Day 8: Monday, 2 September 2013
10 hours. After 10 hours, finally I saw the sun rising over the horizon. The countryside slowly turned into urban landscape.
I peeked out of the window and saw Bangkok’s skyline at the end of the view. It was 6.00 am and the sunlight has started to fill in the train coach. Most passengers have already waken up and I went to the train’s toilet to freshen up.
As we got closer to Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station, squatter houses greeted us. The sight overwhelmed me. I imagined myself living in such houses, just a few metres to the rail track. The sight of urban poverty.
Although my house in Malaysia is not very huge, I am grateful because I enjoy a better life than these people. At least, I should not be worry that my future kids will be playing close to a railway track. It was a sad, sad view.
When I reached Hua Lamphong station, I bought an MRT ticket to Sala Daeng station before changing to the BTS and bought a ticket to Surasak station. My destination: Saphaipae Hostel, the very hostel I stayed back in 2011 and a few days back. I opted for early check-in as it was still early and I needed a proper rest. If I did not have enough rest, the travelling part would not be as fun.
Since my budget was limited, I stayed in an 8-bed dorm, which is huge but was visibly empty except for a couple from England. I had some small talks with them before dozed off, to recharge my energy.
As I tried to sleep, I thought about this whole journey. About the ‘what-ifs’. What if I have stayed longer? What if I have decided to go further? What if I have continued my journey up north instead of coming back? What if I have done all that?
And suddenly, I thought, what is my mom doing right now? There and then, I felt the missing part of me. I felt something loose. I felt the absence of the most important person in my life.
Still, I decided that I am going to spend another night in Bangkok. I was not done yet. Not yet.
All I want is nothing more
To hear you knocking at my door
‘Cause if I could see your face once more
I could die a happy man I’m sure
-Kodaline, All I Want