My landlord says ‘I love you’ (funny and surreal situations that happened to me part 2)

Joanna Horanin

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Hi, I'm Joanna, the author of The Blond Travels. In the worlds of Thailand and Portugal, I feel like a fish in water - and it's no coincidence! I've been exploring Thailand for over a decade, and I've settled in Portugal for 6 years now. My mission is to support Dreamers - just like you - in discovering these fascinating countries and helping those in love with them find their own place on Earth, preferably for good! Let's uncover these unique corners of the world together.

There’s a water machine in my apartment building. You know, the one where you can refill your water bottle for 5 Baht. I have been collecting water bottles for the last week. I had 10 of them. So one day, when I felt lazy and didn’t feel like going to 7-11, I took all those bottles and went downstairs.

  • Oh!! – exclaimed my landlord when he saw me – No!! No!! Here…water….free… – he smiled and handed me 5 big bottles full of cold, delicious liquid.

  • Free? – I asked surprised. From what I have managed to gather, there is nothing for free in Thailand.

  • Krap (which means ‘yes’ in Thai).

I took the bottles, thanked him, turned around and walked to the lift.

  • I love you! – he shouted to me.

The next day I got a flat tyre, just when I was driving into our parking lot. The landlord was watering the flowers outside. I stopped and examined the wheel. The landlord came up to me and pointed at the opposite street, indicating that the repair shop was just around the corner. I started pushing the bike.

  • No! I help. You wait. 10 minutes. – he took the bike from me and came back with a new tyre after exactly 10 minutes. I paid 120 Baht. Maybe he actually does love me….


In Had Rin the power went out at night. I got out of my bungalow to see what was going on. Outside a group of people gathered around an electricity pole. I came up to them to see what was going on. The owners of my bungalow and their neighbours were trying to connect some cables, discussing something really loudly in Thai. Every few seconds the cables were giving out a hissing sound and sparks were flying all over the place. I don’t have to mention that none of those people wore any protective clothing.

  • Yhm…excuse me… – I said shyly.

They all turned around.

  • Can I borrow a torch?

  • Yes, yes…but we fixing now…all good soon – said the owner lady with a smile. At the same moment another set of sparks flew out.

No one got killed. Everyone survived and the electricity was up and running in a matter of minutes.