Hat Yai Girls – English Lessons
When she returned, one of the older cleaners teased Pong and called her
teacher. I hardly recognized her; I was used to seeing her in plain work
clothing and an apron. Now, she was wearing nice clothes, bright red
lipstick and makeup, rings and earrings, a thin necklace and a racy
blouse that exposed the better part of her chest.
Hat Yai, located in south Thailand
As you can imagine, I started wondering if these lessons might turn out to be more fun than I’d expected…
First we worked on her English for about an hour. She was really
eager to learn and took plenty of notes. Then I asked her to help me
with my Thai for 30 minutes or so. Pong had brought a Thai-English
dictionary, and I used it to look up English words for her whenever she
didn't understand what I said.
Throughout the lesson my attention
was drawn to her cleavage, again and again, it was hard not to look. The
revealing blouse did the job. Before wrapping up, I gave her some
homework and we scheduled another lesson.
Once I had closed the
door to my room, I lied down on my bed and went over what had happened.
Pong was clearly after a foreign boyfriend, or phrased differently, she
wanted to improve her English and have a foreign boyfriend. What's more,
I reckoned that her cousin, Mem, had encouraged her to dress up like
Pong was not the feminine type, so the bright red lipstick
and the makeup wasn't her, she looked much better without it. I had
never expected the Hat Yai girls to set me up like that. What a pleasant
We continued to meet in the restaurant, after she had
finished work, about 2-3 times a week. Pong did her homework and her
English improved steadily. After some time she started to dress
causally, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, without the makeup and the rest
As we got to know each other better it got more relaxed. We
had a lot of fun during the lessons. One time she started to laugh out
of the blue at my western facial expression, while I was trying to
remember a Thai word. Sometimes a grimace is all it takes to entertain a
Every time I stayed at the guesthouse, Pong and I
continued with our Thai-English language exchange. The staff had gotten
used to our lessons and had stopped teasing her. The first time I asked
if she cared to join me for dinner, she shone like the sun and smiled. I
took her to a funky jazz bar, where we listened to live music and had
good food. It was a relief to get away from the guesthouse scene, and to
be alone with her.
She smiled a lot, and so did I. Pong was
curious about Europe and the US. She always asked lots of questions and
tried to understand what life was like in the west. I could tell by the
look on her face that she tried to take in all the new information, and
piece together a mental image of what the west was like.
left the jazz bar I handed her a large banknote and told her to buy
some nice clothes. Her reaction reminded me of a little kid who was
We continued with the lessons, even after we became a couple.
in all, if you get the chance to travel down south somewhere a little
off the beaten path, I recommend the Hat Yai girls and the simple way of
life in the city.