Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Carrie Fisher #starwars #Fisher #sadness



My first crush has passed away. It is a sad day on Earth and every galaxy between ours and those far far away. 
As a boy of 9 watching the original star wars after waiting in line for hours to get tickets, the entire experience was an amazing memory. I was, like millions of fans around the world, immediately enraptured by this vibrant sarcastic princess the moment Carrie Fisher blasted her way into a trash dump. Seeing her come back to the Star Wars franchise and be so powerful on screen as a mature actress was a delight, but sadly we won't be able to see her work continue. The rumor is she had already finished shooting her scenes for the upcoming film, so there will be a bittersweet feeling to watching this. But of course it will be a STAR WARS must see. Rest in Peace Princess Leia. #forcebewithyou 
Princess LEIA is gone

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

COMICO #deathstick #thailand #comic #manga #illustration #THAI Chapter 6



CHAPTER 6 on COMICO

The action continuous on COMICO'S WORLD OF THE DEATHSTICK. Please check out our THAI LANGUAGE comic. FOLLOW us on COMICO and help us grow.

Friday, December 16, 2016

THE COLD OF WINTER SETS IN #tropical #asia #Thailand #bkk #cold #winter

Winter has gripped the city and everyone is rushing for those denim jackets and long sleeve shirts to insulate themselves from the brutal chill. When things drop below 80 Thai smiles seem to melt into permafrost frowns. It is a hard time, but the people of Bangkok will survive. I mean next week it's supposed to be back into the high 80's so ... well yeah. I am heading to the beach.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MEDITATIVE and DELICIOUS #cooking #cook #fresh #meditation #food #writing #bosssucks

A few years back I went through a rather rough break up and shift in my life. As trite as the saying may be, 'When one door closes another one opens,' certainly was proven true for me. I guess there was no direct correlation here, as my X never cooked, but neither had I. So wanting to do a bit of hibernating and revitalizing, I began cooking.
I'm certainly not a young man, so at times new things make me sigh that old man sigh. 'HMMMM, new things...' All of my life I've been a restaurant, takeout, delivery kind of guy. Living in Thailand it's made even easier as their are food stands everywhere selling the most delicious Thai cuisine for less than a meal at Mcdonalds. (So I'm told I'm actually allergic to Mcdonalds so I'm not sure.)
So why cooking? Well I think it began out of boredom or laziness to head out to the street and find some food. Then it became a health quest.
Cooking has become, as now I probably cook about 50% of my meals, a way for me to calm down and focus on something vital but unimportant. Vital because, 'hey we got to eat' but unimportant because I'm the one eating it so if my playful experiment in the culinary arts fails in taste quality, well it's still food. And since it's just for me I've made the conscious decision to make it healthy. Raw vegetables, no meat, lots of throw in goodies like wheat germ or flax seeds, and just in general foods that make me have more energy and feel better following the meal.
If you're still not sure if you should try it, think of this. If you have a boss or coworker who is driving you crazy in their quest for ultimate office power. Mushrooms look a lot like these pencil necks and slicing the head off of a mushroom stem can be a surrogate for doing it for real. I mean after all, if they are making you miserable, chances are they ARE MISERABLE. So don't do anything stupid, get it out of your system vicariously through vegetables.

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Legend Passes #astronaut #pilot #hero #Glenn #USA

It is always sad to see the lives of amazing people pass on. What is amazing about John Glenn? Well a better question is what isn't. 95 years of awesome could perhaps describe the true action man. He truly did it all. Please enjoy this short tribute to him from PBS. If you don't know who he was, get to know John Glenn.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

LANGUAGE is POWER #English #Chinese #Spanish #language #

Language is power or rather communication is. It's language that is the vessel we use to traverse the barriers and distance between people, societies and individuals. I was excited when one of my students wanted to offer a class to First Responders in how to deal with English speakers who had been injured. We had a lot of fun working with them and sharing ideas on how best to assist the non-Thai speakers.
So how important is English in the world today? I was surprised actually, because everyone knows Chinese is by far the most wide spread language on the planet, but actually as second languages English is a dominant force. There are more than 603 Million people using English as a second language as apposed to the 190 million people who speak Chinese as a second language.
I know these are kind of random comparisons, but I will say this, in the world today language skills are opportunity keys. English is the language of business, especially e-business, and speaking it well can certainly be an asset to anyone.
Reminds me I better work on my THAI, which has become far too rusty.

