My Taiwanese Husband & His Most Amazing Moment in Vegas!!

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Beginning Thoughts

First of all, let me get this out in the open! I only have one husband and he is from Taiwan. When I re-read the title, it kind of sounded like I have husbands from several countries, but no, I don’t! Just one!! And an amazing one at that!! (Oh, how sweet! – Are you blushing now, C. Xiansheng?)

That is, except for this one little moment that seems to be repeated and relived far too many times!! That one particular incident that seems to pop up in conversation way too often!!

And it happened in Vegas!

No, unfortunately, my husband didn’t strike it rich playing the slots! No, he didn’t strike gold playing black jack! And no, we were not married there (because that would have been an awesome moment for me, too!)

No, this moment was awesome for him but not so amazing for me!

So without further ado, this is how it all went down!

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The Vegas ID Incident

While dining in Las Vegas a couple of years ago, my 30-something year old husband (who, might I add, is two years older than me) heard the most magical words from a waitress when he tried to order a beer.

‘May I see your ID, please?’

Smiling from ear to ear, his dimples as defined as ever, like a kid in a candy store, he turned to me and asked me for his passport which I was holding for safe keeping in my bag.

He passed her his passport and she began to examine it. She looked at his passport photo, she looked at him, and then back at the photo. She continued by checking the edges, clearly thinking that it must have been a fake one.

Then, she said ‘Oh my God! You are in your 30’s!!’

Talk about inflating someone’s ego with one sentence!

Trying to salvage some dignity, even just a little, I casually asked the following question.

‘Would you like to see mine as well?’

And to add more salt to the wound, to drive the dagger further into my heart, she made the following reply:.

‘No, that’s fine! You’re OK.’

Oh, the humiliation! The embarrassment!

And from that day to this day, this story has been shared, relived, and told by my husband to so many people that I would probably need a calculator to add up all the times (OK – I know! A little bit of an exaggeration!?)

But, I mean, whatever happen to the saying ‘What Happens in Vegas STAYS IN VEGAS?’

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Easing My Pain

However, in my defense, the thing that eases my pain and makes me sleep better at night is I feel most Westerners can’t really tell or predict how old Asians are. Also, from my experience, it appears that most Westerners think Asians are younger than they actually are.

And, in all honesty, I don’t really mind! He can have his moment to shine!! And I am sure, I will have mine!!

How about all of you who have/had an Asian spouse/significant other? Did anything like this ever happen to you? Or anyone with any experiences like this for that matter? Please share your stories and thoughts in the comment box below!

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68 thoughts on “My Taiwanese Husband & His Most Amazing Moment in Vegas!!

  1. those damn baby-faces! I have the same problem with Sing – I’m 5 years younger but people often think we are in the same age or I’m even older! What the hell?!
    but my greatest moment in Vegas was winning 19 usd and taking Sing to watch World War Z haha πŸ™‚

    1. I am glad that I am not the only one who has this problem – it makes me sleep better at night!! haha Congrats on winning some money in Vegas – I won absolutely nothing. But then again, I was more interested in seeing the shows and checking out the sights!

      Happy Monday!! Hope your week is off to a fantastic start!!

  2. My husband is two years older too, though not Asian, but I don’t think he looks that much older than me. Though I do get asked for my id more often. I tell him they just don’t bother to ask for his once they see my age b/c no way he’s under 21 given my age:)

  3. I am the oldest between me and Dale and since a while ago I still got asked my ID, especially in the UK when I was buying a bottle of wine from a supermarket for instance, not anymore now, I guess I do look my age if not older 😦

  4. It is true that Asians look younger! No one asked my boyfriend for his ID when we were in Spain but I always tell him he looks like 20 (he’s 31). Well he’s starting to show some crow feet around the eyes but his body could totally be a teenager’s… so skinny and hairless hahaha.

    Lately I’ve had some Chinese people I just met asking me if I was a student. I like to think it’s because I look younger haha. But maybe it’s just because the way I dress, I haven’t learned yet how to dress like an adult woman!

