Why do some men ignore their
I am relatively new to Thailand and new to Chiang Mai and I must say I was
quite surprised the other night when I bumped into a relatively new
acquaintance at a pub with his girlfriend. While we were having a great
conversation I was stunned to see him turn his back on his girlfriend to
converse, completely excluding her from the conversation. Yes we were
talking in English but her English seemed quite okay. If she is good enough
to be a girlfriend surely she is good enough to include in the conversation?
Yes this was a western man, and yes I am a western woman, albeit a bit
Surely I am not so fascinating. I felt quite awkward and worked to include
her in the conversation, which she seemed happy to join. Yet his back was
still turned and she was almost physically blocked from joining the
I must say that as a woman, if my partner were to do this to me, I would be
quite annoyed. Whilst I may not show it publicly he would certainly get an
earful later on. I don’t know if she expects to be excluded or if she did
give him an earful later on but really gentlemen, if she is your girlfriend
then treat her like one.
Thank you for this report, it is a phenomenon I have also seen myself and
one I do not really understand. Perhaps if the wife or girlfriend did not
speak English very well it might make some sense, although frankly it would
still be rude. However, when she does speak English then I am really at a
loss as to why this occurs. Perhaps some of our gentlemen readers would care
to clue us in?
I have big feet! OK, in the US where I am from my feet are not so big but
here in Thailand it is often difficult to find comfortable shoes that fit my
feet. Even more difficult here in Chiang Mai. I wonder, do you know of a
shoe maker? I don’t need anything very fancy but some nice dress shoes that
fit my large and wide feet would be great.
I am afraid I do not know of a maker of men’s dress shoes precisely.
However, there is a woman on Nimmanhaemin soi 5 at Palmy Shoes, just at the
end of the Le Marche shopping center/glass box set of shops. She does make
women’s shoes, its true, but she may be able to help you and if she cannot
she may be able to recommend someone for you. Palmy (the owner and designer)
speaks fluent English so make sure you talk to her directly. She studied
design in the United Kingdom and even earned a degree in footwear. She is,
of course, not extremely cheap but her shoes are well made and of good
Well it is that time of the year again and short of going to the seaside for
fresh air (and one I am seriously contemplating) it is time for a new face
mask. I understand those surgical masks that are so popular really do not do
much. Is this true? If so, then what should I do? Is there somewhere to buy
a good quality face mask that will filter the air? Also, I wonder if I
should buy one of those room air filters at Central. Do they work? They seem
pricey but if they work then I would not mind spending the money.
Can anyone give me guidance on this?
I have heard that the surgical masks don’t really help because they don’t
filter out the particulate matter which is the real problem during the haze
and smoke season. I purchased several masks on a recent trip home to the UK
as I wanted to make sure that I got a high quality mask. So, I am not sure
where to purchase one here in Chiang Mai. I would suggest trying a large
chemists shop, perhaps not a Boots but a proper chemist.
As for the whole room filters, I am afraid I have no idea if they work or
not but Emma does have a good friend who swears by them. However, the friend
said to make sure that you buy one with a removable and washable filter
instead of one that you have to replace as finding replacement parts is not
always the easiest thing to do in Thailand. Central in Kad Suan Kaew
certainly has some on their housewares floors I believe. I would say,
especially if you have breathing issues, give one a try, it certainly cannot
hurt and it just might help!
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