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Post-Trip Depression: It’s Often Emotionally Harder to Come Home than Go Away

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Before my first trip around the world, I was driving through Boston with my friend Mike. One of the things I was talking about was how different life would be when I returned home. Where would my friends be in life? How would they change? What jobs would they have? New hobbies? New relationships? I imagined a world of possibility.

“Everything will be exactly how you left it,” he said. “When I studied abroad, I thought the same thing. But, in truth, nothing will be different when you come home. Everything and everyone will be the same.”

I didn’t believe him. After all, a lot can happen in a year.

But when I came back, I realized he was right. I had changed but home didn’t – my friends, now heading into their late twenties, had the same jobs, were going to the same bars, and mostly doing the same things. Moreover, Boston itself just felt the same. It had the same pulse as it had before.

It was as if home had remained frozen during my time away. I still loved my friends, family, and city, but I didn’t fit in anymore. I had outgrown living there. Home felt small and unrelatable – I had this fire in me that I couldn’t express to anyone and it frustrated me. It yearned to try new things, go new places, meet new people but whenever I tried to express that, words fell flat. That fire was a feeling only those who had traveled seemed to understand – a simple nod to conveyed understanding of this shared bond.

As the excitement of home wore off, I wondered what was next. I was restless. I felt stale. Did I take this long trip only to end up right back where I started? No, of course not. I took it to grow.

Coming home is easier now than it was that first time in 2008, but the road still beckons me after just a few days. I know it’s there that I will find kindred spirits who understand me.

Every time a friend comes home from a trip, their first question to me is always, “How do you cope?” Returning home is hard and few address the reality that for a lot of people, coming home is an anticlimactic end to a life changing experience.

After a year of mind-blowing adventures, you are back where you started – sitting on a couch, back in your apartment, or in your old bedroom, bored, anxious, and jittery. You find your friends don’t understand the new you, don’t want to hear about your time sailing the Pacific while they sat in rush hour, or don’t get why you feel so uncomfortable being back. “What? You don’t like it here anymore?”

You feel as if you came back to exactly the same spot you left.

I know. I’ve been there.

And so have many others.

Post-travel depression is real. Anyone who has returned from a trip knows what I am talking about. We talk about how amazing and life-changing long-term travel is, but seldom address the idea that coming home is harder than leaving. Online communities allow you to commiserate with like-minded people, but they only help a little.

When the initial hugs are hugged out, the stories told, and the reunions over, many of us find that coming back home isn’t really coming home at all. Our true home is being surrounded by the unknown.

The road is where we belong.

And, because of that, our gaze will always be on the horizon, looking, dreaming, and wishing for another opportunity to get away again.

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Perry’s

Rated among the top 5 tailors in Bangkok in a CNN travel website piece last year, legendary tailor Perry’s has been going strong for four decades. It is run by genial septuagenarian twin brothers Narong and Phonchai, who learned the trade from their father, a tailor who came to Thailand from mainland China in 1928.

Prior to opening the Perry’s outlet on Silom Road (so named on the advice of a Filipino diplomat who told the brothers it was an easier name to remember than either of theirs), Narong and Phonchai would visit the homes and offices of their clients for measurement and fitting sessions.

“We catered mainly to local and international civil servants, diplomats, businessmen, and senior military offices…still do in fact,” says Narong.

Among their more illustrious clients they count the Duke of Edinburgh, former UN Secretary Generals Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Javier Perez de Cuellar, and the late Hollywood star Robin Williams.

The brothers, both of whom speak English fluently, are known for their ability to measure and cut ‘by the eye’ – so good are they at this that they can size you
up for a perfect-fit suit without actually taking any measurements at all. They are also able to maintain superb quality because they operate their own workshop at the back of Perry’s – no sending garments out for cutting at a third-party sweatshop. And Perry’s 30 plus artisans use only imported fabrics – the likes of Ermenegildo Zenga, Loro Piana, Dormeuil and Lanificio from Switzerland, Italy and England – to create bespoke garments for discerning gents.

“We take the time it needs to get a job right. If you want a suit made in 24 hours, I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere,” says Narong.

On average, it takes from one to two weeks for Perry’s to make a two-piece suit, which will run to B20000 or more depending on the material selected.

Perry’s
2/1 Silom Rd (opposite Silom Complex) | 0 2233 9236, 0 2267 0622
perry.tailor@gmail.com | Mon-Sat 9.30am-8pm

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“Forest – Tread – Breath” presents meticulous woodblock under the concept of the great and powerful nature as the origin of life.

“Forest – Tread – Breath” art exhibition presents meticulous woodblock under the concept of the great and powerful nature as the origin of life. The wooden plate is craved in the shapes of nature, trees, vines and grasses to represent the nature and Buddhist philosophy on constant changes.

