Continuing our weekly ‘A Day at Home’ series, Piyalert Baiyoke, known to society and his mates as Beer, walks us through his day at home. While many find peace and tranquillity in staying and working from home, the Vice Chairman of Baiyoke Group and CEO of BNF Holding offers an interesting insight on how the outbreak puts a different spin on his life.
07:00 I’m an early riser. Since before the pandemic, I’ve been like that. Usually, after I wake up, I’d take a shower and then do some exercises. I had just started this routine last week. Before that, I only had time to exercise about three times a week, around the evening. Now, I exercise twice a day—cardio for around five to ten minutes in the morning and about half an hour or one hour in the evening.
08:30 After exercising, I’d have breakfast—something quick. The good thing about working from home is not having to commute, but I still have to finish breakfast around 9 a.m. and start prepping for my meetings. The schedule varies, but I have at least two meetings per day (but on busy days, that can go up to six or seven a day). Breakfast time is just me because we (my family) wake up at a different time.
10:00 Onwards Meetings often start at 10 a.m. and then after that it’s a long day of work. Being in the hospitality field, working from home makes life more difficult (laughs). Not everyone can work from home since some of the staff have to be there on-site. But this time, we’re much more prepared than the first wave since things can change so suddenly at a moment’s notice—that means we have to be on standby at all times.
13:00 Candidly speaking, working from home is not as convenient. I still have to pop out to check in on the restaurants and the hotels (Baiyoke Hotel and Hua Chang Heritage Hotel). In terms of creating content for my YouTube channel, I’ve been planning new content about staying at home since it’s hard to go out and film nowadays—so that’s also something new I get to try.
14:00 I don’t have a study, so I’ve set up my office in the gym. Working from home, I grew much closer to my children, Aichan and the twins: Ryu and Ken, because I get to see and talk to them whenever I take a short break between meetings or work.
20:00 The incredible thing about working from home is that I can now have dinner with my family—every day (laughs). Before COVID-19, I’d have lunch with the whole family on Sundays, but now, without having to commute, it’s become a daily thing.
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