Sawasdee khaaaaaa! My name is Ruth.
I started The Facetious Farang when I moved to Bangkok in Summer 2012. “Farang” is the somewhat derogatory term that Thais use to describe foreigners (sample sentence: “Check out how much that stupid farang just paid for that shirt!”). “Facetious” stems from the fact that I a) adore alliteration, and I b) try to view life through a humorous lens. Facetious-ness allows me to navigate culture-shock induced nervous breakdowns, and gives me the opportunity to quietly snicker at my own jokes.
I live waaaay out in the outskirts of Bangkok with my main man, Todd/T-bone. We moved to Bangkok because he got a job as a math teacher at an international school. He really loves numbers and birds, but most of all, he loves being married to a crazy person.
I recently graduated with a master’s degree in Military and Strategic Studies. This degree is awesome for starting conversations with middle-aged military wannabes (“Why yes! Please tell me your favourite conspiracy about who really runs the United States!”), but not so great for getting an actual job. While I wait for a career to fall into my lap, I will be substitute teaching at T-bone’s school, and trying to become a freelance writer. If anyone knows how to to do this, let me know.*
I enjoy a wide variety of hobbies, including slumping’n’scrunching my body into random positions, drinking vast draughts of coffee that stain my braces’ brackets, and wearing Indian clothing whenever possible.
I also enjoy any activities that involve the outdoors and little-to-no hand-eye coordination. Sports that involve moving in a straight line seem to work best for me.
I come from a family of five children of whom I am widely considered the most normal. They all reside in my hometown of Calgary, Canada, that glorious bastion of oil, wheat, ginger beef, and rednecks.
This blog endeavours to give an outsider’s inside view of life in Bangkok, and will cover important topics such as Angry (Thai) Birds, Thailand Ikea’s “Swedish” meatballs, and my apartment’s septic system. I also write about our travels, both inside and outside of Thailand. Sometimes I write serious stuff, which you can find under the Ruminations category.
I hope you enjoy it. In the words of Todd’s favourite Korean t-shirt, “we just want to make sure for your pleasure.”
* Just don’t tell me to check about.com, because I’ve already done that.