Thailand Birdy instant coffee made by world MSG, Aspartame king

So there I was last Wednesday racing against the newspaper print deadline and getting ready to indulge in the 3rd or 4th can of Birdy instant coffee of the day, a post-lunch suga… And then a small red logo on the … 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

Thai country song video and lyrics: Scented-skin mama (แม่เนื้อหอม)

Today’s featured Thai song is a lovely poetic-pop-country ballad called “Mae Neua Hom” แม่เนื้อหอม, which roughly translates to “Scented-skin mama”. The song was written by Ajarn Paen Punsalee (อ. แผน พันธ์สาลี). Scroll down for full lyrics in Thai, accompanied with … Continue reading


Jammin on June 1 – Your Cheatin’ Heart and Rhythm of the Rain

Every now and then, it’s good to grab the guitar – if not the ukulele or guitalele – and practice a classi  or two. Startin off June 1, here’s a few good tunes: Just right for the weather, here’s an mp3 with jammin Rhythm of the Rain and Your Cheatin’ Heart… Chords are also included in the mini-podcast. Enjoy!



If for whatever reason, the song is not playing, download the mp3 here (right click and save as)