Exploring Thai equities markets: agriculture, food and commodities investment

In recent weeks I’ve started to actively expand my knowledge base about–and explore the prospective of putting some capital into–the agricultural and food commodities market, especially in Thailand. This post is to log some of my revelations and realizations.

Lunch in Mawdaung, village on the Myanmar side of the Thai border

After our higher-perspective at Khao Chong Krachok hill in Prachuap Khiri Khan city, we set our bearings southwest, to the Thailand-Myanmar border checkpoint of Singkhon, a small border crossing, also known as the Singkhon Pass (Daan Singkorn ด่านสิงขร in Thai) A strategic and … Continue reading

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