“I first saw my Dutch boyfriend six years ago when I was working in a spa at a Bangkok tennis club. He was playing in a tournament and I thought he was cute, with a gorgeous smile. We started a relationship and lived together in Bangkok. But when he got a permanent job offer in Holland I went there with him and for the past sixteen months I’ve lived together with him in de Pijp.
The first time I came to Amsterdam, the bicycles scared me. And everywhere was so busy. Now I love it and even ride a bike myself. For example, on Sunday I rode to the farm at Klarenbeek aan de Amstel where they grow fruit and vegetables.
My parents miss me and of course I miss them, too. But they are happy because I am happy here. We call each other three times a week and thanks to that I don’t suffer from homesickness. In the past sixteen months I’ve been back twice. I doubt whether they will ever visit me in Amsterdam. They are both quite old, my father is blind, and my mother is scared of flying. When I talk to them on the phone I tell them all about Amsterdam, how it is such a beautiful city, and about my going to Dutch lessons, and about my job. I make the lunches for two software companies. I often make knackwurst, but also make a lot of Thai snacks.
I am Buddhist. I pray at home and go to the temple on the Zeedijk. Buddhism brings my heart to rest and gives me a feeling of peace. According to my friend it does give me an aura of restfulness and acceptance of life. I try not to be biased and do not allow myself to be judgemental.
I would love to see snow again. Since I’ve lived here it hasn’t properly snowed. Once we had sleet and I and my Thai friends were over the moon. But my boyfriend says that we’ll go crazy when the real snow falls and we can make a snowman.”
622 people in Amsterdam have the Thai nationality.