Friday, November 18, 2016

#Dylan says DON'T THINK TWICE IT'S ALL RIGHT #heartbreak #love #breakups #poetry



A close friend recently said, 'Sim you always move on. Somehow you're always okay.' I believe she was referring to my divorce and recovery from this life crucible. I'm not going to say life doesn't get me down on occasion or more accurately that certain human relations have not disappointed  me  -- hurt, betrayed, humbled or even incinerated to ash my faith in love -- but it is true, I tend to move along. So shall I admit that I have a secret weapon or even explain it? Why not, maybe it will help others who are suffering from the jagged barbs of relationships or from the rather confusing sense of 'what the hell just happened' our hearts scream to our brain. Cause in the end there is no such thing as logic in love or love in logic.
My trick is in this song: DON'T THINK TWICE IT'S ALRIGHT. by Bob Dylan. Forgiveness, acceptance and in the end distance, well that pretty much says it all. The line that always gets me the most is here: 'And there ain't no use in turning on your light babe. I'm on the dark side of the road. But I wish there was something you would do or say, to try and make me change my mind and stay, but we never did too much talking anyway, but don't think twice it's alright.'  If this doesn't sum up post relationships feelings of  'why didn't you' and 'well we never really did' and well 'never mind don't think twice it's okay.'
Genius. Hope it helps the next time you're on the dark side of the road.

UNITED STATES HONORS THAILAND'S KING #KING #THAILAND #LOVE #HONOR



I was very proud as an American to see how our King was perceived by outsiders. So many misunderstandings about what a King should be like, but now the world has a model of decency, commitment and love of others that should be held as the new standard for not only those of royal blood, but of anyone who leads a nation.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

DROP BOX the KING of STORAGE #dropbox #harddrivecrash #art #peaceofmind



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My artist Alberto is really in distress as his computer hard drive has crashed and with it his loss of creative original art is frustrating and heartbreaking. We've all felt this agony, but one thing to offer you piece of mind is DROP BOX. It works so easily with your computer and gives you peace of mind that work is SAFE. If you already have it, don't forget to use it as your backup. If you don't have it DOWNLOAD from above link to begin safeguarding your dreams and memories now!

Monday, November 14, 2016

THINGLISH at it's FINEST! #Thai #English #Bkk

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Simply the best video I've seen to explore, laugh a bit about and enjoy the Thinglish or THAI/ENGLISH accent we hear every day here in BKK. If you are Thai or have lived in Thailand you will ENJOY.

Friday, November 11, 2016

#Comico #deathstick Chapter 5 #Thailand




COMICO CHAPTER 5

The battle for the mountain city has begun as the AQUIAN SWARM is in full effect. Our heros will not go lightly. #hero #Deathstick
Click above and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

THE KNIFE MAN #Thaikindness #Thaispirit #Thailand #BKK #Knives

 Sometimes you open the gate to take out the trash and discover a treasure. This gentleman was walking down the street Sunday in front of my house. I asked him what he was doing. He smiled, his eyes warmly expressing his pleasure in my poor attempt at Thai. Shyly he explained he'd come to Bangkok from the north east of Thailand by bus because he didn't have any money. Now he was walking about sharpening knives for 10 baht a blade. I asked him if he had any family and how old he was. Proudly he said he was 73 and it was because he had family he'd come looking for money.
I hired him, but what was very fun is while he sat in my driveway sharpening a couple of knives, other Thai families--noticing his efforts and sympathetic to his plight--walked over bringing him bags of food and fruit. He laughed, weiing everyone who gave him a donation. He told me I'd brought him luck and thanked me many times before walking on to search for further fortunes. My knives have never been sharper.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

