About Zine

I grew up poor. Like most poor kids I didn’t realize I was poor. It was only after I looked back as an adult that I knew. My family life was happy even though all five of us lived in a room that could be an American closet. I still remember eating eggs every day when I was a child (I’m serious, I ate eggs at almost every meal: fried eggs, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, steamed eggs). I assumed everyone ate that many eggs until years later.

Most people who have a story like this don’t leave high paying jobs … but that’s exactly what I did. I was fortunate to attend university and I majored in business. After university I got a job with a Japanese company and was making more money than anyone in my family ever had.

But I was miserable.

I wanted to go places, see things. I wanted my life to be more than a marketing associate in a faceless company. The money was good, but money alone wasn’t enough.

I decided to take a chance. I quit my job and called a friend who’d been working at a small hotel in Bangkok. I took a job there as a receptionist for about a 50% pay cut.

But I was happy.

Zine at the market

I loved talking with the guests and helping make their trip better. I realized after a few years, this was my real passion, helping others and showing them my country.

In 2013 I moved to Chiang Mai, a province in the north of Thailand, and it was my first time living outside Bangkok. I enrolled in the guide school at Chiang Mai University to get a guide license and learn how to better serve my guests. I hung my shingle as a freelance tour guide the following year.

In 2017 I moved back to Bangkok and enrolled in the cooking class at the Traditional Thai Crafts School for Women at the Grand Palace. I have been interested in cooking for many years and wanted to learn more. I thought it would also help me be a better tour guide since every guest asks about Thai food.

I hope you will get in touch. I want to learn about you and see if I can help plan your trip to Thailand.