• Explore the Wai in Thai Culture
    Buddhism,  Culture,  Travel

    Explore the Wai in Thai Culture

    The wai is an important gesture in Thailand culture. Thai people use the wai to greet one another, to pray, and show respect. The wai may be included with a thank you. It is even performed when apologizing. This aspect of Thailand culture is displayed in all of the aforementioned situations. In addition, the position of the wai relative to the body has different meanings as well.   First, let’s talk about form. Touch hands together at the chest level. You then place the hands and fingers together in symmetry. Elbows should be close to the sides of the body as opposed to out and away in the air. This…

  • Lotus flower in Buddhism & Thai Culture
    Buddhism,  Culture

    Examining the Lotus Flower in Buddhism and Thai Culture

    The lotus flower is a sacred symbol of Buddhism. It is found throughout Thai culture. Found in muddy waters, the lotus rises above to show off it’s beauty. This feat is symbolic in Buddhism as it represents enlightenment. The lovely look of the flower is symbolic of purity. Throughout Thai literature and art it reflects feminine beauty. Known as ‘bua’ in the Thai language, the lotus is one the most important images in both Buddhism and Thai culture. Lotus is symbolic of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. For more on this subject, read Quick Introduction to Thai Buddhism. The murky waters the flower grows in represents suffering. Suffering is the…

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    10 Thai Foods That I Love Eating

    Would life even be worth living without Thai food? I really don’t know. Thai food is delicious. I usually eat something Thai at least 5 days out of the week. With this in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to list the top 10 favorite Thai foods that I love eating.   1- Whole Fish with Naam Chim Thale The Thai know how to do fish correctly. They cook the entire thing. Fish in this style is either grilled or steamed. Naam Chim Thale is probably my most favorite sauce ever. It goes with the fish perfectly. They make this green sauce using garlic, fish sauce, lime…

  • Relationship

    Learning Thai, or Muttering Some Words from a Book

    The next step in my relationship was learning Thai. I knew it would be important to speak my girlfriend’s language. In fact, if you ask me today the number one reason why American/Thai relationships fail, it’s because the American doesn’t bother learning Thai. Yeah, there’s the whole age difference thing which is the real number one reason American/Thai couples fail. But 60 year old men coming to Thailand and picking up 20 year old girls that work in bars should already know it’s not going to work out. Let’s keep it real. However, Ping and me are the same age, and are actually serious with one another. Like any serious…