Food

Food I miss from England right now that I can’t get in Bangkok:

Salt and vinegar crisps
Cheese and onion crisps
Chish and fips (aka fish and chips), specifically scampi and chips and battered sausage and chips
Apple crumble made with Bramley apples, and eaten with custard
Royal icing on a good cake
Rich tea biscuits
Victoria sponge cake
Eton mess with strawberries and raspberries
Blackberries
Fresh ravioli/tortelloni you can (could?) buy 2 for £2.50
Fish finger sandwiches with mayonnaise
Kippers
My mum’s ‘Budget Beef Wellington’ and her roast chicken and stuffing pie
Swede and potato mash
Mr Kiplings Cherry Bakewells
Scotch eggs

Hmmm……….. *stomach rumble*

What food would you miss/do you miss most?

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Little bit homesick…

I am feeling homesick today. Have been pretty ill – just a cold, the same cold I’ve had for at least a week… nearly two! Sore throat, sore nose, sore head, just feel absolutely rubbish.

So I think feeling run down is contributing to it.

Also for some reason was thinking about Christmas, and how much I love it, and how I won’t get to celebrate it with my family this year. Highly doubt I can afford to go home, or should for that matter – I need to settle here more. Christmas is totally not the same here at all. Sad times.

I guess this is culture shock, but in a different way to how I experienced it before. In a way I was expecting this…
I was so excited to be coming back .. now I’m here and over the initial excitement, it’s kinda back to reality. I don’t have a new and exciting job, I have the same one I had before, and everything is surprisingly the same… and I’m starting to wonder if I should have gone somewhere completely new.

But at the same time I know I do like it here – there were definite reasons for wanting to come back.. I want to properly experience Thailand more this time. I am hoping that when I learn Thai it will make me see Thailand as a whole new place again, and open up a lot of things to me. Like… there have been a good few times when I have really wanted to talk with Thai people, when they’ve obviously wanted to talk to me too, but we’ve both been limited by the language. It’s hard when you can’t really make small talk with people… and also when you know people are talking about you but you don’t know what they’re saying. Kind of makes me paranoid…

I have a few people I can go out with – have made friends with a small group who are friends of a friend who works with me… they all met at a TEFL course. So that’s cool – but still, theyre not my friends from home or my family, and I really miss Brighton. I love Brighton so much, in the back of my mind I think I will always wonder why on earth I left!! But it will always be there… Oh Brighton. I love you. Right now I really really want to eventually settle in Brighton, I can’t think of any faults with it! This is a process of the whole culture shock thing too though I am sure – I’m feeling like Bangkok is rubbish.

Change is difficult – part of me wonders why on earth I do it to myself. It’s very hard moving to different countries, by myself too, and making pretty major decisions. Obviously I have to stick it out and remember change also helps me to grow and develop. Challenges are always good – but not always easy.

Still… feeling negative :( and not sure how to combat it. I’ve eaten so much junk food right now… it hasn’t helped :(

———-Update———
Feeling a little better. For several reasons:

1. I have a cup of tea. Made with creamer… but nonetheless. TEA. And none of that Lipton rubbish. Tesco Lotus Finest. Nothing like a good cup of tea when you’re feeling down.

2. I also have Tylenol Cold medicine. 15 baht. No idea if it will work – never taken it before (Tylenol is really very American). But 15 baht! That’s so cheap it’s unreal. And another reason I love living around the Thong Lor area – I know where to go to get things like that. I know where to get medicine, photos, food, snacks… and it’s all a lot cheaper than the UK.

(Still not lemsip though…!)

3. I have also had a long nap, with the air con on. That’s a major issue I have with being ill in Thailand, when I get hot flushes I am just SO hot, it’s just plain uncomfortable. But it makes snuggling up in bed with the air con so much of a treat. I have a fluffy blanket, not a duvet/comforter, which I much much prefer – I don’t get hot if there is no a/c, but at the same time it’s just snuggly!!

For now I think it’s bed… and tv…