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July 15th, 2008 · No Comments

I am going to write a bit about my first week.

The Emporium is a huge shopping center in Phrom Pong.  It has different sections, like B, G, F, etc. and each with 5 floors.  It is very easy to get lost or confused navigating around.  I had to buy an alarm clock and get out a bit, so that is what I went there for.  The prices are pretty much the same in the U.S. as they are here at the large commercial shopping places.  Anyways, I couldn’t find my way out of the Emporium.  Somehow I ended up in the food court.  I was hungry, so it was sort of a sign from god.  After that I left.  The Sky Train is difficult to use at first, but not anymore.  The traffic in Bangkok is bad.  I think it’s because the lights are so long.  They have a counter though, so you know when the light will turn.  Even though there is so much traffic, it is organized somehow.  I can’t explain it.  You have to see it for yourself.  The first hospital I was at was Samitivej.  It is very very nice.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  It’s like a hotel.  People just go there to eat or shop a little, instead of actually needing to go to the hospital.  The Sodexo staff I was working with there were all very very nice and friendly.  Ning, Oi, and Ko took care of me there and showed me everything.  They were all really cool and funny.  They train for English language there at the hospital, but I was told that some of the workers were afraid to talk to me because they are embarrassed of their English.  It was rainy and cloudy the first few days I was here.  Now it is really sunny and hotter than before.  It’s hot because the humidity is almost 100% all the time.  It is very hard to distinguish age here, especially amongst the women.  They all look very young, but that is not always the case.  I met the other trainingship person the other day.  He is French/Filipino.  He lives in France, but is going to an island off Japan to be an operations manager there.  He is really cool.  There is a running joke between the staff and I at Samitivej about the movie Hancock and spaghetti and meatballs.  It started out as me asking Ning if she saw the movie, then it blew up from there.  Now since, we started poking fun about the movie and spaghetti and meatballs, Ko and Oi put up an ad in the Bistro Sabai with a picture of Will Smith and the Hancock movie, with spaghetti and meatballs.  Saturday morning, I went down to the Bistro with Ning and almost died laughing when I saw it.  Even at the office at the hospital.  The accountant said out of no where while everyone was working, “Spaghetti and Meatballs!”.  Ko yells, “Hancock!!!”.  It was hilarious.  I was trying not to laugh, but I couldn’t hold it in.  Anyways, enough about meatballs and Hancock.  Thai people are very nice in general, but if you Wai to them and try to speak Thai, they will love you.  Even if you just smile, they will love you.  There is a lot of cultural differences too between America and Thailand.  I will get to them another time.  But for now.  Stengline.  Bangkok.  Out.

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A side of the four-faced Buddha at Siam Paragon.

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