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

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

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