From hating Bangkok to actually loving it for what it has given me. It has made me open my eyes to what a rat race we live in, people are just so busy within themselves and not bothered about anybody else. People here are very quick to judge, I have been called Osama, or they think I am an Arab or just a stinking ignorant Indian. When I tell them I am from the UK, they look at me with disbelief.
Apart from one, the Sikhs have been very unfriendly. This has actually stopped me from visiting the Gurdwara. My friend was doing an Akhand Paath, I asked what help can I give, he looked at me confused, help?! We just give the money to the Gurdwara and they take care of everything. We then only attend on Sunday. Here money talks…..!!
In the ‘ghetto’ you see people living in one bedroom houses, sorry that is incorrect and I should say one room houses. Everything is done in the one room, it is a living room, bedroom, kitchen and dining room in one, if lucky the toilet is outside. Yet, when you walk past they are happy to say hello and talk to you. Some people are actually offering me food! No matter how little food they have, they are always eating, smiling and joking as a family. We have so much yet we always want more…..!! The media, a fantastic marketing tool always brain washes us into thinking ‘we need that…..!’ Or ‘we should look like this…..!’
There is a huge drinking and drug culture here. From doing a quick search there is no support network here for people to talk or resolve their issues. There is a Kundalini Yoga class downtown but they charge 400 baht per class (about £8 GBP). This is a huge amount of money so the clientele will be well off.
The people in the ghetto have got used to me, well I do stand out! Probably the only guy there with a beard and moustache! They always have time to talk to me. The motorbike taxis are always discussing football, now I do not know a thing about the sport so I just mention a few club names and they cheer me! The stall holders are always asking how am I or where am I going. It is a genuine interest. Of course this relationship did not happen overnight but built over the last three months.
I have got so much out of Bangkok but given back nothing. Now this really upsets me, the Thais are amazing and once you build a bond are very friendly.
If you have any ideas how we can help, please do comment or email me…..
How much do we really need to eat…..?
I never asked myself this question until I started training here in Bangkok. In the UK my philosophy was what the hell just eat away, sometimes I would try and eat healthy, go to the gym and not see any weight loss, I thought to myself I am eating food which I am not really enjoying, I would then just go back to eating naughty foods!
Training and living here has let me experiment with my eating habits, when I first started, I ate two very large meals a day, both after training. There was no in-between snacking. At first this felt great, eat as much as possible, you will definitely burn it off. After the first month my weight had hardly changed!
I then cut out the rice and ate more vegetables. Excellent for a few days until I seemed to be loosing my energy. The electrolytes came next, this helped a bit but not much, I found just drinking plain iced water helped a lot more.
Now comes wearing a sweatsuit, the first few weeks were exhausting. I did the walk/run came back to the gym and literally collapsed! I needed large amounts of water, which annoyed Master Pimu!
This is an open note to myself, when things are getting tough or I want to give up, I can look back and read this. Also it reminds me to carry on eating healthy!
I have worked extremely hard over the last 2.5 months, the training has been very tough, extreme Muay Thai training twice a day in the intense heat. You could say I have gone to the extremes in order to get onto a healthy lifestyle. So far it has been worth it! It would be a big shame to see this gone to waste.
My workouts now consist of 420 sit ups and 150 knees per session, so 840 sit-ups per day, before I leave Bangkok this will have increased to 1000 sit-ups a day. In the UK, I started doing sit-ups and got to 50 after a while I gave up, when I tried to get back into doing sit-ups I found 10 very hard!!
Sometimes one takes for granted at what level they have reached. When one sees no fast results it is easy to give up.
Over the last two months, I have proved to myself, that if I take one day off from training, I can put on 4 to 5 kg in weight, which takes a week of VERY hard training to take off!!
My diet has consisted of vegetables, steamed rice and lots of water (6 – 7 litres a day) I have not had cheese, bread or any other naughty foods for two months, you could say, without realising, I have taken on a vegan diet, although the very odd occasion I will drink milk and when visiting the Gurdwara have tea. Who can refuse Indian tea!?
Before coming out to Bangkok my eating habits were terrible, eating lots of bread, cheese, fried foods, sugary foods and other naughty goodies. After every meal I had to be close to the restroom, 'just in case I needed to go' which more often then not I had to visit a few times. In a day I had endless restroom visits, my stools were never solid!
I have felt and noticed my health improving so much, after eating I can comfortably go for a walk without worrying 'if' I need the restroom, in fact now I only visit the restroom once a day and my stools are solid, you could say they are picture perfect…..do not worry, there will be no pictures of them!
Believe me when I say the change has not been easy, for example after training, when I head back to the apartment, I take the lift to the 14th floor, there is a television in the lift and I am sure they know when I enter because all of a sudden there is an advertisement for pizza!! Have you noticed how everything looks so tasty when you are hungry?!
My weight has dropped to 82.2kg I need to keep up the Muay Thai and eating habits as my target weight is still 63kg…..
These delightful goodies are now a thing of the past!
For the running I am now wearing a sweat suit.
This is basically wearing a rubber suit which helps you sweat more….actually the sweat pours out!! Running in temperatures of 34 degrees C and wearing the sweat suit is torture!
Below is a video of round 3 on the pads.
In between training sessions I get very down and depressed as am missing home so much. I really want to finish and go home…..