I did things in 2020

At the rooftop of a very Instagrammable rooftop bar (there is no other kind) in Ari

I didn’t make the most of the semi-utopic state that Thailand enjoyed amid a global pandemic, thinking it’ll last a few more months. Now, we’ve gone back into lockdown which is terrible but necessary. Thailand handled the pandemic quite competently that even when citizens (mostly the youth) were staging revolutions against the government throughout Bangkok and in some other provinces, there were no signs that a second wave of COVID-19 was imminent. I almost made plans to plan a trip to Chiang Mai, a place I’ve only been to once but claim to love. But the most I did was make reservations at nice restaurants and a café for which reservations didn’t seem necessary because few people were eating out. Being able to do things and being able to take that for granted – it was fun while it lasted!

I took a photo of the ferris wheel, but the glistening Chao Phraya river rudely photobombed.

Opera singing so good, we thought the music was coming from a CD being played (specifically, Music from the Motion Picture Only You)

Dessert at a restaurant in EmQuartier where vegan and non-vegan food do not feud.

At Funky Lam Kitchen, a Laotian restaurant in Thong Lo that’s cute and serves delicious food. I promise to come back and drag friends (just two though, and only if they feel like it) if you can promise to remain open, Funky Lam Kitchen.

The coconut panna cotta that everyone deserves.

Heavenly slabs of pork things at Funky Lam Kitchen.

Being able to go out means seeing parking space signs for flies, a Bangkok exclusive.

Rama 4 Road – it’s like Sukhumvit Road but without the malls and the BTS

At CHI, The Spa at Shangri-la Bangkok. A bathrobe is not a piece of clothing, it’s a place where the body wants to stay forever.

Those two were anything but happy together.