Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Day in the Life as Eric

Hello internet, this is Eric. I am sitting in the van while our driver takes us home, so I thought it would be a good idea to send an update of what my typical work day is like.

I usually get up at 5:30 am and take a shower and get ready for work. At the moment, the apartment we are staying at provides a free breakfast, so at 6am Melanie and I go and eat. There is quite a bit to choose from, but I think Melanie talked about that already so I will not bore you with the details. At 6:25 I go back to the room brush my teeth and say goodbye to Melanie and head to the HTI van that is waiting for me.

The commute from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is usually uneventful, most of the trip I either talk to Greg, read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or play free cell on the cell phone. We take a toll way most of the way there, but the last portion is on some local highways. This part of the trip can take 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending how bad traffic is going into all the industrial parks. It is interesting to see all the motorbikes buzzing around and all the shops on the side of the road. I normally people watch this leg of the trip. We usually arrive at work around 8am, give or take 15 minutes.

They are still getting the office space setup so at the moment I work out of a double wide trailer. It isn’t too bad, it had internet and a few tables. But I can not wait to get into the office area.
For lunch, the cafeteria, or canteen, serves a variety of Thai dishes, so I grab some free steamed rice and a few dishes and a coke, all of which cost be about 50 Baht, or less than $2. It has only been a week and the food seems pretty good. Ask me again in a month and I’ll give you a new opinion. After lunch I head back to work.

Recently for work, we have been leaving around 4:30. We leave the same way we came. Most days I get home around 6pm. Melanie normally has dinner all ready and then we eat. After dinner I plop on the couch and quickly read my email. At around 8pm I go to bed. I know this is early, but you can’t imagine how much energy heat drains from you (and I don’t even work outside!) I hope that pretty soon I’ll soon I’ll be able to stay awake later and wake up earlier without being too tired, but right now I need my sleep. :)

I think starting tomorrow I am going to start waking up at 5am, this will give me 30 more minutes a day to get ready and maybe talk to some of you guys in the morning (your evening) We’ll see how that goes :)

Well, we are approaching the city now and I think that is probably enough writing for one day. Talk to you all later. If you have any other things you would like to hear my perspective on, post it in the comments section, and I’ll “write” about that next.

Truth *fist bumps the world*


  1. Sounds like any day in America, so far. What other adventures have you and Melanie been on?

  2. Cuddlefish!?! Those are some amazing creatures! Puts the cameleon to shame for even trying! Maybe you will inherit some of its abilities if you eat enough--super human powers!

  3. sooo I saw QUITE a few "ladyboy's" when I was in Thailand... any encounters yet? Ps... if you haven't yet, don't try to take their photo without permission... they are half man and will beat your ass, or have goons who will carry out that task for them. ps the beaches are pretty.. god speed.