    1. If I would you, I would take looking like a student as a compliment. I have never been called a student in Taiwan but I have been asked if I was a missionary (I have absolutely no idea why) and a reporter (it was during a presidential election here so I guess it kind of makes sense).

  5. Though I haven’t had the same happen to either Franca or myself, your noting of just how deceivingly young Asian people tend to be is incredibly accurate and actually made for a talking point with so many of the people we met with whilst in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – especially for the women. They tend to still look like teenagers well into their mid-thirties. Simply amazing.

  6. I was just thinking what ever happened to “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas?” While I haven’t had that experience when my Australian boyfriend first came to America to visit me he had been off the plane for an hour and was asked for his ID when ordering a drink. He didn’t fully understand the waitresses accent and certainly had no idea why he was being asked for ID.

    1. I know, right? I guess the saying doesn’t apply to people being asked for ID. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for shopping by and sharing your boyfriend’s experience. I bet it is not what you expect to be asked, especially after a long day of traveling.

  7. This is a hilarious story! Your husband was a great sport, not getting offended at all. The craziest things happen in Vegas, don’t they? I hope the two of you tipped the waitress at the end of the meal πŸ˜€ I’m always asked for ID wherever I go. The times I’ve been to a casino with a friend who looks considerably older than me, I always get ID-ed and she doesn’t.

    Even after some years of working, late nights writing and my face looking older as a result, many Westerners in Australia think I’m a high school kid. Even Asians seem to think so. I even get stopped by young Asian (international) students on the streets, Asian students on the streets who try to convince me to go to their church. I always decline. Don’t usually mind these mistaken-for-being-young encounters. I’m sure one day I’ll get a good story out of it πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, Vegas is a pretty crazy place. We have a lot of great memories from Vegas. It is definitely a place where people go to have fun and splurge!

      There is nothing wrong with looking younger as I am sure most people take it as a compliment (my husband included)!! Maybe you can do a collection of stories of the times you were thought to be younger – it would make for a great post!! πŸ™‚

  8. even my boyfriend’s taiwanese friends once told me that in our pictures he looked like my younger brother…I can’t imagine what people will think when we will be older

  9. We live in the US. My husband, who happens to be Chinese, just started his job and a coworker he’s just met thought he was a good five years younger than he is. In a nice twist, when we first courted one another back in Xi’an, the second or third time we hung out, my husband thought I was in my early 30s!

  10. That’s a very sweet story, Constance. I have been asked for my ID a few times especially when I was in my twenties. I was also thrilled when they didn’t want to give me a pensioners’ discount at the cinema, and again at the Bird Park. πŸ™‚

  11. Those evil young faced Asians! My uncle thought a day before my wedding that mother-in-law is my wife….alright, he didnt look carefully at her but still!
    Some people even thought that MIL is the older sister of my wife (not making my wife very happy then)

  12. Oh how funny! I’ve had it happen in reverse, my Canadian husband was thought to be my Dad, and my husband was one year younger than me. WOW! That was a feather in my cap… well, it probably wouldn’t have happened had I not been dying my hair. πŸ˜‰ Great story!

  13. This story cracks me up! Can’t blame him for telling this story whenever he gets the chance hehe. I’m surprised they actually carded him, though, just for the fact there are so many Asians who visit Vegas.

    A few years back, due to knowing a local Chinese business owner in Vegas, my husband and his father were ushered into a secret gambling room of a hotel where only Asians are allowed. They also served authentic Chinese food. This was at a prominent hotel like Bellagio. Don’t think my husband was carded at the time even though he was maybe only 18, but then again, he was with older Chinese men.

    I do have a story of my own concerning casinos. Before meeting my husband, I met this Taiwanese guy about 5 years ago. We ended up at the Casino in his city one day because he wanted to show me around. They asked me for my ID but not for his! You would think it would have been the other way around! I’m thinking it’s because they knew him but I’ll stick to the idea they thought I looked young. πŸ˜‰

    1. Yes, I can understand why my husband is so proud of the fact of looking young – we all want to hold onto our youth!!

      Wow! You have had some great experiences in Vegas (which make for some awesome stories as well!) A lot of Asians go to Vegas so I am not surprised they are specifically catered to (it must have been an awesome experience to go into a secret gambling room.) And when you said the guy wanted to show you around ‘his city,’ was this in Taiwan?

