Famous Thai-speaking westerners – ฝรั่งดังๆที่พูดภาษาไทยได้

When westerners, or foreigners (in Thai, “farang” ฝรั่ง) first visit or move to Thailand and make the decision to learn Thai language, they may initially be intimidated by the strange, exotic and sometimes obnoxious tonal sounds. No doubt, learning to speak, read and write … 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

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

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

Off-grid autonomy Phuket, Part 1: Water life

Last time, I outlined the benchmark of 80-90% electrical energy autonomy out here in the central backwoods of Thailand’s most populous island. Now, we will discuss the most essential and practical use of solar energy – water – highlighting various benchmarks and challenges in respect to … Continue reading