#WHAT is OUT there? #HALLOWEEN

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN planet Earth. What is it about horror that attracts us all. The interest in the genre is so widespread now you almost can't propose a film or TV project without a vampire, zombie, alien or creature as the focus. Perhaps its the pure simplicity of it all. Vampires are cool, powerful but, oh bother, they live forever and become bored and lonely. Zombies are brain eaters and so are the TVs people watch them on so there is that. Aliens are just our fear that we might actually be the smartest creatures in the galaxy and that is depressing on so many levels we just must create more of them, ever searching for a creature who is not only capable of consuming us but perhaps evolving us into thinking beings. Here's to keeping the blood flowing and the ghouls churling and the ticket sales growing. #lightning

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Comico Presents CHAPTER 4



Comico Presents CHAPTER 4

#Manga #BKK #Comico#Deathstick #ไม้แห่งความตาย #การ์ตูน #ผจญภัย #หนุ่มหล่อ #สาวเซ็กซี่

What if you were promised the power to rule worlds or never feel fear again?

Chet has been given this offer and now it's time for him to decide.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Comico Honors the King



FOR OUR KING

Comico has kindly offered us a chapter to honor the King.

Art by Alberto Verdejo.

Thailand is in MOURNING #kingofkings

Thailand, my home for the past 13 years, is now in mourning. For those outside of the Kingdom it is very difficult to explain the hope, inspiration and love our King provided. He was a spiritual leader who offered, not only words of wisdom to the people, but a model way of living a life. He was practical, frugal, patient and serious about his people's future and safety. His concepts of self sustaining lifestyles were so unique in an era of excess and flash.

Many people are putting up their favorite photos of the King and for me, as an American, this photo was always one of my favorites. Here he is seen visiting with Elvis. The King was a musician and a lover of music.

There will be sad days to come in the Kingdom, but I do believe all of his efforts will not be in vain. He has planted seeds of hope and direction that permeate the society of Thailand and offer everyone an example of how to live a good life full of happiness and joy.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chapter 4 part 10 of THE ASTROPATHS #manga #anime #comic #fantasy

Comico Presents Chapter 3 of THE WORLD OF THE DEATHSTICK

COMICO'S WORLD OF THE DEATHSTICK

Click through and enjoy the WORLD of the DEATHSTICK in THAI language. In Chapter 3 we see our boys grow in their knowledge of their new world of VUAN. Join us and FOLLOW us to enjoy the story.








Wednesday, October 12, 2016

COMICO Thailand presents WORLD OF THE DEATHSTICK Chapter 2

DEATHSTICK

Come see our COMIC in Thai language on COMICO. The graphics are great for the phone or pad. ENJOY and please support us by following us.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CHAPTER 1 of WORLD OF THE DEATHSTICK on COMICO

COMICO #ไม้แห่งความตาย #การ์ตูน #ผจญภัย #หนุ่มหล่อ #สาวเซ็กซี่

Join my story World of the Deathstick, translated in Thai on COMICO. JOIN and FOLLOW!










Haiku You



Haiku 4 YOU.

I don't claim to be any good at Haiku, but I do think it is vital that we occasionally ask ourselves to do something we are not particularly good at, if nothing else to humble ourselves. So please, if you would care to comment you must also use Haiku or forever remain SILENT.

My Rainy Season
spirit rides falling raindrops
fearlessly splashing


Her fucking lies always
incinerate our pleasures
to an ash of gray



Your father is poor
Statistics say you will be
Sucks to be you dude

So if you are feeling CREATIVE, try some Haiku, and perhaps you can play with the final line of my last one: SUCKS TO BE YOU DUDE, because that can offer some real interesting lead ins. But feel free to play off any of the lines.

Friday, October 7, 2016

THE CAST EPISODE 4 of 4

WHEN THE CLIP DIES #CASH





It would be joyous to announce that my wealth has grown so much that the money clip which holds all of my cash has BURST from the pressure of my mushrooming stash -- truly it would be -- of course money clips usually break from being pressed inward to hold far too few bills.
But when money clips break, God provides a paper clip -- a green one no less -- although in Bangkok the bill of choice is WHITE.  And actually there are no green bills at all. That's not it, that's not it at all. Sorry reading T.S. Eliot with my students.

