An interview with Lam

We have only been away for two months and have been lucky to meet some truly inspiring people already. We would love to share some of them with you. You may remember from our previous blog that we have made a very dear friend called Lam. We took her to a cafe, plied her with green tea lattes and fired questions at her. Here is the interview:



Lam came to Pattaya Orphanage as a new born in 1977 and grew up there under the care of the founder, Father Raymond Brennan. She now works in the Adoption Department of the Orphanage. She also helps Human Help Network Foundation Thailand (HHNFT – the NGO we are volunteeering with) on a voluntary basis. Living at the Orphanage and working at least 6 days a week – it is not hard to see that Lam has dedicated her life to her ‘family’ at the Orphanage and helping others.

Hi Lam, thanks for agreeing to let us interview you today. Can you describe a typical day for you?

No problem! I get up everyday at around 6am and drink cocoa. Work starts at 8am and at lunchtime I usually eat at the Orphanage with the children or pop out with a colleague. My days can vary from spending the whole day in the office to visiting, for example, the Child Protection Development Centre or a day care centre and looking after visitors such as sponsors and prospective adoptive parents. I usually finish work at 5pm. During my free time I love to spend time with friends and the volunteers and watch movies.


What 5 words best describe you?

Happy, smiling, compassionate, friendly and independant.
Who is your role model and why?

I don’t really have a role model, I can only be me. Myself?! I don’t want to be like someone else, I just want to be me.


What about Father Brennan and Khun Toy (Lam’s boss and HHNFT director)?

They like idols to me but I could never be like them, I could never compare myself to them.

That is a very humble thing to say! What is your best childhood memory?

I have only good memories of my childhood at the Orphanage with Father Brennan, so many good memories. I do remember being a given a doll with black, curly hair when I was about 7 years old, I was so happy!

What would you do if you woke up and there was an elephant in the back garden?

I would just shout “Elephant, elephant, elephant!” (laughs)

What do you feel most proud of?

The first time I earnt money. I started working at the Orphanage when I was 22 years old and earning a wage made me feel like I could help my brothers and sisters. (Lam refers to all the other children from the Orphanage as her brothers and sisters.)

What is the hardest thing you have ever done?

Learning English! At school we had lessons but they were not great, the teacher didn’t care so I taught myself at home for 8 years.

That is impressive, your English is so good! If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Mongolia. It is unspoilt and natural. The people live as communities, helping each other – they sound amazing.

If your room was on fire and you could only keep 3 possessions what would they be?

Firstly – photos and also my memory – if I was running away from a fire I might run into a wall and bang my head so I’d like to make sure my memories are safe! Finally – my teddy, I have had him for years. 

If you won the lottery what would you do?

Easy question, I would give all the money to the Orphanage and other causes which need help. Maybe I would keep a little to go to Mongolia, I think plane tickets there are quite cheap.

Do you have a favourite film and why?

(Laughing) Lord of the Rings because of all the sexy guys!


Oh yes – Orlando Bloom! What would be your perfect meal?

Pasta with mushrooms followed by coffee ice cream on the beach with friends. Actually maybe just me, I don’t mind.

And your most memorable meal?

The US army used to visit the Orphanage when I was a kid, they knew Father Brennan. When I was about 7 or 8 years old they put on a barbeque for us. The sausages and burgers were delicious, I love barbeques!


What is your favourite sound or smell?

I love the sound of the sea. My favourite smell is…(thinking face)…I can’t remember the name but it is a small purple flower I discovered when I was in the US with flowers like this (hand actions).



Yes, yes lavender, I love that smell! I tried to bring some back to grow it here but it didn’t work.


We’ll send you some lavender oil when we get back. If you were immortal for a day what would you do?

Nothing different (thinks) actually maybe a skydive or when they jump from the top of a cliff (BASE jump). I have seen it but would be too scared to do it myself!


What did you do growing up which got you into trouble?

(Laughing) I ran away from the Orphanage when I was about 10 years old. We wanted to see kids visiting from Hongkong who were staying at the Father Ray Foundation (NGO next door) so we went and knocked on their door at 4am! Our punishment was to stand still all day in isolation and only allowed to move to have meals and go to the toilet, it was so boring but I never ran away again after that!


I bet! What was the last film that made you cry?

Titanic. Actually I cry during a lot of films – Armageddon, Independence Day…


What makes you nervous?

Scary movies and walking alone on the streets at night. I try and get motorbike taxis whenever I can, I get scared of the dogs.



What experience has made you stronger?

Going to the US for year to be a nanny. It was the first time I had been on an aeroplane and the first time I had been away from the orphanage for so long. I didn’t know anyone and the accent was so hard to understand. I am still a bit scared of flying but I know I have done it before so it’s not so bad. 



Ok Lam, last question – shall we go and have lunch?

Yes please!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lam says:

    I laughed very much I very like it so much ka thanks you both so much


  2. Anette says:

    I loved to read about my dear friend Lam. But I will say: better go to Denmark, and not Mongolia….


  3. Lee says:

    Great Article…Fantastic Cause


  4. liMan says:

    Very good interview


  5. Russ says:

    Great interview…when are you going to start working for The Times?! Hope life is good for you over there. Henley is missing your laughs and James’ bad jokes. Keep well x


  6. Gameum says:

    good interview


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