Having a nickname has been part of Thai culture for decades. We have everything from a prime minister whose nickname is "Poo" meaning "crab", to a beautiful and famous television star known as "Pancake". My parents' nickname for me is Jeep, as in the tough-running American vehicle.
I love telling people how I got the nickname, as it is one of my ice-breaking tools when introducing myself to people (now you know my secret!). And to charm you readers, here is the story.
My parents were both civil servants, working for an irrigation office in Nakhon Si Thammarat. My father couldn't drive. He tried, but disliked it. On the day my mother gave birth to me, 30 years ago, my father had to ask our neighbour to drive my mum to hospital. Thanks to that jeep, we made it to hospital safely and in time. And that's how I got my nickname. Now you can all feel free to say "Awww".