Stan, a clever wheeler-dealer, tried to get back into Thailand for nearly a year, to no avail. Suddenly, says Stan, the Thai consulate in NYC "rolled out the red carpet". Stan is now back in Bangkok.

Link to "Gamblers, Guns and Bodbags" on Bit Chute:

Fourth in a four part series about Singapore, Saigon and Bangkok.

Part 2 in a four part video series the past ten years of my life in Singapore, Saigon and Bangkok. Here is a link to a companion essay to this video on Quora:

A look back at the year I lived in Ho Chi Minh City. "This country sucks!" says Ed. You can read a companion essay to this video on Quora:

I wrote an essay to celebrate one million views on Quora, combined with my ten year anniversary of living in Singapore, Saigon and Bangkok. This is the first in a four part series of companion videos to that essay. You can find the essay here:

Amid new concerns about contagion in Bangkok, I decided to stay home and cook.
Impromptu Chicken Parmesan; feeds eight people.
2 large chicken breasts trimmed
2 cups whole wheat pasta.
8 oz tomato sauce.
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich.
Ingredients are in the name.
2 large toasted pieces of whole wheat bread.
4 strips of fried bacon
4 slices of tomato
Iceberg lettuce
Mayonnaise, pepper and salt to taste.

Ah, not that kind of virgin. Bua Khao takes her first flight on an airplane. Nong Pair and Bua Khao invite me to join them on a pilgrimage for good luck to the Chicken Wat (Temple).

While dispelling media fueled nonsense, I talk about Bangkok's soul and her future.

In 1852, nasty bigot Anna Leonowens slandered the King of Siam, a progressive, contemplative intellectual, in her memoir. Twentieth Century media created a novel, a play and at least two movies characterizing the racist, imperialist broad as a stalwart, feminist heroine.

Feeling Lucky?

"...I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference" (Robert Frost).

A story about how I got to where I am in Thailand today, a good place.

Link to a video about American war hero Joseph Baker:
Link to an essay about Monk Gary Baker: https: //
Link to CB Media video, Chad making it happen:

"To take an Annamite to bed is like taking a bird; they twitter and sing on your pillow" (Graham Green, "The Quiet American). Well the Annamite on my pillow was talking with her dead grandmother. This is a love story about falling in love with a country, a culture, a woman and curing an Ecstasy overdose.

"If you don't behave, Si Quey's ghost will come and get you" threaten not-so-progressive parents to their mis-behaving children in Thailand. In this video I go looking for the corpse of a famous Thai boogeyman Si Quey, a true story.

I recently discovered my Thai girlfriend's 3 children were the grand children of an American soldier killed in action in the Vietnam War. This is the amazing story of how I came the know the legacy of Joseph T Baker, American hero, father of a Monk, and the grandfather of 3 kids living in my house. What an experience!

The Buddhists have a hell too. Who knew?

I was a happy wandering minimalist. An amused pantheon of giggling Thai goddesses thought otherwise.

Tak, a successful housewife and mother at 24, suddenly becomes a widow. Wanting to maintain her prosperity and status, Tak is drawn to Bangkok as a sex worker. The pandemic offers her redemption. You can read a companion essay to this story at Quora:

Bangkok Noir: A cut up corpse in a freezer and cop shot are just an anecdote. This is the story about Stanley the bookie and Bob the baker.


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I'm a wandering story teller. These days there is not much wandering happening. So I am telling stories from Bangkok. Many of my videos have companion essays on Quora as well. Reading is nice too: