I am a daughter of this happy retired pair and I run this blog for them.
My (born) name is Kratai – Suphawadee Bunthot.
Though I have had many different names throughout my life depends on the phase and the environment of my life.
Dukdui is my second nickname that my father called me since I was so little till growing up.
E-joy + Sam-ma-jae are other nicknames my mom called. Sam-ma-jae came first as I was so talkative when I was in my childhood. It was actually not talkative but questionative as I was asking a lot when I was around 5-6-year-old. My top favorite question was ‘why?’ So my mom called me sam-ma-jae around that age.
Then E-joy (joi) came later when I was a little bit growing up, around >10-year-old. My mom called me that because I was skinny (joi means thin, skinny) as I always be.
‘Nu-Tai‘ was my nickname that my teachers called me in pre-school until age of 12.
Then in primary school, I got a name ‘Tai-Fu‘ because we have friends name ‘Kratai‘ more than one in the same class. I got Tai-Fu because of my hair. In my age of 13-15, I had a truly fluffy hair. It was thick, black, and fluffy (foo or fu).
Then again, I entered the secondary school. We have people with the same name in our class. So I was called ‘Tai-Su‘, Su is the first pronunciation of my official name (Suphawadee).
Until 19, I went to the university, now my name is always the same as ‘Kratai‘ or mostly ‘Tai‘.
Now I don’t know what do you want to call me. But I know that Suphawadee is really difficult for European and American friends to pronounce it. When I hear it, it doesn’t sound like me.
So my first German teacher called me ‘Sue‘ (it was Su with a long sound, so I guess I put the e letter at the back of my name to make it sounds the same when he called me. Though my actual name Su pronounce short: like Tsu but without t sound.) I believed ‘Sue’ is the most easiest way for friends, who are latin base speakers to pronounce my name.
Some of them tried to call me with my Nickname Kratai as well. But it did not work. Some said ‘Krata’ or ‘Kra-a-tai’.
Well, I do not think it helps with trying to explain my name with writing. Because of the different of the language. Some English alphabet does not have the same sound as Thai.
Oh…I just think that maybe I should write my nickname as Krathai? Well, that does not sound like me either. lol
Okay, let’s make it easy. As my first teacher called me ‘Sue’. It is proof that it’s easy for everyone in Europe & America.
Back to this blog.
I run this blog for my parents who live in Thailand. They are now happily spending time in the backyard and the field (near the house). I got a lot of pictures from them during the growing season. I just want to record and keep this journey for them (actually for me). As I was living in a different continent. I miss them, I miss my hometown. I want to go back badly.
This is the way to keep me happy. To put them in the journal and I can come back to see it every time.
Moreover, I am happy to share how we live this kind of happy-simple life in the rural area, in my hometown.
Also what I share on this blog reminds us that we don’t need more than this four basic things to be happy; (1) a place to be, (2) foods to maintain our body, (3) clothes to protect us from harsh weather, and (3) medicine/herbs for when we get ill. That’s all.