Daily Archives: May 24, 2006

Stories from the Thai Press – 08

The Latest Craze – Farangs Meet Thai Wives ‘Online!

(Translated from the Thai language ‘Thai Rath’ newspaper 24 – 5 – 06)

We all know that the Internet is the biggest source of information, but for lonely people it is also a great place to meet boyfriends and girlfriends through chat-rooms and purposed websites. Most of these folks are sincere in what they say, but of course there are a few who are only out to deceive.

According to reports, there are more Thai women looking for love on the Net than there are men. In fact, tens of thousands of Thai women (average age 25-45) are signed up to a host of dating websites looking for the wonderful foreign man of their dreams!

There are now more than 20 websites dedicated especially to foreign men hunting for a Thai wife and vice versa. The owner of the website ‘ha-khu-rak-online’ informed us “Most of the foreigners looking for a ‘Bride-to-be’ were Americans and Europeans. Now, a lot of Farangs like Asian girls but as for Thai girls………they are Numero Uno!”

The website owner went on to say “Most of our Farang members prefer brown-skinned, sweet, healthy-looking, affectionate, pretty Thai girls who also have good mother-like qualities”

Richard Franz an American, had this to say “I like Thailand because of the culture, pleasant attitude and beautiful women. In the future, I really hope to marry a Thai woman!”

Mr Frank a 48 year-old Biologist from Texas, wrote “My only wish in life is to meet a cheerful happy Thai wife. I would love and take care of her to the best of my ability”

If you check out any of the 20+ dating websites you will find a host of pictures of tear-jerking Thai custom weddings between Thai girls and Farangs.

The websites advise Thai girl ‘Mia-Farang wanna-bes’ to send in their best pictures “Farangs prefer pics of girls with untied long hair and not too much make-up plastered on their faces”

One website went on to say “Anyway you look at it, if the Farang wants to find a Thai wife – he’s gonna have to spend money on membership. We also arrange big fancy parties in the Silom/Sukhumvit Road areas where members can attend and meet potential soul-mates”

“We find that many of the Thai women looking for Farang husbands are divorcees with a kid or two who have been dumped by their former Thai lover. Many Farangs are willing to take their new Thai wife, and her kids, to their home country and financially support her family”

“Not all the stories are happy ones. We find that many Thai girls, who on meeting their online potential husbands, are disappointed that the handsome man in the picture, is in fact – quite ugly. Or/and, he lied about his resume”

“Some of our female members admit to looking for a Farang husband who is generous and has lots of money. Many Thai women however, have given Thai women in general, a bad name around the world because of dating Farang men just to ‘get money out of them’”

Whoever wants to take the chance of looking for a lover online has to ask themselves this “How sure and ready am I to take the gamble on a pot-luck relationship?”

Peace Corps adventure – Intro

I have been reading the entries on Thai-Blogs for over a year now, and decided that it is time to share some of my experiences in Thailand.
Back in 1975 I went to Thailand in the Peace Corps, where I worked as an engineer helping design and build small dams and related structures. Then three years ago my wife and I went to Thailand on vacation, and liked it so much that we went back a year later with our two sons. I am now planning to retire in 1-3 years or so, at which point my wife and I would like to move to Thailand for at least a few years. As part of my research into this move, I found thai-blogs.com and have greatly enjoyed the contributions of other writers here.
I do not know how often I will post here, but I will start by telling a little about the language training we received. There were eight Peace Corps Volunteers [PCVs] in my group, and we were taken to Pak Chong [up toward Korat] for our language training. They immediately started us learning to read Thai script, but their real focus was on teaching us to communicate, rather than the niceties of grammar or syntax. In the picture you can see what one of our classrooms looked like. The posters have the Thai alphabet color-coded to help us recognize which letters made which sounds. We were housed in a cluster of bungalows at the edge of town, but ate all of our meals at restaurants in town, and after only four days of training, our instructors took us into town for lunch and then disappeared. If we wanted to eat, we had to figure out how to order it ourselves! And we did. We didn’t always get what we expected, but it was usually good, and we quickly learned to trust the good nature and friendliness of the Thai people.
Learning Thai
Our training also took us out of Bangkok and into a small city on the border between Isaan and the rest of the country. Five of us had just received degrees in engineering, one was a fisheries major, and I don’t remember what the other two had studied, but in addition to our language studies, our instructors took us on numerous field trips to help us become familiar with the vocabulary and situations that we would be working with after our training. And occasionally, we would just “bai tio” and go have some fun!

Is my new GF/BF HIV positive ?

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I hope that the readers take this question seriously, and do not redirect this question towards Bar-girls and Drug users.
With the number of HIV positive people in Thailand so high, and growing, this epidemic is effecting all of us, because each year a larger and larger number of HIV positive people do not know that they have been infected. I am talking about the nice girl or boy next door, or your friend/lover, that was not been fateful.
A blood test is the only way, that i know of, to make sure that a person has not been infected with the Aids virus, and is not HIV positive. So, when i was working in the Medical profession, in the USA, i would normally give blood twice a year, because i knew that if i was HIV positive, they would not use my blood, and notify me that i had tested positive. The cost to have your blood tested in the USA is over $200.00, and this way my blood was being used for a good cause. I did this because in the USA, a patient does not have to tell his doctor or health care professionals that they are HIV positive. And because i was required, on a daily bases, to treat people with open wounds.
That is how i dealt with the problem personally, but my question is, how do you ask your new GF/BF to get a blood test, before you start french kissing them? This may be a blunt way of putting it, but i am sure that you will see the dilemma.