It’s 2am and I am just getting to bed after working an eight-hour shift, washing dishes at a Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. As well as ensure clean dishes are at the ready, I also got to prepare some food. The best part of the night: I got to try some nice dishes brought in by one of the chefs. I was halfway one of these when I was asked if I knew what I was eating. I started looking closer at the little bones I was gnawing on and realised I had absolutely no idea. It turned out it was a rat. It was delicious. Even though my feet are really sore after standing up all night, I really enjoyed my night. Fortunately, I now have a comfortable bed at Nun’s family’s house, having cycled here from central Bangkok this morning. I will be living here while I work at the restaurant and wait for my new passport to be produced at the Australian Embassy.
On the way home from work I learned that I would be paid Thailand’s minimum wage, which is 37.5b an hour (AU$1.45). Even taking into account the value of things in Thailand, this is an extremely small amount compared with what you get in Australia. From the perspective of a tourist, I could work a full day in Thailand and still not have enough money to get myself a bed in hostel dorm room, let alone a bed and food. In Australia, where the minimum wage for an adult earner is AU$17.70, only three hours of work would be needed to secure a bed and all three meals. Put another way, I could work half an hour in Australia and buy myself a meal. In Thailand, I would have to work three times longer before I could afford a standard street meal. I think I will appreciate this opportunity to gain a new perspective on the value of my time.
|Accommodation||House of lovely Thai family|
|Distance ridden today||27.43km|
|Average cycling speed||18.8kph|
|Total distance ridden||12,943km|