In case you’ve turned off your phone notifications in a fit of 21st century anxiety, like all of us at BK are eager to do, you know that right now is a very strange time. Not just in Bangkok, either.
Many of us, especially those who stay in close contact with our parents and grandparents, are feeling uneasy, to put it mildly. In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, self-quarantines and social distancing are reasonable things to do. But isolating yourself doesn’t mean you have to put your life on pause. That’s why, over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you some fresh stories about how you can upgrade your home life. Think round-ups of restaurants offering delivery for the first time, exercises you can do within your own four walls, online courses you can take for free, and how-to guides to fermenting or making bar-quality cocktails with advice from the pros. There’s only so much Netflix we can stomach in one sitting, after all.
We also understand the plight of small business owners. It’s hard to stay afloat when your restaurant is suddenly empty, your bar has gone dry, or your indie cinema must shut down for 14 days. That means we’ll also keep plugging all the great bars, cafes, restaurants, yoga studios, shops, and markets that make Bangkok such a special place to be.
When this is all over, remember to linger in the gallery a little while longer, stick around for dessert, and tip your bartender, if you have the means. Hug your favorite mom-and-pop shop owner while you’re at it. Once we’ve weathered the storm, as we always do, we’ll see you in line for those iced orange americanos, jazz nights, and craft beer release parties.
To all our readers and friends in the industry, keep your chin up. We’ll get through this.