Why I will never look at Bangkok flood in the same way ever again …

The flood is back. Life is disrupted. Again.

A sign of what’s to come from our balcony
She was looking for escape route .. but nada, finally she removed her shoes ..

Looking down the street from our balcony, feelings of deja vu hit me … Flooded. Yet. Again. Thai people go through the same old chronic s*%# year-in and year-out. Flashback of the flood, of the inconvenience, of futile attempt to get around dirty water came into memory. Yesterday’s news has it that one of the reasons Bangkok floods is the fat that is clogging the drains … eeeewwww! And (some) people were monkeying around in those waters … yikes!

Flooded everywhere
No choice but to brave the water
.. or use two wheels

The first day the flood hit the town, I headed downstairs to check on the road condition (plus escape route, if any) before bf leaves for work. Not good.

Our escape route, using our condo’s back door

Lucky-us that our condo’s back door allows escape route at that time.

Traffic jam everywhere
Congested MRT station
This not a fashion statement
Well-prepared: keeping feet dry with tissue papers and talcum powder

After sending bf off to work at the MRT station, I walked around my neighbourhood, wanting to snap some photos for my blog. I left the comfort of home with the thought of capturing nothing, but the inconvenience caused by the flood.

Boy, I was in for a big surprise.

I started noticing and seeing good deeds happening all around me .. and hey, cheer up for natural disasters do bring out the best in people 🙂

How about a ride to cross the water?

Motorbikes driving on pavement usually irks me. But not that day. One motorbike driver was seen offering a lady on her feet a ride, getting her across the water dry-feet.

A small pail of water provided by MRT’s cleaners
Upsized to meet demand
Keeping clean

Cleaners at the MRT station were calling out to people, “Feel free to use the water to wash your feet” .. and garbage bag provided for people to throw tissue papers. Now, this is what I called as service.

“Please use this tissue paper,” this guy kept inviting people to share his pack of tissue paper


And people were seen offering tissue papers to others … One guy kept on inviting people to share his (big) pack of tissue paper.

Rainwater can’t drain

Circulating on Thai FB, a Thai woman was seen unblocking drain, posted by FB user Yupadee Vongtaveesub here, Kudos on you, aunty for taking matters into your own hand.

.. but love prevails

I used to travel solo, and naysayers always warn me of the big bad wolf out there … But I always believe that the good guys triumph over the bad ones. A few bad apples won’t spoil the whole basket. That day, it may be cold, it may be wet, but the kindness shown by the Thai people I encountered are like a ray of sunshine at a bleak time.

 

Notyourtypicaltourist

Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

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