Living abroad undoubtedly influences us in certain ways: the way we perceive, feel or express ourselves. When it comes to life as a Thai student in Korea, me and my friends could not help but agree on common points which I think it would be fun to share with you guys. If you are Thai or Southeast Asian, you may find this super relatable.
Ready? Here’s the list!
1. When you say you miss Thai food…
Often times you miss home food. Your friends will tell you to go to Itaewon (or Hongdae – cause you know that one authentic place which offers gigantic Som Tam 😉
But reality is, you don’t simply crave for Pad Thai or Tom Yam Kung.
Same thing can be applied when you say you want to eat BBQ or Shabu…
2. These are things you know it’s so touristy. But admit it, we were there once (or perhaps, still feeling fresh off the boat!)
3. Your typical meet-ups with Thai folks always take place in these following…
For Thai students who reside in Korea, we always have those typical places for meet ups like Korean BBQ (samgyeopsal) restaurants – preferably, buffet! or Korean Chicken places though we know that is only to follow the Chi-maek (치맥) culture (chicken and beer combination) because we don’t really drink Singha with KFC anyway.
Oh, did I forgot to mention that our all-the-time dessert is the “S” place for Bingsu…
4. When you tell people that you study in South Korea, here come different perceptions that they will take…
5. If you have lived in the country over one year, you conversation might sound pretty much like this…
6. Your professor will never ever pronounce your name correctly (in fact, nobody does)
One of the funniest situations we always confront with is when a non-Thai tries to pronounce our names. Especially that moment when a professor is calling attendance and whole class just stares at you. I know our names look so complex and super long. That’s the reason why we have our nicknames!
PS.Do you know the official name of our capital? Google it! You’ll realize why we only simply call it ‘Bangkok.’
7. Your friends always have a long list of cosmetics for you to buy before going back home.
Korean beauty products are a fever in Thailand especially among female youngsters. It is a common situation if your girl friends will ask you to buy this-and-that products – sometimes you are curious why they are even so much up-to-date more than you!
8. Your fashion sense gets improved.
After touching down Korea, you may become more aware of what you are wearing because the locals are so fashionable, you believe. Even you love wearing your favorite sandals and comfy pants a lot back home, you know you don’t want to appear too down-dressed here.
9. The popular topics you can talk with Korean/foreigner friends are these 3 things: #TomYamKung #PadThai and #Phuket
Every time I begin any conversations with Korean or foreigner friends, the topics are always about Thai cuisine or tourism. The typical menus that they know are Pad Thai, Tom Yam Kung and perhaps Green Curry. They also love traveling to Phuket, Krabi, Koh Chang, Koh Larn and more Kohs (islands) that I haven’t even been to…
10. …and most of the times, the conversations include ‘Nichkhun’ from 2PM
Feel free to leave comments and let me know if you agree on these 10 things that I shared with you. And if there is something missing, please leave comments below. Stay tuned for next blog update!
By Jan Napas Kornvipasruang , ASEAN Correspondent from Thailand