|Celebrity Sighting: His hair is a work of art.|
For anyone looking to impress the staff at their local Thai joint - see below for a few of my fave phrases in Thai - there are days when I feel like my Thai is really coming along, and then I listen to a Thai conversation and find that I understand maybe 1 in every 80 words...yikes.
Hue how/Im leau = I'm hungry/I'm full. Thais like to eat, and, why shouldn't they - their food is aroi mak (very delicious) aside from being jing-jing prik (very spicy). I've noticed that there's no bad time to eat - the vendors seem to always be open - and anytime you want gai or moo (chicken or pork) on a stick, you barely have to walk 5 feet to indulge, of course over-indulgence (and maybe it's the excess amount of khao (rice) as well) lead me to alternate between being either very hungry or very full.
Bai nai? = Where are you going? I get this all the time when I'm walking around, especially in The Soup. Tuk-tuk drivers and moped taxis along with shop-owners and random people - everyone seems very interested in my destination. People also like to yell out random English phrases - I admit it will be a rough transition when I go back to the States and don't hear people yell out "beautifulllll" as I walk down the streets. I've already perfected the Miss America wave and I'm loving every minute of my current fame, 555 (hahaha)!
Nee arai? = What is this? I find myself asking this a lot, mainly with food, but especially when I see a version of the Thai dessert. Thais are really into jelly in all its forms, sweetened condensed milk is used in excess, they love to mix flavors, and rarely does a dessert taste like it looks - let's just say I really miss brownies.
Meuan ghan = Same Same - one of my favorite Thai phrases. Thais say this, both in Thai and in English, all the time. This weekend in Bangkok I saw shirts that read "same same, but different" - this pretty accurately depicts the true meaning of the Thai saying - they always say same same, but they really mean, not at all. This bus will get you to Bangkok just like the minivan, same same - but different, because you'll stop and pick up every other person standing on the road for the 100 km drive and it will take 3x as long, mai pen rai!
|Christmas Decorations in Bangkok!|
|635 Baht for a box of Cheerios...yep, that's more than $20!|
|A very happy gal with my Starbucks PepMocha!|