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!!!สวัสดีประเทศไทย

Hello Thailand!!!

One thing that we don’t know about WordPress is that it shows you where most of your readership is coming from and it was to my pleasant surprise that the largest number of people reading my blog are coming from Thailand. So in an appreciation post to my big Thai readership I thought that I would…blog about it.

Thailand features in a book that I’ve been working on for a few years with an undisclosed title…damn when I think about it I have a backlog of books to publish. The area that features in the book is Phuket. Which meant that I ended up doing a lot of research about Thailand specifically the royal family and food (well with the way food loves me are you surprised?). I fell in love with a lot of the stories I read and realized that my weak tongue can’t handle the harsher Thai spices but no guts no glory! One day I’ll be able to eat the hottest Thai dishes.

This place in Phuket should be the scene of many romantic movies.

After reading one of Jojo Moyes’s novels I realized that I couldn’t include anything in my novel about Thailand without actually having been there for a while otherwise my novel would fall into the fugue of badly describing and insulting the native people. They’ve done it many times. As a Zimbabwean every time they mention Zimbabwe or speak in Shona on TV my ears perk up and I’m often irritated with their bad pronunciation or cultural misrepresentation which shows that they didn’t really bother to find out what Zimbabwe is like. I realized that I couldn’t include Phuket in my story until I had been there and felt Thr vibe for myself.

After all my story is largely based in Cape Town and I was able to write in glaring detail about Cape Town because I know that city like my belly button (I don’t use the term back of my head because I don’t actually know the back of my head and if you’ve ever tried to braid your own hair you know you definitely don’t know the back of your head. But my belly button, we’ve known each other for year’s.) Because I’ve lived extensively in Cape Town I could describe it as only a Capetonian could. Phuket should have the same benefit and not like one of those writers tours where you carry around a notebook and take notes on everything but w proper time to live and get the feel of a place.

When I initially joined Clubhouse and was part of a book club I met a lady from Philippines who lived in Thailand. She told us that after being in Thailand nothing surprises her anymore. She lived in Bangkok…i told her that what do you expect from a city named Bangkok💀….i know I’m terrible🙈, but it’s right there🤷🏾‍♀️🐒. I wonder how Thai people feel about the hyper sexualization of their country though. Due to media I would assume Thai people are more sexually open and accepting but I don’t think they like the levels of hypersexualization to the point of dehumanizing them and the rampant creepy sex tourists in the country. Also the portrayal of many of them as poor when there are a lot of well-to-do and often rich people in the country. But that’s not something for me to speak on but the Thai themselves.

Which means that sometimes next year Covid-allowing and God-willing I’ll be in Thailand for a few months to write my novel. Which I was reminded of because my largest readership is in Thailand and ขอบคุณ(thank you) to all of you💗💖

Gorgeous Phuket

PS If someone were to mispronounce Phuket it would sound like Fu…okay I’ll behave 🙈💀

6 thoughts on “!!!สวัสดีประเทศไทย”

  1. The vibe is fear. Military junta governs.
    “I wonder how Thai people feel about the hyper sexualization of their country though.”
    Well, the vibe is fear so one cannot be sexual. I’m surprised when people get this idea about it, because it’s 100 percent inaccurate. The vibe is fear. Military junta governs.

    I suppose this image sells. Holding hands with your boyfriend or girlfriend is tabooo in public, so regular people are focused on building families and getting into these super-serious relationships where one sacrifices their freedom.

    There is nothing to do in Bangkok or Phuket. Malls? But art or parks or anything that’s not about money? Forget it.

    “Also the portrayal of many of them as poor when there are a lot of well-to-do and often rich people in the country.”
    Super rich live in gated communities so one never sees them, and taxes aren’t spent on amenities (parks) so I guess more accurate would be to think of Burma.

    “Due to media I would assume Thai people are more sexually open and accepting but I don’t think they like the levels of hypersexualization to the point of dehumanizing them and the rampant creepy sex tourists in the country. ”
    Nope, lies. Sex means freedom and energy exchange and some level of progressiveness. It’s about opression and money (making money, spending money on malls, never experiences).
    This image sells but it’s simply not true.

    “She told us that after being in Thailand nothing surprises her anymore. She lived in Bangkok”
    But nothing happens, ever. Wanna take a walk outside? Good luck. Such a miserable place. Stay away and don’t believe the lies. Pyramid Schemes by Digital Nomads, nothing else. So much misery and oppression.

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    1. That’s so interesting😯. I hadn’t heard about that. Many people just advertise the positive especially these days with kpop artists that originate from Thailand like Lisa from Blackpink. I believe that if a country is only comfortable for tourists and not locals than there’s something seriously wrong.

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      1. But it’s not comfortable for tourists is the kicker! Swiss, American, British, Burmese, Cambodian, Kenyan — all are equally unwanted. There are Digital Nomads who write these clickbait articles so they create this “fake it until you make it” thing. Brave New World. Everybody free. Everybody Happy Now. It’s comfortable for locals with a lot of money. So their gated communities look nice. But taxes don’t go in making streets or parks or things that might benefit all. So the entire city looks like Wasteland.

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    2. The gated community thing is interesting. Even in South Africa the super rich live in gated communities that separate them from people because of the high crime rate and I have always thought that if you have to live separated from everyone to be safe…then what’s the point really?

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      1. Thailand is a country where one is never on an egalitarian basis with people. One always must be up, another down. Because of this skewed belief and Buddhism, people who aren’t super wealthy must have done something bad in their past life so they deserve misery. Wealthy people had glorious past lives, this is why they deserve to be better. No change for the entire society to be better. Paywall for even basic things like health-care. So fake.

        I dream of living somewhere where I could go to a museum and a gallery for free, just like you. Even if developing countries have these populations of wealthy people, I just don’t believe happiness or fairness is found there. It must be nice to live in a develop country and just go to a museum for free or ride a bike. Here one pays for drinking water, let alone art or good education without fear and tyranny,

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      2. Thailand is a country where one is never on an egalitarian basis with people. One always must be up, another down. Because of this skewed belief and Buddhism, people who aren’t super wealthy must have done something bad in their past life so they deserve misery. Wealthy people had glorious past lives, this is why they deserve to be better. No change for the entire society to be better. Paywall for even basic things like health-care. So fake.

        I dream of living somewhere where I could go to a museum and a gallery for free, just like you. Even if developing countries have these populations of wealthy people, I just don’t believe happiness or fairness is found there. It must be nice to live in a develop country and just go to a museum for free or ride a bike. Here one pays for drinking water, let alone art or good education without fear and tyranny,

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