20 Random TominThailand Facts…

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Hey folks! So, I’ve been saying for a while now that I was going to try to get back into the habit of writing regularly.  It is simply much easier than sitting down for a few hours and putting together a podcast.  I freely admit to being extremely….and I mean extremely rusty at writing off the top of my head, so until now, I just haven’t known where to start.

Therefore, my goal is to sit down at least once a week and write something random, yet hopefully interesting, down about myself and my life in Thailand. Therefore, without further ado….here are “20 Random Facts About TominThailand!”

1. I hate onions…always have and always will. I dislike the smell, texture and above all else the foul evil and vile taste of them!

2. I focus on a task much easier if i’m doing more than one thing at a time. I think this might be because I get bored very easily, so if i focus on one task at a time then my mind tends to drift away. So, if i’m engaged in an activitiy like writing this blog post for example, then I’ll most likely be doing 2-3 different things at the same time as well to keep my mind occupied.

3. I’m an extremely self-conscious sensitive person and generally get my feelings hurt much to easily. However, I’m very good at being able to project a false sense of always being very confident and self assured so people don’t usually detect this weakness of character unless they know me well.

4. I love cats…ok, maybe not as much as the infamous Youtube girl but still….and I think dogs are ok but generally very dirty and gullible animals.

5. I hate talking on the phone, and will make the effort to avoid it at all costs by sending emails and text messages to communicate with everyone i know.

6. I listen much better than i speak…

7. I dislike hot weather/climates and I hate to sweat, so thusly i usually end up taking about 3 showers a day…..now you may carefully consider the irony that i’m living in a tropical country where it feels like summer all year long!

8. I’m very lazy person by nature, and will often find the most efficient way to complete a task in order to finish it quickly to allow myself more free time to do nothing productive at all.

9. I find loud noises extremely annoying and will avoid being in close proximity to loud people if i can possibly help it…BUT prefer life in the big city despite the constant buzz.

10. I detest and have absolutely no patience for rude behavior and bad manners…There is really no excuse for poor social etiquette  as good manners don’t cost anything at all…this may have something to do with my upbringing in a “proper” southern home in the deep South of the United States.

11. I am quite sensitive to smells and have a very low tolerance for the ones my mind considers bad ones. Especially!! people with body odor problems…for example, cause me to become nauseaous.

12. I often wander off to the movies alone, and enjoy it immensely…perhaps it’s because I get the whole tub of popcorn to myself.

13. I don’t eat Thai food as often as people probably think…ok, probably once a day, but after having lived in Southeast Asia for a decade now, I find food items like “Pop tarts” or homemade chocolate chip cookies exotic and only eat them as an occasional treat.

14. My brother and I both are left handed and share the same taste in TV shows.

15. I have never thought of myself as an intelligent person, but I find intelligence to be an extremely attractive characteristic in other people…One might say i’m even drawn to them.

16. I have abnormally large personal space issues and get very uncomfortable if people are to close to me.

17. I wear often wear my Ipod earphones in public (planes, buses, trains) when it isn’t turned on to avoid having to talk to people…and also to cut the noise. (see number 9 above)

18. I HATE, ABHOR, AND DETEST waking up early with a red hot passion, and would sleep in till 9AM every day if I could get away with it.

19. I avoid going to horror movies because I’m a big kid inside, and will generally have to sleep with the lights on for days after attempting the latest shock, thriller, or latest Japanese ghost movie.

20. Last but certainly not least, there are few things in life I take very seriously and think most issues people have with infractions against their morality are mostly subjective to experience weighted against personal belief.

TIT 68: The Necessity of Reinvention…

  • Welcome to Episode 68
  • Room to breathe during Mid-term Break
  • Holiday time in Issan
  • I know…Been a few months
  • Where does the time go?
  • The blur of the holidays
  • Finding spare time
  • A typical day for Tom
  • Work in Bangkok is very demanding
  • The little school that could
  • Did I mention I went to Hawaii?
  • Lives up to hype!
  • Transported back in time
  • Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, and a Luau
  • Snorkeling with the turtles
  • Unpleasant LONG flights
  • Never have good luck on airplanes
  • New Year in Issan
  • Did I mention work is demanding?
  • Duties above and beyond teaching…
  • Let’s do this….and let’s do this…and…
  • Never good enough
  • Contracts…it’s all about the contracts
  • Opportunity vs. stability
  • haven’t seen friends since before Christmas
  • RIP to Whitney Houston
  • What her music meant to Tom
  • Her passing was difficult
  • Got to see her in concert
  • Life goes on….
  • The future of the TIT podcast
  • Wanna do something with the site
  • Taking it to the next level?
  • make podcasting more sustainable?
  • Need to streamline the process
  • Where to go next?
  • Closing remarks and lurve

Music on today’s show:

How Are You (Welcome to Thailand)Pamela Bowden

Step By StepWhitney Houston

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TIT Podcast 62: Pattaya….A Second Look…

  • Welcome to episode 62
  • The usual hellos
  • Hello LM and thanks for the comment
  • A niece and a nephew in the same week
  • Tom’s not usually fond of babies but…
  • On spring break…yes again!
  • Teacher perks vs. cons
  • Relieved I’m a Teacher abroad
  • GOP going after teachers state by state
  • Surely there are better ways to cut spending??
  • Back in Issan yet again
  • Friendlier folks upcountry
  • Genuine smiles vs. Bkk Botox
  • Big cartoon eyes = disturbing fashion trend?
  • Amusing people watching in the big city
  • Speaking of people
  • TIT get’s a first “shame, shame, shame”
  • Every southerner needs a Julia Sugarbaker!
  • If I don’t care for something does that equal judgment?
  • Other things Tom doesn’t care for…
  • Tom expands on “yucky”
  • Vocabulary degradation and 5-year-olds!
  • Why I podcast….
  • A second look at Pattaya
  • Huge concentration of excellent restaurants
  • Foreigner friendly environment
  • Easy going and relaxed community
  • Some of the finest “attractions” in Thailand
  • Siracha Tigers, Koh Larn, Khao Keaw Zoo to name a few…
  • Huge community of retired western men
  • Prostitution more open than other parts of Thailand
  • Sweeping generalizations to say Thais don’t judge
  • Why my partner doesn’t visit…
  • Tom’s take on the world’s oldest profession
  • Age and love
  • Just because it’s not for me….
  • Carpe Diem my friends…because why not!
  • Much Love and ramblings to close

