It’s been more than 18 months since I packed in my office job and part-time blogging gig for a full-time role at TNW, and I love it. Literally every day, but a funny happened today.
I had a meeting at the office block where I used to work, and found myself resuming my old 30-minute commute to work and back. And I realized how much I hate it, even though, as Bangkok-based journeys go, it is pretty manageable.
Bangkok gets pretty busy during commuter hours, and I quickly remembered the pain of waiting for the third or fourth train to come before I found space to squeeze on. Oh, and the sweat, breathing, people using Line right in my face, etc etc.
My commute now is about 10 paces from the kitchen to my desk. No hassle, no wasted time and — the biggest perk of all — I finish around 5pm and can hop away and take my kids out while it’s still light.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things I miss about office work — the conversations (especially with Thai co-workers in Thai - my language ‘skills’ are suffering), meeting new people, the premium coffee machines, biscuits, etc etc — but, overall,
working from home remote working (because I can work from co-working spaces, or other cities/countries, when I wish) is just such a great gig.
I’m more productive, can work from absolutely any where, and have no frustrating commutes or sardine in a can moments.
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In total 91 people lost their lives during the red shirt occupation of Bangkok, which was ended by force three years ago today. This incredible video captures the carnage and chaos that this great and vibrant city suffered during the period. I was living 100 km from Bangkok at the time, but my visits there were utterly surreal.
I won’t get into casting blame; it’s enough to say that so many people from both sides suffered in the name of politics.
Boston.com has a must-see set of photos from the events, for those interested.
Every time I see an advert like the above, a TV commercial promising ‘perfect beautiful white skin’, a soap were the only non-whites are maids/staff or villains, or other ridiculous instances that promote white skin, a small part of me dies.
The real irony about the pursuit of a white complexion in Thailand — and other Asian countries — is that the average non-Thai thinks Thai people have beautiful skin. In most cases they do!
Quick 101: White skin is desirable in Asia as it is a sign of a person of high status, i.e. not working outside (in the fields in old times).
This fascinating Quora thread has more theories on the cultural origins.