There are two entries to go here, and I've decided to put them in the wrong order, for a very good reason that I'm not going to mention- just yet.
This will be my last day in Bangkok.
So the blog sub-title should really be ... Spain, Thailand and then- South Korea.
The Job scene is still dead here, so with a growing need to be doing something other than spend money as a tourist, I've decided to go where there is work on offer. At the moment it looks like South Korea is the best option. So I'm sorting myself out to go there.
Bangkok has been good fun and very educational and I'm sad to leave when I've just about mastered the days of the week, speaking to taxi drivers and counting well enough to be able to haggle in Thai. I've met some brilliant people and had a lot of fun, even though the job-hunting has been frustrating.
I came upon the idea of Korea by broadening my job search and googling the places where there is work, having never in my life thought once, let alone twice about wanting to go there, I really like the look of the place. In any case, the realisation that I wanted to go and work there was a big one- in the form of the 'I'm not thinking of going back to England after a few months any more' sort.
I looked out from my balcony this evening and thought back to the rant I had in an early blog. Right now I don't want a permanent job with lots of security, just a chance to work in a few different places and see a bit of the world. Believe me, that is a big leap forward. I know Korea will be hard work, they're very demanding, but it should also be a lot of fun. I suppose that Thailand has been most educational for me in putting myself back at the centre of my own life, doing things for me, not as part of an intricate web of existence. I had got so used to playing my part in so many people's stories, I knew I needed to re-focus and make it about me, not my responsibilities or other people. I've been told that so many times- just didn't think it was likely to happen. Well I finally realised that's exactly what I'm doing, and it brought a big smile to my face. I'm really looking forward to doing something, just because I want to, for the first time in years.
Meanwhile, Christmas isn't celebrated here, but Christmas shopping is. The Thais put England to shame with their decorations for someone else's festival!
The enormous shopping centres are filled with enormous christmas trees and decorations, the hotels are bedecked with ribbons and every sound system plays corny christmas songs, either western originals or Thai vocal covers! Even the barbers has decorations up all over the place.
Thais love bright, shiny, light-up decorations and spare no expense.
Another exhibit snapped whilst touristing around was an exhibition of guerilla knitting, notably vehicular and Volkswagen themed.
Ok, so that one's a Vespa.
It's been nice to have company too, in the last entry I told you that Ni was off to Singapore, well that lasted all of three days before she decided she didn't like it and came back to keep me company. I said goodbye to her today, which was sad but you never know, she may come and visit me in Korea- I've already had 3 people ask if they can!
The next entry, which has news that should really come before this one, will happen within a week when I promise to explain why I left out so much important stuff. In the meantime, back to the decorations.