Music on today’s show:

Go Eat Worms– Soundtrack of How to Eat Fried Worms

Only Girl (In the World) – Rihanna

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How Long is Temporary?

Helloooooooooooo!  Anyone still out there?  Given up on the Tom in Thailand?  I sincerely hope not, but I wouldn’t blame you considering the months…yes i realize it’s been months…..since you’ve heard even a peep from me.  Several of you guys have made the effort to send along email of concern and support over the past few months and I really want to thank you for thinking of me and for your caring support in my absence.

A lot has happened since i last talked to you guys in October, and I’ve come quite close to going into the Libsyn a few times to delete the account…..but have never been able to bring myself to go through with it just yet.  I’ve still got a voice….and i’ve still got things to say i guess, so I wanted to sit down today and say that the T.I.T. podcast is not gone away just yet.  The absence is just temporary, and I will do my best to explain the long absence when i sit down over the next few days to clear the cobwebs and dust from the studio.  🙂

Again, thanks for all the support and much love as always from Thailand!

T.I.T. Podcast Episode 59: Beware of Pink Bears!

  • Welcome to episode 59
  • Rain, rain and more rain
  • Afternoon rains like clockwork
  • this much rain and still not handle traffic??
  • 2 accidents in a row in the way home in the rain today
  • 2 weeks and counting…..
  • feeling a tad bored now
  • Tom and the comfort of routines
  • A fabulous new place will help
  • Pics posted online already, so go be jealous!
  • Will miss Bangkok when I leave again
  • Safe to finally spill the beans
  • Tom’s LONG ordeal with a former employer
  • Being between a rock and a hard place
  • Where’s the money gone?
  • Didn’t realize power bills were paid 3 times a month
  • The magic cup game with thousands of dollars
  • Tom’s conscious got the best of him
  • Deep depression at the time worsened by the mugging
  • Begging for compensation for services rendered
  • Employee salary vs. new cars, new branches, and overseas tuition
  • Using our good nature against us
  • When does helping you become using me?
  • Strike? And counter threats…
  • The system isn’t set up to help employees
  • Tom needed the Visa to stay
  • A sliver of hope finally presents itself
  • Tom chooses to bow out quietly
  • Darkest days behind me now…..i hope
  • A lovely email from my listener Rod down on the Gold Coast
  • Podcasts and music
  • Comment from Jens….Hey Jens!
  • Check me on the Facebooks!!!
  • Lurve to all my listeners!
  • The usual rambling closing remarks

today’s TIT musical selection:

“That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain”

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T.I.T. Podcast Episode 57: No Cake This Year Please!

  • Welcome to episode 57
  • Yet another podcast from ‘Issarn’
  • The 9 hour journey to the NorthEast of Thailand
  • Avoiding the rain during Monsoon season
  • Being beyond tired just from sitting for hours
  • A post birthday show
  • Thanks sooooo much for all the well wishes!
  • Facebook is amazing
  • What did Tom do for his birthday?
  • Summer break as a gift this year
  • A 5-star cinema experience for Prince of Persia
  • A Bangkok must do!
  • Birthday dinner ‘faux pas’
  • Joined the gym….again!
  • Tom has just lost it….or at least that is how I feel!
  • a long struggle with the weight issues
  • on a lighter note….Pride month in the US
  • Pride in Thailand is in October
  • Tom and gay pride
  • Tom’s own coming out story
  • Coming out to my folks from abroad
  • Not an easy road, but better for it today
  • The World cup frenzy in Thailand
  • Tom doesn’t care for most sports
  • Soccer vs. football
  • World cup dispute prompts axe murder
  • The myth of the gentle Thai
  • Sudden intense outbursts of anger
  • Lack of self control and rules of war
  • Thai rules is about 20 vs. 1
  • If in doubt….always walk away!
  • Interesting discussion on the way to Issarn
  • Feeling more alien the longer I’m here
  • More intense outside of Bangkok
  • Integration not possible in Thailand
  • Why not move home??
  • Life would be easier if I were British or Australian
  • Life in purgatory
  • Making lemonade when life gives you limes!
  • Go check out Tigger’s new vidcasts
  • Check out Cocktails and Creampuffs!
  • Lurve to my listeners!
  • The usual rambling closing remarks

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T.I.T Episode 9: Rank & Status

Welcome to Episode 9!  I’m going to have to apologize first because I didn’t prepare any show notes at all for this episode.  I thought I would do things a little different and attempt to ad lib this episode, so have a listen and see how it turned out.  Also, was just to plain tired and I mostly just talk about personal stuff like my ordeal with the doctors this week, work, and one cultural difference between Thai and western cultures that  seems odd to the western mind.  At least my mind anyways, so please have a listen and  I will put out another more organized episode this weekend.  Please!!! send me your emails and comments as i really value each and everyone of them i receive.  Also feel free to send along an audio message if you feel so inclinded and I’ll play it on the show.  Much love to you and talk again soon!

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