I was struck by the figure cut by this woman amidst the splendor of the Phra Mondhop structure in the Grand Palace in Bangkok. She was obviously a local, and probably one of the underprivileged ones based on her attire. What could she have been thinking that hot and humid afternoon?
The Grand Palace complex had then been packed with tourists who all but bumped into each other photographing everything in sight. I did the same thing too; who wouldn’t, with the dazzling golden colors of the wats and the multicolored hues of the buildings inside? But all these didn’t seem to impress the woman, who kept in her corner the whole time I was observing her.
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Aleah Taboclaon is a freelance writer and editor. She likes running (completed one marathon, training for the next!), diving (PADI open water diver), and traveling with her Kindle. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also email her; she would love to hear from you!