Tee is an interesting mix of east meets west. He grew up in the jungles of northern Thailand in an isolated farming village with no electricity or running water and moved to Chiang Mai, one of the largest cities in Thailand, about 8 years ago where he has worked almost every job under the sun. He learned English from British backpackers so his English is more “proper” than mine; he is great at the accent game and knows phrases in numerous languages, which always impresses the French. He also is a world news junkie and constantly stumps me with questions about American landmarks and geography. With his quick jokes, huge tattoo, and pierced ear, sometimes I forget his roots and then he will say or do something that reminds me I married a jungle boy.
Here is a little insight into the mind, body, and soul of the man I married.
One day as we were exploring one of 4,000 Islands in Laos and Tee looked off the side of a bridge to the river below and a bright fishing boat caught his eye. We clamored down the bank and upon spotting a fishing net Tee jokingly said he was going to catch some fish for lunch. On his first pass he netted this little guy and I have no doubt that if we’d stayed just a little bit longer he’d have caught enough for lunch.