BANGKOK/JAKARTA/MANILA -- In June 1997, Sirivat Voravetvuthikun found himself selling sandwiches on the streets of Bangkok. The former high-flying stock investor had lost everything when his project to build luxury condos went belly-up.
At a loss for how to support his family, Sirivat's wife suggested he sell sandwiches. It was a total change in lifestyle, but he survived the tidal wave of the Asian financial crisis. Sirivat is now president of TGIF Corporation, a small company that makes beverages, snacks -- and sandwiches.