I believe the Oneday | Pause & Forward hostel in Sukhumvit Soi 26 is a conduit for creatives, expressionists, humanists, and world(ly) leaders. Its the convergance of professionals at their peak, seeking inspiration and freedom, gaining wisdom. Its the circle through which spirits of the kindred kind are brought together.
I always talk about fate. I always say coincidences are the alignment of fate(s).
We stared at each other in awe for what felt like an eternity.
I was sitting, quite comfortably, in the arm chair in the hostel kitchen, minding my own business, likely writing things for you on the website. Music playing, not a care in the world.
The door slides open, I catch a figure in the periphery of my vision. I catch the figure’s eye, she catches mine. We stared at each other in awe for what felt like an eternity.
Girly screams of excitement follow. Ana, has literally walked back into my life.
To celebrate our togetherness, we treat ourselves (in the style of treat yo’self) to an amazing Italian dinner, at Appia. The way we reconnected that night, just felt perfect.
Dinner happened again the next night, this time with friends. So much love and shanti!
Friday night was an undeniably amazing night out in Khao San Road.
Saturday was my last night in the big ol’ BKK – to commemorate my leaving, we organised a dinner party. Just the two of us, Ana and I, were invited explicitly but the entire One Day family were totes welcome – of course they were, they enabled our connection in the first place.
Together, we took over the kitchen and filled the whole hostel with exotic aromas.
Ana and I went shopping for all these beautiful organic vegetables for what was going to be an amazing dinner spread. Here’s our grocery bag!
Together, we took over the kitchen and filled the whole hostel with the exotic aromas of green curry, sauteed pakbung, som tum and boiled wild rice. Seriously a delicious spread if you ever did see one!The colours, vibrant. The flavours, mouth watering. The aromas, intoxicating.
More than ten different local Thai deserts and cakes to tantalise the sweetest of tooths.
To top off the dinner, there was an amazing dessert buffet – I think more than ten different local Thai deserts and cakes to tantalise the sweetest of tooths. This is about the time when Stan, Mhee and Yumi joined us. There was a Slovakian distillate, whose name I have forgotten – Stan will tell me I’m sure. We pretty much finished off the bottle – something like a gin, but slightly sweeter.
Beers followed and we were waiting for Gift to arrive. Each time a car parked at the hostel, we would say “Its Gift, its Gift!”. In her fashion, she arrived at 9:30PM, two hours later than she had planned, bearing gifts of food and sweets. It was truly an amazing feeling to have such genuine generosity and spirit of sharing at the dinner party.
Well-fed, well-watered, well-spoken. This was the greatest dinner party and sending off!