      1. A secret gambling room does sound like a scene right out of a movie!

        “His city” was actually a city here in Canada which was located a couple hours from where I lived. He had moved to Canada from Taiwan about 9 years before we met.

  14. Ah yes, that can be a tricky one. We haven’t spent much time abroad, but my husband (<-yup still feels a little weird to type that!) comes home from work, maybe 1-2 times a week, describing how yet another coworker/client thought he was in his mid-twenties. He's most solidly in his thirties. XD I'm very grateful that I'm not with him in these situations because I fear the same treatment (or worse, that they make a big deal out of it) even though I'm a few years younger.
    So what I'd really like to say, is that Asians are not necessarily good at guessing other Asians' ages either. (<-This is to help ease *my* future pain.)

    On the plus side, I'm often assumed to be younger than I am, so I guess I'm cool with that. πŸ˜‰

    Hopefully you'll have a chance at revenge at some point! πŸ˜‰

    1. I think you are absolutely right – it is easier to hear about it than actually be there when it happens. I know that Asians are not very good at guessing other Asians age either – my husband sometimes has to tell his business associates his age to be taken seriously (I guess a young face means inexperienced).

      1. That’s trueγƒΌyoung face and lack of gray hair! A uni professor of mine from Australia was treated as the senior member of a group in Japan even though he was in his 30s at the time and the other gentlemen were in their 40s-50s. The only difference was he was graying early…^^;

  15. LOL! Funny and fun story. I’m usually told that I don’t look my age. People are always surprised. But no one as actually gone out of their way to check and get official i.d. Yet. πŸ™‚ Have a good new week!

  16. I’m in my 30s but still get asked for ID all the time, especially in supermarkets when buying alcohol, which ironically I don’t even drink so I’m usually buying it as gifts or for cooking etc! I used to find it really annoying but I’ve decided these days to try and take it as a compliment instead πŸ˜€

  17. Bellagio!! A beautiful hotel, hope you stayed there. The term ‘what happens in Vegas stays in vegas’ isn’t true really, and locals don’t like the saying. Some of us anyway. Enjoying cruising your site. πŸ™‚

  18. It’s fun to have a humorous story to repeat over and over. Although I’ve noticed with my family that some of the stories get added to and revised for the sake of a good story until they hardly resemble the actual incident.

    1. That is true, Nicki. Unfortunately, this story hasn’t changed one bit. If I could revise it and change it, I would have been asked for ID, too. πŸ˜‰ The funny thing about it all is my husband has the worst memory – he can’t remember what did a day or two ago but he will remember the exact details of stories like this!

  19. Love the story and swoon worthy pics! You’re one of my pic taking role models. Anyway, it has taken me years of in-my-head therapy to accept that no one will ever guess my age (or decade) correctly and I am stuck with young genes. πŸ˜€ Hubs is younger than me but looks more matooer, in my opinion.

    1. Thanks but I think it was my husband who took these Vegas pictures (but what is mine is his and his is mine, right? πŸ™‚ )

      I love how you put it – ‘I am stuck with young genes.’ That is awesome. Looking way younger than you actually are does have its perks I’m sure! πŸ™‚

      Hope you are having a great weekend!

  20. love your story! ❀ been to LV twice, but no "ID"(passport) incident… my French hubby does look about 10 years younger than his real age! lucky him and me! πŸ™‚

  21. Great story. My sister is 12 years younger than I. When I was in my mid-30s, we were having dinner. The waiter asked to see my 20 something year old sister’s ID when she order a drink. Then he asked to see mine. I was getting that puffed up excited feeling also, until my sister and the waiter burst out laughing. Oh, the pain.

  22. Oh, thank goodness Andy doesn’t look THAT much younger than me. Must’ve been all those years int he Hawaiian sun. His parents look way younger than mine, though, that’s for sure.

    Hilarious. Does hubby still crow about this?

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