Saduwak Sabay Sabay (Part I)
Coming from a country where one essentially needs a piece of paper to prove that you have a degree, it doesn’t really matter as to what kind of job you are applying for. Most of the employees will require you that piece of paper, and without it there is no way that you’ll be given the chance to work or get accepted on the type of job you are vying for.
It is this same reason that half of the yearly graduates of my country ended jobless or has nothing to apply for. Some of those who graduated in 4 year degree courses either end up a sales lady or sales man, a janitor although few of them may land a job. However, there are those who may be able to make it into government posts and that is because they got someone on the HIGHER-UPS that backed them up.
Although I was indeed reluctant in coming to Thailand knowing that it would be difficult for me to cope with all the challenges that I may face most especially when it comes to the language. Considering that there was nothing really there for me in my own country, I finally decided to succumb to the wishes of my wife. I head out to Thailand, a place where I used to hear strange stories as well as unpleasant ones with some of my teachers, considering that 30 years ago they told us that Thailand is a country full of farmlands.
With that kind of notion that keeps on lingering in mind I head on this strange land, hoping to make a brand new start in this strange yet well developed land. It is here that I finally proven that all those stories weren’t true and realize how idiotic as well as baseless notions that my mentors used to tell us about this country.
It is here that I felt how it is to be calm and how it is to be respectful and considerate. It is here that I finally felt how it is to be respected and not be discriminated. It is indeed strange for me to feel and know that for several times I’ve been discriminated in my country with my kind of people. But here I felt how it is to be respected and be accepted no matter who I am.
Although some may not be fortunate as my family is, we haven’t felt that we were discriminated one way or another. We gained so many Thai friends, friends who were always there and keep on looking after us in every possible way that they can. As to when will their kindness extend? That I do not know.
It is here that I came to witness what is the real essence of free enterprise, of living equally towards one another. Yes, it’s true some of them may complain that they have or are being discriminated. But you will indeed wonder if such perception really exists.
I have witnessed how men in uniform usually chase away those side walk vendors like dogs who are just trying to earn an honest living beside a grocery or a mall.
I find it quite very opposite here; you cannot literally see the signage of any popular 24 hour convenient store because right in front of the store is vendors selling all kinds of merchandises.