“When I got my first job in Thonglor, I had to find a place to live. It must be some kind of tradition that when country boys like me move to Bangkok, our entire families must come to help us move ‘cos I remember we drove up all the way from Chumphon in our pick-up truck full of my stuff.

It was the first time I’d ever lived in the city – I was so excited and a bit nervous! I wanted to introduce myself to my neighbors on the same floor, so I bought some gifts and knocked on each and every door. I said something like “Hi… I just moved in. Nice to meet you.” But I gave up pretty quickly as every time a door opened, I was greeted with a puzzled look and a “Uhm…ok?”. I quickly learned that I shouldn’t have done it – haha!

It seems that people in the city are way more guarded than where I’m from”

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