Oct 8 - Nov 8, 2018
Revolving Peoplescape of Bangkok
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok's peoplecape is a revolving door - a kaleidoscope of personalities, experience, insight and narratives. Individually, they are animated with layered dimensions. Collectively, they can move mountains!
Andi OO is passing through Bangkok! What gift to have her presence here. She is one of the few exceptional guru-types who impressed me in Ubud. I attended her vitality talks, participated in her Hatha Yoga class and squeezed whatever conversation I could muster given her tight time frames.
I relate to her on so many levels - yoga, meditation, Burningman (she makes an annual pilgrimage), fitness, empowerment, enabling, etc.
Reconnecting after 2 years, I was hanging by every word she uttered. I'd like to think we are on parallel evolutionary paths but she's far ahead, more prolific and deeper into her practice. I tried to wrap my head around what she was saying, to wit...
- translating consciousness into binary code for artificial intelligence (AI). I understand consciousness. I understand binary code and I understand artificial intelligence. But to pull them all together into a seamless singularity?
- that prana resides within. Air through Pranayama is not the source of prana but simply a technique to keep the prana within the body. I have already read this from Krishnamacharya but she put clarity into it. Either way, Pranayama is for strength, for protection and resiliency - which explains my Superman-Effect.
- using Blockchain technology outside crypto-currencies
That's Andi for you. Can't wait until our paths cross again. Love you Andi ❤❤❤
I'm not really sure if I met Hanka at Burningman or met her in Canada with the Toronto Burners, but I've always associated her with Burningman. "The Man", as I affectionately call the spirit of the burn, has never left me. It still burns inside and continues to guide me through the path. Here's the uncanny thing. I haven't seen Hanka in 14 years and hardly kept in touch - but I remain bonded to her. From out of nowhere, I received a powerful message from her that changed my paradigm about receiving and accepting. And that's it. I've not communicated with her since. In the unique way I see my reality, The Man sent an oracle (Hanka) to deliver a transformative message I needed to understand, accept and embrace. That changed things radically. Thank you, Hanka. Love you ❤❤❤
Chai and I, we go back to our UP Diliman days - one of a few I have a laid-back comfort level with. She's one of my constants here in Bangkok - a must-connect when in Bangkok. We went out for the Blues at Adhere 13th, had good eats at Dalad Vietnamese and watched a free Ethan Hawke movie at Alliance Francaise. She bailed me out when she agreed to have me do her online purchases to convert my bank money into cash. I was already down to my last cash of B100! These cloaked Good Samaritans come out of the woodwork when the need arises. Thank you for always being there, Chai!
A beautiful Colombian yogini, author, life coach, muay thai warrior and fitness enthusiast, Lina is strong, driven and focused. She came to Thailand to develop her Muay Thai. The first 5 minutes into our conversation, we instantly connected. Our bond just deepened with every conversation on the 3 days she stayed at Adventure Hostel. It has been a long while since I came across someone who parallels my journey. We are both seekers, staying on the narrow path in pursuit of our evolution. We share the same vision of someday having our own camps as a community gathering place for like-minded seekers. As she left for Chiang Mai, I began my preparation for Danang. We may not meet again but moments with her was priceless.
We met at Rinna Pow's Walking Tour of Little India. She's a self-proclaimed fashionista with style to show for. I was amused. I asked her if she can dress me up from my disheveled look. She said she'll make me wear short pants. I said, "Like what I'm wearing now?". Without missing a beat, she said, "Much better than that!" LOL !!! We soon became FB friends and on this visit, we hung-out for Vietnamese eats at Dalad Vietnamese, night market walk on Chatuchak and roof deck chills at Adventure Hostel. It's all good, but the thing is, she's 20 and I'm older than her Dad...and we get along well. No, we're not going out...just hanging out. It's seamless...and yes, it's cool.
I feel that Ifah is on the cusp of transformational change with her career as a make-up artist. She's passed the tests and venturing on to social media to put the word out. We shared insights and struggles on our many long talks on the roof deck of Adventure Hostel. On her departure, she even gifted me a wonderful bracelet. She's back to Malaysia but we continue to touch base.
In Bangkok, Rinna is also becoming one of my constants. We met during her organized Walking Tour of Little India. We have since connected and spent time - dinner at Dalad Vietnamese, the Halloween Party at Steve's, working-out on the roof deck of Adventure Hostel. She's easy to get along with and easy to have a comfort level with. She has many events in Bangkok and I try to be there when schedule allows.