Until November 2

DOB Hualamphong Gallery
2F DOB Building, 318 Rama IV Rd | 08 5482 3566 | Tue-Sun
10am-7pm | ardelgallery.com | MRT Hualamphong

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Naga fireballs phenomenon

Between 6pm and 9pm on the final night of Buddhist Lent, fireballs begin to rise from the Lao side of the Mekong River before disappearing with a ‘pop’. Legend has it that this display in Nong Khai province is caused by the naga (mythical serpents) shooting fireballs into the night sky to welcome Buddha back from heaven. More prosaically, others believe the fireballs are the result of methane gas bubbling up from the river bed – although why they only seem to appear at this time of year is anyone’s guess. The best place to observe the Naga fireball phenomenon is in the riverside village of Phon Phisai.

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Porcini mushroom season begins at Luce

Celebrate the season of the mushroom with Chef Edoardo Bonavolta and his enticing Porcini creations at Luce. Enjoy the hearty and nutty taste of the king of fungi in various Italian dishes including bruschetta with Porcini mushrooms, saddle of lamb stuffed with Porcini mushrooms and served with goat cheese cream, slow-simmered fillet of cod fish with Porcini mushrooms, plus many more fantastic choices. The promotion is available for lunch and dinner until the end of October.

Eastin Grand Sathorn Bangkok
33/1 South Sathorn Rd | 02-210-8100 | eastingrandsathorn.com

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In the Pink

Fancy a night of epicurean delights and raising funds for a worthy cause in the process? Read on for details of a charitable initiative that embraces good taste and good health.

We bring you news of a special dinner to be hosted by The Peninsula Bangkok on Monday, October 27.

The “Eat – Drink – Pink” gastronomic charity event will offer culinary highlights and at the same time raise funds to help in the fight against the scourge of breast cancer. Now in its fourth consecutive year, the annual campaign is one way in which the staff, guests and patrons of Peninsula Hotels throughout Asia and North America contribute towards this noble cause.

Guests at the event will be able to enjoy signature delicacies prepared by chefs from some of Bangkok’s best restaurants, pastry shops and bars. This fine fare will be served along with free-flow wine, champagne and specialty cocktails. In addition, there will be live musical performances and a host of lavish prizes to be won on the night.

Over 30 of Bangkok’s top restaurants are expected to participate at the event, including Eat Me, a veteran of the Bangkok dining scene; The Oyster Bar, which is the last word in sustainable seafood and shellfish; Gaggan, where progressive Indian cuisine is served with a traditional touch; Opposite Mess Hall, which serves ordinary pleasures with uncommon care, Opus, the top-notch wine bar renowned for fine Italian comfort food; Little Beast, popular for its French-inspired New American cuisine; Sensi, where creative Mediterranean delights abound; and Ruen Urai, famous for artistically presented authentic Thai dishes.

Among the guests will be some of Bangkok’s bestknown gourmands and an A-list of the capital’s most respected food critics.

This evening of delectable decadence takes place at The Peninsula Bangkok from 6pm-10pm and all for a very reasonable B2000 net per person. 100% of the proceeds raised on the night will be donated to The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer.

The Peninsula Bangkok
333 Charoennakorn Rd | 0 2861 2888 | bangkok.peninsula.com

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Embassy to the World

You might think that Bangkok simply couldn’t have room for another high-end shopping mall but when Central Embassy, the already-iconic retail and hotel development located at the junction of Wireless and Ploenchit Roads, opened its doors in late 2013, it immediately became a magnet for discerning local
shoppers and visitors from all over the globe.

So named because it sits on land that was once part of the UK’s diplomatic mission in Bangkok (land that is reputed to be more expensive than anywhere else in the city), Central Embassy covers a total of 144,000 square meters spread over 37 floors. Of these, 8 floors form the shopping center (known as the Retail Podium) while the remainder are given over to a tower hosting the 6-star Part Hyatt Bangkok Hotel (due for completion in 2015) and the Embassy Diplomat Screens, an ultra-premium cinema complex.

Already a by-word for luxury, the shopping center is home to the world’s leading luxury brands – over 200 of them in fact, headed by the likes of Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Miu Miu, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. These and other stores at Central Embassy are divided into three main categories; iconic flagship outlets, exclusive stores and first-to-market stores. They include Christian Louboutin, CK Collection, Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Jil Sander, John Varvatos, Maison Martin Margiela, McQ, Moschino, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Proenza Schouler, Roberto Cavalli, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Versace, and watch and jewellery brands such as Anyallerie, Audemars Piguet, Chavana, Chopard, Hublot and Pomellato.

