It’s A Little Bit Awkward Being Back In England…….

Posted on Jan 2 2014 - 8:33pm by Bangkok Girl

It’s obviously fabulous (if a little chilly) being back in the UK, but it’s a whole new thing being here now I have experienced six months of life as Annnnn-nnnahhhh in Bangkok:

1. No matter how long I stand waiting, the staff at my local Spar in Leeds were never going to give me either a plastic bag or a straw to go with my bottle of pepsi max, and they were certainly not going to wai me as I left.

2. I no longer feel like a baby elephant. Equally no one is telling me on a daily basis how beautiful my farang skin is. Swings and roundabouts.

3. Apparently it’s just not done if you like the look of something on someone’s plate to  help yourself without asking, like we do during lunchtime in the office.

4. Driving along the M62, I tried to picture myself riding a motorcyc side saddle as I would along Sukhumvit Road, which then got worse as I mentally added a flat pack bookshelf to the equation.

Motorcyc to Nicky's party - classy ladies!


5. Pro tip: when the Tesco cashier informs you that your total bill is £70, and you pull out a calculator offering them £35 before asking what their best price is, security will be called.

6. There are no fishballs to be found anywhere. This is a positive.

7.  I’ve turned into one of those people who talks incessantly to check out cashiers, just because I understand them, and they understand me. I have sensed the hacky looks baring into the back of my head from fellow shoppers in the busy run up to Christmas and the sales thereafter. Mai pen rai!

8. My whistle no longer has power. I have blown it many times in various scenarios just to be sure,  but rather than being able to stop and direct traffic or partake in protests, I am only attracting odd looks.

9. My friends are perfectly happy to walk everywhere. In heels. Weird.

10. I am finally able to enjoy proper Chinese food, and not like that rubbish they serve in Asia (**hides**).

19 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Goodisongirl January 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Glad you have had such a good time in England. Although we may not give out straws and bags or wai, and we do like heels, we certainly love having you here. Come back soon xx

    • Bangkok Girl January 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      I will :-) xx

  2. JB January 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    #6. Like!

    • Bangkok Girl January 2, 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Number 6 – agreed!!!

  3. Alison January 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Great post Anna, love your style!

    • Bangkok Girl January 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      A little bit of fun before I head back!

  4. Paul January 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Fab Post.
    Love your writing style Princess xx

    • Bangkok Girl January 3, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Thanks! Xx

  5. Chris January 3, 2014 at 12:04 am - Reply


    I’ve got to admit, I’m a sucker for UK Chinese food too :)

    • Bangkok Girl January 3, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Lol! Glad to hear I am not the only one!

  6. Liam January 3, 2014 at 4:43 am - Reply

    555, #10 +2

    • Bangkok Girl January 3, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Haha, only someone who has spent time in both Asia and the UK will get where I am coming from with that one!

  7. Kris January 3, 2014 at 4:49 am - Reply

    I howled when I read this. LOVE it!

    • Bangkok Girl January 3, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Lol! I am glad :-)

  8. Willy January 3, 2014 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Strange to be back home, isn’t it?
    By the way how much is a KHAO PAT THAI in leed’s chinese restaurant?
    Have a lot of fun.

    • Bangkok Girl January 3, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

      It’s a really odd feeling! So familiar but so different.

      Can’t remember off hand about£4 or so I reckon, bit different to 30B!

      Thanks – back to Bangkok today but it’s been a fantatic two weeks.

  9. Joe January 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Like your point 5!

    Btw, I also can’t accept a pad-thai here in HK cost Hkd60(240B), when centralworld’s food hall selling 40B!
    Amazing Thailand!!

    • Bangkok Girl January 3, 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      :-) I know it’s crazy isn’t it, couldn’t help but compare food prices when I was in the UK. I can get the best khao pad gai for 35B outside my office!

  10. Joe January 4, 2014 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Envy you….,,

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