Caught in translation

I’m dog sitting for a friend for two weeks and I’m staying in her apartment. This morning, I took Maybelle out for a walk and a young guy came up and sheepishly introduced himself. “I’m sorry, I don’t believe we’ve met,” he says, extending his hand for a handshake. Handshakes aren’t too common in Thailand…

Why do you wai?

In Thailand, handshakes are not the norm in first acquaintances or greetings. To greet someone in Thailand, you do it with a wai. This is the polite and culturally acceptable way to say hello and goodbye. How do you wai you ask? Place your palms together with fingers pointed up toward heaven. The age and…

Khrang naa

Next time, I’ll be better. I’m aware that I’m not the best blogger.  I’m sure that seems ironic since I’m a writer. It’s not that I don’t want to blog, I truly do. I find though, it’s hard sometimes to come home and blog when writing is your job. I’ve been writing all day, bein’…

Thaichinese, Chithai

That’s what I’ll do. I’ll create a new language that’s a glorious hodge podge, or potpourri if you’ll allow for it, of the two languages I flutter back and forth from to study. I’ve studied Chinese and Thai since I was little but haven’t seemed to master either language. Just when I get to a…

Security guards and doctors without municipal borders

One of our security guards is so sweet, so earnest. He spoke to my roommate and I our first day asking if we could write our names down. He wants to practice English. He capitalizes on every opportunity to speak with us. “It was a pleasure to talk with you,” he’ll say, beaming. He also…