After finishing all the Club Friday series available on Netflix, I was left feeling so empty. Then I saw Bangkok Love Stories and I reluctantly started watching it. It’s like a longer version of the small short stories of the Club Friday series.
Against All Odds
Basically all these series all about love. But they are not your regular love stories. They are painful, ugly, complicated, touching, tiring, hateful kind of love stories ie: “it’s complicated” kind of relationships. These are the stories that I hate to watch! But I feel compelled to continue watching, because I want to know how the stories unfold, slowly and painfully. These stories are just stories that you will never get to see on television in Singapore.
The episode of Innocence that I watched last night really struck me. It was a scene of a school reunion where everybody came together. They were reunited, but some with different names, different faces, different gender. They just appeared with totally different identities and bodies altogether. It’s just something that I could have never imagined could ever happen. It’s so amazing. It’s not that I want to change my face, name or gender. It’s just amazing that the Thais are so daring. They push boundaries and people are so accepting.
I’m not well-traveled but honestly, I’m quite sure that no other country will be as open as Thailand. People treat plastic surgery as a norm and, in fact, a measure of wealth. I’m not against plastic surgery but I certainly don’t encourage it. Well, it’s fake. What I do appreciate is, the fact that they are so open and honest about it.
All the things that may still be considered as taboo or something to be ashamed of here in Singapore is considered as the norm there. I just get the feeling that Thais just love, until they don’t love anymore. They don’t have to care what others think or feel at all. They might be the talking points of others, but just talking points and not being discriminated against. There is almost no hate.
It is a place where the families who are not accepting and open, are the minorities.
I love these kinds of series because they show real and relatable kind of relationships. (Club Friday series are based on true stories though.) In these series, sad endings are the expected endings; which is the truth. At the same time, these series show that love can exist in the times where we never expected it can be possible at all.
The only similarity
Another thing is that these series show how irrational people can be, when it comes to love. This is the only similarity I can draw in the cultures. How often we make poor choices when it comes to relationships. How often we indulge ourselves in moments of folly.
Oh well, I love the Thai culture and Thailand so much. It is a place that makes me feel like I’m totally free. Free from judgment, free from people who are constantly guessing my gender. It is a place that makes me feel at home. It is a place where I can feel comfortable in my own skin. A place where I don’t have to worry if people might feel uncomfortable or offended around me. How I wish Singapore is a country like that. Unfortunately, we are still so far from it.