Over the Christmas period I went to a party, and after several drinks (mostly for me) the conversation lead to us discussing Thai Nicknames. In Thailand, everyone has their ‘full’ name, which is normally always super long, and as a foreigner, had to pronounce, let alone remember. Luckily for us, people generally go by their nicknames. It’s not your regular nickname though – like mine, for instance, ‘Jo’, short for ‘Johanna’, which in my opinion makes complete sense. In Thailand your nickname can be what your parents decided on, or just based around something you like. In the two years I’ve been here I’ve met people called Golf, PJ, Cup – you know, just to name a few. So, this conversation was about nicknames, and we were talking about what mine could be.
After a lot of drinks (which I totally felt the next day!) we decided on ‘Thantawan’ – which translates to ‘sunflower’. They’re my favourite flower, and although Thantawan (pronounced tan-tah-wan) is usually a name given to boys, I wear it with total pride, especially when I’ve got the namesake Dress to go with it.
We pranced around taking photos at the building I’d most like to own, if I could, in Bangkok. It’s actually the restaurant at the W hotel, and I’m fairly certain I’m going to have to book in a mandatory meal there sometime soon just to look at the decor. Just look at the pale yellow paint paired with the green shutters. It would be visually striking anywhere you go, but especially so in Bangkok, where there are colonial buildings scattered here and there, but you really have to hunt for them.
I may not own this building, or ever own anything even a quarter as grand, but I’m quite happy in my thantawan dress, frolicking around for some pretty photos!
Sunflower dress – Lazada / Clogs – Lotta from Stockholm
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