3 simple words - uttered by a Thai ladyboy probably sums up the character of the visiting ladyboys to Singapore. I was chatting with a ladyboy friend one evening and she was sharing some of her experiences. She was recounting how one customer gave her a large sum of money in return for a much longer than usual "long time".*
She described how this customer asked for her services on another occasion but said he could only pay much less this time around, perhaps thinking there was a chemistry and fondness so this ladyboy would agree for much less than normal. So, in her own simple way, she explained to me "Love cannot eat" and translated as "Love is no point, where's the money to eat?"
I suppose it's a very stark reminder to us as customers that the ladyboy's primary purpose in coming here, or to any more developed country, is that they need to earn a living. Now, to be fair, they're in a bit of a dilemma - if they give the impression that they don't like us by way of a sub standard service, we won't take them again or worse, we may resort to writing in some forum of our bad experience which could spell lean times for the ladyboy.
On the other hand, if they go too strong in the hope of repeat business, the customer gets the impression that they're in love with them!
So, it's a tricky thing! They've got to balance it out.
But, if the ladyboy is the one to say the more famous 3 simple words, I love you, to the customer, then it's only natural that the customer gets the wrong impression and they've got themselves to blame!
So, there you go folks - another episode of our favourite people - forever intriguing !
*Long time is usually an overnight stay and would cost between S$300 to sometimes S$500. See the converter on your right for your currency.