Everyone Is Made Of Sugar
Around this time into late October it’s going to rain hard once to twice a day. Rainy Season. Where just about any type of outdoor activity you have plan will surely be hampered by monsoon type rain. Oh and it goes hard.
I just got back home now after a 5v5 tournament I was invited to was cancelled. It was starting to rain even before I left but the British aren’t afraid of some rain. So I decided to go. Well, by time I got off the MRT and made my way up the escalator I was met with torrential down poor. It was just too much. The field is waterlogged by now and anyone who hasn’t left already is definitely not coming.
One of the problems (that no one wants to address) is that Thailand can’t handle rain. For a country that has a rainy season you would assume they got it all in the bag, but no. It floods so easily here that it really leaves you wondering how intricate their drainage system is.
Of course, in the heart of the Bangkok it never floods. Thailand’s elite-class need not worry about walking or driving in 6-inches of sewage water to get around.
So what’s life like in the rainy season? I’ll share some of the things that are unique to my lifestyle. It’s worth pointing out the rainy season can have the same effects on your social life like winter time in America.
Impossible to make plans
This a photo from our field trip on Friday. The assignment was for the students to go to JJ Park (Chatuchak Park) and follow a series of directions in English. If they followed all the directions correctly they would be reunited with their teacher again, could sign-out and enjoy the rest of their day/weekend.
Instead it just rained a lot and we had to cancel the assignment. It would take a cruel teacher with heart of ice to make students walk in this kind of weather.
Kids not swimming to class
The day before at school we almost had to cancel class as well. There is only one way to get into the university and it was flooded. I mean a good 1-2ft of water. It was deep enough to stop anyone from driving a car or van through. Eventually people just started turning back and going home.
Since I’m not new to this I was prepared to take off my shoes and socks, roll up my pants and walk through the water. Yeah it’s gross, but hey no one promised me life in Bangkok would be a utopia. Not soon after a pick-up truck rolls by and I hop on the back and it easily got through.
By time I got to school I had a few e-mails from students asking me if it’s ok not to come to class. Of course I can’t fault them for not wanting to come and I also appreciate there consideration to contact me first.
Plans with friends?
You got to be tactical with it. So far it’s been raining 1-2-3 times a day for a good 2 hours each time. It’s really hard to tell when it’s going to rain so in most situations I only hang out with people who live near me. If it rains our houses aren’t so far that we’d be relegated to wait under an overpass until things calmed down.
Making plans with friends across town is always a risk for cancellation. Usually when I plan to hang out with someone who lives on the other side of Bangkok we have to decide on a meet-up destination. If one arrives before the other, we just wait.
When one person leaves before the other and it starts to poor it just gives good reason for cancelling.
Taxi’s Become Gods (*Cough* Divas…)
And I mean this in the most literal sense. They start glowing and a holy “ohh” comes out of nowhere. I mean it’s freaking mystical at best. But seriously, when it rains taxis out here become so spoiled for choice that you have a 1/10000 chance of them willing to take you to your destination. It’s like one of those bad high school parties where there is a shitload of alcohol, 30 guys and 4 girls. By the end of the night some drunk dudes will be fighting… Need I explain why?
I’m not saying you’re going to fight someone for a taxi. I’m saying that like the 4 girls at the party, the taxis don’t have to worry about trying. The rainy weather has already made them the pursued.
Pouring rain really brings the city to a standstill. There’s a lot of gross stuff under these Bangkok streets and heavy rain can’t help but remind us. I usually don’t mind if a taxi doesn’t want to take me somewhere because there’s usually a lot of them driving around. When it’s pouring rain and I’m far from home, soaked, It becomes a bit frustrating.
Traffic is over-rated anyway. If you come to Bangkok get a MRT, BTS and Airport link card. It will save you so much time and most Taxis and public transportation pass these locations.
So what is there to do?
Well the safest bet is to stay home and get some work done. If I really think about it there’s a lot of things I could be doing that could be accomplished with a desk and laptop. All though I do start to get a bit bored sitting in my room all day.
I still plan to go out anyway even if it rains. Like I said earlier the best thing to do is not go too far from your place. That way it’s not a hassle to get back home should it start to rain madness again.
Anyway, I’m off as it’s dry now so that’s good enough of a reason for me. Maybe I’ll swim home tonight. Take care and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.