"I am a traditional girl" or.. "After three dates, where nothing happens, I get a text message.."I love you !" ... excuse me, I hardly even know you... perhaps that is why all the songs in Thailand are about Broken hearts... I have one word of advice that I will take from Chris Rocks' book of philosophy.. "SLOW DOWN" give a man some breathing room... that is the absolute worse thing that you can tell a man, we will be very scared if those three words are uttered... so it is better not mentioned...This was something that I have heard many times during my enduring tenure in Bangkok. It drives me insane, but I deal with it. There is a growing rift between the youth (15-25) and the older generation (26-30ish) and it is very apparent. I have gone out with both age groups and the differences are startling. The younger generation is more westernized and more physically expressive in their feelings, whereas their older countrymen & countrywomen are more conservative in showing feelings. What is an attractive man of myself to do ? Should I (A) go with the younger crowd and have a midlife crisis, and start wearing my pants down to my ankles, and get both my ears pierced, and walk around with my shirt open, or should I (B) go with the older more relaxed crowd and not pretend about anything. I must admit the younger crowd has more energy, but the older crowd had more money, and I do not always have to pay. But I have to hand it to both (A) and (B) they both dress like they are teenagers.. this is definately the fashion capitol of Asia..... so these are the tough choices I have to deal with in my life...
And now for something completely different... I ordered a macbook pro, so I will FINALLY have a computer of my own, and the pictures can start rolling in... also I am going to teach a film class this term and what better way to edit movies, than use a mac... if you haven't checked out the new ads, please GO NOW and see them, all my geek brethren, you will surely appreciate this...
Shout Outs... Northland, Playa-Joe, Mastamine (or would you like me to call you your christian name ?), congrats on the GED, Norweisha, Saniel, Framomi, Jim-Bob, Marmaduke... bet you thought I forgot about that...Justin, Matt Rey, Nugget, McPop's, McMom's, Grandaddy. and everyone else... peace out.. I have got to go and teach two young 26 year old women, and conversate about the latest Mission Impossible movie.. was it me ? or is Tom finally starting to show his age ? He needs more pancake batter around the eyes... aight then
A commenter asked a while ago I if was happy teaching English.
The short answer is yes, and the longer answer is a qualified yes. There are two issues in terms of being happy in the job, I think.
1. Do you enjoy doing it day to day? 2. What are the long term prospects for it?
As for the answer to number 1, I do enjoy teaching everyday for the most part. It is just those pesty kids that drive me up the wall, that I really (dis)like. Their idea of fun is turning off the lights and screaming that the top of their lungs. Or playing the game, of running head first into teacher's privates. Oh Joy... but with the exception of those, teaching english has brought me new happinesss, that I never experienced at any other job. I get to put on a show every day, and if I have to teach the same thing more than once, each time I try to bring something new to the table. As any teacher and they will agree. The hours are pretty good as well. I work around 20-25 hours a week, and do well by Thai standards. I can go to bars or clubs whenever I want... I could even drink during the day, but I would not be of much use to my kids, so I don't. I like the power and respect that comes with being a teacher. I used to dread the thought of ever wanting to teach, but now it is not bad, I am honing my craft, and have really made some good friends through my classes.
2. Is this a long term thing ? I do not know. I know that I do not plan to live in Thailand forever, but it is a great country in terms, of people, ethics, and generosity. Everyone is always so giving. Everyone is always smiling, the family is the most important, and everyone is so eager to please. The only thing that worries me, is what would life be like back home after I have lived abroad for a while. I know that before, I was super depressed. So I think I might come back in small increments. A month here, a weekend there.... but not anytime soon... I am looking at October before that happens... so be on the lookout for Old Ian... to come to your town...
Hello everybody, how are you doing ? I am exhausted, as I am now working every day, I found time to squeeze this in while I am in between classes, this month I will make around $60,000 bht, which is 12 times the average thai wage.. so I will take off next month and half to get ready for the Thai New Years called Song Kran... it is a good thing that everything is so cheap... I am off to do some computer shopping see ya later and I hope all is well
You really have no idea unless you've lived here, but Bangkok is really the place to be in the world right now. I'm so busy living my life I barely have time to think about updating.
Spring is in the air and life is rousing. I don't remember a time as good as this. So carefree. From adoring, genuine Thai girls, to my fortunate job, the only job I've ever loved, to learning Thai, which really is a beautiful language, to the raucous nightlife, the people from all over the world...I can't express in this simple post how much my life has improved and how happy I feel here day to day. It really is another world.
These days I am flaring with inspiration. I have so much to write about. I only wish I had the diligence and the talent needed to pen it all out. I will try, though, sooner or later. Perhaps when I'm off for two months this summer. What a trip this has been so far. If it wasn't for the fact I feel cautious about what I can say knowing all the people that read this I'd do it all right here.
It's not for everybody, sure, and there are some downsides, but I really continue to feel I am so very lucky to be living here right now. I don't want to be anywhere else.
