An expatriating mother of two in Thailand, the daughter of an expatriated businesswoman, was recently granted a tourist visa and headed to the country of her choice.
It’s a story of family.
Karen, 34, a retired lawyer and former businesswoman living in Singapore, has been working for the Thai government since 2008, working in the Ministry of Labor.
“When I first came here, I had no idea what to expect,” she told Bleacher, “I thought it would be nice to get away from it all.
But I am happy that I have a chance to live in a foreign country.”
Karen had no prior experience with expatriation, but after working in an NGO in Malaysia, she decided to go for it.
She has been living in Bangkok since 2011, and works in the government offices and the Thai Embassy.
The Thai government said she is an expat who has been here for five years, but Karen was born in India and has a Thai passport.
“It was just an amazing experience to be able to live and work in a country I have always wanted to go to, and now to be here in Thailand,” Karen said.
Her father is a Thai national, and she grew up in Thailand with her mother and two younger sisters.
She had always wanted a Thai holiday, but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do.
After finding out that Karen was an expats, she was very excited.
“When we were talking about the visa application, my mother was saying, ‘I don’t have a passport.
What can I do?’,” Karen recalled.
“It was really exciting to get the opportunity to live, and be able do something that I always wanted.
I am very happy.
I really think it’s a privilege to be an expatiate here, and I’m glad that I was able to do it.”
The visa application process was quick and easy.
Karen said she was told that the visa would take around three months to be approved, but she spent the whole time preparing for her arrival.
She said she had a few things to consider before applying, like whether she wanted a new passport or whether she would be able for it to be issued.
She spent her time at the airport, and was told by the Thai authorities that she could not go home to visit her family until the application was approved.
“So, my visa is going to be in Bangkok for two weeks,” Karen told Bleachers.
There are many advantages to being an expatic who has lived in Thailand for many years, Karen said, including that she has no plans to return to India.
Killing the traffic jamsKaren hopes that by visiting the country she loves, she will help the expatriates who are worried about traffic.
Many expats in Thailand say that they have experienced traffic jams and accidents during their time in Thailand.
According to Karen, it is common to see large crowds, and people often start to drive around the city without paying attention to where they are going.
“I have heard people say, ‘The traffic is terrible.
I can’t get anywhere because the traffic is too bad,'” Karen said with a laugh.
They say, it’s so difficult to be a foreigner in Thailand and I have to do the same.” “
Killing traffic is really important to expats.
They say, it’s so difficult to be a foreigner in Thailand and I have to do the same.”
Killing a traffic jamKaren says she is aware of the challenges facing expats to survive in Thailand while travelling.
When Karen first arrived in Thailand in 2009, she said she didn’t know what to do, but now she has a lot of experience to share.
“Now I know that I need to stay away from the crowds,” Karen explained.
“People don’t think of expats as a bunch of cars driving around the streets, but that’s what they are, and if you don’t be a nice neighbour, you can get caught up.””
And I also know that the traffic in Bangkok is horrible. “
People don’t think of expats as a bunch of cars driving around the streets, but that’s what they are, and if you don’t be a nice neighbour, you can get caught up.”
And I also know that the traffic in Bangkok is horrible.
I think it is a big responsibility of expatriators.
Even though I have lived here for so many years now, it still hurts a lot when I see traffic jams,” Karen added.
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