You ask, I Answer!

I have been living in Thailand for two years now! I know, time flies when you are eating amazing Thai food. Yep, always comes back to food with me. But a food post is for another day. My lovely friend, Terri at The Homeschooling Doctor asked me some questions in a recent comment and I really wanted to answer them. I always appreciate when my readers/friends/family ask me questions because life here has become pretty normal to me. I don’t think about the differences between living in Thailand and America too often anymore. So thank you to Terri, and if any of you have questions leave a comment and just ask.

I decided to do this in an interview format… why? Because fun! I love fun!

Terri: What is the society you hang out with?

Why, high society of course!
Why, high society of course! Nah…

I love to mix it up no matter where I go. I mostly hang out with other expats and have just started to make some Thai friends. Though I admit, since I do not speak Thai, my Thai friends have a full grasp of English and often are more western minded.

I have friends that I met because we are moms of kids the same age, friends that I met through our church, and friends that I met by chance. I enjoy all my friends and love being social any chance I get.

I have started to hang out with a more artsy crowd on occasion and it reminds me of living in Northern California.

I just the short answer, after this long answer, is that I don’t have any specific society that I would prefer, just a little of everything I can join into and meet new people.

Terri: What fear do you have of being in a new country, specific to each country?

I never have a fear of being in a new country. As I stay in a place for a little while, I may develop some anxiety about some things, but I attribute this to culture shock.

I'm not afraid...
I’m not afraid…

For example, when we were in Portugal, I had assumed that there would be more English speakers and felt really lost sometimes in trying to communicate. It is more situations like that.

To be fair, I have certain countries that are low on my list to visit, because of safety issues. So the main reason that I haven’t had a fear of being in a new country is because I haven’t made an effort to go to the places I find more daunting with a toddler/pre-schooler.

Terri: How does your child relate to society there?

I often joke that Z will never be able to live back in America because she is so used to be the golden child here. Literally, her golden hair and blue eyes make her stand out and we can’t go anywhere without someone talking to her or noticing her. She loves it most of the time.

This girl is always loving life!
This girl is always loving life!

Z is always making friends despite a person’s religion, color, race, or language. She is outgoing and kind and because of people always speaking to her, she is always wanting to say hi to everyone she meets.

Terri: Does she know any different?

It has been long enough now that Z understands that she is American, or “born in America” as she says, but that her home is in Phuket, Thailand. People will ask her, “Where are you from?” and she’ll answer Thailand. The person will then usually ask, “no, but where are you from?”, to which she will tell them she was born in America.  She doesn’t remember anything about living in the USA , besides our families there.

Z is still very close with her grandparents and Skypes with my parents at least once every couple of weeks. I think that her memories of her many aunts, uncles, and cousins have suffered a bit, which hurts my heart. I do talk about them all the time and show her photos and videos, but alas, with the busyness of life (and my intense hatred of talking on the phone), I have probably let that go for too long… So to all you many aunties and uncles that read this expect some calls from Z and I soon! (You guys had better get Skype or Facetime if you don’t have it already! Fair warning. Ha!)

It is amazing to me how writing a blog post can prompt me to want to change something in my life that was unrelated to the post idea. This last question really convicted me that I need to make more of an effort to keep in touch with Chad and I’s siblings. So, thank you again, Terri! xoxox


Have you ever lived outside your home country? Want to answer the questions above as well? I love to learn more about you!
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  15 comments for “You ask, I Answer!

  1. aviets
    December 4, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    This for this extra glimpse into your life. I love your sense of adventure!
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    • andthreetogo
      December 5, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Are thanks 🙂

  2. mamabyfire
    December 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Two of my cousins (their parents were there too!) lived in Japan when they were about Z’s age. They were both models while there because they looked so different. My younger cousin got used to entering a room and the whole room looking at her. It was a bit of a shock for her when they returned to the US. Haha! She’s in her 30’s now and she still remembers that first time she didn’t turn heads. LOL! Sounds like your Z is pretty well rounded!!
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    • andthreetogo
      December 5, 2015 at 7:49 am

      That is exactly what I think will happen to z! Hahah
      She is well rounded here for sure,
      Now if we were to move back to the USA… I am a little afraid she may turn into a kid that does anything for attention. I don’t see us mount back anytime soon so I’m sure I won’t have to worry about that as she gets older… Oh wait… Puberty… Crap

  3. eva
    December 4, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I have a back log of posts to read but I started with yours because I love living vicariously through you! Especially when it is raining buckets and cold in Northern CA – nice interview!
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    • andthreetogo
      December 5, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Eva! I have been backlogged on the reading as well. It’s tough to make time for it, especially during the holiday season. 🙂
      It’s been raining here off and on, but it’s a welcome respite from the heat.

  4. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    December 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

    High society! Oh, you! I chuckled out loud at that photo! Picturing a rickshaw instead of a carriage… —
    Church? Church? What’s church there like? You go to church there?— The whole post was interesting, but I found the information about Z standing out exceptional. I wouldn’t have thought of that. And then, one of your commentators noted about that too with a family member. So it must be quite a remarkable thing!—On Skype, I’ve noticed that my kids take to it very well with their younger missing cousins/friends in other states. They literally sit there and do crafts together via Skype/Facetime or make movies together or read together, etc. For about an hour. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would talk on the phone (which I now don’t like to do much, like you). I notice they Skype well with younger kids but not so well with grandparents. I wonder if it’s, you know, generational kind of??? It’s their norm but not ours?—Hugs to you. You never need to attribute to me, you know. It makes me bashful.—I just can’t imagine living in another country full time.–Night night, Terri
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    • andthreetogo
      December 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

      We do go to church here! There are actual “proper” churches here of every denomination, but we go to a home church which is more like a bible study. It is facilitated by a missionary couple that have quickly become family here. They are the most giving and genuine people I know. Church is a great time of fellowship with fellow Jesus followers. Great discussions and powerful learning. 🙂
      Z goes in waves with the skyping, sometimes she like to take my phone and FaceTime my parents and just walk around with them chatting (totally reminds me of talking on the phone when I was younger as well), other times she is like a little statue.
      She has never spoken to her cousins at all by phone or video. It made me sad even writing that. I am determined to change that though as it may be a while before we make the trip back to the states for a visit.
      I have to credit you with the awesome questions, otherwise people might think that I actually think of these in depth topics myself…. I cannot make people hold me to that high standard 😉

  5. Patricia
    December 6, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Being one of Z’s aunties that she probably doesnt know I feel your heart pain! So, Paul has facetime btw. I have an android so i dont have video chat (although i could dl something) but we’d love to video chat some weekend! Miss you all!

    • andthreetogo
      December 8, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Let’s try next weekend and if not then on Christmas Eve when everyone is together!

    • andthreetogo
      December 8, 2015 at 7:32 am

      I will text you!

  6. kemkem
    December 8, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    WTF! My comment from two days ago disappeared 🙁 . Loved this post, nice learning just a teeny weeny more about you and life there. Terri always has the best questions! 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      December 9, 2015 at 10:19 am

      She really does doesn’t she?! I notice that I lose comments every so often with my wordpress app… Drives me nuts!

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        December 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm

        I knew my ears were itching…
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        • andthreetogo
          December 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

          🙂

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