My Two Perfect Days

My Two Perfect Days

I’ve been thinking about what my perfect day would look like and I actually have two kinds; one where I stay home and one where I go out and about.

The One Where I Stay at Home

My perfect day starts early in the morning, usually on my day off, once I’ve dragged myself out of bed. I love to exercise and whether that’s a session in the gym, which is what I did this morning, swimming a few lengths of the pool, or running round the park or reservoir, I feel energised, most of the time 😉 and ready to indulge in my day.

Things to Do in Bangkok
Running at Nong Bon Reservoir, Bangkok

The next part of my perfect day is to have breakfast of cereal and coffee, while I catch up on emails and blogs that I follow and once that’s done, I sit done to write. Whether that’s for this blog or working on my book or writing up a course for work, I write, something. I love writing, and if I don’t do it, I feel kind of guilty, especially on my day off.

Things to Do in Freetime in Bangkok
Writing and Writing (not always with wine!)

When I’ve finished writing, I’ll potter around my apartment, making lunch, or deciding what to do next and I’ll listen to music. I try to listen to music every day and since I have iTunes on shuffle I am getting to hear songs by different artists, some of which I love but have forgotten about, like Pink Floyd, Simple Minds, and Prince. It’s a great pick-me-up and sometimes I’ll sing and dance along. I am a terrible singer, but it makes me happy. 😉 This is one tune I loved in the past, but had totally forgotten about it until recently..

I usually have more than one book on the go at any one time and there’s nothing I love more than to kick-back and read. I spend just an hour or two relaxing on the sofa reading my favourite books. At the moment, I’m reading River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh. He’s a really fabulous writer and I have a few of his books in my collection. I’m also dipping in and out of a few travel books, and Jaya, a retelling of Indian’s greatest epic; The Mahabharata.

Things to Do in Freetime in Bangkok
Perfect days reading

My perfect day ends with an evening out with a friend for dinner or drinks. I usually go to my friend’s house, here in Bangkok, for cocktails, or we’ll venture out to any of our favourite places to hang out. We always have loads of fun together and it’s great to spend time with my little partner in crime! There are a few more people back home that would fit this bill, and whenever I go home for holidays, I get to have perfect evenings with them too.

The One Where I Go Out and About

My perfect day out and about happened just last week. I started the day much the same, exercise, breakfast and catching up with emails and blogs, but then I left to go to an art exhibition at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, a huge building full of art exhibits and one I go to regularly. The exhibition was called ” Opera Omnia” and it displayed 40 masterpieces by Caravaggio, only they were HD reproductions of the incredibly detailed originals, which are currently housed in museums across the globe. Having just been to Italy, I wasn’t going to miss out on this. It’s a fabulous place to wander around and it’s one of my favourite places to spend time.

Art fix satisfied, my perfect day continued with a spot of lunch at a restaurant I was introduced to a few weeks ago by a friend. I had two favourite lunch places, both of which have since been closed to make way for new hotels and condos. I prefer going out during the day and I was struggling to find a place that opened all day, and one that had a 6-hour happy hour! Most places don’t open til 5 pm and they’re a little expensive to go to all the time, so I was thrilled when I found Monsoon. I’ve only been a couple of times so far, but it’s my new place to go for my perfect days out.

Things to Do in Freetime in Bangkok
Perfect days out

After lunch, I headed to Emquartier, one of Bangkok’s glitzy malls. As a rule, I hate these places, too many people and overpriced shops that you find anywhere in the world, but I by-passed all that and browsed around Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore that I like to go to for travel books. I love browsing around bookstores and, usually, I go to a much smaller one that has 4 floors with shelves and shelves full of second-hand books, but I wanted to buy The Rough Guide to Spain and I like those all shiny, new and up to date. I found what I was looking for, plus I made two extra purchases, a beginners guide to Spanish and a book about the history of art. Perfect!

Things to Do in Freetime in Bangkok
Kinokuniya, Bangkok

I arrived home and spent the rest of my day, watching TV, with a glass of red, or two, and chilled out before work the following day. A perfect end to a perfect day!

What’s your idea of a perfect day? 🙂

21 Replies to “My Two Perfect Days”

  1. Had a perfect day recently 🙂 Booked a boat and went to the Great Saltee. Only me. Sat there watching puffins for two hours. Walked around, ate my lunch, watched the puffins again and went home 🙂 Would do it every day 🙂

  2. I guess my perfect day should have 48 hours first place LOL LOL
    What kind of writing you do for work? And actually I wanted to ask you awhile ago.. what did bring you to Bangkok?

    1. I usually write travel articles, but that’s not my main job. I teach English here. I went travelling around Thailand in 2008 and wanted to return to live and work, so I came back in 2009 and lived in Surin, in the NE, for 3 years, then I returned to the UK for 2 years, back to Thailand and I lived on the south east coast for 6 months but didn’t like my boss, then I got a teaching job in Bangkok which I am still doing. Of the places I have lived, Bangkok is my favourite just for the all the things to do here. I could never live anywhere else in Thailand now. 🙂

      1. Wow, never a dull moment 🙂 Did you manage to learn Thai, or English should suffice?
        I have never visited Asia, but looking forward for that day, just don’t know when, the list is soo long LOL and the time always too short!
        xoxo

        1. Now I live in Bangkok, English is more widely spoken, but there are still times when I wished I’d learn more. I know loads of words, but can’t speak in sentences. It’s quite funny actually because if I say a little bit in Thai, whoever I am speaking to thinks I am fluent and they reply in Thai thinking I’ll understand, but I don’t and just start laughing and tell them I don’t understand. They take it in good jest though! I can get by though, so that’s something! I know the feeling, my list is growing, but I am determined to get to a few places this year. 🙂 xoxox

  3. Sounds like a full-on day Gill!

    I have to confess, I stuff around and waste more time – I’m not that regimented but maybe I need to time-manage better.

    The Caravaggio exhibition looks great – love the presentation. Have a great weekend. 🙂 x

      1. I have two new ones and plan to put them to good use. I really want to travel around Italy more, as you know, and Spain is on my list too. Hopefully later in the year/start of next year! 🙂

          1. Hopefully it will come to fruition. I made a travel vision board which sits by the side of my bed, so I can see if every night before I go to bed! Positive thinking is all we need (and money) LOL x

    1. I like having plans and it’s a really good day when I get to do them all. Actually, last week after all that, I was planning to take some pics from a couple of sky train platforms, but the train broke down and they were only arriving at the stations every 15 mins, so I ditched that idea. It’s part of a new project I’m doing! 🙂 The exhibition was really fantastic, his paintings are so life-like! 🙂

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