It's a sad day because a favorite student gave me this money clip 3 years ago and it's a reminder of the fragility of all things. In life we have only what is within us, because let's face it, everything has an expiration date. These aren't the cheeriest things to hear on a Friday, Christ the #Millennials may weep into their ever present Cel screen and have memories of a day their battery didn't charge or their emoji account ran out of credits or their button finger errant send that link to Jenny instead of Samantha or Lashan.

Point is, in the 20's we weren't supposed to cry over spilt milk. In the 50's we were Rebels without causes.  In the 80's we weren't supposed to let our parent's destroy our dreams or keep us from dancing. And now in this age of bug-eyed zombie walkers,  treading in a continuous mindless trance their minds wrapped within their mobile phone, they will simply say, 'you don't get it.' But perhaps Cheap Trick was right after all. 'We're all all right. We're all all right.'




Thursday, October 6, 2016

Starbucks Sucks BUT

Starbucks SUCKS, that goes without saying, the over priced self proclaimed kings of coffee have always reminded me of the evil empire that dictates what coffee is priced around the city and what is the standard for coffee quality. Living in Bangkok it's even worse, the cost allows the hi-so or want-to-be hi-so to show their latest name-brand bag or shoes to the other social climbers or cling-ons, while everyone else walks by the windows of the shop thinking to themselves, 'what is it like in there? What could it be like to spend for a coffee, what we spend for 4 bowls of noodles?' 

But I must say Starbucks travel mugs are amazing. I can't believe how well insulated this thing is. I left my hot coffee in this gifted, nearly re-gifted, mug and six hours later remembered I had coffee in it. That coffee, which trust me I brewed myself at home and did not purchase in an evil witch empowered caffeine dealership, was still HOT. 

So sorry friends what can I say Starbucks mugs, a favorite of my students gifts to me and my re-gifts to everyone, will probably be kept now. Who doesn't need something that keeps things hot and cold. #Starbuckssucks #Coffee #Bangkok #cafeine #Working 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thailand's PEACE broken by COWARDICE




Democracy is a tricky business, with the key word being business.

Living in Thailand has greatly increased my happiness quotient, I am rarely stressed as people here find lovely ways to avoid becoming too serious, and I am rarely on edge for the potential of violence. As an American I've always lived with the idea that random acts of violence can occur at anytime and anywhere. My nation's headlines read like a civil war, with body counts eclipsing many wars from other parts of the world. It's rare to meet an American who hasn't been affected by violence in their school or community in some form or another. But maybe, when all is said and done, we learn what to look for, what might be coming and we anticipate, defuse, avoid and survive with skills acquired  in our public schools' locker rooms and lunchrooms.

But there is no preparation or martial arts training that can defend you from the cowardice and senselessness of random acts of  violence done with explosives from a remote location. Victims are unlucky, they are not targeted so much as snared in a net set to splash headlines and video screens crimson; and the bodies that lay broken in frame are nothing more than a means to their delusional end.

The road going forward for Thailand will be difficult, but this Kingdom is -- and perhaps this is it's greatest strength -- resilient. Residents of  Thailand will begin the process of justice, rebuilding and moving towards the future with all the love and positivity that I have grown to respect over my many years living here.

Peace


Thursday, August 11, 2016

THE CAST our PILOT

Produced by Booya Dramatic this is part 1 of a 4 part season 1. ENJOY.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DEATHSTICK is on the MOVE to COMICO

It's a lot of fun to work with Comico Thailand. It's a challenge as we have always been able to create World of the Deathstick at our leisure and in our way, but now Alberto and I have signed with Comico to produce the comic exclusively for their Thai comic line. Please come and take a look at Alberto's art and my story at COMICO THAILAND. DEATHSTICK on COMICO

Friday, August 5, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

BOOYA made the CAST for fun Enjoy it here

THE CAST is web a series we at BOOYA DRAMATIC created to work on our skills and to entertain our friends. Come check it out. In total there are 4 episodes and 3 are currently available on YOUTUBE. Go here: Pilot for THE CAST