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A further big attraction at Central Embassy are the dining outlets. At the lower ground level is E.A.T. (standing for Eat All Thai), a restaurant offering sumptuous local cuisine that represents almost all the provinces in the country. Here too is the Issaya Cooking Studio, a baking school run by renowned local chef Ian Pongtavach Chalermkittichai. Elsewhere throughout the retail complex, eclectic dining is represented by restaurants such as Yuutaro, Hinata, Din Tai Fung, Great American Rib, The Girl & The Pig, Minibar Café, and the French bistro-style Water Library.

At level 4, among many lifestyle and wellness brand outlets, there is a VIP Lounge for The Embassy Club members. It offers classy refreshments and premium shopping services – retail therapy can be a tiring business after all! Of course, if you want a break from the myriad shopping attractions, you can head to Embassy Diplomat Screens. This is an ultra-luxurious 5-theater facility with just 30-50 seats per cinema. Exclusively designed to mirror the glamour of Hollywood, it includes a Real D screen, state-of-the-art sound systems and a plush lounge with services akin to those at a 6-star hotel.

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Speaking of which, the Park Hyatt Bangkok Hotel, one of only 36 Park Hyatt outlets around the world, will open next year with 222 suites spread over 30 floors. Distinguished by sheer luxury and the largest room sizes on offer in Bangkok (averaging 70 square meters), the hotel will also include a chic roof-top sky bar and a premium spa.

All this luxury and decadence is conveniently located in the heart of town and is easily accessible via road and rail – indeed Central Embassy is the only retail complex in Bangkok accessible by two Skytrain stations, Chidlom and Ploenchit.

Central Embassy
1031 Ploenchit Rd | 0 2119 7777 | centralembassy.com | 10am-10pm

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Khao Kha Moo

Thai cuisine is traditionally healthy but it does have its fatty and sinfully delicious dishes. Take Khao Kha Moo — rice with long-stewed pork leg. The closest comparison I can offer is the pulled-pork dishes of the south and mid-west USA because of the similar tender, fall-off-the-bone texture and the succulent sauce that penetrates the pork meat.

I recently had a taxi driver take me to try his favorite version of the dish, served at shop called Kha Moo Lert Roat (Super Tasty Pork Leg). It was well worth the visit. The Kha Moo is stewed in palo (Chinese spice) soup to infuse aroma and taste. On occasion I’ve found palo soup to be too sweet or too salty and sometimes the pork texture simply isn’t soft enough to absorb the juice; but here there is a great harmony in the salty-sweet taste of the soup and the just-right texture.

There are various ways to order Khao Kha Moo; you can have just the meat, or meat and skin (which also means fat), or with Khaki – stewed pig’s feet – which is my favorite! My taxi driver ordered his ‘piset’ (special), which included a hard-boiled egg and sai (intestines). The sai is the killer here because it’s so soft and seems to melt in your mouth. The rice texture verges on the edge of al dente – not too hard and not to mushy.

Dabbing a little chilli vinegar and a slice of garlic on each bite will enhance the taste experience even more. Garlic helps to lower your cholesterol (so at least you don’t feel so guilty) and the vinegar helps to cut some of the fatty taste.

To have a satisfying plate of Khao Kha Moo, for me, is all about good teamwork. Nothing must go wrong in the preparation and time is needed to create the relationship between ingredients.

Kha Moo Lert Roat
Sathon Soi 11 | opens until 3pm.

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Old markets in Nakhon Pathom

Thailand Miscellaneous

25 September 2014

This October we explore some of the old markets in Nakhon Pathom where trading communities have lived for generations. Nakhon Pathom is well-known for her floating markets, but these are recent developments.

The old markets are communities on the Tha Chin River that have been living and trading there for more than a century. Here are some of the attractions you can expect to see.


Traditional coffee shop in Bang Luang Market

Besides these shops, there are lots of fresh fruits and a wide variety of snacks on sale as well.


Antiques shop in Tha Na Market

Take a tour of these old markets with us. Just click on this link Old markets in Nakhon Pathom.

Next month we visit the Nang Yai Museum in Wat Khanom, Ratchaburi.

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Izakaya lunch set menu offered at Ku De Ta

The scrumptious Japanese bento box and Ramen noodle lunches at Izakaya are on offer witha complimentary non-alcoholic drink. Kihon bento is available at B350, Tokusen bento at B500and Zeitaku bento for B750. The tempting lunch sets are available from 11am – 5pm until the end of October. Prices are subjected to a 10% service charge and prevailing government tax.

Ku Dé Ta
39-40F Sathorn Square Complex, 98 North Sathorn Rd
02-108-2000 | kudeta.com

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