Bangkok from Dusk to Dawn…

Posted this amazing piece of Video over on the Facebooks, but I like it so much I thought I’d post it here as well. I think Florian Böhm, the creator the video, is an expat here in Bangkok as well.  Have a look for now, and Tom has a podcast brewing in the kettle…..will be recording later today babies! 😉

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TIT Podcast 64: Behind the Thai Smiles…


  • Welcome to episode 64
  • Told you I’d do better
  • A few relaxing days in Issarn  (N.E. Thailand)
  • Never try to out drink your father in law
  • Tom’s beer of choice in Thailand
  • Not a fan of bitter beer
  • A 500 vs. 50 baht meal…
  • Guess which one was is better??
  • Flying around Thailand on a budget
  • Things to be aware of…
  • Tom LOVES questions from listeners
  • Shout out to Paul J
  • American vs. Thai culture
  • Drawing from experience
  • The 2 things you need to know
  • Saving face and Kreng Jai
  • These to aspects of culture affect everything
  • Every day life and saving face
  • Nothing is more important to Thais
  • Saving face will drive you insane….trust me!
  • The downfall of most expats…
  • Arrogance on steroids
  • Never saying sorry
  • Kreng Jai = being super considerate to others
  • Going out of your way not to make someone lose face
  • Inconveniencing yourself
  • not saying anything and smiling
  • smiling isn’t always happy
  • LEARN to read the smiles
  • Deference to elders = not questioning them
  • “Pee” older and “Nong” younger
  • Age defines social relationships
  • Younger NEVER questions older
  • Referring to yourself in the 3rd person
  • Tom’s 1st experience with culture differences
  • It will drive you crazy if you let it
  • Learning to let things go…take it easy
  • Listener lurve on the facebooks!
  • Thanks for hanging in there
  • Closing out with an Issarn special
  • One of my favorite Thai songs
  • Look Tung or Thai country music
  • The song is about a Thai country girl
  • Doesn’t like her name….It’s country sounding!
  • Have a great week babies!

Music on today’s show:
Khun-Lum-Yai – Looknok Supaporn

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TIT Podcast 63: Moving On Up!!!

(sorry for the poor sound quality….it’s been to long i guess)

  • Welcome to episode 63
  • Looooong over do for a new TIT cast
  • Rebooting my life
  • Difficult to know where to start it’s been so long…
  • The joys of moving
  • To buy or not to buy??
  • It’s been a long 2 years
  • Reflecting on rural Thai life
  • And I thought we were laid back in the American South
  • Bangkok vs. Thailand….2 completely different worlds
  • Thailand elects 1st female Prime Minister….
  • Want to be PM?  Just start riots and burn down a few buildings
  • Going home and then GOING HOME
  • Long plane rides aren’t Tom’s favorite thing
  • Trading the Big Mango for the Big Apple
  • NYC  never fails to disappoint
  • Thai consulate and Visa matters
  • What to do in NY…..Ya gotta see a Broadway show!
  • Wicked….just wow!
  • Onwards to Bama and the kin folk
  • Babies and fireworks
  • Summer Time in Alabama=Thailand hot
  • Back to Bangkok for good
  • The Big city inspires TIT
  • Off to spend Thai Mother’s Day in Udon Thani with the in-laws
  • Really want to get the podcast going regularly again
  • Check me out on the Facebook!!!
  • Lurve to my listeners!
  • Big thanks to Ernest for a lovely dinner 🙂
  • The usual rambling closing remarks

Music on today’s show:

Movin’ On Up –  Ja’net Dubois and Oren Waters for Jefferson’s Intro.
For Good – Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked

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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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TIT Podcast Episode 61: Finally Checking In….

  • Welcome to episode 61
  • Remember me?
  • What Tom has been up too
  • Was my last podcast really in October?
  • Phuket for Christmas with the flu
  • An Issan New Year
  • The comforts of routine
  • Work-home-sleep….repeat
  • To much time on the road
  • A typical week for Tom
  • Job hunting blues
  • Finally some good news
  • Moving back to the big Mango
  • New job equals new visa (kinda)
  • Thai embassies in the US
  • Whole consulate on vacation
  • NYC or L.A.
  • Home for the 4th
  • Babies, babies, and more babies
  • A Pattaya report
  • Having nothing nice to say…
  • Retirement community
  • Adventures on Pattaya public transport
  • Russians….LOTS of Russians
  • Slowly becoming my least favorite folks
  • Helping a friend in need
  • To publish or not?
  • Check me out on the Facebooks!!!
  • Lurve to all my listeners!
  • The usual rambling closing remarks

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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 60: A Hallowed Cast

  • Welcome to episode 60
  • Happy Halloween from the Big Mango
  • Ghosts and Goblins…Thai style!
  • Where the Heck have you been?
  • Just not feeling it…
  • Hard to get back in the saddle again
  • Saying something nice vs. not saying at all
  • Haven’t been in a good place for a while
  • Spent several days in the N.E. of Thailand
  • Chillin in Issan
  • Issan holiday
  • Naga Fireball festival
  • Unsolved mystery like Loch Ness
  • Good eats in Issan
  • Preparing to Job hunt again…
  • Needed a recharge in the worst possible way
  • How to snap out of it?
  • The future of the T.I.T. podcast
  • Tom isn’t the only Thailand Podcast anymore
  • Go give the boys at Bangkokpodcast.com a listen!
  • Excellent weekly podcast on all things Thai
  • Worst flooding in decades….Global warming?
  • Cool season should arrive next week!
  • Tom’s favorite few weeks of the year
  • Upcoming election week in the US
  • What a bag of crazies, huh?
  • Bigotry and hate just all out in the open now….
  • Tell us what you really think, ok?
  • Demonizing intelligence can’t be a good trend
  • Dangerous roads ahead if these nuts get in office
  • Fear seems to be a good motivator for the right….
  • The difference between the ‘left’ and ‘right”
  • Why can’t people see the strength in diversity?
  • There’s a dragon quietly biding time…
  • Check me on the Facebooks!!!
  • Lurve to all my listeners!
  • The usual rambling closing remarks

Music on today’s show:

The Headless Horseman – Bing Crosby
Sweet Transvestite – The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack

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