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Good bye, Thailand

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Athenee Tower, Bangkok. The building where my office is located.

So it all happened. I returned my work laptop, handed over the office keys, and left the Athenee Tower building for the last time. My Thailand life chapter is coming to the end. Tomorrow, I am flying out of the country.

My last days in the office was really nice. I managed to finish all of my pending tasks, and then met with colleagues a bit less formally to offer them my appreciation and thank them for the common time, we spent together.

In the evening, some of my colleagues, and friends from other walks of life, and I went to a small bar in the neighbourhood to have a glass of wine. It was a splendid evening, full of laughter and memories of the Thailand time. I will have very fond memories of the country and my time here!

Now it is time to travel home to Poland, to meet Mum, Tahir (who got his visa), family and friends!

Thank you, Thailand! Thank you, beautiful people. I will miss you, but I hope to be able to visit again!

Muay Thai experience

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My last week in Thailand brought me a rather unexpected experience. Last Sunday, I ended up going for a Muay Thai fight… Yes, I am as surprised, as you may be. I am not a fan of fights of any kind (including sports), but then, I promised that I would see this traditional Thai game before leaving the country. As promise is a promise, we did go…

Although, I was not necessarily impressed with the show itself, I was very surprised how international and popular this sport is. There were spectators from all over the world, and the competitors represented all continents of the globe. It felt very international and lively, and I enjoyed and appreciated it. I even met a contestant from Portugal and I chatted with him in Portuguese too. This definitely added to the charm of the evening!

Today, it is Tuesday evening already, and I am finishing my last practical arrangements before leaving Thailand on Sunday. It is a bit stressful to leave all the people that I like behind, but then I am excited to travel to Nowy Sacz, and I am looking forward to starting my new chapter of life in Panama City.

Last weekend in Bangkok

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A mural at one of the many narrow streets of Bangkok's China Town.

It is Saturday morning, and I am having my coffee. Looking outside of my bedroom window, and realising that it is one of the last time that I am enjoying that view. It is my last weekend in Bangkok… Next Saturday at this time, my bags will be done, and I will be ready to travel.

What happens in a week, happens in a week… I am planning to have some good time beforehand. It is raining a lot these days, so perhaps, I will need to be flexible, but the plan is to spend lots of my free time in Bangkok's China Town, and also eastern parts of the city, where the canals are. The modern Bangkok is impressive, but it is the older parts, less tidy, and more chaotic that I like much more. I would like to leave this city with the memory of what I like, and hence the choice of spending time in the old part.

The eruptions of volcanoes in Papua New Guinea put some last challenges on me professionally. As I write this post around 15,000 needed to flee their homes, out of the fear that their homes could be destroyed by hot lava and ashes coming from the fuming mountains. As it goes with volcanoes, it is difficult to predict, which way things will go… The situation can develop into something really tragic, but then the eruptions can stop too, and things may well go back to their 'normal'. Hope the latter is going to be the case.

Attack on refugees in Libya: all governments of the EU are co-responsible for the death of the innocent people

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I got really shaken by the this news today… The death toll and the injuries of the people is shaking… not only because this tragic situation happened in the first place, but also, because it is the policies of the European Union's member state governments (all of the governments of the EU, without any exception) towards the refugees, and fear mongering, which are largely to blame for the death and suffering of so many… I feel ashamed to be European today, I feel outraged that we are not doing what it takes to protect those we should be helping unconditionally and without hesitation… Very sad!

Ready, steady, go...

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My Bangkok flat is empty… I have packed everything, and my stuff is already on the way to Panama City. Today, I have signed my new deployment contract for Latin America and Caribbean, and I received my farewell presents from the team in Bangkok… It is really hitting me now, it is time to go. I will be in the plane, of the way to Warsaw in 12 days! New chapters of life will begin.

We have just heard form the Consulate of Poland in Toronto that Tahir's Schengen visa should be ready soon. He may not get a right to visit all the Schengen countries, but it seems like there should be no problem for him to visit Poland at least. This is really exciting. I can't wait for the reunion with him, with Mum and my family in Nowy Sacz!

I will be keeping you all updates, how my last days in Thailand go, and also, will send the report from Europe, before I travel to Panama City.

Transferring photos to 'Google Pictures' platform is now complete

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I have now managed to transfer all of my photo galleries from Facebook (FB) to Google Pictures (GP) platform. The new Facebook policy is to prevent sharing the images with those, who are not users of FB. As I wanted to ensure that my galleries are open to anyone who wishes to explore them, regardless of what social media platform they are on, I decided to look for alternatives and decided for the GP, which is open to everyone.

You can now enjoy watching the photos you like by clicking on the links to specific galleries provided at the
'Photo' link of this website. I hope that you will enjoy the experience!

Planning my last two weeks

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A view from ECHO's office on Metro Manila.

After doing all the administrative work that I came here for, I have got a few hours in our office of Manila (with this beautiful view) to go through my emails and think of remaining two weeks in Asia.

Time flies, and whether I like it or not, my time in Asia is coming to its end. On 14th July, I will be flying out of Bangkok and starting my two weeks of holidays with family in Europe. Before that happens, still some work to be done. Tonight, I will be in the plane between Manila and Bangkok. Tomorrow, I will have to start packing my flat. Yes, I will need to start putting things to boxes, so that all the stuff that I want to transport to Panama City is taken to the shipment company to allow them for arranging all the formalities for my items to be taken to America. It will be busy to arrange all of it, but then the weekend will come, and I will wake up in a nearly empty flat… It is such a strange feeling. It actually gives me a bit of stress and butterflies in my stomach. The next chapter of my life is coming to its end, and the new one is set to begin.

As I am trying to prepare for departure, I am also in the middle of the administrative procedure of helping Tahir get his Schengen visa. Now, we have got all his papers collected, and he has an appointment to visit the Consulate of Poland in Toronto this Friday, so that he can submit his application. If all goes according to plans, he should get his visa within next 2 weeks, so that he can catch his plane to Warsaw on 14th July. The plan is that we both arrive to Warsaw the same day, and then travel down to Krakow and then Nowy Sacz together.

When Tahir is with us, the idea is that we all (meaning, Mum, Tahir and I) travel around Europe a bit. At this stage, we are considering two options. One is go north to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland; or if not, then going to Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Liechtenstein and then back to Poland via Germany and Czech Republic. We may well end up doing something completely different, but at the end of the day, whatever we decide, it should be lots of fun! I am very, very much looking forward to the break.

Then, there is a trip to Panama City, and starting my new responsibilities. I will be travelling to my new work destination at the beginning of August (on the way, I will spend a day in Los Angeles), and get into my new job as soon as I can. Getting adjusted to my new work life also signifies that I will need to get settled in my job. Getting a new flat, considering buying a car… All these things will need to get sorted.

Change is overwhelming sometimes, but it is also very, very exciting. Really looking forward to next few weeks.

A day in Manila

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Intramuros, the old part of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

Tomorrow, I am travelling to Manila for the last time, while doing my job in ECHO Bangkok office. It will be a very short trip. I will spend in the Philippines just two days. Enough time to do my handover to my Filipino colleagues, and perhaps meet some of my friends in the city.

I really enjoy Manila,
especially the old part of the city, called Intramuros. I may not be able to visit it this time, as the time is short, but I certainly would recommend it to anyone who has a chance to be in the city. I will miss Manila, and the Philippines and its people very much. I have a soft spot for the country, this is for sure!