Meromusings: Personal Experience Of A Nepali Girl
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Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Bangkok, etc.
I am R from Nepal; I am currently working in the outskirts of Bangkok after graduating from Asian Institute of Technology or AIT in short. I came to Bangkok for my graduate studies at AIT in 2008. After completing my masters in 2010, I got a job in Chanchengsao district which is very close to Bangkok city. I’ve have been living and working here since 2011.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I started blogging last year in June 2012 when I felt the need to preserve my days spent here. My blog consists of my experiences and my mundane musings. I blog about my experiences of living in Thailand now and then. Thailand is a country rich in cultures hence I felt the need to share some of its uniqueness through my blog.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Tell us about the ways your new life in Bangkok differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Nepal is chaotic, loud and noisy. Bangkok is more managed and subtle compared to Kathmandu. Initially food and language was the main problem for me year. I had no idea about Thai food and didn’t know what to order and what to expect. With time I learned to appreciate Thai food and get used to the palette. Now I simple love Thai food and have learned some of the local recipes as well. Language was another big problem in the beginning but now I have learned the basics, which is a must for anyone living in Thailand.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Bangkok? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Since I was in an international graduate school for the first 2 years in Thailand, it wasn’t a big adjustment for me. But I would’ve definitely learned some basic Thai language as a preparation.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Once we ordered “Chicken Fried Rice” in our university canteen and what we got was Fried Chicken with plain Rice. We were left to wonder what went wrong.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Bangkok?
- Learn basic Thai
- Be polite in Bangkok and respect fellow Thai friends.
- Be open to tasting different kinds of food.
How is the expat community in Bangkok? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Since I was in University when I first came to Bangkok, I have a community to go back to at AIT so it’s not so difficult. But working in a Thai company sure is a challenge.
How would you summarize your expat life in Bangkok in a single, catchy sentence?
A great city with good food and wonderful people.