’t even have the words for this!

Stay tuned for more in the series! :D

We’re Okay!

Other than being utterly shocked, the boy and I are totally okay. The shock factor comes from the fact that the explosion happened less that 400 meters away from where I currently work. It’s also absolutely terrifying to think that I have passed the shrine many times before for lunch and yesterday could’ve been one of those days. It also opens you up to a lot of unpleasant ‘what if’ thoughts.

Erawan Shrine Before After Bomb

The above is a photo I took that morning. Below is the photo of the devastation caused by this absolutely senseless act of cowardice and violence.

The streets and the BTS is eerily empty and our bags are being checked at the entrance and exit of every building. I am all for being extra careful especially in the wake of the news that another bomb went off near the river a few hours ago (no casualties reported!)

I hope people find the strength to continue on after this disaster and live life without fear ruling it. What a terrible tragedy for those who lost their lives and who were injured for no apparent reason.