Why Jim Thompson is my Hero -Part I in a series on the life of Jim Thompson

  There’s a lot more to Thailand’s “Silk King” than you may know.     Visit Thailand and you are certain to run across the name Jim Thompson. Mr. Thompson’s name is synonymous with Thai silk and creative fabric design throughout the region and the world. It defies all odds and cut against every grain of Thai social culture that a foreigner would wear the colorful crown of the “King of Thai Silk”, but this is quite indicative of how Jim Thompson’s fairytale-come-spy-novel life was. For those that don’t know…

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Is Your House a Boy or a Girl? Our homes have genes too by

  Sea captains refer to their ships as “she”, but I wonder what they call their houses? Without a doubt, home décor will always reflect which set of chromosomes is making the household decisions. Some places swing wildly from side to side; others walk the middle path. Take a good look at your house.   Is it a boy or a girl?   To understand what I mean, watch a couple shopping for a new house. Aren’t their priorities different? Which features are their hot buttons? It’s important to know…

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From Big Sleazy to Big Easy Pattaya keeps getting better

    When I dig into the archives, I find that I’ve written no less than a dozen articles expounding on the virtues of life in Pattaya. I wrote two about leaving Pattaya, and subsequently wrote two more about how great it was to be back. As many before me will attest, Pattaya can be “sticky”.   Why not just write one big juggernaut of an article and refer all naysayers to it?   Because Pattaya just keeps morphing and changing. Every passing year a whole new wave of improvements…

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A Journey into Kanchanaburi

  Kanchanaburi city, the capital of Kanchanaburi Province is fast becoming a popular place for tourists to visit while here in The Kingdom. Located by the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi Rivers, Kanchanaburi lies at the source of the Mae Klong river and these stunning bodies of water set the tone and define the characteristics of the town, along with vast countryside, natural beauty, culture and historic sights Kanchanaburi is a must see.     Kanchanaburi is home to many WWII memorials and museums are a reminder of darker times. Japanese…

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