View from the Lobby
In Vang Vieng, the prettiest GRO (they call them "service women") in a ramshackle karaoke for lao people only turned out to be a kathoey. But I didn't know that. She used the word, "ladyboy" which is the only English word she knew. Only the next day after asking a kathoey herself did I learn what it meant. Anyway, in that karaoke bar, the songs were all Thai and Lao songs. Two hours later, they were able to find a karaoke CD of English songs. Only it was the songs of MLTR. Michael Learns to Rock. Osiyett! And I'm the only one among the international people who knew the songs. Because I was expected to be the ambassador of my country, I dutifully sang 20 minutes too late and too soon.