Could also be called…
How to Assimilate into Thai Culture as an Expat…
In Thailand you kind of create your own reality as an expat
living here. In America everyone knows who you are, how
you’ve acted in the past, where you’ve lived, how many
wives you’ve had, how you’ve mismanaged your life, etc.
When I moved to Thailand and started life over I started
the WHOLE thing over.
I don’t like to explain things to people. Now, coming to
a different country means you gotta explain a hell of a lot.
I wasn’t really up for it. It caught me off guard for a week
or so. Then I realized, I can say whatever I want, and
the Thais’ just accept it as normal.
I learned this by watching a jackass expat that worked
in a primary school as he twisted everything for his own
benefit. The guy had been in Thailand for 20+ years and
had everything down the way he wanted.
I said “jackass” because he was twisting some things in
a bad way – and that’s another blog post.
So – after explaining myself about 19 times, why I do
things a certain way I decided to try something similar
to what my professor tried to pull on me while I was
studying in my graduate program back in Florida. She
called me one day during summer break just after the
term ended and told me that she “thought” I bought
my research paper.
I bitched her out for 5 minutes and told her that we’re
going to have a meeting between the head of the
department and everyone in the department because
I’m not going to get kicked out of grad school because
she “THINKS” something. I asked what made her
think that… she said that her dead husband talks to
her and told her that I did.
So, that’s kind of the logic I started to use here to do
whatever I felt like doing… I started to say that
“God told me to do it this way…”
“God said it would be ok if I did this…”
Now, not being aware of Christian beliefs and what
they really are all about – I’ve had not ONE Thai
question me, laugh at me, or talk badly about me
(that I’m aware of) for this.
I just do as I wish – usually not hurting anyone at
all… and if someone questions me I tell them that
God told me I could do it…
It stops them for a few seconds as they figure out
what exactly I said… but they accept it and we
WHO is going to question what GOD said?
In the states – people would question – but, you
know what – it may work there too. If you stick
with your story – you’re seen as NUTS and not
many people are ready to push a nut over the
So – that’s part of the secret to living a peaceful
life in another country – at least Thailand.
I’m anxious to try it other places – I think most
Buddhist centered countries would just leave
it alone and let you go on it… whatever it was!