I’m a celebrity get me out of here…

22 May

Dickon and Noot

We first noticed it in New Zealand, when he was kipnapped by a group of Chinese tourists and photographed infront of a statue of Captain Cook.  He got quite a lot of attention in Singapore and Malaysia, and in Borneo was heard to say “they treat me like a Prince because I’m so cute”.  We laughed in mortification and worried about his future marriage prospects.

But it’s in Thailand that Dickon’s celebrity status has reached A list.  I don’t know if it’s because he’s got blue eyes and mousy brown hair, which someone actually asked if I’d dyed to make it such a lovely colour.  Or if it’s because he’s the littlest in our family, and therefore cute.  Though at 21 kilos, he’s about twice the size of most Thai four year olds.  Or if it’s because he’s a chatty soul, who happily tells all and sundry about every ice cream he’s eaten in the last six months.  Whatever the reason, we can’t escape his fans.  It’s impossible to walk down the street without someone shouting “What your name?” and rushing to kiss him.  He gets given stuff: chips, bananas, origami birds.  In Chiang Mai, where we stayed for a week, we’d pass restaurants, massage shops and tailors’ to cries of “Dickon, come here, hello, how are you?”

He mostly accepts it with good grace, but the novelty is now wearing thin.  He often refuses to have his photo taken, like a hormonal Justin Beiber.  He says he wishes the ladies, for it’s usually ladies, would leave him alone.  He says that, but I think he’s going to miss the free chips.


6 Responses to “I’m a celebrity get me out of here…”

  1. Jeanne @soultravelers3 22/05/2011 at 11:02 am #

    Cute! So glad you guys are having a fab time!

    I think it might be his light hair..but Thai’s do love all foreign children I think. We have friends there with a half American and half Chinese child who was born there and lived in Thailand her first 11 year and got so much affection and attention always as a foreigner.

    Our daughter just turned 10 and in our 5 years of open ended non-stop world travel, she has always gotten a ton of attention in the 42 countries on 5 continents that we have visited so far, but she DOES get a ton of it when we are in Asia. She is very blond and blue eyed and they loved that as well in Jordan, Bhutan, Morocco, rural Spain etc…wanting to touch it. She’s gotten use to it and it makes it easier to meet local kids too.

    We’ve just arrived back to Europe for our summer explorations, but when she was in her Mandarin Chinese school this winter in Penang, she was treated like a rock star by the other Asian kids ( 1000) and the Thai kids especially go crazy over her ( daily the whole 5 months we were there).

    I think it’s a good thing for kids to experience being different ( both the good and the bad of it) and one of the great things about family world travel.

  2. Mummylimited 22/05/2011 at 3:18 pm #

    LOL and I only say that if I am. Dickon, Prince of Borneo. I love it.

  3. anna 22/05/2011 at 6:18 pm #

    ah yes. Our daughter, aged 2.5, with blonde curly hair, was pratically chased around India & Nepal for photos. Often it was requested that we took her sun hat off, so that her hair was seen.

  4. TheMadHouse 22/05/2011 at 7:28 pm #

    I wonder if it is dark haor and blue eyes. He is georgous though

  5. fourgotospain 24/05/2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Maybe it’s the cheeks = v.similar face shape to my youngest! ‘Helllooo babeeee’ was small blond Sadie’s soundtrack to Asia. She developed a worrying ‘head-bob-flinch’ after a while. Here in Spain it’s ‘Hola guapa!’

  6. Nina Innocentia@changing bag 24/05/2011 at 2:31 pm #

    What an amazing experience to have as a family!
    Its because your little one is cute! My eldest, who nearing 15 is still scarily too goodlooking for his own good, was extremely cute as a small child. I think he ate for free for the first five or six years of his life. Needless to say he is very confident now.

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