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    Farang and their seemingly paradoxical ways

    By Mr. Surin Province, Created on: 17/10/2008, Last updated on: 17/04/2010

    » As a long-historied Farang resident myself, comfortable and understanding, I have to ask the age old question regarding Westerners that find it necessary to stay/live here while finding life so objectionable in many ways. Why is this so? I've experienced this throughout Asia {in particular the LOS}...

    • villager commented : As my name signifies i live in a little village in buriram province and have done so for well nigh 5 years , its my belief that"when in Rome"!, sure they ain,t like us , or should i say we ain,t like them , but in truth these things should be accepted, apart from their maniacal way of driving simply because as i,m a fellow road user i am directly involved, i love my little village and its inhabitants and would live no where else, liveing here the best way i could describe it is "go with the flow" after all we are only a "guest" here are we not?

    • fast eddy commented : I have to applaud Doc N for putting it in a nut shell. We, in the west, are taught/encouraged to apply critical thinking to any situation we find ourselves in. Whether that's good or bad is not for me to judge and both sides of the thinking/fatalistic acceptance coin have their pros and cons. Still, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to acknowledge that there is something wrong with the situation when a motor cyclist is driving the wrong way and against oncoming traffic in a narrow soi and risking both his life and either the lives of others or the well being of their cars - when that motor cycle driver is a cop! Often, those looking on see far more than those who are living the situation at close quarters. Just as observers of a game of chess can often spot a key, erroneous move which is beyond the comprehension of the player, so the Non- Thai (who's less than impressed by being called 'Farang' and wouldn't dream of addressing a Thai by a less than flattering name) fails to understand the broader vision of another human being's perspective - a man or woman who has experienced an additional culture(s).

    • corky commented : [quote="Mr. Surin Province":31tcguyc]As a long-historied Farang resident myself, comfortable and understanding, I have to ask the age old question regarding Westerners that find it necessary to stay/live here while finding life so objectionable in many ways. Why is this so? I've experienced this throughout Asia {in particular the LOS} concerning Western residents or quasi-wannabes that insist to have questionable and objectionable lives - usually their angst is directed to all aspects of their host country. So why do they hang around? Any social scientists out there that might shed some light {metaphorically} on this complex social paradox? Without resorting to the old reliable stereotypes and myths that pertain to the contadictory Farang mindset. I've interacted a time or two with such creatures, but for years I tend to steer away from this type of Farang. I would prefer other company.[/quote:31tcguyc] dont confuse a drive to improve and address inadequacies as dissastifaction. i personally have as much to complain about at home. however, even when i am disagreed with, i rarely experience the defensiveness that comes with being in asia. this untouchable stance is afterall my main complaint. it also accounts for the corruption and prostitution which i take you are not defending directly.

    • 57 replies, 74,821 views

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    Living in an Isarn Village

    By Anonymous, Created on: 01/01/2008, Last updated on: 17/04/2010

    » I have been several times visiting my girlfriend’s village in Isarn, near Mukdahan. First time I was there I felt in love with the place and immediately wanted to build a house and spend part of my time living there. The place appeared to me so nice and authentic, the rice fields, the vegetation,...

    • Anonymous commented : hi juan , theres a lot of sense in what you write , i think that you really need other farangs in the area so you can enjoy a night out with the boys and have conversation with someone you have more in common with , you also need a hobby , i go fishing , make my own wine , go out on my mountain bike EVERY DAY and on average do 25 kliks , also i have my PC and UBC TV , all in all i am anything but bored , life is what you make it pure and simple , the big mistake many farangs make is that they marry the whole family and allow themselves to be treated like a walking ATM machine and complain how they have been conned , sorry its there fault and theres alone , in no way would i blame someone else for my own shortcomings which seems to be the cop out for most farangs , colin .

    • Anonymous commented : Colin, I think one of the big problems is not having a plan. Many of my friends retired to golf or travel. But, that soon ran its course then they were stuck with a lot of idle time. Like Juan said in the beginning...

    • 50 replies, 57,110 views

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