I think there’s just as many social barriers as it is a language thing.
But that was always the most insightful (and frustrating.fun! Reply Ha – if I was a ‘Wild Western Woman’ I feel like I should be wearing cowboy boots and some leather fringe right now…
The largest city in Laos, Vientiane sits comfortably on the banks of the Mekong River. [Read more...]Obtaining a visa for Thailand can be complex, confusing and in some cases costly.
The system has always been convoluted and shows no signs of changing any time soon.
Aptly named with a cube-shaped body structure and long trailing tentacles, several species of the box jellyfish are extremely venomous, including the Carukia barnesi, Malo kingi, and …
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Saving face is a huge deal in Thailand and there’s a fear, like with any foreign language, about speaking English and looking stupid if speaking incorrectly. But I guess there is a thing in common with all the relationships: you never know where and when you will meet the special someone! I lived in CM for almost 3 years and did my fair share of dating – and not *all* of them fell into the bartender/bar owner/tattoo artist/tour guide/musician group! I was in school when I first came, so I dated some students, too – and had the same problem you mentioned about really making friendships beyond a surface-level friendliness.
The Western women are with the bartenders/musicians/tattoo artists because Somehow I managed to cross this invisible cultural barrier and have found myself now helping in a tattoo shop. I’m looking forward to more personal stories on what have you learnt thanks to your bf… I worked with Burma NGOs, and there are far more fahrang woman/burmese(or ethnic) man relationships – most that I knew of were long term, serious relationships, many married.
It’s frustrating and hard to understand or explain – I usually feel very welcome here and people are polite. (I once sent a message to a fellow teacher, who was my age and who had spoken to me several times at school, if she would like to get coffee sometime. I don’t know if it’s an intimidation thing, a money thing, a language thing…I’m assuming a combination of all three.Even though I am perfectly content being single and not in a relationship. BUT, a part of this project is dating and meeting men on different online sites since meeting them here in my free time is pretty much not an option since when I’m not working, I’m working out. Although I specifically state that I am interested more in learning about what men are looking for living here than a relationship, and that the date must be with someone who either lives here or is visiting longer term, it hasn’t stopped people from all over the world messaging me with ridiculousness. Like these “I don’t know what’s worse: You writing about yourself in third person or you writing about being fat although obviously you aren’t. [Read more...]Located approximately a 3-4 hour's drive south of Bangkok (200 km), Hua Hin is a pretty seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand.It boasts a five-mile long beach, and the highest density of world class golf courses in Thailand. [Read more...]People often ask me whether it is worth going to a language school to study Thai, and my answer is always a resounding yes. There are also some negative aspects that you'll need to consider too. [Read more...]Box jellyfish are a highly dangerous invertebrates species. Maybe cut down a little on that ‘I am a writer and I am living my dream in thailand” crap and write some interesting stuff about ya. Well anyway, I just came here because the pictures were cute. After deciding that I don’t really give a shit knowing what men are looking for here because I see the men here and they are not men I want to date … I decided to move on over to the dark side: Tinder.