• Sain sin resting on a pa kwan tree
    Culture,  Relationship

    Sai Sin of a Traditional Thai Isaan Wedding

    The sai sin ceremony was my favorite part of the traditional Thai Isaan wedding with my wife, Ping Ping. Sai sin is the name of the white strings that have been blessed and then used during the wedding. Thai people also use these strings in other ceremonies such as house blessings and even funerals. During a wedding, the pa kwan (tree used in weddings and other events) holds the strings until it is time for the sai sin ceremony of the wedding.     Thai Buddhists use white strings due to the significance of white being the color of purity. Sai sin forms a circle around the wrists. The symbolism…

  • Petition to Marry your Thai Fiance in the United States with an I-129F
    Relationship

    Petition to Marry your Thai Fiance in the United States with an I-129F

    So you began a relationship with a Thai person, fell in love, and now desire to marry your fiance in the United States. Congratulations! An I-129F is your first step into making it possible to marry a Thai citizen within your country. By filling out this form you are petitioning the U.S. government to allow your fiance to enter the country on a K-1 visa for the purpose of marrying. It can be a time of great excitement, but also stress. USCIS approved my I-129F petition after 5 ½ months. The I-129F petition alone is now averaging a processing time of 5 ½ months to 7 months. The good news…

  • Ton Phaa paa, or money tree
    Culture,  Relationship

    Songkran Festival 2018 – a Small Village in Isaan

    Songkran Festival 2018 was an amazing time. My wife, Ping Ping, and I traveled from Bangkok to her home, a small village in Isaan. So what is Songkran? Songkran is the traditional new year of Thailand, which takes place in the month of April. All Thai people eagerly look forward to this holiday. Important is returning home to spend time with family. Featured heavily is water. This year, the Thai government extended the festival to 5 days, from April 12th to April 16th. The reason being that so people would have more time for travel. Driving from Bangkok to Isaan and back, it is easy to see why the holiday…

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    Forces of the Universe at Play on Our Wedding Day

    Sometimes occurrences can seem a bit more than just pure coincidence. Take for instance our wedding date. It would appear that the forces of the universe were at play on our wedding day. Exploring the symbolism of our special day does make me wonder…did the universe really help bring my wife and me together? Or is it just mere coincidence? An alignment within the chaos that the brain perceives as order. Either way, my wedding was the greatest day of my life and the symbolism just adds to our love story.   Ping Ping and I decided to wed on the date of April 15, 2018. We chose this day…

  • Traditional Thai marriage ceremony
    Relationship

    One Lonely Night on Instagram Changed Everything

    One lonely night on Instagram actually changed my life forever. I have since married my wife…in a foreign country no less. But first, let me rewind. The reason being that our relationship didn’t start instantly on the social media site. While our first encounter was on Instagram, it was very brief. At the time, I was coming to terms about being alone after a long relationship. There I was…34 years old, never married, and without children. Aging, and although 30-somethings aren’t necessarily that old, I did imagine myself already settled down.   Honestly, that failed relationship was difficult on me. I entered a state of depression. It didn’t help that…