This article was originally posted on WomenLearnThai.com.
Questions at Thai Girl Talk…
We’re so excited to guest post on WLT for our podcast Thai Girl Talk.
But after we agreed to interview each other, Mia and I couldn’t agree on what questions to ask…
Lani: Do you feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body or a woman perfectly happy in her own body?
Mia: I’m not sure I understand the question.
Lani: Oh, Mia!
Mia: Let’s talk about Thai Girl Talk (TGT). For example, what is TGT?
Lani: It’s a weekly podcast about Thai language and culture.
Mia: Exactly. People will also want to know who we are.
Lani: Well, we are both teachers. Although you teach Thai, and I teach English…oh they can read about us on our About page! Okay. What do you love and hate about Thailand?
Mia: It couldn’t be anything else but the food and fruits, and oh I forgot, riding a scooter without helmet and driving without a seat belt. Sorry, I’m a bad example!
Mia: Now back to the questions. Who should listen to TGT? I think anyone who loves Thailand.
Lani: Speaking of Thailand, why are there so many ghosts here?
Mia: The same answer as to why there are so many ladyboys – social acceptance. We believe in ghosts – it’s a law of attraction.
Lani: Wow. That’s a good answer. Now, you lived in the United States for 10 years? What did you love and hate about living in the United States?
Mia: Love the way people drive, hate that I could not get food on the street at 1 o’clock in the morning. What about you?
Lani: I’m starting to miss the landscape. I’m from Hawaii and I consider myself a West coast gal. America is a beautiful and big country. But I hated how I had to work all the time just to make ends meet.
Mia: Yeah. Thailand is easy.
Lani: Totally. While the cost of living is rising, it’s still affordable. What’s your favorite Thai food? And favorite Western food?
Mia: For Thai, anything that puts fire on my tongue. For Western, spaghetti with meatballs sprinkled with red crusted chili.
Lani: Yum! Okay, next question, since you are a Chiang Mai native and I, a mere half-Thai or look krung, what is the most annoying biggest misconception of Thais that foreigners have?
Mia: Foreigners who believe it when Thais say “mai pben rai” or never mind.
Lani: Ooooo. Good one. And foreigners would probably be equally annoyed by the saving face aspect of Thai culture.
Mia: But that is why people should listen to TGT! They will gain inside information about Thailand from a native Thai, and from you, an expat. How long have you been living here?
Lani: I just signed on for my 3rd year at my school.
Mia: Congratulations! So you see, our listeners can learn a lot by listening to us. They can also leave comments, suggest topics, tell the world to listen to us, download our podcast, and listen while they do the dishes…
Lani: 555+ Excellent. We upload our podcast and blog every Friday at: Thai Girl Talk. Join us and let us know what you think!
Mia: Yes! Thanks Cat!
Lani: Hey Mia, when are you going to answer my first question!