From Ubud with Love! That is how Natalia is for me. We met in Ubud 2 years ago, did Pranawayu Yoga and Laughter Yoga, had lunch conversation and hung-out. She was engaged to be married then. Since then, she has lived in Abu Dhabi and became the yoga teacher to the Royal family and gone to Rishikesh to interview yoga's rock stars during the International Yoga Day. Now in Bangkok, she visits with her husband, Pradip, who I finally met. 2 years into her marriage and she's still in marital bliss!
I seem to stumble-upon denizens from Burningman lately. From Canada, Naomi, whom I met at the Burn, happened to be visiting Bangkok. I haven't seen Naomi since France in 2004! She hasn't changed much, looking just as young and vibrant as when I last saw her. She's still on the path, like so many Burners who were tranformed by the event. I met her partner finally, Paul. They complement each other.
Joolia, Lintang and Sabra
It was a short quick talk while having breakfast at Adventure Hostel. They were there only for an overnight. Normally, the meetup would have been a passing blur. But it lingered. They were not your usual travelers you meet on a hostel. They were more corporate types who perhaps are on the fringes of the corporate world making this planet a better place to live. They were all beautiful, highly educated, articulate with impeccable English, upwardly-mobile and have a vision for the greater good. They didn't exactly articulate this, but that's the sense I got. I wish they stayed longer.
It was a particular delight to meet Joolia who comes from my alma matter, University of the Philippines. We exchanged student numbers (a form of handshake amongst alumni) and commiserated somehow on the Philippines' spiraling citizen-empowerment plight.
What are the odds that while I'm updating my blog on Danang, I met this beautiful Vietnamese lady who hailed from Danang? Serendipity? We had quite an engaging talk about Danang, Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam in general. I love that country and it excites me to be in Danang for my next trip. What I find surprising is that we both went to Plum Village - a monastery in obscure Pak Chong founded by renegade Zen Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. We kept missing each other's events (Halloween, Chatuchak), until she had to leave. Oh well, that's a traveler's very familiar peoplescape - friendships get a shelf life of 48 hours if you get lucky.
Kansuda is always busy, always on the move. But she makes the effort to meet-up with me despite that. As a photo-finish, she managed to make the trip to the hostel and even brought food for good eats at the roof deck. She works in support of abused women and tries to make a difference by enabling them to regain confidence and be productive members of society again. Asked how it affects her personal life, she said it does not. It's remarkable how she remains positive while dealing with all that on a day to day basis. Kansuda is sweet. I really appreciate the little reconnection we have when I'm in Bangkok.
No need to mention names, but I met this hostel guest when she asked me to prepare an instant ramen pack for her. I laughed how someone would not know how to do it. She said she's not used to being in the kitchen. True! In the 5 minutes I was in the kitchen, she exploded the microwave by heating an egg, clogged the drain by dumping all the egg debris there and used up a carton of napkins by drying up her mess, instead of using the wash cloth. It was amazing to see how destructive she was in that short 5 minutes. Leave her in the kitchen for a full hour and maybe she can implode Adventure Hostel! You meet all kinds!
I met more people than I could write about. The convergence is just uncanny - Burningman (Hanka, Naomi and Andi), Ubud yoga (Eunice, Natalia and Andi), University of the Philippines (Chai and Joolia)...whoa!
I didn't even have to go out that much. With my 30-day stay at Adventure Hostel, I see the guest-turnover as a revolving door. They come and go and I'm still there. This hostel has good friendly energy and great space that lends itself to guest interaction.
But every exchange, every encounter is a story with a lesson to be gleaned from, if you look mindfully enough. Some faces will soon become a passing blur, some will remain and some will etch their presence into my psyche. There is nothing more animated, more colorful and more engaging than the wonderful people you meet as you take on the journey.
