Stickman Readers' Submissions November 10th, 2008

Proud To Be Thai

I was born and raised up in Korat or as it is also known, Nakhon Ratchasima. Now I live in the UK, the land of opportunities and open minded people. There are classes in the UK but it is not as black and white as it is in Thailand and yes,
the land of a scams, not smiles. I am not sure I myself would say that I am proud to be Thai. Maybe 25% Thai and 75% British.

In Thailand because of my little education, no one would give me a chance to do a thing that request the right educations for the right job. No boss would offer anything to you or to ask how you are that day. My life in the UK is great. I
can express myself in so many ways within the law. The British people are kind and always give me a chance without asking me this stupid questions about do I have a degree or how much I had in education. If I can do it then go a head.

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When I went to visit my family back home in Thailand with my husband and the kids, people always tried to find out about how much money did we bring with us or would my husband earn more than the girl next door's husband. If not I am
a loser and they have never asked me about how my husband has been with me. Is he kind or being a good husband or a good father or not? They are always interested in his wallet! Many British friends who have Thai wives are surprised how I behave
in the way of western world not Thai. Should be but I love my country and I always be Thai no matter what without Thai education system I won't be who I really am today, thanks to my parents who brought us up to be decent people and won't
screw anyone up what so ever.

I have been married for over 12 years now and I can tell you all that marriage life in different culture wasn't that easy and also different language too. Once upon a time it was a hell on earth I can tell you, but I won't let M
word (money) come between us. Yes I was sometimes bitter over this but I had to put up and shut up till my kids were old enough then off I went to find work. That's how I found out about being me, an uneducated girl and found myself doing
things that I won't even dream of doing in Thailand.

My job? I keep you guessing! I started sending money home to help my parents, bought them a pick up and my brother a car and bought a holiday home in Rayong. Guess what! Still not good enough! No one ever said a thing to me in a good way. They always
said other girls in the village or the next village were better than me at finding the richest hubbies on the planet. Whatever I do is not good enough.

My god! Thai people are so shallow and sometimes can be so selfish and so greedy! Money is everything for them and that is why so many girls end up working in Pattaya, Patpong, Phuket with sex tourists, and this is how all horrible stories begun. Girls
got screwed up by their own families and become bitter in life then took revenge on their clients instead! Farangs are just ATM machines for them all! I have known so many girls in the UK. 9 out of 10 betrayed their husband, no doubt! Thai girls
will jump into bed with the guy they fancy without a second thought or once the husband's bank balance has dropped, she will look for the next Mr. Big Wallet. Can you see now why I am not proud to be Thai? I feel ashamed sometimes that Thai
girls are so cheap.

I am proud to be a farmer's daughter from Korat and I adore my family. God bless you all. Buddha help Thailand out from this worse case scenario that is happening now with politic and democracy. In the way of the west has never dreamt of doing it
this way. I left the country before Taksin came in power but poor man, he can't even live in the country that once was his governed. Money can be such a evil and I wish him and his wife the best of luck and I won't go back to Thailand
for a few years yet. This is by choice though, not like Taksin (ha ha)!

Stickman's thoughts:

Noy, thank you do much for your honest and heartfelt thoughts.

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