Embracing ‘Thainess’ in the 21st century

An increasingly common cultural and tourism PR buzzword echoing across the kingdom these days is ‘Thainess’ (in Thai, “kwam bpen Thai” ความเป็นไทย) – an abstract concept referring to the various unique characteristics that define the Thai people and their rich … Continue reading

Colorado’s budding cannabis culture in the 1990s as I recall

So I hear that marijuana legalization back in my home state of Colorado is proving a success on many fronts. According to one post-first-year status report, in its initial fully un-prohibited year the “Centennial State” had raised US$40 million in tax revenue … Continue reading

Book Preview: Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade by Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s amid Colorado’s “budding” cannabis culture, I had long been fascinated that “bud” from Thailand, my mother’s home country, had a persisting reputation in my birth country USA, for being among the world’s most potent “dank”. Being a … Continue reading

Finding gains from material loss

Yesterday morning I came to the unwelcome yet unavoidable realization that a considerable set of “valuables” had gone missing. Stolen from under me, a  jab to the gut, and all I can do at first was sulk, and now as the aftertaste … Continue reading

Podcast: Wrapping up September on a good note

Howdy Cyber World! Today’s podcast, will be the final of a series I recorded here in September, more on a personal note marking my status and progress on various projects and responsibilities I’m monitoring/maintaining. Download the podcast by clicking here. … Continue reading

30 years strong and still going long…

PHUKET: Aside from radio show teasers/scripts, there hasn’t been much personal updates in this space lately.. in short, personal life has been consumed by professional life, though I guess that’s a good thing, right? … Continue reading

Dream: Breathing submerged in water

Following is a description of a dream that the Siamerican had last night/early morning (March 1-2, 2013), followed by his own self-interpretation of the dream. There was an infant baby, presumably my own, who was being held under water. At … Continue reading

The end of 2012: The serpent of 2013 sneaks up

It’s the final day of the Common Era’s 2,012th year. The roar of the passing year’s dragon has been loud, but now her time is nigh. While my comrades in Thailand are already welcoming 2013 – the year of the … Continue reading

Vlog: Ghost Widow and Country Confucius

Following is a brief Video Log (Vlog) where the Siamerican addresses a ‘Ghost Widow’ regarding a vague yet vivid vision he experienced sometime between deep sleep and early waking hours — or perhaps just a figment of the Siamerican’s imagination. … Continue reading