Monday, 19 January 2009

Adventures of a programmer in Thailand.

Well, I made it! Landed safely in Dubai, wandered round failing to find the Irish bar (was in the other terminal), then a few hours later went and jumped on a plane headed for Bangkok. I've been there a few days now, the heat has not killed me just yet, although it is dry season, so I'm lucky!

Been a hectic few days, finding that my apartment didn't have electricity (noooo), so I was put up in a hotel until that was sorted out. Following this, I went for a few beers with the MD of the company I'm working at over here, got shown some nice places, and shown some great food! Theres plenty of great food over here, although it's a little too sweet for me personally, but it's something I'm sure a couple of weeks will sort out!

I eventually got a chance to sleep, and sunday came. Woke up stupidly early - 5am, sat on the internet for a bit talking to people back home, and attempted to go back to sleep. Awoke again at half 12! Ouch! Nonetheless I wasn't going to let the day go by without doing a bit of exploring. Took a wander round the area I'm going to be spending the next 3 months to find that there are very few English speakers here. The ONLY English speaking person I ran into was an American guy at a food place - where he asked what I was doing this side of Bangkok - given that it's not a tourist area! Oh joy, I'm gonna go insane from lack of conversation! However all should be good, it'll encourage me to try and learn some Thai whilst I'm out here, at the very least enough to show courtesy when ordering food and such!

Monday finally arrived, I had my first day at work - which was quite unusual to say the least, given that no-one in the office was engaging in conversation in English. Was headphone time for me until lunch time. I did get through the day though - and finally moved into my condo! The condo is fantastic, a good amount of space, a rather large bed, 13th floor view of the swimming pool, and oh yes - a swimming pool! There is also a gym which I have access to, so maybe I can use this opportunity to get myself back into shape!

Sadly, no work has been done on FF yet, though a day or two's time I'll have began to settle into my new home, and will resume work on it! First job is to get reacquinted with the source code and tidy up the dirty bits I've left for a bit now. But anyways, for now, ลาก่อน!