I had prepared some posts on our recent trip to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao but after what happened here on Monday I felt like I needed to postpone those posts slightly and address the terrible events of the other evening. Firstly I want to say a big thank you to everyone who sent messages across the various medias to make sure we were safe and well, it really means a lot.
We live on Sukhumvit but far enough away from the Erawan Shrine where the bomb went off just after 7pm on Monday. Thankfully we were safe at home and the first we actually knew about it was a sudden influx of messages from friends and family in the UK checking our safety. We then spent the evening glued to Sky News and Twitter feeling shocked and dismayed to the scenes unfolding in front of us, literally down our street.
For me one of the hardest things to comprehend was how frequently I pass, watch and have been to the Erawan shrine and the Rachaprasong junction. Just last week we were there twice with our visitors during the day and evening, all I could think of was those poor, innocent people and how it could easily have been us.
The spirit the people of Bangkok in the aftermath has been amazing; whilst there is a definite feeling of apprehension in the air especially after the second incident on Tuesday, everyone is getting on with life and trying their best to carry on as usual.
My heart goes out to all those people affected by the terrible events in Bangkok on Monday. We are immensely proud of our city and how wonderful it is and refuse to bow to a few people who think it’s ok to resort to violence to make a point – it isn’t.
This city has my heart and I will continue to love it and appreciate the wonderful life I have here.