(Continued from Part 1...)
Eat rice or even sticky rice – and like it! If you’re
reading this and you’re non-Asian, we know that non-Asians may not
prefer to eat or even like rice. However, we Lao people love our rice.
It’s practically a passion and it's generally eaten at every meal. So
get on board and if you can eat sticky rice, even better! More points
to you. And if you don’t like rice, keep it to yourself. The
perception is that if you can’t even handle eating rice, how will you be
able to handle anything else? You won’t be dating for very long...
Eat spicy food – endure it like a son of a bitch! :)
That’s right, Lao people love spicy food and if you can show that you
too can endure that hot spicy deliciousness of whatever is in front of
you, well that will surely count towards your points.
Odd or weird food. Lao cuisine definitely has some interesting
dishes, some of which you may have no interest in. Best advice on this
is to at least try it. Turning your nose up at it isn't going to gain
you any points. Consider this: Perhaps that dish was lovingly made
just for you and considered a delicacy. The host/cook presents it to you, and what do you do? Refuse it and not even try
it. Guess what their reaction would be or how they would feel. Be considerate of that.
In Lao culture, if you’re a guy, it’s expected that you can drink and
hold your alcohol well. And indeed in social gatherings you will
inevitably be offered a drink. Do not refuse, instead accept it and
bottoms up! For a woman in Lao society, it’s preferred that they be
demure (sorry if this sounds like the olden days but it’s true). You
too will be offered drinks and it’s fine if you have some but certainly
don’t drink like you’re one of the guys because you’re not. You’re a
lady of timeless elegance ;). Besides you can save the heavy drinking
for when you’re out with the girls (ladies, you know it’s true!).
Like other Asians, Lao people as well do use chopsticks as food
utensils (and some parents have been known to use them for discipline!
lol 555 :P kidding). Learn how to use them correctly. Just remember
practice makes perfect.
Sitting on the floor.
Yes we have couches, sofas, and chairs but there will be many a time at
Lao social gatherings where a mat is spread out on the floor and
everyone is expected to be seated on the ground or floor. This may be a
test of your legs and back but you can do it. Note: If you're sitting
on the floor in a religious setting, ex. at a temple, remember to keep
your feet pointed away from the monks and the Buddha statues and sit cross
legged or with both legs folded to one side. In Lao
culture it’s considered rude to point your feet at someone or use your
feet in some gesturing manner. You'll impress them with your kind
consideration of this particular cultural facet - one that many
Westerners are not aware of. More points to you.
Activity planning. General
tip here: While planning any activities, you’ll want to take into
consideration the interests and hobbies of your date. They may or may
not want to do anything Lao related per se.
At the end of the day, your Lao date/boyfriend/girlfriend wants the
same things as any other date, and that is for you to be fun,
thoughtful, open and have a sense of humor. All the cultural stuff is
really just icing on the cake to us. Keep in mind that it’s important
to be respectful of your date's culture but you shouldn’t have to worry
yourself over it too much either – just remember to have fun.
Honestly, we’re just happy if you even know where Laos is on a map or if
you know sabaidee. :p
P.S. Do not
expect to go all the way (whether you call it 3rd base or quite simply
to sleep or have sex) with a Lao person on the first date! Remember
conservative? We’re generally not the whore-ish types and we’ll make
you work for it first...555 :) Have fun and be safe out there.
Submitted by: VM. Disclaimer: The opinions and advice here are those
of this contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of