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Chapter 15 The Point of View

posted May 23, 2017, 10:40 AM by Ratinan Lee   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 10:36 AM ]

- CHAPTER FIFTEEN -

The Point of View

—Mík Jansìrì—

"Phī̂... what are you doing here?!"

I asked P'Kevin[1] who was now half-naked in the Social-Science Department Office. There was no one else in the room.

He smiled and put his white shirt and a sewing kit on Khrū Thátsàwan's desk.

"I see."

I dropped my worksheet in a submission tray and walked away... But decided to return.

"Phī̂! I have a question."

"Eh...? What's it?"

"I wanna know about... finance... Err... Do you think that a 25-baht chicken rice is expensive?"

"If your base salary is only 10,000 baht a month and from here, you cannot pay only 30 baht to get to Siam Center within 40 minutes, then it's expensive." He said. So strange... His answer was the same as the guy I met earlier at the chicken rice stall. "You have to find the ratio between your spendings and your income. If you get a smaller portion of monthly leftovers, then it is more expensive. You'll have fewer savings."

"Ok... Phī̂... I have never known this."

"Because you have never exposed to the outside world. You thought everything in Thailand is good enough, but in fact, it's not. It's terrible. That's why I search for my mom every day and try my best to get to her so I can get a better standard of living. Well, bro, I hope you understand that earning enough money for living here in Thailand is very difficult, so you have to think a lot before purchasing anything for your girlfriend, I mean when you have a new one."

"Enough, Látdāwan. What you did was very terrible. Introducing the activity and trying to force everyone to follow you... This is bad. And I won't punish Kevin or Thánát. I'd punish your favorite Jìrāyú this time!"

It was Khrū Thátsàwan's voice. And they were approaching us.

"You can't punish Jìrāyú! He did everything to maintain order," said Látdāwan. "It was your Kàwin who did it very terribly!"

I heard Khrū Thátsàwan sighed. "Then how could Thánát agree with Kevin? He is the best student we have today. He is the cleverest, and he agreed with Kevin."

"Because Kevin already brainwashed him. We have to heal him!"

"Not correct. Kevin was just protecting his rights, Thánát also did the same thing. It was Sàk and you who caused the trouble."

"And why are you guys in the teacher's office?!?!?!"

"I told Kevin to come here to sew his shirt," said Khrū Thátsàwan. "Seemed like his sewing skill is pretty bad so it took a very long time. But it's normal. If it was fast, then people would think that he is a girl."

It was so sarcastic! Sewing... that's P'Jìrāyú's skill. P'Jìrāyú, despite his tall and strong body, liked to do so many girls' stuff, including sewing, phān making, and kràthong making. I heard that he was busy with phān making meetings recently because it was only a few weeks before the Teacher's Day ceremony.

"Well, it's done now, Khrū Ûi." P'Kevin said.

"Then you wear your shirt and go back to class," said Khrū Thátsàwan. "You too, Pháttháráwít."

Good. Since we were not welcomed in the office, then we left.

"P'Kevin, so the reason that you said that chicken rice is expensive, is that the earning is not enough to cover it, right?"

He smiled again. "If you learn how to invest, they would say you spend how many percents on this, you spend this percentage on investment, and you keep this percentage in your bank account for your emergency. If you sum the amount that you need just for your own basic living needs, you will see that it's much more than the percentage you can spend in a month."

He was so clever!

"Thank you very much, phī̂. I'm so glad I could talk to you today," said I. And then I ran back to the classroom.

...

 

 

Kev to Mík: Because you have never exposed to the outside world. You thought everything in Thailand is good enough, but in fact, it's not. ... I hope you understand that earning enough money for living here in Thailand is very difficult, so you have to think a lot before purchasing anything for your girlfriend.

 

 

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[1] The word phī̂ (พี่) is added before the name when you are calling someone who is older than you in Thai. And when it is abbreviated, we use P', e.g. P'Kevin, P'Kɔ́p. The word nɔ̄́ng (น้อง) is for those who are younger. N' is used instead of P', e.g. N'Mík, N'Thī.

A/N You may observe that some teachers are called with the title khrū, while some may not. Normally students rarely add khrū as a title if they do not admire them.

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