YOGA by Gigit | Learn English | Travel like a Nomad | Donation Bank
Reader Comments:Joolia Demigillo
(Nov 7, 2018) Gigit! Your blog is reaaally nice. I like the concept a lot! Three of us work in NGOs. We kind of not touched that part of our stories ha-ha
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Bangkok Blogs by TheLoneRider
- 30 Days - Goodbye Bangkok Nov 8, 2018
- Revolving Peoplescape of Bangkok Oct 8 - Nov 8, 2018
- Food and Friendship at Dalad Vietnamese Oct 8 - Nov 8, 2018
- Movie Review: First Reformed (2017) Nov 6, 2018
- Doing Online Work at The Work Loft Nov 5, 2018
- Window Seat [His Precious] Nov 1, 2018
- Surreal Odyssey at Bangkok Float Center Oct 29/31, 2018
- Bangkok Halloween with Rinna and Steve Oct 27, 2018
- Push-Ups Oct 22/24, 2018
- Pad Thai at Thip Samai, Bangkok Oct 16, 2018
- Birthday Walkabout Oct 16, 2018
- Coming to Terms with Donations Oct 14, 2018
- Feelin' Da Blues at Adhere the 13th Blues Bar Oct 12, 2018
- Visiting the Grand Palace of Thailand Oct 12, 2018
- A Web Mandate in Bangkok Oct 8, 2018
- 29 Days in Bangkok: Thank You and Goodbye Aug 27 - Sep 24, 2018
- Calling the Bangkok Police Sep 23, 2018
- Movie Review: Mindfulness and Murder (2011) Sep 22, 2018
- Yoga Inversions at Now's Fitness Gym Sep 19, 2018
- Flow Yoga with Teacher Kea at Now's Fitness Sep 18, 2018
- Movie Review: Under Construction (2015) Sep 15, 2018
- Walking Tour of Little India Sep 15, 2018
- Vinyasa Yoga with Teacher That at Now's Fitness Sep 14, 2018
- Abs Workout with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 13, 2018
- Vinyasa Yoga with Teacher That at Now's Fitness Sep 14, 2018
- Abs Workout with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 13, 2018
- Exercise Ball Workout with Teacher Bie at Now's Fitness Sep 11, 2018
- Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market Sep 9, 2018
- Exploring the Tree-Engulfed Wat Bang Kung Temple Sep 9, 2018
- Parting of the Maeklong Railway Market with a Passing Train Sep 9, 2018
- Exploring Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Sep 9, 2018
- Horse Racing at the The Royal Bangkok Sports Club Sep 8, 2018
- Fight Class with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 7, 2018
- Exploring the Bangkok Art Book Fair 2018 Sep 6, 2018
- Circuit Training with Mild at Now's Fitness Sep 5, 2018
- Gentle Flow Yoga with Nuch at Now's Fitness, Bangkok Sep 4, 2018
- A Yogi Lost in a Modern Gym - Now's Fitness Sep 3, 2018
- Abundance at On Nut, Bangkok Aug 30-Sep 1, 2018
- Outside Looking In Aug 29, 2018
- Back in Bangkok After 5 Weeks Aug 27, 2018
- 15 Days in Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
- Peoplescape: Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
- Hatha and Yantra Yoga Fusion July 10-24, 2018
- Revisiting Terminal 21 Mall, Bangkok July 23, 2018
- Rope Skipping, 4mins Full-on July 22, 2018
- Sunday Visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market July 17, 2018
- Fork on the Road: Abundance or Poverty by Choice? July 16, 2018
- Loving Bangkok All Over Again Feb 22-26, 2016
- Hotel Review: Adventure Hostel Bangkok July 11, 2018
- Hotel Review: Riva Surya Bangkok Oct 20, 2014
- Exploring the Shopping Malls of Bangkok Oct 6-20, 2014
- Bangkok's Street Food Delight Oct 6-20, 2014
- Bangkok Revisited 3 Oct 6-20, 2014
- A First Timer in Bangkok December 31, 2005 - January 3, 2006
Bangkok Cost Index
as of Sep 4, 2018: US$1 = Baht 32 = Php 53
- Bht 60 sm, 90 big one mug draft beer
- Bht 13 1.5 liter drinking water
- Bht 220 one hour massage
- Bht 60-80 muesli breakfast
- Bht 60-80 tom yum soup in modest eatery
- Bht 25-30 coffee
- Bht 30-50 pad thai
- Bht 350 Adventure Hostel lodging
- Bht 20-30/load laundry, coin operated machine
- Bht 7 bus ride
Transport Maps of Bangkok
- Chao Phraya Express, MRT, BTS, Khlong boats, Airport Link
- Bus Routes: 1-14
- Bus Routes: 15-30
- Bus Routes: 32-49
- Bus Routes: 50-70
- Bus Routes: 71-88
- Bus Routes: 501-516
- individual bus routes
Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Night Train from Bang Sue Train Station
- take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #2 Exit to the provincial trains
- Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
- daily train schedule:
- 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
- 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
- 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
- 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
- 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
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