However, it's not all been this either:
1) The bright pink taxis! (and pink buses, and general use of pink):
2) The ways cats seem to be really well loved and treated and respected.
4) The FOOD.... Now this one could in it's own right be a separate post. Nay a separate feature or book. But here's a taster of things, a sample if you will, of the amazing food that's on offer over here (I think I will need a lot longer than just 5 days to be able to try it all). Seriously, even the 7 Eleven stores had exciting and mysterious treats on offer (the way to my heart people: make me a dessert and make sure it's either got green tea or some kind of bean in it, i.e. kidney beans).
5) Beautiful parks and green places are never too far away. Nor are amazingly beautiful temples and buildings. I also LOVED getting out of the city as part of a bicycle tour and got to legit cycle through the jungle. This was awesome!
Bangkok has also given me time to chill and reflect on a few personal things as well. It's taken me way too long, but have finally realised that the only way someone can actually manipulate or hurt you or make you feel bad (not going into details or anything though) is if you keep letting them! The power is in your own hands. Simply don't connect with that particular person or give them any power over you = extreme happiness and calm and peace. Ahhh... Why has it taken me so very long to figure this out? Oh well, better late than never I guess....
Now it's back to Hanoi for a catch up with some very good friends, and to get stuck back into work. Happy Monday everyone!!