i have very long & educational captions & a tendency to spam 🏰 currently: thailand +66
finally met my namesake, happy graduation & good luck on finally completing all these (painful) years of education 😭💓⚡️#sawadeeKAT
Hi Jo & Danielle & Nic HAHA
Some highlights from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, with Federico -
founded in 1350, this city was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. The city was attacked by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. The remains of the city is now known as an archeological site. The total area of the World Heritage property is 289 ha.
This ancient city is a lot larger than Sukhothai, with the city itself still brimming with life, and Buddhist services within the Wats itself although Sukhothai was mostly a ghost town.
wanted to find this peranakan singaporean restaurant in im park, and found it nearby chulalongkorn university. the road on the way back was full of empty buildings and empty houses. these buildings were well made and stylish, but held a resemblance to China's ghost cities. no cars, no buildings and a lack of the typical Bangkok crowd. -
apparently this road is really where all the corruption money is poured into. this was the only lit building around ⛩
Today marks exactly 1 month since I've been alone here in Bangkok! Happy 1 month yay 💓🤗 In 4 weeks here, I've seen Laos & Myanmar, stepped into that different timezone again, I've been to provinces as near as Ampawha, and as far as Chiang Rai. Seen Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Sukothai, and all the other towns in between. Was able to see the top of Mount Suthep, meet the Hmong, Akha and Karen Hill Tribe (and stayed with a local tribe family). 🌾 At work, there is an explosion of culture within the office itself, heard conversations between two people that span 4 languages, met field officers who actually lived for their job, and had the most personal attachments to their careers. Everyday, I see the most brilliant minds I've ever met and am lucky enough to call them colleagues. 🍒Lived as lavishly as paying 600 baht for one dish, and as frugally as budgeting my own allowance to the very cent. Learnt the pains of paying for bills and ironing clothes, and the beauty of being by myself. Picked up new things- like planning my meals and actually gymming (ugh), or what's the best floor cleaner for my floor? Felt sadness & homesickness, adrenaline & joy.
🍉 My lessons with the UN are just as interesting as the life stories of the people I meet, and god, I wish the shine will never wear off. I wish never to be "snapped back to reality" or "be real", because if this is what's waiting in a decade or so to come, then I want all of it- the tragic, the sad, the evil, the bad, the strength and resilience of people, the beauty and all the other minute details crammed in between. 🥀
If I go on, I might never finish typing. Been a great first month thailand! Sad to see 4 weeks pass by so quickly, but looking forward to the next hour and more.
see food diet - the happiest diet on earth!!
got pushed off my throne as princess (but that's okay i'm a queen) to make way for this little girl. to the person i miss the most, and my favourite human being: HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY 💓🥀✨🌼 No words can describe how much I miss you, I miss you opening the door to me coming home, miss your tactics and non sense, miss your hugs and squeezes and miss your love. I wish for you to keep that smile on your face forever and a day, for you to be a scientist/doctor/astronaut, for you to know nothing else but unconditional love, and for you to be as pretty as me someday.
I love u dadadadada happy birthday 🍉🍒☀️
thai famous prawn fat & mantis shrimp & creamy spicy tomyum and all the great things about living in asia and thai fuud 🤗🤗 #sawadeeKAT#thailand#bangkok
to some, being poor is the biggest plight of their life. to some, failed relationships & heartbreaks are things which are unbearable. but there are so many other problems we cannot even comprehend. can you imagine what it would feel like to not have a citizenship? undocumented, unacknowledged, your existence is in itself forbidden. no rights, access to movement or healthcare or education. you can't even beg the government to save you because technically, you. dont. exist.
i am nowhere near seeing even half of the world, and yet even in regions so close to home, there is so much to discover.
we are all extremely unfortunate, and unbelievably blessed at the same time.
🌾 Chiang Mai 🌾
The King worshipped a Buddha relic from the period when Ayutthaya was the capital city. This relic was split into 2 separate blades. He kept one, while the other was kept in a holy temple.
When he was dying he placed his blade on his white elephant, and this white elephant journeyed from Chiang Mai (Lanna). Wherever the elephant took a break to rest, drink water or eat, the King erected a temple. Upon reaching Suthep Mountain, the elephant released a frantic wail and on this mountain, he died. The King took this as a sign of immense blessing. On the site where his white elephant passed on, he built the Doi Suthep Temple, and left his last piece of the Buddhist relic - explains the significance of white elephants in Thai culture, I suppose #travel#Thailand#doisuthep#chiangmai#sawadeeKAT
Chiang Mai day 1 ☀️
Mai - "new"
Chiang - "city"
Historically, Chiang Mai was part of the Lanna Kingdom, while Bangkok was part of the Siam Kingdom, and Myanmar was Burma under the British regime. The King of Lanna did not want to lose Lanna to Burma, and so he sent his daughter to Siam and married her off to Siam King Rama V to unite the Kingdoms of Lanna and Siam. 🍂 #sawadeeKAT 🍂