This post should have been up weeks ago but was delayed because of a very nasty bout of the flu. We even scrapped our anniversary weekend plans because of my sickness, boohoo. Still, I say that it’s better late than never. I loved Bangkok so much that the memories remain as fresh as the day we made them. I really do look forward to going back again.
Three weeks ago, on a rainy, late Thursday night, my husband and I left Manila and touched down at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand three hours later. It was two in the morning by the time our tour shuttle let us off at our hotel. Still, we managed to shrug off our day-long fatigue when met with the warm smiles of the people who welcomed us to the city.
It was meant to be a short weekend trip, far enough from the boys to get some real respite time, yet near enough to be able to get back home should they need us. It didn’t matter to us, really, that Bangkok is Asia’s number one choice for tourists and still holds the distinction of hosting the most number of visitors per year. A♥ and I chose Bangkok as a destination based entirely on one cosideration: my wish to meet in person one of my dearest Sylvanian friends, Pornphan.
I have known Pornphan through the Sylvanian Families forum since 2009 but had never met her in person. Ours is a friendship based on shared interests and forged through messages on Facebook or on the forum. As such, days before leaving, A♥ and I really didn’t have a fixed itinerary for our trip. All I really looked forward to was meeting her,
And what a meeting it was!
Meeting Pornphan has turned out to be one of the best blessings of our short stay. If we could have extended our vacation longer to enjoy the city more with her, we really would have. Pornphan patiently helped us and guided us to different places throughout the few days we were there. She willingly gave up a weekend of rest and recreation just to keep us company and show us her lovely city.
That’s Kittymama and Pornphan below. Yeah, we have Sylvanian counterparts. 🙂 *snickers*
We enjoyed a Thai meal with her, with oh-so-yummy pad Thai, and fresh, succulent prawns and crab legs that were to die for! (Sorry, I have no pictures as we gobbled everything up before I remembered that I had a camera, heehee.) Being the loyal McDonald’s patrons that we were, we also made sure to try Bangkok’s McDonald’s and enjoyed our triple cheeseburgers! I ate too much, as usual. 🙂
We rode river boats- that’s Pornphan right below,
We made our way to the amazing Grand Palace and soaked in the sights of those centuries old marvels.
We shared a tuktuk ride and walked our soles off around the city.
Pornphan generously spared time to go with us as we looked for Silkstone Barbie dolls. She took this photo of my husband and me in Ae’s and Timmy’s wonderful doll shop at MBK. 🙂
Why, we even attended a Sylvanian Day together!
What’s a Sylvanian Day without a photo op with Freya?
Three short days were all we had and truth to tell, it didn’t really seem enough. All too soon, it was time to go back to the kids. And while the sounds and sights of Bangkok filled my heart with a longing for home, it also made me realize that Bangkok and Manila are two places with the same heart- its people.
I’ve been to different cities in search of Sylvanian Families. In each of these places, I found more than what I was looking for. I found Jonathan and Hai Yen in Singapore, Karen and Vicky in Hong Kong, and Pornphan in Bangkok. In each of these wonderful places, I found good friends. The kind of friends you would wish for and choose as family.
My Facebook status says it best:
They say that “home is people, not a place,” and this holds true for me. Wherever I go, I find a new home in the hearts of the wonderful friends I meet. More than the awesome sights, the great food, or new experiences, it is the coming together of friends that make traveling really worthwhile. I am a really, really lucky gal.