Last June 2017, I visited Thailand alone. I used to travel alone but this was the first time that I did everything alone. Which means, I knew no one in Thailand and no one picked me up at the airport. 😀
Luckily, one good friend who was also travelling and was in Bangkok at that time when I arrived. I got to to meet him and his friends. However, they had to leave first thus I was left alone to explore Bangkok.
I’m not good at using maps (google or printed), that’s why I opted to join group tours. The first tour I joined was a city/temple tour in Bangkok. I met really nice people. I actually gave my details to some of them but didn’t get any FB request. lol
You can also check my post about Wat Pho, one of the temples that we visited that day.
The following day, I joined the Ayutthaya tour. This was suggested by a good friend of mine. She mentioned that it is a must that I go to Ayutthaya. Glad that I listened to her. 😉
Since there were a lot of places that we had to visit, I transferred from one van to another, which means I got to meet a lot of people. I am usually the shy type and always have hard time starting a conversation. lol
However, I got lucky because a lot of those who joined the tour are Filipinos. Talking to them were easier and a lot more comfortable. I got to know two people who are also living and working here in Dubai. They are Vhine and Michael. They were very nice and took photos of me. At the same time, I also took photos of them together. When you are alone, you struggle to have a photo taken. That is why I always bring the necessary things for my photos (tripod, go pro, selfie stick, etc) lol.
While roaming around the various temples, I got to meet Balot and Cheng. We were in the same tour group but they were in a different van. Balot was somehow like me who tried so hard to have photos taken using selfie stick and go pro. 😉 We chatted a bit and took photos as well for a souvenir.
I met other people and got to talk to them but didn’t get the chance to exchange FB accounts. I also forgot their names. It’s been already months now since I had that trip.
After the trip in Thailand, I became FB friends with Vhine and Michael. However, with Balot and Cheng we didn’t. It was only when I posted some of my photos on instagram that Balot noticed it using a hashtag. She then followed me and I followed her back. A few weeks ago, she sent me a message saying that she’d be coming to Dubai for a short vacation. She asked me if I’d be willing to accompany her to Ferrari World. I joined her and her friends – Pep and Yeye on her Ferrari/Grand Mosque Tour and Desert Safari experience.
Life has its own way of letting us meet new people and become good friends. Glad that Balot invited me. Now I have new friends…
The Ferrari World, Grand Mosque and Desert Safari tour was amazing. Glad to have known these people. I totally enjoyed their company. I hope to see them again soon.
I leave you with wonderful inspirational quotes about new friendship:
“Everyone you meet knows something you don’t know but need to know. Learn from them.” – C.G. Jung
“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C.S. Lewis
“I love meeting new people; I think everyone has a story to tell. We should all listen sometimes.” – Kim Smith
“Every new friend is a new adventure… the start of more memories.” – Patrick Lindsay
“Friendship is so weird.. you just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like ‘yep I like this one’ and you just do stuff with them.” – Unknown
“We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason.” – Unknown
“We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anaïs Nin
So friends, go out, explore and meet new people. Who knows, they might be the other friends you are waiting for. 😉
Life is beautiful! Enjoy it with great people!