Anybody fancy a thai massage ? Was the question that John asked. Why not ? I thought to myself, I had never had a thai massage so I figured what the heck, it can't be all that bad. 20 minutes later we were off the sky train and onto the steamy streets of bangkok. We walked for about 20 minutes and then saw a place that advertised 200 baht for one hour thai massages. 200 baht is about $5 dollars. We walked in and it was dark inside, and we were greeted by two young smiling thai girls. They told us to take off our sandals and walk upstairs. Once we were up there, they had us take off our clothes, "Shit" I told myself, I did not think that this was that kind of place, even though they exist all over the place. They then handed us some pajamas that we put on and then turned down the lights to "set the mood". First off, let me tell you that this is not a gentle massage, they literally kick the shit out of your body, and then stomp on your balls for good measure. The massage always starts off light, and then the girls start rubbing with increased vigor, until you scream out "Mama Mia" at the top of your lungs. The girls thought it was quite funny that I was in so much pain. I was not as amused. The worst part was when they pulled my legs behind my head and had me in the pretzel position. I had no idea that I was that flexible and I have been walking funny ever since. Then she had me in a crab positon and lifted me up and poped my back something awful. She did this twice and the second time she misjudged and I fell over. It was quite funny and embarassing at the same time. Then she turned me over and started rubbing closer and closer to my crotch. Where is this going ? Why is she touching there ? What happens if I pitch a tent ? Sweat started to trickle down from my forehead as she squeezed and mashed and turned my crotch area and inner thighs into silly putty. At the end we layed down, held each other and smoked a cigarette. "AH" I breathed out. This was the beginning of something very beautiful. I got up, and cursed her and her family under my breath and she said, next time come back for oil massage !! Mr. EEEN Oh boy I thought !!, I'll have to think about it... Drink please !!
What should I write about today ? Well not to much really, I am getting used to the heat and not sweating out buckets anymore, I am in heaven, since I get to eat spicy food as much as I want, and my herpes finally cleared up !! (just kidding) Today Steve & I got on the skytrain and we met a model from the philipines, I supposed she saw me staring at her with a blank expression on my face, and then she introduced herself and said she was only going to be in bangkok for a week. Her name was Surwatdee, and I think it is philino for jellybean. We then went phone shopping at MBK, where there is a whole floor in this mall dedicated to cell phones, psp's, and cell phone accesories. I was quite amazed at all the phones this place has to offer, and ASIA does get all the cool phones way before us. I then went to the food court, and ordered some combination beef soup and when I sat down to eat anything, the noodles were not there, BOLLOCKS!! I shouted. Then I marched back up there and said SHOBOIGAN !!! which emitted some chuckles from the girls behind the counter. And it is true what they say about Thai women, their feet are jacked up... Oh yeah this one is for Lay-Z and Young Amfernee, I found the BAPE clothes.. and they are cheap.. They will cost about $2 bucks a shirt, but if I buy alot then I can get them for about 75 cents a shirt, so let me know what you want and I will do my best to fulfill your orders...and one more thing, this guy walked up to me and steve with a finger vibrator and proceeded to demonstrate on me all the ways I could please women, and then steve says what about ladyboy's ? the guy started laughing as did I, and then he said "seriously" do you sell cock rings ? The guy had no idea what we were talking about so we said that he just lost his two best customers... take care all...
What's up gang... hope things are going well for you... miss everyone a bunch..now that the small stuff is over it is time for the nitty gritty... my class today got to visit a primary school today and it was quite fun... we got a 1st class tour of the school and then got to help practice teaching some young learners who were preparing for a school play... I could tell that the kids were real excited about the play... the play was called the Ferocious dragon... it was quite a silly little 5 minute play which they were using to practice their english..many of the kids were shy and were scared to speak english with us.. most of them were about 10-12 and were a very good bunch of kids, one big difference about the kids here vs our kids back home is that they have an enormous amount of respect for teachers as well as adults, each time I would walk by the kids would bow which was quite nice...we then got to practice some teaching and acting out emotions, well I gotta go, I was just invited to go eat with some classmates.. take care
So what is it like to be a pseudo-celebrity or part of the entourage... well I will tell you.. last night me and some mates, went to a club called Paradise, which is right next door to where I am staying..(future note: if anyone comes to Bangkok, look for a Johny Walker sign outside or on the side of a building, = means that a club is present) well we came back here for the second time, because the girls were o so pretty and the atmosphere was just alright, as soon as you walk in the door, you are accosted by about 20 servers who want to help you out very much, i.e. light your cigarettes, keep your pepsi's filled, complimentary back rubs, and free games of pool, or snooker as my european friends say... well this time, the club was no different, we walk in say hello to everybody which is pronounced soy wat de ka, and then find a place to sit down.. then we see lots of dancing girls... very pretty dancing girls, no this is not a strip club, just a premier club, with complimentary girls dancing on bars which have been set on fire, and yes it does get hot, I do not think that this club would pass the safety, or damn insurance policies of the US, which is a shame, the US would be a lot more fun if there there was not so much regulation with everything... the bartenders were also cool and very friendly, they like to set drinks on fire and compete with eachother to see who can drink the fastest.. all very good fun, well let me get back to the story, a guy who is staying at the Hotel, named Martin is a guitar player from Sweden, and a damn good player, he knows all the good songs, but no DAMN U2, so he loses points with me !!.. well this South African guy named Dylan, is wasted off of Pepsi, he gets crazy off of everything, perhaps because he has bad ADD, and he starts off by saying that Martin is the lead singer from Franz Ferdinand, and here is the cool part, they club buys it, we tell him normally that he plays for 600,000 baht a night, and that he would be willing to sing one song for free, just to be nice, I am acting as his manager, and I get 10% of nothing, and I said that if he played, we would have to get some free drinks, because the drinks at this club are absurdly expensive, which means they cost the same as the US... well we play this chirade for two hours, and then we get Martin to sing Green Day's Time of Your Life, and Wonderwall by Oasis, the crowd goes crazy and all is well... after that everyone came up and shook our hands, and Martin was even signing autographs... one guy even gave him His lucky Pik... is this cruel ? I don't really think so.. just a bit of fun, I felt like Jeremy Piven's character on Entourage... I know that we are the same height, but he is a little bit more coked up than I would ever be... as they say in Thailand... DRINK don't DRIVE !!... kind of backwards heh... well cheers mates,and don't do anything that I wouldn't do.. I promise that I have videos and pictures of the girls on fire and Martin singing... it is just that it is a major chore to upload anything with this dopey internet connection.... take care mates..