I enjoy my life in Bangkok, there are things I miss about my home in San Francisco. The list:
1. Live Music- progressive rock, math rock, alt rock, those are my favorites. Bangkok? None. The Bangkok music scene is dominated by cover bands and songs by Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas. Help. Yuck.
2. Food & Coffee- yes, Thai food is absolutely wonderful and I truly love it. I do miss good pizza and high quality bread and cheese. The SF restaurant I miss the most has to be Zuni Café, tough to beat a boozy brunch there: http://www.zunicafe.com/. Bangkok is not a good coffee town (too hot), a big change from the coffee house culture of SF.
3. Beer- Tornado in SF, how can you not miss a place with over 40 local/regional beers on draft: http://www.toronado.com/draft.htm
4. Weather- the hot season in Thailand is no fun; neither is the cold and fog season of SF. But, I miss the cold, sometimes. I’m sure a week back in the cold and blowing fog would make me forget I ever wrote about missing the SF weather.
I’m happy and fortunate to be living in a place like Bangkok after spending 15 years in San Francisco. While very different, both places have a tremendous amount to offer and a great quality of living.
For good live music up your alley check out Parking Toys on Kaset Nawamin Road. You should be able to Google Map it. If you’re centrally located it will be a bit of a trek, but it will be well worth it.