Me! I originally started Tell-Thai Heart back in 2009 (first on blogger and then on its own URL) as a way to put-myself-out there. But after so many problems with the hosting company, etc, I decided to move my site back to a free hosting platform. Now I’m using WordPress and have integrated it with Life, the Universe and Lani. And so there you have it!
Ten Thai-ish facts about me 🙂
1. Thailand is more than a tourist destination, a retirement outpost and hackneyed travel blog. It’s where my mother was born, my parents met and where my father died. It’s a place that has changed my life at 6, 16 and 33 years of age. So I moved here in June 2009, in search of some unknown quality that I have felt missing in my life, and to have – a good ol’ fashioned colonial adventure…Yeeeeehawwww!
2. My mother is Thai, my father Chinese, and I was born in Hawaii. So, that makes me American. Asian American. American Asian. Not really Asian. A banana. Up to you. My identity, these days, hasn’t been so much a struggle, as it is an interesting reflection of how others interpret me.
3. My expat journey has been a back and forth one. See below, yo!
4. My mom didn’t teach my brother or me pasa Thai when we were growing up. Yes, it’s a shame, but I’m learning now.
5. I am currently the clichéd English teacher working at a lovely language school in Chiang Rai.
6. My parents met in Udon during the Vietnam War. And it’s a great story…
7. I have a younger brother who looks WAY more Thai than me. I look more Chinese, especially with my bangs. (I was forever told that I didn’t look good with bangs, and now I’m told I look good with bangs.)
8. My father died here when we were on a family vacation in 1979. It was a motorbike accident. Consequently and as you might expect, my mom doesn’t like me driving a motorbike and I’m super careful, and neurotic about motorbike safety.
9. My name is on a pillar in a temple or wat in Lamphun. It was a wonderful surprise when I was told about it. My mom had donated money to the local wat in her village – and the money was given in our names. And so, sometimes I wonder at the fact that my name will be there for as long as the temple stands.
10. My college major was anthropology (the study of culture) and archaeology (culture + dead people = awesomeness). I did archaeology for a little time, loved it, but decided to take a break. The funny thing is I never went back, but started on new path called teaching. Oh, lordy…
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you find something useful and or entertaining. The menu located under the header has a couple of popular categories. On the right, you’ll find a search feature, as well as tags and more categories. And of course, you can always email me.
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14 replies on “Who is Tell-Thai Heart?”
I enjoyed reading your “about” post. I love that you are such an adventurous person, looking for your spot in the world. I love to travel, but don’t get to enough. I think living globally really is a great world to understand people.
Thanks! Living abroad, not unlike travel, has taught me a lot about myself as well. What’s important to me, what’s not…I like the challenge and the constantly learning aspect of it, but sometimes I feel like just staying home and eating ice cream 🙂
I totally agree. I learn much more about myself thru travelling than I did about other cultures. Sometimes ice cream is the answer.
I miss good ice cream. We don’t have really divine ice cream here. But – oh – yeah, we have Thai food 😀
I love your timeline, did you paint that? The line ” culture + dead people = awesomeness” made me laugh out loud, which got a few stares since I am in the library right now. 🙂
Hey, thanks…I did paint that during a women’s artist/writers group that we had going in Chiang Mai. I went through several timeline versions before waking up and realizing I wanted to have bubbles over the painting like that. A reminder to do more art!
Absolutely love this timeline! I want to do one now 😉 Great to get to know you!
Thanks. It took a few tries to get it right, but I’m happy with it now 🙂
Thanks. Nice to meet you too 🙂
Started out looking for stuff about motorbikes…came across a few of your blogs, read a few. You have some great turns of phrase. Love it.
Thanks Dave! I see you are back in the US of A, good luck.
I just want to say – I think you are AWESOME!
Why, *tips hat* thank ya darlin’ 🙂