Release > 'My Thai Story' by Guy Lilburne released!
'My Thai Story' by Guy Lilburne released! (03 Dec 2010 01:18)
We all have a dream of how we would like our life to be, but most of us compromise and settle for far less. I was guilty of the doing the same. Stuck in a rut. A burnt out and washed up police detective who drinks and smokes too much and was just letting life pass me by, hoping one day it would all change and life would get better. On little more than an impulse I decide to leave my well paid job in England, register my rather dull profile on a Thai internet dating site, sell my house, leave all my family and friends behind and go to live in Thailand. I must be mad, itís a crazy gamble to risk everything but I was prepared to do it. I met Jee, a girl half my age. She comes from Udon Thani, a place that I had never heard of in an area I knew nothing about, the Isaan area in the Northeast of Thailand, a girl who seemed to be everything that I was looking for and more. A strong quiet character who was prepared to give this old farang another chance at life. But, and itís a big but, I know I am experiencing a culture shock. I feel lonely, bored and unable to communicate. Iím often confused and misunderstandings are an everyday occurrence. I donít know what Iím doing here and I think Iíve made a big mistake. The problem is I really quite like Jee. I find out things about myself as well as Jee. I start to embrace a Thai culture that I hadnít previously noticed as a tourist and have an understanding of Ďsanukí (fun) and Ďmai pen raií (never mind). I know itís going to take me longer to come to terms with some other everyday things in Thai culture, like eating frogs, snails, insects and bugs. Squatter type toilets that Iím too scared to use because I donít know how. Driving on roads when everyone seems to know the rules except me. This is the story of stumbling upon and overcoming many cultural differences that face any Farang / Thai relationship, but itís also about discovering and embracing a Thai culture away from the bars, beaches and bright lights of Phuket and Pattaya. This is a love story, but as any farang in a relationship with a Thai lady will know, itís not just about two people, itís about a whole family and the community around them.